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Thursday, March 2

5:00pm PST

Audi Tampa VIP Opening Night Reception


Kick off the 11th Year of the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival the Audi Tampa VIP Opening Night Reception, sponsored by Coppertail Brewery, Eddie V's, and Dark Horse Wine.

Enjoy complimentary light fare from Eddie V's Prime Seafood and complimentary Coppertail Beer & Dark Horse Wine. Rub shoulders and mingle with all the filmmakers, directors, talent, and more!

$65 includes Opening Night Film.

Thursday March 2, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Tampa Theater 711 N Franklin Street

7:30pm PST

Opening Night Film: "Burn Your Maps" Sponsored by Ashley Homestore

The 2016 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival Opening Night Film & Festivities is sponsored by Ashley HomeStore

Doors & Red Carpet Arrivals: 7:00pm 

Director Jordan Roberts in Attendance

Burn Your Maps is s a cross-cultural comedic drama about an eight-year old American boy who declares to his parents that he is actually a Mongolian goat herder, born in the wrong place. When he meets a similarly displaced Indian filmmaker, they journey east, seeking what they believe to be their true place in the world. The adventure reveals life-affirming secrets for the entire family, about the value of getting lost and the right way to get back home.

Thursday March 2, 2017 7:30pm - 9:12pm PST
Tampa Theater 711 N Franklin Street

10:00pm PST

Tito's Handmade Vodka Opening Night After Party
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Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00pm - 11:59pm PST
Tampa Theater 711 N Franklin Street
Friday, March 3

12:00pm PST

TBIBC's International Business Summitt
Free admission w/ GIFF pass. The International Business Summit was first introduced by the Tampa Bay International Business Council in 2007 to address the growing commerce and networking needs of the bi-national community. Each year members of the Bay Area's bi-national chambers of commerce come together to experience an event that offers both high-level business presentations and unique networking opportunities. In celebration of our 10th Annual IBS and in our ongoing effort to remain innovative, the TBIBC is proud to announce that it has formed an exclusive relationship with the Gasparilla International Film Festival as an exciting resource for the bi-national chamber members

Friday March 3, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

Queen of the Desert

Director - Werner Herzog 
Starring - Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Producer - Michael Benaroya, Nick N. Raslan, Cassian Elwes 

Friday March 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

Country Crush

Director - Andrew Cymek
Starring - Jana Kramer, Munro Chambers, Madeline Merlo, Sophie Simmons, Kevin McGarry, Samuel Faraci

This drama from Andrew Cymek follows city girl Nancy Taylor who meets Charlie on her way to a party in the country. When the ultimate tragedy strikes, these country sould will have to find the strength to carr on, love again and learn to follow their dreams.

Producers - Brigitte Kinglsey-Cymek, Bick Baillie, Marty Beecroft, Glenn Coulson, Andrew Cymek, Robert Kingston, Brad Pelman

Friday March 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:36pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

VR Showcase: Help
Free VR Film and Experience Showcase. See and be a part of the film in GIFF's inaugural VR Film Showcase.  

"Help". Director: Justin Lin. 5 Min. Google Spotlight 

Friday March 3, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
AMC Centro Ybor Lobby

5:15pm PST

Get Inspired Shorts

Silver Alert
Director - Deborah Ortiz
When Paul is diagnosed with a terminal disease, he chooses to enjoy life even if it's just for one day.

My First Drag Show
Director - Brian Graves
"My Drag Show" is a short documentary that captures the experiences of first time drag performers as they take the stage at Florida State University's Amateur Drag Show. 

Invisible Elephant
Director - Owen Delaney
This film was created to explore the life and legacy of Florida based pop artist Theo Wujcik. The film works to discuss and inform the public about the impacts his life and creative contributions have had on the Tampa bay region and many other artists in similar genres of art.

Beneath the Crown
Director - Susan Gallagher
When the spotlight and sparkles fade, what remains beneath the crown? The story of Miss USA 1967 AND Miss Universe 1967 ~ Ms. Sylvia Hitchcock Carson

Ordinary to Extraordinary
Director - Andrew Marinari
Ordinary To Extraordinary is a promising comeback story about Gail Marinari, who is training to compete in her 1st Ironman at the age of 52. Gail was the ordinary youth minister who ran a few marathons in her lifetime. The extraordinary part of her didnt comer to fruition until she sustained a neck injury that left her bed-ridden for nearly 3 years.

Legacy Letters
Director - Tyler Council
A documentary exhibiting senior citizens as they create books about their lives in order to share them with future generations of family. The film showcases a Legacy Letters class lead by Leah Dobkin, who teaches her students how to reflect deeply on their past in order to chronicle their lives in creative ways.

La Folia 
Director - Adam Grannick
La Folia is an anthology of 24 micro-stories, inspired by variations on one ancient melody. The main story follows a young ballerina whose body type excludes her from an audition for which she is eminently qualified. The film's 24 micro-stories embody the sorrow, fury, and ecstasy she must face.

The Music Box 
Director -  Ryan Seybold 
Using almost exclusively re-purposed materials, we follow a small group of talented artists and students from around the country as they race against the clock to build small houses filled with playable musical elements as a part of a larger art installment called New Orleans Airlift.

Courthouse Dogs
Director - Joshua D Santos
Tibet is Florida's first staffed courthouse facility dog, after spending years training for the job, Tibet and her handler Brenda Kocher volunteer at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court providing support to the abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Friday March 3, 2017 5:15pm - 7:08pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

7:15pm PST

Good Fortune

Director - Rebecca and Josh Tickel
Starring - Dan Aykroyd, Danny Trejo, Michelle Phillips, Arianna Huffington, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ron White, Cheech Marin

Good Fortune is the rags to riches tale of a conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul, DeJoria. Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, "JP" spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. A modern day Robin Hood, JP's motto is "Success unshared is failure." The son of immigrants, JP defies the stereotype of 'the 1%' and is the poster boy of the triple bottom line - people, planet, and profit.

Producer - Rebecca and Josh Tickell
Exec Producer-Paul Cohen, Stephen Nemeth, Jonathan Sheinberg, Susan Ursitti Sheinberg 

Friday March 3, 2017 7:15pm - 8:41pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

7:45pm PST

Entonces Nosotros (About Us)

Director - Hernan Jimenez 
Starring - Hernan Jimenez, Noelia Castaño, Marina Glezer

Diego, a hopeless romantic desperately trying to salvage his relationship with longtime girlfriend Sofía, plans a beach getaway to clear the air, and propose to her. But a “chance” encounter with Sofía's old friend Malena will cast doubts on their relationship, and his skewed understanding of love, quickly turning a perfect weekend in paradise into Diego's worst nightmare.

Producer - Chris Cole  

Friday March 3, 2017 7:45pm - 9:22pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

8:00pm PST


Director - Demetri Martin
Starring -Demetri Martin, Asif Ali, Jesaiah Baer, Kathrine Barnes, Kevin Kline

A comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love, Dean is an NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death.

Producers - Ben Abrams, Ryan Brooks, Scott Dolsey, Adi Ezroni, Tim Nye, Eric Schultz, Mandy Tagger, Alex Witherill, David Zwaik 

Friday March 3, 2017 8:00pm - 9:27pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

9:30pm PST

The Architect

Director - Jonathan Parker
Starring - Parker Posey, James Frain, Eric McCormack

When Mr. and Mrs. Stone set out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of Miles Moss, a visionary modernist architect. Mrs. Stone is so swept away by this uncompromising creative artist, that she hardly notices the Architect is building HIS dream house, not theirs.

Producer - Catherine di Napoli, Jonathan Parker, Deborah Stairs Parker, Patrick Peach 

Friday March 3, 2017 9:30pm - 11:05pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

10:00pm PST

Scare Your Face Off


Oh, The Effing Horror
Director - Justin T. Bowler
While camping, Chris tells Luci about the many murders that have taken place in the surrounding woods. Later, a distant rustling interrupts their make out session. But, it's not the ghosts of the murdered victims. Because that would be impossible... Duh.

Cuckold Picasso
Director - Lance Larson
Picasso’s “1971 Harlequin Head”, believed forever lost in a Romanian Fire, is found vividly alive in a tortured man’s psyche.

Ghost App
Director - Gerald J Godbout
Do You Believe In Ghosts?
On this night Sher will receive a text offering her a chance to download a new app. One that will let her see what can not be seen with the naked eye, The Other Side. But this app comes with a warning for all users that something may be waiting for them on the other side.

The Smartphone Hacker
Director - Ram Saandal
A well driven hacker uses the power of smart phones in order to obtain private information on people; affairs, lies and other secrets. He soon becomes addicted and ends up using this power to expose a powerful parliamentary figure. Little does he know the consequences of his actions.

Director - Paul Hardway 
 A young boy reads his scary storybook before bedtime on a stormy night. When the power goes out, the image comes to life in his darkened bedroom. 

Friday March 3, 2017 10:00pm - 10:48pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

10:00pm PST

Joey's Show Will Go On

Director -Marcus Kempton
Starring -Joey Brooks, Kanylah Ebanks, Taylor TeMonet Burts, Nairobi V. D'Viante, Rodgrick 'Lil Roddy' Snells, Mia Vondese, Vincent Leverenz

Tampa drag queen legend Joey Brooks, the 'First Lady Of Ybor City', talks about her decades-long female-impersonator career and judges a whacky contest to choose a new diva for her Christmas show.

Producers - George Petrick 

Friday March 3, 2017 10:00pm - 10:54pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

10:00pm PST

Late Night Social: Joey's Show
Celebrate the World Premiere of the film "Joey's Show Will Go On" and see Joey perform LIVE. Performances at 11:30pm and 1:15am. No Cover. Cash Bar. 

Friday March 3, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday March 4, 2017 2:00am PST
Bradley's on 7th 1510 E 7th Ave
Saturday, March 4

11:00am PST

Breakdown Services
Find out how Breakdown Services can assist with casting, talent representation, educating and encouraging actors and filmmakers at every stage of their career. Breakdown Services continues to expand and develop exciting new services for Filmmakers, Casting Directors, Talent Reps and Actors.

Saturday March 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

11:00am PST

VR Showcase: Mission to Mars
"Mission to Mars". 3 Min. HD Interactive / IDEAS

Saturday March 4, 2017 11:00am - 8:00pm PST
AMC Centro Ybor Lobby

11:30am PST



Director - John C Jones
While earth is under attack by invading aliens, three office workers contemplate the end of the world and lament the missed opportunities in their lives. 

Director - Carrie Drazek
Mired in a midlife crisis and disillusioned with the legal profession, a once proud attorney sits through another tedious deposition. Irritation quickly turns to disgust with his narcissistic client and arrogant opposing counsel. A brawl erupts which forces him to come to terms with his job and his life.

The Cuddler
Director - Rich Kellard
Samantha is a single woman with commitment issues and very specific rules on dating. Those get challenged by super-hunk David, who doesn't want to leave Samantha's bed after a night of mind-blowing, first date sex. So Samantha must resort to bringing out "The Secret Weapon". This romantic comedy challenges sexual mores and is a cautionary tale to all men who just want a little post-coital cuddle.

Director - Bob Pusateri
An 11 year old girl makes a deal with the mob to take over the pizza operation from the eighth graders.

Director - Kari Lee Cartwright
Alice is about to be late for rehearsal. This colorful dancer is indefinitely stuck at the dinner table of life with her traditional Korean parents who have arranged a date with a wealthy doctor. As Alice's dreams clash with her parents', her imagination takes us through her hopes, fears, and future.  

The Cost of Living
Directors - Eli Haviv & Daniel Najenson
A politician borrows a friend's yacht after working on the state budget. Suddenly a prostitute emerges from the bottom of the boat. He doesn't know her and asks her to hide but she recognizes him as the 'tax rising Dick from TV'. Now it's her turn to negotiate the terms.

Director -  Ben West
A comedy about a man breaking up with himself 

Saturday March 4, 2017 11:30am - 12:37pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

12:00pm PST

NYICFF's Kid Flix 1

Recommended for Ages 3 – 7.  A Collection of Award Winning Shorts from the New York International Childrens Film Festival.

Two young girls find primate pals in Me…Jane and Zoo Story. Fantastical journeys provide new perspectives in One, Two, Tree, An Object at Rest, and The Girl Who Spoke Cat. Tiny creatures are both welcome and unwelcome additions to someone’s home in Perfect Houseguest and The Visitors. Young Fidel reminisces about his family new and old on his Mother’s wedding day in Memories of the Sea. Wild characters plus delicious food equal a perfect recipe in both Octopus and Tiny Tunes: Food. A simple lesson proves to be essential in Looks while an important one is ignored in That’s Not A Good Idea.

ONE, TWO, TREE France – dir. Yulia Aronova Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 7 min It's the story of a tree, a tree like any other. One day, it jumps into a pair of boots and goes off for a walk, inviting everyone to follow.

OCTOPUS Germany - dir. Julia Ocker Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 3.5 min Baking a cake should be much easier with eight arms, but that’s only if all arms agree on what cake they’re going to make!

ME…JANE USA – dir. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger Animation, English, 2014, 9 min Jane Goodall is renowned for her work with apes in the jungle, but as Patrick McDonnell’s heartwarming tale shows, her curiosity, spirit and sense of adventure started long ago with a toy chimpanzee named Jubliee.

TINY TUNES - FOOD UK - dir. Andy Martin Animation, English, 2015, 1 min Our new favorite band performs a pocket-sized poem about our all-time favorite subject: food! LOOKS Germany – dir. Susann Hoffmann Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 3 min A grey lynx doesn’t quite fit into the colorful world around him, and resorts to dark behavior in order to blend in.

MEMORIES OF THE SEA Brazil/USA – Dir. Thais Drassinower Live Action, English, 2015, 9 min Fidel is six years old and has a lot of opinions, but doesn't quite understand the changes happening within his family.

ZOO STORY Czech Republic – dir. Veronika Zacharova Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 4 min What happens when a little girl who is bored at the zoo suddenly notices a big gorilla?

THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA USA - dir. Pete List Animation, English, 2015, 7.5 min A devious spin on a classic tale of a hungry fox and plump goose, complete with a chorus of concerned little chicks!

PERFECT HOUSEGUEST USA – dir. Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 1.5 min A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.

AN OBJECT AT REST USA - dir. Seth Boyden Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 5.5 min A stone will encounter lots of obstacles over the course of a millennium, but is there any greater disruption than that of human civilization?

THE VISITORS Australia - dir. Philip Watts Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 1 min A man's home is his castle. But not for long...

THE GIRL WHO SPOKE CAT UK/Poland – dir. Dotty Kultys Animation, English, 2014, 6 min A curious girl wants to add some color into her predictable, organized world where there’s a proper way of walking, looking — even eating soup!

Saturday March 4, 2017 12:00pm - 12:58pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

12:30pm PST

Call My Agent!
An actor relies on a network of agents, casting directors and managers to market their talents. How do you find representation with a good agent or casting director? What's the secret to nailing an audition? Learn from the experts in casting and discovering talent.

Kelly Paige (Level Talent Group / Film Florida) Christina Campagnola (APA Talent Agency), Rose Rosen, CSA (Casting by Rose Rosen),  Curtis Graham (Director) or Marcus Ovnell


Saturday March 4, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

12:30pm PST

Spartan Shorts


Caught In A Story

Mama, Donde Estas
The Nether World
Running on Empty
Ya Girl, Dynasty
Tampa Lapse II
If It's Broken Should We Fix It?
Elle Por Igual 

Saturday March 4, 2017 12:30pm - 2:05pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

1:30pm PST

NYICFF's Kid Flix 2

Kid Flix 2 – Recommended for Ages 8 to Adult.  A Collection of Award Winning Shorts from the New York Childrens International Film Festival.

Cats can claw up a whole lot of trouble in One Hell of a Plan, Air-Mail, and Minoule. Fables come to life in very different ways in My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree and The Man, The Boy and the Donkey. A playing field typically reserved for sports becomes an area for unexpected courtship in Change-Over and Two Left Feet. We meet William and his pet scorpion in By the Name of Boston. Accidents, Blunders and Calamities and Two Friends teach creatures of all shapes and sizes that danger can come when you least expect it, but Lilou proves that there’s often more than meets the surface about those who frighten us. Award-winning filmmaker Ainslie Henderson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some magical puppets in Stems, and Slaves of the Rave proves that there’s just as much performance in the audience as there tends to be on stage.

ONE HELL OF A PLAN France – dir. Jean-Loup Felicioli / Alain Gagnol Animation, In French with English Subtitles, 2016, 6 min Mo and Carl are two hapless burglars with one great plan. It involves a special potion, countless cats, a little old lady, and plenty of opportunities for disaster.

MINOULE France – dir. Nicolas Bianco-Levrin Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 4 min One determined cat goes to great lengths for a tasty canary.

BY THE NAME OF BOSTON USA dir. - Grant Kolton Animation, In English, 2015, 2.5 min William Boston lives in the desert and doesn't care for many things, though he does have one friend, a scorpion named Chester.

TWO LEFT FEET Italy dir. Isabella Salvetti Live Action, In Italian with English Subtitles, 2015, 6 min Mirko loves soccer, but when it comes to the cute girl he spots nearby, does he have game?

MY GRANDFATHER WAS A CHERRY TREE Russia dir. Olga Poliektova / Tatiana Poliektova Animation, In English, 2015, 12.5 min A young boy realizes that his beloved cherry tree has provided his family with more than just fruit.

TWO FRIENDS Russia/France dir. Natalie Chernysheva Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 4 min Even best friends can have trouble understanding each other when they are from two different worlds.

THE MAN, THE BOY, AND THE DONKEY Japan, dir. Atsushi Wada Animation, In Japanese with English Subtitles, 2014, 3 min Once upon a time, there was a family selling donkeys. One day, the son said, "It is a waste of time if we don't ride the donkeys."

AIR-MAIL Switzerland/France, dir. Isabelle Favez Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 6 min A young woman lives alone with her cunning cat, secretly in love with the boxer next door. Thanks to her cat’s adventures, she gets closer to contact with her crush.

CHANGEOVER Iran, dir. Mehdi Alibeygi Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 1.5 min A young bird engages in a surprising courtship...on a badminton court.

ACCIDENTS, BLUNDERS, AND CALAMITIES New Zealand, dir. James Cunningham Live Action/Animation, In English, 2015, 5 min A father possum reads his kids the spooky story of the most dangerous animal of all: HUMANS!

SLAVES OF THE RAVE UK, dir. William Garratt Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 2.5 min Whether it’s a rock concert, an opera, a jazz performance, or an electronic show, we’re all just slaves to the rave!

STEMS UK, dir. Ainslie Henderson Documentary, In English, 2015, 2 min 2012 Festival Grand Prize winner Ainslie Henderson (I Am Tom Moody) shares his eulogy for the short life span of stop motion animation puppets.

LILOU Lebanon/France, dir. Rawan Rahim Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 8 min Lilou, shy and curious, has rare insight into other people’s pasts. When she crosses paths with a strange man, she experiences an unexpected resolution.

Saturday March 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:33pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

1:30pm PST

Score: A Film Music Documentary

Director - Matt Schrader
Starring - Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams

What makes a score unforgettable? Taking a peek at how composers developed some of the most iconic scores in history, SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY follows the creative struggles of designing a modern soundtrack from scratch, featuring some of cinema’s most recognized names in film music.

Producer -Robert Kraft, Trevor Thompson, Jonathan Willbanks, Nate Gold, Kenny Holmes

Saturday March 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:03pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

2:00pm PST

Billion Dollar Pitch

Saturday March 4, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

3:00pm PST

Love is in The Air

Shaken Identity
Director - Evan Zissimopolous
When two lovable loners on the internet agree to go a blind date, they become entangled in a web of intrigue and deadly peril.

Its Not About Sex
Director - Anjani Pandey
A celebration of coworkers bring an office couple to a turning point in their relationship. As Sharon cuts her cake and is happily fed by her fiance'. Sara decides to ask Brad if this is time for them to take their relationship up a notch and they too, get entangled, hooked line and sinker... Brad gets his hackles up. If only she knew it was more than about sex.

Darryl and his Friends
Director - Evan Smith
"Daryl and His Friends" is a short film romantic comedy about a man who still sees imaginary friends even as an adult.  As difficult as it is to live with these colorful characters including a fireman, a sexy nurse and even a Muppet, it is even harder to try to interact with real people.  So, when Daryl meets Trixie and begins to fall in love, he has to decide for himself whether or not she's even real.

Secrets of Spring  
Director - Jean Claude Billmaier
The Secret of Spring is a poetic short film on the uplifting and unknown feeling of staring deeply at someone’s eyes for the first time. It explores the themes of youth and courage as well as an innocent look on love and modern romance.

Amelia & Charley 
Director - Isiah Miller 
Amelia and Charley, two young women of color in the early stages of their relationship, must go up against Victor Stanton, a man who wants to exploit Charley’s telekinetic abilities in order to create a team of super soldiers. 

Saturday March 4, 2017 3:00pm - 3:58pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

3:00pm PST

Chief Zabu

Directed by Howard Zuker & Neil Cohen
Starring - Allen Garfield, Zack Norman, Allen Arbus

In 1986 two first-time directors shot an audacious low-budget socio-political comedy about a New York real estate developer who dreams of having respect and political power. Thirty years later, inspired by Donald Trump, the directors finally finished their film, CHIEF ZABU.  “A comic time capsule with a timeless punch” – The Hollywood Reporter

Producer - Howard Zuker
Exec Producer: Paul Krasker;   

Saturday March 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:14pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

3:30pm PST

The Sense of an Ending

Film Sponsored by AARP

Director - Ritesha Batra
Starring - Jim Broadbent,Harriet Walter, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Joe Alwyn, Billy Howle, Freya Mavor

Starring Academy Award® winner JIM BROADBENT (Iris, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!), HARRIET WALTER (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), MICHELLE DOCKERY (Downton Abbey, Good Behavior, Non-Stop), EMILY MORTIMER (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl), BILLY HOWLE (The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue), JOE ALWYN (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Higher Education, Keepers), FREYA MAVOR (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Skins). Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Nick Payne and produced by David Thompson and Ed Rubin (Woman In Gold).

Producers - David Thompson & Ed Rubin 

Saturday March 4, 2017 3:30pm - 5:18pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

4:30pm PST

Cult Cinema 101
Despite the cheeky title, this segment features an in-depth exploration of the unconventional, left-of-center films that seep into our brains and compel us to share them with (or “recruit”) new followers. Presenters Ann-Eliza Musoke-Taylor and Michael Martz – co-founders and co-curators of the award-winning Second Screen Cult Cinema series in downtown Tampa – will dissect the anatomy of cult movies, discuss their staying power with audiences, examine how they span genres and eras, and more

Ann-Eliza Musoke (Second Screen Cult Cinema) Michael Martz (Second Screen Cult Cinema)


Saturday March 4, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

Breakable You

Director - Andrew Wagner
Starring - Holly Hunter, Tony Shalhoub, Cristin Milioti, Omar Metwally, Isabelle Candelier, Alfred Molina

BREAKABLE YOU chronicles a turbulent and transformative year in the lives of the Wellers, adynamic family on New York’s Upper West Side

Producers - Andrew Wagner, Kevin Comer, Fred Parnes

Saturday March 4, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

5:30pm PST


Director - Francois Ozon
Starring - Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stotzner

A haunting tale of love and reconciliation begins in a small town in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War I when a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave.

Producer -  Eric Altmayer & Nicolas Altmayer

Saturday March 4, 2017 5:30pm - 7:23pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

6:00pm PST

American Wrestler: The Wizard

Director - Alex Ranarivelo 
Starring - Jon Voight, William Fichter, George Kosturos, Ali Afshar, Lia Marie Johnson, Kevin G. Schmidt, Sasha Feldman

Ali Jahani (George Kosturos), a freshly minted immigrant from Iran, is looking for one thing above all else in his new homeland – acceptance. Unfortunately, his timing couldn’t be worse. The year is 1980. Iranian radicals are holding US citizens hostage in Tehran. And in the picture- perfect town of Petaluma, California, the soft-spoken teenage newcomer is the face of the enemy. As Ali struggles with limited results to navigate the strange new landscape of an American high school, he hits upon the idea of joining a sports team to prove himself to his peers. Despite the misgivings of his school’s principal (Jon Voight), he impresses the reluctant Coach Plyler (William Fichtner) with his sheer tenacity and earns a place on the floundering wrestling team. Working with both Plyler and his Uncle Hafez (Ali Afshar), Ali puts his all into his training, earning the respect of his fellow teammates while rekindling the sense of possibility in his two world-weary mentors. Setting his formerly luckless team on a trajectory towards a championship season, so too does he slowly begin to win over the hearts of his classmates and community – while discovering a renewed belief in himself.

Producers - Ali Afshar and Hadeel Reda 

Saturday March 4, 2017 6:00pm - 7:57pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

7:30pm PST

Patrick Wilson: Award Presentation & Conversation
Join us as we present Patrick Wilson with a GIFF Career Achievement Award, watch some of the best highlights of his career, and sit down for an intimate conversation.  Moderated by Frank Robertson.  

Saturday March 4, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

8:15pm PST

Past Life

Director - Avi Nesher
Starring - Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger, Doron Tavory

Inspired by true events, “Past Life” tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice.

Producers - Avi Nesher, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, David M. Milch, Ruth Cats, Elad Naggar 

Saturday March 4, 2017 8:15pm - 10:04pm PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

8:45pm PST


Director - Deb Shoval
Starring - Lola Kirke, Breeda Wool, Dale Soules

Lola Kirke (Mistress America) shines as Joey, an aimless young woman searching for a direction in her small town in rural Pennsylvania. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a path but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna (Breeda Wool), a rough and tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipated. As Joey falls deeper in love, she begins to lose sight of what’s most important to her while also becoming blind to the mistakes she is making.

Producers - L.A. Teodosio, Jessica Caldwell, Michel Merkt

Saturday March 4, 2017 8:45pm - 10:10pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

9:00pm PST

Join the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Gasparilla Music Festival Presented by Frontier Communications, for a joint celebration of film and music. Featuring live performances by J.T. Brown Band (11pm) and Kristopher James (10pm). No Cover with GIFF Ticket or Pass. $10 All Others. Cash Bar.

Saturday March 4, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday March 5, 2017 1:00am PST
The Attic 1510 E 8th Ave

10:00pm PST

First Round Down

Director - Brett Butler & Jason Butler
Starring - Dylan Bruce, Rachel Wilson, Rob Ramsay, John Kapelos, Peter MacNeill, Kristian Bruun

Tim Tucker, a former hockey prodigy, returns home to take care of his younger brother having spent the lasdt ten years as a hit man for the mob. Tim now lives on the straight and narrow, but his checkered past catches up to him faster than he can deliver pizza.

Producers - Marina Cordoni 
Executive Producer - Johnathan Gross 

Saturday March 4, 2017 10:00pm - 11:36pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

10:30pm PST

Veras Mantel

Director -Ronald Unterberger
Starring - Lea Faßbender, Nico Zitek, Charlotte Ullrich, Leif Evers, Nico Birnbaum, Karoline Fritz

Veras Mantel is about a successful writer who is prevented from leaving her house by agoraphobia. Sinister threats from a fan eventually lead her uncovering the secret of her illness.

Producer - Ronald Unterberger 

Saturday March 4, 2017 10:30pm - Sunday March 5, 2017 12:11am PST
Theater 5 - Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City
Sunday, March 5

11:00am PST

FAMILY FUN DAY at the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival
Join us at the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival Family Fun Day for a day filled with fun activities, giveaways, and more!

LIVE Entertainment by Mr. Tommy! 

Free shirts to the first 250 kids to arrive!

Animals from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, including: 

-          3 banded armadillo

-          Hyacinth macaw

-          Eagle owl

-          Porcupine

-          Tamandua

-          Water dragon

Free film screening of Zootopia at 12:45pm.

Sunday March 5, 2017 11:00am - 3:00pm PST
Centennial Park 1800 E 8th Ave, Ybor City

11:00am PST

VR Showcase: "Dreams of Dali"
"Dreams of Dali". 5 Min. The Dali Museum 

Sunday March 5, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm PST
AMC Centro Ybor Lobby

11:30am PST

Turtle Tale

Director - Luc Campeau 
Starring - Mary Rachel Dudley, Noah Schnacky, Lily Cardone, Isaiah McCaffrey

TURTLE TALE is inspired by events that took place at the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida - the story of JR the OWL as witnessed and told by the nature park's first inhabitants, 'THE TURTLES'. The turtles, HANK, RAFI and GOLIATH, and their community live in a beautiful pond with nice clean water, lots of food and are witnesses to all the events of the park as they get ready for another busy summer camp season, never suspecting what is about to happen at the park and to themselves.

Producer -  Luc Campeau 

Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30am - 12:56pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

12:00pm PST

Film 101

Sponsored by Coca Cola Beverages of Florida 


Director - Charles Malcolm
Margie runs after her younger sister, Hesta, who is determined to find her lost innocence. But when Margie explains that innocence is not easily found, Hesta loses heart. It’s up to Margie to restore her sister’s faith and to find something that looks like innocence.

Director - Tony Ahedo
After learning he will become a parent, a son attempts to reconnect and recollect about his own father who abandoned him.

Before Midnight 
Director- Steven Fares
This short film shines light on the cruelty in the police department around the world. The story is told threw the eyes of a young man seeking for the truth in his girlfriend's lies.

Battle of the Brides
Director- Phillip Thomas
Meek groom Chris accidentally ruins his overbearing fiancée’s wedding plans when he allows a Bridezilla to steal their wedding venue. Now, his only hope is to become the first groom ever to compete in The Battle of the Brides for a one-of-a-kind wedding gown. And, he has to win, of course.

Director- Yi Tao
Karen just flew home from serving military abroad. She arrives unexpectedly in hopes of reconnecting with her daughter who was raised by her ex-husband and another woman; but when Nicole meets her at the door, Karen realizes that she'll have to work a lot harder to regain her daughter's trust.

Director - Sam Bartz
Frank, a recently divorced narcissist, attempts to win over his estranged son Bobby with a birthday reunion. The two manage to bond over the game until Frank is caught flirting with a young woman. Tempers flare as Bobby confronts Frank about the extramarital affair that destroyed their family. 

Director- Ivo Huahua
After the death of his wife, Ivan Henderson tries to connect with his teenage son. But the self-conscious boy doesn’t respect him because of his heavy stutter. Ivan finds the perfect opportunity to win his son’s respect: speaking in front of his class on Career Day.

For The Record
Director- Justin Burt
 After convincing two young boys to break into the house of a dangerous meth-cooking psychopath, a friendly yokel must decide whether stealing back his most prized rock and roll album from the crazed meth-head is more important than the lives of the two bewildered boys caught in the crossfire.

Friday the 14th
Director -Lucas Omar
Closeted nerd Caleb is in love with his best friend Miles, but Miles’s psychotic girlfriend Trysh doesn’t like to share. When Caleb shows up to Trysh’s Valentine’s Day party, he appears to be the only guest. If she knows his secret, this will truly be a killer evening

Sunday March 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

12:00pm PST

A New Way of Storytelling
Augmented or virtually created spaces have been dominating tech trade shows for years. With technology slowly finding a presence in the hands of consumers how does this technology change tried and true storytelling methods. An exploration into how viewer choice now dictates the flow of a narrative, and how filmmakers and composers are reshaping storytelling.

Gregg Perkins (Moede) Kale Greco (Moede) 


Sunday March 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

12:00pm PST

So You've Made Film… Now What?
Making a film is difficult enough, but selling a film often proves impossible for the uninformed. Industry professionals highlight the pitfalls of distribution as well as new opportunities to have your work seen.

Mike Repsch (Breaking Glass), Christine Yoo (Producer), Tony Armer (Producer)


Sunday March 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

12:00pm PST

Filmmaker's Brunch
Join local Tampa Bay film commissioners Dale Gordon (Hillsborough County) and Tony Armer (Pinellas County) for a filmmaker brunch. Network and learn what Tampa Bay has to offer.

Sunday March 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Filmmaker's Lounge

1:30pm PST

OE Spotlight: SO B IT

Join us for an intimate conversation with writers Sarah Weeks and Garry Williams from our feature film So B It, followed by the film screening at AMC Centro Ybor.

Sunday March 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm PST
Oxford Exchange

2:00pm PST

Lea and Mira

Director - Poli Martinez Kaplun
Starring - Lea Novera, Mira Stupnik

The film tells the story of two elderly women living in Argentina. As children, they were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The movie depicts the thoughts of these women who, in the twilight of their lives, transmit their wisdom, their resilience, and their way of looking at life after trauma

Producer - Carlos Winograd, Lucas Werthein

Sunday March 5, 2017 2:00pm - 2:52pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

2:00pm PST

Film School Confidential
In a world where technology is aggressively accessible, and opportunities to begin a career in multimedia are abundant are film degrees still relevant. An honest conversation on the importance of continued education, and the value of understanding process, theory, and application.

Gregg Perkins (University of Tampa) Aaron Walker (University of Tampa) Robin Bronk (Creative Coalition) Tamara Nemirovsky (Art Institute) 

Sunday March 5, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Filmmaker's Lounge

2:00pm PST

High School Competition

Director - Will Smith
Starring - Ian Kellet, Alexa Roberts, Claire Pincket, Connor Devore, Dezi Bennett, Jake Mitchell
A young man tries to get ready for a date, only to be pestered by his friends.

Producer - Alex Troiano

Without Warning 
Director- Connor Devore
Starring - Ryland Marbutt, Alexis Yost
A young man deals with the loss of a friend.

Producer - Alex Troiano

The Ballad of Billy Creel
Director - Noah Hickey
Starring - Garrett Turlington, Ryan Ritter
A young man becomes suspicious of his traveling companion.

Producers - Alec Roberts, Wyatt Turlington

Picture Perfect
Director - Taylor Hammersla
Starring - Kristen Brock, Peyton Wells
Two teens share a moment on a first date.

Producer - Alexionna Wyche

The Script 
Director - Will Smith
Starring - Andrew Wuellner, Coleman Eillis, Dajalynn Sanchez
Three friends find a screenplay that details their every move.

Producer - Alex Troiano 

Sunday March 5, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

3:00pm PST

Women in Film

Christine Yoo (Producer) 

Sunday March 5, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

3:45pm PST

Disturbing the Peace

Directors - Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young
Starring - Assaf Yacobovitz, Suliman al-Khatib, Jamel Qassas

DISTURBING THE PEACE is about people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate by taking extraordinary actions by standing for what they believe in. It challenges us all to decide what role we will play in creating a more humane world, starting with our willingness to disturb the peace.

Producers - Stephen Apkon, Marcina Hale 

Sunday March 5, 2017 3:45pm - 5:08pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

4:00pm PST

5:00pm PST

So B. It

Director - Stephen Gyllenhaal 
Starring - Talitha Bateman, Alfre Woodard, Jessica Collins, Dash Mihok, Jacinda Barrett, John Heard , Cloris Leachman

For as long as Heidi can remember, her mentally challenged mother has had only 22 words in her vocabulary. And that’s fine with the precocious 12 year-old. She and Mama live happily, in the bubble of love and protection provided by their remarkable neighbor, the nurturing but agoraphobic Bernadette. Then one day a new word pops out of Mama’s mouth – the mysterious “soof” – and it changes everything. Heidi is propelled on a solo cross-country journey of discovery and loss, truth and identity. Secrets boil to the surface, long-hidden fears are faced, and Heidi finally learns who she is and where she and her childlike Mama came from. SO B. IT is a tale of longing and family lies, of heartbreak and personal courage with just a touch of magical whimsy.

Producer -Orien Richman, J. Todd Harris 

Sunday March 5, 2017 5:00pm - 6:38pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

6:00pm PST

Finding Oscar

Executive Producer - Steven Spielberg 
Director - Ryan Suffern
Starring - Oscar Ramírez, Ramiro Cristales, Kate Doyle, Scott Greathead, Fredy Peccerelli

In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team – from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor – to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible…by finding the missing boy named Oscar.

Producer - Ryan Suffern , Frank Marshall

Sunday March 5, 2017 6:00pm - 7:40pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

7:30pm PST

Future 38

Director - Jamie Greenberg
Starring - Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Robert John Burke, Ethan Phillips, Sean Young, Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The Peppiest Picture of 1938! American agent travels time to hamstring Hitler! Arriving in 2018 AD, he sees silvery skyscrapers, connected computers, and working women! He hoodwinks hoodlums and goes gaga for a gal 80 years his junior! To save civilization he must leave his love behind...WHAT'LL HE CHOOSE?

Producer - Joanna Bowzer, Daryl Goldberg
Executive Producers - Jonathan Gray, Roslyn Greenfield 

Sunday March 5, 2017 7:30pm - 8:45pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

8:30pm PST

Handsome Devil

Director - John Butler
Starring - Fionn O'Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford, Michael McElhatton

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.

Producers - Robert Walpole, Rebecca O'Flanagan, Sarah Gunn, Claire McCaughley 
Executive Prod. - Rory Gilmartin 

Sunday March 5, 2017 8:30pm - 10:06pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

9:45pm PST

King Charles

Director - Nicholas Naylor
Starring - Hilton Roberts III, Priscella Henriquez, Lance "Monster" Washburn, Michael Santi

A shady DEA agent does everything in his power within and outside the law to catch a cocaine kingpin. During a city’s crime investigation a DEA’s partner is gunned down. TC will now stop at nothing to catch his man and what he’s about to do next is pure justice.

Producer -  Rod Grant, Nicholas Naylor

Sunday March 5, 2017 9:45pm - 11:15pm PST
Theater 7 - Helene & Leonard Marks 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City
Monday, March 6

10:00am PST

Cuba: Baseball's Final Frontier

Director - Laura Mickelson, Loren Mendell
Starring - Orestes Destrade

Cuba is a country trapped in time; where vintage convertible Cadillac’s weave between kids playing stickball in the pothole-riddled streets; where the game that makes baseball players rich in the United States, is played for national pride and simply for the love of it. FOX Sports explores a world of baseball purity that may be on the precipice of radical change. Q&A following the film hosted by Orestes Destrade and special guests. (Courtesy of FOX Sports & Tampa Bay Rays) Run time: 22mins. Sponsored by Film Tampa Bay, AXA Advisors, LLC, iHeart Media and Rumba 106.5FM. Free Admission.

Producers - Laura Mickelson, Loren Mendell, Orestes Destrade 

Monday March 6, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

1:00pm PST

The Changing Landscape of Advertising
Ads are less about the product and more about the lifestyle and image the brand or product is trying to project to consumers. How narrative filmmakers are changing the focus of advertising to be more story focused.

Mike Compton (Three Chairs Productions) George Zwierko (Rumbo Cultural Marketing) Travis Horn (S3 Media) Tom Jennus (Trickey Jennus)


Monday March 6, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

3:00pm PST

A Conversation with Bob Layton
One of the comics industry’s true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, with over 5000 comic book credits to his name, Bob Layton has successfully migrated from comics to other media, including television, animation and feature films. If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, then you’re familiar with Bob’s work. An intimate conversation with Bob, exploring where great ideas come from, how comics can make you a better filmmaker, and the art of pitching the perfect script. Not to be missed!

Monday March 6, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Tampa Improv 1600 E 8th Ave Suite C112, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

Zona Franca

Director -Ra Amen
Starring -Oleidys Centeno Sanchez, Leonixe Daniel Hidalgo Garmendria, Marcos O.Tamayo Palenzuela, Ra Amen, David Carrillo Ayala.

Documentary film capturing the music, lives, and dreams of the troubadours who make their living playing along Havana, Cuba's Malecon seawall. The film captures the social, political, and personal context from which this music arises giving a unique and unfettered view of Cuba.

Producer -Jesse Sternburg 

Monday March 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:03pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

VR Showcase: "The Presence"
"The Presence". 6 Min. Pseudoscience Pictures

Monday March 6, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
AMC Centro Ybor Lobby

6:00pm PST

Film Bar Mondays
Film Bar is a weekly gathering of crew, filmmakers, animators, actors, film lovers, and those who just want to hang with creative folk, at local bars. Each week has a designated bar, each with it's own vibe, in a different part of the city. Film Bar is always FREE, and open to everyone, regardless if they're a pro with 20-years experience or a neophyte just starting out.

Monday March 6, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Coppertail Brewery 2601 E 2nd Ave, Ybor City

6:45pm PST

Lost City of Z

Director - James Gray
Starring - Robert Pattinson, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

Producers - Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, James Gray, Dale Armin Johnson 

Monday March 6, 2017 6:45pm - 9:05pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

9:00pm PST

GIFF Industry Party
Join us at the GIFF Industry Party on the second floor of Coppertail Brewery. 1 Complimentary Coppertail Beer for GIFF Badge Holders. Strange Brew film in background. No Cover.

Monday March 6, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm PST
Coppertail Brewery 2601 E 2nd Ave, Ybor City

9:45pm PST

Women Who Kill

Director - Ingrid Jungermann
Starring - Shelia Vand, Annette O'Toole, Deborah Rush 

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger.

When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be who she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags—maybe Jean was right and Simone isn’t as perfect as Morgan’s made her out to be.

Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues—a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon—leading them to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?

Monday March 6, 2017 9:45pm - 11:18pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City
Tuesday, March 7

10:00am PST

Cafe Con Tyler
Join Tyler Martinolich from the Film Commision Office for an open forum on any questions you have about Filmmaking in the Tampa Bay area

Tuesday March 7, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Blind Tiger Cafe

5:00pm PST

Soul On Ice

FREE FILM & EVENT Sponored by Tampa Bay Lightning 

Director -Damon Kwame Mason
Starring - Jaden Lindo, Georges Laraque, Willie O'ree, Don Cherry, Joel Ward.

Soul On Ice presents the virtually unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport. The face of hockey is changing. This film shows us it has been in the making a long time. EVERYTHING HAS A SOUL, HOCKEY IS NO DIFFERENT.

Producers - Damon Kwame Mason, Chester Sit and Michael P. Douglas  

Tuesday March 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:26pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

VR Showcase: Tampa Bay Lightning Experience
"Tampa Bay Lightning Experience". 3 Min. HD Interactive 

Tuesday March 7, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
AMC Centro Ybor Lobby

7:15pm PST

The Last Word


Director - Mark Pellington
Starring - Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche 

Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship.

Producer - Kirk D'Amico 

Tuesday March 7, 2017 7:15pm - 9:00pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

8:00pm PST

Late Night Social: Flavor Savor: Beats, Brews, and Burritos.
Tuesday March 7, 2017 8:00pm - Thursday March 9, 2017 1:00am PST
Crowbar 1812 N 17th ST.

9:30pm PST

The Lost Digit

Director - Garrett Brown
Starring -Christopher Rutherford, Hillary Pyles, Jim Wicker,James Rayfield 

After accidentally cutting off his finger, a man can't escape the dire feeling that something important in his life is missing. As a dangerous obsession takes hold his career, marriage and grasp on reality suffer. The best part of his life gone, he ends up in a nursing home devoid of love and utterly alone

Producer - Karen Brown 

Tuesday March 7, 2017 9:30pm - 11:01pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City
Wednesday, March 8

10:00am PST

Cafe Con Tyler
Join Tyler Martinolich from the Film Commision Office for an open forum on any questions you have about Filmmaking in the Tampa Bay area

Wednesday March 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Blind Tiger Cafe

10:00am PST

Cafe Con Tyler
Join us for an intimate conversation with writers Sarah Weeks and Garry Williams from our feature film So B It, followed by the film screening at AMC Centro Ybor

Wednesday March 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Blind Tiger Cafe

5:00pm PST

Save Your Drama

Director- David Scott Leatherwood
Starring -Crystal Cordero, Vincenzo Hinckley, Rebecca Blair
“Phone” is a vignette of a dysfunctional relationship and their insecurities triggered by modern technology.

Director - Kevin James O'Neill
Starring - Eddie Jemison, Laura Lamson, Steve DuMouchel
Roy Maynard is a man living with Asperger’s syndrome on a cattle ranch that his father Nash bequeathed to him after his father passed away. Roy begins burying all of the town’s road kill in a manner of respect. Roy is completely misunderstood by the townspeople who taunt and bully him.

The Closet
Director - Fred Smith
Starring -Keira McCarthy, Travis Brown
Two strangers rely on each other for sanity and survival while hiding in a closet during a school shooting. Written and directed by Fred Smith, adapted from his acclaimed short story. 

Broken Pines
Director - Anne Pace
Starring - Nicole Starrett, Alana Lasry, Jessica Treska  
Sisters Molly and Cadence are forced to witness their parents’ martial conflicts first hand while stuck on a family camping trip. Cadence isolates herself, leaving her younger sister Molly alone and struggling. With rising tensions and nowhere to escape, the girls are forced to confront the issue and one another.

Invisible Man 
Director -Jan Nord
Starring - Clara Hellgren, Hannah Hutch, Max Rodgers, Hester Arden, Rebecca Finch, Mike McGarvey, Nathalie Desmier, Jeannine Desmier, Bernard Sharpe
The elite, the beautiful, the unreachable. Our hero tries to see the mesh that bonds them. There is another world but will he get there? 

Director - Kevin O'Brien
Starring - Bailey Gavulic, Benjamin Bernard, John Hatfield, Debi Kalman 
A teenage girl runs away from her suburban home seeking independence in the city, where she gets lured into human trafficking.

Tiny Bacteria 
Director -Victoria Jorgensen
Starring - Martha Ellis Gellhorn: Eugenie Bonduran
Martha Gelhorn, an American novelist, travel writer and journalist considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century, was also the third wife ofAmerican Novelist, Ernest Hemingway, from 1940 - 1945. This narrative short is a moment of Gelhorn’s life. Gelhorn speaks to a friend on the phone lamenting her dissatisfaction with Hemingway and their relationship.

Uncle Silas 
Director - Rebecca Brillhart, Sayra Player
Starring - Sayra Player, Kevin Kane
 Maureen, exhausted from child birth, must summon a mother's strength to fight for redemption or choose to let go from a dangerous, self-destructive force: her family. A brother and sister stripped to their most bare and piercing, the two confront choices as only siblings can. 

Wednesday March 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:24pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

5:00pm PST

VR Showcase: "LoVR"
"LoVR". 5 Min. Within / Creator: Aaron Bradbury

Wednesday March 8, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
AMC Centro Ybor Lobby

6:00pm PST

Second Screen Cult Cinema
Second Screen Cult Cinema will hold a special, one-night-only screening of John Carpenter’s schlock masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China (1986) at The Vault in downtown Tampa. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., featuring themed craft cocktails, food, and curated music selections from DJ Brian Oblivion. GIFF passholders receive one free cocktail curtesy of Film Tampa Bay. The film starts at 7 and is preceded by a brief introduction, with a group discussion to follow after the credits. Sponsored by The Wilson Company, Creative Loafing, and the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Wednesday March 8, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm PST
The Vault 611 N Franklin St.

7:15pm PST

Carrie Pilby

Director - Susan Johnson
Starring - Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Ritter, Colin O'Donoghue, William Moseley, Vanessa Bayer

A person of high intelligence struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment. 

Producers -  Susan Cartsonis, Suzanne Farwell, Brent Emery

Wednesday March 8, 2017 7:15pm - 8:53pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City

9:45pm PST

All Nighter

Director - Gavin Wiesen
Starring - J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch, Analeigh Tipton, Taran Killam, Kristen Schaal

Martin is a struggling LA musician nervously meeting his girlfriend Ginnie’s intimidating father, Mr. Gallo, for the first time. Gallo is a tough-minded, no-nonsense international businessman who never has enough time for Ginnie. At dinner together, Gallo is resolutely unimpressed by Martin, Martin grows increasingly uncomfortable, and the meal is a disaster.

Producers - Adi Ezroni, Mandy Tagger Brockey, Josh Crook, P. Jennifer Dana
Executive Producers - Tim Nye, Ishay Mor, Gavin Wiesen, Ron Perlman, Sarah Johnson, David Beal, Burton Ritchie, Scott Donley 

Wednesday March 8, 2017 9:45pm - 11:11pm PST
Theater 1 - PPK/Contender Studios Theater 1600 e 8th Ave, Ybor City
Thursday, March 9

5:00pm PST

Danger Close


Director - Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg
Starring - Alex Quade, Wendy R. Anderson

DANGER CLOSE follows female war reporter Alex Quade’s daring missions to tell soldiers' stories during a series of unprecedented embeds with Conventional Forces and US Special Ops Forces at the height of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday March 9, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Tampa Theater 711 N Franklin Street

7:30pm PST

Awards Presentation
Join us as we announce the winners of the 2017 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival Competition. Open to the Public.

Thursday March 9, 2017 7:30pm - 8:00pm PST
Tampa Theater 711 N Franklin Street

7:30pm PST

Closing Night Film: "Unleashed" Sponsored by Hill Ward Henderson


Director - Finn Taylor - IN ATTENDANCE 
Starring - Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, Sean Astin 

Winner, Audience Choice Awards and Napa Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival 

When a cosmic event turns Emma’s dog (Steve Howey) and cat (Justin Chatwin) into two perfect guys, Emma (Kate Micucci) reconsiders her outlook on dating, hilariously works out her trust issues, and ultimately learns to love herself.

Producer - Susan Johnson 

Thursday March 9, 2017 7:30pm - 8:51pm PST
Tampa Theater 711 N Franklin Street

8:00pm PST

Closing Night Party: 'Larceny'
Celebrate the conclusion of the 11th season of the Suncoast Credit Union GAsparilla International Film Festival at the Closing Night Party: "Larceny". Enjoy complimentary signature Larceny Bourbon cocktails, Tito's Handmade Vodka, along with hors d'vours, Coppertail Beer, and Dark Horse Wine. Come party with the filmmakers and stars w/ live entertainment and DJ Fresh at the World Famous GIFF Closing Night Party

Thursday March 9, 2017 8:00pm - 11:59pm PST
Closing Night Party 633 N Franklin St.