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Gasparilla Film Festival lineup draws Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Mark-Paul Gosselaar

As if Rita Moreno needed another award, for EGOT's sake, she'll soon pick up another at the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Now in its 10th year, the festival runs March 30 through April 3 at Tampa Theatre and Ybor City's Muvico Centro Ybor 20.

Moreno, pictured, one of only 12 artists earning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony honors, will receive a lifetime achievement award April 2, after a 6 p.m. screening of her new comedy, Remember Me.

Later that evening, Saved by the Bell refugee Mark-Paul Gosselaar accompanies his crime drama Precious Cargo at an 8:30 p.m. world premiere. Bruce Willis co-stars.

In addition to Moreno, Gasparilla is rolling out the red carpet for three-time Oscar nominee Diane Ladd (Joy, Wild at Heart). Ladd will attend a March 31 screening of the family drama, I Dream Too Much.

This year's Gasparilla lineup includes 115 features, documentaries and shorts, tributes like Moreno's, master classes, a Cuban cinema sidebar, industry panels and, of course, parties.

Florida premieres include works starring James Franco (The Adderall Diaries), Christopher Walken and Amber Heard (One More Time) and Penelope Cruz (Ma Ma).

Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton hosts a workshop titled With the Stroke of a Pencil on March 31 at 5 p.m.

Opening night at Tampa Theatre includes a 7 p.m. screening of Eye in the Sky, a military drone thriller starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul. A red carpet catered reception beings at 5 p.m. Tickets are $55, or $15 for the movie only. All opening night tickets include access to the aftershow party.

The closing night offering at Centro Ybor 20 is Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some, billed as a "spiritual sequel" to the director's 1993 classic, Dazed and Confused.

Festival passes are available ($25-$250). Individual movie tickets are $12, with discounts for students and seniors. Visit gasparillafilmfestival.com for schedules and ticketing.

Contact Steve Persall at [email protected] or (727) 893-8365. Follow @StevePersall.

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