12th Sunscreen Film Festival Awards and Afterparty

12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival Awards and Afterparty
Saturday April 29, 2017 at historic DTSP venue NOVA 535

7:00 pm Red Carpet
8:00 pm Awards
9:30 pm Afterparty with Karaoke

Explore the lush brick and bamboo courtyard gardens, the swanky upstairs lounge and balcony, plus the historic main gallery. Enjoy the architectural magnificence of St. Pete’s favorite venue, originally built in 1920. Locals and guests alike love their NOVA 535 experience.. Multiple cash/credit bars, plenty of cozy places to chat, schmooze, dance and enjoy the final night of our 12th annual Sunscreen Film Festival… JOIN US!!


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 was one of only 23 Film Fests in the country to be awarded a Film Festival Grant by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013.  Filmmakers consistently rave about Sunscreen’s hospitality and atmosphere. Filmmakers from around the world attend the fest travelling from Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia.

PARKING and DIRECTIONS to NOVA 535 sunscreen film festival at DTSP historic wedding and event venue NOVA 535


The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006. Now it is an internationally recognized event with an annual attendance of over 10,000 in St. Petersburg, FL and Los Angeles, CA. The Sunscreen Film Festival is an annual film festival hosted by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation. Our primary goal is to encourage the creation, production, and exhibition of independent film in Florida through our educational programs and public screenings, thereby increasing awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.


I make films like a girl

I make films like a girl. Well maybe not me, personally. See last night, Thursday, August 18, 2016, instead of hosting my weekly Entrepreneur Social Club here at modernized historic venue NOVA 535, I spent time with WIFT. WIFT who? Women In Film and Television. WIFT. WIFT Florida, specifically, tonight. The lovely ladies were here to schmooze, laugh and connect. To network and expand their contacts, and to enjoy time with fellow filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, cast and crew. Feature films and docs, web series and TV commercials, shorts and indie scripts, there was a bit of it all. The common thread here was the love of film. Everyone in attendance, no matter what set, or direction they’re coming from, are ALL film LOVERS. And some are lucky enough to do it for a living. Ready Set, ACTION!2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-phone-212605

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Digital Caviar Film Premiere Party featuring Artist Jason Skeldon

Friday April 29th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at historic downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535, Digital Caviar, in association with the Sunscreen Film Festival, 208 Monkeys LLC, Jason Skeldon, and SilverBox Studios, is proud to present an immersive filmmaking experience that showcases Digital Caviar’s unique approach to Indie filmmaking through integration of top of the line equipment and cutting-edge filmmaking techniques. In addition, this event will also double as our Pre-Launch Party for our feature film Crazy Lake, premiering Sunday, May 1st, as a part of the Sunscreen Film Festival here in DTSP.

This event will include:

Cinema Quality equipment demonstrations including new RED Weapon, C-Motion, Teradek, Flanders, DaVinci Resolve, Q-Take, etc.

Real-time editing & color grading with DaVinci Resolve and Q-Take – with special guest Rich Roddman

A VFX event with special guests 208 Monkeys

Live filming of a scene from the upcoming short film “Tagged” incorporating the event attendees

An art show and exhibition containing the work of local Artist Jason Skeldon

Not to mention… shaking hands with many local and international filmmakers and business owners.

All ages invited to attend.

There will be a cash bar (21 & Up)

Dress Code: semi-formal



Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival

Thursday April 30, 2015 the Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival SSFF was held here at the historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space located in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida. We can all thank visionary Tony Armer for making this all happen. A man’s dream, lots of hard work, and the help of many many of us along the way, has propelled Tony from a film lover to the current role of Film Commissioner for Pinellas County and proud papa of a successful 10 Year Old Film Festival. Go Tony!! 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-74

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Sunscreen Film Festival Opening Night

Sunscreen Film Festival Annual Opening Night Party at NOVA 535

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WHAT:   Annual Opening Night Party for the Sunscreen Film Festival.
TIME:     (INVITE ONLY) 5:00pm – 6:30 pm Pre-party upstairs (INVITE ONLY)
TIME:     9:30 pm – 1:00 am Open to VIP pass holders or buy a $25 ticket below
MORE:    Sunscreen Film Festival

Tickets:    If you have a VIP Pass then no other ticket required. If you do NOT have a VIP pass then scroll down to very bottom to buy tickets to the NOVA party. Tickets to the NOVA party are $25 (scroll to bottom to purchase)

Stars, Film Makers and Celebrities we’re expecting at the 2015 SSFF include:

Curt Mega, Actor

Curt Mega
Matthew Moy, Actor

Matthew Moy
Karen Baker, Post-Audio Supervisor Oscar winner

Karen Baker
Jason Matthew Smith, Actor

Jason Matthew Smith

Raúl Marchand Sánchez, Filmmaker (no photo)
Verónica Ortiz-Calderón, Filmmaker (Sundance young female award winner)

Verónica Ortiz-Calderón
Omar L. Villarroel, Filmmaker

Omar L. Villarroel
Mark Romeo, Producer

Mark Romero
Christian D. Bruun, Producer

christian D. Brunn
Jason London, Actor

Jason London
Natalie Burn, Actor, Producer

Natalie Burn
Sergio Alberto Sibrián , director

Sergio Alberto Sibrián
Matthew Ziff, Actor, Producer, Stunts
Karla Gonzalez, Attorney and Latino panel

Karla Gonzalez


Thursday April 30th 2015

Join us at NOVA 535 to drink, dance and schmooze with Hollywood Film Producers and Directors, Financiers, beautiful Stars, cast and crew, models and groupies.  It’s a chance to connect with filmmakers, enjoy live entertainment including our incredible DJ ICH here at the breath-taking NOVA 535 venue, located in downtown St. Pete, Florida.


The Sunscreen Film Festival held annually in St. Petersburg, FL each Spring and in Los Angeles, CA each fall. The fest was founded in 2005. It was voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country” by Movie Maker Magazine in 2009 and the “Best Film Festival” in the Tampa Bay area by Tampa Bay Magazine for 2012 and is one of only 23 fests in the country to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for 2013.