10th Annual

Gasparilla International Film Festival (Tampa Bay)

March 30, 2016 to April 03, 2016

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701 S. Howard Ave.
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Tampa FL 33606
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

This is the section of the festival where Shorts will be accepted. We will accept short films that are 40 minutes or under including Documentaries, Narrative, Animated and MUSIC VIDEOS.
Narrative Feature
Feature Length Fiction Film minimum 41 minutes. We select a wide variety of genres and film types for this feature narrative category.

College Student Films
This is the section of the festival that will accept films made by emerging filmmakers at the college level. Films of all types will be accepted in this category - features, documentaries, comedies, horrors, shorts etc. The film may have been completed after graduation, but MUST HAVE BEEN STARTED as a student.
International films are visions from around the globe, designed to bring to light select regions, territories, or cultures through film. Films are selected based on creative storytelling, unique visions and/or global impact. To qualify, films must be Tampa Premieres and either produced outside of the United States or focus on stories that are specific to cultures and traditions outside of the United States.

Please note that we can not accept PAL.
Focus on Florida
GIFF celebrates the best of Florida filmmakers via a program designed to simultaneously give residents a medium that extols their area roots while giving them a place amongst the world's finest films. We are looking for the next emerging Florida Filmmakers from the growing film industry in the Sunshine State.

Documentary Feature
Our Documentary Feature Competition is open to films 41 minutes or more. It is a mixture of adventurous and thought-provoking films that challenge and inspire audiences. Films are selected based on high artistic merits and the discovery of a unique and personal vision.
High School Film Showcase
This is the section of the festival that will accept films made by emerging High School filmmakers. Films of all types will be accepted in this category - features, documentaries, comedies, horrors, shorts etc. The film may have been completed after graduation, but MUST HAVE BEEN STARTED as a HIGH SCHOOL student.


The Gasparilla International Film Festival is a celebration of independent film held annually in Tampa, Florida and has become the most exciting and most well attended festival in the Bay area. (Tampa/St. Petersburg). The Festival has created a unique film showcase that will have a lasting and cultural impact on the Tampa Bay Community - and the film community at large.


The Gasparilla International Film Festival(GIFF), Tampa/St. Petersburg's largest independent film festival. The festival is part of Gasparilla Arts Month(Music, Art, Film) in Tampa where over 100,000 arts patrons are expected for all the events over the month of March- so you will most definitely have the opportunity to expose your film to this large audience and distributors! In 2015, the documentary film "The Poet of Havana" made its World Premiere at GIFF during which an HBO Acquisitions rep was in attendance. The Film was subsequently acquired by HBO and making its HBO Latino Premiere in October 2015.

Most importantly, we are about the FILMMAKERS. Movie Maker Magazine listed GIFF as a "Top 25 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee" for 2013, 2014, and 2015. Competition films receive air and hotel accommodations. Additionally, while in Tampa, our guest services offers in house transportation services. If you are accepted into our festival, you will be treated to a number of FILMMAKER ONLY exclusives, including private receptions, our Filmmaker Lounge, VIP treatment and select accommodations.

Tampa Bay is rich in tradition: Tampa was once home to many Cuban cigar makers ("The Cigar Capital of the World"). Our Festival will be holding some events in Ybor City- Tampa's National and Historic Landmark District and Latin Quarter- the original home of cigar making industry, as well as Opening Night at the Historic Tampa Theatre.

The Festival will be showcasing films of all types/genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, family-friendly films and those with a International flavor!

Please rest assured you will be taking care of at GIFF, so please submit today!


Ferdian Jap; Ferdian Jap; GI FF; Joseph Restaino; Joseph Restaino (Program Director); Joseph Restaino (Program Director); Monica Varner; Rachel Feinman



* Only Secure Online Screeners or Vimeo Link (include password) ' are accepted for preview screening, we also accept secure online screeners.

* Once accepted, DVDs and Blu-Rays' must be labeled clearly with the title, running time and contact information (including name, address and phone number).

* More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.

* The entry fee is non-refundable.

If selected, filmmakers authorize Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) to conduct up to four (4) theatrical screenings during the 2016 Gasparilla Film Festival. Also, your film may be part of the GIFF Indie Series throughout 2016. Once your film has been selected, it cannot be pulled by the filmmaker.


GIFF's publicity and marketing teams will craft a specific promotional campaign for each film. To assist in this campaign, participating filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials by the January deadlines, if selected to participate:


Press screenings begin as early as January

questions e-mail info@gasparillafilmfestival.com

Filmmakers authorize GIFF to run trailers and promos of selected films as called for on local television stations.

Filmmakers that provide a marketing plan for attracting attendees will be given special consideration.


The Gasparilla International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Gasparilla International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.