Friday, April 6, 2018

Greenwich International Film Festival To Honor Ashley Judd and Duncan Edwards as 2018 Changemakers

Judd and Edwards will be honored for their Humanitarian Work

NEW YORK, NY (April, 6, 2018) -  Greenwich International Film Festival announces the honorees for the 4th annual Changemaker Gala, which will take place on May 31, 2018. The Changemaker Award honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, actress and author Ashley Judd, will be honored for her work with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Duncan Edwards, the Community Changemaker honoree at the 2018 festival, will be recognized for his work in education with the Waterside School in Stamford, CT. The school, conceived as model for future efforts, is an independent school  serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstance. Past honorees include Renée Zellweger, Christy Turlington Burns, Freida Pinto, Trudie Styler, Abigail Breslin, Harry Belafonte and Mia Farrow.

Ashley Judd is a feminist social justice humanitarian. She has been working internationally, with NGO’S, grassroots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies since 2004.  Presently, she serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International, and also for Polaris Project. Through UNFPA she has recently traveled to Jordan, Ukraine, Turkey and India.

Waterside School is a co-educational PK-5th Grade independent school serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstance. The School attracts and inspires students of academic promise and families deeply invested in their children’s success. The School works to instill in its students a belief in their own worth, to cultivate in each a commitment to academic excellence, and to ensure the fullest development of every child’s character. Through a rigorous program of study and experience, the School empowers its students with the knowledge, skills and virtues required to enable them to excel as students, to gain access to superior academic opportunities, and to go forward to become the leaders of tomorrow.

"It is an honor to have been chosen as a Changemaker Award recipient at the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival. The festival serves as a great example of how film can be elevated to affect social change, and I'm grateful to be a part of such an extraordinary community." Ashley Judd, 2018 GIFF Changemaker.

"We are incredibly honored to have Ashley Judd as our 2018 Changemaker. She is an unapologetic voice for equality and women's rights throughout the world. Ashley serves as an incredible example of an individual who, despite the consequences, has refused to be silenced when she has been confronted by injustice and has therefore eased the path for the next generation. ” Wendy Stapleton Reyes, Chairman of the Board, GIFF.

Greenwich International Film Festival is set to run May 31-June 3, 2018. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2018 and will be available for purchase at The Festival’s full film slate will be announced in early May. The May 31st Changemaker event, sponsored by Betteridge, will include a cocktail reception at Betteridge followed by a black tie gala at L’Escale in Greenwich, CT. Jenna Bush Hager will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

About Greenwich International Film Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The fourth annual festival will take place May 31-June 3, 2018, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus.  The four-day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, engaging panels, an honoree gala, and more.  For additional information, please visit

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