Introducing the Gasparilla Film Festival
(released 8/25/2006)

With a nod to its Hispanic heritage, the Gasparilla Film Festival presented by Wachovia and Wachovia Insurance Services will make its debut February 28 - March 4, 2007.

Ushering in a new era of cinema in Tampa, the independent film festival will showcase more than 40 films in the following categories:

Latin Panorama - with a Cuban twist
New Horizons - films that more directly focus on the arts
Fun & Fear - a mix of comedies and horrors
Short Films - including family - friendly and music video
Special Screenings - Featured American indies

The 5-day competitive festival will be juried by filmmakers and journalists who are industry professionals. Separate juries will be used for both the Latin Panorama section and the New Horizons section.

Jury and Audience Awards will honor the following categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture - Short, Best Picture - Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Latin Film, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Homegrown Music Video, and the Young Filmmaker Award.

Other award categories will also be presented at the Cuban Club Theater on Sunday, March 4. The festival will take place at venues in and surrounding Ybor City. The festival will begin its celebration of independent film with a VIP reception and "An Evening With...", an intimate film screening and discussion with a special guest at The Tampa Theatre.

For more information, email A website is forthcoming.

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