The annual film festival moved to a virtual edition after postponing this year’s physical event due to COVID-19.
Movie lovers have a little longer to check out this year’s Sarasota Film Festival, which moved online after postponing its physical event due to COVID-19.
The film festival has extended its online edition, available on its website, through Sunday. It will also add new movies and events to its programming.
Those include the documentary "9/11 Kids," which centers on the second-graders present in the Booker Elementary School classroom when then-President George W. Bush learned about the 9/11 attacks, catching up with those students nearly two decades later.
Other films with ties to Florida include "For Fear of Kofi," a documentary about a 2010 police shooting at University of Florida, or "LIST(e)N," which has people with opposing viewpoints on divisive issues listen to each other, with a Parkland school shooting survivor among the participants. International offerings include "Murmur," a drama that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won an International Federation of Film Critics prize.
Sarasota Film Festival will hold virtual filmmaker Q&As, including 4 p.m. Friday for "For Fear of Kofi" and 1 p.m. Saturday for "LIST(e)N." The festival also plans to hold a premiere noon Saturday for the first chapter of "World’s Largest Zombie Movie," a project started by Sarasota Film Festival staffers Paul and Petra Ratner where young filmmakers around the world shot segments of a zombie movie.
The online edition has also added five films to youth program Hollywood Nights, featuring the work of Booker High School, Riverview High School and Sarasota Military Academy filmmakers. Those films are available to watch for free.
An all-access pass for all films costs $30, with individual films or shorts programs costing $3.99 and educational programming free. For more information or to access programming, visit sarasotafilmfestival.com.