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Among Chairs of amfAR’s 24th amfAR Gala Cannes

Presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films

New York, NY, May 3, 2017— Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Vanessa Redgrave, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby will be among the chairs of the 24th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on May 25, 2017, during the Cannes Film Festival. Other event chairs include Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Michel Litvak, and Vincent Roberti.

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 exciting live auction of exclusive items and experiences.

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 Golden Age of Hollywood Collection runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston.

Harry Winston and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Moët Hennessy, Persol, and Renault are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy Belvedere Vodka’s specialty amfAR Martini Cocktail, Hennessy X.O, Moët & Chandon Impérial, Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay and other fine wines and spirits from the Moët Hennessy portfolio.  Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.

amfAR's annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $190 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 the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS 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 amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.

The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.

Official Hashtag of the event:  #amfarcannes

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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 more than $480 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" starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Oscar Isaacs. Bold is currently in post-production on David Gordon Green's "Stronger," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, for Lionsgate. Bold's previous releases include "The Neon Demon," "Bobby," "Legion" and "No Escape."