Mauritius’s Phare International Film Festival has officially announced an all-new partnership with the Cannes World Film Festival – Remember the Future, a hybrid monthly & annual festival that attracts more and more emerging talents and stars from all over the world.
The collaboration will see Mauritian filmmakers receive unprecedented promotion for their work. Mauritian filmmakers will have the chance to have their films screened during CWFF’s events, at the Cineum Cannes, which is the new temple of cinema in Cannes. This incredible futuristic building of 9,400 m2 with the appearance of a giant spaceship houses 12 state-of-the-art screens and has established itself as the "Mothership" of the festival.
It is in this place that thered carpet awaits Mauritian filmmakers, and the festival will provide an exclusive path for Mauritius’s top film creators to reach new audiences overseas. The partnership will enable local Mauritian directors and writers a unique opportunity, allowing more film industry insiders to learn about Mauritius’s independent cinema. “We are very pleased with this collaboration, which aims to send a clear signal: independent cinema and cultural dialogue across borders are essential in supporting the new generation of creators. The digital age and artificial intelligence will never replace real human gatherings.”, - said the founder of the CWFF, Karolina Bomba.
The Phare International Film Festival is dedicated to promoting local filmmakers and their work. The festival brings local and international filmmakers together on the luxurious island of Mauritius every December. It allows the organisers to share culture, knowledge, experience, ideas, and projects with visitors.
PIFF wants to inspire and encourage young aspiring filmmakers to follow their dreams through cinema. The Cannes World Film Festival can help younger generations in Mauritius follow in the footsteps of successful independent film directors.
“Our partnership with the Cannes World Film Festival will provide Mauritius's filmmakers with an incredible platform to reach new people,” Deane Thomas, said. “Independent filmmakers will have the chance to extend their reach beyond Mauritius.”
“The MFDC fully support the Phare International Film Festival initiative for promoting local talent internationally”, said Vikram Jootun, Director of Mauritius Film Development Corporation. “The contribution and support of Deane Thomas is immense, and will bring the local film industry to another level.” In closing Mr Jootun said, “This collaboration will be a golden opportunity to showcase the talents and expertise of our local film makers."
The collaboration between the Phare International Film Festival and the Cannes World Film Festival will also see the two parties’ partner in a variety of areas, including reduced or free entry, education, and exclusive film screenings.