2 Gambian films selected for Clap Ivoire 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
Two Gambian produced films have been selected for the upcoming Clap Ivoire 2013 festival scheduled for 2nd to 10th September 2013 at the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
This latest development was revealed on Thursday at a press briefing organized by National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) held at the centre in Banjul.
Speaking at the press briefing, the Chairman NCAC’s Board of Director Tijan Kamara, said the initiative is part of efforts aimed at developing the movie industry in The Gambia.
Dilating on the selection of the participating films in the Clap Ivoire 2013 Festival, the board chairman said the Director General of NCAC has honored the invitation accorded to him by the Ivorian Office of Cinematography (ONACI) to serve as an observer at the 12th edition of Clap Ivoire.
He said Clap Ivoire was initially a festival of short films designed to nurture young talents and amateur film makers in West Africa especially for Francophone and Lusophone countries.
Kamara said the DG of NCAC later called for the participation of Anglophone countries in the festival and thus highlighted the need for Gambia’s participation as a means of enabling young Gambian film makers to showcase their works internationally.
He said in April the NCAC requested for film proposals from various film producers and briefed them about the project. “Four different film projects were outlined and subsequently submitted while NCAC facilitated there production,” he noted.
Kamara said the selection process of the two identified films from the four produced movies was championed by the Operations Director for ONACI. “A national selection jury was put together to select just two amongst the three films that were ready on time,” he revealed.
Overall, ‘Kora’ a film directed by Musa Kuyateh and ‘Abandon the Knife’ by I-Click emerged winners to participate at the Clap Ivoire 2013 Festival.
The director of Literature, Performing and Fine Arts Sheikh Omar Jallow, said the ‘Kora’ is a 13 minute documentary film while ‘Abandon the Knife’ is a fiction film which was re-edited and translated into French with the assistance of Monsieur Diaby, an Ivoirian vice consul to the Gambia.
Muhammed Touray, representative of I-Click and Omar Sey both expressed delight and commended the board’s chairman, DG NCAC and their entire staff for this development.
Author: Yunus S Saliu