Greenwich International Film Festival Panels


Edited by Gregg Morris
June 2, 2016 – The Greenwich International Film Festival will be hosting panel discussions highlighting investments  in film, women in the entertainment industry and film adaptation of literature to further educate its audience.

“GIFF is proud to provide free programming to festival-goers for its second edition that is both entertaining and educational; in doing so, our hope is to inform and promote social change,” Ginger Stickel, Chief Operating Officer said in the GIFF press release. “We are incredibly pleased to have such esteemed members of their respective fields joining us for these panels.”

Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media is a panel featuring Gretchen Carlson (FOX), Reena Ninan (CBS), Nancy Armstrong (, and Hannah Storm (ESPN), moderated by Tonya Lewis Lee. The panel will focus on the underrepresentation of women in the news and entertainment industries. This diverse group of leading women is making a difference in the world in spite of this imbalance. Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media will be held on Friday, June 10th and is presented by Camuto Group.

Dan Cogan (Impact Partners) and Alexandra Shiva (Gildalya Pictures) will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Alison Davis (J.P. Morgan Private Bank) entitled Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film. This is a luncheon and panel bringing together philanthropists, investors, and leaders in the filmmaking community to discuss investing in social impact films and how to promote the causes you care about most. Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film will be held on Friday, June 10th and is presented by J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Bringing together novelists, screenwriters, and agents, From Book to Screen is a panel that will focus on the myriad of challenges these groups face and the rewards they reap when it comes to adapting books for film and television shows. Panelists include Margaret Nagle (screenwriter, “The Good Lie”), David Ebershoff (author, “The Danish Girl”), Jessica Knoll (novelist, “Luckiest Girl Alive”), Lacy Lalene Lynch (agent, Dupree/Miller & Associates), Adriana Trigiani (novelist, “Big Stone Gap”), and Chris Clarke (screenwriter, “Apostle Paul”). Moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford, the panel will take place on Sunday, June 12th and be followed by a book signing with Knowles, Trigiani and Eberhoff, organized by Diane’s Books.

As part of GIFF’s sponsorship with Samsung, the company, along with The Nantucket Project will be hosting a Virtual Reality lounge on Saturday, June 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 123 Mason Street. The lounge will deliver an exciting new form of storytelling, through an immersive virtual reality experience. Using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, festival-goers will be transported to another world. To attend, please RSVP to

The Greenwich International Film Festival will take place June 9th – 12th, 2016. GIFF’s 2nd edition will feature over 40 films, panel discussions, lavish parties and special events. Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase at or at the festival’s box office. The Festival’s full film slate was announced on Wednesday, May 11th and can be found HERE.

About The Greenwich International Film Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The second annual festival will take place June 9th to 12th, 2016, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus. The four-day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, educational panels, a Children’s Acting Workshop, an honoree gala, and more. For additional information, please visit

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