Gasparilla International Film Festival takes over Tampa this week

We pull the curtains back on GIFF and reveal TBAY’s independent film and talent scene.

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The opening and closing films play at the Tampa Theatre

Photo via Visit Tampa Bay

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Lights, camera, action, TBAY.

The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is back and better than ever for its 16th year. This four-day independent film event starts tonight and runs until Sunday, March 26 — it’s the place to be for filmmakers, talent, producers, and movie buffs.

It boasts a star-studded cast of over 70 short + feature film premieres, four panels, and countless accredited movie stars like:

  • Sung Kang directs “Shaky Shivers”
  • Judy Greer stars in “Gringa”
  • Patricia Clarkson stars in “Monica”
  • Emily Browning stars in “Monica”
  • Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black”)
  • Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”)

Opening Night

On Thursday, the pulse-pounding “Miranda’s Victim” kicks off the event, which turns back the clock nearly 60 years to the landmark case that gave birth to Miranda Rights. Here’s the trailer.

Notable cast members:

  • Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”)
  • Luke Wilson (“Idiocracy,” “Anchorman,”Hoot”)
  • Andy Garcia (“Father of the Bride,” “The Godfather: Part III”)
  • Emily VanCamp (“Captain America: Civil War,” “The Falcon, and the Winter Soldier”)
  • Enrique Murciano (“Without a Trace,” “The Saint”)

This film starts at 7:00 p.m. Grab your tix before the theater sells out.

Closing Night

The festival’s last day features educational panels from leading industry professionals, screenings, and even a high school film competition.

And for the grand finale of GIFF, the closing night film “BlackBerry” is making its Florida premiere, telling the story of the rise and fall of the world’s first smartphone. Here’s the trailer.

Notable cast members:

  • Jay Baruchel (“This is the End,” “How to Train Your Dragon”)
  • Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)
  • Cary Elwes (“Stranger Things”)

This film premieres at 7:30 p.m. Grab your tickets now.

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