After announcing its shortlist
, the Gerety Awards celebrated the first finalists of the all-female power jury award at their Rough Cut Diamond and BBQ Session. Hosted by Tantorfilms
, juries and nominees celebrated the shortlist that could be some of the first to win a Gerety Award with a delicious Argentinian barbeque.
In keeping with the name of the award taken from that of Frances Gerety, who coined the slogan “a Diamond is Forever,” the shortlist winners were named Rough Cut Diamonds.
When guests arrived at the Villa, in a wink to the name of the award, they were given a shiny diamond shaped brooch. What guests didn't predict, however, was that hidden among the normal brooches was one made with real diamonds. Thanks to the complicity of Galeries du Diamant, attendees were surprised to find out that one of them was holding a brooch crafted from real diamonds.
Alexia Sorokina, director of Paris-based diamond jewellery creator Galeries du Diamant, explained: “Galeries du Diamant is proud to participate in the Gerety awards adventure, offering a hand-crafted diamond brooch. We created this piece in our Parisian ateliers using recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds. We think that this new and ethic kind of diamonds will redefine the market the way Gerety Awards strive to redefine the creative industry. And we had an extra incentive, as we are a female-run business in a very male dominated industry, like the diamond industry is!”
Ingrid Bragemann, executive director of Tantorfilms added: “The reason why we started doing the BBQ Sessions was: love for service. Love for each other. Love for the old-fashioned way. Love for those days when the festival was friends rediscovering each other, ideas coming together, meetings becoming life lasting relationships.
We strive for our sessions to become that. A place where we can all rediscover the magic and where we, as Latin Americans, can serve our guests the way we’d do it back home: sharing our culture and sharing our food. Be it a steak with wine, or a kiss and a hug, when we say hello. Tantorfilms is all about servicing well and professionally but enjoying every moment of being able to show the beauty and the human richness of Latin America.”
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The first ever Gerety shortlist was released on Saturday, June 15, after three weeks of executive jury sessions being held around the world, in 10 different cities. Now, is time for the International Grand Jury to pick up the winners for this first edition, launched at the end of January to shake up the status quo of award shows by casting a 100% female jury. The awards provides a global platform for talent and supports initiatives that champion diversity in the creative industries as well as integrates and provides a place to the feminine vision in it.
The Gerety Awards winner will be announced at the end of July.