The curtains fell on the International Festival of Film Creation of Guinea in 2016, whose track record establishes the Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (ISMA) through the documentary “OKUTA, la Pierre.”
The film “Okuta” directed by the ISMA graduate Aymar Ayéman ESSE has just been recognised as “Best Documentary” at the International Festival of Cinematographic Creation of Guinea 2016. The same film won the award for “Best Decor”. It is to be noted that “Okuta” is the first film financed by the Colonel Marcellin Zannou’s Foundation for Support to the Film and Audiovisual Industry (FOSICA).
At the same festival in Conakry, another graduate of ISMA, Ibrahima BAH has won the prize for the “Best Short Film” with his film “VIVRE A DEUX QUAND ON EST PEINTRE” shot on the occasion of his end of study film for ‘Master Professional in Production. The Conakry Festival brought together the following countries: France, Belgium, Russia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Togo, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Chad and Benin.
In Montreal, Canada, after eight days of celebration of the 7th African and Creole Art, from 17 to 24 April 2016 during which more than 80 screening sessions from 33 countries were proposed, the popular International Film Festival Vues d’Afrique unveiled its winning works. It is at the Cinémathèque Québécoise Sunday, April 24, 2016, the closing took place. At the 32nd International Film Festival Vues d’Afrique, Benin has been honored by the now famous graduate of the ISMA Aymar Ayéman ESSE, still with the film “OKUTA, la Pierre” which the echoes of forty-one (41) hills of the city of Dassa-Zoumé to the ends of the world.
This film won “The Sustainable Development Award” offered by the Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). At the Pan-African Festival of Films School of Yaounde, the Jury awarded the prize for “Best Film School” in Africa to ISMA for the second consecutive year. Thus, in April 2016 was the month of the consecration of ISMA. These many awards are an encouragement to ISMA, for the FOSICA which fully financed the film “Okuta” and a motivator for young people seeking careers in movie and audiovisual business because in Africa a reference school gives them the opportunity to realize their dream.
– By Georges Akpo