500 Tallevast Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Classes where students learn how to film and edit narrative and documentary short films as well as other fun afterschool activities.


Instruction in making successful videos for YouTube and other online media outlets.


Bi-weekly weekend workshops geared at working professionals that focus on topics in screenwriting, film production and film history.


The Sarasota Film Festival, which for 20 years has taken thousands of local audience members on cinematic journeys, is now offering afterschool filmmaking classes and school-break camps for students 7-18 as well as workshops for adults. Industry professionals with years of experience working on Hollywood films and international commercials teach the ins and outs of creating amazing videos and films.

Filmmakers learn in a fun, conservatory model where each student gets to experience different film-related professions, being a screenwriter, director, producer, production designer, editor, cinematographer, and actor. The students will also truly understand the value of teamwork and collaboration.

The finished projects will have public screenings for family and friends at the end of each month of classes. Camps have screenings at the end of each week.


Our Team

The Sarasota Film Camps are staffed by a number of film professionals, including staff from the Sarasota Film Festival and filmmaking experts from the community.

Petra Ratner


Petra Ratner has worked in film, commercials, and television for over 15 years. She worked as an assistant director on such Hollywood films as “Hostel”, “Alien vs Predator,” and “Doom”. She also coordinated the art department on the blockbuster “Wanted”, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAcavoy. Petra has produced commercials, feature documentaries and over a dozen award-winning short films which played at 50+ film festivals around the world. She currently works as the Marketing and Events Manager for the Sarasota Film Festival, produces film and television projects both in the U.S. and internationally and is an exhibited painter.

Paul Ratner


Paul is a writer and filmmaker.  His award-winning films like “Moses on the Mesa” have played at film festivals around the world.  Recently, he finished directing “The Caveman of Atomic City”, a feature documentary about a unique philosopher who lived in a cave on the territory of the Los Alamos National Lab, the birthplace of nuclear weapons. Prior to moving to Sarasota, Paul lived and worked in Hollywood for over 12 years, getting experience in a variety of capacities as a writer, director, and development executive, collaborating with top agencies (WME) and studios (Universal, Paramount) to develop and package film and TV projects. Paul has a Master’s in film and television from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Theater Arts degree from Cornell University. He has taught film previously at Full Sail University and South New Hampshire University.

Harrison Bender

Film analysis and programming

Harrison is the features programmer for the Sarasota Film Festival and a consummate film buff.

Danny Canton


Danny is a cinematographer, camera operator and film professor who worked for over 30 years in the industry with such legends as Robert De Niro. He has also taught extensively at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and other institutions. 


500 Tallevast Rd #105, Sarasota, FL 34243


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.