Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
By Jack Barnes
Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), in association with Participant Media, awarded the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against children, a $500,000 grant at the 2018 Festival de Cannes at their annual philanthropic celebration at Nikki Beach, located at the center of the Croisette.
John Travolta kicked off the evening and Cate Blanchett presented the grant to KSCF on behalf of the HFPA, which will go toward programs that ensure children are free, safe, healthy, in school, and are able to realize their potential.
In 2014, Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his more than 37 years’ experience and proven track record rescuing and rehabilitating child laborers, prioritizing children in national and international policy, and building public and corporate awareness. His tireless efforts are the subject of the upcoming award-winning documentary, Kailash, from Participant Media and Concordia Studio.
For more than 25 years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group most well-known for producing the Golden Globe Awards®, has donated over $30 million to entertainment related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts. Licensing fees obtained from the Awards show has allowed the HFPA to support over 60 nonprofits focused on education in film and television, film preservation, journalistic organizations committed to freedom of speech, as well as organizations that support natural disaster relief and other international crises. More recently, the HFPA made a commitment to award one international organization with a grant of $500,000 annually at the Festival de Cannes, with FilmAid and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) receiving the donation in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Photo Credit: On behalf of the HFPA, Dave Benett of WireImage/Getty
“The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association take great pride in supporting over 60 worthwhile nonprofits year-round,” said Meher Tatna, HFPA president. “We are empowering a new generation of filmmakers and storytellers, preserving Hollywood’s history through film restoration, supporting humanitarian efforts, and advocating for critical issues like freedom of the press. Our annual Cannes event is the perfect opportunity to continue to raise awareness worldwide of deserving organizations and we are thrilled to partner with KSCF. Giving this recognition to my fellow countryman is serendipitous for me. The work Kailash is doing to rescue children from slavery inspires all of us.”
When accepting the grant, KSCF founder Kailash Satyarthi stated, “On behalf of the 152 million child laborers, the 10 million child slaves, and the millions more who are trafficked, out of school, refugees fleeing violence or natural disasters, I thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this generous investment in the future of the world’s children. The film and television industries play a critical role in the global fight for the freedom for all children. Even if one child is rescued or liberated because you made an attempt to highlight it, you are contributing towards a child friendly world. By telling stories and highlighting issues seen by millions around the world, this industry gives viewers the opportunity to connect to the universal human story and enables us to globalize compassion.”
Kailash, which won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of children from around the world today, hidden inside overcrowded factories, and forced into child labor, a crime fueled by the relentless global demand for cheap goods. With the help of a covert network of informants, Kailash and his dedicated team carry out daring raids to rescue and rehabilitate imprisoned children.
Additional attendees included Kelly Preston, Kevin Connolly, Francesca Dutton, Michael Shannon, Corey Hawkins, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Michael Madsen, Joe Penna, Noah C. Haeussner, Christopher Lemole, Jack and Lucia Penrod, Amanda Cronin, and more.
Nikki Beach’s culinary team elevated the gourmet experience with a mix of the brand’s signature dishes, such as Chicken Satay, and Cannes’ exclusives like Yellowfin Tuna Tarte Fine with tomato marmalade. The fete was produced by Danielle Pelland’s Brilliant Consulting.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) by a group of entertainment journalists representing world media in Hollywood, who realized the need to unite and organize to gain the recognition and access to studios and talent accorded to the domestic press. All qualified journalists were accepted, with the bold goal of “Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.” A year later, the HFCA created the Golden Globe Awards which, to this day, the entire membership selects, votes on and awards every year for outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards. Members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate more than $30 million to entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 25 years. Last year, the HFPA distributed $3 million in grants through their Charitable Trust to a diverse group of organizations and institutions within the entertainment industry. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes), Instagram (@GoldenGlobes), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).
ABOUT THE KAILASH SATYARTHI CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION (KSCF)
The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) envisions a world where all children are free, safe, healthy, in school, and have the opportunity to realize her/his potential. Our mission is to end slavery and child labor and ultimately end violence against children. To make this a reality, we are scaling Mr. Satyarthi’s almost 4 decades of work at both the grassroots and global policy level. His lessons learned guide the Foundation’s work to engage children and youth as part of the solution, build greater collaboration between governments, business and communities, ensure effective national and international laws, scale know-how and successful practice and create partnerships with key stakeholders. To learn more please visit: http://www.satyarthi.org/.
ABOUT PARTICIPANT MEDIA
Founded by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media (www.participantmedia.com) combines the power of a good story well told with real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 40 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing the well over 2 billion consumers compelled to make meaningful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is uniquely positioned to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues. Participant’s more than 80 films, including Wonder, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 56 Academy Award® nominations and 12 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of over 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter (@Participant) and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter (@soulpancake) and on Facebook and Instagram.
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