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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.

Singer Nikolay Gladskikh Brings Dramatic Performance to Cannes Event

Singer Nikolay Gladskikh at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsAcclaimed operatic singer and actor Nikolay Gladskikh recently performed at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017. The event was held in the Grand Salon at the world-famous Intercontinental Carlton Cannes.

Nikolay Gladskikh is the lead performer in Crude Furie, recipient of the 2017 Global Short Film “Best Music Film” award. He is also a finalist in the “Best Actor” category. Crude Furie is directed by Andrey Nyanchuk and produced by Yuri Khorol.

A native of Novoshahtinsk, in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation, Mr. Gladskikh studied piano at an early age, and went on to study voice at the Moscow State Classical Academy, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. He won the singing competition “Bella Voce” (Russia, 2004) and was awarded Third Prize at the International Vocal Competition “Tommaso Traetta” (Italy, 2006). During his studies in Holland he sang the roles of Sorceress and Spirit in the opera Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, and the role of Orestes in the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach at the summer opera festivals in Mosset, France. Mr. Gladskikh has performed in numerous concerts in Russia, Germany and The Netherlands.

He worked with Belgian director Sigrid T’Hooft on the production of the opera Prince Igor by Aleksandr Borodin at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia and on the production of Händel’s opera Imeneo at the Händel-Festspiele Festival in Göttingen, Germany.

Mr. Gladskikh’s repertoire consists of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Gluck, Pergolesi, Hasse, Bononcini, Scarlatti, Caldara, Durante, Caccini, Stradella, Falconieri, Purcell, Mozart, Strauss, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Offenbach, Bernstein and other composers.

Violinist and Actress Rebeca Nuez Performs at the Cannes Global Short Film Awards

Violinist Rebeca Nuez at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsSpanish actress and classical violinist Rebeca Nuez performed at the recent Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on May 20, 2017 and included luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of the 2017 film awards.

Rebeca Nuez is a native of Gran Canaria and currently resides in The Netherlands. Ms. Nuez began her music education at age three under the guidance of her father. At six, she began studying violin with her uncle, the renowned Russian violinist Mikhail Vostokov, and continued her studies under his guidance throughout her youth. She then moved to Rotterdam to study with Russian pedagogue Natasja Morozova at Codarts, and went on to earn her bachelor of arts in music with Professor Kyoko Yonemoto. She plans to begin her master’s program next year with Professor Yonemoto. Today, she frequently performs in concerts and recitals in Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and China.

Rebeca Nuez began acting as a young teenager, and began to study performing arts, while continuing her music studies. She has studied at the Mulholland Acting and Film Academy in Amsterdam and at the International School of Screen Acting and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the United Kingdom. She will make her debut at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film, cast in major roles in In Search of the Miraculous, House of Deaths and The Spanish Version, films by accomplished British director/producer/writer Brian Skeet, founder of Joan Productions.

Dancer and Musician Ragunath Manet at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes

Multi-talented performer Ragunath Manet at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaMulti-talented international performer Dr. Raghunath Manet appeared at the recent Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017 and included luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of the 2017 winning film awards.

A native of Pondicherry, India, Dr. Raghunath Manet is an artist, dancer-choreographer, musician-composer, singer, writer, actor and filmmaker. In dance he specializes in the classical Indian Bharatanatyam, and in music he performs on the Veena stringed instrument. He has worked with many prominent international artists including Archie Shepp, Michel Portal, Didier Lockwood, Carolyn Carlson, Richard Galliano, Bik Régis, Dr. Balamurali Krisha and Drums Sivamani. Dr. Manet holds a doctorate degree in Cultural Anthropology, and has released more than 25 CDs and 5 DVDs in both dance and music. In 1989 he founded the dance and music Academy “TALA SRUTI” in Pondicherry for poor children where he teaches and conducts workshops in dance and music.

Raghunath Manet has performed all over the world including at the Opera de Paris in France, as well as at prestigious festivals and venues in France, Italy, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa, Singapore, India, Mauritius, USA, Caledonia Islands, New Zeland, the Caribbean and the Reunion Islands. He has appeared at special events for Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, and other iconic brands. In 2017 Dr. Manet received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) 2017 presented by the President of India during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations in Bengaluru, recognizing Dr. Manet’s contributions promoting Indian arts and culture in France. Other accolades include the Officier des Arts et des Lettres (2016) and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres  from the French Ministry of Culture, the Gopio Community Service Award in Jaipur, India (2011), and the Best Performer Award during the 2014 Chennai Music and Dance Festival.

Raghunath Manet has appeared in films including Diamant Noir by Arthur Harari, Le journal d’un séducteur by Daniel Dubroux with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chiarra Mastroianni, and Perduto Amor by Franco Battiato. His work as a filmmaker includes Dance of Siva, Aathma, Devadai (a documentary), and Karma.

From Boston to Cannes: Singer Songwriter Jared Hanrahan at the GSF Awards Gala

Singer Jared Hanrahan at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaRising teen pop-rock star Jared Hanrahan recently performed at the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was held at the Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France on May 20, 2017 and included luxury fashion shows and entertainment by world-class performers, as well as the presentation of the 2017 winning film awards.

Boston-based Jared Hanrahan is a talented 15 year old musician, singer and songwriter. Steve Marshall from The Steve Marshall Band in New York mentored Jared on the electric guitar and gave him the opportunity to play for ALS, Hurricane Sandy, and breast cancer benefits with some very famous musicians like Les Paul Jr., Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Gene Cornish (Young Rascals) and Steve Gadd (Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin).

Jared started writing songs at the age of 12, and currently has 14 of his own original compositions. He performs all over Boston and New York to very enthusiactic audiences.  Jared recently performed at City Hall and at the iconic Faneuil Hall in Boston.  He was the focus of a spotlight feature on NBC Boston with Jackie Bruno.

Exquisite Designs by Hany El Behairy at Cannes Fashion and GSF Awards Gala

Designer Hany El Behairy fashion show at Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards GalaProminent couture designer Hany El Behairy presented a selection of his stunning creations during the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards Gala. The event was  held on May 20, 2017 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, France.

Hany El Behairy is one of the most prestigious fashion designers of haute couture in the Middle East. A native of Egypt, he has been creating unforgettable designs since the age of 15. Through his designs, and his fascination with color and texture, he strives to create a symphony of East-West luxury, style and elegance for his discerning clientele. Hany El Behairy’s exquisite designs are known for their elegance, attention to detail and the highest quality fabrics and embellishments. His feminine and luxurious creations include cocktail dresses, evening gowns and breathtaking bridal designs.

After earning his law degree, Mr. El Behairy soon decided to follow his true passion of fashion design. He has since become a favorite designer of many Middle Eastern socialites and celebrities including Yousra, Laila Elwy, Warda Al Gazaeria, Elham Shahin, Safaa Abu El Seoud, Latifa, Hanan Tork, Sabah, Shaimaa Saeed and many more. He has been featured in many Arab and European publications and TV channels including ART, Rai Uno, Rai 3, Odion, Cawale and Fashion TV. Mr. El Behairy has shown his designs at many prestigious events such as the Mediterranean Festival (Naples, Italy), Moda Week (Italy), LUX Festival (Lebanon), and the International Diamond Festival (Qatar). His numerous awards and accolades include a people’s choice “Oscar” by ART (International Arab TV), the LUX prize as Best Fashion Designer (Haute Couture) in the Middle East, and the International Fashion Week Award (Rome) presented by the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Mayor of Rome.

A Very Special Evening in Cannes

Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsGlobal Short Film Awards and Couture Fashion Week New York are pleased to present a very special event: Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards to be held during the world-famous Cannes International Film Festival on the French Riviera.

DATE: Saturday May 20, 2017
TIME: 8:00 pm to midnight
LOCATION: Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Cannes, France

The star-studded evening gala includes:

  • Red carpet, champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, gourmet dinner.Fashion shows by designers ANDRES AQUINO, LUCIANA ADULARI, JEANNE JEAN, TJASA SKAPIN and DiDOMENICO DESIGNS.
  • Selected screenings and awards presentation of winning short films.
  • Live entertainment, music and dancing. Scheduled performers include: STELLA MATTEONI, KAJA PECNIK, BALKAN TRIP, VALERIA FLORENCIO and NIKOLAY GLADSKIKH and more.

– See video highlights from the 2016 event –

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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Designer Tjasa Skapin To Show Sophisticated Creations in Cannes

Designer Tjasa Skapin fashion show at Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film AwardsSlovenian couture fashion designer Tjaša Škapin will present her latest creations during the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday May 20, 2017 in the Grand Salon at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Tjaša Škapin creates unique clothing under the Tjaša Škapin Atelje and Tjaša Škapin Couture brands. Tjaša finds inspiration for her creations in nature, architecture and relationships. Her passion is ignited by the magnificence of art, which is reflected in her haute couture collections. The distinctive designs bring together a fusion of history and modernity with a dash of glamour and femininity. All pieces are made of natural materials of the finest quality.

The woman who wears Tjasa Skapin’s creations is sophisticated, elegant and expressive, with refined taste. She is gracious and knows what she wants.

Tjaša Škapin has shown her designs at prestigious events in Slovenia and Italy, and exhibits her creations in a number of Slovenian castles and show rooms. She works with fashion designers and celebrities from Slovenia, Italy and Croatia.

Collezioni Haute Couture and Collezioni Donna is media partner for the Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards.

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An Unforgettable Evening of Film, Fashion and Fun in Cannes

Models wearing gowns by designer Andres Aquino strike a pose on the legendary Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet after the Global Short Film Awards Gala in May 2016.
Models wearing gowns by designer Andres Aquino strike a pose on the legendary Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet after the Global Short Film Awards Gala in May 2016.

The Global Short Film Awards Gala was held on May 21, 2016 at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. Emceed by international model and humanitarian activist Farah Zuleikha, the festive evening included fashion shows, awards presentations, world-class entertainment, red carpet and a delectable dinner and champagne reception.

Highlights of the event:

FASHION SHOWS produced in partnership with Couture Fashion Week New York. Luxurious and impeccable creations by designers Anniesa Hasibuan, Nonye Lumm, Ezio Bottoni, La Rena by Renata Kliska, Nancy Vuu, Coreta Kapojos and Andres Aquino whose collection was accessorized with a selection of one-of-a-kind top hats by artist Kevin Berlin.

Stunning MODELS from around the world including a group of Havana Sun competition winners.

MAKEUP by industry leader Aimee Carr and her signature Voodoo Makeup brand.

PERFORMANCES by top-notch entertainers Mia Wallace, Stella Matteoni, Kaja Pecnik, Tabita Roselin, Veronica Iovan, Prince Igor and Tango Boheme (singer Cecilia Herrera with dancers Walter Venturini and Sabrina Garcia). European singing sensation Jay Santos premiered his brand new single “Tu y Yo” to the audience’s delight.

AWARDS were presented to the 2016 Global Short Film Awards winners as well as to several special honorees. The film award winners were selected from over 1,400 entries from some 80 countries this year. Over 50 finalist films were screened in April in New York City. The winning films honored in Cannes were:
Best Feature: The Gift
Best Animation: Last Island
Best Documentary: Ovunque Proteggi
Best Director: Marco Toscani, Ti Ho Incontrata Domani
Best Actor: Xandar Berkeley, The Gift
Best Actress: Virginia Nolting, The Silent Killer
Young Talent Best Actor: Brady Permenter, The Gift
Young Talent Best Actress: Estella Kirk, Unto Me
Best Fashion Film: Unto Me
Best Music & Dance Film: Descent
Best 3-D Film: Le Constructeur de Malheur
Best Travel Film: Welcome to Almaty
Best Cinematography: 05:55
Best Special Effects: Jano
Best Music & Sound: Mario Was Watching the Sea With Love
Best Set Design: The Gift
Festival Director’s Choice: Ti Ho Incontrata Domani
People’s Choice: The Reaper

The film judges were Andres Aquino, Giulia Deamina, Josef Demian, Leo Lo, Lilia Lavova, Mahealani Diego, Mark Berry, Michael Stougiannos, Vasileios Douskos, Viola Manuela Ceccarini and  Yiorgos Mikael Panteleakis.

In addition to the film awards, Leo Lo was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in film special effects; Mauricio Amuy was presented with a Humanitarian Award for his work with the Fundacion Brazos de Amor charity helping needy children in Costa Rica; and Anniesa Hasibuan was presented with a Best Fashion Designer Award for her incomparable fashion achievements.

Special acknowledgement was made to European football megastar Eric Abidal and his namesake foundation. Sponsors included Deamina Magazine, Karmaloog, Another Concept Magazine, Havana Sun, FilmFestivals.com, EnviMusic, SP Management, World Media Alliance and Qoobex.

The Global Short Film Awards was founded and is directed by Andres Aquino. Sponsorship opportunities are available for May 2017. For more information visit www.GlobalShortFilmAwards.com