May 29th - June 2nd, 2019

The 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, May 31st with its most prestigious event, the Changemaker Gala. Each year GIFF awards artists who’ve used their voice for positive social change through their philanthropic endeavors and their career accomplishments. This event, sponsored by Betteridge, will help support our charity partners; UNFPA, Americares and the Waterside School. Purchase tickets to attend by clicking here.

GIFF is proud present the 2018 Changmaker Award to:

2018

ASHLEY JUDD

Actress & Author

Nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy awards, Ashley Judd will receive the “Changemaker Award” for her work as the Global Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). As a feminist and social justice humanitarian, Ashley had been working internationally, with NGO’s, grass roots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies since 2004. This year Ashley was named one of TIME Magazine’s Person of The Year for her activism and leadership in the feminist movement.

DUNCAN EDWARDS

Executive Director, Community Changemaker

Duncan Edwards has been a leader in our educational community and is the current Executive Director for Waterside School. “The School represents courage, determination, and resolve”, Edwards said. Waterside conceived as a model for future efforts, is an independent school in Stamford, CT, serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstances. The School empowers its students with the knowledge, skills and virtues required to enable them to excel as students. GIFF is humbled to honor Duncan Edwards as our 2018 Community Changemaker.

2017

RENÉE ZELLWEGER

Actress & Humanitarian

Academy Award-winning actress Renée Zellweger received the “Changemaker Award” for her leadership and support in the search for effective treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in honor of her dear friend Nanci Ryder, veteran publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who was diagnosed in 2014, as well as her work with the SIMS Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to support those in the Austin music industry, suffering from depression and mental health illnesses.

CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS

Founder, Every Mother Counts

Humanitarian, maternal health advocate and model Christy Turlington Burns received the “Changemaker Award” for her work as Founder & CEO of Every Mother Counts, an organization working toward making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the global maternal health crisis and links mothers to providers of essential care, by addressing these three barriers to maternal health: transportation, education, and supplies.

ANDREW NIBLOCK

Teacher, Community Changemaker 

Andrew Niblock is a leader in the educational community and is the current head of the lower school at Greenwich Country Day School. He has inspired thousands of students and instilled in them a love of learning that will last throughout their lives. Andrew was recently diagnosed with ALS and is continuing to inspire his students and the entire community. Andrew has become a committed advocate for the fight against ALS and has demonstrated strength and grace as he confronts this disease. GIFF is humbled to honor Andrew Niblock as our 2017 Community Changemaker. 

2016

ABIGAIL BRESLIN​​

Actress and Humanitarian

Accepted the Changemaker Award on behalf of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

FREIDA PINTO​

Actress and Humanitarian

Accepted the Changemaker Award on behalf of her work and advocacy for Girl Rising.

TRUDIE STYLE​R

Actress, Producer and Director

Accepted the Changemaker Award for founding the Rainforest Fund.

2015

HARRY BELAFONTE

Singer, Songwriter, Actor and Social Activist

Accepted the Changemaker Award for serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

MIA FARROW

Actress and Activist

Accepted the Changemaker Award for her work with UNICEF.

Learn more about our 2017 Charity Partners here.

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