Pavillon Afriques Accelerator Program (PAAP) JURY
Souad holds a Master's Degree in Global Communication and a diploma in International Relations. From 1999 to 2022, she worked at the Cinema Programme in the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). She developed a strong experience during twenty five years in the development and promotion of films from 37 countries of the Global South and has managed the“Fonds image de la Francophonie” to support the production of films and ensure their promotion as well as the capacity-building of cinema professionals in these countries.
She organised events, exchanges and workshops at major international and regional film festivals all over the world. Currently, Souad is developing the Pan-African Observatory for audiovisual and cinema, an initiative to collect data on the impact on African films, study the trends in African and international markets and propose appropriate public policies in African countries to support their cinema.
South African-German Thandi Sebe is an actress and writer based between Berlin and Cape Town. Her stage productions "Jung, giftig und Schwarz" and "Call me Queen" have been running successfully for many years at Berlin's Ballhaus Naunynstraße theater. She is an alumni of the 'Internationale Forum Berlin' as well as 2023 'Berlinale Talents'.
Thandi has been working as an actress in front of the camera since 2016 and has appeared in films such as cinema film "Viva Forever" by Sinje Koehler or Netflix's series "Kleo". Currently she is a participant in the Netflix Writing Academy: POC Writers Incubator, where she is developing a series.
Ekwa Msangi is a Tanzanian-American filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter. In 1998, was accepted into the NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television. Initially discouraged and confused, her trajectory changed after she took a course given by African film historian Manthia Diawara. She earned an MA in African cinema from Gallatin School of Individualized Study at the same university.
Ekwa launched her career in producing, then went on to make awardwinning short films such as comedy Soko Sonko (The Market King) and television series for Kenyan broadcasters. Her films have been official selections at several world festivals including New York African and Durban International. She is best known for her feature film Farewell Amor, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and received critical acclaim.
Tsitsi studied at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin. With credits on many Zimbabwe feature film classics such as NERIA (story writer, 1993) and EVERYONE’S CHILD (writer, director, 1996), her works comprise feature films, documentaries and short films, including the award-winning musical KARE KARE ZVAKO (MOTHER’S DAY 2005) which was a finalist at Sundance Film Festival.
She has served in the Grand Jury of some of Africa's most renowned film festivals. She lives and works in Harare building capacity locally and amongst African women filmmakers and working on a slate of six films that are in various stages of development.