You're Invited! The 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival

by Mackenzie Johnson · June 8, 2016

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is held annually in the picturesque town of Greenwich, CT in Fairfield County, just 45 minutes from New York City. The festival aims to bridge the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy, while harnessing the power of film to highlight an important cause each year and serve the greater good; the 2016 Festival will focus on Human Rights Issues. GIFF’s second annual festival will be heldJune 9 -12th and will feature 50+ Films, Celebrities, Free Panels, a Children’s Acting Workshop, Film Premieres, and lavish parties.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH

Opening Night of the festival we will be screening LITTLE BOXES (Narrative Feature) with Rob Meyer, Annie Howell, and Jacob Ian Goldman in attendance. The festival will also be screening THE ANTHROPOLOGIST (Documentary Feature) with Dar Williams, Daniel Miller, Seth Kramer, and Jeremy Newberger in attendance.

Post-Opening Night Screenings we’ll have our Opening Night Party and Awards Ceremony where Actress, Kristin Davis will present the prize for Best Social Impact Film and John Popper (Blues Traveler) and Dar Williams will perform a live concert.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH

PANEL: DRIVING SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH INVESTMENT IN FILM
Talent Attending: Dan Cogan, Impact Partners & Alexandra Shiva, Gidalya Pictures
Riverside Yacht Club, 102 Club Rd, Riverside, CT
12:30PM
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CHANGEMAKER HONOREE GALA

The Changemaker Honoree Gala is the most prestigious event of the festival. It honors artists who have used their public platform for positive social change. The event includes a black-tie seated dinner for guests at Richard's on Greenwich Avenue. Betteridge will host a pre-cocktail reception to meet the Changemakers. This year’s Honorees include Trudie Styler (The Rainforest Fund), Freida Pinto (Girl Rising) and Rising Changemaker, Abigail Breslin (NVDC). Kathie Lee Gifford will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book) will also be in attendance.

6:00PM Reception at Betteridge: 239 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT
8:00PM Changemaker Honoree Gala at Richards: 359 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT
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SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH

The Festival will screen their Centerpiece films on Saturday, June 11th – including MY BLIND BROTHER starring Nick Kroll, Adam Scott & Jenny Slate , NEWTOWN documentary (CT Premiere) and Rob Burnett’s THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING, starring Paul Rudd.

MY BLIND BROTHER
Talent Attending: Nick Kroll, Charlie Hewson, and Director Sophie Goodhart
Bow Tie Cinemas, Theater 1
2 Railroad Ave, Greenwich, CT
Screening: Noon
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CHILDREN’S ACTING WORKSHOP
Talent Attending: Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book), Acting Coach Matt Newton, Casting Director Adrienne Stern, and Actress Peyton List

Ever wonder what it would be like to be the star of a TV show or movie? Want the secrets from the pros? Join the professionals, acting coach Matt Newton, and casting director Adrienne Stern, along with some of Hollywood's bright young stars including Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book), and Peyton List (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) for this engaging workshop. Includes meet and greet with autographs.

Greenwich Country Day School
401 Old Church Rd, Greenwich, CT
12:30PM Meet & Greet
1:00PM Workshop
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CHRISTIAN SIRIANO Meet & Greet
GIFF Box Office
19 West Elm Avenue, Greenwich, CT
1:00PM

NEWTOWN (CT Premiere)
Talent Attending: Kim Snyder and Maria Cuomo Cole, Families from Newtown
Bow Tie Cinemas, Theater 1
2 Railroad Ave, Greenwich, CT
Screening: Noon
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Spotlight On: John Turturro (A Conversation series)
Greenwich Country Day School
401 Old Church Rd, Greenwich, CT
3:30PM
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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING
Talent Attending: Rob Burnett and Craig Roberts
Greenwich High School
10 Hillside Rd, Greenwich, CT
Screening: 5:30PM
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PANEL: LOL: THE BIG BUSINESS OF COMEDY
Talent Attending: Will Arnett, Richard Brener, Chris Bender, Peter Principato, Stuart Cornfeld, & Moderator Mike Fleming, Deadline

What makes something funny? How has comedic film evolved over the last 30 years? When did the R-rated comedy become a genre all its own? Come hear first-hand accounts of what it’s like to go head-to-head with the MPAA and contend with the mounting pressure to up the ante for more shock value. You will learn the inside scoop from these comedic masterminds who have brought you the best comedies over the last 2 decades, so don’t miss this panel, comprised of directors, producers, writers, and actors for an evening conversation guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.

8:00PM Panel
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
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SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH

PANEL: WOMEN AT THE TOP: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT IN THE MEDIA
Talent Attending: Gretchen Carlson (FOX), Reena Ninan (ABC), Hannah Storm (ESPN) and Nancy Armstrong (MAKERS.com)

Despite the great strides in gender equity that have taken place in this country, women are still woefully underrepresented in the news and entertainment industries. This dynamic group of women is making a difference in the world in the face of this imbalance.

Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
12:30PM Panel
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PANEL: FROM BOOK TO SCREEN
Talent Attending: Moderator Kathie Lee Gifford, Jessica Knowles (novelist, Luckiest Girl Alive), Lacy Lalene Lynch (agent, Dupree/Miller & Associates), Adriana Trigiani (novelist, Big Stone Gap), David Eberhoff (Author of The Danish Girl) and Chris Clarke (screenwriter, Apostle Paul)

The often repeated, "The book is better than the movie"- does it hold true? Novelists, screenwriters, and agents share the myriad challenges they face and rewards they reap when it comes to the process of adapting books for film and television shows.

Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
2:00PM Panel
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CLOSING NIGHT DOCUMENTARY FILM: SINCE: THE BOMBING OF PAN AM FLIGHT 103
Talent Attending: Phil Furey
Bow Tie Cinemas, Theater 2
2 Railroad Ave, Greenwich, CT
7:30PM Screening
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CLOSING NIGHT NARRATIVE FILM: CLAIRE IN MOTION
Talent Attending: Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell
Bow Tie Cinemas, Theater 1
2 Railroad Ave, Greenwich, CT
8:45PM Screening
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