Clarisse Muvuba, the festival director, said that this year’s edition is focused on the economy. She wants to provide a true feeling of renewal to those working in the film profession by presenting opportunities to Congolese film producers in a positive environment. This justifies the choice of this year’s theme:
“The industrialization of Congolese cinema,” a vision supported by its partner, Rawbank.
The DRC Minister of Culture, Art and Heritage recalled the vision of the Head of State of a restoration of the seventh art to its rightful place in the DRC.
The feature film “Ima” by French director Nils Tavernier with the French singer of Congolese origin, Dadju, and the French actress Karidja Touré opened this series of film screenings. The Special Advisor to the Head of State in charge of youth, gender and violence against women, Chantal Yelu Mulop, sent a message of hope to all Congolese filmmakers to create large production companies to enable them to express their talent.
The support from Rawbank is part of its Lady’s First programme, which aims to strengthen the capacities of women entrepreneurs.