Greenwich International Film Festival 2019 | Honoree EVA LONGORIA BASTÓN Delivers an Inspiring Award Acceptance Speech

The fifth annual Greenwich International Film Festival, which started on May 29, held its Changemaker Gala on May 30 honoring award-winning actress, filmmaker and philanthropist Eva Longoria Bastón who delivered an inspiring acceptance speech demonstrating her strong commitment to her work in connection with the Eva Longoria Foundation, which seeks to advance educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for Latina women and girls. She is also on the board of various children’s hospitals, charities and supports women organizations making her the most broadly philanthropic actress the festival has honored to date according to the GIFF’s Chairwoman.

Master of Ceremonies Kathie Lee Gifford presents Eva Longoria Baston with an award on stage during The Greenwich International Film Festival 5th Annual Changemaker Gala Honoring Eva Longoria Baston and Local Changemaker Bobby Walker at L’Escale on May 30, 2019 in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival.

In her speech, Longoria came across as a compassionate and forward-looking woman whose mission is to better the lives of the so far forgotten or overlooked members in our society.

 

For her upcoming (June 17, 2019) ABC TV series Grand Hotel, which follows the professional and personal lives of people working at a family-run hotel in Miami Beach, she went out of her way to staff the cast and crew with female talent, she explained.

Also honored at this elegant gala dinner held at the upscale L’Escale restaurant located in the luxury boutique Delamar Hotel, was Bobby Walker, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, which is instrumental in preparing young people to become responsive, caring and productive community members. Congratulations to both honorees leading by example.

Kathie Lee Gifford, Bobby Walker Jr. and Eva Longoria Baston attend The Greenwich International Film Festival 5th Annual Changemaker Gala Honoring Eva Longoria Baston and Local Changemaker Bobby Walker at L’Escale on May 30, 2019 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival.

The Master of Ceremonies was GIFF Executive Board Member and beloved TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford who brought out her humorous side navigating the program for the evening.

As usual, the gala, which started with a cocktail reception at Betteridge Jewelers, one of the festival sponsors,  was a spectacular event with Greenwich’s high society in attendance as well as other luminary guests, filmmakers and press.

The lineup of 58 U.S. and international films screening at the 2019 film festival is impressive and can be viewed here  www.greenwichfilm.org.

On June 1, during the Epic Anniversary Party the Best Social Impact Film Award went to Afterward. This prize is awarded to one film across all categories that promote social change and awareness. A trophy and check for $10,000.00 was awarded to director Ofra Bloch during the awards ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a live performance by Kesha.

Additional awards include: Sister Aimee winning Best Narrative Feature directed by Marie Schlingmann and Samantha Buck, Cold Case Hammarskjöld winning Best Documentary Feature, The Animal winning Best Narrative Short with an honorable mention going to The Blues Crowd. Mack Wrestles ESPN 30 for 30 winning Best Documentary Short and 120 Years winning Best Connecticut Short Film.

Wendy Stapleton, Kathie Lee Gifford, Bobby Walker Jr., Eva Longoria Baston, Ginger Stickel, and Colleen deVeer attend The Greenwich International Film Festival 5th Annual Changemaker Gala Honoring Eva Longoria Baston and Local Changemaker Bobby Walker at L’Escale on May 30, 2019 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival.

Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut proclaimed Friday, May 31, 2019 the Greenwich International Film Festival Day in the state of Connecticut.  The Greenwich International Film Festival is an all-female founded and run non-profit organization that connects the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy. The mission of the festival is to help filmmakers to showcase their work, with the goal of eventually finding funding and distribution, as well as supporting an important cause each year. 

Congratulations to the Executive Team Wendy Stapleton, Colleen deVeer and Ginger Stickel on another successful festival.


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Header Image: Eva Longoria Baston speaks on stage during The Greenwich International Film Festival 5th Annual Changemaker Gala Honoring Eva Longoria Baston and Local Changemaker Bobby Walker at L’Escale on May 30, 2019 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival.