"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. Our films not only entertain but encourage conversation. Perennial is proud to be an official fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. We encourage donations to this and other worthy Veterans groups. During the festival, we honor American Veterans with a presentation of colors, veterans films, stories about service, and donations to Veterans organizations.

We do everything we can to help filmmakers improve their craft and promote the filmmakers in our festival. There are multiple ways we do this and fulfill our mission:

1) 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. Our judges panel is made up of professionals who work in various parts of the business. Their evaluations will give you professional tips, tools, and advice you can use to improve your film and craft. This is just another thing that sets Perennial Film Festival apart from other festivals.

2) We have educational Q+As with filmmakers and a lot of audience feedback/interaction.

3) Multiple ways and opportunities to connect and build relationships with other filmmakers, movie fans, and friends in the community through round table discussions, promotions tables, dinner parties, conversations, and movie memorabilia giveaways.

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.

Saturday's events begin with the first showing at noon and continues with more film screenings and filmmaker discussions. There will be a dinner break at 5pm, and doors will reopen at 6:30pm with the prime time movies running from 7pm to 9pm. There will be prize giveaways, including movie posters and memorabilia. The awards ceremony will start Sunday evening at 7pm and run until approx. 9pm after the award winning films have been shown and presented awards.


Films are of various genres and have powerful stories to tell. They have been narrowed down from hundreds of films throughout the world by our staff of professional filmmakers. They are chosen because they are technically sound, thought-provoking, and powerfully entertaining. You will have a great time, learn about film, and meet some great people in the community. You will also get to vote on your favorite films in each category who will be awarded Sunday during the awards ceremony, and have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to our filmmakers.

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.


Attendees must be 15 and older. Attendees should be considerate and silence their cell phones or any other electronic device during screenings. No Pets will be allowed for any reason.

TICKETS: Click the blue "GET TICKETS" button at the top of the page.

Your Day Pass is good either Saturday or Sunday. Weekend Passes are good both days. So feel free to come and go as you please.


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.

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:

Due to our cost associated with the film evaluation service we provide and due also to the fact that our prices are already reasonable compared to other festivals, especially for students and seniors, we do not give waivers for any reason. Please see our guidelines for student films. Driver's license or student IDs are required and you must be 17 or under to submit as a student. Film schools who wish to submit student films can get the student rate for each film and might receive further discounts and incentives if they become a paid sponsor of the event. Film school or camp directors are encouraged to contact us about sponsorship opportunities.

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.

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 in order to help promote their film although attendance is not required.

As mentioned under Event Description, all submitted films will be evaluated by our team of professionals. You will be emailed a detailed evaluation that you can use to improve your film.

Films can be submitted by clicking the "Submit Now" button at the top of this page.

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 better promote their film before, during, and after the festival. It is not necessary to send these materials until and if we have accepted your film.

Again, we try to do everything we can to help filmmakers improve their craft and promote the filmmakers in our festival. We have educational Q+As with filmmakers, a lot of audience feedback and interaction, movie memorabilia giveaways, and plenty of ways to connect.

Thank You for choosing Perennial Film Festival!

Overall Rating
  • Michael Volpe

    Excellent first year festival! There was a wide range of foreign and domestic films which were shown in various categories. Ryan Sharp and his staff were very knowledgeable about film making and were helpful in sharing their views and those of the audience about the strengths and weaknesses of our film. We were honored to have won two awards at the festival against such a wide range of films.

    April 2018