Welcome to The Greenwich International Film Festival June 4-7, 2015
Submissions open September 1st
The Greenwich International Film Festival will harness the power of film to serve the greater good.
UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the One Minute Foundation initiated the OneMinutesJr in 2002. The goal is to develop new tools for youth empowerment and social change. In 2010 it became a sole partnership between UNICEF and the One Minute Foundation. Together the partners organize workshops worldwide. While the One Minute Foundation provides the equipment, artistic facilitators and technical support for the network, UNICEF takes the lead with the conceptual and logistical coordination of the trainings and the dissemination of the final products. Greenwich International Film Festival will donate a portion of its proceeds to benefit this worthy cause Overview: The OneMinutesJr is an international, arts-based initiative that gives children and young people, especially those who are underprivileged or marginalized, the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties and viewpoints on the world. The OneMinutesJr process equips the young filmmakers with the fundamental skill of self-expression that is needed to participate fully in society, in line with the promises made to them in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The videos produced by the young participants are freely accessible on the website www.theoneminutesjr.org
The inaugural Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) event will take place June 4th through 7th, 2015. The Festival’s supporting workshops, seminars and screenings throughout the year will cultivate a burgeoning visual arts community in Greenwich and beyond. The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) was founded by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes to bridge the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy. The Festival will feature 25+ international films, exciting opening night parties, an honoree-screening event, and an Awards Ceremony to celebrate some of the best in film.
Executive Board Board of Directors Richard Brener John Evans Doug Ellin Julie Fareri Dennis Ever Avram Ludwig Jenna Bush Hager Clay Pecorin Don Ienner Daphne Richards Michael Imperioli Mark Teixeira David Levien Deborah Goodrich Royce Jeb Stuart Emily Watchel George Walker
Marquee Director - Elvis Mitchell
Elvis Mitchell is the Marquee Director, responsible for programming the Greenwich International Film Festival. He is one of the world’s most respected movie critics and has worked for The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, L.A. Weekly and the Fort Worth Star Telegram among others. Elvis has been a lecturer at Harvard University and is the producer of The Black List and host of the syndicated radio program The Treatment. He is currently the curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s film series and will continue to be bi-coastal as he tackles his role for the Festival.
The GIFF Team
The Founders - from left to right Colleen deVeer, Wendy Stapleton Reyes, and Carina Crain Marquee Director - Elvis Mitchell COO - Ginger Stickel
Want to submit your film to GIFF?
We are officially open for submissions on September 1st! Please check back.
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