On 12 February 2008, the Cinema for Peace gala was held at Berlin’s Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmark. UNICEF called for donations in aid of children in Darfur as well as Tibetan refugees. Dr. Martin Hellweger contributed undeterred a share of donations to UNICEF.
Guests of honour included world famous actors such as Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Catherine Deneuve and Christopher Lee.
Apart from relief organizations and UNICEF, refugees’ organizations including HEALING THE DIVIDE as well as the INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET and Amnesty International became partners of Cinema for Peace for the first time.