Angel Callahan, a sophomore at Dixie Hollins High School in Pinellas Park, came home with TWO awards from the 2015 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival. Angel was chosen as Best Cinematographer and Grand Jury Best Film in the high school category. Prizes include gift cards courtesy of the credit union and a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of the Gobioff Foundation.
Angel is the daughter of LocalShops1 member Dana Callahan, founder of The Domino Effect in Seminole.
First launched in 2006, GIFF has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. The festival is operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Tampa Film Institute and upholds its mission to provide year-long support for film screening, production, and education throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Here are the other winners in this year's festival:
Grand Jury Awards
College showcase: Legend of the Flying Tomato, Directors Aurry Tan, Michael Yates, and Sharon Huang
Short film: Odessa, Director Grace Santos
Florida production: Dutch Book, Director James Repeci
World showcase: The Break In, Director Marcus Ovnell
Best female performance: Ella Purnell from Wildlike
Best male performance: Phillip Thomas from When the Ocean Meets the Sky
Documentary: Call Me Lucky, Director Bobcat Golthwait
Narrative: Wildlike, Director Frank Hall Green
Audience Choice Awards
University of Tampa film showcase: Tresure Man, Director Christian Fernandez
Best college showcase: Florida State’s First Seminole, Director Ryan Watson
Short film: Skyship Chronicles, Director Christian Cashmir
Florida production: American Hostage, Director Mounir Chakor
World showcase: Ben’s at Home, Director Mars Horodyski
Documentary: The Poet of Havana, Director Ron Chapman
Narrative: The Challenger, Director Kent Moran
High School Category
Special effects: Romance Is Dead, Dixie Hollins High, Brice Kronz, Tori Lacey, Alyssa Webster
Visual effects: Eye of the Beholder, Harrison School for Arts, William Stead
Editing: Listener, Blake High School, Dramatic Effect Productions
Female performance: The Sounds of Cindy, Dixie Hollins High School, Mikaela-Rose Piotrowski
Male performance: Emerge, Brice Kronz
Cinematography: Visitant, Dixie Hollins High School, Angel Callahan
Screenplay: Working Title, Dixie Hollins High School, Aaron Gauger
Director: Listener, Blake High School, Dramatic Effect Productions
Best Picture: Visitant, Dixie Hollins High School, Angel Callahan
You can check out the program guide online.
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