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The African Pavilion
May 2023 Pr

Marché du Film, Cannes Film Festival
(Cannes local time)

Tuesday, May 16th 

From 09:30 am | Opening Day 

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)

Wednesday, May 17th 

09:30 am | African Pavilion Business Breakfast 

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)

Thursday, May 18th

11:30 am | High Level Conference of the African Pavilion 

Where: Palais Stage

Followed by a cocktail offered by the African Pavilion on its booth (23.07 Palais -1).


Panel #1  - Show me the money: African Film Financing


  • Abdoul Aziz Cissé, Permanent Secretary of the FOPICA

  • Ayman El Zoghby, Director of Trade, Investment & Corporate Finance at Afreximbank

  • Moses Babatope, Film Producer, Managing Director of FilmOne

  • Emad Eskander, Head of the Red Sea Fund

  • Moderated by Astrid Audibert, Cultural and Creative Industry Expert


Panel #2 - Re-enchanting the World from Africa

  • Moky Makura, Executive Director of Africa No Filter (ANF)

  • Danny Damah, Film producer at TD Akuna Studios

  • Jade Osiberu, Writer, Director and Film Producer

  • Samba Bathily, Chairman of ADS Group and Philanthropist

  • Moderated by Ijeoma Onah, Founder of the Nigerian International Film Summit

01:30 pm | The Africa Narrative-Change Film Award 

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)

Followed by a Meet & Greet offered by ANF.

Africa No Filter is partnering with the African Pavilion to acknowledge the efforts of filmmakers who have used brilliant storytelling through their film content to influence and project a progressive Africa that defies the prevalent harmful stereotypical narratives about Africa or within Africa. 

Friday, May 19th

9:30 am | African Pavilion Business Breakfast: Distribution and production of Filmed Content

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)

From West Africa to the World in Focus. Meet Moses Babatope, Managing Director of FilmOne.

Saturday, May 20th

9:30 am | African Pavilion Business Breakfast: African Women in Cinema

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)

  • Chioma Ude (Nigeria), Founder of the Africa International Film Festival

  • Fatou Kandé Senghor (Senegal), multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker

  • Cornelia Glèle (Benin), Promoter of the Cotonou International Women's Film Festival

  • Ijeoma Onah (Nigeria), Founder of the Nigerian International Film Summit

  • Aminata Diop-Johnson (Senegal), Founder of The African Pavilion in Cannes

  • Zulu Oyibo (Nigeria), Co-Founder of Inkblot Productions

  • Claire Diao (Burkina Faso), CEO of Sudu Connexion

11:30 am | Movie screening - "Marabout Chéri"

Where: Palais F (Marché du Film)

The successful comedy by Kadhy Touré and Luis Marques released in May 2023 aims to reach 100,000 entries in Benin, Togo, Burkina, Guinea, Cameroon, Niger, Gabon, Senegal, Congo Brazzaville and Cote d'Ivoire.

With the presence of the actress and producer Kadhy Touré and the co-producer Axel Guyot.

Sunday, May 21st 

01:00 pm | Meet & Greet Talents

Where: SODEC Pavilion (for participants only)

Young producers and directors supported by the program TALENTED CAMERAS OF AFRICA (The African Pavilion), LA FABRIQUE, SODEC LAB, and DEENTAL will meet to exchange and network in a convivial setting.


02:10 pm | In conversation with Ramata-Toulaye SY

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)



Director of the film "Banel and Adama”, in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival.



Monday, May 22nd

01:00 pm | In conversation with Baloji

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)

Director of the film "Augure”, in Un Certain Regard.

Followed by a cocktail offered by the production of the film and The African Pavilion.

04:00 pm | Movie screening - "Sira"

Where: Palais H (Marché du Film)

The film of the Burkinabe director Apolline Traoré won the silver Stallion of Yennenga at the 28th edition of FESPACO in 2023. In the presence of the producers Souleymane Kébé and Denis Cougnaud.

Tuesday, May 23rd

09:30 am | African Pavilion Business Breakfast: Film makeup

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)


Film makeup in focus with Khady Niang Diakhaté, professional Senegalese make-up artist


02:30 pm | Audiovisual Content Market In Focus: Mediawan Africa

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)



With the ambition of becoming the preferred partner of content operators in Africa, Mediawan Africa focuses on the production of original premium dramas with African talent, as well as on international co-production.


Meet Alexandre Rideau, Production Manager at Mediawan Africa.

Wednesday, May 24th

Nollywood Day: Breaking New Film Business Frontiers with Nollywood

Where: The African Pavilion, booth #23.07 (Palais -1)


09:00 am


  • Nollywood Power Breakfast

  • Meet and Greet Nollywood Stars and Talents



10:00 am

  • Welcome Speech

  • in Conversation with: His Excellency Ambassador Kayode Laro, The Nigerian Ambassador to France


10:30 am

Nollywood Day, Keynote Presentation: Nollywood and the Global Film Industry by Opeyemi Ajayi, Chairman of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria/CEO Cinemax Distribution.

11:00 am

Fireside Chat - Nollywood Focus: The success of Nigerian Box Office and Exploiting the Potentials of the Nollywood vs Hollywood Dynamics with: Opeyemi Ajayi, Chairman CEAN/CEO Cinemax Distribution, and Ijeoma Onah Founder of the Nigerian International Film Summit.


12:00 pm

  • Bridging the World Through Film: Your Plug Into Nollywood. A presentation on production services in Nigeria for international projects by Ronya Man, Founder RMA Productions.

  • Fireside Conversation:  The Nollywood-Israeli Connection in Cross Border Film Makingwith Ronya Man & Peter Fada.

01:00 pm

Nigerian "Jollof " Networking Lunch in Partnership with Filmhouse Group /FilmOne Entertainment.

02:00 pm


  • Spotlight on Nigerian Female Directors 

  • Fireside chat with Jade Osiberu, Writer & Director on Navigating and Positioning for the Global Film Terrain: The Opportunities and Challenges of a Nigerian Female Director. 

  • Fireside chat with Hamisha  Daryani Ahuja on The Nollywood-Bollywood Connection: Driving Cross-Cultural Film Collaborations.


03:00 pm

Working with Nollywooda presentation by the City of Nice and Studio de la Victorine Nice.


04:00 pm



Nollywood Day Closing Networking Reception (on invitation only). In partnership with Studio de la Victorine & CINEMAX Distribution.


04:00 pm | Spotlight on African and Arab world festivals

Where: Palais Stage | Director's Talk | Short Film Corner 

With Moly Kane, Director of Dakar Court Festival

A keynote on the festivals and sections dedicated to short films in Africa and in the Arab world, and what are the different selection opportunities within regional and international festivals.

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