JUNE 1 - 4, 2017

The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce that Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington Burns are the 2017 Changemakers for the 3rd annual Changemaker Honoree Gala, which will take place June 1st with cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and awards dinner at 8 p.m. The Changemaker Award honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change. 

The Changemaker Honoree Gala, presented by CuisinArt Resorts & Residences and ALS FindingACure, will include a cocktail reception at Betteridge followed by a black-tie dinner at L’Escale in Greenwich, CT. A portion of the proceeds from the Changemaker Gala will go to support the fight against ALS, the SIMS Foundation, and Every Mother Counts. 

Admission to the 2017 Changemaker Honoree Gala is included with the purchase of a Cinephile or Premier Member Pass for the 2017 Festival or a Community Changemaker Package. Individual tickets are also available for purchase to the Gala; however, these seats will have an obstructed view at the Gala. To purchase a VIP Pass or Changemaker Honoree Gala ticket, please click here


Changemaker Honoree

Academy Award-winning actress Renée Zellweger will receive 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.


Changemaker Honoree

Humanitarian, maternal health advocate and model Christy Turlington Burns will receive 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.


Community Changemaker Honoree

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. 

Learn more about our 2017 Charity Partners here.

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