JUNE 1 - 4, 2017

The Greenwich International Film Festival presented the 2017 Changemaker Awards to Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington Burns at the 3rd annual Changemaker Honoree Gala, which took place June 1, 2017. The Changemaker Award honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change. 

The Greenwich International Film Festival was honored to present the first Community Changemaker Awad to local hero and educator Andrew Niblock. Although Andrew could not join us for the Gala, his wife Eliza accepted the award on his behalf. 

The Changemaker Honoree Gala, presented by CuisinArt Resorts & Residences and ALS FindingACure, included a cocktail reception co-presented by Betteridge and Cartier. Proceeds from the Changemaker Gala went to support the fight against ALS, the SIMS Foundation, and Every Mother Counts. 


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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