Time for Peace awards set for Paris


PARIS -- UNESCO is bringing peace to Paris with the Time for Peace Film and Music Awards, to be held in the French capital for the first time June 22.

The awards, created in 1994 by Marion and Robert Einbeck, under the aegis of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization honor films and music recognized for their high artistic quality and humanitarian values including "tolerance, respect of differences, the gift of healing and forgiving, solidarity, freedom and preservation of the environment," organizers said.

Director Edward Zwick will attend the ceremony to receive the best film prize for "Blood Diamond," with Charlotte Gainsbourg confirmed to accept her award for best European actress for her role in Emmanuele Crialese's "Golden Door," which also snagged the best European film prize. Best actress went to Hilary Swank for "Freedom Fighters," and best musical artist to Charles Aznavour for his most recent album, "Colore ma Vie."

Winners were chosen by a jury of 24 members from the U.N. The objective of the Time for Peace awards is to encourage the film industry and its audience to support humanitarian films and to raise public awareness for these issues. Until this year, the awards ceremony was held in New York.

Previous winners include Steven Spielberg for "Schindler's List" and "Amistad," Roberto Benigni for "Life Is Beautiful" in addition to actors Denzel Washington for "Coach Carter" and Robin Williams for "Good Will Hunting" among others.