by Sanya Agunbiade
Joke Silva, Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic bring the best of Nollywood at the Cannes Film Festival for Pavillon Afriques
Will Join 15 other countries from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, North and South America.
From the 14th to the 25th of May 2019, Nigerian delegates will join the rest of the world for Pavillon Afriques at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. In its first year at Cannes, Pavillon Afriquesis designed set to become the busiest, most unique, networking and business hub at the festival this year.
Joining a line-up that includes participants from African countries including Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Niger, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Djibouti, 4 other African countries and its diaspora from countries such as USA, Jamaica, Brazil, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique.
Nollywood film heavyweights like movie producer and directorKunle Afolayan, Producer Tope Oshin, Veteran Actress Joke Silva, Director and Producer Mildred Okwo, Founder of African International Film Festival Chioma Udeh, CEO, Inertia Pictures Justin Morgan, Managing Director, FilmOne Moses Babatope, Vice-President, Silverbird Film Distribution Guy Murray-Bruce, Actress Rita Dominic and many more industry experts will be at the pavilion.
According to Operations Director Prudence Kolong, “With this project, we are creating a unique venue for movie trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality from Africa and its diaspora film and television content.
Our ambition is to become an exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders meet, discuss, trade, make deals and take advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.
Pavillon Afriques will be the first tent within the Film Market section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated exclusively to the business of Film in the African continent and among its diaspora. It is properly situated within the heart of the Marché du Film, which is the world’s biggest gathering of film industry professionals who come to sell films, find partners and expand their professional network.
With the theme ‘Connecting the Past, Present and Future’; Pavillon packs a full schedule with a mix of private and public sector roundtables, discussions on film financing and content distribution, a series of country produced destination seminars, celebrity hosted panels, leadership workshops, film screenings and more, the program is set to be the most fascinating hub out of Cannes in 2019.
It will feature a dynamic line-up of some of the biggest names in film and entertainment from across the globe including entrepreneur and educator Stedman Graham, Tech Entrepreneur John Gosier, Ghanaian Entrepreneur Roberta Annan, USA former VP IBM USA, Marilyn Johnson, Rich Tanksley, Chief Operating Officer at DataCa.sh. and Owner, Pulse Nigeria, prolific writer Tsitsi Dangarembga, Founder of AFRIFF (African International Film Festival)Chioma Ude, Joyce Fissoo, CEO, Tanzania Film Board, Ethiopian Film directors Mehret Mandefro and Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Kumawood Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Kumawood Actor Chris Attoh, and many more.
Also participating in some of the sessions will be top executives of international festivals and events Sundance, European Film Market, Rotterdam Film Festival, Adedayo Thomas, Ladipo Abayomi Augustine, Lawal Gambo Zuwaira and 4 others from the National Film & Video Censor Board, Nigeria, and the support of top broadcaster Canal plus.
The organisers confirm that activities include screenings, seminars, workshop, round tables, country 5forums, an auction, art exhibition, haute cuisine, mini-concerts and so much more. Networking and promotional activities will include product presentations, receptions, cocktail parties, brunches, B2B, B2G and G2G meetings.
The ‘Marche du Film’ Cannes Film Festival runs from 14-25 May 2019