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Newsletter #31

Profiles of the Week at Pavillon Afriques'

  • Jon Gosier: an investor, a film fund owner, an innovator and a change-maker

  • Welcome Rwanda: 25 years ago today

  • Jacqueline Nsiah: from Ghana with Love via Germany

  • Alhaji Sani Magori: from agricultural engineering to filmmaking in Niger

  • Chawezi Thorne: a world out there for blogger and brand specialist

Profiles & Videos of the Week

  • Southbox: Film Funding Partner

  • Glitz Africa: glamour on print and Glam Media Partner

  • Winston G. Williams: the art of changing the narrative in Austin, Texas

  • Dan Diallo: grapes of happiness and a champagne made in Guinea

  • Tassilo Dubois: his sports' films and documentary selection

Welcome to the Pavillon Afriques, Festival de Cannes 2019  2 minutes read or scroll down for the profiles & videos

This week we are all about sports at Pavillon Afriques It has kicked off with a  basketball challenge thrown at Pavillon Afriques' team.  We had to do a thorough SWOT analysis of our roster before responding.  

  • Tassilo Dubois, our film intern, loves golf and shepherding (he lives on a farm) and is fascinated by Kenyan marathon runners.

  • Johanna Makabi, our marcom manager, is an avid dancer and an accomplished yoga practitioner. Stretching is key here.

  • Karine Barclais, our president, loves hiking around Paris and rowing in Martinique.  Fashion for hikers is fundamental for Karine.

  • Prudence Kolong, yours truly, appreciates a healthy basketball game with a great dose of trash-talking and loves screaming "In your face" after a victory dunk or a mean block. 

Well, despite our best intentions, it seems that, we lack in key skills needed to defeat the team of filmmakers who have challenged us to a morning basketball game during the Pavillon Afriques run at Cannes Film Festival. That said, we can still organize an Eco-Walk (include cleaning the beach), Afrobics  (involves an instructor and leotard)  or a Flash Run (500 meters at 6 AM) or a ZenGa (silent Yoga for neophytes) near the beach during one of those mornings. Let us know...  ; ))

In keeping with our sports theme, Tassilo has compiled an interesting list of sports-related movies and TV content that you can check here.  

Since Magic Johnson, there have been countless of sports greats who have gotten involved in the business of film. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Didier Drogba, to name a few, have gotten so far as receiving prestigious awards, becoming high flying producers, actors and directors. 

Our very own panelist,  George Guise, CEO of Visionary Pictures, a Nigerian filmmaker based in London who has worked with Jay Z's Roc Nation,  Tinie Tempah and many other prominent entertainment names, is currently working on a feature focused on Dambe athletes. Dambe is an ancient traditional wrestling  sport,  practiced mostly in Nigeria and many coastal countries in West Africa (Ghana, Senegal,  The Gambia, Togo,  Niger, Guinea, Ivory Coast,  Liberia, Mali & Burkina Faso). It is called Dambe in Nigeria,  or Laamb, Evara, Boreh, Kokowa in other countries. Dambe has its own league and some moves that will remind you of  the Brazilian's Capoeira. 

Now, how does Dambe affect the business of Film & Content at Pavillon Afriques? Dambe is a folks sport with millions of fans in West Africa, similar to NBA or NCAA is followed by millions of basketball aficionados. We have a Meet the Creatives focused on how to monetize sports content at Pavillon Afriques.

It will be interesting to see how creatives, financiers, SVoD & TVoD service providers think about creating /selling/funding content similar to Hit the Floor, Ballers, The Longest Yard, Ali or other sports-focused original content. 

We have seen in our previous newsletter that most coastal countries are 4G-fitted,  thus allowing easier access to content at lower cost. Now, the challenge lies in creating and providing content that meets people's expectations. 

African filmmakers and content programmers need to up the ante in terms of generating content that address the needs of their sports' fans... 

At Pavillon Afriques, the Marathon continues.

Visit for the VIP list or download it here Register for Pavillon Afriques here  Scroll down to check this week's profiles and videos.



Jon Gosier: An innovator, an investor, a change-maker

Jon Gosier     Mr. Jon Gosier is an investor and the founder of Southbox Entertainment, a film fund. Jon has spent the past fifteen years in the tech industry building companies to acquisition. Inspired by that success, his new company offers an entirely new way for studios, film creators, and stars to receive compensation for their work through the monetization of the audience data they attract. He is joining Pavillon Afriques' Meet the Investors session. 


Southbox Entertainment Pavillon Afriques is honored to welcome Southbox Entertainment as a Film Funding Partner. South Box is a film fund created by Jon Gosier. Read more here


Glitz Africa      Pavillon Afriques is honored to welcome Glitz Africa as a Glam Media Partner. Glitz Africa is a media group created by our panelist and fashion icon, Claudia Lumor. Read more here


U Rwanda "Ubumwe, Umurimo, Gukunda Igihugu"

Pavillon Afriques is honored to welcome Rwanda as a as a participating country, thanks to the the Rwanda Development Board. In Rwanda this week, we remember that the past is never forgotten. 


Jacqueline Nsiah: In the name of filmmaking in Ghana

Jacqueline Nsiah      Jacqueline Nsiah is a visual and media anthropologist, freelance film festival and arts & culture consultant.  She has over ten years’ experience in the international film festival circuit, having worked as a co-director for the Cambridge African Film Festival in 2008, produced the Real Life Documentary Film Festival in Accra, assistant produced the Rio International Film Festival and worked as a guest manager in the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival, among various other roles. More here

Alhaji Sani Magori

Alhaji Sani Magori

Mr. Sani Magori is filmmaker from Niger who graduated in agricultural engineering from in Ouargla, Algeria, he worked as a journalist for various magazines and newspapers including AMINA MAGAZINE, AICHA MAGAZINE. In 2008, he participated in the AfricaDoc program and completed a Master in documentary creation in Saint Louis (Senegal). He now helms the Nigerien CNC (Film Commission) and is joining Pavillon Afriques' panel focused on Niger's as a filming destination.

Chawezi Thorne: Citizen Blogger and Brand Specialist from Canada via Nigeria

Chawezi Thorne

Chawezi Thorne is owner of The Enterprising Diva™ Marketing and Brand strategist and Co-owner of TE business solutions, a multifaceted design and branding studio dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes with web, graphics and content. She is joining Pavillon Afriques to share her extensive insight into brand building, product placement as an alternative to film financing and film/content promotion. 

Dan Diallo: Bubbles, grapes and a Champagne made in Guinea

Dan Diallo

Dan Diallo is a graduate in economics and management who decided to launch his champagne brand in France. In the summer of 2017, he released a seal bearing his name: Dian Diallo. For his own drink, the Guinean appeals to Rémi Jacques, a winemaker from the town of Baye (western France) to which he says provide guidelines for the assembly of grape varieties.  He joins Pavillon Afriques to offer participants a taste of his champagne.

Winston G. Williams: Capital City Black Film Festival who counts Viola Davis as a supporter

Winston G. Williams Winston is the Executive Director of the Capital City Black Film Festival, is a writer, actor, producer and entrepreneur.  He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He founded PS Focus, LLC, a management consulting company, in 1997.  PS Focus is celebrating 21 years of existence.  In 2013, Mr. Williams founded the Capital City Black Film Festival dedicated to providing emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their work in Austin, Texas. He will join the Festival Meet up with Pegi Vail from NYU at Pavillon Afriques. 

Tassilo Dubois  Tassilo Dubois is Pavillon Afriques' film intern, who, every now and then, compiles movies he is passionate about. Since our focus this week is all about sports, he made his sports' movie and TV content best of and its does include Lebron James and Muhammad Ali.  He is a film student at Rennes University in France.  Click the image to download the list. 


Pavillon Afriques Organizing Committee  Prudence Kolong | Communication & Operations Director | +46 7 62 38 68 26 | 

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