GIFF’s Changemaker Awards honor artists who’ve used their voice for positive social change through their philanthropic endeavors and their career accomplishments. In 2017, GIFF added a Community Changemaker Award which honors a person from the community who has inspired others in a way that has led to positive social change. The awards are presented each year at the Changemaker Gala, a prestigious, black-tie awards dinner held during the film festival. Proceeds from this event go to support charity partners.
GIFF is proud to have honored these humanitarians:
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.
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 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.
Accepted the Changemaker Award on behalf of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Accepted the Changemaker Award on behalf of her work and advocacy for Girl Rising.
Accepted the Changemaker Award for founding the Rainforest Fund.
Accepted the Changemaker Award for serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Accepted the Changemaker Award for her work with UNICEF.