Time for the Movies at the 2015 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival


The 9th annual Gasparilla International Film Festival offers 140 films and attracts enthusiasts, filmmakers and talent from across the globe in celebration of artistic excellence in cinematography. The juried competition will screen feature films, short films, student films, international films, documentaries and Florida-focused films, along with special award recognitions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, education panels and festivities running through Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tickets are available for purchase online and range from $12 for adult regular screenings and $10 for students and seniors.

Highlights for a film lovers weekends are listed below:

The “Bacardi Nights Party” on Friday, at 9:00 p.m., will be held at Channelside Bay Plaza, Suite 203. The event, sponsored by Bacardi with “150 years of starting parties”, is $10 or free to attend with any film ticket or pass. Guests will enjoy live music, including a special performance by Cuban Singer Carlos Varela and a cash bar offering specialty rum drinks, like the Bacardi Mojito and Cuba Libre.

Festival festivities continue with the highly anticipated “Big Party by New Amsterdam Vodka” on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 p.m., at Channelside Bay Plaza, Suite 123, on the waterfront. Guests are invited to party with filmmakers and stars, indulge in complimentary beverages, including New Amsterdam Vodka’s signature cocktails, Stella Artois beer and Dark Horse wine and enjoy heavy hors d’ vours. Local favorite “DJ Fresh” will entertain guests until 2:00 a.m. Tickets are available for $65.

This year’s acclaimed closing night film, Preggoland, is a Tampa Premiere from Director Jacob Tierney. The Canadian film, a comedy/drama, tells the story of Ruth, a 35 year-old woman who pretends to be pregnant to fit in with her friends. Although she initially tries to come clean, the perks of pregnancy are too seductive to ignore and she soon finds herself living a lie. The film stars Sonja Bennett, James Caan, Danny Trejo, Paul Campbell, and Laura Harris. Writer/Star Sonja Bennett and Producer Dylan Collingwood will be in attendance. The film makes its Tampa debut at Channelside Cinemas on Sunday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

New for 2015 is Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla Film Festival’s Family Fun Day. March 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., is the family-friendly event at Channelside Bay Plaza and will offer free film screenings of Toy Story, The Goonies and Ghost Squad in addition to fun activities, games and prizes, casting calls, and red carpet walks. The event is free to attend.

Culminating the six-day festival, the awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Theatre 1 at Channelside Cinemas. During the event, which is free to attend, filmmakers will be congratulated for accomplishments and competition winners announced, including awards from the Grand Jury and Audience Choice for each competition category.

The final event of the 2015 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival is the “GIFF Wrap Party” held in the lobby of Channelside Cinemas on Sunday, March 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. The event is free to attend and will offer a cash bar. The wrap party brings together filmmakers, film enthusiasts, festival organizers and volunteers, and the festival’s sponsors whose contributions make the festival possible.


The full 2015 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival schedule, including links to the online ticketing page is available at: http://gasparillafilm.sched.org. The 2015 program guide is available at: http://bit.ly/1BD6EQI.








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