Bringing Cannes to Conn

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Last weekend could only be described as the height of sophistication with its long red of carpets, abundance of supermodels in attendance, and powerfully moving film lineup all set in the majestic French Riviera. Or so I would imagine.

Cannes Film Festival takes the world by storm each spring as filmmakers and socialites alike flock to the idyllic Cannes in order to relish in the cinematic splendor. Such magnificence will undoubtedly be achieved in the first ever installation of Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF).

GIFF was thought up by three friends—Carina Crane, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes—in the hopes of developing a visual arts community in Greenwich. The Greenwich International Film Festival serves as a non-profit organization, in which all proceeds are delegated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which works to aid filmmakers in gaining financing and distribution. This four-day festival will present 25-plus films as well as host opening night events, panels, receptions, and an honoree gala. With the lingering excitement of Cannes in the rear view mirror, GIFF offers yet another outlet for the film-buff and cinematic connoisseur.

Greenwich International Film Festival had its official kick-off this past Tuesday when Doug Ellin, the creator of “Entourage” who is also on the executive board of GIFF, held an advanced screening of Entourage, the movie. Its successful turnout can only be a positive indicator of that which is to come. And believe me, there is a great deal more to come. The four-day festival will extend from June 4 to June 7 and will boast not only a diverse selection of curated films but also a number of celebrity filled panels on topics from Children’s Acting, with Disney channel cast members to Sports films with Mike Greenberg and Mark Teixeira. Its honoree gala, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford, plans to recognize Harry Belafonte and Mia Farrow for their exemplary philanthropic influence. Moreover, whether you’re from Greenwich or living just outside—get in your car, purchase your train ticket, and mark your calendars. Don’t miss the opportunity to tell your friends that you were there when Cannes came to Conn!

Check out GIFF’s website before it sells out.