AmfAR’s global campaign chair Sharon Stone will be in Cannes on Friday to host the organization’s glitzy annual fundraising gala, which supports AIDS research. Stone has been a key figure in amfAR since the 1990s. She said her commitment to the fight against AIDS stems from the death of her friend and interim coach Roy London. This year’s event will be held outdoors at Villa Eilenroc and will feature various entertainment, dinner and auction. Alicia Keys is due to perform and Cannes jury president Spike Lee will be a special guest. A host of stars are expected, although this year’s event is limited in capacity due to the pandemic.
The Netherlands Film Fund and the Swedish Film Institute are leading a new international fund that will seek to open up opportunities in the European industry to those who have traditionally struggled to secure funding for their projects. Fund managers Bero Beyer (NFF) and Anna Serner (SFI) are in Cannes to promote the initiative which, over the past two months, has attracted eight funds across the continent who are currently finalizing their involvement. Join the two aforementioned countries: Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, French and Flemish Belgium, and Luxembourg. The fund is considering a luncheon in the fall at an international festival. It will be administered by the Netherlands Film Fund. Qualified applicants are film projects with a director, producer and / or screenwriter from one of the groups that the United Nations Human Rights Act defines as a discriminated group. The fund will be open to feature films (> 60 min) documentaries and fiction films. Project groups that have received funding will also be offered access to a network with activities throughout the year.