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We welcome you to the 9th Annual Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Celebrating the best independent filmmakers from around the world, each March, GIFF pivots Tampa deep into the “City of the Arts” movement that runs deeply through the cultural and historical veins of our beloved city. We applaud the talent, tireless effort and dedication of our leadership, volunteers, sponsors, members and visionaries that continues to energize Tampa’s Film Festival and provide our community the unforgettable, chaotic and extraordinary celebration of FILM.

The information below will answer your questions and guide you through our festival making it an easy and enjoyable experience.

How to GIFF.




How do I choose a film?

We suggest the following ways to make your selections.

    • Pick up a GIFF Program Guide and browse the film listings, times and venues in print. GIFF Guides are available at the venues and are circulated via Creative Loafing the week before GIFF. We will also provide a link to download the Guide when we get closer to the festival.
    • Browse our schedule online to view film listings, times, venues and trailers.


Certain films may require parental discretion. Please contact us if you have questions about a film’s content or subject matter.

I want to go to GIFF! Is there more to do than just watch Films?

Ah yes, we’re glad you asked! Along with Competition Films, we have Q&A Sessions with Filmmakers & Actors, Education Panels, Global Lens Screenings, Special Engagement Screenings, Workshops, Award Ceremonies, Filmmaker Lounge, Special GIFF Planned Events such as Outdoor Concerts and a Rooftop Drive-in, Daily After Parties, Members only Events, Celebrity Private Events/Dinners, GIFF’s VIP Opening Night Reception, GIFF’s Signature Gala and VIP Engagements. Some of these events are included with your ticket, pass or membership purchase, some are open to the public and some require an additional ticket purchase for entrance. Refer to our GIFF Program Guide, Online Schedule or Event Calendar for details. We have tried to make it clear what tickets are required but as always, please contact us if you have any questions.


Take a look at our Program Guide for an exciting review of festival events and information.


Our Event Calendar features GIFF Events. It will include Year-Round Events after the Film Festival has closed..


How do I Purchase Tickets?

Good question! There are several ways to access GIFF.

    • Tickets are available for entrance to individual events such as film screenings, special engagements, the VIP Opening Night Reception and GIFF’s Signature Gala. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on the day of the show at the GIFF Box Office located at each venue. As we mentioned above, GIFF has partnered with FestivalGenius as our premier platform for connecting GIFF to our audience. In addition to online scheduling it also provides GIFF’s online ticketing. Parties and special engagements require HARD TICKETS which can be purchased online or at the door.
    • Film Passes grant access to films only and film-related events, not requiring a separate entrance ticket.  Daily and Total Festival Passes are available for purchase online through our partner FestivalGenius. Passes do not cover admission to parties.
    • Membership provides entrance to exclusive Members Only Special Events and tickets and passes which varies with the type of membership purchased. GIFF has partnered with Eventbrite to promote and manage GIFF’s membership sales. Additional information on membership types, features and cost is available on our Become a Member page which links to online membership purchasing.




How do I Pickup Tickets & Passes?
    • ADVANCE ONLINE PURCHASES: Patrons can pickup their tickets at each venue’s GIFF Box Office Will Call. Please double check which venue is showing your film. You must present a photo ID or present your purchase receipt. Tickets must be picked up 15 minutes prior to showtime to allow for seating.
    • DAY OF SHOW SALES: To purchase a ticket for that day, go to the GIFF Box Office located at each venue.
    • FILM PASS PROCEDURE: All Film Screening Passes ADMIT ONE to film screenings only and applies to Members, Sponsors, Board Members, Filmmakers and Industry passes. YOU MUST BE SEATED AT LEAST 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE SCREENING. If you are not in your seat 15 minutes prior to the screening time, your seat will be given to a guest in the wait list “rush” line. No refunds, but you may exchange for another screening based on availability.
Oh No, the Film is Sold Out. Now What?

The popularity of GIFF almost guarantees films will sell out which makes it that much more important to purchase your tickets, passes and membership in advance. For SOLD OUT films, show up at the venue before showtime to enter the dedicated wait list/Rush line. Beginning approximately 15 minutes before film start time, we will sell tickets on a first-come basis based on seat availability. We accept cash only and full price for Rush tickets.

GIFF’s parties ALWAYS sellout. Buy your tickets now!

I can’t make the film I purchased a ticket for, Can I get a refund?

We are sorry that we can not offer refunds. However, tickets may be exchanged for another screening based on availability at each film screening venue.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets cost between $12 – $15 each for screenings.

During the Festival, March 24-29 2015, tickets should be picked up at the GIFF Box Office located at each of the venues listed below. Each venue will distribute their respective tickets. Information on each venue such as their policies can be found on their respective websites. Diabled or Elderly guests requiring assistance should notify a lobby attendant to be escorted into the theater before the crowd arrives. Venues are open to all ages. However, certain films may require parental disgression. Please contact us if you have questions about a film’s content or subject matter.

Channelside Cinemas
Channelside Bay Plaza
615 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Box Office Hours:
Doors open daily 30 minutes before first showtime of the day.
Parking is available in Channelside’s parking garage located directly across the street from the venue.


Tampa Theatre
711 North Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10am to 5pm
Evenings & Weekends: Between 1/2 hour before the first showtime of the day and 1/2 hour after the last showtime starts.
Parking Information

    • GIFF 2015 is pleased to offer special rates with our Official Filmmaker Hotel:


    The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

    111 West Fortune Street, Tampa, FL 33602
    Call 813-223-1351 to book your GIFF room
    Booking code:   “GIFF”

    $99 per night – Includes parking, wifi,
    complimentary shuttle to GIFF theaters and events,
    & a 20% food & beverage discount!


    Epicurean Hotel

    Gasparilla International Film Festival
    Start date: 3/24/14
    End date: 3/29/14
    Last day to book by: Please contact the hotel.

    Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
    Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection®  for 159 USD  per night

    • GIFF Transportation:


    Enterprise TampaPlease use this link to receive GIFF’s special rate.

    Ambassador Limo 727.442.9050

    Skyline Limo 813.777.2685

    United Cab 813.777.7777

    Yellow Cab 813.253.0121

    Red Top Cab 813.418.7400

    Cab Plus 813.288.8888

    • What is the dress  code?Opening night and evening events are Business Casual. The film screenings are casual. The dress code for the closing night party, GIFF’s Signature Gala, Cocktail/Dress to Impress.
    • What is the GIFF policy on Photography at the events?

      At the festival you are more than welcome to take pictures for your own personal use. However, we ask you to be respectful of the celebrities and talent on site. By participating in the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF), you consent for GIFF to use your photos, image and or likeness for promotional materials.

    • Are the events open to the general public?With the purchase of appropriate tickets the general public  can attend any event.