Compelling. Provocative. Thrilling. Empowering.

These are the adjectives that describe the films that play in the minds of tomorrow’s great filmmakers. Greenwich International Film Festival aims to celebrate these gifted artists annually and to promote Greenwich, Connecticut, as a film and visual arts epicenter.

Set in Greenwich, an affluent community of art enthusiasts located 45-minutes outside of Manhattan, this carefully curated Festival will connect an audience of prospective financiers, distributors and film lovers with rising stars in the film industry.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The mission of the Greenwich International Film Festival is to provide filmmakers with an effective platform to showcase their work with the goal of finding financing opportunities for future projects. Additionally, GIFF harnesses the power of film to serve the greater good by highlighting and supporting issues related to basic human rights, education, the environment, and health care.

In 2015, GIFF supported OneMinutesJr, a UNICEF initiative, which provides underprivileged children around the world with the tools to make short films in order to have their voices heard. In our second year, GIFF supported The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Abigail Breslin, Rising Changemaker Honoree), The Rainforest Fund (Trudie Styler, Changemaker Honoree), Girl Rising (Freida Pinto, Changemaker Honoree), Kristin Davis Foundation (Kristin Davis, Head of GIFF Social Impact Film Jury), and Community Access (John Turturro, Spotlight On... Guest). Last year, GIFF supported ALS Finding A Cure, ALSA, and the SIMS foundation (Renee Zellweger, Changemaker Honoree), Every Mother Counts (Christy Turlington Burns, Changemaker Honoree), and Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (Matthew Heineman, Social Impact Award Winner).

To date, GIFF has awarded $95,000 in cash prizes to our filmmakers and $350,000 in charitable support to various organizations.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Fourth Annual Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) event will take place May 31st through June 3rd, 2018. The four-day Festival will showcase 50+ domestic and international film premieres and screenings, a star-studded Opening Night Party, educational panels and workshops, and the Changemaker Honoree Gala that honors actors and entertainment professionals who have used
 film to impact positive change. Significant cash prizes, including an award for the Best Social Impact Film, are awarded to filmmakers each year. In addition to the Festival weekend, supporting workshops, seminars and screenings throughout the year will cultivate a burgeoning visual arts community in Greenwich and beyond.

GIFF garners great media attention. The 2017 Festival generated tremendous coverage resulting in a record 2.5 billion media impressions in news outlets around the world including: The Hollywood Reporter, ABC's Good Morning America, People, Associated Press, Indiewire, Today Show, Access Hollywood,
 US Weekly, New York Post, Variety, Deadline, Billboard, The Huffington Post, Town&Country, Greenwich Magazine, Greenwich Time, and many others.

GIFF has a strong social media following including 44,070 Twitter followers, 32,861 Instagram Followers, and 13,275 Facebook followers. The GIFF team is dedicated to promoting its selected films leading up to and following the Festival weekend in order to maximize the exposure of its filmmakers.

For more information about our Festival Sponsors and our esteemed Board Members please visit www.greenwichfilm.org

Awards & Prizes

Competition Categories

Narrative Feature
A fictional motion picture that tells a story.
*Duration is over 40 minutes in length.
Best Narrative Feature will be eligible for a cash prize of $5,000 and may be considered for The Social Impact Award.

Narrative Short
A fictional motion picture that tells a story. Animated narrative shorts may be submitted
*Duration is less than 40 minutes in length. Best narrative short will be eligible for a $2,000 cash prize as well as The Social Impact Award.

Documentary Feature
A non-fiction motion picture that documents reality
Animated documentary shorts may be submitted
*Duration is over 40 minutes in length
Best Documentary Feature will be eligible for a cash prize of $5,000 and may be considered for The Social Impact Award.

Documentary Short
A non-fiction motion picture that documents reality
*Duration is less than 40 minutes in length
Best Documentary Short will be eligible for a $2,000 cash prize as well as The Social Impact Award.

Best Connecticut Short Film (Documentary or Narrative)
*Duration is less than 40 Minutes in length
Are you a Connecticut filmmaker or is your film shot in Connecticut? Enter this NEW category and have the chance to land in our 2018 line up and win a $1,000 cash prize.

Awards

*Best Narrative Feature

*Best Documentary Feature

*Best Narrative Short

*Best Documentary Short

*Best Connecticut Short Film (Documentary and Narrative) - Sponsored by The CT Office of Film, TV, and Digital Media

*The Social Impact Award:

This prize will be awarded to one film across all categories that promotes social change and awareness. The films in competition for The Social Impact Prize will be determined by the GIFF team, awarded by the the GIFF jury and will have a cash value of $10,000.00 USD

Awards will be presented to winning directors of each film in competition in an awards ceremony. Each director will be presented with a trophy and will receive a check within 10 weeks from the end date of the 2018 Festival.

*2017 Award-Winning Films:
Best Social Impact Film, $10,000 - CITY OF GHOSTS
Best Narrative Feature, $5,000 - THE STRANGE ONES
Best Documentary Feature, $5,000 - BENDING THE ARC
Best Narrative Short, $2,000 - UNDER PRESSURE
Best Documentary Short, $2,000 - THE RABBIT HUNT
Connecticut Best Short Film, $1,000 - BLIND SUSHI

Rules & Terms

2018 Greenwich International Film Festival
Entry Rules and Regulations

General

The Mission of The Greenwich International Film Festival is two-fold: to provide filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work with the goal of finding financing for future projects as well as for providing exhibition opportunities, and to harness the power of film to serve the greater good.

When you submit your film to GIFF, you agree to all screen Entry Rules and Regulations below.

Key Dates:

Call for Entry: November 1st, 2017
Regular Deadline: December 15th, 2017
Late Deadline: January 15th, 2018

*Filmmakers will be notified of their status one month prior to the Festival by email

Entry Fees

November 1st, 2017 - December 15th, 2017: Regular Deadline $45 USD
December 15th, 2017 - January 15th, 2018: Late Deadline $60 USD

Eligibility

-Entrants accept all rules and regulations of GIFF and must be 18+ yrs old or have written adult consent by a parent or guardian
-Films that are not in the English language must be subtitled in English or dubbed
-Films must not have been screened publicly prior to January 2017
-Feature films submitted to The Greenwich International Film Festival in 2017 or 2018 must never have been broadcasted publicly (on the internet or television) or been commercially exhibited in the United States prior to the opening night of the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival.
-The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold Greenwich International Film Festival harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

Entry Protocol

Entrants must complete the online submission completely. If mailing in a physical DVD or BluRay, please sign the entry form and send payment along with all materials to the following address:

The Greenwich International Film Festival
Attn: Submissions
0 Horseneck Lane
Greenwich, Ct 06830

Questions?
Please contact us at submissions@greenwichfilm.org

Entry Materials must include the following:

-A signed and completed Entry Form if mailing to above addresses
-Entry Fee in US dollars payable by credit card, check, cash, US travelers checks, or money order
-All works not submitted on FilmFreeway as secure online screeners must be submitted on DVD or Blu-ray Format (1 copy only must be provided).

*Films submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be accepted after submission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to submit screener DVDs without any physical or quality defects *Please note that entry materials will not be returned
*For multiple entries, please note that each film entered must have a separate entry form and separate DVD or Blu-ray. Additionally, each film must be submitted separately on FilmFreeway. Fees for multiple entries may be combined either through the FIlmFreeway system or through mailed payment.
*Please be sure that the entry and confirmation forms are legible
*Please indicate the running time of your film

Re-entry

Films may be re-entered in subsequent years provided that significant changes have been made to them and that they still meet all rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements. Films must not have been screened publicly prior to January 2017.

Invited Works

All filmmaker participants accepted into the Festival will be notified by the programming team one month prior to the Festival. If a film is directly submitted to the festival than GIFF reserves the right to play it in our program.

*Please note that a valid and current physical address and email address must be provided with the film. Please update that information with The Director of Programming if anything should change from the date of entry. The Director of Programming reserves the right to inquire about other invitations to Festivals prior to acceptance into GIFF.

If your work is accepted into GIFF 2018:

-A full resolution digital file must be provided and sent to The Director of Programming upon acceptance
-A Film Information Form that will be emailed to you must be completed, signed and sent in with the exhibition copy upon acceptance
-The Filmmaker must provide The Director of Programming with a trailer or clip of the film under 2 minutes in length as a digital file or online link that can be embedded or downloaded for promotional purposes and for inclusion in the Festival trailer.
-5 additional DVD screeners for GIFF archives and press must be provided upon acceptance
-One comprehensive digital press kit must be provided to The Director of Programming which includes film stills, photo and bio of director, synopsis of film for marketing material, and full cast and crew credits. The Director of Programming reserves the right to secure alternative materials from other sources.

Exhibition Guidelines:
*Transportation and insurance costs of DVDs, related documents, photographs, and publicity materials from the country of origin to the GIFF office shall be borne by the applicant. GIFF will pay for the return of any hard drives to the filmmaker via UPS.
*GIFF 2018 will be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the entry and with all accepted films for marketing material. These photographs and publicity material will not be returned to the filmmaker
*For promotional and publicity purposes, trailers or brief clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any television network, the internet, or related media throughout the duration of the Festival
*Films selected into the program, once the offer is accepted by the filmmaker, will not be allowed to be withdrawn from the Festival under any circumstance
*GIFF does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected
*Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties
*Submission in the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations

Competition Categories

Narrative Feature
A fictional motion picture that tells a story.
*Duration is over 40 minutes in length.
Best Narrative Feature will be eligible for a cash prize of $5,000 and may be considered for The Social Impact Award.

Narrative Short
A fictional motion picture that tells a story. Animated narrative shorts may be submitted
*Duration is less than 40 minutes in length. Best narrative short will be eligible for a $2,000 cash prize as well as The Social Impact Award.

Documentary Feature
A non-fiction motion picture that documents reality
Animated documentary shorts may be submitted
*Duration is over 40 minutes in length
Best Documentary Feature will be eligible for a cash prize of $5,000 and may be considered for The Social Impact Award.

Documentary Short
A non-fiction motion picture that documents reality
*Duration is less than 40 minutes in length
Best Documentary Short will be eligible for a $2,000 cash prize as well as The Social Impact Award.

Awards

*Best Narrative Feature

*Best Documentary Feature

*Best Narrative Short

*Best Documentary Short

*Best Connecticut Short Film (Documentary or Narrative) -NEW
Are you a Connecticut filmmaker or is your film shot in Connecticut? Enter this NEW category and have the chance to land in our 2018 line up and win a cash prize of $1,000.

*The Social Impact Award:
This prize will be awarded to one film across all categories that promotes social change and awareness. The films in competition for The Social Impact Prize will be determined by the GIFF team, awarded by the the GIFF jury and will have a cash value of $10,000.00 USD

Awards will be presented to winning directors of each film in competition in an awards ceremony. Each director will be presented with a trophy and will receive a check within 10 weeks from the end date of the 2018 Festival.

Accepted Filmmaker Package Checklist

-5 DVD screeners
-Synopsis of the film (approximately 150 words)
-Director biography
-Entry Fee
-Photograph of director
-Still photographs of film (minimum 2)
-Production still (minimum 2)
-Poster (if any)
-Press Kit

MEET THE PROGRAMMING TEAM

*Colleen deVeer
Founder/Principal
Director of Programming
Greenwich International Film Festival

Colleen deVeer came from a very artistic family that instilled in her a love for visual and performing arts at a very young age. Ms. deVeer is a graduate of Boston College, where she was a Director of The Boston College Dance Ensemble and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts. Following her undergraduate studies, Colleen moved on to the Actor’s Studio in New York City where she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting, training with renowned acting masters, David Gideon, Barbara Poitier, Elizabeth Kemp, and Doug Moston. After fifteen years of working as an actress and dancer in theater, film, commercials, and television, Colleen met two playwrights whose work she found so exceptional that she tried her hand at producing, launching two successful plays in repertory with critically acclaimed NYC stage runs. Colleen moved out to Greenwich in 2012 with her husband and two children where she Co-Founded The Greenwich International Film Festival. A long time cinephile, Colleen has traveled to dozens of film festivals across the country and abroad, has served as the Festival’s Director of Programming for the last 3 years and is a proud member of the Advisory Board of the Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT.

*Sam Taylor Kleiner
Programmer

Sam Kleiner joined GIFF in 2016 bringing a filmmakers eye and a rich knowledge of film history to the programming team. He made his first short film in the seventh grade and has been passionate about filmmaking ever since. Sam has attended a number of intensive programs at international film schools including the Prague Film School and the New York Film Academy. He graduated Cum Laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a BA in Psychology and Film Studies. Sam’s postgraduate experience in film has been primarily in publicity and he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top distribution companies in New York including Magnolia Pictures, Cinetic Media, and A24. Sam has also been fortunate enough to participate in a number of different film festivals including Tribeca, SXSW, Sundance, and Cannes. He loves festivals because they highlight certain films that might normally not be seen and provide a unique platform for filmmakers to find their audience.

*Bears Fonte
Programming Consultant

Bears Fonte is the former Director of Programming for Austin Film Festival as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Other Worlds Austin, a SciFi film festival. He writes reviews, previews, and interviews for AMFM Magazine, focusing on Indie Film and the Film Festival Circuit as well as serving as consultant for both film festivals and filmmakers navigating the festival scene. His feature film debut iCrime received DVD and VOD distribution after playing a number of film festivals. His most recent short, The Secret Keeper, just finished the circuit, playing 40+ festivals over 18 months.

For further clarification of any details given here or for any further information, please contact:

submissions@greenwichfilm.org

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    Jeff Bemiss

    Various festivals have come and gone in Greenwich, but I participated in the inaugural year of this great little festival. Very positive experience all around. Great venue, good community outreach, thoughtful Q&As, and friendly, supportive organizers. Hope it becomes a Greenwich fixture!

    May 2016