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.

The Two Faces of January – UK Premiere in association with FilmAid

On May 13th, 2014 Working Title and Studio Canal teamed up with FilmAid to screen the UK Premiere of The Two Faces of January.

The Two Faces of January is Hossein Amini’s directorial debut. Famous for his work on Drive and The Wings of the Dove, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay, Amini’s latest thriller transports us to the ruinous beauty of Greece in 1962. The film uncovers the tangled secrets of a glamorous American couple, the MacFarlands (Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen) and their tour guide, Rydal (Oscar Isaac) who has a propensity towards small time con work. Amini engineers some gorgeous scenes, as the group travel across 1960s Greece and gradually become embedded in a web of lies, deception and murder.

Kirsten Dunst plays her role exceptionally well, demonstrating uncertainty and insecurity as she learns some unappealing truths about her companions. Meanwhile Mortensen and Isaac’s painfully competitive and almost Oedipal relationship dictates the thrilling journey of the story and its ultimate finale. 

The premiere, which was held at the Curzon Mayfair, was an enormous success filled with cast, crew and FilmAid supporters. FilmAid screened a short film before the movie, which invited the audience to contemplate the significance of film beyond the cinema walls, and imagine how it can bring about positive change for communities in need around the world. 

FilmAid are enormously grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank Working Title, Studio Canal and Hossein Amini for their generosity and support.  

Guests Attend FilmAid Asia Screening of "Plastic Oceans"


Last night FilmAid Asia and long term supporters Moet & Chandon and The Upper House teamed up to host an exclusive cocktail and screening of "Plastic Oceans" - a documentary that unveils the catastrophic impact of disposable plastic on the environment.

Approximately 50 guests were able to preview the highly anticipated film and seek insight from Film Producer, Jo Ruxton, and Chief Conservations Officer, Cynthia Phillips, PHD, on solutions to the global plastic disaster.

To view the film yourself, please contact

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 Asia's Mary Soan Wins Diva/Hugo Boss High Heeled Warrior Award

FilmAid's program director in Asia, Mary Soan, has won the Diva/Hugo Boss High Heeled Warrior Award for Community Service!

The High Heeled Warrior Awards aim to recognize and celebrate women living in Asia who have contributed and created a positive impact in their community. Mary is recognized for her work for FilmAid on the Thai/Burma border.

FilmAid's work in Asia began in 2009 with a highly successful pilot project in Thailand's Mae La refugee camp, one of nine camps located on the country's western border with Burma which hosts more than 150,000 refugees. Over the past four years Mary has overseen programming in the region, including the creation of multiple films, training and mentoring of refugees within FilmAid Asia's Film Production Programme, and the addition of a workshop space for training, auditions, rehearsals and shooting. 

You can read an interview with Mary about her influences and career on the High Heeled Warrior's website and watch a clip about Mary's work for FilmAid and what winning this award means to her below. Congratulations, Mary!

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

FilmAid Welcomes Mortal Instruments Cast at Exclusive Hong Kong Screening in Aid of Asia Programs

On Saturday 31st August, FilmAid Asia collaborated with HUGO BOSS to host an exclusive screening of the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, with actors Jamie Campbell Bower and Godfrey Gao (seen above with Gerrit Ruetzel, CEO and president of HUGO BOSS Hong Kong) in attendance.

Over 600 tickets were sold in aid of the charity with over 200 of the tickets being donated to Project Share, providing underprivileged children the chance to not only see the movie, but meet their favorite stars in person.  

Well attended by media, fans, and celebrities alike, the event was a great success and saw funds raised for FilmAid Asia's regional projects which include compelling campaigns to raise landmine awareness and combat human trafficking. 

FilmAid Asia would like to thank all our generous sponsors and supporters for helping to make the day such a success and we look forward to welcoming Jamie and Godfrey, both members of the Global Artists Council, back for the next instalment of the Mortal Instruments!

Jamie Campbell Bower and some young guests

Remembering Jake Eberts

Legendary producer Jake Eberts died last Thursday at the age of 71.  Producer and/or financer of over 50 films including Dances With Wolves, Ghandi and Driving Miss Daisy,  Ebert was described by frequent collaborator Pete Daly as: "a gentle and modest man who had more reason to boast than most, but chose to let his spiritual and deep movies do the talking for him." Jake was a friend and inspiration to many of us at FilmAid and we'd like to pay tribute to him by linking to Variety's recent obituary .