As we all know, Cannes, France is best known for one thing — the Cannes Film Festival. Actors and actresses come from around the globe to celebrate films, partake in the festivities, and to support charitable causes. One cause and now an eagerly anticipated party held during the festival, is also giving the south of France an even bigger name. The event: amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala.
The annual black-tie gala, which hosts world-renowned celebrities, is on its seventeenth year. The night, which took place at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc featured a cocktail reception, dinner, and live auction in hopes to bring awareness to the worldwide AIDS epidemic.
Cinema Against AIDS events are always marked by unforgettable moments: from Sharon Stone dancing along to an impromptu performance by Sir Elton John and Ringo Starr, to George Clooney bestowing a kiss on a lucky auction bidder. Last night, the event was hosted by Alan Cummings and featured a special performance by Mary J. Blige.
Other famed guests dressed in their formal wear included: Roberto Cavalli, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Camilla Belle, Emily Blunt, Kate Beckinsale, Marion Cotillard, Michelle Rodriguez, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Diane Kruger, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Williams, Ana Beatriz Barros, Paris Hilton, Mick Jagger, Gerard Butler, Karolina Kurkova, and more.
Celebrities and personalities associated with the film festival make their way to Antibes to experience the gala, but it also attracts familiar faces from the worlds of fashion, music, business, and international society.
Since 1993, Cinema Against AIDS events around the world have raised more than $50 million for lifesaving AIDS research.