Cannes film festivals paying more attention to African talents


This year the Cannes International Festival presents three major films from Africa (see our news in brief below). Reed Midem has also tried to attract more African film talents through its MIP TV and MIPCOM events. Alongside runs another festival dedicated entirely to Africa. Created in 2004, the 10th edition of the Pan-African Festival of Cannes allows all lovers of the seventh art, from Africa, the diaspora, but also around the world to present their films.

The Franco-Cameroonian Ngangue Ebelle Basile, 48, founder of the Pan African Film Festival, is a convinced Pan-Africanist. Outside the cinema, the Festival is, according to him, a place of encounter and exchange between the public and professionals in the film industry.

In terms of participation conditions, the festival is opened to all film genres, such as drama, comedy, entertainment, short films, or documentaries.
Any ‘Pan African’ person, no matter their origin, can propose a fiction, drama or documentary, long or short film but only pan African film makers (Africa, America, Caribbean, Europe, Pacific…) can propose works that contain themes that differ from the pan African environment. To the organisers, ‘Pan African’ is anyone who is of African origin or African nationality or of the African Diasporas in the world.

Film makers may submit several productions. Regarding English, Spanish, German and Portuguese films, the Festival can offer subtitles at the Films maker's expense. Candidates must send their inscription files with a DVD and 50 € before the deadline. Films that are presented in their original versions must contain English or French subtitles.

The Festival’s council of administration selects a jury composed of 5 members minimum chosen from professionals of cinema and the artistic, cultural, and social world. Members of the jury cannot have any relations (commercial, production, or family…) with the works in the competition.

The unique thing about the Festival  is that it promotes unmediated, invisible films. The other added value is that it takes place in a great location in Europe.

The International Pan-African Film Festival’s goal is to help discover authors, scenario writers, and directors of the black world or help discover the ones who realized a film on the pan African world. The event wants to create an alert and lively image of the contemporary cinematographic creation of the pan African world. Its view on the environment of the black population extends from Africa to America through the Caribbean, Europe, and the Pacific.
The other objectives are to make professionals and large public discover the reality of the pan African creation and to support the development of the PanAfrican film industry by facilitating awareness, distribution and the broadcasting of the works.