The 72nd annual Festival De Cannes, one of the most prestigious, industry-only film festivals in the world, wrapped up last week.
This year, the Pavillon Afriques (Africa Pavilion) debuted in Cannes as the first pavilion within the Film Market section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated to the business of film in the African continent and among its diaspora. CCBFF Executive Director and CEO Winston Williams is one of three Americans on the Advisory Board including businesswoman Marilyn Johnson (formerly of IBM) and a host of talented individuals from countries throughout the continent – who are working collectively to elevate the visibility of films and provide more access to talented filmmakers of African descent.
CCBFF prides itself in providing more opportunities for filmmakers of color and by participating in Cannes – each year in a growing capacity – CCBFF is able to deliver more to its participants. This year Williams took a front seat in driving the discussion on diversity in film. He spoke on the role festival programmers play in ensuring diverse programming at their festivals and also served as a jury member for Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes short film showcase and awards – which honors the achievements of diverse filmmakers looking to solidify their position in the global film industry.
We spotted CCBFF alumni Tosin Coker of Skylark Pictures. Tosin is a multiple award winning filmmaker of both Nigerian and American heritage. In 2015 he competed in CCBFF and has made his way to Cannes to sell one his new projects. Stay tuned for more about Tosin and catch him at this year’s festival.