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Gasparilla International Film Fest announces winners

Tribune staff

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The 2014 Gasparilla International Film Festival ended its five-day run this weekend, and doled out prizes to dozens of films and talent.

Mark Raso’s “Copenhagen” took home the jury prize for best narrative feature, while “Boys of Abu Ghraib,” directed by Luke Moran, won the audience award for narrative feature.

The World Showcase award went to “Melaza,” directed by Carlos Lechuga.

Here are the rest of the winners:

GIFF 2014 Audience Award Winners:

Best Florida Production: “…And a Bag of Chips,” directed by Sabyn Mayfield

College Showcase: “Tobacco Burn,” directed by Justin Liberman

Documentary: “Ride with Larry,” directed by Ricardo Villarreal and Andrew Rubin

High School Showcase: “Pendemonium,” directed by Wesley Hayes

Narrative Short Film: “CHUB,” directed by Sam Albis


GIFF 2014 Grand Jury Award Winners:

College Showcase: “The Bright Side,” directed by Sarah Wilson Thacker

Documentary: “The Longest Game,” directed by Camille Thoman

New Visions Presented by Indie Pix: “Sand Castles,” directed by Clenet Verdi-Rose

Screenwriting: SJ Thompson, “A Long Way From Paris”

Short Film: “God’s Got His Head in the Clouds,” directed by Gianluca Sodaro

Special Jury for Acting: Frederikke Dahl Hansen, “Copenhagen”

Special Jury for Filmmaking: Michael Wechsley, “The Red Robin”

GIFF’s Rising Star recipients were RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad,” “House of Last Things”), Anna Anissimova (“Father of Invention,” “The Trials of Cate McCall”, “There’s Always Woodstock”) and Martha MacIsaac (“Greek,” “Superbad “ and “1600 Penn”).

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