ART & CULTURE
From 23 to 28 October, Cannes hosts the 17th annual Festival International du Film Panafrican de Cannes. The FIFP was created in 2004 by Basile Ngangue Ebelle as a means to spread awareness on the richness of contemporary PanAfrican cinema and also as an ambassador of human values in the film industry.
The festival normally runs five days at the Hotel Martinez, just before Cannes Film Festival, but in this exceptional year, the Festival will run from Friday 23 to 28 October (also to verify after the recently enforced curfew). As usual, the festival will take place at the Martinez Hotel and at the Éspace Miramar.
Some 200 film professionals will gather around 60 films from five continents. Features, shorts, animations and documentaries will be complemented by a series of conferences, literary cafés, cultural cafés, music, exhibitions and networking meetings.
Selected films all highlight original and true visions of multicultural Black communities and diasporas throughout the world, such as “Turn it Around,” a short film by directors Lahav Ngo & Boaz Olandar from Israel. The best works compete for the Dikalo Award, while always exploring wider and unique themes.
The 2020 Professional Jury for Women is made up of six ‘Women in Action’: Caroline POCHON (President of the Fiction Jury)- Scriptwriter/Director/Writer; Céline MAJOR (President of the Documentary Jury)- Producer; Jeanne ROMANA –Director/Writer/Producer; Nolda DI MASSAMBA- Director/Actress/Producer; Dorothée AUDIBERT-CHAMPENOIS- Journalist/ Head Editor; and Véronique DIARRA- Writer.
More than just a film festival, the FIFP offers a platform for cinema professionals and innovative ideas, cultural interaction and shared values. This is a unique opportunity to meet the people who keep African cinema and culture alive. -ABR
Make sure to visit the website for a listing and trailers of the films in competition.
International PanAfrican Film Festival of Cannes
Individual tickets: 5€ per session
Festival pass: 69€/student price: 59€.