June 1-4, 2017

apriltalentCompelling Films

29+ International and domestic films – Check out GIFF’s Film Guide and get your tickets!

Films from major distributors and exciting new voices. Short films by OneMinutesJr. filmmakers will be shown throughout the film festival. Screenings will be held at Bow Tie Cinemas and Cole Auditorium.

The Parties

Opening Night Film Premiere & Opening Night Party

Friday, June 5th, 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

This star-studded event will be held after the Opening Night Film Premiere and will include a red-carpet entrance, musical entertainment, film clips, passed appetizers/ desserts and open bar, and engaging audience activities. In addition to entertainment, the winners of our five competitive film categories, including Best Social Impact Film, will be announced and awarded.

Changemaker Honoree Gala Mr. Belafonte Photo

Saturday, June 6, 7:00pm

Kathie Lee Gifford will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this prestigious event. The gala will honor top film talent who’ve used film to impact positive social change.

This black-tie gala will honor Harry Belafonte. It will include an awards presentation, followed by a dinner and dancing at the beautiful L’Escale Restaurant on the water.

The VIP Lounge and Celebrity Gifting Suites presented by Granoff Architectsthumbnail-3

Friday June 5th & Saturday June 6th 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

VIPs and Celebrities will be granted access to 110’ motor yacht Cedar Island provided by LuxuryDayCharters.com. It will include lite fare and cocktails from Chopin Vodka & RIPE Bar Juice, Stella Artois and Stella Cidre, and wines from Val’s Putman Wines & Liquor.

Celebrity guests will have access to the gifting suites where they will be gifted products from Olivine Gabbro, ParaShoot cameras, Face-a-Face Eyewear, Dena Lyons Couture, Vineyard Vines and Blistex.

Insightful Panels & Workshops

Sports Guys on Sports Movies Panel & Happy Hour

Thursday, June 4th, 6:00pm

What’s the best baseball movie – “Bull Durham” or “Major League”? If you follow football, is it “Any Given Sunday”? And, of course, you’d argue over the best based on a true story film, “Friday Night Lights,” “The Blind Side” or “Rudy”? And where does one place “Rocky” in this discussion – best sports movie of all time? A panel of athletes and ESPN on-air talent will tackle the topic, and bring their insights – and passions – to a lively discussion of one of the most enduring conversation topics ever to take place over a beer…anywhere. This time, we all get to listen in. This event will include a happy hour and engaging audience activities.

Scheduled to Attend: Mike Greenberg (Moderator), Mark Teixeira, Allan Houston, Cary Woods (Producer, “Rudy”), Ryen Russillo and Patrick Kerney

Children’s Acting Workshop

Children are invited to an interactive workshop with Hollywood’s rising stars. Learn tricks of the trade, hear their stories and take a “selfie” with a star.  Priority admission given to pass holders.

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Saturday, June 6th, 10:00am

As important to movie making as cinematographers, production designers and composers are the people whose contributions underwrite all of those efforts and more: the film financiers. This panel will reveal the motivations from the people whose financial support, driven by sources from crowd funding to old school means, help filmmakers get their projects seen. These dreams no longer live only in movie theaters, but on platforms around the world so that they can be enjoyed by audiences.

Scheduled to Attend: Bears Fonte (Moderator), Jeff Lipsky (Adopt Films), Milan Popelka (Film Nation), Kristen Konvitz (Indiegogo), Clay Pecorin (Producer, “The Big Wedding”), and Christian Simonds

Changing Face of Televisionsponsorshippage

Saturday, June 6th, 1:00pm

With Charlie Collier (President and GM of AMC and SundanceTV) – It is impossible to deny that the past decade and a half has witnessed a marked resurgence of elevated, quality television programming that has effectively heightened the status of an often under-appreciated medium. Thanks in part to boutique networks like HBO (whose trailblazing series The Sopranos is widely heralded as the pioneer of this New Golden Age), Showtime, AMC, F/X and boundary-pushing digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, contemporary television has managed to court Hollywood stars, command high production values and garner critical acclaim at an unparalleled level. Join our panel of industry insiders as they discuss the current landscape of television, tracing the history of the New Golden Age and predicting the illustrious future of the so-called “Small Screen.”

Scheduled to Attend: Marshall Fine (Moderator), Colin Hanks (“Fargo”), Thomas Kelly (Producer, “Copper,” “Blue Bloods”), Alysia Reiner (“Orange is the New Black”), Terence Winter (Creator, “Boardwalk Empire,” Executive Producer, “The Sopranos”), and Charlie Collier

Women in Productionphoto4

Saturday, June 6th, 3:00pm

What is it that movie producers do? They make movies- but why was it a male dominated profession for so long? You will find out in this informative panel that examines how women producers have changed the way films are made- something that is a shockingly recent concept.

Scheduled to Attend: Anne Kern, PhD (Moderator), Margot Hand (“Rudderless,” “Miss Julie”), Rachel Winter (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Amy Hobby/Anne Hubbell (“Secretary,” “Lucky Them”), Caroline Kaplan (“Boyhood,” “Time Out of Mind”)

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Sunday, June 7, 11:00am

Why do some human rights stories garner more media coverage than others? Considering the vast multitude of human rights stories in today’s world, some are inevitably downplayed or downright ignored in favor of others—but what makes some issues more media-friendly than others and what are the potential risks of highlighting some issues while glossing over the others? Join our distinguished panel of filmmakers, human rights experts and humanitarians as they discuss the role of film and media in proliferating social issues around the globe.

Scheduled to Attend: Bears Fonte(Moderator), Brian Newman (Producer, “DamNation”), Tom Scott (Founder, The Nantucket Project), Matisse Bustos Hawkes (The Witness Project)

A Conversation with Pussy RiotPussyRiotMashaandNadya

Sunday, June 7th, 1:30PM

With Zephyr Teachout – From punk performance artists to labor camp prisoners to internationally renowned political activists, Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alekhina, the duo at the heart of the feminist protest art collective known as Pussy Riot, are without a doubt two of the most wildly controversial figures of the past several years. Sentenced to two years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012, the incendiary pair immediately attracted a great amount of  international media attention and support from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Now free, Pussy Riot use their global renown to proliferate their sobering political message, launching a number of initiatives such as a prisoners’ rights NGO as well as their own independent news service, Mediazona, which focuses on reporting on, and reforming courts, law enforcement, and the prison system in Russia.

Join us for a screening of Pussy Riot’s latest video, I Can’t Breathe, followed by a discussion with Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina. Zephyr Teachout will be moderating this panel.