15th 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 2020 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
  • Aaron Hosé

    As a repeat GIFF alum, I have been attending since 2010 and believe it to be one of the strongest festivals in the Central FL/Gulf Coast area. This event has it all... their programming is strong each year and is presented in top-notch theatrical venues. There's a healthy balance between micro-budget and higher budget indies with some celebrity attendees, and most of them are very approachable which is nice. The GIFF staff is friendly and attentive, and the sponsors are always walking around interacting with the guest filmmakers. Their cocktail hours and parties are superb and ideal for networking. They also partner with great hotels should you want to stay a few days in Tampa in a nice room. In 2021 they should resilience by coming back full force in just a short amount of time. Kudos to Monica, Anne and their team for pulling off yet another fantastic festival, and major thanks to AMC Westshore for stepping up to the plate and supporting them! Can't wait for GIFF 2022!

    June 2021
  • Even thought the Gasparilla International Film Festival was postponed during Covid-19 this year, I have been attending this festival for many years. The staff is very helpful, the location in Tampa, FL is outstanding, and the networking is always exciting. I've met filmmakers who have become friends and celebrities I admire. The connections and inspiration have been life changing. I highly recommend this festival.

    February 2021
  • Daphne Lewis

    Communication with the festival administrators was great. Thank you for responding so quickly during our current crisis. I look forward to submitting in the future and attending the event!

    April 2020