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Thursday, March 31

5:00pm EDT

Bill Plympton: With The Stroke of a Pencil Workshop
FREE with Festival Pass 

Legendary Animator, Bill Plympton (Your Face, Guard Dog, Push Comes to Shove), shares his highlights of a true artist’s career. From his Academy Award nominations and MTV, to multi-award winning shorts and features, there’s something about hand drawn cartoons and keeping creative control…

Thursday March 31, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 7 1600 e 8th ave, tampa, fl

7:00pm EDT

Panel: Meet The Press, but don't forget your social media

 “Meet the Press, but don’t forget your Social Media” -Filmmaker’s Lounge

 With the media and press becoming more than the old standard of newspapers and TV, social media has become much bigger than just a trend. It’s an everyday source of promotion, advertising and marketing. Filmmakers and other honored guests are invited to pitch their films to the press and audience.

Cyndi Edwards (Daytime), Antony Francis (Head of Lettuce Media), Hilda Somarriba (Prism Media Group), Paul Guzzo (Tampa Tribune), Victoria Jorgenson (A Media Marketing), Al Frederick (Frederick Communications), and Steve Persall (Tampa Bay Times).

 George Zwierko (Three Chairs Productions) moderates.

Thursday March 31, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Filmmakers Lounge TBD
Saturday, April 2

11:00am EDT

Panel: Call My Agent

 “Call my Agent” -HCC Ybor City

 An actor relies on a network of agents, casting directors and managers to market their talents. How do you get in good with the casting directors? What’s the secret to booking a gig? How much does the script matter? What does it take to become a star? Learn from the experts in casting and discovering talent.

 Cinda Snow (Snow Entertainment), Kelly Paige (Level Talent), Traci Danielle (Brevard Talent), Brandon Henry Rodriguez (Scorpion, The Thinning), Rose Rosen, CSA (Edward Scissorhands, Soccer Moms of Tampa Bay), and Mark Mullen (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Miami Vice)


 Moderated and Sponsored By Tony Armer (St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner)

Saturday April 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
HCC Ybor Campus - Ybor Room 2112 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605

12:30pm EDT

Panel: The Performance is worth a thousand words

The Performance is worth a thousand words “ -HCC Ybor City

Performances are about what’s being said, but often it’s what isn’t said, from subtle expressions to the timing and tones of the actor’s voice. Discovering the connection from character to its audience and the mystery of what makes the audience love or hate a character.

 Oscar winner, Rita Moreno (West Side Story, 9 to 5), Mark Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell, Precious Cargo), Carlos Bardhem (The Debt, Assassin’s Creed), Colin Smith (Lies I Told my Little Sister, Bear with Us), Mary Rachel Dudley (Triple 9, HBO’s Confirmation), Alberto Ammann (Narcos, The Debt), Stacia Crawford (River Guard, Lost Cat Corona), and Christy Carlson Romano (Bear with Us, Kim Possible).


 Moderated by Doug Fox (Mad Max: Fury Road, Children of God)

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
HCC Ybor Campus - Ybor Room 2112 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605

2:00pm EDT

Workshop: Pitch the Billion Dollar Producers

“Pitch the Billion Dollar Producer“ -HCC Ybor City

The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) announces a new Film Pitch Contest where 3 finalists will have the chance of a lifetime to pitch their screen play  in front of Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmet Furla Oasis Films at the 2016 Film Festival!   A winner will be chosen and will receive an option deal from Emmet Furla Oasis Films!  

Emmet Furla Oasis Films has produced over 80 films and grossed over $1,000,000 in box office ticket sales and is behind some of the most successful films of all time including The Amityville Horror, Rambo, 16 Blocks, End of Watch, 2 Guns, and Lone Survivor.

Randall Emmett and George Furla will also world premiere their latest film Precious Cargo at the 2016 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 8:35pm.  The film stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar who will be in attendance, Bruce Willis, and Claire Forlani. 

To participate in the contest, filmmakers are asked to submit their logline of 25 words or less to GIFFPitchContest@gmail.com and is limited to 3 logline submissions per person/team  by March 31st, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST.   Ten loglines will be chosen by a GIFF Committee who will then refer for consideration by Randall Emmett who will choose 3 finalists to present their screen play at the “Pitch the Billion Dollar Producer” workshop on April 2nd at 2:00pm at the Festival.

Finalists presenting MUST be present during the workshop and must have a copyrighted screenplay or a WGA registered screenplay. 

Guidelines for submissions:

*Must have a copyrighted screenplay or WGA registered screenplay
*Logline must be 25 words or less
*Must be available/ present during the workshop on April 2nd
*Deadline for submissions March 29th

Rules and Regulations:

The organizers of GIFF reserve the right to reject any submission
The organizers of GIFF reserve the right to disqualify and/or otherwise adjust the ranking of any submission
The organizers of GIFF reserve the right to withhold the selection and announcement of winner.
The organizers of GIFF do not guarantee an option with Producer or any guarantee to provide a motion picture deal.
By submitting a piece of work to any segment of GIFF you grant the organizers of GIFF a royalty-free license to use your piece – with full credit to you – in any promotional (advertising and marketing) and/or research (review for judging, critiquing, etc.) activities they may choose. 
Entrants submitting entries for GIFF retain all commercial rights to their submissions, other than that may be agreed upon between, you and Randall Emmett, his affiliate, or any other person.
You will continue to own any applicable intellectual property rights in your submission, other than that may be agreed upon between, you and Randall Emmett, his affiliate, or any other person.
The organizers of GIFF reserve the right to change and/or otherwise alter the regulations and rules at any time and for any reason without notice. As a practice the organizers of GIFF will attempt to issue notices of changes within an acceptable time.
Entrants are expected to have all documents related to project in good order.
Entrants acknowledge that by entering any GIFF competition they accept all the terms and regulations hereby reflected. Further, entrants declare that the details furnished upon their entry into any GIFF competition are true and correct. In any case where the information provided by an entrant is found to be false or untrue or misleading or misrepresenting, the organizers of GIFF will automatically disqualify the entrant and purge all submissions of the entrant from all categories in all competitions.

Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
HCC Ybor Campus - Ybor Room 2112 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605

4:30pm EDT

Panel: The Creative Hands

4:30pm- The Creative Hands (behind the scenes) -HCC Ybor City


From the art of special effects make-up to the sights and sounds that pull you into a film, it takes an army of talented crew to make movie magic.  Meet the crew.


Oscars don’t just go to the lead actor…


Oscar winning and multiple nominee, Sound mixer- David Parker (Fight Club, Dreamgirls)-, Editor- Stacy Schroeder (The Disaster Artist, Grudge Match), Make-up artist- Francesca Tampieri (Dog Eat Dog, Hatfields and McCoys), Cinematographer-Alex Gallitano (Bear with Us, Beyond Belief) and Sound mixer- Whit Norris (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Passengers)


Moderator- Dale Gordon (Film Tampa Bay Commissioner)


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
HCC Ybor Campus - Ybor Room 2112 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605
Sunday, April 3

11:00am EDT

Panel: Meet the Commish & Breakfast


Filmmakers/ Panelists Breakfast  –Filmmaker’s Lounge


Film Tampa Bay’s Dale Gordon and St. Pete/ Clearwater’s Film Commissioner, Tony Armer welcome filmmakers, panelists, and out of town guests for a Tampa style breakfast in the filmmakers lounge; Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, and film discussion from incentives to locations will be topical.

Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Filmmakers Lounge TBD

12:00pm EDT

Panel: A Conversation with Darcy McKinnon of NOVAC


 “A Conversation with Darcy McKinnon of NOVAC” –Filmmaker’s Lounge


The mission to educate and build a film community stems with a variety of resources including local and national organizations, Darcy McKinnon and Dale Gordon (Film Tampa Bay) discuss efforts to grow and sustain the film and television industry in Tampa Bay. 

Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Filmmakers Lounge TBD

1:00pm EDT

Panel: How To Fest: Do's and Don'ts for a film festival run

How to Fest” (Do’s and Don’ts for a Film Festival run) –Filmmaker’s Lounge


After the film is made and it’s time to show it, and the festivals continue to be one of the best ways to find an audience. From film festival programmers, executive directors, publicists, and potential distributors, learn some new tricks to help your film get into festivals, possibly win and get that coveted distribution deal.


Andres Castillo (Miami International Film Festival), Monica Varner (GIFF), Leslie Cohen (HBO), Quincy Perkins (Key West Film Festival), Dwight Cenac (Sunscreen Film Festival), Hilda Somarriba (Prism Media Group), and Grace Santos (Bentonville Film Festival)


Tyler Martinolich moderates (Film Tampa Bay)

Sunday April 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Filmmakers Lounge TBD

2:30pm EDT

Panel: Open Casting

Casting directors, managers, acting coaches, and agents are always looking to discover new talent. Discuss the possibilities with the experts who can open the doors to Hollywood. After all, it’s all who you know… Bring your headshot. Bring your chops.

Possibly in attendance: Eugenie Bondurant (Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Fight Club), Nancy McBride (Reel Casting), Kelly Paige (Level Talent), Traci Daniele (Brevard Talent), Bobbi Hill (Bobbi Hill Casting), Rose Rosen (Edward Scissorhands, Bridezillas), Andi Matheny (The Mentalist, American Zombie), Brandon Henry Rodriguez (Director’s Cut, Wilfred), Mark Mullen (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Monster) and Cinda Snow (Snow Entertainment).


Moderator: Elizabeth Fendrick (Vacation, Reckless)


Sunday April 3, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Lieser Skaff Alexander Theater 5 1600 e 8th ave, tampa, fl