The Sunscreen Film Festival WEST is presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc. , a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and other Independent sponsors dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the publics awareness and support of filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. Sunscreen is one of only a few film festivals nationwide to be sponsored and acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2009, MovieMaker magazine voted Sunscreen one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the country. In 2013 Sunscreen launched in the South Bay after 8 successful years in Florida. Sunscreen Film Festival West is happy to call the Hermosa Civic Theatre home and hopes to keep growing as a South Bay destination for filmmakers and Film Lovers.