Notebook: Gasparilla Film fest seeks submissions

Briefs and news of note.

Published November 24, 2006

Organizers of the Gasparilla Film Festival are looking for submissions for the upcoming event.

Pieces may be submitted in any of six categories: Latin panorama; "new horizons" experimental films; shorts; fun and fear; "special American Indie screenings," or American feature films of any genre; and the new young filmmaker category.

Prizes will be awarded in all categories, and filmmakers selected for the festival will be invited to a Filmmaker Only Day that includes a cocktail reception, dinner and after-party.

Submissions are due by Jan. 8. The festival will be held from Feb. 28 to March 4. For information, go to www.gasparillafilmfestival.com and click on filmmakers.



Embassy Suites Hotel opens on Florida

A new Embassy Suites Hotel opened its doors to guests Nov. 16.

The hotel, located at 513 S Florida Ave., is downtown's first full service, all-suites hotel. It has 360 suites, an outdoor pool and a connecting sky bridge to the Tampa Convention Center.

Other amenities include a fitness center, Starbucks and more than 9,000 square feet of meeting space. Developer WPM Construction started the project in 2004. It is valued at more than $100-million.

Compiled by Meaghan Forbes