Be a part of our exciting 2020 season!

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). In 2017, 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). In 2018, GIFF's esteemed Changemaker Honoree was Actress and Activist, Ashley Judd. 2018 charitable partners and recipients of GIFF charitable contributions were The Waterside School, Americares (Spotlight On: Tony Goldwyn), UNFPA, The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, The Breast Cancer Alliance, and The MLH Foundation (Ms. Lauryn Hill- performer). Our 2019 season celebrated Eva Longoria Bastón as our esteemed Changemaker for her philanthropic work founding the EVA LONGORIA Foundation. Actress and Activist, Connie Nielsen was our Social Impact Jury Head and was celebrated for her work with The Human Needs Project. To date, GIFF has awarded $150,000 in cash prizes to our filmmakers and raised $600,000 in charitable support to various non-profit organizations.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) event will take place April 30th through May 3rd, 2020. The four-day Festival will showcase 30 domestic and international film premieres and screenings, a star-studded Opening Night Party, educational panels and workshops, and the Changemaker Honoree Gala which honors actors and entertainment professionals who have used film to impact positive change. An award for the Best Social Impact Film will be presented to a narrative or documentary feature filmmaker this 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 generates great media attention. The Festival has garnered tremendous coverage resulting in over 6 billion media impressions in news outlets around the world since inception. These include coverage from: The Hollywood Reporter, ABC's Good Morning America, People, Associated Press, Indiewire, Today Show, Access Hollywood, Forbes, Crains New York Business, 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 9,535 Twitter followers, 3,989 Instagram Followers, and 13,353 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, our esteemed Board Members, Jurors, and our past program highlights, please visit www.greenwichfilm.org

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

We will be accepting submissions in the following categories this year:

Narrative Feature
A fictional motion picture that tells a story. *Duration is over 40 minutes in length. Narrative Feature films may be considered for The Social Impact Award - a $10,000 USD cash prize.

Documentary Feature
A non-fiction motion picture that documents reality. Animated documentary shorts may be submitted. *Duration is over 40 minutes in length. Documentary Feature Films may be considered for The Social Impact Award - a $10,000 USD cash prize.

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 category and have the chance to land a spot in our 2020 line up and win a $1,000 cash prize.

AWARDS

*The Social Impact Award:
This prize will be awarded to one feature film across both Documentary and Narrative categories that promotes social change and awareness. The films in competition for The Social Impact Award will be determined by the GIFF team, awarded by the the GIFF jury, and will have a cash value of $10,000 USD

*Best Connecticut Short Film Award (Documentary and Narrative shorts will be considered): Sponsored by The CT Office of Film, TV, and Digital Media - cash value is $1,000 USD

*Audience Award:
This prize will be awarded to one filmmaker in either the narrative or documentary feature category - cash value is $1,000 USD

Prizes will be presented to winning directors of each film in competition in an awards ceremony. Award recipients will receive a check within 10 weeks from the end date of the 2020 Festival.

*2019 Award-Winning Films:
Best Social Impact Film, AFTERWARD
Best Narrative Feature, SISTER AIMEE
Best Documentary Feature, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD
Best Narrative Short, THE ANIMAL
Best Documentary Short, MACK WRESTLES
Connecticut Best Short Film, 120 YEARS

*2018 Award-Winning Films:
Best Social Impact Film, CRIME + PUNISHMENT
Best Narrative Feature, FIND THIS DUMB LITTLE BITCH AND THROW HER INTO A RIVER
Best Documentary Feature, THE DAWN WALL
Best Narrative Short, THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR. MAHLER
Best Documentary Short, KAYAYO
Connecticut Best Short Film, THE HAMMAMIS

*2017 Award-Winning Films:
Best Narrative Feature, THE STRANGE ONES
Best Documentary Feature, BENDING THE ARC
Best Narrative Short, UNDER PRESSURE
Best Documentary Short, THE RABBIT HUNT
Connecticut Best Short Film, BLIND SUSHI

Total 2020 Prize Value:
12,000 USD

2019-2020 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 15th, 2019
Regular Deadline: December 15th, 2019
Late Deadline: January 15th, 2020
Best CT Short Film Late Deadline: February 15th, 2020
*Filmmakers will be notified of their status one month prior to the Festival by email.

Entry Fees Features:
November 15th, 2019 - December 15th, 2019: Regular Deadline $40 USD
December 15th, 2019 - January 15th, 2020: Late Deadline $55 USD

Entry Fees CT Short Film:
November 15th, 2019 - February 15th, 2020 $20 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 or dubbed in English
-Feature films submitted to The Greenwich International Film Festival in 2019 and 2020 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 2020 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:

Greenwich International Film Festival
Attn: Submissions
135 East Putnam Avenue
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 address
-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.

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 then 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 2020:
-A full resolution digital file must be provided and sent to The Print Traffic Coordinator upon acceptance. The Print Traffic Coordinator will reach out to the filmmaker 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.
-2 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 2020 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:
We will be accepting submissions in the following categories this year:

Narrative Feature
A fictional motion picture that tells a story. *Duration is over 40 minutes in length.
Narrative Feature films may be considered for The Social Impact Award - a $10,000 USD cash prize.

Documentary Feature
A non-fiction motion picture that documents reality. Animated documentary shorts may be submitted. *Duration is over 40 minutes in length. Documentary Feature Films may be considered for The Social Impact Award- a $10,000 USD cash prize.

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 category and have the chance to land in our 2020 line up and win a $1,000 cash prize.

Awards:
*The Social Impact Award:
This prize will be awarded to one film across both Documentary and Narrative 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 USD

*Best Connecticut Short Film (Documentary and Narrative shorts will be considered) - Sponsored by The CT Office of Film, TV, and Digital Media- valued at $1,000 USD

*Audience Award:
This prize will be awarded to one filmmaker in either the narrative or documentary feature category - cash value is $1,000 USD

Awards will be presented to winning directors of each film in competition in an awards ceremony during the 2020 Festival weekend. Each director will receive a check for his/her prize money within 10 weeks from the end date of the 2020 Festival.

Accepted Filmmaker Package Checklist:
-2 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 since GIFF's inception, and is a proud member of the Advisory Board of the Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT.

*Shari Angel
Programmer
Greenwich International Film Festival
Shari Angel’s love affair with film started when she was just a girl. Professionally, this took the form of programming for film and TV almost a decade ago. She cut her teeth in film programming and acquisitions at HBO, and then later lead the programming for movie streaming service Tribeca Shortlist. There she hand-picked films for a select and ever-changing group of movies for subscribers focused on quality and expert curation. After completing her undergraduate degree from Pace University in communications and gender studies, Ms. Angel continued her education with a master’s degree from New York University. There, her curriculum included Cinema and American pop culture. She was granted a global research fellowship while at NYU and completed her graduate thesis in central and eastern Europe’s mecca for cinema, Prague. Shari thrives in the fast-paced environment of film festivals. She loves finding the needle-in-the-haystack movies that stick with you, and believes that cinema is our greatest art form and best tool for truly empathizing with others. She is honored Program films for GIFF and resides in Queens, NY with her husband and two dogs.

*Bears Rebecca Fonte
Programming Consultant and Jury Coordinator
Bears Rebecca Fonté is a transgender writer/director, the former Director of Programming for Austin Film Festival and the founder and Artistic Director of Other Worlds Austin, one of the preeminent sci-fi film festivals in the world. In two years at AFF, Bears helped shepherd 38 world premiere features and had seven films picked up for distribution at (or immediately following) the festival. Their current sci-fi short, Prenatal, has played 30+ festivals, and their feature thriller, iCrime, which they wrote and directed, was released on DVD, VOD, and streaming by Vicious Circle Films in 2011. Their last short film, the supernatural thriller Roadside Assistance, screened at 69 festivals including Sci-Fi London and Dances With Films. Bears was also one of the producers on the Sundance jury award-winning short film The Procedure. Prior to arriving in Austin, Bears wrote coverage for independent producers and coverage services in LA and placed in nearly every single screenwriting contest out there. Bears received his BA from Carleton College in British Studies and Theatre Studies, and an MFA in Directing from Indiana University.

For further clarification of any details given here or for any further information, please contact: submissions@greenwichfilm.org

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  • Ben Hackworth

    A lovely festival that's clearly on the rise. And a few world premieres too.

    The people running the festival are very warm and the Q & A sessions are run by intelligent and sophisticated moderators.

    Will definitely submit with my next film.

    June 2019
  • 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