Greenwich International Film Festival announces award-winners

The following awards were announced at the 2016 second annual Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) on Thursday, June 9.

  • Best Social Impact Film; Documentary Feature — Hooligan Sparrow
  • Narrative Feature — Little Men
  • Narrative Short — Before the Bomb
  • Documentary Short — Another Kind of Girl

GIFF’s Opening Night Party featured the festival awards presentation in addition to a performances by John Popper (Blues Traveler) and Dar Williams (whose music was featured in GIFF’s Opening Night Documentary Feature The Anthropologist. As part of the ceremony, actress and activist Kristin Davis presented the award for Best Social Impact Film. The festival’s Opening Night Party was sponsored by Betteridge.

Full list of awards and prizes:

  • Best Social Impact Film — $10,000 Bresnan Award, Artist In Residence Prize from Jacob Burns Film Center
  • Best Narrative Feature — $10,000
  • Best Narrative Short — $2,500
  • Best Documentary Feature — $10,000
  • Best Documentary Short — $2,500

The 2016 Narrative features jury included writer/director Ned Benson, award-winning film editor Sarah Flack, and long time film critic Joe Neumaier. The Narrative Shorts jury combined producer Mark Lindsay, screenwriter David Negrin and producer Pouya Shahbazian.

The Documentary Features jury included casting director and producer Asli Coker, actress Anna Lakomy, and director Nina Davenport. The Documentary Shorts jury included producer Marie Therese Guirgis, director Ondi Timoner, and documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Tuchman. Additionally, the Social Impact jury encompassed philanthropist Anne Bresnan, Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center Edie Demas, as well as actresses and activists Kristin Davis and Kuoth Wiel.

About The Greenwich International Film Festival

Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The second annual festival will take place June 9th to 12th, 2016, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus. The four-day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, educational panels, a Children’s Acting Workshop, an honoree gala, and more.

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