amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

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SHARON STONE, KEVIN SPACEY, MILLA JOVOVICH,
ADRIEN BRODY, HEIDI KLUM, CARINE ROITFELD,
HARVEY WEINSTEIN, MILUTIN GATSBY, KENNETH COLE

Among Chairs of amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Event

Special Performance by Katy Perry

Presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films

New York, NY, April 28, 2016—amfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Harvey Weinstein, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole will be among the chairs of the 23rd edition of amfAR’s world-renowned Cinema Against AIDS event, to be held on May 19, 2016, during the Cannes Film Festival. Other event chairs include Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Michel Litvak, and Vincent Roberti. Global pop superstar Katy Perry is confirmed to perform.

Harry Winston and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of Cinema Against AIDS 23. Moët Hennessy, Renault, and The Weinstein Company are the event’s Signature Sponsors.
The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits, and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include several musical performances and a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s over-the-top live auction.

Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular disco themed runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston.

After the Cinema Against AIDS 23 dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.

amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $170 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years, with the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the cornerstone.

Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS gala in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.

amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.

Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner.

Official Hashtag of the event:  #amfarcannes

For more information, visit www.amfar.org/CAA23/

About amfAR:

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy.  Since 1985, amfAR has invested $450 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

About Harry Winston, Inc.:

Founded in New York City in 1932, The House of Harry Winston continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watch making.  From the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope and Winston Legacy Diamonds, to adorning Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, for over eight decades, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is.  Headquartered in New York, the company operates retail salons worldwide, in locations including: New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

About Harry Winston’s Partnership with amfAR:

In January 2015, Harry Winston, Inc., announced a groundbreaking new partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, that represents the single largest corporate partnership in the Foundation’s history.  Through a wide range of contributions including direct financial support and in-kind donations, Harry Winston will help advance amfAR’s efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. 

Harry Winston is the first company to serve as the presenting sponsor for the organization’s 27 gala events taking place across the globe over the next three years.  These events are vital to raising more than half of amfAR’s general operating support, enabling the organization to invest wisely in pioneering research and programs. The company is also a leading supporter of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020.

About Bold Films: 

Bold Films, founded in 2004 by Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, is an independent entertainment production and finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for creative talent.  Bold Films’ mission is to produce original, studio-quality films, which have worldwide commercial appeal.

Bold Films has financed and produced Academy Award-nominated films, including Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton; Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which starred Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons; and Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive

Bold is currently in production on David Gordon Green’s Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, for Lionsgate, which is being financed and produced by Bold and filming on location in Boston. Additionally, Bold is financing and producing Barbie and Ruth, which is being developed and produced alongside Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard, Refn’s The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves;and Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick and Lake Bell.

Bold’s previous releases include Bobby, Evidence, Only God Forgives, Lost River and No Escape