On April 19-22, Downtown St. Petersburg was the spot to be for the weekend-long festival filled with flicks, workshops, parties and entertainment topping off the event with the newest winners of the festival’s “Best of” awards.

(Tampa Bay, Fla)  – The 7th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival attracted people from all over the country, to come together to enjoy the independent film industry. With the opening-night red carpet, abundance of workshops, films, and parties, the festival experienced its 2nd highest-ever attendance to date, surpassing 9,000 people.

The festival held its traditional award ceremony the last night of the festival to congratulate and recognize the winners of the most talented directors, writers, and films.  The winners chosen are as follows:

• Best Film: Honey Killer, Richard Harrison
• Best Director: Andrew Disney, Searching for Sonny
• Best Florida Film: Blueberry Pale Ale, Richard Studebaker
• Best Screenplay: Nuclear One, written by: Michael Toay & Travis Mann
• Best Female Filmmaker: Lina Gartzman;  Housewarming
• Best Short Film: The Kook, Christina D. King

“The 7th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival exceeded all my expectations. The turnout was tremendous, and I can’t wait to start planning for next year,” commented Tony Armer, Executive Director of Sunscreen Film Festival.

The Sunscreen Film festival would like to thank everyone who came out during the weekend. A special thanks to the sponsors including: PUSH Ultra Lounge, Nucci Medical Center, Downtown St. Pete Courtyard Marriott, Downtown St. Pete Hampton Inn, JoTo PR, Muvico Theaters, Production Hub, Ink Tip, and Sylvia Rusche Insurance, Head of Lettuce Media,  InkTip, SAG, Hotel Indigo, and the City of St. Petersburg.

About Sunscreen Film Festival:
This will be the 7th year for the Sunscreen Film Festival, held from April 19-22, 2012 in St. Petersburg, FL. The Sunscreen Film Festival is an annual film festival hosted by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a Florida not for profit Corporation. The primary goal of the film festival is to encourage the creation, production, and exhibition of independent film in Florida through its educational programs and public screenings, thereby increasing awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. For more information, please visit http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com.