Ten Nollywood stars have been listed to join other African Film stars at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival which is scheduled to take place very soon in Palais de Festival, Cannes, France.
The appearance of the Nollywood stars will not be the first of its kind as they have gone beyond making their presence known at the festival, to judges and determiners of good movies, at the Cannes film festival.
As regards support and promotion of the festival, Lagos State government through the Ministry of Arts and Culture launched a tent in 2017 promote the cultural and art exhibitions from the city at the film festival.
One aspect as regards the festival that will be harnessed in practical by the stars is the professional, combined efforts and exchange in cultural ideas with other film practitioners across Africa and beyond.
Nollywood participants will be joining participants from other African countries including Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Niger, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Djibouti, USA, Jamaica, Brazil, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique in exchanging ideas and seeking collaboration at the Pavillon Afriques, a film market section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated exclusively to the business of film in the African continent and among its diaspora.
Shedding more light on the event, the hub’s Operations Director, Prudence Kolong, noted that the hub will run from May 14 to May 25, 2019.
Kolong speaking further said, “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.”
Some celebrated Nollywood stars to be expected are Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic, Tope Oshin, Joke Silva, Mildred Okwo, Chioma Udeh of AFRIFF, Justin Morgan of Inertia pictures, Moses Babatope of FilmOne distribution, Guy Murray-Bruce of Silverbird distribution, Adedayo Thomas of the NFVCB, Ladipo Abayomi Augustine, and Lawal Gambo Zuwaira will be in Cannes for the Pan African initiative.
Others are Stedman Graham, John Gosier, Roberta Annan, Marilyn Johnson, Rich Tanksley, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Joyce Fissoo, Mehret Mandefro, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, and Shirley Frimpong-Manso.