GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL REELS IN HEAVY HITTERS FOR THIRD ANNUAL EVENT

The Festival Will Offer A-List, Award Winning Feature Films and Shorts During 10 Day Film Fest

Well respected names like Rod Lurie, Oren Koules, and Brian Goodman will add style and grace to this three-year-old festival. The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) will kick off opening night with Nothing But The Truth, starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett and Alan Alda. The festival will also present a lifetime achievement award to veteran actress Terry Moore. The opening night screening and award ceremony will take place at The Tampa Theatre on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 7:30pm.

The festival lined up of some amazing films, many of which will be Florida premieres. Some of the featured films include Misconceptions featuring A. J. Cook, Orlando Jones, David Moscow and Sarah Carter; What Doesn't Kill You featuring Ethan Hawke and Brian Goodman; Kassim the Dream; and II Divo. GIFF will also host the first public screening of the Steam Experiment starring Val Kilmer, Armand Assante and St. Petersburg native, Megan Brown.

The 2009 Gasparilla International Film Festival Red Carpet Opening night will take place at Tampa's historic Tampa Theatre on Thursday, February 26th and will end on Saturday, March 7th at The Tampa Firefighters Museum.

Check out this video to learn more about the festival. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here.