The USF ITALIAN PROGRAM is pleased to announce that the GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 will kick off this week on Thursday, March 24 at 6PM with an Opening Reception and Screening at 7:30PM of recent Sundance Film Festival hit “The Music Never Stopped” at the Tampa Theatre. The festival, already become a Tampa renowned and beloved annual event, is at its 5th edition and it has grown into an independent festival with an impressive selection of international, national, and local films.

This is a unique chance for the community to see international, national, and local films that have not yet had exposure in the Tampa Bay area, a rare opportunity for directors to showcase their films and for distributors to catch up with brand new, cutting edge cinema.

There will be many opportunities to meet celebrities such as the private dinner with actor Tom Berenger on Friday, March 25, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at 717 South. You can reserve a spot here:

There will be educational panels with actors and experts. Actor M. Emmet Walsh and Actor/Producer Tom Berenger will be at the University of Tampa, March 24th and 25th at 1PM Reeves Theatre, respectively. Both will stop by UT to speak with the university community with Dr. Randy Finch (Associate Professor, University of Central Florida)/ Producer-Film & Theatre. For more information, please visit:!/event.php?eid=118162188261672

Many screenings will be followed by Q&A with directors, actors, and experts. Do not miss the screening on Sunday March 27 at 12:30PM of Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s award winning and acclaimed feature film “Vincere” at Cinebistro with Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia (Assistant Professor, University of South Florida). The festival will conclude on Sunday March 27 with a Closing Night Celebration of Cinema that will include a full day of activities on Franklin Street, the Filmmaker Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Film at the Tampa Theatre, and the Closing Night Party at the historic Kress Building.

Please check the website for details about screenings and activities.

Please note that tickets at Cinebistro are reserved seating. They can be ordered online at and must be picked up at least 30 minutes before the screening.

For parking information:

Tampa Theatre: Metered parking is available on surrounding street, $1.50 per hour. Meters accept quarters and credit cards. No charge after 6pm Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday.

Cinebistro: Three free public parking garage in Hyde Park Village as well as area parking behind the theatre.

Muvico: $3 valet on 8th. Parking garage on 15th and 7th for 1 per hour.

For more details on the screening of the Italian film Vincere, please visit:!/event.php?eid=196549810377289

We look forward to seeing you!


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