Gasparilla International Film Festival and Music Festival collaborating on 10-day arts celebration
TAMPA — Two staples of Tampa’s Gasparilla festivities are collaborating efforts to bring a 10-day long arts event next year.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan announced Wednesday that the Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Gasparilla Music Festival are coordinating efforts for the 2017 celebration in hopes of leveraging their individual cachet into a powerhouse entertainment experience.
“This collaboration is a giant step toward making Tampa/Hillsborough County the destination for cultural tourism in Florida,” Hagan said.
The event will begin on March 2, 2017 with the Gasparilla International Film Festival and continue throughout the week with more than 100 independent films. On March 11 and 12, the Gasparilla Music Festival will take over. There will also be music and movie collaborations throughout the week to be determined.
“It just makes sense to work together to create a bigger impact in Tampa Bay” said Carter Henderson, president of Gasparilla Music Festival.
Gasparilla events are often spread throughout the spring. This past year, for example, the music festival, which started in 2012, took place March 12 but the film festival, which launched in 2006, wasn’t until the end of March and early April.
In coordinating and bringing the events closer together, officials hope it will boost attendance and tourism for both festivals. Event organizers expect more than 35,000 attendees to each festival.
“This collaboration is so exciting because it creates a SXSW like experience right here in our backyard,” said Rachel Feinman, president of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.