May 31 - June 3, 2018

#GIFF2016: Panels

For our second annual festival, we were honored to host five exceptional panel discussions that covered a variety of topics. Thank you to all of our panel participants and attendees. See some photo highlights from these exciting panels below!


Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film
Sponsored by J.P. Morgan

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The scene inside the Riverside Yacht Club before the panel.

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Alison Davis of J.P. Morgan with Alexandra Shiva of Gidalya Pictures and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners, at the luncheon and panel at Riverside Yacht Club.

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Alison Davis of J.P. Morgan with Dan Cogan of Impact Partners and Alexandra Shiva of Gidalya Pictures, at the “Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film” luncheon and panel at Riverside Yacht Club.


Children’s Acting Workshop

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Neel Sethi posing with his The Jungle Book character, Mowgli, at our Children’s Acting Workshop.

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Peyton List and Neel Sethi posing on the red carpet at the Children’s Acting Workshop.

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Peyton List and Neel Sethi taking a selfie outside the Children’s Acting Workshop.

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Matt Newton, Neel Sethi, David Gideon, Peyton List, and Adrianne Stern pose on the red carpet before taking the stage at the Children’s Acting Workshop.

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Neel Sethi and Peyton List signing autographs for attendees of the Children’s Acting Workshop.

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The panelists at the Children’s Acting Workshop.


LOL: The Big Business of Comedy- Panel
Sponsored by PURE Insurance & WHEELS-UP


Will Arnett backstage at LOL: The Big Business of Comedy.

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Will Arnett attends LOL: The Big Business of Comedy Panel, sponsored by PURE Insurance and Wheels Up.

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Will Arnett catches up with producer Chris Bender before the panel, LOL: The Big Business of Comedy.

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Mike Fleming, Stuart Cornfeld, Peter Principato, Richard Brener, Chris Bender and Will Arnett before the LOL: The Big Business of Comedy panel.

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Richard Brener and Will Arnett during the LOL: The Big Business of Comedy panel.

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Will Arnett, Stuart Cornfield and Chris Bender during the LOL: The Big Business of Comedy panel.

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LOL: The Big Business of Comedy panel discussion


Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media
Sponsored by The Camuto Group & Coldwell Banker Previews

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Tanya Lewis Lee, Reena Ninan, Gretchen Carlson, Hannah Storm, and Nancy Armstrong pose on the red carpet before the Women at the Top panel.

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Tanya Lee Lewis, Reena Ninan, Gretchen Carlson, Hannah Storm, and Nancy Armstrong during the Women at the Top panel.

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Reena Ninan speaks during the Women at the Top panel.

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Nancy Armstrong speaks during the Women at the Top panel.

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Hannah Storm speaks during the Women at the Top panel.

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Hannah Storm gets the panelists laughing during the Women at the Top panel.

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The panelists during the Women at the Top panel.


From Book to Screen
Sponsored by Greenwich Time & Hearst Connecticut Media Group

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Margaret Nagle, Chris Clarke, Jessica Knoll, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lacy Lynch, Adriana Trigiani, and David Ebershoff pose on the red carpet before the From Book to Screen panel.

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Kathie Lee Gifford moderates the From Book to Screen panel, complete with some GIFFt Wine.

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Adriana Trigiani gives advice to the audience on how to get thoughts on to the page.

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The panelists during the From Book to Screen panel.

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Kathie Lee Gifford posing a question to her panelists during the From Book to Screen panel.

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Lacy Lynch and Jessica Knoll enjoying some GIFFt Wine during the From Book to Screen panel.

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Kathie Lee Gifford poses with the panelists before the From Book to Screen panel.

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Jessica Knoll signs copies of her NY Times Best Selling book “Luckiest Girl Alive”, after the From Book to Screen panel.

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Adriana Trigiani signs copies of her NY Times Best Selling book “All the Stars in the Heaven”, after the From Book to Screen panel.

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David Ebershoff signs copies of his NY Times Best Selling book “The Danish Girl”, after the From Book to Screen panel.


All photos are courtesy of Getty Images for GIFF.

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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