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28.10.2019 Art & Culture

Ghanaian Journalist Serves On Carthage Film Festival Jury In Tunisia

By Francis Ameyibor
Ghanaian Journalist Serves On Carthage Film Festival Jury In Tunisia

Mr Francis Ameyibor of the Ghana News Agency, is among the high profile international film critics, cinematography directors, producers, scriptwriters, and actors serving as Jury for the 2019 Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, Tunisia.

The Carthage Film Festival Jury has the tasked to select from several African and Arab films in the various sections for recognition and wards. Most of these Films have enjoyed great success with the public, professionals and film critics.

Mr Ameyibor, former Vice President of the Federation of African Cinematographic Critics joins Mr Kamel Ben Ouanes, a Tunisian University Lecturer, a Film Critic and Mr Victor Kabre of Burkina Faso, a Journalist and a Member of the Association of Cinematographic Critic of Burkina Fas. The three serves as Parallel Juries.

The three Parallel Juries were nominated by the International Federation of Film Critics (fIPRESCI) an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for "the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests."

The Federation of African Cinematographic Critics is a Member of the fIPRESCI.

The 15 member Grand Jury is headed by the French Senegalese Director Alain Gomis who will be surrounded by the Japanese filmmaker Koji Fukada, the Algerian actor Hassan Kachach, as well as the Tunisian director Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, the Moroccan director Meryem Benm’Barek, the Zimbabwean filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembg and the Lebanese director Yasmine Khlat.

The Documentary Jury is however presided over by the American Director Jerome Gary, who will work with the Congolese film critic Djia Mambu, the Cameroonian director and film critic Jean-Marie Téno, the Tunisian writer Director Mohamed Mediouni and the Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Siam.

The First Feature Film Jury (Taher Cheriaa Awards) consists of 3 members headed by the Palestinian Swedish Producer and Director of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, Mouhamed Keblawi. At his side, the Tunisian actress and producer Anissa Daoud and the Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi.

The official award list of the official competitions includes the following awards:

The TANITS Golden Tanits (First Prize) - Golden Tanit for the best feature film; Golden Tanit for the best short film; Golden Tanit for the best first feature film (Tahar Cheriaa Award); Golden Tanit for the best long documentary; and the Golden Tanit for best short documentary.

The second category: Silver Tanit (Second Prize); Silver Tanit for the best feature film; Silver Tanit for the best short film; Silver Tanit for the best long documentary; and Silver Tanit for best short documentary.

The Bronze Tanit (Third Prize): Bronze Tanit for the best feature film; Bronze Tanit for the best short film; Bronze Tanit for the best long documentary; and Bronze Tanit for best short documentary.

Other official awards are Best screenplay award for a feature film; Best actress award for a film; Best actor award for a film; Best original music award; Best photography award; and Best editing award.

The Jury reserves itself the discretion to grant or not to grant any of the awards mentioned in section and the Jury may grant special merit awards. There are no tied awards in the awarding of all prizes (Tanits and other prizes).

Meanwhile after the great success of inviting South Asian and American cinemas as special guests, in the last two sessions, alongside African and Arab countries, the Carthage Film Festival 2019 continues this fruitful experience.

At the festival Nigeria will feature on behalf of Africa, Lebanon on behalf of the Arab region and Japan on behalf of Asia and Chile on behalf of Latin America, through this initiative, Carthage Film Festival tightens its African and Arab roots while remaining open to the world new cinemas.

The Carthage Film Festival created in 1966, to date is the oldest event of its kind still active in Africa. Initially biennial alternating with the Carthage Theatre Festival, it became annual in 2014.

A directing committee chaired by the Tunisian Ministry of Culture joined together with professionals of the cinema industry is in charge of the organization.

The Carthage Film Festival has been designed as a film festival engaged in the cause of African and Arab countries and enhancing the South cinema in general.

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