A young Senegalese woman angers her family’s protective spirits, putting her loved ones in mortal danger. Racing through an otherworldly Dakar, collecting clues and talismans, she has 24 hours to restore the chaos she has unleashed.
What have you achieved so far with the BoostNL programme?
The BoostNL programme has helped me to confront this project with the gaze and opinion of peers and other professionals in the industry. It was eye-opening to understand that we had a story that moves beyond Senegalese borders and to see a potential commercial future for Pènc 13. Boost NL also helped me to prepare for the business side of our project, and how we could best present it to the world.
What would be your ideal next steps for your project?
We plan to have a script draft ready by the end of the first quarter of 2023. We will soon begin working on a budget and the SFX/VFX scope, and start raising funds for the project. We are looking for European co-producers, sales and distribution.
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Selly Raby Kane is a Senegalese filmmaker, production designer and fashion designer. She directed The Other Dakar (Tribeca, Sydney), a 7-minute VR film that accompanies a little girl into the mystical Dakar.
Selly's latest creation is an award-winning short fantasy comedy called Tang Jer (Oberhausen). The 13min film happens inside of a typical street restaurant in which an eclectic community shares its perspectives on life. Tang Jer calls for us to rethink what our definition of community is.
Tamsin Ranger joined Big World Cinema in 2011, producing several independent features, documentaries, and television series, including Amil Shivji’s Tug of War (TIFF 2021); hajooj kuka’s Akasha (Venice Critics’ Week, TIFF 2018); Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki (Cannes – Un Certain Regard, TIFF 2018); and Jenna Bass’ High Fantasy (TIFF 2017).
Steven Markovitz founded Big World Cinema in 1994 and has produced & distributed feature films, documentaries, short films, many of which have screened at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, Venice, Toronto & IDFA. He is the co-founder of Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, the immersive media non-profit, Electric South and the pan-African documentary fund DocA.
Selly Raby Kane, director
Steven Markovitz, producer
Tamsin Ranger, producer