Moët & Chandon and FilmAid Asia hosted its inaugural Power of Film Gala honouring actor and filmmaker Keanu Reeves and activist Duncan Jepson in Hong Kong on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Actor Donnie Yen, Moët Hennessy Diageo HK Managing Director Shaine De Venny and FilmAid Asia Board member Claire Breen Melwani co-chaired the evening attended by over 270 prominent guests and featured a live performance from Khalil Fong. The evening raised HK$2.1M, with proceeds going to support FilmAid Asia’s programmes, while also funding FilmAid’s broader mission.
Among the guests at the star-studded evening were event emcee Lisa S, co-host Donnie Yen, honouree Keanu Reeves, guest performer Khalil Fong, as well as Daniel Wu, Karen Mok, Josie Ho, Gackt, Cissy Wang, Irene Wang, Ting Ting Hu and Karson Choi.
After cocktails, guests proceeded to the Grand Ballroom where they were seated for a special dinner created by Moët & Chandon’s Chef de Cave, Benoît Gouez, and Chef de Cuisine, Pascal Tinguad. Proceeds included funds raised through an auction hosted by François Curiel, President of Christie’s Asia. The 2012 Moët & Chandon and FilmAid Asia Power of Film Gala was also generously supported by Italian luxury leather goods and fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo.
FilmAid is a humanitarian organization that harnesses the power of film to bring hope and education to refugees and displaced persons in need around the globe. Founded during the Balkan crisis in 1999 by producer Caroline Baron (Monsoon Wedding, Capote), FilmAid presents screenings of informational videos highlighting critical issues such as nutrition, disease, safety and conflict resolution alongside feature films with universal appeal that provide psychological relief to communities ravaged by war and displacement. In parallel to this FilmAid’s Participatory Video Programme (PVP) provides young refugees access to training, equipment and a platform to tell their own stories. FilmAid is an official partner of the UN refugee organisation, UNHCR, and a vital media partner for other aid agencies working in the region.