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TIFF Returns to Tampa
(released 3/27/2005)
By Douglas Lorah

The third annual Tampa International Film Festival will unreel 24 international feature films April 1-9 at Sunrise Cinemas, 1609 W. Swann Ave. Dr. Rob Tregenza of The University of Tampa and Eddie Cockrell of Variety have selected films from around the globe, including Cuba, Mexico, India, Germany, Italy, Brazil and France. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. A "Gold Pass" for all screenings is available for $125.

This year TIFF will have four sections: World Cinema, Open Vault, Technology, and Film and the Future, with a focus on the work of acclaimed Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang.

"I am excited with the growth and the support that this year's festival has received from the Tampa Bay community. This is our strongest offering yet," said Tregenza, founder and director of the annual event.

As part of the festival, a free public forum moderated by MOSI president Wit Ostrenko, "Technology, Film & the Future," will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E. Fowler Ave., on April 8 at noon.

To inspire discourse for the public forum, two classic early films, Metropolis and Modern Times, will be screened from beautifully restored 35mm prints earlier in the festival as part of the Open Vault section. Special guest Caroline Martel, Montreal filmmaker and director of The Phantom of the Operator, will be part of the panel discussion. Her film screens on April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The major sponsors of this year's Tampa International Film Festival are ARTE, MOSI, The University of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Film Society and Little Harbor.

For more information or to view the complete schedule, please visit www.tampafilmfest.com or call the TIFF office at (813) 253-3333, ext. 3425.

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