Harry Belafonte Honored With Activism Award at Connecticut Film Festival

Honoree Harry Belafonte, left, with Kathie Lee Gifford, center, and Regis Philbin, right during the Greenwich International Film Festival Gala honoring Belafonte for his philanthropic work, particularly with UNICEF, at L'escale Restaurant & Bar in Greenwich, Conn., Saturday night, June 6, 2015. Gifford and Philbin were Master of Ceremonies for the gala. Photo: Bob Luckey
Honoree Harry Belafonte, left, with Kathie Lee Gifford, center, and Regis Philbin, right during the Greenwich International Film Festival Gala honoring Belafonte for his philanthropic work, particularly with UNICEF, at L’escale Restaurant & Bar in Greenwich, Conn., Saturday night, June 6, 2015. Gifford and Philbin were Master of Ceremonies for the gala. Photo: Bob Luckey

A Connecticut film festival has awarded entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte for his humanitarian efforts.

The Greenwich Time reports ( http://bit.ly/1F2PecW ) the Greenwich International Film Festival honored Belafonte with its first Changemaker Honoree award at a gala Saturday night.

Mia Farrow was also an honoree, but could not attend the gala due to a scheduling conflict.

Belafonte says he found the occasion thrilling.

Festival organizers partnered with UNICEF and showed short films from the organization’s OneMinutesJr. Program- a project in which children from around the world make short films about their lives and circumstances.

Festival co-founder Wendy Stapleton Reyes says both entertainers have used their platforms to make the world a better place.

SOURCE: The Associated Press