June 1-4, 2017


2016 Panels

GIFF offers a variety of insightful panels that are free to the public and on topics of interest to our audience. 2016 panels include: Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media, From Book to Screen, and Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film.


Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media

Sponsored by The Camuto Group
Sunday, June 12th, 12:15 PM
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library

Despite the great strides in gender equity that have taken place in this country, women are still woefully underrepresented in the news and entertainment industries. This dynamic group of women is making a difference in the world in the face of this imbalance. Panelists include Gretchen Carlson (FOX), Reena Ninan (CBS), Nancy Armstrong (MAKERS.COM), and Hannah Storm (ESPN).

For ticket information, click HERE.


From Book To Screen

Sunday, June 12th, 2 PM
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library

The often repeated, "The book is better than the movie"- does it hold true? Novelists, screenwriters, and agents share the myriad challenges they face and rewards they reap when it comes to the process of adapting books for film and television shows. Moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford. Panelists include Margaret Nagle (screenwriter, The Good Lie), David Ebershoff (author, The Danish Girl), Jessica Knoll (novelist, Luckiest Girl Alive), Lacy Lalene Lynch (agent, Dupree/Miller & Associates), Adriana Trigiani (novelist, Big Stone Gap), Chris Clarke (screenwriter, Apostle Paul), and Margaret Nagle.

For ticket information, click HERE.


Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film

Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Friday, June 10th, 12:30 PM
Riverside Yacht Club

A luncheon & panel bringing together philanthropists, investors, and leaders in the filmmaking community to discuss investing in social impact films and how to promote the causes you care about the most. Panelists include Dan Cogan (Impact Partners) and Alexandra Shiva (Gidalya Pictures).

For ticket information, click HERE.

Special Events

LOL: Big Business of Comedy

Sponsored by Pure Insurance

Saturday,  June 11th, 8 PM

Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library

After Party Location: J House Greenwich

Don’t miss this panel and after party, comprised of the best comedic directors, producers, and actors for an evening conversation guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Moderated by Mike Fleming (Deadline)Richard Brener (Sex and the City, Wedding Crashers), Chris Bender (American Pie), Peter Principato (Wet Hot American Summer, Central Intelligence), Stuart Cornfeld (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder), and Will Arnett (Arrested Development), and more.

For ticket information, click HERE.

Spotlight on: John Turturro

Saturday, June 11th, 3:30 PM 

Greenwich Country Day School

Join veteran actor John Turturro, as he discusses his craft and career, which includes notable films such as Transformers, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Proceeds from this event will support Community Access, an organization that provides care to the mentally ill.

For ticket information, click HERE.

Centerpiece Films

GIFF is proud to announce its Centerpiece films for the 2016 Festival: The Fundamentals of Caring, Newtown, and My Blind Brother. Mark your calendar June 11th to attend these incredible films and Q&As. All movie tickets will go on sale to the public May 12that 9 a.m. VIP Passes give you reserved seating to these films and are on sale now. Learn more about the films below.

The Fundamentals of Caring


The Fundamentals of Caring tells the story of an unlikely pair who, through their struggles, come to understand the importance of hope and the necessity of true friendship. The film will screen on Saturday, June 11th at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center at 5pm, followed by a Q&A with Director Rob Burnett and star Craig Roberts, moderated by Tom Cavanagh. "I'm thrilled to be a part of the Greenwich International Film Festival," said Burnett. "Greenwich has been my home for 15 years and it's special to be able to show the film surrounded by friends and family."

For ticket information, click HERE.



As part of GIFF's commitment to community, the festival will host the Connecticut Premiere of NEWTOWN a documentary about the victims and families of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The screening, which will take place Saturday, June 11that 3 p.m. at Bow Tie Cinemas, will be followed by a Q&A with Director Kim Snyder and Maria Cuomo Cole in addition to family members and subjects from the film. "NEWTOWN is a portrait of community resilience and hope in the aftermath of heartbreaking tragedy. We thank the families and survivors in our film for their courage, grace and trust in sharing their most personal stories, and we thank the Greenwich International Film Festival for allowing us to share these stories with the local community."

For ticket information, click HERE.

My Blind Brother


My Blind Brother is a dark comedy about wanting to be special. In the film, love for the same woman creates a rift between an over-achieving blind athlete and his resentful brother. Following the film, join actors Nick Kroll (Rye native), Charlie Hewson (Darien native) and director Sophie Goodhart for an engaging Q&A about the film."I couldn't be more excited to be included in this year's Greenwich International Film Festival! It's thrilling to be part of this new festival's journey," said Goodhart.

For ticket information, click HERE.

GIFF at Avon Theatre

Avon Theatre will host a special presentation of the film Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg during the 2016 festival. This event will take place on Friday, June 10th, at 7 p.m. and will include a Q&A with Robert Klein and Director Marshall Fine.


Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg

At the end of the 1960s, three comedians changed stand-up comedy -- Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Robert Klein. If you ask Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, or Jon Stewart which person was most influential on their comedy, they'll say it was Klein. Now 74 and still performing, Klein offers a humorous look at his daily life, even as the film draws upon a large archive of past and current performances to examine his career, his influences, and the way he influenced others.

For ticket information, click HERE.

Jewish Film Series

GIFF will host a Jewish Film Series on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 featuring four incredible films: the World Premiere of GERMANS & JEWS, MOON IN THE 12TH HOUSE, NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU, and THE TENTH MAN. Purchase movie tickets to attend.

Germans and Jews
(World Premiere)
Co-presented by the AJC Fairfield/Westchester

June 9th 1:00PM
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library

Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country's transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. This is an untold story of two people inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust.

Includes a Q&A with the filmmakers Tal Recanati and Janina Quint and AJC Jewish Rights Activist Eugene Dubow and Deputy Director of AJC in Brussels George Van Bergen.

Moon in the 12th House

June 9th 11:00AM
Bow Tie Cinemas- Theater 3

Separated as children by tragic circumstances, two sisters, Mira and Lenny are reunited again. This encounter leads them on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Moon in the 12th House is a coming of age story that features powerful and hypnotic performances from a solid ensemble cast.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Co-presented by the JCC Greenwich

June 9th 10:30AM
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a recount of Mr. Lear's compelling achievements in Television through his influential dialogue and political activism. Directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady fashion this evocative documentary to prove that Norman continues to live as a vital pioneer among the idiosyncratic history of television. This portrait weaves together the past and present, and exposes Norman Lear's thriving insight into faith, feminism, class, & culture.

The Tenth Man (El Rey del Once)

June 9th 1:​45​ PM
Bow Tie Cinemas- Theater 3

Ari, who has built a successful career in New York, thinks he has left his past behind. But his distant father Usher, who runs a Jewish aid foundation in El Once, the close-knit old Jewish neighborhood of Buenos Aires summons him back to his native city. What ensues is a comedy of errors, of missed and found people and connections, and a rumination on the extent to which we can ever really leave our past behind.