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What to know for the Gasparilla International Film Festival

One thing is certain about the first-ever teaming of the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival:

Twice the festivals means twice the decisions to make.

Here are a few things to know:

• Tickets for most screenings range from free to $15, more for special events like opening nights. Festival passes ($75-$500) are available.

• As usual, most Gasparilla movies are screened at Centro Ybor 10 in Ybor City. The new partnership adds five locations also used by the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival: Sundial 20 in St. Petersburg, AMC Classic Palm Harbor 10, Carrollwood Villagio Cinemas in Tampa, Largo's Central Park Performing Arts Center and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa.

Related: Tampa's Gasparilla and Jewish film festivals combine, hoping two is better than one

That's a lot of ground and film to cover in six days, not to mention the celebrities, parties and panel discussions in store.

Below are some suggestions to get you started. Visit and for a complete schedule and ticketing information.

March 20

Gasparilla International Film Festival opening night at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. VIP reception at 5 p.m. $65, includes the 8 p.m. screening of Stuck, about a group of passengers stuck on the subway, with actor Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) in attendance. $15 for the movie only.

A scene from "Stuck."

March 21

Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival opening night. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N Howard Ave., Tampa. Reception at 6 p.m. followed by the post-World War II comedy Bye Bye Germany. $36. Available at

March 22

Civil rights activist Heather Booth leads a discussion after Lilly Rivlin's bio-documentary Heather Booth: Changing the World at Bryan Glazer Family JCC. 6:30 p.m. $10.

March 23

Florida premiere of Best F(r)iends, a horror thriller directed by Greg Sestero and starring Tommy Wiseau of The Room infamy. Sestero and Wiseau will attend. AMC Centro Ybor 10. 9 p.m. $12. Later they'll attend a special screening of The Room at The Attic in Ybor City.

Interview: 'The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero are bringing a new movie to Tampa, and they're serious this time

March 24

Florida premiere of Class Rank, a comedy directed by actor Eric Stoltz (Mask, Pulp Fiction). A Q&A session follows, moderated by Times movie critic Steve Persall. AMC Centro Ybor 10. 7 p.m. $12.

Eric Stoltz will participate in a Q&A following a screening of his new film. [Getty Images]

March 25

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel with a Q&A featuring members of Israel's first World Baseball Classic qualifier. Bryan Glazer Family JCC. 4 p.m. $10.

Gasparilla International Film Festival closing night with a screening of Brothers in Arms, a documentary about the making of Oliver Stone's Platoon. Tampa Theatre. 6:30 p.m. $15.

Steve Persall, Times movie critic