The fledgling festival 40 miles northeast of New York City began in 2015. In addition to providing wider exposure for new films as all festivals do, GIFF aims to connect filmmakers with sources of financing, a natural mission given how many hedge funds and high-net-worth individuals are based in Greenwich.
The spotlight conversation with Goldwyn, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television and Digital Media, will touch on Goldwyn’s philanthropic efforts in addition to his career. Goldwyn has been active for 15 years in Americares, which provides health and medical services for people hit by poverty or disaster.
“I am excited Greenwich International Film Festival is giving me the opportunity to share with others the incredible work Americares is doing to make struggling communities healthier and more prosperous,” Goldwyn said.
Wendy Stapleton Reyes, board chairman and founder of the festival, added, “Tony is a brilliant actor and humanitarian who has used his voice to bring attention and funds to marginalized people all over the world.”
This year’s fourth edition of the festival runs May 31 to June 3. It will feature a performance by Lauren Hill and an award presentation to Ashley Judd.