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Jewish film fest to add reach with new partnership

The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) have agreed to a partnership that will create one of the largest film festivals in Florida.

From March 20-25, the newly combined six-day event will showcase over 150 films, which is expected to attract more than 25,000 attendees in both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Venues will include Tampa Theatre, AMC Centro Ybor, Bryan Glazer Family JCC, AMC Sundial, AMC Palm Harbor and Largo Cultural Center.

“Combining efforts with the Jewish Film Festival allows us to leverage each other’s reach and resources to put Tampa Bay on the map for having one of the largest film festivals in the Southeast,” said Joseph Alexander, board president of Tampa Film Institute, Inc., which oversees GIFF.

The logo for this year’s Tampa Bay Jewish Film Fesitval (at left) has been updated to reflect the change.

“This collaboration exposes the broader Tampa Bay Film community to the vast array of offerings that our two festivals provide,” said Heidi Shimberg, chief operating officer of Tampa JCCs.

The Tampa JCCs and Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties are cosponsors of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival.

Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco Federation, said the Jewish portion of the film festival will continue to operate the same way with committee members participating in planning and selection of the films.

“The great thing about this partnership is the symbiotic relationship it creates, allowing for a greater number of films of Jewish interest to be a part of the phenomenal GIFF line-up and for GIFF to have partnership and visibility within the TBJFF,” Socash said.

“In many ways, this is a natural next step for both festivals, as each has credibility in its own right. Through this partnership, we’re able to offer our audiences more exposure to the art of film and the corresponding experiences that go along with a film festival experience,” she added. “Who benefits? Everyone.”

A complete schedule of events, film lineup, special guests and more will be announced in February.

About the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival

Started in 1995, The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival (TBJFF) is dedicated to using film to celebrate Jewish culture and reflect the diversity and richness of the Jewish experience. The festival seeks to use the power of film to entertain, educate and challenge conventional perspectives on complex issues facing the Jewish people and global community alike.

The festival delivers a collection of dramas, documentaries, and comedies depicting Jewish life from filmmakers around the world. The films are shown in venues across Tampa Bay. For more information, visit

About the Gasparilla International Film Festival

Launched in the summer of 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. GIFF is operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Tampa Film Institute and continually upholds its mission to provide yearlong support for film screening, production, and education throughout Tampa Bay and the region. For more information on GIFF, visit:

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