Compelling. Provocative. Thrilling. Empowering.
These are the adjectives that describe the films that play in the minds of tomorrow’s great filmmakers. Greenwich International Film Festival aims to celebrate these gifted artists annually and to promote Greenwich, Connecticut, as a film and visual arts epicenter.
Set in Greenwich, an affluent community of art enthusiasts located 45-minutes outside of Manhattan, this carefully curated Festival will connect an audience of prospective financiers, distributors and film lovers with rising stars in the film industry.
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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The mission of the Greenwich International Film Festival is to provide filmmakers with an effective platform to showcase their work with the goal of finding financing opportunities for future projects. Additionally, GIFF harnesses the power of film to serve the greater good by highlighting and supporting issues related to basic human rights, education, the environment, and health care.
In 2015, GIFF supported OneMinutesJr, a UNICEF initiative, which provides underprivileged children around the world with the tools to make short films in order to have their voices heard. In our second year, GIFF supported The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Abigail Breslin, Rising Changemaker Honoree), The Rainforest Fund (Trudie Styler, Changemaker Honoree), Girl Rising (Freida Pinto, Changemaker Honoree), Kristin Davis Foundation (Kristin Davis, Head of GIFF Social Impact Film Jury), and Community Access (John Turturro, Spotlight On... Guest). Last year, GIFF supported ALS Finding A Cure, ALSA, and the SIMS foundation (Renee Zellweger, Changemaker Honoree), Every Mother Counts (Christy Turlington Burns, Changemaker Honoree), and Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (Matthew Heineman, Social Impact Award Winner).
To date, GIFF has awarded $95,000 in cash prizes to our filmmakers and $350,000 in charitable support to various organizations.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Fourth Annual Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) event will take place May 31st through June 3rd, 2018. The four-day Festival will showcase 50+ domestic and international film premieres and screenings, a star-studded Opening Night Party, educational panels and workshops, and the Changemaker Honoree Gala that honors actors and entertainment professionals who have used film to impact positive change. Significant cash prizes, including an award for the Best Social Impact Film, are awarded to filmmakers each year. In addition to the Festival weekend, supporting workshops, seminars and screenings throughout the year will cultivate a burgeoning visual arts community in Greenwich and beyond.
GIFF garners great media attention. The 2017 Festival generated tremendous coverage resulting in a record 2.5 billion media impressions in news outlets around the world including: The Hollywood Reporter, ABC's Good Morning America, People, Associated Press, Indiewire, Today Show, Access Hollywood, US Weekly, New York Post, Variety, Deadline, Billboard, The Huffington Post, Town&Country, Greenwich Magazine, Greenwich Time, and many others.
GIFF has a strong social media following including 44,070 Twitter followers, 32,861 Instagram Followers, and 13,275 Facebook followers. The GIFF team is dedicated to promoting its selected films leading up to and following the Festival weekend in order to maximize the exposure of its filmmakers.
For more information about our Festival Sponsors and our esteemed Board Members please visit http://www.greenwichfilm.org/
*2017 Award-Winning Films:
Best Social Impact Film, $10,000 - CITY OF GHOSTS
Best Narrative Feature, $5,000 - THE STRANGE ONES
Best Documentary Feature, $5,000 - BENDING THE ARC
Best Narrative Short, $2,000 - UNDER PRESSURE
Best Documentary Short, $2,000 - THE RABBIT HUNT
Connecticut Best Short Film, $1,000 - BLIND SUSHI