The African Film Festival – FCAT is an independent film festival, organised by the non-profit NGO Al Tarab. It will held its 16th edition in Tarifa from 25th April to Mai 4th 2019 and in Tangier from 26th April – 3rd May.
FCAT promotes African cinematography in Spain and Latin America, thus contributing to a improved mutual understanding as well as to the development of cultural and film industries.
Berni Goldblat is a director, producer, distributor, programmer, cinema and festival manager, and trainer. He began his career in the audiovisual sector in Africa, where he founded the Cinomade association to create and disseminate audiovisual tools for awareness-raising, organising screenings in villages in Burkina Faso. In 2006, he created the Films du Djabadjah production company in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso), producing his own films and those of talented young African directors. The company now has a catalogue of 12 films, including 3 which are currently in production. He is president of the Association de Soutien du Cinéma au Burkina Faso (ASCBF), which spearheaded the project to restore Cinéma Guimbi. With the support of networks, public figures and private individuals, institutions and international festivals, this former open-air cinema in the town of Bobo Dioulasso will re-open to the public in November 2019. As a trainer, Berni founded the documentary writing residency in Bobo Dioulasso in 2011. Since 2001, Berni has been making documentary and fiction films. His documentary Ceux de la colline (2009) was selected for 52 festivals and won 5 awards. His fiction film Wallay (2017) made its world premiere at Berlinale 2017 before being selected for 230 festivals and winning 17 awards, including the FCAT Audience Award. The film also received the European Film Academy Young Audience Award. Since 2007, Berni has been a member of the Academy for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), leading the jury in 2017. Since 2018, he has also been a member of the European Film Academy.
June Givanni is a Guyanese-born London-based film curator, archivist and consultant in African and African Diaspora cinema. June is a leader in this sector where she has worked for over three decades. She worked with the British Film Institute where she ran the African and Caribbean Film Unit and published the Black Film Bulletin; the Toronto International Film Festival, where she programmed Planet Africa; and as an expert in the field of PanAfrican cinema generally on four continents. For example she programmed with the Celebration of Black Cinema in Boston (USA); Creteil Women’s Film Festival (France); Images Caraïbes (Martinique); FESPACO (Burkina Faso) International Film Festival of Kerala (India); African International Film Festival (AFRIFF); Colours of the Nile Film Festival (Ethiopia). She has also worked in film production and development with the Martiniquan filmmaker Euzhan Palcy; and with The Focus Features Africa First Programme and many others. June has worked to stage major events around African and African diaspora cinema in the UK, dating back to 1983 with the GLCs Third Eye Film Festival; The 1995 Screen Griots Programme of events and Conference on African cinema at the BFI; and edited the resulting book Symbolic Narratives/African Cinema. June continues programming at international festivals; and she is currently developing the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, based on collections from her years of working in this field. In 2018 she was ordered an honorary doctorate at SOAS University London.
Enrique González Kuhn
Born in Madrid in 1972, Enrique González Kuhn studied at the Lycée Français in Madrid. For eight years, he worked as a television, video and video on demand purchase and sales manager at Alta Film, a Spanish distribution company. During this period, he brought films such as The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, A Prophet by Jacques Audiard and The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck to Spanish screens, as well as 150 other mostly European films. Enrique is the co-founder of Cameo, a Spanish distribution company, and of Filmin, the main VOD platform for independent films in Spain. In 2013, he founded and now runs the distribution company Caramel, which promotes quality independent film. The company has recently distributed films such as Capernaum by Nadine Labaki, whose feature film Caramel was the inspiration behind the company’s name, Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski, which was the big winner at the European Film Awards 2018 as well as taking home the Goya for Best European Film, and Quién te cantará, for which Eva Llorach won the Goya for Best New Actress in 2019. Enrique has been a member of the jury at numerous festivals and regularly leads workshops and talks at prestigious schools and cinematographic events.
Jury - short films section
Born in Almería in 1988, Irene holds a Master’s Degree in Film Directing and Production from the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Seville. She has written and directed several short films, including Tierra estéril (2011), Me llaman Búho (2013) and Hubo un lugar (2016), which have been selected for more than 275 international festivals and won 70 awards. She has also worked as a director on documentaries, music videos and advertisements. In parallel, she works as a screenwriter and assistant director for various national and international production companies. She is currently writing the screenplay for her first feature-length film, while working as a teacher at several film schools.
Rakesh B. Narwani
Born in Ceuta in 1981, Rakesh is a director and screenwriter of Indian origin. He studied Audiovisual Communication in Málaga, completing his studies in Parma and New York. He attended the prestigious Master’s Degree in Creative Screenwriting at Pontificia University in Salamanca. His first documentary, 15M: Málaga Despierta (2013), received glowing reviews from critics and the public, as did his first fiction short film, Clóset (2014), which was officially selected at 50 festivals and won 7 national and international awards. He also directed Hospital Cromático (2015, awarded a Special Mention from the Jury at Málaga Festival), Una noche en el Endeavour (2017) and Hotel Royal Co (2018, co-directed with Paula Villegas). He is currently filming the autobiographical documentary El bazar de mis padres, and his most ambitious short film yet, Black Bass, starring Antonio de la Torre and filmed at a reservoir in Málaga, recently premiered at Málaga Festival.
Born in Guanare, Venezuela in 1983, and currently residing in Málaga, Paula is a director with a background in visual arts. She graduated in Fine Arts in Cuenca, focusing particularly on video art and experimental film. She began her audiovisual career as an art director on short films such as Clóset (2014), Hospital Cromático (2015), Supertivolino (2016) and Gazpachuelo (2017). In 2018, she made her directorial debut with Hotel Royal Co, a short film with a strong feminist message and an aesthetic akin to fashion film. She is currently working on an autobiographical documentary about her family, which tells the story of her childhood. The most recent project from her production company, Objetivo 50 Films, the short film Black Bass, directed by Rakesh B. Narwani and starring Antonio de la Torre, recently premiered at Málaga Festival.
The Official Jury grants the following awards:
Best Fiction Feature Film of Long-Sightedness section
Best Documentary of Long-Sightedness section
Best Actress of Long-Sightedness section
Best Actor of Long-Sightedness section
The RTVE jury grants the following award:
“Griot of Winds” to Interculturality RTVE Award
The Andalusian Jury grants the following award:
Best Short Film of Long-Sightedness section
FCAT audience votes the award:
Best Feature Film of Long-Sightedness section
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