Esteemed movie magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, in association with Agoralumiere International held a reception on Monday (16th May) in honour of South Africa’s NFVF CEO Eddie Mbalo. The event, attended by the who’s who of the international film industry professionals, was held at the Hollywood Reporter Pavilion here in Cannes.
Mr Mbalo was honoured for his dedication as a creative defender of African cinema. Other African greats that were celebrated were African actor Eriq Ebouaney and Marie-Roger Biloa, a dedicated journalist.
Receiving his African Vision Award for ‘Creative Engagement in African Film Industry Development’, Mbalo said “this is such a great surprise. I feel very happy to be honoured at this event of such high magnitude. It is gratifying that my contribution and passion toward the growth of African cinema are being noticed.”
“I’m honoured that somebody recognises my efforts over the years in reporting the development of African Film. We have been promoting African Cinema and in the process recognising African filmmakers,” says Marie-Roger Biloa.
Eriq Ebouaney had this to say about his award, “I’m happy to receive recognition for my contribution to cinema as an African actor. I hope this recognition will encourage the youth to dream as big as I did. This is for Cameroon and other African countries, Africa has really arrived.”
Eddie Mbalo has diligently served the NFVF for the past 11 years, with a proven record of 11 unqualified annual reports. In 2009 he was honoured as one of the top 6 MTN Boss of the Year candidates.
The host of the event, Hollywood Reporter’s Editor had this to say, “I think it is very important for us to focus on supporting African cinema. I’m glad that Eddie Mbalo had a lot to do with its growth.”
Source: The National Film and Video Foundation