Acclaimed Soprano Nicola Said Sings at the Global Short Film Awards Cannes Film Festival 2021

Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently delivered an electrifying performance at the Global Short Film (GSF) Awards Gala during the prestigious international Cannes Film Festival 2021.  The festive gala event was organized by entrepreneur, producer and fashion designer Andres Aquino and held at the luxurious Villa Forbes (Villa Elegance) in Cannes, France.

Soprano Nicola Said and Global Short Film Awards founder and director Andres Aquino
Nicola with Producer, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer Andres Aquino.

Nicola performed Je Veux Vivre from the French opera Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and Quando Me’n Vo from Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème.  Both were specifically chosen to accompany the theme of life and love, and beauty and love. Also performing at the event was world-renowned violinist, Edmond Fokker van Crayestein.  Nicola sang in front of a number of distinguished guests from the entertainment world, including Dr. Olympia Gellini, founder and president of the Family Film Awards, The American World Film Awards, Olympia Awards City Of Lights and member of the GSF Awards jury; Karl Bardosh, New York University associate professor, screenwriter, director, producer, pioneer in the field of mobile phone cinema, and member of the GSF Awards jury; and award-winning actor and producer, Vincent De Paul.

Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.
Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.

Nicola was first introduced to producer and designer Andres Aquino by award-winning Hollywood composer William Camilleri, and then asked to sing at this prestigious event held to coincide with the iconic Cannes Film Festival. “Nicola, you came, you sang and you conquered Cannes, transporting us to a magical and delightful world where you rule with your powerful voice,” said GSF Awards Founder and Director Andres Aquino, adding ” …I am looking forward to seeing you at our next event in New York.”

Soprano Nicola Said with world-renowned violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein
Soprano Nicola Said with world-renowned violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein

In a nod to her Maltese heritage, Nicola wore a stunning gown generously sponsored by top Maltese designers Charles & Ron, while her travel was supported by the Malta International Airport. Upon her return from Cannes, Nicola said “taking part was an amazing experience. I met fantastic people in the entertainment industry and have just been invited to sing at Couture Fashion Week New York!”

Nicola is the Malta Airport Foundation Ambassador and a Joseph Calleja BOV Foundation Scholar. She has been supported by the DrakeCalleja Trust, Janatha Stubbs Foundation, and the Ian Tomlin Scholarship. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course, for which she was granted a full scholarship.

Nicola, who is represented by The Music Partnership, has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex at an event presented by the Duke of Edinburgh, at St. James’s Palace and Kensington Palace in the UK. She won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and First Prize and Audience Prize for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial 2017.

Aside from Malta and the UK, Nicola has performed internationally, including in France, Italy, USA, Cyprus, Germany, China, Poland, Hungary and other countries. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Malta.

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‘Matty Boy’ Named Best Drama Comedy at Global Short Film Awards

The delightful short film Matty Boy was named the Best Drama Comedy Film at the 2021 Global Short Film Awards. The announcement was made by the GSF Awards founder and director Andres Aquino during the prestigious event’s 6th annual awards gala in Cannes, France.

“Matty Boy” named Best Drama Comedy Film at the 2021 Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France.

Matty Boy has won 134 awards to date at international film festivals including Rome International Movie Awards, Oniros Film Awards, Hollywood Gold Awards, Across The Globe Film Festival, New York Movie Awards, Cult Valley Global Cinefest, Wales Film Festival, Onyko Film Awards, Istanbul Film Awards, New York Cinematography Awards, Cooper Awards, French Riviera Film Festival, Gona Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, and more.

Matty Boy is about a highly suggestible man who mistakenly marries a second wife, thinking that his first wife is about to die. But he then realizes that his first wife has been given a misdiagnosis and his second wife doesn’t want to leave. He then has to face the consequences of having two wives on a journey which takes him on a twisting and turning comic roller coaster of a ride beyond anything he could have ever imagined.

Matty Boy was co-written and directed by Dr. Shahid Kamal (Cinnamon, Take the Chocolate) and co-written and produced by Dr. Samir Srivastava from the UK, and stars double Emmy award-winning actor Vincent De Paul (Poseidon, Hitch, Hairspray).

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Amazon Screens Film Shot in Graveyard Where 6,000 People Live

12 Minute Film Was Shot With Female and Male Co-Directors 7,200 Miles Apart

Tombstone Pillow is a short film shot in a graveyard in the Philippines where 6,000 people literally sleep on gravestones, with tombstones for pillows – hence the title. After a hugely successful film festival run, the mostly English language film that takes on socially relevant subjects like wealth inequality and the right to food and shelter for all, has now been accepted by Amazon for broadcast by the streaming giant through Bounty Films. 

The film was directed by Dreamteam Directors, Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir, while Bayou was at home in Hollywood and Daniel was in the graveyard in Manila. As a female director and mother of a young boy, Bayou had to struggle with time differences meaning she was awake until 7 am many mornings, dealing with actors and crew on the other side of the planet.

Due to the heartbreaking subject of this narrative short film, as well as it being selected from fierce competition to both Oscar and BAFTA qualifying film festivals, it’s also been an award-winner at prestigious competitions such as the Global Short Film Awards (where it earned the 2020 awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography and was included in the GSF Awards Cinando offerings), and is currently a Finalist in competitions in Venice, NY and Hollywood. 

The film, which follows a wealthy widow (Lou Baron) helped to flee an angry mob by a poor graveyard girl (Kendra De Mesa) who teaches her what has real value in life, was shot and produced by the same team who made Birdshot, the Oscar entry for The Philippines in 2018. 

To get a glimpse of how Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir co-directed 7,000 miles apart, click here:  https://vimeo.com/372823318

Actress Kendra De Mesa with Tombstone Pillow Co-Director Daniel Lir.

To watch the Tombstone Pillow trailer, click here: https://www.dreamteamdirectors.com/creative-work-app/newpage8cbb6e08

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Screenwriter, Writer and Journalist Anna Rita Santoro Honored by the Global Short Film Awards

Award-winning screenwriter, writer and journalist Anna Rita Santoro has been recognized by the 2020 Global Short Film Awards for her outstanding new book about the life and career of legendary Italian filmmaker, screenwriter and director Federico Fellini. Ms. Santoro’s latest book, Fellini: Dreams and Reality – A Psychographic Profile, is a special edition to be released on the 100th anniversary of Fellini’s birth, and covers his life, films and dreams. In Ms. Santoro’s unique style and approach to her subjects, she also delves into Fellini’s visionary film scripts, which were very much ahead of his time, and widely acclaimed as some of the most brilliant works in cinema. The 2020 Global Short Film Awards are honoring Anna Rita Santoro as Outstanding Screenwriter, Writer & Journalist. In 2019 she received an award at the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France for her book on former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. Visit Anna Rita Santoro on Facebook.

Exquisite Fashions by Sarene Fu Set to Shine at the GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Renowned fashion designer Sarene Fu will present her latest inspired creations during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Sarene Fu is a Taiwan-based wedding gown designer. In 2010 she founded her own exclusive bridal boutique to present her own collection called Emma Bridal Design, catering to her discerning clientele’s taste for extraordinary and modern bridal gowns. The Emma Bridal brand has been embraced by fashion forward brides all over Asia.

In 2018 Sarene Fu launched a new chapter in her career with ready-to-wear designs, expanding beyond bridal wear. Hence, a new signature brand, “Sarene Fu,” was created to reintroduce herself. The first dress collection was created with specialty fabrics, exquisite décor and unique inspiration. She possesses a true talent to express her visions through fashion design, exploring colors that resample harmony in discord, using fabrics with traditional Chinese elements. Ms. Fu strives to make the wearers of her designs feel flattered and classy.

Sarene Fu has presented her exquisite designs at prestigious fashion events around the world including New York Fashion Week and Malaysia Fashion Week.

The Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows is proud to partner with Couture Fashion Week New York and Collezioni Magazines.

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Kapriva Couture to Show Edgy Elegant Creations at GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Kapriva Couture fashion show at the Global Short Film Awards gala in Cannes, France

Kapriva Couture will present selections from its latest couture gown collection during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

The Kapriva Brand is about edgy, sophisticated, risqué and elegant creations inspired by art and design from all over the world. Their exclusive luxury designer clothing is made and designed in the UK, using the finest materials sourced worldwide. Each piece is designed with inspiration from art and design from global genres, using a combination of unique embellishments and custom-designed hand embroidery, as well as Swarovski element crystals and pearls. Kapriva has a couture range, providing exclusive one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as limited edition collections. Kapriva also offers a couture design service, for those who want a unique piece, made and designed for them. Kapriva has designed bespoke pieces for various events and occasions for individual clients and stage shows and musicians in Los Angeles, including famed burlesque entertainer Vixen DeVille.

The Global Short Film Awards Gala and Fashion Shows is proud to partner with Couture Fashion Week New York and Collezioni Magazines.

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George + Ginger to Show Latest Fashions at Global Short Film Awards Cannes Gala

George + Ginger fashion show at the Global Short Film Awards gala in Cannes, France

Innovative fashion brand George + Ginger will present a selection of its most recent designs during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Kristi Fitzpatrick started George + Ginger Pattern Co. in 2015, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. With a degree in Drafting and Design, she began drafting PDF sewing patterns and marketing them worldwide. She shares her passion for design with her customers and engages with them daily. The brand is active on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Reddit.

Along with designing patterns, Kristi works closely with fabric designers and promotes custom lines. As her custom designs evolved, she expanded the George + Ginger label and became involved with Fashion Week shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London. Her designs feature fitted garments, complimented by draped, flowy fabrics. She focuses on designs that are conceivable on all body types and sizes.

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Designer Grace Moon To Show Exquisite Creations at GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Grace Moon fashion show at the Global Short Film Awards gala in Cannes, France

Fashion designer Grace Moon will present a selection of her latest creations during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Grace Moon is a fashion designer and CEO of JM Inspired Design Corporation, a design consulting and brand marketing company. Throughout her 30+ years of experience in the fashion industry, Ms. Moon has worked with companies like Guess as a designer and developer, Papaya as an accessory designer, Foreign Exchange as a head merchandiser/buyer, and Moon Collection as head high-end line designer.

Grace Moon has presented her own signature brand designs at Fashion Weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She recently collaborated with the Korean high-end jewelry brand, Amore de Helen, to design and launch a fine jewelry line called Golden Cats Collection. The line is designed and made in the USA to be marketed and sold in Korea.

​Ms. Moon served as a judge for the 2016 Miss Korea Pageant for its historic 60th anniversary event. She was also invited to judge the 2017 Miss Korea Pageant and designed the one-piece dresses and the highlight evening dresses for the pageant. Ms. Moon is currently designing in Hollywood, working closely with many famous designers and producers.

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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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