2018 Award Winning Films

Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the 2018 GIFF Award Winning Films.  


Crime + Punishment

Directed By: Stephen Maing
Run Time: 111 mins
Country: USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, CRIME + PUNISHMENT intimately observes the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops known as “The NYPD 12” and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. Over four years of unprecedented access, the film cinematically exposes the interconnected stories of systemic injustice in New York City policing through the bold efforts of a group of active duty officers, an innocent young man stuck in Rikers and one unforgettable private investigator. They bravely risk their safety, careers and livelihoods to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.


Find This Dumb Little Bitch and Throw Her Into A River

Directed By: Ben Brand
Run Time: 87 mins
Country: Netherlands
Category: Narrative Feature

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Remco (15), his father and his younger sister Lizzy (13) sell illegally imported puppies from their home. In order to be seen and liked by his friends, Remco naively puts a video of his younger sister online, with unthinkable and disastrous consequences.


*Underwritten by the Bill & Ann Bresnan Foundation

The Dawn Wall

Directed By: Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer
Run Time: 100 mins
Country: Austria, USA
Category: Documentary Feature

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?


The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler

Directed By: Paul Philipp
Run Time: 29 mins
Country: Germany

East Germany, 1987: Special investigator Mahler, is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. He then brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political…



Directed By: Mari Bakke Riise
Run Time: 33 mins
Country: Norway

In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.


*Presented by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media

The Hammamis

Directed By: Molly Bareiss
Run Time: 15 mins
Country: USA

This film takes an intimate look at the struggles of a Syrian refugee family and the new hope they’ve found after settling in the US, while touching on the contentious national dialogue surrounding the entrance of Syrian Refugees into the United States.

Past Winners

Best Social Impact Film

  • 2017 – “City of Ghosts”
  • 2016 – “Hooligan Sparrow”
  • 2015 – “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets”

Best Documentary Feature

  • 2017 – “Bending the Arc”
  • 2016 – “Hooligan Sparrow”
  • 2015 – “The Russian Woodpecker”

Best Narrative Feature

  • 2017 – “The Strange Ones”
  • 2016 – “Little Men”
  • 2015 – “Zurich”

Best CT Short

  • 2017 – “Blind Sushi”

Best Documentary Short

  • 2017 – “The Rabbit Hunt”
  • 2016 – “Another Kind of Girl”
  • 2015 – “Santa Cruz del Islote”
  • 2017 – “UnderPressure”
  • 2016 – “Before the Bomb”
  • 2015 – “Grounded”
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