An important time for African cinema at the Cannes
18 May 2018
Africa’s media, film star, producer, writer and director, Ernest Napoleon, and Winston Ellis a martial arts director and producer of Rayzor Edge Films, will travel to France for Festival de Cannes 2018.
The Cannes International Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France.
Cannes is the top festival, but it is also the most important event as far as film business is concerned.
With thousands of film professionals such as producers, investors, sales agents, distributors and others from all around the world attending, it provides a unique opportunity to conduct business efficiently in the span of two weeks.
Ernest Napoleon has been attending the Cannes festival for six consecutive years and this year will be a very important year for African filmmakers.
Napoleon said: “The world is changing. Screens are getting smaller and the audience is global now. Netflix and Amazon have become major players in what is being made now. Old methods seem to go out of the window and new methods are not well tested yet. South Africa is one of the biggest go-to places for productions from other countries and we are looking forward to the South African film stand at Cannes this year. In short, it is the most exciting time to be in the content producing business.”
“We are very excited for the new film project we are taking to Cannes called, "Let No Man Know", which is the true tale of Tom Molineaux that evolves from the unparalleled brutality of a southern American tobacco plantation to the aristocratic decadence of 19th century London. The story portrays the rise and subsequent fall of Tom Molineaux, a former slave and would be a contender for the English bare-knuckle crown,” Winston Ellis said.
The 71st anniversary of the Cannes film festival will prove to be an exciting event. Read our interviews with both Ernest Napoleon and Winston Ellis in the June edition of African Independent, on shelves 11 June 2018.