Published: Mar 5, 2004
Tampa International Film Festival, Friday, April 2, through Saturday, April 10,
again will present 20 exciting international feature films to Tampa Bay.
Now in its second year, the festival is partnering with the new Madstone
Theaters, 1609 W. Swann Ave. in Hyde Park, where all screenings will be
Last year, the Weekly Planet named TIFF “Best Film Festival” and festival
director Rob Tregenza “Best Mover and Shaker on the Local Film Scene.”
Again this year, Tregenza and his programmers have scoured the major
international film festivals, and have selected exciting and thought-provoking
cinema from Japan, China, Cuba, Canada, Iran, Italy, Austria, France, Sweden,
Latin America and the Czech Republic. All films are making their Florida
premiers at the festival.
“The robust response to last year’s festival really proved there was a need
for a quality, world-class international film festival here in Tampa. We had
over three thousand admissions in the first edition of TIFF,” said Dr. Tregenza,
associate professor of communication at The University of Tampa.
The opening night films will be Luck, directed by Peter Wellington,
a dramatic comedy from Canada focusing on hockey, love and gambling, and
Crimson Gold, a powerful drama from Iran that screened at Cannes and
New York film festivals.
The closing night films will be Hukkle, from Hungary, winner of last
year’s European Film Award for Best First Film, and Japanese director Takeshi
Kitano’s Dolls, a hit at the Venice and Toronto international film
Tickets to individual films are $7 general, $5 for seniors and students with
I.D. Festival passes are $50 for admission to 10 films. Gold Card Express,
$150, gains admission to all screenings and the opening night party. Tickets
are on sale at Madstone Theaters.
For more information, contact the Office of
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