The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through its annual celebration of film, year-round events, community outreach and social awareness initiatives, while also supporting and cultivating the film industry of Tampa Bay and Florida and making an economic impact on our region.
First launched in the summer of 2006, GIFF has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. Well-known for its annual film festival, GIFF is operated by the 501 (c)(3) non-profit Tampa film Institute and continually upholds its mission to provide year-long support for film screening, production, and education throughout the Tampa Bay region.
GRAND JURY AWARDS
GRAND JURY BEST COLLEGE SHOWCASE- Legend of the Flying Tomato, Directors Aurry Tan, Michael Yates, and Sharon Huang
GRAND JURY BEST SHORT FILM- Odessa, Director Grace Santos
GRAND JURY BEST FLORIDA PRODUCTION- Dutch Book, Director James Repeci
GRAND JURY BEST WORLD SHOWCASE- The Break In, Director Marcus Ovnell
GRAND JURY BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE- Ella Purnell from Wildlike
GRAND JURY BEST MALE PERFORMANCE- Phillip Thomas from When the Ocean Meets the Sky
GRAND JURY BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE- Call Me Lucky, Director Bobcat Golthwait
GRAND JURY BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE- Wildlike, Director Frank Hall Green
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
AUDIENCE CHOICE of University of Tampa FILM SHOWCASE- Tresure Man, Director Christian Fernandez
AUDIENCE CHOICE BEST COLLEGE SHOWCASE- Florida State’s First Seminole, Director Ryan Watson
AUDIENCE CHOICE SHORT FILM- Skyship Chronicles, Director Christian Cashmir
AUDIENCE CHOICE FLORIDA PRODUCTION- American Hostage, Director Mounir Chakor
AUDIENCE CHOICE WORLD SHOWCASE- Ben’s at Home, Director Mars Horodyski
AUDIENCE CHOICE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE- The Poet of Havana, Director Ron Chapman
AUDIENCE CHOICE NARRATIVE FEATURE- The Challenger, Director Kent Moran
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