Now is the time to come up with a film viewing strategy to get the most out of your Sarasota Film Festival experience. Take it from me, a seasoned volunteer with experience at film festivals across the state. Last year, I worked the box office at the SFF, but have been behind the scenes at festivals in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine, too.
I have seen even the most serious movie buffs miss out on tickets to some of the biggest screenings because they didn't come to the box office with a plan of attack.
Are you planning on seeing multiple movies at the film fest this year? Here are a few things to consider before you go.
How to buy tickets:
At the Sarasota Film Festival box office inside the Hollywood 20 theater on Main Street.
Box office hours are:
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every night during the film festival.
Film Festival staff and volunteers will be on site to help you navigate through the program and decide which film packages are best for you.
Also at the box office is an updated list of movies that are sold out. Films are selling out fast this year. Standby tickets may be available the day of the show and can be bought with cash at the welcome tent.
Tickets can be bought online, but I suggest reviewing the packages beforehand in the program.
If you're a student and have your university ID, pick up the four-pack of tickets for $20.
If you plan on seeing many movies, it's worth getting the film buff package for $120. (Keep in mind that regularly-priced tickets are $13 a pop.)
If you work during the week and can't get away for the weekday showings, consider buying a Saturday or Sunday day pass ($60 a day) for the Through Women's Eyes festival this weekend.
How to navigate the program:
I think reading the printed program is easier than looking up movies on the film festival website. Pricing and packages are on page 4 in the front of the book. Movies are broken down by time, day and theater near the middle.