Bid in Special CharityBuzz Auction to Benefit FilmAid!

FilmAid will be the beneficiary of a special CharityBuzz auction with lots including tickets to the 2014 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Gala in Hollywood, passes to AFI FEST 2014 (including VIP after party), and a stunning piece of art by Kenyan artist and conservationist, Anthony Russell.

Proceeds from the auction will go to FilmAid, helping us to fulfill our mission by supporting our core programs. Be sure to place your bids before the auction ends on January 21. 

Here are the lots available for bidding now:

Sudan, 2010 by Kenyan artist/conservationist Anthony Russell

A stunning piece, featuring pictorial details of Sudan's Dinka women, shot and collected over 20 years. Hot resin pour in two layer. Meru oak frame, stained, wire wool scrub, and clear polished. Framed and signed by the artist. Click here for more details and to bid on this piece.

Two (2) tickets to the 2014 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Gala in Hollywood, Honoring Jane Fonda

Two (2) member tickets to the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala, honoring Jane Fonda on June 5th, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. 

Join the Oscar-winning actress/activist for an exciting, black-tie evening known for its star-power and revealing speeches. Includes a pre-event cocktail reception, a buffet dinner and The Tribute ceremony. 

Attendees at prior AFI Life Achievement Awards have included President Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Natalie Portman, Jennifer Aniston and Oprah Winfrey. The event will be broadcast on TNT and TCM. 

Two (2) Cinepass Express Passes to AFI FEST 2014 and two (2) tickets to a Centerpiece Gala with VIP after party access

Two (2) Cinepass Express passes to the American Film Institute's annual Los Angeles-based film festival, AFI FEST 2014. Includes a pair of tickets to the winner's choice of a Centerpiece Gala with a VIP after party. (Centerpiece Galas for the 2013 festival included films such as "Lone Survivor" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.") Cinepass Express gives access to ALL festival screenings (except Galas) with no waiting, plus access to the festival's Cinema Lounge for panels and happy hours.

For more details and to start bidding, visit the CharityBuzz site now - good luck!

Thank You Anthony Russell!

One of Kenya's top visual artists, Anthony Russell, generously donated his piece "Seeking Time" for the auction at our Power of Film Benefit in New York this year. We wanted to take a moment to share more about Russell's beautiful work.

Born and raised in Kenya and the UK, Anthony Russell is an artist, designer, musician, and most of all, mad-keen conservationist with a passion for lions and Maasai culture. In addition to creating eco-friendly luxury safari camps and lodges, Anthony has worked with Richard Leakey, Ian Douglas Hamilton, the Honourable Member of Parliament George Saitoti, Paul Allen and Donna Karan on community design orientation projects and pure wildlife protection projects.

Thank you for your support Anthony, and keep up the amazing work!

Read more about Anthony and check out his artwork here.

A Fantastic Evening! FilmAid's Annual Power of Film Benefit

Guests from the film industry and humanitarian community gathered on November 20 to show support for FilmAid’s efforts to harness the power of film to provide critical information where it is needed and inspire hope where it is lacking. FilmAid's Annual Power of Film Benefit took place at Lexicon night club in New York City.

Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm, Restrepo) was honored with FilmAid’s Richard C. Holbrooke Memorial Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Service. He received the award for his career’s work, as an award-winning documentarian and best-selling author, recognizing the power of film as a cultural force and a window to new worlds and experiences. Said Junger, “FilmAid [puts] cameras into the hands of people who have grown up in very troubled countries, who are in some ways in the best position to document those troubles and inform the rest of the world about them. That is an unbelievably important task." 

The award was presented by author and human rights advocate Kati Marton, whose late husband Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke was an early supporter of FilmAid and namesake of the annual award.

FilmAid Founder Caroline Baron presented the FilmAid Community Leadership Award to Eline Media Founder and CEO Michael Angst for his many years of service as FilmAid’s Board Chair. FilmAid’s Executive Director Simon Goff was joined on stage by Rodriguez Shamamba, FilmAid alumni from Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya who was recently resettled to Massachussetts. Griffin Dunne acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which included a Silent Auction.

FilmAid thanks its generous event sponsors including American Express, Robert and Tracy Baron, Condé Nast, The Culver Studios, Film Finances Inc., FilmNation Entertainment, HBO, The Hollywood Reporter, Nancy and Ron Proesel, Relativity Media, and Variety. 

See our complete photo album from the event on Facebook

FilmAid to Honor Sebastian Junger at Annual Power of Film Benefit

FilmAid’s Annual Power of Film Benefit will be held on November 20 in New York City. We are excited to announce that we will honor Sebastian Junger with the Richard C. Holbrooke Memorial Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Service.

Author of The Perfect Storm and WAR, Junger is one of America's most acclaimed writers. He is also a documentary filmmaker whose Restrepo, a feature-length documentary chronicling the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, was nominated for an Oscar.

Sebastian’s latest film, a documentary from HBO Films titled Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?, chronicles the life and career of frequent collaborator and close friend Tim Hetherington, who passed away in the war zones of Libya.

As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism. He has also written for such magazines as Harper'sThe New York Times MagazineNational Geographic AdventureOutside and Men's Journal.

Presenting to Sebastian will be author and human rights advocate Kati Marton, whose late husband Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke was an early supporter of FilmAid and namesake of the annual award. Marton has been a great friend to FilmAid and we are delighted for her to join us.

Since 1980, Marton has published eight books. Her 2009 book, a Cold War memoir entitled Enemies of the People - My Family’s Journey to America, published by Simon & Schuster, was a National Book Critics Circle finalist and is soon to be the subject of a major motion picture. Her latest book, Paris – A Love Story, published in August 2012 by Simon & Schuster, is a memoir with Paris at its heart and like all stories of Paris, love as its theme.

Marton is on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Rescue Committee, the New America Foundation, and Central European University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International and the Author’s Guild. In 2011 she was awarded the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association.

We’d love to see you on November 20! For tickets and more information, visit

Kerry Washington Accepts FilmAid Award from HFPA

This blog entry has been reposted from Variety. The original article was called "HFPA event offers grants, laugh" By Jon Weisman, Posted: Aug. 9, 2012, 3:24PM PT

It makes sense that folks would be in a fine mood when $1.2 million in grants are being handed out, and such was the case at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s annual luncheon Thursday.

The event, which also featured the official installation of this year's board of directors and HFPA officers -- veep Jorge Camara, exec secretary Serge Rakhlin and treasurer Ali Sar -- was presided over by frequently bemused org prexy Aida Takla-O'Reilly.

"This is a memorable day for me," Takla-O'Reilly said. "This is the day that Steven Spielberg pulled my scarf out of the soup -- and wiped it for me."

Spielberg, who earlier praised Takla-O'Reilly's stand-up skills, was one of the event's first speakers, representing the preservation org Film Foundation, which received the highest of the HFPA's grants ($250,000).

"The films that we love (are) physically disappearing before our very eyes," Spielberg said, adding that this year's funding would support preservation of Federico Fellini's "La Strada." The HFPA has given $3.6 million to the Film Foundation in recent years, helping preserve more than 80 films. Among the other prime beneficiaries this year of the HFPA's donations were UCLA ($65,000), CalArts ($60,000) the Sundance Institute and FilmAid International ($50,000 each).

"FilmAid has literally become a live-saving relief tool," said actress Kerry Washington. ""FilmAid's video and movie screens deliver urgent information while also doing what we do with film -- inspiring laughter and connection."

The HFPA's other presenters included Jennifer Lawrence, John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Kelsey Grammer, Don Johnson, Jack Black, Christina Hendricks, Carla Gugino, Jordana Brewster, Josh Henderson, Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick.

Black jokingly gave the impression that he had thought he would top the day in Hollywood celebrity, but then called himself "small potatoes" compared to Spielberg. "

Let me just say -- 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter' looks great," Black cracked.

Read the full article here.