Chivas Regal donate $100,000 to FilmAid at Cannes 2014

Global film elite including Naomi Watts, Harvey Weinstein, Gael Garcia Bernal gathered on Friday May 16 at the world famous Charles Finch Filmmakers Dinner in Cannes where FilmAid received a generous donation from our long-time supporter Chivas Regal. The highly anticipated annual dinner, filled with international superstars and with the stunning Riviera as a backdrop, was held during the Cannes Film Festival 2014 and confirmed the film industry’s dedication to using media to support marginalized and vulnerable communities. 

World-class actor and social activist Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Illusionist, Primal Fear) invited guests to toast the charitable efforts of the film industry and praised the work of FilmAid highlighting our work to help, “people who are voiceless, need to have their stories told or need what is going on around them documented. There’s an empowerment in giving people the tools to tell their own story.” Cannes Film Festival is known for showing its political conscience, and the Charles Finch dinner was no exception.

The evening brought together film stars, directors and producers to celebrate the opening of the film festival. Christopher Hampton and Alfonso Cuáron were presented with the Filmmaker Award for their massive and lasting contributions to the film industry.

The highlight of the night was undoubtedly Edward Norton leading the final toast and presenting a check of $100,000 to FilmAid’s Executive Director, Simon Goff on behalf of Chivas. Norton commented, “It is a great pleasure to be here tonight at the Charles Finch Filmmakers Dinner, sponsored by Chivas Regal 25. To be able to present FilmAid with such a generous donation on behalf of Chivas Regal is a great honor… Increasingly, we are seeing brands addressing social and environmental issues more than ever before. Charitable causes such as FilmAid need support in order to drive awareness and change consumer attitudes and behavior. With the help of partners like Chivas Regal around the world, FilmAid will be able to reach their next milestone”.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to our long-time supporter, Chivas Regal, for their on-going generosity, as well as to Charles Finch and Edward Norton for paying tribute to FilmAid.

FilmAid Asia’s Power of Film Gala 2014

On March 22, 2014, Clearwater Bay Studios, Hong Kong, was over run by influential individuals from the film and humanitarian sector. More than 400 people arrived from around the globe to celebrate FilmAid Asia’s Power of Film Gala and ultimately raise over HK$3.5 million. The evening was filled with generous individuals, committed to FilmAid’s mission of projecting hope and changing lives through the medium of film. 

This was the Gala’s third year and the third time for Moet & Chandon to demonstrate their unwavering support of FilmAid Asia by acting as the presenting partner for the event. The night was filled with stars, and members of the FilmAid Board, unanimously dedicated to FilmAid’s values; Tilda Swinton and Donnie Yen paid tribute to the humanitarian filmmaker Ruby Yang, whilst other guests included Jamie Campbell Bower, Fan Bingbing, Godfrey Gao, and Cheng Pei-pei.

Ruby Yang was honoured by FilmAid Asia for her contribution to using media to promote awareness of crucial social issues, for example, through founding Chang Ai Media Project to raise awareness of HIV in China. On top of that, Yang’s world renowned documentaries touch on diverse themes, ranging from the posionous consequences of chemical plants, to the lives of gay men in China who are obliged to marry women in order to please their parents.

The evening was spent enjoying a performance by Grandmaster Flash . After cocktails, guests were seated for a special dinner prepared by the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Following this, the charity auction begun, which included items such as tickets to Burberry's London Fashion show, and an original artwork by graffiti artist Mr Brainwash. In addition, and as a complete surprise to everyone, Tilda Swinton ingeniously auctioned off the reading of a bedtime story to the highest bidder in the room. Jamie Campbell Bower attended the Gala as FilmAid's Global Artist Council member and assisted Levina Li-Cadman and Claire Breen Melwani raise funds during the Educate Through Film section. Jamie also auctioned his guitar to raise extra funds.  All this money raised is invaluable and supports the ongoing programs in Asia, which include skills training for NGOs, film production, community outreach to refugees and mobile cinemas which raise awareness of social and health issues.

FilmAid thanks its generous sponsors for the event, and the unceasing generosity of the guests, who made the third inaugural Power of Film Gala Asia, the best yet.

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences supports FilmAid’s refugee ‘Mobile Cinema’ screening series

July 3, 2012- 

FilmAid is pleased to announce the support of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their ‘Mobile Cinema’ screening series in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.   

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are dedicated to the advancement of arts and sciences in motion pictures.

With giant screens attached to the side of trucks, or a television set up under a tree, FilmAid’s ‘Mobile Cinema’ brings the power of film to the people who need it most.

The grant will be used to support and expand FilmAid’s core work that uses mobile cinema to provide joy, laughter, relief and life‐saving information to a combined population of over 550,000 refugees.

‘We are delighted to have the generous support of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,’ said Liz Manne, Executive Director of FilmAid, ‘through this grant, we can offer access to those who lack traditional media and information sources’.

FilmAid uses the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugees and other communities in need around the globe. 

For further information on The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 

Slashfilm Podcast Raises $10,000 for FilmAid's Work in Dadaab Refugee Camp

Listeners and readers of the /Film podcast have contributed more than $10,000 in support of FilmAid.

With more than 10,000 followers, /Film podcast host Dave Chen asked readers and listeners to each make a small donation with a goal of $10,000. In return, Chen and his colleagues would broadcast a live 10-hour episode on March 30 featuring special guests. “We wanted to know just what was possible if we asked our followers to get behind a good cause,” said Chen, “We didn’t expect to meet our goal weeks before March 30.”

"Film has changed my life," says Peter Sciretta, owner and editor of "I'm glad we were able to help FilmAid in using the projected image to help change the lives of others less fortunate.”  Slashfilm has received support from the film community in raising awareness for the campaign, with tweets from Colin HanksDamon LindelofSeth RogenJon Chu@Imax and more.

Funds raised for FilmAid will go to its programs in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world, temporary home to more than 400,000 people fleeing drought and armed conflict in Somalia. Working in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency and global NGOs, FilmAid screens films addressing critical health and safety issues. It also trains refugee filmmakers to tell their stories and address community issues in their own voices.

“Slashfilm’s support comes at a critical time and provides a significant, and much appreciated, boost to FilmAid's programs in Dadaab," says FilmAid Executive Director Liz Manne.

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