After a successful career acting in film and television, Jeremy Gilley began making his own films in 1995 and, in 1999, founded the non-profit film project Peace One Day (POD) to document his own efforts to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed date. In September 2001, as a result of Jeremy’s efforts, a General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted by UN member states, formally establishing September 21 as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace – Peace Day. Under Jeremy’s leadership, Peace One Day’s overarching objectives are to institutionalize Peace Day throughout the world, making it a day that is self-sustaining, and to engage all sectors of society in the peaceful observance of September 21 in accordance with the UN resolution. Jeremy’s latest documentary, Peace One Day Part Three, produced by Gilley and POD ambassador Jude Law, received its premiere broadcasts on September 18/19, 2010, on BBC World, with coverage of 306 million households in 200 countries. The film culminates in Afghanistan in 2007, where Gilley and Law spearheaded an initiative that led to 4.5 million children being vaccinated against polio as a result of Peace Day agreements in 2007/8/9. In July 2011, Jeremy gave the closing speech at the prestigious TED Global 2011 conference in Edinburgh. On October 19, 2011, Mr. Gilley was awarded the IVCA Fellowship. On December 1, 2010, Jeremy and Peace One Day were awarded the Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize 2010 at The Hague. Other awards include:
- Cinema for Peace 2009 – Most Inspirational Movie of the Year (The Day After Peace)
- Geneva Cinema Vérité – Cinema Vérité Award (The Day After Peace)
- Zimbabwe International Film Festival – Best Documentary Award (The Day After Peace)
- Britain’s Best Award 2008 (Campaigner of the Year)
- IVCA Clarion Award Winner 2008 – Champion Award
Jeremy Gilley was also the recipient of the James Hammerstein Award 2006. Jeremy is the author of a children’s book, The Making of World Peace Day, illustrated by Pulitzer Prize-winner Karen Blessen, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.