Cannes jury president David Lynch and jury member Sharon Stone will join other celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Iman and Harvey Weinstein at the annual amfAR AIDS research gala.

The event will take place on Thursday May 23 at the Moulin de Mougins restaurant and be sponsored by Motorola. Co-sponsor De Beers will provide a $100,000 diamond necklace from its new collection for one of the auctions at the fund raising event.

Since 1993 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS activities have generated over $10m of research funding.