May 29th - June 2nd, 2019


Live From Connecticut: A Discussion with Saturday Night Live Writers

Thursday, June 1st

7 PM at The Avon Theatre
Sponsored by First Republic
In Partnership with Writer’s Guild of America East

NBC’s Saturday Night Live has become one of the most popular, celebrated, and longest-running programs in television history. It has been a preeminent breeding ground and launching pad for some of the best comedy writers, most talented performers, and biggest stars of the last forty years. Join us for an engaging panel with SNL head writers Tim Herlihy and Bryan Tucker to discuss the creative process of script to screen. Moderator: Lorne Manly, New York Times.

Women Driving ROI in the Film Marketplace

Friday, June 2nd

12:30 PM at Indian Harbor Yacht Club 
Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Movies for women do better than movies focused on any other demographic at the box office, yet funding is harder to come by for female-focused entertainment. Join us for an engaging discussion about this illogical disparity and how Hollywood can grow by investing in female-centric films. Panelists: Suzanne Farwell, Producer (Carrie Pilby, It’s Complicated, The Intern, Something’s Gotta Give) and Susan Cartsonis, Producer (The DUFF, Where the Heart Is, What Woman Want) Moderator: Ruth Ann Harnisch, Lead Investor, Superlative Films, Executive Producer (The Hunting Ground, Unrest)

By Invitation Only. Email to learn more. 

The Film Review: An Inside Look at the Formidable Responsibility of a Film Critic

Friday, June 2nd

3:00 PM – Greenwich Arts Council

Ever since the dawn of cinema when the Lumiere Brothers first set up their cameras, there has been a flood of filmmakers who have attempted, in various ways, to capture “objective truth” on celluloid. For almost as long, film criticism has wrestled with the difficulties inherent in the process of analyzing a film objectivity. Join us in a conversation with top film critics as we discuss objective criticism and the formidable responsibility these heavy hitters have over the future of a film. Panelists: Richard Lawson (VanityFair), Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed), Marshall Fine (General Manager, NYFCC), and Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly). Moderator: Joe Meyers (CT Post)

The Cannonball Run Reunion

Friday, June 2nd

6:30 PM – Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
In Partnership with the Greenwich Concors d’Elegance

Meet the real outlaws who were depicted in the 1981 film, The Cannonball Run … and those who followed in their footsteps later on! Featuring Pamela Yates, Nill Broderick, Judy Stropus, William Jeanes, Jack Cowell, Bill Warner and Alex Roy. Hosted by Mike Spinelli, co-host of The Drive on NBC Sports. 

Producing Sports

Sunday, June 4th

3:00 PM – Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library

Please join us for a screening of ESPN 30 for 30’s new documentary MIKE AND THE MAD DOG – based on two of the greatest sportscasters in history – followed by a discussion of the bright future of sports entertainment with Chris Russo (Mike and the Mad Dog), Connor Schell (Co-creator and EP, ESPN’s 30 for 30), Daniel H. Forer (Director), David Levien (Billions co-creator) and Hannah Storm (Award-winning Journalist, ESPN). Moderator: Ryen Russillo (Radio Host, ESPN)


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Enjoy star-studded parties during GIFF 2017, featuring a concert by Flo Rida, award presentations, cocktails, food and more!


Check out the lineup of 50 documentary and narrative films, featuring short and feature length films from over 15 countries.

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