Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association used the occasion of the group’s annual lunch to present a record level of financial grants to 46 film schools and non-profit organisations.

The event was also used by president Aida Takla O’Reilly to hail the newly elected officers for the 2011-2012 term.

The new officers are Jorge Camara (vice-president), Ali Sar (treasurer) and Serge Rakhlin (executive secretary).

The new board of directors comprises Philip Berk (chairman), Yoram Kahana, Yukiko Nakajima, Ruben Nepales, Meher Tatna and Theo Kingma (alternate).