We are focused on the 'Business of Film'

'Creating connections through film - bridging the gap between African cinema and the world

“Ghana is a critical voice in the region. We continue to impact the industry in very interesting ways. The festival will serve as a rallying point to connect the dots...”

                                                                                                                                                           — Juliet Asante, Founding President


Our Mission

BSIFF is a non for profit creating global connections through film and helping to bridge the gap between African cinema and the world. We are a festival focused on the Business of film and advocacy in the region. Our goal is to create a platform where filmmakers can learn, network, do business and celebrate their craft within an African context, opening doors of opportunity for the filmmakers and audiences attending our festival.

Advocacy in the region

Festivals create the opportunities for industry to thrive. When industry thrives, Jobs are created, cultural exchanges are enhanced, global corporation and investments happen, local tourism picks up, etc.

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A Strategy Meeting By the Team

Major gaps in industry within Ghana and the rest of Africa means that African Cinema, is unable to compete favorably on the world stage. This has created a wide gap that not only affects the business of film, but also limits the ability of film to serve as a cultural diplomacy tool and job creator in a region that needs both these things desperately.

The goal of the organization is to work to close these gaps. To create a bridge between filmmakers in the region and the world, which will lead to the exchange of cultures, create employment, enhance investments in the sector and generally improve the skill sets and opportunities within the sector in the region, whiles building opportunities for filmmakers all over the globe...

“Somewhere on this planet, it all comes together...
You have made your film. It is time to show it to audiences and distributors. You may also want to learn about what it takes to successfully take your film to market. Let us help you do that.”

 Juliet Asante   Founding President   Dedicated to the Industry, Juliet Asante has been an industry practitioner for over two decades. Juliet is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and mentors on entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Juliet also lectures Mass Communication at Webster University and is a graduate of the New York Film Academy, the National Film & Television Institute and Cape Coast University. Juliet is a respected filmmaker on the continent. Her latest film, SilveRain is nominated for *Best film in Africa for 2015 in the AMVCA awards. The film has garnered over 13 nominations.  Juliet is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and served on the global council for Entertainment on the World Economic Forum for 2 years. As an Executive Producer, Writer and Director, Juliet was responsible for some of the most successful shows on Ghana Television. She also worked with Mnet on a number of shows including 'Studio 53' and 'Tinsel' and appeared in the HBO production, 'Deadly voyage'.  Her awards include TIAW's 100 most impactful women - The True Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Personality and - Best Actress in Ghana for 2009.   As an Entrepreneur, Juliet is the founder of Mobilefliks, a distribution company and CEO of Eagle Productions, a Production company. She is the founding President of the Black Star international film festival.  Juliet recently completed a MasterClass with Robin Swicord, the Academy award writer of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett

Juliet Asante

Founding President

Dedicated to the Industry, Juliet Asante has been an industry practitioner for over two decades. Juliet is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and mentors on entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Juliet also lectures Mass Communication at Webster University and is a graduate of the New York Film Academy, the National Film & Television Institute and Cape Coast University. Juliet is a respected filmmaker on the continent. Her latest film, SilveRain is nominated for *Best film in Africa for 2015 in the AMVCA awards. The film has garnered over 13 nominations.

Juliet is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and served on the global council for Entertainment on the World Economic Forum for 2 years. As an Executive Producer, Writer and Director, Juliet was responsible for some of the most successful shows on Ghana Television. She also worked with Mnet on a number of shows including 'Studio 53' and 'Tinsel' and appeared in the HBO production, 'Deadly voyage'.

Her awards include TIAW's 100 most impactful women - The True Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Personality and - Best Actress in Ghana for 2009. 

As an Entrepreneur, Juliet is the founder of Mobilefliks, a distribution company and CEO of Eagle Productions, a Production company. She is the founding President of the Black Star international film festival.

Juliet recently completed a MasterClass with Robin Swicord, the Academy award writer of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett

     Festival Producer   Originally from London, Mariella Mostyn Williams, has had a passion for story telling from a young age and developed this studying Classics at Cambridge University. She was the Festival Director for ‘Watersprite’ short film festival in Cambridge. Her passion for arts is not exclusively for film, she worked on the Syrian-English co production ‘Queens of Syria’ and aged nineteen produced a ball for 2,000 guests. Alongside her passion for arts she is a humanitarian advocate, having lived in Palestine and worked with Syrian refugees      What you can do...   Volunteer and join a dynamic crowd that is committed to the goals of the festival.  Submit your film  Register to attend the annual festival event.  Apply to be a partner of the festival.  Be a sponsor at the main event.   Donate.  Apply for a press pass.  follow the festival program  Get more information on the vibrant regional industry.

 

Festival Producer

Originally from London, Mariella Mostyn Williams, has had a passion for story telling from a young age and developed this studying Classics at Cambridge University. She was the Festival Director for ‘Watersprite’ short film festival in Cambridge. Her passion for arts is not exclusively for film, she worked on the Syrian-English co production ‘Queens of Syria’ and aged nineteen produced a ball for 2,000 guests. Alongside her passion for arts she is a humanitarian advocate, having lived in Palestine and worked with Syrian refugees

 

What you can do...

Volunteer and join a dynamic crowd that is committed to the goals of the festival.

Submit your film

Register to attend the annual festival event.

Apply to be a partner of the festival.

Be a sponsor at the main event. 

Donate.

Apply for a press pass.

follow the festival program

Get more information on the vibrant regional industry.