"It is a new and refreshing way to do film festivals. Thank you very much for accepting my film and thank you even more for the feedback. It was excellent feedback and it is nice to have fresh eyes on this project." - Kevin Almodovar, Director of "Until Death"

"We are humbled by your kind words of The Coming Convergence." - Carrie Miller of Ingenuity Films (http://www.ingenuityfilms.com/)

"Many thanks and what an honor it is to be included in the Perennial Film Festival. Thank you for your critique and very useful comments on our production." - Jason Meath, CEO of Meath Television Media LLC

"Again. Thank you. Your evaluation really helped me understand my film more and is also helpful for my future projects." - Roman Sotelo, Producer of "Grief"

Perennial Film Festival is founded by Ryan Sharp of Perennial Motion Pictures. The Festival was created to provide a quality venue for filmmakers to present quality works that are technically sound to the community. The mission of Perennial Film Festival is to provide filmmakers with a platform to connect, learn, and reach people with quality stories via the video and film craft.

Instructional films, documentaries, short shorts, shorts, features, and all types of films are accepted.

The festival will be held annually at the Punta Gorda Historical Building at 118 Sullivan St in downtown Punta Gorda, FL. This area is right next to a waterfront hotel and has plenty of parking. There's also beautiful restaurants, shops, waterfront parks, and downtown venues to check out.

Perennial Film Festival greatly appreciates all volunteers, private donors, and sponsors.

If you would like to help, or inquire about a sponsorship, or for more information about the festival, please contact Festival Director, Ryan Sharp, at 727-798-1101.

2018 Film Festival Recap

The 2018 Perennial Film Festival concluded with many leaving with great memories and plenty of good things to say about the first Perennial Film Festival. It was an incredible weekend headlined by "The Free Agent Fan," Michael Volpe, and his son, who produced the documentary, "Michael Volpe: The Free Agent Fan." In attendance were other members of the Volpe family who were so wonderful and delightful with fans over the weekend. The family celebrated Michael Volpe's birthday at the River City Grill Saturday Night after the festival concluded with Perennial Festival Director, Ryan Sharp, and his wife.

Another headliner of the event was Ernie Berger, professional animator, who produced a wonderful short animation called "Swijwonk" about a character dealing with a package he receives requiring "Some Assembly." Something we all can relate to. Berger said the inspiration for the film came from buying something at Ikea and seeing the words, "Some Assembly Required" and having a nightmare putting the item together.

Friday night, March 23rd, began with the Welcome Gala and featured faith-based film, "The Coming Convergence," the winner of 26 previous film festival awards from around the world.

Saturday, doors opened at noon and the first film, "Western Jubilee" by Filmmaker Donna Guthrie started the day. Her film, about a long running country music show, was accepted as a senior film. Perennial offers seniors (70 plus) discounts for submitting their films as well as student filmmakers because Sharp says, "everyone should have dreams and never give up on them. We encourage that."

The festival emphasized audience interaction and discussion, and encouraged open questions, comments, and dialogue with the filmmakers and each other. Many who attended commented positively about their experience. Attendees were also directly responsible for the award winners who were recognized Sunday evening, March 25th, during the awards ceremony. Attendees were encouraged to cast ballots for their favorite films and to comment about why "they chose the film they chose." No filmmakers or connected audience members were permitted to cast ballots. The festival honored the winners in each film category and best overall film, which went to Michael Volpe: The Free Agent Fan. Best short short went to student filmmaker Roman Sotelo for "Grief" about a man preparing to die in the final moments of his life. Sotelo, born in the Philippines, was amazed and thrilled to hear the news. Sotelo and Sharp have agreed to work together on some future projects. Sharp's film, "The Disloyal," and Kerry Everett's Film, "Giving Christmas," tied for best short. Giving Christmas was a very light hearted fun film about giving to the homeless. In stylistic contrast, Sharp's film was based on a real nightmare Sharp experienced one terrifying night. "It is about the emotional impact and horror that we feel when someone rejects us over and over or says they'll do something when we desperately need help and then don't show up."

Sharp; an avid fan of early 1970s psychological horror films, science fiction, and character dramas; wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film with his best friend, Donald Anude, an immigrant from Nigeria; his wife, Elisha Sharp; and his father, Larry Sharp. Sharp's oldest nephew, Chase Elliott, a professional filmmaker at 18 who currently works for ESPN and produces wedding films and commercials did the camera work, foley, and editing while Sharp's younger nephew, Kass Elliott, performed as a grip, boom operator, and still photographer. The events ran until roughly 9pm. There were only 4 seats remaining for Saturdays events. Twelve films in various genres, dealing with various topics, and in various running times were shown in all.

Trophies will be given to the top winner of each category. (There must be 10 or more films in the given category to qualify for trophies.)

Regardless, audience members can elect to fill out ballots with basic evaluations on each film they view and elect their favorites. These ballots are tallied and the winners receive "Audience Choice" awards for various categories.

Filmmakers receive the audience evaluations during the Awards Banquet to help them evaluate how their film is received by the public.

While we do not want to limit creativity, we believe it is perfectly reasonable to produce films that inspire and do not have nudity, sexual content, profanity, or glorified violence. We seek films that showcase a good understanding of the craft, have a well formulated script, and have a message. Films that exist only to shock with nudity, profanity, and violence will not be considered. However, war pictures or films that use some violence and profanity to portray reality are acceptable; although, nudity and sexual content of any kind is never accepted.

Instructional films, documentaries, short shorts, shorts, features, and all types of films are accepted.

General Rules:

Films must not contain nudity or sexual content.

Films should not include excessive profanity or violence unless being used in a war picture or to portray reality. Films that seem to needlessly use profanity or glorify violence will not be accepted.

This festival exists for the filmmaker. We do everything we can to promote those films and filmmakers who get selected by our festival. Those filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival although attendance is not required.

We believe that you are never too young or old to pursue your dreams, therefore, special rates are given to seniors over 70 and youth under 18.

Unlike most festivals and as a thank you for submitting your film to us, we provide an evaluation of your film as a courtesy for you to use as you choose. This gives you professional tips, tools, and advice you can use to improve your film and craft.

Upon acceptance of your film, a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc will be required for feature films (over 40 minutes) and/or usb flash drive for films under 40 minutes! Additional photos or posters can be mailed with Writer, Director, Cast, and Movie poster, and additional information if the submitter wants to promote their film at the festival.

Thank You for choosing Perennial Film Festival!