A powerful driver for the African cinema & film industry


Since its inception in 1946, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films, with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.

To this day, this profession of faith constitutes the first article of the Festival regulations.


In 1963, the African continent officially joined the Festival de Cannes with a lineup of then-unknown directors who have since become legends of African film history.

Countless of cinematographic works authored, written, directed and produced by creatives and artists from Africa and its diaspora are showcased every year at Cannes. 

Thousands of movies are traded at the Marché du Film, the world’s biggest gathering for film professionals who come to sell rights, team with partners or build their professional networks. 


The digital age has also heralded a new era for movie-makers of African descent, opening avenues to new funding opportunities and access state-of-the-art technologies in the movie production process.


Sembène Ousmane, the pioneer followed closely by the likes of Mahamat Saleh Haroon, Ava Duvernay, Raoul Peck, Spike Lee, Wanuri Kahiu or Med Hondo’s masterpieces opened the world’s eyes to the uniqueness of motion pictures with stories told from a different perspective.




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