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Et Cultura: A Festival of Creative Culture

Is a multi- day, culturally-immersive event will spotlight Florida-based talent along side national/international artists while cultivating the City of St. Petersburg’s reputation as a premiere arts destination in America.

Our goal is to foster conversations with audiences, our community and contributing artists while supporting emerging artists and providing an environment for learning through film, music, art and interactive sessions.

This signature event will encourage new avenues for innovative thinking, new collaborations and unique experiences--to leave an indelible mark in the minds of all who come to see what Et Cultura and St. Petersburg are all about.

We are looking for stories in all genres that span all walks of life from all ends of the earth.

In the spirit of celebrating "All things Local" , we will feature a Sunshine State Film Block to highlight films produced in, created in, or featuring Florida.

While these are just a few themes we are exploring in 2017, we are welcoming all stories to be a part of the three day Et Cultura Film Festival.

Et Cultura is committed to the art of the short film through its annual short film competition which celebrates the diversity of genres explored and craftsmanship involved in short filmmaking. Last year 25 short films received awards. Feature films will only be given special prizes, including the Emerging Florida Filmmaker Award which may be given to a short film or a feature film.

Awards & Prizes


Best Student Film
Best Student Documentary
Best Student Director

Best Short Films in various genres (includes Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, etc)
Craft Categories for Short Films (includes Directing, Writing, Cinematography, Editing, SFX, Acting, etc)


Emerging Florida Filmmaker Award
Special Awards for Feature Films


Awards Package includes:
Announcement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Free submission fee for 2018 season
Honorary Guest at VIP Party for 2018 season


2016 Award winners were:
Best U.S. Feature – "Folk Hero & Funny Guy" by Jeff Grace
Best International Feature – "Alone Together" by Liza Morberg
Best Documentary Feature – "Breaking Point" by Mark Jonathan Harris and Oles Sanin
Best Environmental Film - "Seed: The Untold Story" by Jon Betz
Best Actress - Vera Farmiga in "Burn Your Maps"
Best Actor - Jacob Tremblay in "Burn your Maps"
Best Ensemble in Feature – "Bear With Us" by William Stribling
Best Director – Ryon Baxter for “Green is Gold”
Best Student Director –Brooke Goldfinch for “Red Rover”
Best Student Short Film – "Sundae" by Sonya Goddy
Best Student Documentary – "Fairy Tales" by Rongfei Guo
Best Short Documentary – "Phil’s Camino" by Annie O’Neil
Best Animated Short – "T.P." by Bob Blevins and Bradley Werley
Best U.S. Comedy Short – "Rated" by John Fortson
Best U.S. Dramatic Short - "Monsters" by Steve Desmond
Best Int’l Comedy Short – "An Average Story" by Yaniv Segalovich
Best Int’l Dramatic Short – "Boat People" by Paul Meschùh
Best Sci-Fi Short – "Juliet" by Marc-Henri Boulier
Best Fantasy Short – "Zombriella" by Benjamin Gutsche
Best Short Thriller – "Boy-Razor" by Peter Pontikis
Best Horror Suspense Short – "In the Shadow of the Mountain" by Neith Sentis
Best Horror Comedy Short – "The Babysitter Murders" by Ryan Spindell
Best Experimental Short - "MeTube 2: August Sings Carmina Burana" by Daniel Moshel
Best Cinema Verite Short - "Video" by Randy Yang
Best Ensemble in a Short - "It Was Damp, Dark, and Smelled Like Wood" by Peter Meister
Best Music Documentary – "Soy Cubana" by Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov
Best Performance Art Film – "Shift" by Rachael Lincoln and Amelia Rudolph
Best Short Short – "The D in David" by Yaron Farkash and Michelle Yi
Best Writing in a short film - Eddie Sternberg for "I Used to Be Famous"
Best Cinematography in a short film - Emma Dalesman for "The Chop"
Best Editing in a short film - "On the Run" by Gianguido Spinelli
Best SFX in short film - "Twisted" by Stuart Bowen
Best Mise-en-scène - "Love is Blind" by Dan Hodgson

Florida Emerging Filmmaker Award – Thomas Nudi for “Monty Comes Back”

Rules & Terms

All films must be submitted no later than September 1, 2017
Films must have been produced within the last 3 years.
We will be creating themed blocks that will spotlight World or North American Premieres and Florida based films and encourage those filmmakers to apply.

2 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Damian Alpizar

    A great forum for creative work. Wonderful communication and helpful staff.

    December 2016
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    Thomas Nudi

    An incredible beginning for what could be Florida's SXSW parallel, if there ever was going to be something close. The films were superb, and was probably the most consistent quality in selections I've seen from any fest so far. Was treated with love and respect, and really could not have had a better time! Keep up the great work, y'all!

    December 2016