What is the Greenwich International Film Festival?

Woman eating popcorn at the Greenwich International Film FestivalOn June 9 – 12, 2016, the second annual Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) will take downtown Greenwich, Connecticut, by storm. With screenings of over 30 international films, exciting parties, informative panels, and exclusive movie premieres, the festival provides filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work and also strives to highlight an important philanthropic cause. This year, the festival will focus on human rights issues while also cultivating and promoting the visual arts community, and will be a must-see event for Greenwich visitors and locals alike.

Visit the Greenwich International Film Festival

When planning your trip to the festival this summer, be sure to book your stay at the Stanton House Inn. Situated on Maple Street in the heart of Greenwich, our inn has an ideal location and close proximity to downtown for easy access to the festival’s fabulous events. Here are some things you should know about the Greenwich International Film Festival.

History of the Greenwich International Film Festival

The idea for the film festival was first envisioned by Wendy Stapleton Reyes, Carina Crain, and Colleen deVeer, three Greenwich locals who were heavily involved in the area’s non-profit industry. They began to plan the festival in early 2013, and the first official event was an Oscar-viewing launch party in March 2014. On October 22, 2014, GIFF hosted a screening of The Good Lie in collaboration with UNICEF, and today, the festival is held annually in June and hosts year-round screenings of socially-conscious films.

Greenwich Film Festival 2016 Venues

Greenwich, CT, is a breathtaking waterfront town that’s just 45 minutes outside of New York City and is an ideal location for the film festival. This year’s screenings and events will take place at several venues that are within walking distance of each other in order to create an authentic festival village feel. Venues include Greenwich Bow Tie Cinemas, the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library, L’Escale Restaurant, Restoration Hardware, Massey Theater at Greenwich Academy, and Miller Motorcars.

Greenwich International Film Festival Events

The three-day festival features a multitude of film premieres and screenings from around the world, a star-studded opening night party, educational panels and workshops, and the renowned Changemaker Gala that honors an actor and actress who has used film to evoke positive change. Guests can enjoy narratives, documentaries, features, and short films in a variety of genres, and an award ceremony will offer cash prizes and awards to the best filmmakers, including an award for the Best Social Impact Film. As the event draws closer, be sure to check their website frequently for updates.

Head Home to the Stanton House Inn

In between the festival’s events, come rest your head at our beautiful Greenwich bed and breakfast and escape the hustle and bustle! Our comfortable rooms and suites provide a peaceful and relaxed setting, and a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the Greenwich International Film Festival!

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