Greenwich Youth Film Festival

The 9th Annual Greenwich Youth Film Festival (#GYFF2020) co-sponsored by Greenwich Botanical Center, Greenwich Library, the Avon Theatre Film Center and Greenwich Arts Council was originated by the Junior League of Greenwich.

Best of Festival this year was awarded to the Documentary, No No Boy submitted by filmmakers and CSH students Isabel DeVita ’21 & Daniella Tocco ’20.  

Documentary No No Boy was awarded Best of Festival at this year’s GYFF.

This year, even with very challenging circumstances, sixty-six films and several film posters were submitted by students from Brunswick Academy, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich High School, and New Canaan High School. Submissions were judged by filmmakers Gavin Guerra and Kabir Chopra, screenwriter Alicia Pipher, and GAC Executive Director Tatiana Mori.

In keeping with state mandates and an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the GYFF2020 Awards Ceremony is presented virtually this year. Please enjoy this heartfelt Keynote Address for our contestants from this year’s keynote speaker, Actor & Filmmaker Gavin Guerra.

#GYFF2020 Keynote speaker Gavin Guerra graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990 and has spent 30 years creating award winning entertainment as a visual effects artist.

Gavin Guerra has graciously sent us an edited version of his acclaimed Documentary, ” Let The People Decide.” 

Other Winners Include:

Seems Like a Shame by Olivia Christensen and Mary Dowling explores climate change.
The Now by Lily Deconcini takes a look at the role social media and smart devices play in our lives.
What’s Your Emergency by Cailin Gordon and Sarah Boutelle is a short thriller.

•1st Place Social Action- What’s Your Emergency, Cailin Gordon & Sarah Boutelle

•2nd Place Social Action- Consumer Error,   Rachel Keefe 

3rd Place Social Action- This Is Not Love, Sophia Flynn

•1st Place Documentary- No No Boy,  Isabel DeVita & Daniella Tocco

• 2nd Place Documentary- Seems Like A Shame, Olivia Christensen & Mary Dowling

•3rd Place Documentary- Big Love Fierce JuJu, Delaney Coleman

•1st Place Experimental- Home Video, Olivia Andrews

•3rd Place Experimental- The Now, Lily DeConcini

• 2nd Place Creative- Made By Design, Georgia Ferguson, Kate Murray,   Clementine Marcogliese

•3rd Place Creative- Full Circle, Nouha Aissaoui, Kourtney Ulmer

•2nd Place Animation- Dream Sequence, Elisa Taylor

On behalf of Greenwich Botanical Center and our non-profit partners, Greenwich Arts Council, Avon Theatre Film Centre, and Greenwich Library, we commend all of the participating students on their innovative filmmaking. Thanks, too, to the filmmakers’ crews, subjects and volunteers for their dedication to filmmaking.

We hope to see you next April in person for GYFF21!


Bharti Chojar & Meg Kaicher

Co-Chairs GYFF 2020

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