GSF Awards Gala 2016 Cannes

The 2016 GSF Awards Gala was held at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. The festive event included live performances by world-class entertainers, couture fashion shows and awards presentations. The opening night party was held at Blue Marlin Ibiza.

Third Annual GSF Awards Gala in Cannes Soars to New Heights

Third Annual Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, FranceThe third annual Global Short Film Awards Gala was held on May 19, 2018 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on the glamorous French Riviera. The festive evening included dazzling fashion shows, awards presentations, world-class entertainment, red carpet and a delectable gourmet dinner and champagne reception.

While attending the storied Cannes International Film Festival three years ago, GSF Awards founder and director Andres Aquino identified an opportunity to combine top-notch fashion and entertainment while recognizing exceptional short films in a glitzy upscale event. The international jet-set of royals, VIPs, celebrities, influencers, movers and shakers that descends on Cannes every year has embraced the GSF Awards Gala  enthusiastically, quickly making it one of the most “don’t miss” events in Cannes. It also includes the participation of top fashion models, international press and makeup and hair industry leaders.

Andres Aquino, who is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week New York, now entering its 28th consecutive season, also decided to extend the luxurious experience on the Cote d’Azur by adding a viewing party for the Monaco Grand Prix. The private yacht party includes fashion shows while guests enjoy prime viewing of the world-famous Formula One event,

Highlights of the 2018 event:

FASHION SHOWS produced in partnership with Couture Fashion Week New York. Luxurious and impeccable creations by Glamour Hunter by Olga Farafonova (Spain), JAL Fashion by Chirawan Lewis (UK), Pure Elegance by Parna Ghose (USA/India), Larol by Larysa Rabinska (Poland), Lisa Nicole Collection (USA), Waletty (Germany) and Andres Aquino (USA) whose collection was accessorized with exquisite jewelry by Jennifer Reeves (USA). The Rafinity label from Morocco presented its latest designs in collaboration with the beautiful model finalists for the 2018 Miss Film International competition. Top Vietnamese fashion designer Tuyet Le presented her superb designs and also received the 2018 Best Designer Award.

Stunning MODELS from around the world including Mandy Altena (The Netherlands) who was named the 2018 GSF Awards Top Model, as well as a delegation of top models from Mongolia sponsored by the Mongolian National Designer’s Association.

MAKEUP and HAIR by celebrity stylist Marcello Costa who also received a GSF Award for Outstanding Hair and Makeup in Fashion Film.

PERFORMANCES by top entertainers Aurelia Khazan, Valeria Florencio, Dionita Ionita, BING, Jared Hanrahan, Raisandra, Angela Michele Walker, Melissa and Jidel. Broadway legend Franc D’Ambrosio delivered an unforgettable performance, and also received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award. Renowned French DJ Koceila Chougar kept the event pulsing, and paintings by Anita de Leeuw from The Netherlands provided a beautiful ambience.

AWARDS were presented to the 2018 Global Short Film Awards winners selected from hundreds of outstanding entries from dozens of countries this year by an international panel of judges.
Best Actor: Sasha Feldman, A Date in 2025
Best Actress: Catherine Roberts, Pearl
Best Animated Film: Heavenkid
Best Beauty Film: The Flower of Life
Best Dance Film: Taste of Night
Best Drama: Blind Faith
Best Fashion Film: Pearl
Best Music Film: Taste of Night
Best Romance Film: Till Death Do Us Part
Best Science and Technology Film: Glycotreat: Using Glycans to Cure Cancer
Best Science Fiction Film: A Date in 2025
Best Social Concern Film: MUM
Best Travel Film: City of My Heart
Best Young Talent: Gunn Mihani, MUM
Acting Rising Star: Janel Tanna
Best Director: Liudmila Komrakova, Taste of Night
Best Film: Pearl

Fashion designer participation and sponsorship opportunities are available for May 2019. For more information visit www.GlobalShortFilmAwards.com

Marcello Costa to be Honored at GSF Awards Gala in Cannes for Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design in Fashion and Film

Celebrity Makeup and Hair Artist Marcello CostaBrazilian-born New York-based celebrity hair and makeup artist Marcello Costa will be honored at the Global Short Film Awards Gala on May 19, 2018 at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, in Cannes, France.

Marcello Costa’s name and work is associated with many prestigious events including the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the Cannes Film Festival. His creative work can be seen on many top fashion week runways, from Milan to New York and Paris, as well as at Couture Fashion Week New York. He has worked with major fashion brands including Dolce & Gabanna, Cavalli, Versace, Armani, Tom Ford, Moschino, Victoria’s Secert and Andres Aquino.

In the entertainment world, Mr. Costa has worked with such celebrities as Priyanka Chopra, Stevie Wonder, Angela Basset, Terri McMillan, Oprah Winfrey, Alfred Woodard, Brandy,  Coco, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Alicia Keyes and Mariah Carey. His work has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, O Magazine, Chinese Femina, Essence Magazine and others.

Marcello Costa’s film and television credits include Shine, Saint Joseph, Other Minds, The Mustard Seeds, The Light Watcher, Ebenezer, White Collar, Orange is the New Black, Jerseylicious, Mob Wives, Running Russell Simmons and more.

“Marcello is a very creative artist always in search of new beauty heights and expressions”, says GSF Awards Festival Director and Founder Andres Aquino.

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Singer and Actor Franc D’Ambrosio to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at GSF Awards in Cannes

Award-winning singer and actor Franc D'AmbrosioGlobal Short Film Awards Festival director Andres Aquino is delighted to announce that actor and philanthropist Franc D’Ambrosio (star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, The Godfather III, more) will receive a special Lifetime Achievement award during the GSF Awards Gala at the Intercontinental Carlton, Cannes, France on Saturday May 19, 2018.

Franc D’Ambrosio was selected from some 2,000 candidates for his role as the adult Anthony Corleone in The Godfather III, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The Academy Award-winning film also starred Al Pacino, Andy Garcia and Diane Keaton among others. The YouTube video of Mr. D’Ambrosio’s musical performance in the film has garnered over 1.6 million views.

In music Franc D’Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal in the title role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. Mr. D’Ambrosio is “The World’s Longest-Running Phantom” with more than 2,600 performances.

His distinguished career also includes an Academy Award-nominated film, an Emmy Award-nominated television show, a four-time Tony-nominated Broadway show, two Grammy considerations and a National Theatre Award nomination. He is a painter and philanthropist.

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Glamour Hunter Brings Victorian Inspired Luxury Fashion to the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala

Glamour Hunter by Olga Farafonova at the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion ShowsSpain-based luxury fashion label Glamour Hunter will present a selection of its latest designs during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 19, 2018. Part of the third annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Glamour Hunter is the definition of high fashion that masters the art of creating luxury dresses. Textured, romantic and incredibly unique, the Glamour Hunter collections celebrate the feminine figure in a sophisticated and elegant way.

With a modern touch, the Victorian inspired gowns will mesmerize the atmosphere. These floor-grazing dresses have intricate detailing and ethereal construction, each with an unmistakably baroque flourish but also with a contemporary twist. Glamour Hunter designs stunning wedding and evening dresses, as well as a pret-a-porter line, all embellished with creativity, precision and sophistication made from high-quality, expensive fabrics and sewn with extreme attention to detail.

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GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows Returns to Cannes

Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion ShowsThe third annual Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows will be held on Saturday May 19, 2018 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

The festive evening gala includes:

– Red carpet, champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, gourmet dinner.
– Selected screenings and awards presentation of winning short films.
– Fashion shows by designers ANDRES AQUINO, PURE ELEGANCE by PARNA GHOSE, JAL FASHION by CHIRAWAN LEWIS, THUYET LE and more.
– Live entertainment, music and dancing. Scheduled performers include: soprano ALEXANDRA HRABOVA, young Romanian singing sensation DOINITA IONITA, award-winning young Romanian singer RAISANDRA, pianist PRINCE IGOR, soprano VALERIA FLORENCIO, tenor DAVID PAEZ, as well as FRANC D’AMBROSIO (Phantom of the Opera, The Godfather III) who will receive a Lifetime Achievement award. Famed European DJ KOCELIA CHOUGAR will also be part of the festivities.

The 2018 Global Short Film Awards winners were chosen by an international panel of judges from a field of hundreds of outstanding submissions from around the world. The winners are:

Best Actor: Sasha Feldman, A Date in 2025
Best Actress: Catherine Roberts, Pearl
Best Animated Film: Heavenkid
Best Beauty Film: The Flower of Life
Best Dance Film: Taste of Night
Best Drama: Blind Faith
Best Fashion Film: Pearl
Best Music Film: Taste of Night
Best Romance Film: Till Death Do Us Part
Best Science and Technology Film: Glycotreat: Using Glycans to Cure Cancer
Best Science Fiction Film: A Date in 2025
Best Social Concern Film: MUM
Best Travel Film: City of My Heart
Best Young Talent: Gunn Mihani, MUM
Acting Rising Star: Janel Tanna
Lifetime Achievement: Franc D’Ambrosio

The Best Director and Best Film award winners will be selected from the winning films above, and will be announced at the Cannes event on May 19, 2018.

So put on your evening gown or tux and get ready to enjoy an exciting evening of film, glamour, style and fun!

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Pure Elegance by Parna Ghose at the Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows

Pure Elegance by Parna Ghose fashion show at the Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion ShowsFashion designer Parna Ghose will present the latest designs for her Pure Elegance label during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows on Saturday May 19, 2018. Part of the third annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France, on the glamorous French Riviera.

Pure Elegance makes exquisite ethnic couture and ready-to-wear western designs for fashion-conscious women worldwide. The hallmarks of its haute couture style are its original designs, flawless craftsmanship and innovative styling that bring out the individuality and exuberance of the wearer through unique, unforgettable pieces. Pure Elegance takes pride in promoting fashion that is tasteful, contemporary and practical and has helped thousands of modern, successful women make statements about their individuality through style and fashion.

Since its inception, Pure Elegance has enjoyed a huge loyal fan following and today it is the fastest growing South-Asian fashion brand in the USA. Pure Elegance is one of a few South-Asian fashion brands from the USA to be invited to show at major international fashion events such as Couture Fashion Week New York, Dubai Fashion Week and Vancouver Fashion Week. Pure Elegance promoted “India-inspired’” fashion at these international platforms and received huge positive feedback from national media and fashion audiences worldwide. Today Pure Elegance is well on its way to becoming a household name for its ethnic-inspired contemporary fashion in the USA and worldwide.

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Flawless Designs by JAL Fashion at the Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows

JAL Fashion by Chirawan Lewis fashion show at the Cannes GSF Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion ShowsAward-winning designer Chirawan Lewis will present the latest designs for her JAL Fashion label during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 19, 2018. Part of the third annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Chirawan Lewis has been creating exquisite designs for her JAL Fashion label since 2013 . Her latest collection is entitled “Siam International” and features the beauty, tradition and colors of her native Thailand, for which she is known.

“As a young designer I try to create flawless pieces that can be worn for special and important occasions,” says Ms. Lewis.

JAL  Fashion designs have been featured in prominent TV programs, Thai publications and on social media. JAL received an ASEAN AWARD in 2015 and the New Award in 2016. JAL’s clientele includes Miss Thailand, Thai movie stars, celebrities and many business leaders in Thailand and England.

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Middle East Superstar Melissa Rocks the House at Cannes Global Short Film Awards

Middle East pop superstar Melissa at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsPop superstar Melissa is one of the world-class entertainers who recently performed at the upcoming Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Melissa, born Mariam Chehab in South Lebanon, has catapulted to stardom in what today’s industry considers “a short time.” In 2004 Melissa had the high honor of being crowned Miss Mediterranean. After working as a model for only 6 months, she began her collaboration with Jean Saliba, one of the Middle East’s top producers. Mr. Saliba has been the driving force behind the successful careers and hit records of many Middle Eastern music stars. Mr. Saliba produced Melissa’s first album, released in 2006. Two songs from the album became number one hits in the region, including Somebody Call My Name, a duet with international pop superstar, Dr. Alban. In 2008 Melissa released her second album, followed by her duet hit single Yalli Naseeni with AKON,  composed by her producer Jean Saliba. Melissa toured with AKON, performing before huge audiences in Dubai, Cairo, Amman and Beirut.

Her international single, Nanana, featured remixes with renowned producer and DJ David Vendetta. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views. Melissa’s beauty, talent and enthusiasm signal what is yet to come in this young superstar’s career.

Soprano Valeria Florencio at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards

Soprano Valeria Florencio at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsWorld-renowned French soprano Valeria Florencio recently performed at the  Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France. The event was held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes.

Valeria Florencio studied voice and theater with a number of great masters of lyrical art, including Lauren Nubbar at the famed Juilliard School in New York. Her critically acclaimed performances have included concerts and recitals at concert halls and theaters in France and abroad including Halle aux grains, Capitole, Zénith de Toulouse, Rhine Opera House, theaters of Marrakech, Rabat and Casablanca accompanied by the Moroccan Philharmonic, and numerous prestigious international festivals and TV programs. She has appeared with such luminaries as conductors Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Zedda, Valery Gergiev as well as theatrical director Georges Lavaudant, and has also performed for Monaco’s royal family. In addition to her performing schedule, Ms. Florencio is also a music therapist and a UN Ambassador for the NGO Martial Art Academy based in France.