amfAR Gala 2016 Cannes

One of the world’s most successful charity events and the most coveted party in town during Cannes Film Festival is the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala night which will be held Thursday 19 May on the Cap d’Antibes.

The 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS event to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, returns to the legendary Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc where the event will help keep the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight and add to the impressive $170 million raised for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.

Produced by AAB Productions/Andy Boose, the amfAR night features a number of live music performances, a fashion show and every celebrity in town on the guest list.

Watch last year’s amfAR video below:

amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2016 Cannes

This year is a ’70s disco theme with performances from Sister Sledge, The Village People and Katy Perry.

Carine Roitfeld will again curate a unique fashion show starring forty of the world’s top models in a spectacular disco-themed showcase, accessorized with beautiful jewellery by Harry Winston. The runway presentation will showcase glamorous looks from the most celebrated fashion designers including Burberry, Chanel, Dior Couture, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Georgio Armani, Miu Miu, Prada and Versace.

As well, many of the auction lots have disco-themed items including Polaroids of 1970’s stars by Andy Warhold and mirror balls.

amfAR Event Chairs & Guest List

‘Neerja’ actress’ 30-year old Sonam Kapoor is set to attend the amfAR gala for the first time. “It’s an honor to be a part of the esteemed amfAR Gala. I cannot stress enough the importance of AIDS research in our time. This foundation is doing such incredible work dedicated towards raising funds for life-saving research programs that help the fight against AIDS’.


Len Blavatnik

Adrien Brody

Kenneth Cole (amfAR Chairman of the Board)

Milutin Gatsby (amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman)

Nayla Hayek

Milla Jovovich

Heidi Klum

Michel Litvak

Vincent Roberti

Carine Roitfeld

Sharon Stone

Harvey Weinstein


Carlos Ghosn

Lisa Giuliani

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Karlie Kloss

Thomas Leclercq

Adriana Lima

Christophe Navarre

Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla

Dmitry Rybolovlev

Irina Shayk

Timur and Lola Tillyaeva

Frank Zweegers


Hermann Bühlbecker

Richard Caring

Dennis Davidson

Jonathan and Kira Faiman

Hansi Farsi

Shintaro Kambara

Peter and Leona König

Rachel Ning

Ilya and Alina Polner

Alicja Ruchala

Remo Ruffini

Elie Saab

Caroline Scheufele

Sid Shamnath

Andrew G. Vajna

Gary Michael Walters

amfAR Auction

Every year, spectacular items are auctioned with celebrities, film producers, supermodels and high society guests bidding on the lots. The 2016 auction will be conducted by Simon de Pury. Some of the auction items this year will include:

  • The Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, handmade and the only one of its kind in the world, features 23 magnum bottles of MCIII, to signify the 23rd edition of the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala. One bottle is featured in the centre and a special lighting effect behind the glass illuminates the other 22 magnum bottles, where the bottles’ delicately engraved metal bases appear to levitate around the central bottle.
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Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, the only one of its kind in the world is up for auction at amfAR 2016 Cannes

  • Damien Hirst’s 6.5m high ‘Temple’ artwork
  • Andy Warhol Polaroids from the 1970s and 1980s (The Polaroids on offer are of five 1970s icons and muses for The Disco Collection: Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and Diane von Furstenberg)
  • A Harry Winston Secret Cluster Perfume Bottle with Aquamarines, Diamonds, Sapphires, and a Hand-carved Rock Crystal vial
  • A one-off customized Ferrari 458 Camouflage by Lapo Elkann
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A one-off camouflage-customised Ferrari 458 by Lapo Elkann is up for auction at the amfAR fundraiser

  • A Soneva Resorts Luxury Escape for 8 people where you and your guests spend 2 weeks in each of 2 remarkable private residences at Soneva Kiri Resort in Thailand (including dining in a bamboo Treepod suspended above the tree canopy with food delivered by a waiter on a zipline!) and then 2 weeks at Soneva Fushi Maldives.
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Up for auction – an amazing Soneva Resorts Luxury Escape for 8 guests including stays at Soneva Kiri in Thailand and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives

  • Two tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will take place in Europe in late autumn. The tickets entitle the winning bidder to a prime seat location at the fashion show and entrance into the exclusive after-party.
  • A week onboard the 70m Lürssen yacht Martha Ann
  • Zaha Hadid limited edition ZOLU Dining Pavillion
Zaha Hadid's Dining Pavillion

Zaha Hadid’s Dining Pavillion

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amfAR Cinema against AIDS 22nd Gala – Thursday 21 May 2015

Undeniably the hottest event in town during Cannes Film Festival, the amfAR Cinema against AIDS charity gala is being held this evening at the beautiful Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Cap d’Antibes.

The beautiful Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc (image: yelp)

The beautiful Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc (image: yelp)

One of the most successful annual benefit events, to date the event has raised more than $140 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and has helped keep the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight.

Celebrities and top industry stars who will attend include Harvey Weinstein,  Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Lewis Hamilton, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kenneth Cole, Milla Jovovich, Diane Kruger, John C. Reilly, Carine Roitfeld,  Isabella Rossellini and more.

Event highlights include:

– A black and white-themed fashion show featuring top models Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima who will wear designs from Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Balmain and Prada.  The one-off pieces will then be auctioned off to the VIP crowd.

– Music from DJ Mark Ronson, the Imagine Dragons, Mary J Blige and Charli XCX

– Gala auction including a bespoke ‘Epic Cluster’ Harry Winston necklace, and artist Jeff Koon’s sculpture ‘Coloring Book’.

Harry Winston's 'Epic Cluster' necklace up for auction at amfAR Cinema against AIDS 22 (image: @HarryWinston)

Harry Winston’s ‘Epic Cluster’ necklace up for auction at amfAR Cinema against AIDS 22 (image: @HarryWinston)

Who is amfAR?

amfAR is the Foundation for AIDS Research and plays a vital role in research, support and education of HIV and AIDS.  Their aim is to fund research to breakthrough a cure, and benefit events are held globally.

Did you know?

The setting in and around Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc may look familiar even if you have never been there – it is a popular location for film and television. Some filming highlights:

– The opening scene for 1971 Bond film ‘Diamonds are Forever’. As a small local bit of trivia, the French actress who featured in this uncredited role with Sean Connery was a previous Miss World winner and her father was the mayor of nearby Nice.

Sean Connery and Denise Perrier in 1971 James Bond film 'Diamonds are Forever' (image: Youtube)

Sean Connery and Denise Perrier in 1971 James Bond film ‘Diamonds are Forever’ (image: Youtube)

– The Miss Dior film starring Natalie Portman who is attending the gala tonight.  See the advertisement here: