SPOTLIGHT: A Taste of Gasparilla

Following its January premiere at MoMA, Global Lens 2013 heads to Tampa and marks GFI’s sixth year working with Gasparilla…

Every January, without fail, we premiere a brand new Global Lens film series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, before it begins its yearlong tour of the country the following month. And this February, the fine folks at the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) will bring Global Lens to Tampa, FL, for its sixth consecutive year! Starting with Zhang Yuan’s wonderful BEIJING FLICKERS (the opening-night film at the MoMA premiere), GIFF will present two screenings each of all ten films at the Tampa Museum of Art throughout 2013, and most of the series will also be included in the festival proper, which runs from March 19th to the 24th.

When asked about their annual hosting of Global Lens, GIFF Board President Joe Restaino had the following to say:

“GIFF is proud of its partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art to bring the Global Lens film series to the Tampa community. Guests often enjoy pre-film receptions and participate in a post-screening Q&A discussion. Because of the increasing popularity of the series here, the partnership is looking to organize additional screenings in 2013. We’ve found that, because of the diverse selection of films, Global Lens is able to connect vast demographics of the community, and we’re pleased to make the series available in Tampa.”

The Global Film Initiative has been working with GIFF since 2008, and we look forward to many more years!


The Global Lens film series is an annual, curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Each film in the series is selected for its authentic voice, strong cinematics and unique cultural perspective, opening a window to the diverse world in which we live. Now in its tenth year, the series continues to be a platform for exceptional storytelling. To date, more than ninety-five films from over thirty-five nations make up the award-winning and critically acclaimed Global Lens collection.

The Global Film is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative.

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