Opening Gala+Red Carpet for the ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL-Thurs.,May 12th,2014@Ritz-Carlton

By Bill Kwan, Photography by A.J. Lam
A big thank you goes out to Jill Strader, publicist for Touchwood P.R., for the invite and hospitality for the ICFF event in Toronto. The third annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival is being held in multiple locations: Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City from June 12th to June 20th  The Red Carpet Gala was held at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday night with a who’s who walking the red carpet at this glitzy hotel. The likes of: Socialite and Philanthropist-Lady Monika Bacardi, Director Paolo Genovese, DJ Tony Monaco, Producer Andrea Iervolino, Actress Vittoria Puccini, Actor Nick Mancuso, and American Star Stephen Baldwin arrived on the Red Carpet. It was announced that evening that Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi would be launching together AMBI Canada, with Lady Monika Bacardi being the  Honourary President for the Canadian branch of the Film Distribution Company which would be backing big budget international Films with Hollywood “A”listers.  After arriving late from his flight via New York, Baldwin graced the ICFF backdrop with his co-stars and fans. He was scheduled to do the Morning Show promotion of his movie: 2047 Sights of Death which had its World Premiere on Friday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre. Baldwin stayed late to chat with guests and take pictures with many of the people in attendance.  The guests enjoyed a great catered Buffet Dinner. The music was also great and the beverages were flowing throughout the night at the Hotel.  The celebrities at the Ritz-Carlton were gracious and accommodating to the fans. Many of them stayed late to sign autographs and take photos with the guests. The organizers of the ICFF  threw a great gala to start the week off perfectly for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival.