JUNE 1 - 4, 2017

2017 Opening Night Party Highlights

Flo Rida performing at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival

After months of preparation and anticipation, the Greenwich International Film Festival celebrated the 2017 Opening Night Party on Friday, June 2nd at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.

After the Opening Night Film Premiere of BENDING THE ARC, and enlightening discussion about the status of Global Health, festival guests arrived at the party via Uber, the official transportation partner of GIFF. Guests walked the red carpet and then were ushered to the main room of the party and met by GIFF’s sponsors and local businesses.

Our Casamigos Tequila VIP Lounge was the place to be, with comfortable couches to lounge before and after Flo Rida’s performance. Guests sipped on the exclusive VIP Lounge drinks – the Casamigos VIP Margarita, The Changemaker and the Fresh Perspective.

The night’s festivities began with the presentation of the Film Awards. Sophia Bush, Head of the Social Impact Jury for the 2017 Festival, helped Colleen deVeer, Director of Programming, and Sam Kleiner, GIFF Programmer, present the 2017 Film Awards. To see the complete list of Film Awards, click here.

And then, the party truly started. Flo Rida took the stage! Flo Rida brought down the house, inviting guests up on stage during his songs and even singing on top of the mirrored bar in the middle of the room. While on top of the bar, Flo Rida chugged a Miller Highlife beer and then was escorted back to the main stage on the shoulders of his bodyguard. Truly a sight to see!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the Opening Night Party including Betteridge, Alfa Romeo, Casamigos Tequila, Iconic Modern, Cusinart, Moffly Media, Peroni, Evian, Coca Cola, Absolut Elyx, ABC Carpet & Home, and Uber.

Thank you to our restaurant partners: Barcelona, Bartaco, DeCicco & Sons Events & Cuisine, Donut Crazy, Fortina, HooDoo Brown Barbeque, Burger Shakes & Fries, and Mason Sandwich Company.

Special thanks to Renny & Reed, Frost Productions, and Sebass Events & Entertainment for transforming the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich into an incredible party atmosphere!

(Left to Right) Wendy Reyes, Barbara Pierce Bush, Ginger Stickel, Sophia Bush and Colleen deVeer posing on the red carpet at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Sophia Bush greeting everyone at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Sam Kleiner and Colleen deVeer announcing the 2017 Film Awards at Opening Night Party. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Sophia Bush helping Colleen deVeer announce the Social Impact Award winner – CITY OF GHOSTS. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Flo Rida performing at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Flo Rida performing at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Flo Rida performs on stage during the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Flo Rida on the red carpet at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Alfa Romeo presenting their brand new SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Alycia Hannoush for the Greenwich International Film Festival.

 

Alfa Romeo cars on display outside of the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Jenna Hascher for the Greenwich International Film Festival.

 

The Betteridge Jewelry display at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Allison Devaney for the Greenwich International Film Festival.

 

The Cuisinart display at the 2017 Opening Night Party, demonstrating how to make delicious dumplings in their new steamer. Photo by Ginger Stickel for the Greenwich International Film Festival.

 

The Casamigos Tequila VIP lounge at the 2017 Opening Night Party, staging and furniture by Iconic Modern, carpets by ABC Carpet & Home. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Casamigos Tequila on display on the custom bar in the Casamigos Tequila Lounge at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Sophia Bush hanging out with guests in the Casamigos VIP Lounge at the 2017 Opening Night Party. Photo by Fairfield County LOOK.

 

Guests on the red carpet in the Casamigos VIP Lounge at Opening Night Party. Photo by Fairfield County LOOK.

 

The incredible mirrored bar at the center of the 2017 Opening Night Party, stocked with E.J. Gallo wines, Absolute Elyx Vodka, Peroni beer, Evian water and Coca Cola.

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the Opening Night Party including Betteridge, Alfa Romeo, Casamigos Tequila, Iconic Modern, Cusinart, Moffly Media, Peroni, Evian, Coca Cola, Absolut Elyx, ABC Carpet & Home, and Uber.

Thank you to our restaurant partners: Barcelona, Bartaco, DeCicco & Sons Events & Cuisine, Donut Crazy, Fortina, HooDoo Brown Barbeque, Burger Shakes & Fries, and Mason Sandwich Company.

Special thanks to Renny & Reed, Frost Productions, and Sebass Events & Entertainment for transforming the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich into an incredible party atmosphere!

Lindsey Hascher
About the author

Lindsey Hascher has spent her whole life in Fairfield County. After spending 8 years at Convent of the Sacred Heart on King Street, Greenwich has been her home away from home. She is currently a senior at Quinnipiac University studying Mass Communications with a minor in Computer Science and Digital Media. After volunteering for the inaugural festival in 2015, she wanted to get more involved with the year-long process surrounding the festival. In her spare time, she works part-time at SoulCycle Greenwich and tries to see as many films as possible.

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