Touré Abdul-baky, a young Malian actor and playwright, was born on December 28, 1990 in Menaka. Son to a teacher and a housewife, he attended primary school in Gao region from 1997 to 2009 before pursuing further studies at the Faculty of Law in Bamako upon completing a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities. After acquiring his master’s degree in International Public Law, Abdul-baky was admitted to sit for the entrance examination at the Balla Fasséké Kouyaté Conservatoire of Arts and Multimedia Studies of in the Department of Theatre in 2013.
His love for the arts, especially theatre, began at a young age and this enabled him to participate in several artistic productions in regional cultural weeks for theatre and traditional dance.
When he arrived at the conservatory, Mr. Touré continued to relentlessly follow his dream and found his niche in this discipline. He attended training upon training and participated in several theatre production performances nationally and regionally. He also performed as an actor in several films.
With his experience, the young actor grew a keen interest in playwriting and won the top “Journées théâtrales Guimba National” festival award as a playwright and actor with Wafakoye, a play performed by the ANW JIGI ART Company to which he belonged.
He is currently pursuing studies for a Masters in theatre at the Bamako Conservatoire. Abdul-baky Touré plans to write several plays and film scripts.
Arice SIAPI is a trained lawyer.
A trainee on a TV series at age 15, she got more training and has to her credit about 40 films, both documentaries and fiction. Some feature film projects are in the pipeline. Her latest production was ATCHAABA, a series of 36 episodes, each 26 minutes long, based on taxi motorcycles topic. She is the head of TIME LINE Inc., an audiovisual media production house. This is a company affiliated to APIC, the Association of Independent Producers of Cameroon.
In addition to being the head of the non-profit organization ACTION DIRECTE, she is a promoter of FIFMI, a film festival in Ngaoundéré in Cameroon since 2009 as well as FOSA, Sahelian fair. With the support of FESPACO, she is in the process setting up the NICE BLUE program.
Bocary Tioulenta, born on September 10, 1989 at Toguéré Coumbé (Mopti Region), has since his childhood been an avid film enthusiast and an aspiring playwright. At the age of ten, he had already started writing short stories based on those that his father, an eminent literary offered.
A versatile student, he explored a scientific series in high school despite its high literary trend. In addition, during those years he emerged first in two poem competitions in which he participated.
Due to their love for special effects with his friend Madani Dia, they had fun doing small science fiction movies with their phones. The videos were a hit in their neighbourhood. This marked the beginning of his history in film. He produced very fast with other short films that talk more about them, all in a purely playful register until then.
After attaining a major in the sector of Computer Programming at the University, he shelved his degree and began the actual production of video clips and short films, armed with his camera and his laptop. He quickly distinguished himself by the dynamism of his plans and his touch slightly shifted. He was nominated several times for awards as the best director of the year. He strives to be at the cutting edge of technology. Because of this, he uses a lot of machines such as motorized stabilizers and audiovisual drones. He participated in major film projects including the film “Rapt in Bamako” by Cheick Oumar SISSOKO. He directed several short films and has written feature films that are just waiting to be released.
Calvin Boris Yadia is a PhD student in cinema economics and an instructor in the department of performing arts and cinematography in the University of Yaounde I. He has also attended several trainings in production and script writing at the Advanced Training Institute in Cinema and audiovisual fields of Central Africa between 2010 and 2012, documentary filmmaking at 237 Travellin’ in 2014 and computer graphics at the Polytechnique École Normale Supérieure of Yaoundé I in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, he directed four school films including 3 fiction movies and a documentary which are: Réaction 20’ 2010, La Noèse 8’ 2011, Entre chair et âme 3’ 2013 and Marbah : le retour malgré soi 23’ 2015 respectively. From the year 2013 he was engaged on professional platforms as second assistant director in the TV series Lex nostra of Gerard Desiré Nguele, then as a director-editor of corporate films in Terre africaine – écran noirs between 2013 and 2014. Moreover, he was also a member of the organizing committee of the eponymous festival and later as coach of the “10 days for a film” of the 20th edition of that event in 2016. In 2015, he was recruited in the co-production of the Péripéties TV series produced by Remi Atangana. Earlier in May 2011, he won the first prize for painting at the Spanish Embassy in Cameroon. In 2012 he won the prize for the best school film fiction with La Noèse in AS CINE FESTI Festival of the University of Yaounde I. He is currently preparing Krash which he considers as his first real professional film whose idea was drawn from the pitching and shooting forum of Ambika.
Yoan Sea Douin Guelaté Casimir was born on 4th March, 1985 in Bouaflé, a large town in the Central West region of Côte d’Ivoire. He is known by his stage name Casimir Guelaté. Very early in high school, he joined the theater club in class 6 and quickly became one of the managers as a songwriter and director for the theatrical group. After attaining his scientific Baccalauréat in Humanities and Social Sciences, Casimir Guelaté joined the Natural Sciences Faculty at the University. After two years of study, he stopped this course to pursue film in 2008. He then joined the Hope Institute of Multimedia Education where he attained a Certificate in screenplay writing and technical film production. Casimir Guelaté, a young filmmaker is the author of several works and one of the external writers of the National Television of Côte d’Ivoire.
Mariama Camara was born in Agboville, Cote d’Ivoire to moviegoer parents. She spent her life moving in between Abidjan, Ouagadougou and Conakry, for her studies as well as for audiovisual and cinema work. She was offered a job by a documentary filmmaker in Abidjan as an assistant to the union of private producers and then an internship on shoots in production and post-production, which led her to pursuing a career in photography. During the war, she took the opportunity to undergo training in production. Afterwards, she went on internship as an assistant film editor and director. After her return in Guinea, she created “Les Rencontres Cinématographiques de Guinée (RECIG) in 2007 which she directed until 2010.
Noël Lamah, also known as Noël Vagbanân. I was born on December 25, 1981 in Banzou North, N’Zérékoré prefecture in the Republic of Guinea.
In 1994, I left the countryside for Conakry where I sat for the 7th grade entrance examination, the BEPC and baccalaureate, after which I moved to the Higher Institute of Arts Guinea (ISAG) in the film and broadcasting department in 2005.
During my training, I had the privilege to participate in the 72 Hour lap at the 2007 FESPACO.
I prepared the documentary “Colonel Zaoro” to commemorate the end of studies at ISAG.
Then in 2011, I undertook a Master’s degree in Creative Documentary at the Gaston Berger University in Senegal. Afterwards in 2013, I participated in the “documentary and Memory” training workshop during the 9th edition of the Hergla Cinematographic Encounters in Tunisia.
Ambition has led me to develop an Enterprise called “Holowaba Group” for the production and promotion of films. In the same vein, together with comrades from ISAG, we set up the First Films Festival in 2014 which will become in its third edition, the Festival of Film Creation of Guinea (FECCIG) in which I am the director.
Since then I have been doubling as the Producer-Director and Director of FECCIG functions.
Rumbi Katedza is an award-winning Zimbabwean filmmaker and writer, who has lived in the USA, Japan, Italy, Canada, the UK and Zimbabwe.
She produces corporate and independent narrative and documentary content through her production company, Mai Jai Films, a company which is focused on pioneering a new generation of Zimbabwean films and filmmakers through creative co-productions.
She has directed numerous music videos, documentaries, TV shows and short films, including the award-winning short Asylum and TV drama Big House, small house, which was part of Soul City’s regional One Love series. Katedza released her first feature film in 2012, a comedy entitled Playing Warriors, which was nominated for awards at the Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival, African Movie Academy Awards, Nigeria Movie Awards and Shungu Namutitiwa Festival in Zambia.
Her 13-part TV drama series The Team, about a troubled football team in a small mining town, has been broadcast across Africa, Europe and the United States. In 2015 she completed the first season of the youth TV talk show Wize Up, Your decision, your life, which is part of a regional campaign for Soul City and Action IEHDC. And in 2011 her documentary, The Axe and the Tree, about survivors of election violence in Zimbabwe, was launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
Rumbi is a former Festival Director of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. She is also a voice-over artist and writer. Her articles and short stories have appeared in several publications including Vertigo, AV Specialist, Hype!, Illuminations, Women Writing Zimbabwe and Our Stories – Winners of the BTA/Anglo Platinum Short Story Competition. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Ogojiii, a magazine focusing on African innovation in design, enterprise and current affairs.
Rumbi is in various stages of development and post-production on a number of projects.
Voline Ogutu is a picture artist, free lance screenwriter and film producer. She was born in Homa Bay County, Kenya March 18, 1992.
She graduated from Noonkopir High School November 2009, after which she underwent a brief certificate course in Fine arts at the Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts in 2010 before she graduated from Moi University, September 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication.
Her professional experience with writing started back in campus 2012, when she was employed by Spielworks Media as a freelance screen writer. While there, she took part in writing shows such as Sumu La Penzi and Jane and Abel which have both aired on M-net since.
A year later, she moved on to join Story lab Limited as a TV producer and Co-head writer in TV shows How to Find a Husband and Wrath. How to find a husband has since aired on M-net.
After leaving the company, she focused on personal projects including the 48hr film Project Nairobi 2014. Her short film The Intruder got an award for best use of line of dialogue.
Her painting ‘The Collection’ was shortlisted for the Saatchi gallery collection 2013 MASK art Prize.
She also wrote two feature films for M-net entitled The Hospital and Orphan.
In 2015, she joined Zamaradi Productions as a writer in the development of TV shows Fihi and the second season of Sunrise which air on Startimes and Zuku respectively.
She has also produced and shot a TV pilot co-wives and a short film Intruder 2016.
Although most of her experience is based on screenwriting, she recently wrote and self published a short novel on Amazon In search of Salome. She’s currently working on a graphic novel Witchdoctor and a book on short stories.