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25 April 2015

Binga Talent 2015 : Call for Applications (Cameroon)


BINGA TALENT ® 2015
Competition of short documentaries for women filmmakers and journalists

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

I. BACKGROUND

Today, the world is plunged into a series of seemingly endless conflicts. Conflicts of different directions and categories:
  • Political, threatening the stability of states
  • Social (strikes, protests, rallies for rights, frustration among the youth...)
  • In the household (violence against women, rape, parental irresponsibility, juvenile delinquency ...). The family, which is the nucleus of society and therefore of humanity, is in a permanent state of conflict. 
While the list is far from exhaustive, approaches that are relatively effective have been developed and implemented to manage these conflicts. Mediators, conflict management experts at different levels (family, international, social) are increasingly involved. Nonetheless, women continue to be left out of roles as key players in this process. At the same time, the adoption of International Women's Day on 8 March does denotes the recognition of women and their importance in maintaining peace or finding ways to bring it about. In these cases, cinema and the arts are effective ways to raise awareness regarding these conflicts, how to manage them and the role women may play.

Recognizing this challenge, The Mis Me Binga Association, A.DAM.IC (the Association of Women of the Image of Cameroon) with the support of the Goethe Institute, and in collaboration with CINEPRESS (the Association of journalists and film critics of Cameroon) are organizing a competition of short documentary film projects. This competition is open to women filmmakers, professional journalists, and students living in Cameroon.

II. THE COMPETITION

  1. a) Objective:
 The competition aims:
  • To encourage women to become more involved in the process of crises and conflict resolution in society,
  • To celebrate women who are involved in the daily process of crises and conflict management in society,
  • To raise awareness of conflict, the various forms of conflict that society faces today, and furthermore, the involvement of women in conflict management.
  • To encourage the use of film as an advocacy tool, as it is a mass medium.

b) Theme:

The competition is launched under the theme "Empowerment of women for better management of social cohesion, crises and conflicts."

c) Terms of reference:

The terms of reference of the competition are:
  • Stability of the country
  • Social cohesion
  • Household management
  • Management of unresolved situations
  • War and political stability.

d) Films:

 The candidates will make a film (fiction, documentary or reportage) for a period of 3, 6, 13 minutes. Each selected project is developed under the supervision of an internationally recognized Cameroonian professional. A complete shooting kit and crew are made available to the team for each project selected by the partnering associations. The films produced are the property of MIS ME BINGA.
The films may be in French or English and must be subtitled in one language or the other depending on the language of the shooting.

Films must be submitted in two (02) copies on DVD.

e) Dates:

Film projects must be deposited at the Goethe-Institut in a sealed envelope marked 'Binga Talent 2015 on 30 May 2015 midnight at the latest. Each project must be accompanied by a completed registration form to the following address: bingatalent@gmail.com or submitted at the reception desk of the Goethe-Institut located at Bastos (Public School).

Candidates residing outside of the city of Yaoundé may send their film by post to: 1077 rue Mballa Eloumden BP 1067 Goethe Kamerun Institut.

f) Awards:

The winner of the competition will receive a sum of 100,000 CFA francs.

For more information, please contact us at the following addresses and telephone numbers:

Contact:

Concurs Binga Talent 2015

1077, Rue Joseph Mballa Eloumdem
S/c Goethe-Institut, BP: 1067 Bastos
Yaoundé-Cameroon

Email: bingatalent@gmail.com
Telephone: 677 729 078 / 696 377 057 / 679 908 502

REGISTRATION FORM

Name:

First name:

Date of Birth:

Nationality:

Passport / ID Number:

Full postal address:

Phone:

E-mail:

Title of the project:

Genre:

Synopsis:

Duration:

Country:

Organisation:


I hereby declare to be the rights holder of the project submitted:

I hereby declare to have read, accept and comply with the rules and regulations regarding the competition.

EN FRANÇAIS


24 April 2015

Binga Talent 2015 : Appel à candidatures (Cameroun)


BINGA TALENT® 2015 
Concours de courts métrages documentaires lancé à l’endroit des réalisatrices et journalistes   

APPEL À CANDIDATURES   

I. CONTEXTE 


Le monde aujourd'hui est plongé dans une suite de conflits qui semblent sans fin. Ces conflits sont de différents ordres et catégories :  
  • d'ordre politique, mettant en péril la stabilité des Etats;  
  • d'ordre social (grèves, manifestations, revendications, frustrations de la jeunesse…) 
  • dans les ménages (violences faites aux femmes, viols, irresponsabilité parentale, délinquance juvénile…). La famille qui est le noyau de la société et donc de l'humanité reste un foyer de conflit permanent.   
La liste est loin d’être exhaustive. Cependant, des moyens plus ou moins efficaces sont élaborés et mis en œuvre pour gérer ces conflits. Des médiateurs, des experts en gestion des conflits à de différents niveaux (familiaux, internationaux, sociaux) sont de plus en plus mis à contribution. Les femmes dans ce processus sont loin d'être à la traine. L'adoption d'une Journée Mondiale de la Femme, le 8 mars, dénote bien de la place qu'on reconnait à la femme aujourd'hui, de l'importance qu'elle joue dans la consolidation de la paix quand elle est effective ou encore dans la recherche de celle-ci quand elle est absente. Les arts et le cinéma en l'occurrence sont des moyens efficaces de sensibilisation et d'appel à la prise de conscience des conflits, de leur gestion et en l'occurrence de l'implication des femmes dans la gestion des conflits.  
 Conscient de ce fait l'Association Mis Me Binga,  l'Association des Dames de l'Image du Cameroun (A.DAM.I.C.) avec le soutien du Goethe-Institut et en collaboration avec et CINEPRESS (l'association des journalistes et critiques de cinéma du Cameroun) organisent un concours de projets de films courts métrages documentaire. 
 Ce concours est ouvert aux femmes cinéastes, journalistes professionnelles, amatrices et étudiantes vivant au Cameroun.  
II. LE CONCOURS 
  a) Objectif: 
  Le concours a pour objectif : 
  • d’encourager les femmes s’impliquer davantage au processus d’éradication des crises et des conflits dans la société, 
  • de célébrer les femmes qui s’impliquent au quotidien au processus d’éradication des crises et des conflits dans la société, 
  • de sensibiliser les populations sur les conflits, les différentes formes de conflits auxquels la société est confrontée aujourd'hui, et plus encore, l'implication des femmes dans la gestion des conflits.  
  • d’encourager l’usage du cinéma comme outil de sensibilisation vu qu’il est un média de masse
        b) Thème:
 
 Ledit concours est lancé sous le thème : "Autonomisation de la femme pour une meilleure gestion de la cohésion sociale, des crises et conflits". 

        c) Termes de référence:

  Les termes de référence du concours sont: 
    1. stabilité du pays 
    2. cohésion sociale 
    3. gestion des ménages  
    4. gestion des situations non résolues  
    5. guerre et stabilité politique. 
        d) Films:

 Les candidates devront réaliser un film de fiction, documentaire ou un reportage d'une durée de 3, 6, 13 minutes. Chaque projet retenu est développé sous la supervision d’un professionnel camerounais internationalement reconnu. Un kit complet de tournage et une équipe sont mis à disposition de l’équipe de chaque projet retenu par les associations partenaires. Les films produits sont la propriété de MIS ME BINGA. 
 Les films peuvent être en français ou anglais et devront être sous-titrés dans l’une ou l’autre langue en fonction de la langue de tournage.  
  Les films devront être présentés en deux (02) copies sur support DVD.

        e) Dates:

Les projets de films devront être déposés au Goethe-Institut dans une enveloppe scellée avec la mention ‘Binga Talent, 2015’ au plus tard le 30 mai 2015 à 00 heures. Chaque projet devra être accompagné d’une fiche d'inscription dûment remplie à demander à l'adresse suivante : bingatalent@gmail.com ou retirer à la réception du Goethe-Institut sis à Bastos (Ecole publique). 
Les candidats résidents hors de la ville de Yaoundé pourront envoyer leur film par la poste à l’adresse : 1.077 rue Mballa Eloumden BP : 1067 Goethe Institut Kamerun.

f) Récompenses:

  La lauréate du concours recevra une somme de 100.000 francs CFA. 

  Pour tout renseignement, veuillez nous contacter aux adresses et numéros de téléphone suivants:


Contact:

Concours Binga Talent 2015 

1.077, Rue Joseph Mballa Eloumdem 
S/c Goethe-Insttitut, BP: 1.067 Bastos 
Yaoundé-Cameroun 

Email: bingatalent@gmail.com  
Telephone: 677 729 078 / 696 377 057 / 679 908 502 


FORMULAIRE D'INSCRIPTION 
   
Nom/ Name:

Prenom/Surname:  

Date de Naissance /Date of birth:  

Nationalité /Nationality:  

Passport / Id Number:  

Adresse Postal /Full postal address:  

Telephone:  

E-mail:  

Titre du projet /Title of the project:  

Genre: --  Synopsis:  

Durée/Duration:  

Pays/Country : 

Organization:

Je déclare être le détenteur des droits du projet soumis. 
I hereby declare to be the right holder of the project submitted:  

En remplissant se formulaire, je déclare avoir lu et accepté les conditions générales et le règlement du concours. I hereby declare to have read, accept and comply with the rules and regulations regarding the competition: 


  

23 April 2015

The International Pan African Film Festival at Cannes | Le Festival International du Film Panafricain à Cannes 2015


The International Pan African Film Festival of Cannes and its salon (29 April – 3 May 2015) are an exhibition platform for cinema and its related fields, the arts, and a range of expertise, as well as innovation, culture (music, photo, beauty, fashion show, books...) and the festival events.

Le Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes et son salon  (29 avril - 3 mai 2015) sont une plateforme d’exposition du cinéma et de ses métiers, des arts et des savoirs-faire, mais également de l’innovation, de la culture (la musique, la photo, la beauté, l'esthétique, la mode, le livre...) et de l’evénementiel. 

Présidente du Jury : Stéphanie Girerd (France)
Nadia Tamo (Congo-Brazzaville)
Françoise Ellong (Cameroon/Cameroun)
Glad Amog Lemra (Congo-Brazzaville)
Ayekoro Kossou (Benin)
Tima Ouamba (Congo-Brazzaville)


Women filmmakers of Africa and the Diaspora are highlighted in bold | Les réalisatrices d’Afrique et de la diaspora sont marquées en gras

A Court d'Enfants, 2014 (Marie-Hélène Roux, France) Fiction, 40 min

Afua's Diary, 2014 (Bibi Shadbolt, UK) Fiction, 81 min 

Amissa (La Messe), 2014 (Hyacinthe Hounsou, Côte d'Ivoire) Fiction 115 min

An American Ascent, 2015 (Andy Adkins, USA) Doc, 66 min 

Angel of Hell, 2015 (Shameem Shahid, Bangladesh) Doc, 18:02 min 

Ayeola : La Danse des Couleurs, 2014 (Jonathan Drumeaux, France) Doc, 06:24 min  

A Zest For Life : Afro-Peruvian Rhythms, A Source Of Latin Jazz, 2015 (Eve A. Ma, USA) Doc, 57 min  

Bêafrîka, 2015 (Pascale Serra-Nga Gnii Vueto, Centrafrique-CAR) Doc, 30 min

Beautiful Destroyer, 2014 (Christopher Dorrah, USA) Fiction, 115 min

Between The Devil And The Deep, 2014 (Michele Aime, Netherlands) – Doc, 93 min

Black Panther Woman, 2014 (Rachel Perkins, USA) Doc, 52:15 min

Brother-in-law, 2014 (Mariem Hamidat, Algérie/Algeria) Fiction, 22 min 

Camp 72, 2015 (Seema Mathur, USA) Doc, 75 min 

Congo Beat The Drum, 2014 (Ariel Tagar, Israel-Jamaica) Doc, 57 min  

Daddy Duty, 2015 (Nikki Bates, USA) Fiction, 10 min 

Damaru, 2015 (Agbor Obed Agbor, Cameroun-Cameroon) Fiction, 23 min 

Deal With It, 2015 (Shamira Raphaela, Netherlands) Doc, 58 min 

Dealer, 2014 (Jean-Luc Herbulot, France) Fiction, 75 min

Devoir de Memoire, 2015 (Mamadou Cissé, Mali) Doc, 82 min 

Dilemme, 2014 (Mabiala Siolo Liesbeth Any-Vanne, Congo) Fiction, 27 min

12 Months, 2014 (Charysse Tia Harper, USA) Doc, 64:38 min

Family Tree 2015 (Karen Anderson, USA) Fiction, 99 min 

Fancy Dancer, 2014 (J R Mathews, USA) Doc, 14:32 min

For Dinner, 2015 (Jeffrey Williams, USA) Fiction, 13:04 min 

Gam Gam, 2015 (Natacha Samuel, France) Doc, 135 min 

Hi, Miss !, 2015 (Dionne Edwards, UK) Fiction, 11:33 min

Healing History, 2015 (Kristin Alexander, USA) Doc, 19:48 min

I Love Kuduro, 2013 (Marion Patrocinio, Angola) Doc, 94 min

Kin Kontempo, 2015 (Renate Wembo, RDC) Doc, 10:08 min 

Kokoko Afferage.Com, 2015 (Irène Tassembedo, Burkina Faso) Fiction, 71 min

Kora, 2014 (Jorge Carvalho, Portugal) Doc, 71 min
  
La Boucle | “The Loop”, 2013 (Didier Cheneau, Reunion) Doc, 19 min 

Life in Progress 2015 (Irene Loebell, Switzerland-Suisse) Doc, 89 min 

Love Me Haiti, 2014 (Hugues Gentillon, France) Fiction, 13 min

Man’s Paradox, 2015 (Barney Frydman, Belgium-Belgique) Animation, Music Video 3:20 min  

Mas Man, 2014 (Dalton Narine, USA) Doc, 51:25 min

Moane Mory | “L'enfant unique”, 2014 (Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou, Gabon) Fiction, 20 min - Gabon 

Natsanat, 2015 (Cheryl Halpern, USA) Doc, 29:53 min

Njinga Queen Of Angola, 2013 (Sergio Graciano, Angola) Fiction, 109 min

Omar, 2014 (Hammami Achref, Tunisie-Tunisia) Doc, 11:44 min
Pan, 2015 (Dalton Narine, Trinidad & Tobago) Doc, 09:11 min

Les Panthères de L'île Rouge, 2014 (Madeleine Frank) Fiction, 97:06 min

Page Tournée, 2013 (Doudou Biama, Congo) Fiction, 29 min

Peuls, Bergers de Lumière, 2014 (Antoine Leonardi, France) Doc, 52 min

Phone Booth, 2015 (Vahagn Khachatryan, Armenia-Arménie) Doc, 09:52 min  

Pokou, Princesse Ashanti, 2013 (Abel Kouamé Nguessan, Côte d'Ivoire) Animation, 65 min 
Poverty, Inc., 2014 (Mark Weber, USA), Docu-Fiction, 86 min 

Price Of Love | Yefikir Wagaw, 2014 (Hermon Hailay, Ethiopia-Ethiopie) Fiction, 99 min

Sally’s Way, 2015 (Joanne Johnson, Trinidad & Tobago) Fiction, 74 min 

See Me Now, 2014 (Glen Mackay, UK) Doc, 12:54 min

Shameful Deceit, 2013 (Ayo Oyebade, UK) Fiction, 82:51 min

Sketch, 2014 (Stephen Barton, USA) Fiction, 21:37 min

Somewhere In The Middle (Lanre Olabisi, USA) Fiction, 89:45 min  

Sophie, 2015 (Fofo Gavua, Ghana) Fiction 14:47 min  

Soundiata Keita le reveil du lion, 2014 (Abel Kouame, Côte d'Ivoire) Animation, 70 min 

The Brothers Texas, 2014 (Ashton Pina, USA) Fiction, 15 min

The Double Deal, 2014 (Mark Holden, UK) Fiction, 15:46 min 

The Productive Lie, 2014 (Mike Ray, USA) Fiction, 105 min

The Sea, 2014 (Guido Nicolás Zingari, Italy) Doc, 36:40 min  

The Sons Of Mapes | “Les Fils De Mapes” (Aaron Hosé, USA) Doc, 15 min

The Sound Of Road, 2014 (Barzan Rostami, Iran) Animation, 2:30 min 

Time, 2014 (Hervé Moukoko, France) Fiction, 27:37 min 

Umudugudu Rwanda 20 Years On, 2014 (Giordano Cossu, France) 36 min 

Wonderful World, 2014 (David Saveliev, USA) Sci-Fi-Fiction, 7:56 min 

22 April 2015

Rokia Traoré: jury member of the 68th Cannes festival | membre du jury du 68ème festival de Cannes


Rokia Traoré: jury member of the 68th Cannes festival | membre du jury du 68ème festival de Cannes


Malian singer and musician Rokia Traoré will join co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen on the 68th Cannes festival jury, along with the other members Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, French actress Sophie Marceau, American-British actress Sienna Miller, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

La chanteuse et musicienne malienne Rokia Traoré travaillera dans un jury co-présidé par les cinéastes américains Joel et Ethan Coen et les autres membres, tels que le cinéaste canadien Xavier Dolan, la comédienne française Sophie Marceau, l’actrice américano-britannique Sienna Miller, l’actrice espagnole Rossy de Palma, le réalisateur mexicain Guillermo del Toro.

21 April 2015

R.I.P : 800 Migrants


R.I.P : 800 Migrants 

Image: La pirogue (Moussa Touré, Senegal)

19 April 2015

African/African Diaspora Women's Stories at the New York African Film Festival 2015 (1-25 May)

Image: New York African Film Festival
African/African Diaspora Women's Stories
at the New York African Film Festival  2015
(1-25 May)






Yaba Badoe, Ghana
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, 2014, 78min.
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost women writers. Director Badoe charts Aidoo’s creative journey over seven decades, from colonial Ghana, through the tumultuous era of independence, to a more sober present day Africa.

Carey McKenzie, South Africa
Cold Harbour, 2014, 73min.
While investigating a smugglers’ turf war in Cape Town, township cop Sizwe stumbles upon police corruption. His boss and mentor, Venske, gives Sizwe the case but assigns a rookie, Legama, to keep an eye on him. After Sizwe discovers that a homicide is linked to Triad (Chinese mafia) through abalone smuggling, a tip from a former comrade leads to a major bust. Despite the seized contraband being stolen within hours, Sizwe is still promoted to detective. It’s a bitter triumph though—he’s being played, and he knows it. In a world where self-interest and corruption have overtaken loyalty and honor, Sizwe is left with no one to trust and integrity demands that he take the law into his own hands.

Ngardy Conteh George & Allan Tong
Flying Stars, Canada, 2014, 50min.
During Sierra Leone’s civil war, rebels amputated countless limbs. Most of the victims are orphans and outcasts in a society that has yet to face its past. For some of them, only the amputee soccer league offers a chance at a better life.

Jenna Bass, South Africa
Love The One You Love, 2014, 105min.
Across the city of Cape Town, a sex-line operator, a dog handler, and an IT technician begin to suspect that their romantic relationships are the subject of a bizarre conspiracy, involving their friends, family, and possibly even greater forces. Love the One You Love’s parallel stories question the ideals we hold too sacred: love, happiness, and the New South Africa.

Safi Faye, Senegal
Mossane, 1996, 105min.
Mossane (Magou Seck), a beautiful 14-year-old girl from a rural Senegalese village, is the object of affection to many, including Fara, a poor university student—and even her own brother, Ngor. Although she has long been promised as a bride to the wealthy Diogaye, Mossane falls in love with Fara and on her wedding day, she defies her parents’ wishes and refuses to go through with it.

Tala Hadid, Morocco/France/UK
The Narrow Frame of Midnight, 2014, 93min.
Aïcha, a young orphan, is found alone in the forests of central Morocco, after being taken from her home and sold to a petty criminal. Soon after escaping, she crosses paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything behind—including a passionate relationship with a teacher, Judith—to search for his missing brother. The trio’s intersecting journeys lead audiences across Morocco, to Istanbul, the plains of Kurdistan, and beyond.

Networks of Hate, 2014, 52min.
Key areas of expression, today’s social and internet networks have become an outlet through which the most racist, homophobic, and sexist ideas are expressed.

Celine Gilbert, Tanzania
Surrender, 2000, 30min.
In the tranquil setting of a small fishing community in the East Coast of Zanzibar, a fire is raging in the hearts of three young individuals and the entire community feels the heat. Surrender is a story about Amri, a man trapped between the traditional role of the family man his father expects him to fulfill, and his personal desire for Mashua, a local fisherman. 

Eliciana Nascimento, Brazil
The Summer of Gods, 2014, 20min.
A young girl named Lili connects with her Afro-Brazilian religious heritage on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. During her stay, she encounters orishas (African gods) who help her find peace with a gift that had previously vexed her.

Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA,
Bus Nut, 2014, 7min.
Bus Nut rearticulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against U.S. racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, and its relationship to an educational video on school-bus safety. Actress MaameYaa Boafo restages a vintage video while reciting press-conference audio of Rosa Parks on a re-created set in New York City.

Monique Mbeka Phoba, Belgium/Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Sister Oyo (Soeur Oyo), 2014, 24min.
Set in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s, Sister Oyo tells the story of Godelive, a schoolgirl at the Catholic boarding school Mbanza-Mboma, the premier French-language school for Congolese girls. She is to be westernized, following the will of her parents, but the memory of her grandmother intervenes…

Muzna Almusafer, United Arab Emirates/France
Cholo, 2014, 21min.
The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time. Although strikingly different, the two boys enjoy a crackling chemistry.

Libby Dougherty, South Africa
Panic Button, 2014, 25min.
From the moment that Tshepo, a security guard, breaks through Jenny’s multi-locked door to save her, she feels as if she’s been swept off her feet. But as Jenny imagines herself falling in love with him, an unhealthy, delusional obsession begins to take shape.

Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon
Beleh, 2013, 26min.
Set in a small village at the foot of Mount Fako in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his heavily pregnant wife, Joffi. The difficulty she faces in her first pregnancy is made worse by the petulant and selfish demands of her irate and uncompromising husband. Things come to a head when one morning, the situation mysteriously changes in the village and there’s a total role reversal between the sexes. Ekema (who’s the only one who seems to be aware of the change) gets to experience a day as a pregnant man and his experiences throw a whole new light on his view of Joffi’s feelings.

Lovinsa Kavuma, Zanzibar / Tanzania
Curse of an Addict, 2013, 25min.
In Zanzibar, Seif, a 28-year-old heroin addict believes he is cursed. In a battle to be free from a life where he contracted HIV, Seif seeks help from a Shiek. In a spiritual exorcism, the curse from his past is conjured up. Having confronted his demons, only time will tell whether Seif can lead a clean life as a true Muslim.

Ekwa Msangi, Kenya/USA
Soko Sonko, 2014, 22min.
When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before… because only women have been there.

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia/France
Wooden Hands, 2013, 23min.
Five-year-old Amira lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she’s supposed to return to the Koranic school, Amira was dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaining hours of her holiday. She managed to find nothing better to do than to attach her hand to the chair with super glue…