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Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Pete announces films for 17th year

Rose Burke
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Presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission, 39 Feature Films & 149 Short Films at 17th Annual Event April 28-May 1, 2022 at AMC Theaters Sundial

The Sunscreen Film Festival is excited to present its full slate of films and workshops for 2022 taking place at the AMC Theaters Sundial in St. Petersburg, from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1, 2022.

The festival, now in its 17th year, will kick off Opening Night with the World Premiere screening of Rose’ All Day, the story of a group of college friends who meet once a year for a Rosé All Day pool party. But after several years of careers and different life paths, maybe their friendship has finally run its course. The cracks in their relationships become all-consuming sinkholes filled with vomit, tears, confessions, and broken penis sculptures. The film is Directed by Marla Sokoloff, she is best known for her roles on TV shows Full House, Fuller House, and The Practice.

Other highlights include; the Long Rider – in this documentary Filipe Leite leaves his adoptive home of Canada, and sets out on an epic quest to ride entirely on horseback from Calgary to his family's home in Brazil.  Filipe's 8-year odyssey of over 25,000 km’s across 12 international borders, sees the young immigrant battle intense heat, drought, speeding transport trucks, nature's wrath, and corrupt border guards on his history-making long ride home.

 “Not only is the Sunscreen Film Festival the longest running and largest mainstream film festival in the Tampa Bay area, but it has also become a widely recognized festival around the world. To be able to present a great slate of independent films and draw a large number of filmmakers to the area is great for the community. This festival has really put the St. Pete, Clearwater, Tampa area on the film world map -- and it’s amazing to see the positive effect it’s had on our area over the years. The Film Commission is thrilled to be the headline sponsor and is looking forward to the next 17 years,” said Tony Armer, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commissioner and Sunscreen Film Festival co-founder.

said Tony Armer, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commissioner and Sunscreen Film Festival co-founder.

The 17th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival will present 39 features from the US and around the world within various categories including foreign, documentary, thriller, drama, and comedy; plus, 149 short films across 16 different thematic blocks.

Local and Florida made films will also be taking center stage with the Festival screening Like the Girls Who Wear Pink, ICON, Stranded: A Whale Rescue Tale, and a collection of college and high school shorts.

Feature highlights include; Pretty Problems, Jack and Lindsey Simpson are officially stuck in their relationship. But when they get invited to a Sonoma Chateau by affluent strangers, they end up on the most unhinged weekend of their lives. With the "haves," anything goes -- including their bearings on reality. Can their relationship survive this new wild west of wealth? Do they even want it to? Smash a glass, take the ride.

Documentary highlights include: Waterman -- a documentary, narrated by Jason Momoa, about five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. Waterman explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport’s first-time inclusion in this year’s Games – a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.

“We’re excited to present a diverse and entertaining group of films for this year. The 2022 festival has something for everyone.  Comedy, action, social commentary, love, tragedy and fun. With so many films to choose from people of all tastes will find something to enjoy” said Doug Tschirhart, festival programming director for 2022.



The Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, screening top-notch films, providing year-round programming, including; films, educational workshops, parties, and events in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, Florida. Consistently internationally recognized as a top global film festival it is the longest-running mainstream film festival in the Tampa Bay area.


The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission serves Pinellas County, Florida supporting and working to bring commercials, TV shows, feature films, and digital media projects to the area.

Film SPC supports local signature Film Festivals, fosters industry development with free workshops, an online production guide, and location database.  The film commission participates in direct marketing and trade missions at major film markets, festivals, and tradeshows in North America and Internationally like Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and more.

Film SPC has a local film incentive program.  Film, TV, digital media, music videos, and more are eligible for the development marketing partnerships.  The goal of the incentive is to provide exclusive destination exposure for St. Pete/Clearwater as an area with a growing reputation for filmmaking and television programming, great locations, and excellent crew and equipment resources.

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