The city of St. Augustine is known for its rich history, which draws millions of visitors each year to explore the many museums and local attractions that celebrate it. But St. Augustine is also home to an annual film festival that supports creativity and a passion for the film industry.
Founding sponsors, Barbara and Arnolk Grevior, have been long-time supporters of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and wanted to recreate that experience on the historic First Coast. Now regular attendees and filmmakers return year after year while introducing others to the experience.
The 9th annual Saint Augustine Film Festival (SAFF) will run from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit.
About the Festival
Approximately 40 films will be shown, including a selection of comedies and documentaries. One of the documentaries is even about a St. Augustine resident. A list of films will be updated frequently at www.StAugFilmfest.com, and an at-a-glance schedule for each film and venue will be available to download in late December.
Where to Watch
Three beloved St. Augustine venues will host movie goers. Locations include Corazon Cinema and Café, an intimate setting with three theaters and a variety of tables and chairs to sit at, and the Gamache-Koger Theater inside the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College. All of the major films, including those that are scheduled for opening and closing nights, will be shown at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. All three locations are within a five-minute walk of each other, making it easy to view multiple films within a short timeframe.
How to Volunteer
Film buffs are invited to register as a volunteer on the festival website. Each theater needs volunteers to assist with taking tickets, manning the counters and greeting/ushering attendees. Opportunities at the gala events include support for set-up and breakdown as well as checking in ticket holders. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session prior to the festival. Individuals who commit to at least two four-hour shifts will be offered free tickets to attend films at the Lewis Auditorium.
All Access Pass: Covers all films at all locations and provides entry to the screening rooms 20 minutes before a film begins as well as exclusive access to Preview Day on Jan. 17. Only attendees with this pass will be able to join the nightly parties.
All Films Pass: See any film at any location and receive early access to the screening rooms 20 minutes before a film begins as well as exclusive access to Preview Day on Jan. 17.
All Lewis Auditorium Pass: Access to any of the films that are shown in the Lewis Auditorium. This is usually where the most popular films are shown, including the opening and closing night films.
Individual Tickets: See one film or several. Individual tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military and first responders; and $7 for students with ID.