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Sunscreen Film Festival


Mission: Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, which is dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

History: The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to a nationally recognized event with an annual attendance of over 11,000. The festival is based at the Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters. The festival additionally utilizes multiple locations around downtown St. Petersburg. Sunscreen was voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Fests” in the country by MovieMaker Magazine in 2009 and was voted the Best Tampa Bay Area Film Festival in 2012 by Tampa Bay Magazine. Sunscreen is one of only 23 Film Fests in the country to be sponsored and acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for 2013. Sunscreen is different from other festivals in that the festival guests are expected to take part in workshops, classes or some other manner that supports the mission of the festival. Guests are asked to participate in educational programming as a part of their attendance at the festival.

Description: The Sunscreen Film Festival which is put on by the non-profit St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society not only screens great films and brings in top notch Hollywood talent but it also provides excellent year round programming. The festival’s year round programming includes; special film screenings in partnership with and screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, Dali Museum student films screened at the festival, free outdoor film screenings, a Film School Summer Camp, and educational “Film Schools” for adults and kids throughout the year. As well as actor’s workshops and community support programs. Sunscreen additionally screens local independent films throughout the year in a theater environment to support local and Florida filmmakers.

Internship Description

Assist Executive Director and Programming Director in various tasks required to organize and run a 501c3 non-profit arts and educational organization and annual film festival.

Anticipated tasks include, but is not limited to, project oriented tasks such as film programming, procurement and research.

  • Sponsorship and fundraising research, development and management.
  • Large and small scale event planning and development.
  • Database and communications management.
  • Marketing and advertising development and outreach.
  • Aiding in production of video content for the festival.
  • Gain insight into film programming, distribution and film acquisition. As well as film industry communication and networking.

Internship Term

All Terms

Number of Internships Available

Up to 3