Greenwich International Film Festival announces launch date and June 16 screening

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has announced that it will launch next year, playing host to more than 25 films and premieres and offering more than $50,000 in prizes.

With the event currently scheduled to run from June 4 to June 7 2015, founders Carina Cain, Colleen deVeer and Wendy Stapleton Reyes said they plan to bring together philanthropists, filmmakers and financiers to several Greenwich venues for the festivities.

“The possibilities for the Greenwich International Film Festival are limitless in this untapped market of investors who are generous supporters of the arts and are especially interested in film. It is our goal that the festival will build a reputation for the caliber of films we showcase and the unique charitable aspect that we will bring to the forefront each year,” the founding group said in a statement.

In addition to screenings, the festival will include panel discussions, evening parties and an awards ceremony. Potential venues include Bow Tie Cinemas, Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, L’Escale and Greenwich Library.

The GIFF will make philanthrophy a focus, with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to charity. By bringing aspiring filmmakers together with philanthropists and potential financiers, the festival hopes to promote the growth of the art form and Greenwich’s visual arts community. The GIFF intends to hold additional screenings and panels to help stratify the town’s film culture prior to the event.

A screening and Q&A session with the creators of the independantly produced comedy Lucky Them will leadoff the series of events on June 16 at the Avon Theatre in Stamford. In addition to the screening, there will be a cocktail hour and Q&A session with the cast and crew including Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Toni Collette. Moet & Chandon and Food Design will provide champagne and refreshments.

“We are thrilled to host this event in honor of our board member, Emily Wachtel. Lucky Them has been a labor of love for her and is an incredible film that is generating a lot of well-earned buzz from esteemed members of the film industry. We want to give people from Fairfield County the opportunity to see the film and meet Emily and members of her amazing cast and crew,”  GIFF Principal and Programming Director Colleen deVeer said .

Tickets are for sale at Greenwichfilm.org. Those who purchase an annual pass to the Greenwich International Film Festival will receive VIP admission to the event, allowing to participate in a meet and greet with Ms. Collette.

Individual tickets to the screening are $95.

Lucky Them is a comedy about a music journalist tasked with tracking down her rock star ex-boyfriend, played by Johnny Depp. In addition to Ms. Collette and Mr. Depp the cast features Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt.

Starting Aug. 1 the GIFF will be accepting entries for next year’s event. Currently, the GIFF is lead by a list of board members including: Doug Ellin, Dennis Ever, Julie Fareri, Jenna Bush Hager, Don Ienner, Michael Imperioli, David Levien, Avram Ludwig, Clay Pecorin, William Richards, Deborah Goodrich Royce, Jeb Stuart, Mark Teixeira, Emily Wachtel, George Walker and recent addition Richard Brener, President of Production for New Line Cinema.

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