As Hollywood heavyweights including Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart and Marion Cotillard prepare to grace the red carpet at this year's Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27), here's a guide to ten of the most unmissable galas and VIP soirees from the likes of AmfAR, Gucci and Chopard.
May 17: Trophée Chopard
Having previously honored the likes of Marion Cotillard and Audrey Tautou, the annual Trophée Chopard ceremony is always a star-studded affair, celebrating the talent of two rising actors each year. 2012 will be no exception with former Cannes jury president Sean Penn as the prize's patron. The ceremony will be followed by a party in the Chopard lounge at the Hotel Martinez.
May 17: Women in Film event in collaboration with Calvin Klein
Diane Kruger, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain and Ludivine Sagnier are just some of the A-listers set to attend the second annual Women in Film event hosted by the Independent Filmmaker Project, Calvin Klein Collection and Euphoria Calvin Klein. Hosted by Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP, the event celebrates notable female directors, actresses, and producers.
May 18: Armani Haiti gala with Sean Penn
Taking place at the Agora Pavillion, Italian fashion house Armani will present a gala evening in support of Sean Penn's J/P HRO (Haitian Relief Organization); Paul Haggis's Artists for Peace and Justice; and Petra Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund and their work in Haiti since its devastating 2010 earthquake.
May 19: Gucci Once Upon a Time in America party
The Italian fashion label has teamed with Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation for the restoration of the cinematic classic Once Upon a Time in America and following the May 18 screening, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter will host a dinner at the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes.
May 20: Art of Elysium 4th Annual Paradis Fundraiser
Charity organization The Art of Elysium, which boasts A-list supporters including Scarlett Johansson, encourages actors, artists and musicians to dedicate their time to children battling serious medical conditions. On May 20 it will host its 4th Annual Paradis Fundraiser at the Château de la Napoule, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, with cocktails, live music and a stylish after party.
May 21: Chopard mystery evening
The label, which celebrates its 15th year as the festival's official sponsor, has also planned a "mystery" evening held in partnership with American producer Harvey Weinstein for May 21, with everyone including the guests finding out the location at the last minute.
May 23: de Grisogono's gala dinner
Naomi Watts will be the ambassador of this year's de Grisogono's gala dinner at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The event always attracts some of the music industry's biggest rising talents, with hip-hop star Taio Cruz and DJ Julio Santo Domingo set to provide entertainment this year.
May 23:On the Road after party at Magic Garden meets Le Baron
Along with a temporary pop-up from David Lynch's Club Silencio on the rooftop of the Five Hotel, the Magic Garden meets Le Baron (formerly known as Jimmy'z nightclub) is set to be the party venue for Cannes 2012, and on May 23 will host the after party for highly anticipated Walter Salles picture On the Road, which stars style icons including Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart.
May 23: Anja Rubik 25 Magazine party
Footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti is just one of the big names expected at Polish supermodel Anja Rubik's May 23 party in honor of the launch of the second edition of her fashion and lifestyle quarterly, 25 Magazine.
May 24: AmfAR Cinema against AIDS
The annual Cinema Against AIDS charity black tie event is the social highlight of Cannes, attracting some of the biggest names from fashion, music, business, and international society. Taking place at the Eden Roc hotel, Milla Jovovich, Kylie Minogue, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld and Aishwarya Rai are among this year's event chairs.