2017 Program Announcement Party

Months of hard work have finally paid off. Last week, GIFF announced our entire lineup of films and events for the 2017 Festival during the Greenwich Arts Council’s Art to the Avenue on Thursday, May 4th. Less than a month out from the festival, GIFF was proud to announce the 2017 Program in front of a packed crowd at the Tesla Gallery on Greenwich Avenue. This year, inspired by our theme MAKE AN IMPACT, will feature a lineup of 50 films, as well as educational panels and star-studded parties. We believe that our lineup of films this year reflects the image of a true international film festival, featuring films from 18 countries.

Director of Programming and Founder Colleen deVeer, along with programmer Sam Kleiner, announce the 2017 Festival lineup at the Program Announcement Party.

We have so many exciting aspects to our festival schedule that we are thrilled to share with you over the next couple of weeks. Our lineup features two centerpiece films: THE LIGHT OF THE MOON and CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY. Both films will be screened on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, and be followed by a Q&A with cast & crew from the films. Our Opening Night Film, BENDING THE ARC, sponsored by WMC Health Network, will be followed by a discussion with cast & crew of the film as well as medical professionals, to discuss the current state of Global Health. To see the complete list of films in our lineup, please view the GIFF Film Guide HERE.

COO Ginger Stickel thanks the 2017 sponsors for helping us deliver a fantastic festival lineup for 2017

If you would like to learn more about our educational panels, including Live from Connecticut: A Converstaion with SNL Writers, sponsored by First Republic and Producing Sports, please click HERE.

To learn more about the exciting star-studded parties, including Opening Night Party with a concert by Flo Rida, and the Changemaker Honoree Gala, honoring Renée Zellweger, Christy Turlington Burns, and Andrew Niblock, please click HERE.

A huge thank you to the sponsors of our Program Announcement Party – Tesla, B.Good Burger, and Val’s Putnam Wine & Liquor as well as our media partners Moffly Media Greenwich Magazine, Fairfield County LOOK and WABC7.

Special congratulations to our friends at the Greenwich Arts Council for the 20th year of Art to the Avenue. We were honored to be a part of this incredible event, supporting the arts and local artists. Congratulations to Joseph Dermody, whose fantastic artwork was on display at the Tesla Gallery during our Program Announcement Party. See his artwork all month long at Tesla, and on his website HERE.

Thank you to everyone who came out our Program Announcement Party; we are thrilled to announce this incredible lineup of films and events for our 2017 Festival. Be sure to check out our Film Guide to see everything being featured at GIFF this year.

See you in June!

The GIFF Team

The GIFF team celebrating the announcement of the official 2017 Festival Schedule at the Program Announcement Party


Guests admiring the Tesla vehicles at the Program Announcement Party.
Joseph Dermody artwork on display at the Program Annoucement Party.
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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