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REPORT AGORALUMIERE -CINEMA
CANNES FESTIVAL 2009


AGORALUMIERE Cinema is a Pan African concept to promote Africa and its Diaspora cinema at the Festival of Cannes. AGORALUMIERE’s programme in Cannes every year includes:

The Agoralumiere Screenings Series at the Film market with special focus on the young generation of filmmakers from Africa and the Diaspora
The Films on Demand Programme which aims at developing new networks and new markets for Pan-African films
The celebration of the official International Africa Day in Cannes "AFRICADAY"
The representation of the Pan-African Federation Filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival.
Agoralumiere Cinema at the Cannes Festival also gathers information on all the other programmes relating to the presence of films and professionals from Africa and the Diaspora at the Cannes Festival in the various selections, programmes and initiatives both national and international.

 

    2009 is the second phase of Agoralumiere’s CREATIVE AFRICA development as it is the year of consolidation and implementation of the global development value chain programmes on the ground in Africa and in Europe.

    Agoralumiere's global market access at the Cannes Festival for the film industry is now known by the professionals from Africa and from the Diaspora who have to submit their films each year before 15 March in order to be part of the Agoralumiere screening series.

    Agoralumiere needed to establish an international and institutional platform dedicated to the African creative industries in line with the African Union priorities for the Continent’s development. In this perspective, Agoralumiere has developed a new programme in partnership with the African Union Representation in Geneva through the organization of the 1st African Forum for Dialogue as part of the Africa Day International Celebration.

     

    AFRICA UNION COMMISSION
    PERMANENT DELEGATION IN GENEVA

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    THE ANNUAL AFRICA DAY INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION IN GENEVA

    First African Forum for Dialogue

    THEME: AFRICA'S DEVELOPMENT, WHOSE RESPONSABILITY?

    27 MAY 2009, Grand Hotel KEMPINSKI

    Geneva- Swizerland

     

    Our programme at the Cannes Film Festival this year was therefore concise and focussed mainly on the African contribution to the promotion of the Souleymane CISSE, the only African filmmaker to represent the Continent in the official selection in a non competition capacity sub-section.

    Souleymane Cissé "Min Ye" (Tell Me Who You Are)
    Official Selection Cannes Festival 2009.

       
     
    Souleymane Cissé meeting with his fans in Cannes

    Agoralumiere also welcomed a young generation of filmmakers from Africa and from the Disapora and promotes their films either in the Agoralumiere's screening series or in the other sections at the Cannes Festival such the Short Film Corner where around three young African filmmakers showcased their films. The group of young filmmakers of the Agoralumiere 2009 edition includes the talented actress and producer from the African Diaspora, Tanji Miller, whose film "Why We Laugh" is part of the Agoralumière screening series 2009 at the Film Market.

    The young filmmaker Blaise Pascal Tangu and two young African actresses Nathalie Meto and Milla Imani. were also part of the young talents promoted in Cannes this year by Agoralumiere which included privilged meetings with Danny Glover, Souleymane Cisse and other professionals who shared their knowldge, experience and hope for the African cinema with them.

    Agoralumiere 2009 also keeps to its yearly tradition of presenting the African Vision Award for Lifetime Achievement to a filmmaker from the Africa or the Diaspora whose entire life has been devoted to the film industry.

    The 2009’s edition of the African Vision Award for Lifetime Achievement was hosted by Agoralumiere’s friends The Hollywood Reporter at the Hotel Stephanie where the Hollywood Reporter team welcomed Agoralumiere's guests in a warm and convivial atmosphere.

    Danny Glover with Agoralumiere representative Marc Nekaitar, Eric Mika, the Hollywood Reporter Editor, Eddie Mbalo, CEO of the South African National Film and Video Foundation, the producer Tanji Miller and Rashid Bahati, CEO of Afrique360.

    Danny Glover, one of the former receivers of Agoralumiere's African Vision Award in Cannes, was invited by Agoralumiere to present the Award 2009 to Souleymane Cisse.

    Marc Nekaitar giving the Agoralumiere "African Vision Award For Lifetime Achievement "to Danny Glover for presentation to Souleymane Cisse

     

     

     

     

    Agoralumiere also participated in the other events at the Cannes Film Festival which are line with the African agenda one of which was the hommage to Sotigui KOUYATE, organised in the World Cinema Pavilion on the 20 May 2009.

    The celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the South African National Film And Video Foundation (NFVF) was also an important moment at the Cannes Festival 2009. Agoralumiere was particularly proud for having worked with South Africa during the first years of the NFVF at the Cannes Film Festival to establish this African institution in the International Village of the Film Market.

    Agoralumiere attended also the international launch of the 2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival by its Secretary General and his staff. This very important festival to be held in Algiers from the 5 to 20 July 2009 is in line with the African Union Charter for African Cultural Renaissance.

    To know more about the 2nd PANAF see www.panafalger2009.com

    Agoralumiere met with filmmakers and stakeholders and shared with them their next projects on global market access and international promotion programmes. Among these were Euzhan Palcy, Hailé Gerima, Eddie Mbalo, Danny Glover, Firmine Richard, Osange Silou, Jean Odoutan, Makena Diop, Mahamat Haroun Mahamat Saleh, Abderrahmane Cissako.

    Agoralumiere has also developed new partnerships for Africa's independant creative content production capacity in terms of skills and technology transfer to facilitate job creation at the various levels of the production value chain.

    This year, Agoralumiere closed its activities in Cannes on 22nd May and moved to Geneva for the final preparations of the Africa Day Celebration and the First Africa Union African Forum for Dialogue on Africa's Development. The Africa Day International Celebration in Geneva and its original African Forum for Dialogue is branded by Agoralumiere as its Annual International Institutional Promotion platform for the African creative talents, products and services. The theme for this year's Forum was "Africa's Development, Whose Responsibility?

    For more information about the Africa Day-Geneva 2009 and the First African Forum for Dialogue,see:
    www.africa-union.org
    www.creative-africa.org.

    Agoralumiere is now preparing for its 2010 edition in Cannes, a creative programme which will address the new challenges of African and Disapora the field of their work but also in the field of the African Renaissance agenda. You will be informed via our websites, newsletters, Creative Africa Magazine and other fora.

    Agoralumiere's team wishes you a productive year starting from this year's Cannes Edition and hopes to see you all again at its special programme at the Cannes Festival 2010.

    copyright © agoralumiere 2009 - Photos credits in Cannes: Agoralumiere, Blaise Pascal Tanguy, Eddie Mbalo, Harish Nangia- Photos credits in Geneva: ©Skander Douki