FORBES: The Cannes Film Festival 2017 – Highlights, Hotspots and Winners

The annual amfAR Gala at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes is the most celebrated charity event that takes place during the Cannes Film Festival and is one of the most important occasions in the luxury industry calendar. An A-List of stars such as Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Diana Ross, Uma Thurman and many more attended this year’s black-tie gala. Whilst enjoying the live show, an exquisite dinner, fine drinks and the lively auction, the guests raised the incredible sum of more than $20 million in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Highlights of the auction were: “Football star David Beckham took the stage to introduce a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance for the winning bidder and ten friends to join David Beckham in an exceptional 90-minute football match in Paris, followed by dinner and drinks with Beckham. A painted 1977 Chevy Van titled Ice Cream, a work by Street Art movement pioneer Richard Hambleton. A one-week trip for 30 guests aboard the superyacht Serenity. The Egg Number 1, Versailles, a work by French artist and interior designer Jonathan Loubens.”

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Rita Ora performs on stage at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/French Select for amfAR ) *** Local Caption *** Rita Ora

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 25: Rita Ora performs on stage at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/French Select for amfAR ) *** Local Caption *** Rita Ora