Natasha, Uganda filmmakers make it to Cannes film festival in France

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From the 14th to the 25th of May 2019, Ugandan delegates will join the rest of the world for Pavillon Afrique at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

In its first year at Cannes, Pavillon Afriques is designed set to become the busiest, unique, networking and business hub at the festival this year.

Uganda is joining a line-up that includes participants from African countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Niger, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Djibouti, and its diaspora from countries such as Jamaica, USA, Brazil, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique.

Ugandan film heavyweights like Director, Writer and Actress Nishi Kalema, Director and Writer Malcolm Bigyemano, Writer, Director and Actress Kemiyondo Coutinho, Director, Isaiah 60 Productions Natasha Karugire, Producer, Director and CEO, Tadoba Pictures Isaac Simba, Screenwriter, Director and writer Sharpe Ssewali, and many more industry experts will be at the pavilion.

First daughter Natasha is a newcomer on the film scene with her “27 Guns”, an action, adventure biopic film about Yoweri Museveni and his military colleagues during the Ugandan Bush War.

It premiered in Kampala on September 8 2018 and was later screened in Johannesburg South Africa on September 19.

According to the Executive Director – Uganda Communications Commission, “With this project, Uganda is creating a unique venue for its local Film trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality of Uganda at the International level in television content. Our ambition is to become a centre for filming in Africa, through this exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders meet, discuss, trade, make deals and take advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.”

Pavillon Afrique will be the first tent within the Film Market section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated exclusively to the business of Film in the African continent and among its diaspora.

It is appropriately situated within the heart of the Marché du Film, which is the world’s biggest gathering of film industry professionals who come to sell films, find partners and expand their professional network.

With the theme ‘Connecting the Past, Present and Future’; Pavillon packs a full schedule with a mix of private and public sector roundtables, discussions on film financing and content distribution, a series of country produced destination seminars, celebrity-hosted panels, leadership workshops, film screenings and more, the program is set to be the most fascinating hub out of Cannes in 2019.

It will feature a dynamic line-up of some of the biggest names in film and entertainment from across the globe including entrepreneur and educator Stedman Graham, Tech Entrepreneur John Gosier, Ghanaian Entrepreneur Roberta Annan, USA former VP IBM USA, Marilyn Johnson, Rich Tanksley, Chief Operating Officer at DataCa.sh. and Owner, Pulse Nigeria, prolific writer Tsitsi Dangarembga, Founder of AFRIFF (African International Film Festival) Chioma Ude, Joyce Fissoo, CEO, Tanzania Film Board, Nollywood icons Joke Silva and Rita Dominic, Kumawood Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan,  and many more.

Also participating in some of the sessions will be top executives of international festivals and events Sundance, European Film Market, Rotterdam Film Festival and the support of Uganda Communications Commission, Uganda Tourism Board and top broadcaster Canal plus.

Confirmed activities include screenings, seminars, workshop, round tables, country 5forums, an auction, art exhibition, haute cuisine, mini-concerts and so much more.

Networking and promotional activities will include product presentations, receptions, cocktail parties, brunches, B2B, B2G and G2G meetings.

The ‘Marche du Film’ Cannes Film Festival runs from 14-25 May 2019.

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