This just in from alumnae Amanda Chambers ’14: The film titled LIMBO has been selected as one of the featured films in the Cannes Pan-African International Film Festival 2017 and will be screened in April. Fifty films from 30 different countries will be screened from April 5-9. The Pan-African Film Festival’s goal is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. Film genres being exhibited include: fiction, animation, experimental, documentary, television series, feature and short films and more.
The Pan-African International Film Festival in Cannes is an exhibition platform for cinema and its trade, arts and know-how, but also innovation, culture and events. Since 2012, the festival has benefited from an invaluable contribution from the splendid Ayana O’Shun Tetchena Bellange, which symbolizes spirit, beauty, ethics and Pan-African creativity. This Canadian woman of Haitian decent, actress, producer and director embodies the Pan-African ideal in its universal dimension more than anyone else. As a driving force for the development of the Pan-African Cinema and Arts industry, the festival constantly seeks to give support, encouragement and strength to Pan-African Cinema and Arts. With a growing Pan-African market (from Africa to the Americas, through the Caribbean, Europe and Asia), the festival benefits from the expertise of the NordSud Development Group, an organization with more than 14 years of experience in the development of cinema and fashion, as well as 28 years of experience in the development of cultural and social affairs.
After 13 years of existence, the Cannes Pan-African Film Festival has linked its activities with a marketplace: The Pan-African Exhibition — a place where all parts of the cinema industry are available on show. Cinema benefits from being an art form which brings together all types of artistic activity. Cinema showcases: the performances of actors, music, photography, beauty, fashion, literature . . . the objective is to enhance the economy of the Pan-African cinema.