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.
One of the Artists honored this year is Ashley Judd. 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.
The other person to be honored at the Gala is Duncan Edwards Mr. Edwards has been a leader in our educational community and is the current Executive Director for Waterside School. Waterside was 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.
The party kicks off at Betteridge at 6pm for a Red Carpet event and cocktail hour. Then guests will proceed to L’Esacale overlooking Greenwich Harbor. This location will host the awards dinner honoring Ms. Judd and Mr. Edwards. A wonderful evening and a great way to kick off the film festival.
The next three days are filled with great narrative films, shorts, documentaries and panel discussions that are a great way to experience the festival and be part of something wonderful in our area.
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