Greenwich International Film Fest announces schedule

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has announced its inaugural film selections, alongside their panel program, jurors and special events. The very first Greenwich International Film Festival will take place from June 4-7 in Greenwich. The full schedule, as well as tickets and passes, are now available at greenwichfilm.org/.

The Festival will feature 31 films, consisting of five narrative shorts, four documentary shorts, 10 narrative features, five documentary features, and six special screenings. Colin Hanks’s documentary, All Things Must Pass will screen on Opening Night June 5, with an Opening Night Party to follow.

“We are so proud of our Year One slate,” said GIFF founders Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer and Wendy Reyes. “The diversity of the films and filmmakers really illustrate what we are trying to do with GIFF — bringing in as many perspectives as possible and sharing those with our community.”

Additionally, the Festival will offer a series of panels covering television, sports, female filmmaking and, of course, film finance with names like Mark Teixeira, Alysia Reiner, Allan Houston, producer Cary Woods, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, Producer Rachel Winter and Terence Winter (Creator, Boardwalk Empire).

Further, the Festival features special events including the Changemaker Gala, the Spotlight On event, the Opening Night Film and Party and an Awards Ceremony. On Saturday, June 6, longtime UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Harry Belafonte and Mia Farrow will be named as the inaugural Changemaker Honorees at a Gala. The event will be emceed by Kathie Lee Gifford.

“We are so excited about our special events and panel program,” said Crain, deVeer and Reyes. “They are designed with our audience in mind. The breadth of disciplines covered by the entertainment professionals participating will ensure lively discussions. We look forward to creating many memorable moments this year.”

Tickets available for purchase at greenwichfilm.org/

GIFF’s mission is to harness the power of film to serve the greater good and the Festival has partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support OneMinutesJr. The OneMinutesJr. workshop is an international, arts-based initiative that works closely with local UNICEF offices to teach children and young people, especially those who are underprivileged and marginalized, basic camera and directing skills, story-telling, teamwork and how to think creatively about issues that affect their lives. The participants develop their own stories based on the workshop theme to produce a sixty-second video. OneMinutesJr.equips these young filmmakers with the fundamental skills of self-expression and gives them a chance to make their voices heard.

About the Greenwich International Film Festival

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a non-profit organization that will celebrate film and the visual arts in Greenwich, June 4-7. GIFF was founded by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes to bridge the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy. The Festival’s mission is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work with the goal of finding financing and distribution. Additionally, GIFF will harness the power of film to support UNICEF with a percentage of funds raised to support their 2015 charity partner. Learn more at unicefusa.org.

For more information, visit greenwichfilm.org/.

About the 2015 Greenwich International Film Festival Sponsors

The 2015 Greenwich International Film Festival is pleased to announce Stella Artois, Houlihan Lawrence, Jetblue, Rainmaker Films, Miller Motorcars/Bentley Greenwich, Pure, Clay Fitness, U.S. Trust, NEBCO Insurance Services, and Catterton as sponsors.

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