In addition to the Cannes Film festival, Cannes has also being hosting the annual Pan-African Film Festival since 2008. African cinema is largely overlooked by festivals, which makes the Cannes event an important showcase for movies from Africa and the broad African diaspora.
Pan-African, global movies
The festival typically hosts a selection of movies from Africa itself while also showcasing movies from African movie-makers that are active around the world. So the festival features cinema from countries as varied as South Africa, Mali, Morocco, as well as the UK , France and US.
Each year, the festival shows rare movies, runs workshops and also hosts music and fashion shows centred around pan-African issues. Some 5,000 people attended the screenings last year.
“The FIFP is a moment, a unique experience, where Pan-African cinema and African cultures along with the diaspora throughout the world, is made available to everybody,” according to its founder Eitel Basile NGANGUE EBELLE. “It has an amazing energy.”
The festival is typically held in the last week of April and first of May. But due to COVID-19, the 18th edition has been postponed to October 19 to October 24, 2021. For news about the Pan-African Film Festival, check here.
Submit your film to the 2021 Pan-African Film Festival
The 17th edition of the movie festival will be held between April 14-19 2020 in Cannes. Submissions are open until July 31, 2021 (depending on how you submit). Films can be submitted online for about €50. Visit the FIFP submission page
Alternatively, contact the organisers:
Eitel Basile NGANGUE EBELLE – PRESIDENT
Adress: 32 rue Louis Pérrissol
Telephone : 04 93 99 75 87
Mobile: 06 10 04 69 44