16th Anniversary!
The Gasparilla International Film Festival ("GIFF") is Tampa Bay's largest celebration of independent film held annually in Tampa, Florida. GIFF has become the most exciting and most well attended film festival regionally and in the Tampa Bay area. The regular festival is part of Gasparilla Arts Month (Music, Art, Film) where over 100,000 arts patrons attend events throughout the month of March.

We are a Filmmakers Film Festival and most importantly, YOU the FILMMAKER are our #1 priority! If you are accepted into our festival, your film will be seen by hundreds of movies lovers and industry professionals. In addition to screening your films, you will get to take part in our panels, workshops, and parties and become part of our Film Festival Family.

Tampa Bay is rich in tradition, our Festival's Opening Night will be held in the Historic Tampa Theatre and other events and screenings will be in held in Ybor City, known as the Cigar Capital of the world, and the surrounding Tampa Bay Area.

The Festival is a will be showcasing films of all types/genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, family-friendly films, Int'l Films and more.

We want you to attend GIFF and experience the best of what we have to offer so submit your film today!

Audience Awards
Grand Jury Awards


* Only Secure Online Screeners or Vimeo Link (include password) are accepted for preview screening, we also accept secure online screeners.

* Once accepted, DCP, DVDs or Blu-Rays' must be labeled clearly with the title, running time and contact information (including name, address and phone number).

* More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.

* The entry fee is non-refundable.

If selected, filmmakers authorize Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) to conduct up to four (4) theatrical screenings during the 2023 Gasparilla Film Festival. Once your film has been selected, it cannot be pulled by the filmmaker.


GIFF's publicity and marketing teams will promote each film. To assist in this campaign, participating filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials by the February deadlines, if selected to participate:

Complete press kits, stills, and 50 word or less film descriptions.


Press screenings may begin as early as January.

For questions e-mail info@gasparillafilmfestival.com

Filmmakers authorize GIFF to run trailers and promos of selected films as called for by local television stations and online.

Filmmakers that provide a marketing plan for attracting attendees will be given special consideration.


The Gasparilla International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Gasparilla International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Gabe Braden

    Such a great festival to be a part of!

    April 2023
  • Trevor Anderson

    My students were impressed with the guest speakers, beautiful theatre, and the selections of works theirs were shown with. This is the nicest High School Film Festival we've attended, and I look forward to submitting again next year! :)

    April 2023
  • Thanks so much to Gasparilla Int'l Film Festival for a beautiful and well organized film festival. Your communication was fantastic - the staff was all so friendly and attentive, and the venue was gorgeous - a lovely theatre with great sound and projection. Even the filmmaker's lounge was fun, inviting and had great hospitality. Thanks so much!

    April 2023
  • GIFF 2023 was a terrific event. We were honored to be selected and have our documentary win. Thanks to the Judges, volunteers and Film Tampa Bay for all yr hard work & a great film festival.

    April 2023
  • Brandon Prentiss

    Thanks for including “Wildcat” in this festival! Had a great time and would encourage others to submit 💯

    April 2023