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Press Releases of Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Source: Alliance Française

Ghana Francophone Film Festival kicks start June 16

Institut Français du Ghana and Alliance Française Accra in partnership with the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Alliance Française Kumasi and Takoradi present the 4th edition of the annual Ghana Francophone Film Festival from 16th June to 25th June 2016.

Created in 2013 by Institut Français du Ghana in partnership with NAFTI to become a platform of mutual discovery between francophone and Ghanaian cinema, the Film Festival aims at promoting the French language and the Francophone culture in Ghana as well as fostering a strong movie industry in the country.

This year the festival will exhibit eight (8) of the best and award winning Francophone and Anglophone movies of diverse categories namely comedy, drama, documentary and animation from France and Africa among which is “Silver Rain” a Ghanaian movie by movie actress, Juliet Asante. The Francophone films will be subtitled in English and vice-versa.

A very interesting part of the festival is the short films competition opened to the new generation of Ghanaian filmmakers, in the category of fiction, animation and documentary to win the best short film award. Winners will be rewarded with lots of exciting prizes and the first prize will be a trip to attend a film festival in France!

The festival will begin with an opening ceremony on Thursday, 16th June at Alliance Française Accra at 6:30 pm. In attendance will be delegates from the French Embassy, Institut Français du Ghana, NAFTI and Alliance Française Accra. This will be followed by the projection of the French comedy movie by Bruno Padalydes “Comme un Avion” in order to start the event with (a bunch of) some joy and laughter.

As part of the festival’s goals, this year’s closing ceremony will be dedicated to the upcoming generation of Ghanaian filmmakers with the screening of a recent long feature: “Silver Rain” by Juliet Asante on Saturday, 25th June at Alliance Française Accra at 6:30pm. Also scheduled for the evening will be the best short films’ award ceremony.

Though the opening and closing ceremony of the event will be at the Alliance Francaise of Accra, the selected films for the festival will also be projected at NAFTI’s hostel in Accra, at Alliance Française of Kumasi and at Alliance Française of Takoradi.

The festival is open to all. Come and celebrate with us these unforgettable moments of discovery.

Program Lineup

Opening ceremony

Alliance Française of Accra–Thursday 16 June at 6.30 pm

Opening film

Comme Un Avion, by Bruno Podalydès (2015)
AWARDS: Best Supporting Actress at Caesar, 2016
Alliance Française Accra – Thursday 16 June at 7.00 pm / Saturday 18 June at 5.00 pm.
Alliance Française Kumasi – Thursday 23 June at 12.00 pm
NAFTI-Friday 17th June at 3:00 pm

Quai d’Orsay (2013) By Bertrand Tavernier
Comedy / France
AWARDS: Best actor at French Caesar Award, 2014
Alliance Française of Accra – Friday 17 June at 7.00 pm
Alliance Française of Kumasi – Monday 20 June at 12 pm
NAFTI-Wednesday 22nd June at 6:30 pm

Jimmy goes to Nollywood (2015) By Jimmy Jean-Louis
Documentary / France, Haïti
Alliance Française of Accra – Wednesday 22 June at 7.00 pm
Alliance Française of Takoradi – Friday 24 June at 7.00 pm
NAFTI-Sunday 19th June at 6:30 pm

L’Œil du Cyclone (2015) By Sékou Traore
Drama / Burkina-Faso
AWARDS: Fespaco price 2015
Alliance Française of Accra – Friday 24 June at 7.00 pm
NAFTI-Saturday 18th June at 5:00 pm / Monday 20th June at 6:30 pm

Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a rencontré Buffalo Bill (2013) By Marc Boréal
Animation / France
AWARDS: Annecy International Animated film festival, 2013
Alliance Française of Accra – Saturday 18 June at 1.00 pm / Sunday 19/06 at 1.00 pm
Alliance Francaise of Kumasi – Wednesday 22 June at 12.00 pm
Alliance Francaise of Takoradi – Satruday 25 June at 10.30 am
NAFTI-Saturday 18th June at 1:00 pm

La Sirène de Faso Fani (2015) By Michel K. Zongo
Documentary /Burkina-Faso
AWARDS: Fespaco price 2015
Alliance Francaise of Accra – Monday 20th at 7.00 pm
Alliance Francaise of Kumasi –Tuesday 21st June 7.00 pm
Alliance Francaise of Takoradi – Tuesday 21st June at 7.00 pm
NAFTI-Friday 24th June at 7:00 pm

Bande de filles (2014) By Céline Sciamma
Drama / France
AWARDS: Black Reel Awards 2016
Alliance Francaise, Accra – Tuesday 21st June at 7.00 pm
Alliance Française, Takoradi – Sunday 19th June at 7.00 pm
Alliance Francaise Kumasi – Friday 25th June at 4.30 pm
NAFTI-Saturday 19th June at 7:00 pm

Fièvres (2014) By Hicham Ayouch
Dramatic comedy / Maroc, France
AWARDS: Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur 2015
Alliance Française Accra – Sunday 19th June 3.00 pm / Thursday 23rd June 7.00 pm
NAFTI-Friday 17th June at 6:00 pm

Closing film

Silver Rain (2015) By Juliet Asante
Drama / Ghana
Alliance Française Accra, Amphitheatre - Sartuday 25th June at 6:00pm