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

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