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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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.

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.