Gasparilla International Film Festival | March 23 - 26, 2023


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Grand Jury

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Joe Restanio

Joe Restaino is an award-winning film producer and member of the Producers Guild Association(PGA) based out of Tampa, FL.  He is the principal of Hungry Bull Productions and  produced Michael Sarnoski’s critically acclaimed film PIG starring Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff, Rebecca Hall’s PASSING which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in award-winning roles, and the Lionsgate films FEAR OF RAIN and LADY OF THE MANOR both of which were made in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.  He is currently in post-production on Diane Keaton’s MACK & RITA.  Both films PASSING(Netflix) and PIG(NEON) were nominated for Best Picture at the 2021 Gotham Awards and have won over 60 awards combined including Best Indie(PIG) at the 2022 Hollywood Critics Association Awards. 

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Cinda Snow

Cinda Snow is a Producer, Talent Manager and Founder/Owner of Snow Entertainment with offices in both Los Angeles and Tampa. She is also VP at Capital Pictures with Films in Preproduction such as MADE GUYS, WITCHBOARD, YELLOW EYES, and more. Cinda was involved with Origin Entertainment on the feature films FATIMA and IM Mortal being released this month.  As a talent manager, her clients have worked on feature films (BRIGHTBURN, as series regulars (STARGIRL, NASHVILLE, FULLER HOUSE, etc..) on a variety of networks and streaming services. She began her career as a manager for her daughter, Actor/Producer/Writer Brittany Snow. Having a master's degree in education and also working in the entertainment industry, she has seen the need to provide more entertaining as well as transformational media in an ever-changing world. 

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Jordan grew up in the Tampa Bay area, where he booked the A&E pilot The Glades, turning a one-episode guest spot into a series regular role for four seasons. He won Best Actor at The Florida Comedy Film Festival for his work as lead of the indie project Hialeah and will be seen in Netflix's upcoming limited series Monster. Jordan has warm ties to GIFF, having served as a panelist and debuting his directorial short Greater Goode at the festival. He's spent the last several years writing pilots and a screenplay that have moved into the early stages of development and looks forward to bringing at least one of them to life locally.

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Shana Nichols is the Executive Director of the historic Beach Theatre located on St. Pete Beach. She has a diverse background in entertainment and served as the Technical Director at multiple Florida film festivals over the last decade. As a Tampa Bay native, Shana is passionate about bringing independent film and storytelling to our community.

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Chris Eaton currently works in marketing and programming for Green Light Cinema, a new art-house cinema in St. Pete. He was previously the programmer for Sunscreen Film Festival for 3 years where he was responsible for selecting 135+ films to be screened each year.  He brings a diverse background to the table having worked and lived in Latin America for years while also being an advocate and supporter of the local arts scene in Tampa Bay.

Chris Eaton

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SAG actress, model, and film coach, Eugenie Bondurant’s recent credits include last year’s Conjuring - The Devil Made Me Do It and Fear of Rain.  She just wrapped on the AMC drama, Interview With the Vampire and feature, 115 Grains.  When not working for Balenciaga in Paris (where she is currently) or on a film set, you can see her teaching at her acting studio Station 12 Studio at Green Light Cinema.


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Paul Wilborn is the executive director of the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. His 2019 book, Cigar City: Tales From A 1980s Creative Ghetto, won the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Florida Book Awards. His new novel, Florida Hustle, will be released in June.

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Tamara Nemirovsky is an international award-winning filmmaker, animator, and educator.  Her award-winning stop-motion films were screened at several film festivals internationally. She was granted a scholarship by the Fulbright Commission to pursue an MFA in the United States. Currently, she is a faculty member at the University of South Florida at The Honors College and The School of Art and Art History. She is directing and producing a documentary, now in post-production.


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Marcus Ovnell

Marcus directed his first feature film ”The Break-in” which won numerous awards all over the world and propelled the director’s career into overdrive. ”The Break-In” had its commercial theatrical premiere in February 2016. After the film premiered, Marcus’ directorial career kicked into overdrive, landing commercial gigs for major companies like Ecophon-owned Saint Gobain, NA-KD and many more. ”The Break-in” success at festivals led to securing the financing for Marcus’ follow-up feature ”Faunutland and the Lost Magic”. 
During the financing process of ”Faunutland and the Lost Magic” Marcus directed a Youtube film ”Swedens best Swede” that premiered worldwide on Youtube on the 2nd of February 2020. ”Faunutland and the Lost Magic” was renamed for its reales and is now titled ”Emily and the Magical Journey”. The film  sold to a total of 130 countries including US, Canada, Germany and Russia. At the moment Marcus is in post-production of his third film ”Scapegoat”, slated to premiere in 2023. He also  just started working on a video game and his fourth film ”The Magic of the Eternal Fire”.