Île Courts 2015

Festival Guests


Akshay Shodhan Naojee
Director / Mauritius
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Annicka Spangenberg
Director / Mauritius
Sinema koltar #4

Annicka is a budding artist. Urged by her desire to understand, to capture and to free herself from society’s constraints, she explores the processes of life and learning through her art. In all humility, she unveils and questions the daily things that are often taken for granted: the inexorable passing of time, the expectations of our communities, the circular nature of love, the mechanisms of modern life.

Daughter of artists, with the head always in another world, Annicka evades “normality” and passive living. In her work, she tries to foray a path outside the everydayness of living in order to encounter the very essence of life and transformation.

Azim Moollan
Director / Mauritius
Soirée d’Ouverture 2015
La Tête Ailleurs #3
Sinema Koltar #3

Born in Mauritius in 1985, Azim Moollan is director of photography on shooting sets, artistic photographer during his free time, wannabe poet in real life, and apprentice-artist in his dreams.

In 2014, he takes part in Ile Courts Festival’s animation workshop Dessine-moi un Court (Draw me a Short). At the end of this artistic residency, his project Rod Zegwi dan Pikan is selected to be produced by Porteurs d’Images association within the framework of the 2015 Film Fabrik program.

Bertrand Rouchit
Film Curator / France
Sinema Koltar #3
Courts Toujours 2015
Culottes Courtes 2015

I was born in 1974 in Clermont-Ferrand. Father of 13-month-old twin girls. I have an educational background in law.

Before the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, I worked for the film library of the same city, and I was the founder of comme une image, an audiovisual communications and advertisement society. I have also collaborated with the Vidéoformes Festival for many years. And I’ve been a handball coach for three years… as there’s more to life than just cinema. My involvement with Clermont-Ferrand Festival dates for more than 10 years, and I’ve been active with Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage for five years. I manage the audiences (welcoming people, overseeing the ticket office, accommodating new audiences) and am in charge of curating our « Regards d’Afrique »/”Views from Africa” and youth programs. I’m also on the national selection board for French films since 5 years now. My involvement is also in the strategic regionalisation of cinema (eg: with the post-festival Public’s Choice screenings) and with the « Passeurs d’images » project aimed at low-income and “difficult” neighbourhoods.

Chantal Richard
Director / France
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2015

After studies at the IDHEC, Chantal Richard directs as many fiction films as documentaries. Each genre helps enrich the other, and their makings are opportunities for both literal and metaphorical travelling. Her first feature-length work, Lili et le baobab, with Roman Bohringer, took her to Senegal and Cherbourg. Whether it is in faraway countries or the Lower Normandy of her childhood, her camera likes taking its time to scrutinize the world.

She is currently working on the script of a fiction film, Le monde de Pascal, which has for setting the wooded countryside of Normandy, and is preparing a documentary entitled La ville idéale and which will take her to South Korea.

David Constantin
Director / Mauritius
Incursion de Long

David Constantin lives and works in Mauritius. After studying cinematography in France for 5 years, he settled back in Mauritius in 2003. This same year David directed and produced the short film Colas and Diego the Forbidden. Since then, he directed several films (short fiction and documentaries), such as Bisanvil (Audience Award in Amiens), Les Accords de Bella et Made in Mauritius (Fondation Pellegrini Award, Milan). He also co-directed From so Far, a series of 4 documentaries on the various origins of the Mauritian population.

In 2004, David Constantin founded the production company Caméléon Production. He is also the founder of the non-profit organization Porteurs d’Images, that has been co-organizing Île Courts-International Short Film Festival in Mauritius since 2007.

His first feature film, Lonbraz Kann, came out in theaters in 2015.

Damien Dittberner
Director / Mauritius
Soirée d’Ouverture 2015
Sinema koltar #1

A genuine wandering soul, brought up on three continents, the young director Damien Dittberner finally puts down his suitcase for good in Mauritius. Born in 1984 in Brussels, he grows up in Washington, all the while never losing sight of his ancestral island of Mauritius.

After studying Journalism and Communications at the University of Delaware and then moving to the Czech Republic to enroll in the Prague Film School, Damien joins the audiovisual scene in New York. This experience allows him to rub shoulders with highly-experienced directors and cameramen along a variety of projects: short and feature-length films, commercials, videoclips. It’s in 2011 that Damien decides to move to Mauritius, where he has set up his own production house, Mocean Film, where he is producer, director and editor.

In 2014, Damien takes part in the scriptwriting workshop Écrire Court of Île Courts Festival. At the end of this artistic residency, his project is selected to be produced by the association Porteurs d’Images within its 2015 Film Fabrik program. So, that year, Damien shoots his first short fiction film, Boutik, and a documentary about the island.

Doushan Sewtohul
Director / Mauritius
Sinema Koltar #2

Doushan Sewtohul has been an artist for more than 15 years. Passionate about all kinds of arts, he has always been on the lookout for new creative fields. Talented, he has received numerous prizes at painting, design and music contests. Today, he has turned to filmmaking so as to participate in the development of a high-quality local cinema industry.

Florent Laport
Director / Reunion Island
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Jon Rabaud
Director / Mauritius
Sinema Koltar #2

Born in Mauritius in 1990, Jon Rabaud is a director. Influenced by American, French, Scandinavian and Japanese cinema, it’s in Montreal (Canada) that he takes official film classes and shoots his first short fiction piece, Cold Blooded, in 2011. It is screened the very same year at the Ile Courts – Short Film Festival of Mauritius. He also participates in the festival’s workshop Écrire court, where he drafts his second script, La Rencontre, which is shot the following year.

A psychological thriller, it is screened at the opening of Ile Courts in 2012 before embarking upon an international journey, visiting the 24th Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia) in 2012, the 35th Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (France) in 2013, the 66th Cannes Film Festival (France), the 34th Durban Film Festival (South Africa) and the 20th International Film Festival of Africa and the FIFAI Islands (Reunion Island). The film will also be screened outside the framework of festivals in Germany and, again, in France. After La Rencontre, Jon Rabaud makes two other short films, Waiting and It’s not a Joke, presented at Ile Courts as well in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, he shoots Carton Rouge, which also ends up being screened at Ile Courts in addition to the International Film Festival of Zanzibar (2015), the Seoul Short Film Festival (South Korea) and the Split Film Festival (Croatia).

Gilde Razafitsihadinoina
Director / Madagascar
Sinema Koltar #2

Katia Bayer
Editor-in-Chief and Journalist / France
Speaker . Youth Workshops 2015

After studies in cultural mediation in Brussels, Katia Bayer collaborates for many years with Cinergie, an online Belgian film magazine. In 2009, she sets up Format Court (www.formatcourt.com), an online magazine dedicated to international short films, of which she is the editor-in-chief.

For three years now, she has been organizing and hosting Format Court screenings at the Studio des Ursulines, an independent Parisian theatre. Affiliated with the UPCB (Union de la Presse Cinématographique Belge), she is also a member of the pre-selection committee for short and animated films of the Académie des César.

Kamaria Hassan Ali
Director / Zanzibar
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Krishna Luchoomun
Director / Mauritius
Sinema Koltar #4

Born in 1962, Krishna Luchoomun is an artist and filmmaker. He has produced a documentary series, narrative films and experimental films.

Anaïs and Nicolas Belloni / Directors
Culottes courtes 2015

The ‘Cinéma d’animation’ workshop is offered by lakazanimé is provided by two instructors :

– Anaïs Belloni, Audiovisual degree holder (advanced technician certificate of CADASE, Toulon, France), has studied the technics of script writing, filming and editing,
– Nicolas Belloni, DNSEP degree holder with the congratulations of the jury from the school of Fine arts of Toulon, France, has studied visual art techniques, animation (stop motion) and video. He is a plastician and has exhibited at the Art Gallery Hélène de Senneville and also the Bridge Festiva in Mauritius.

We have been instructors for four and nine years respectively for the Yenamart association (France) for which we have directed our workshops « Cinéma d’animation » in different institutions such as primary schools, colleges, outdoor centres and holiday clubs.

The workshop « Cinéma d’animation » consists in showing to the children how to direct their own animation film by going through different steps :

– choosing the story, writing their script and creating the story board,
– creating the film set and the characters needed by using different visual art techniques (drawing, painting, plasticine…etc),
– animating the characters by following the image clipping (story board),
– sound dubbingof characters if there is any dialogues,
– editing (this part however is rarely done by the children because of the complexity of the programs).

This workshop helps the children to create stories by using materials that are within their reach and at the same time teaches them the difficulties to comme to animated images.
Each participant receives an email containing theirs work and those are available on Youtube and on our Facebook page.

Film Director and Director of the RFC / Madagascar
Sinema Koltar #1

The Film director, producer and General director of festival Laza Razanajatovo, studied cinema in Paris (la Fémis, ESEC). In 2006, he created the festival Les Rencontres du Film Court de Madagascar with the support of the Institut Français, the film festival of Madagascar. He encourages with his activism the projects of a quantity of of young aspiring directors. Since 2006, he is based in Antananarivo where he directs and produces most of his films with the production Company Rozifilms.

Lorna Shalini Senivassen
Director / Mauritius
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Mahamoud Ibrahim
Director / Comoros
Sinema Koltar #4

Marius Aymart Esparon
Director / Seychelles
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Nadia Ben Rachid
Film Editor / France – Tunisia
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2015

Nadia Ben Rachid has been a head film editor for more than 25 years. Known for both her work on fiction films and documentaries, she has won multiple international awards, including the 1st Final Cut Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2013 for Le Challat de Tunis of Kaouther Ben Hanier.

Nadia Ben Rachid started her career as assistant editor to Hervé Deluze, Sam O’Steen and Yves Deschamps. This made her have hands-on learning experience with filmmakers like Roman Polanski (Pirates, Bitter Moon, Frantic), Henri Verneuil (Les Morfalous), Caude Berri (Uranus and Germinal), Agnieska Holland and Roland Joffé.

These days, she is the regular head editor of Abderrahmane Sissako’s films, for example for Timbuktu, which received the 2015 César for best editing, La Vie sur Terre (Best Editing at the 1999 FESPACO), En attendant le bonheur (2002) and Bamako (2006). She also now has to her credit many films of Anne Aghion (My Neigbour, My Killer), Yamina Benguigui (Incha’allah Dimanche, Aïcha ) and other first-rate directors.

Ahmed Nassila Thani Said Ali
Director / Comoros
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Newton I. Aduaka
Director and Producer / Nigeria
Patron of the 8th edition of the Île Courts Festival . Opening Night 2015

In 2007, with Ezra, Newton I Aduaka won the Etalon d’or de Yennenga at the 20th edition of FESPACO. Premiering in competition at the Sundance film festival, it was nominated for the Humanitas Prize, screened at the Critics’ Week in Cannes and was awarded the United Nation’s prize for Peace and Tolerance and various other awards, including 6 grand jury prizes. In 2008 Aduaka was invited to speak at TED. Prior, in 2001 his multi-award winning indie film debut feature, Rage, was released nation-wide in the UK to critical acclaim. A recipient of the Carlton television multicultural award, Ford Foundation grantee, Newton was Filmmaker in Residence at the Cinéfondation and writer in residence at The Moulin d’Ande.

He was commissioned by the Society of French Directors (SRF) and Quinzaine des Réalisateurs to make a short film on “Cinema and Globalization”. The result was Funeral. His short films, have screened, in official competition and won awards at numerous film festivals such as the Mostra de Venise, Oberhausen film festival, Claremont Ferrand Intl. film festival, Uppsala Intl. short film festival. One Man’s Show, his third feature opened at Fespaco 2013, winning the Critics’ Prize. The film had its US premier at the Mill Valley Film festival. Aduaka lives in Paris.

Rathindran Rajendra Prasad
Director / India
Sinema Koltar #2

Riantsoa Randrianantenaina
Director / Madagascar
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Renaud Cohen
Scriptwriter and Director / France
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2015

After a Masters degree in Chinese, Renaud Cohen joins the Parisian film school of Fémis, from where he obtains another degree in 1992. While a film student, he shoots his first narrative short film, Réflexions d’un garçon, which wins numerous prizes. He then works on multiple documentaries, including Bienvenue au village modèle (2006), Les Petits Pains du Peuple (1999), L’Hôtel des Réfugiés (1999), Le Maître des Singes (1996) and Porteurs d’ombres électriques (1993).

In 1998, he wins an scriptwriting residency at the Villa Médicis. A fan of burlesque, Renaud Cohen cites Woody Allen, Nanni Moretti, Ernest Lubitsch and Charlie Chaplin as key influences. In 2000, Renaud Cohen releases his first feature-length film, Quand on sera grand, which is selected at the San Sebastian Festival and the Premiers Plans Festival of Angers.

Eleven years later, he makes a comeback to the big screen with Au cas où je n’aurais pas la palme d’or, a comedy about a 40-something filmmaker who, discovering that he has a potentially terminal illness, decides to put his everything into the shooting of what might be his very last film.

Roman Soufflet
Director / Reunion Island
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Sandeep Mane
Director / India
Sinema Koltar #1

Sandeep Mane, the film director, was born in Dapoli, a village in Maharashtra. He perceived his Master’s Degree in drama by entering into a reputed theatre institute, Lalit kala Kendra, Pune University. During this period he worked along with some prominent theatre personalities and got opportunities of studying various art forms. After finishing it, He invested his time in acting in many plays and also assisting on a few of the short films. For experimental theatre he directed and acted in Girish Karnard’s famous play, “HAYVADANA” under his own production house called ‘Curtain Call’.

In 2013 under the same production house he written & directed “Red History”, a short film.”RED HISTORY” Won Best Music Award in 3rd my Mumbai short film festival 2014. Recently he written & directed “PAANDHRYA”, a short film. .

Sitraka Randriamahaly
Director / Madagascar
Sinema Koltar #1
Sinema Koltar #2
Sinema Koltar #4

Sitraka Randriamahaly, young Malagasy filmmaker, developed an interest in animation very early on. A lover of the graphic arts in general, he took drawing and painting courses at the German-Malagasy Circle (Goethe Zentrum) as a teenager, but it’s only after his university studies that he decided to launch himself into animated filmmaking.

Like most Malagasy animation artists, he started off as self-taught, learning through creating, enriched by workshops, exchanges, residencies and short-term programs lasting a few days to months each (Fontevraud, ILOI, EMCA, Les Gobelins…)

Sitraka Randriamahaly has many films to his credit, from « sokaky (the tortoise) » in 2009 to « rough life » in 2015, which received the prize for best pan-African animation at the 10th Rencontres du Film Court de Madagascar (Meetings of Short Films of Madagascar). Some of his work has been showcased at larger festivals like the FESPACO or Annecy. In general, his films tell short, simple and oftentimes poetic stories, but above everything else, they tell his own life story about the world in which he lives and dreams.

Sophie Robert
Director / Mauritius
Soirée d’Ouverture 2015
La Tête Ailleurs #4
Sinema Koltar #4

Sophie is from Mauritius and studied law in England. While working in the City of London, she obtained an MA in Film Culture and Industry (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster. Her penchant for writing led her to pursue several script workshops, in particular at the Script Factory in London. She has also participated in acting workshops and assisted at the Raindance Film Festival.

Back home, Sophie was selected to participate in the scriptwriting workshop at the Festival île Courts (2012), following which she directed The English Lesson, her first film.

Involving herself further in the domain of film, she joined the team of the Mauritius feature film Lonbraz Kann (2013) and was responsible among other duties for casting extras.

In 2014, Sophie takes part in the scriptwriting workshop at the heart of Île Courts Festival and, the following year, she shoots the short film Phone Connection. Sophie continues to pursue her writing and is developing various projects.

Tanveer Naojee
Director / Mauritius
Winner of the EcoClip contest
La Tête Ailleurs #2

Tim Skousen
Director / United States
Speaker . Professional Workshops 2015

Tim Skousen has won multiple awards as scriptwriter and director, notably at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2009 for his documentary series about football in schools.

His first feature film, The Sasquatch Gang, won him the audience award at the Slamdance Festival as well as the title of best director at the 2006 Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. His second feature-length production, Zero Percent, received numerous festivals prizes as well, including that for best documentary at Las Vegas, Urbanworld, Breckenridge, Vail, Arlington and Ojai Film, in addition to the Silver Heart Award at the Dallas International Film Festival.

His latest film, Thunder Broke the Heavens (2015), was showcased in various festivals. Holder of a BFA in Film from Brigham Young University, Tim Skousen grew up in the US, the Bahamas, Chile and the UK. He currently lives in Utah, in the US itself.

Yannick Durhône
Director / Mauritius
Sinema Koltar #1

Youth Workshops

Paying keen attention to the development of the film education of our youth (children, teenagers, students), Île Courts Festival 2015 offers youth workshops that hope to implant the love for cinema and nurture budding talents.

I am a Curator!

BertrandRouchitHow is a film program compiled? Why do we like a film? What film(s) to target to what audience(s)? How to captivate your public? The students of the Film Studies elective at the Lycée des Mascareignes will put their heads together to curate a program of short films that will be showcased at a special screening in 2016.


JohnTake 6 budding directors from the Indian Ocean region selected through the EcoClip contest, award them a workshop of collaborative directing under the patronage of Jon Rabaud, let them work relentlessly over five days, and you get a short Indian Oceanic film dealing artistically with the pressing topic of sustainable development.

Du Cinéma sur la ville !

cinemadanslavilleIn order to create a film collection about the towns and cities of the Indian Ocean, and after a project about Port-Louis in 2014 and its port in 2015, Ile Courts Festival this time asks their guests to cast their artistic gaze on the town of Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill. Free reign is given to form, the only constraint being that the final film must be soundless. Each director will be accompanied on his trip around town by the students of the Film Studies (elective) stream of the Lycée des Mascareignes.

Blog me if you can!

In a wonderful application of the skills of the students of the Journalism and Communications stream of the University of Mauritius, Blog me if you can! will follow the events of the 8th edition of Ile Courts Festival in real-time.

Enjoy your reading on the website of Koze! www.koze.mu/festivalilecourts

Professional Workshops


Since the creation of Ile Courts Festival, it has been strongly defined by the workshops it hosts. Each year, the festival sets up a temporary film school, a place of learning, research and creation for young directors, actors, technicians and producers.

Writing Section

Film Fabrik . écrire court

This scriptwriting workshop for short fiction films is the cornerstone of the festival. Under the patronnage of the French scriptwriter and director Renaud Cohen, the auteur-directors selected through an initial call-for-projects will work intensively on their film. This writing residency is the first step of the FILM FABRIK program.

FILM FABRIK is a support program for the writing and shooting of short films, set in place by the association Porteurs d’Images.

The program unfolds itself in two phases
– PHASE 1 : Writing residency
– PHASE 2 : Shooting and production

Writing Section

Notre histoire n’a pas d’images

To cast one’s gaze on reality is at the heart of the artistic documentary. Under the guidance of Chantal Richard, the auteurs-directors in question will develop the script of their short documentary film. This writing residency is the first step of the FILM FABRIK program.

FILM FABRIK is a support program for the writing and shooting of short films, set in place by the association Porteurs d’Images.

The program unfolds itself in two phases
– PHASE 1 : Writing residency
– PHASE 2 : Shooting and production

Technical Section

Couper Court (cut it short)

This minutious, largely invisible and highly intuitive work is a crucial phase in filmmaking. Indeed, editing is the last phase of writing the film, allowing it to take its final, global meaning. What’s the relationship between the director and the editing team? How to create intentional ruptures or the illusion of continuity? Our selected directors and editors will experiment will all these issues under the experienced eyes of Nadia Ben Rachid, Tunisian head-editor.

Film Direction Section

The anatomy of a film

For the story to translate well onto the screen, a director has to master all the steps that lead from the script to the film: stripping down the screenplay, the découpage and composition, storyboarding, location scouting… All the processes that preclude shooting will be dealt with here.

Editorial 2015

Boîte à outils

The Archipelago of Cinemas

It has now been eight years since the toolkit of Île Courts Festival has been setting up, step by step, its projects that span from one end of the chain of the filmmaking process to the other, all with the sole aim of fostering the development of Mauritian cinema and the (re)birth of Indian Ocean cinemas. That’s the reason for existence of The Archipelago of Cinemas, beneficiary of the programme ACPCultures+ between 2014-2016, to allow Porteurs d’Images association to perpetuate the festival and to regionalize its iniatives through the Forum Film Bazar. Porteurs d’Images Association firmly believes that it’s only with religionalization and the political support of national and regional institutions that a high-quality Indian Ocean cinema will be able to emerge on the international scene.

In 2015, Île Courts Festival is unfolding the screen of its 8th edition.
As a genuine little film factory, it is building up its collections, year-on-year.
Strong believer in the role of youth in shaping culture and the future, and in the importance of diversity and openness to the outside world in developing citizen identity, it’s at the University of Mauritius that the roaming festival lets down its anchor, so that the spirit of the popular spots of our night events shine all the better.

In a well-established tradition, it is the 2015 collection produced in the framework of the FILM FABRIK programme that acts for the opening of the festival, as witness to the vibrancy of cinematographic creation in Mauritius, all under the kind patronly gaze of the British-Nigerian director Newton I. Aduaka. And it’s at the movie theatre of MCiné Trianon that we’ll be able to rediscover the feature-length work Lonbraz Kann, Mauritian narrative film, coming back to our land after a wonderful journey across the world’s festivals.

A temporary film school will be set up at the University of Mauritius, armed with professional workshops (trademark of the festival), the masterclass hosted by the festival’s patron, and also youth workshops. It’s also there that we will find the reception desk of the festival, that we will have lunch with the festival participants, and that we will, each new day, offer ourselves a trip of the imagination to the cinematographic creations of the world, in the company of the series of screenings aptly entitled La Tête Ailleurs. A mere two steps away, in Rose-Hill, kids will watch our “Young Audiences” program with star-struck eyes at the IFM while our filmmakers explore and document the town.

And the festival is a voyage, one that has only just started!
From the quiet heart of the village of Chemin Grenier to the bustling port of the Caudan Waterfront in Port-Louis, from the lively garden of the Plaza Theatre to the magical bay of Tamarin, the Sinema Koltar series offers you a passionate cinematic experience, one of encounters with an amazing selection of short films from the entire Indian Ocean and world. As opening act, our Soundtracks offer you a musical moment to make yourself, your family and friends feel relaxed and at ease.
So as to not miss a single moment of the festival, journalism students of the university are keeping a live blog to be read, seen and listened to daily on the website of the magazine Kozé!

May we extend our greatest thanks to the audiences, the invited guests, the filmmakers, teams, association, partners and financial sponsors, all these spirits brimming with energy, to the general atmosphere of enthusiastic solidarity that’s carrying the festival forward this year, for its 8th edition!

Elise Mignot
representing the team of Île Courts Festival


« It is important that alongside the blockbusters there are stories that can inspire and audiences can experience together in the cinema ».
Justin Chadwick

Let us dare to dream: one day, in our laudable concern to merge our touristic image with the development of our cultural sector, the Public-Private Partnership launches itself into the production of a Mauritian mega-blockbuster. Let’s say, that of an invasion of the island by a fleet of robotized sperm whales that have emerged from the depths of the oceans. Haunted as we are by a never-ending worry to accurately depict our cultural diversity, our scriptwriters (and, obviously, the final script is drawn by a committee) are careful enough to slip, in-between the necessary scenes of any self-respecting action movie (destruction of our mini-skyscrapers by revengeful crustaceans, crazy pursuit on the M1 highway amidst buses and camions banane, ect.)… three Bollywood-style musical numbers, two kung-fu fights and one sega song. Without forgetting to sprinkle the whole — for the touristic promotion side of things — with a good thirty minutes of sunsets and massage sessions in our 5-star spas. We’ve got to admit that these are all the necessary ingredients to concoct a masterpiece.

Pendant l’année 2015, Porteurs d’Images, l’association qui met en œuvre le Festival Île Courts, a beaucoup œuvré à la diffusion de la culture cinématographique. En particulier, elle a organisé 2 cycles de formation à l’éducation à l’image pour des enseignants et futurs enseignants de Maurice, et mis en chantier la création de fiches pédagogiques sur les courts métrages mauriciens, afin d’aider les enseignants qui souhaitent utiliser nos films dans leurs cours. Elle a également permis la diffusion en plein air de Lonbraz Kann, long métrage de David Constantin, dans les lieux où le film a été tourné. Enfin, elle a porté plusieurs projections de courts métrages en écoles ou à l’université.

Nevertheless — and against the protests of those who would rather see the above-described masterpiece— our association aims to reach a more modest, more intimate kind of cultural audience. We work for the promotion of an “inspiring” cinema, as notes Mr. Chadwick above, but also for the meeting of this cinema with its right audience. The support given by public authorities will be crucial for the survival — and flourishing — of such a cinema.

All through 2015, Porteurs d’Images — the association that makes the wheels of the Île Courts Festival turn — has worked towards the vulgarization of a film culture. To be more precise, it has organized two cycles of audiovisual education for the teachers and future teachers of this country. It has also created educational sheets about short Mauritian films that might be available to teachers who wish to integrate our films into their syllabi. It has also screened the feature-length work of David Constantin, Lonbraz Kann, in the open air, and what more, in the very places the film has been shot. Finally, it has screened multiple short films in high schools and the university.

It’s important for us to operate in such a way that Mauritian filmmakers don’t find themselves afflicted by that terrible curse of other artists of the island: to be more known and appreciated in foreign countries than locally.

Because Mauritian cinema is travelling to farther and farther horizons. And that’s exactly why a good deal of the patient work of our team of collaborators and volunteers is to weave links with the other festivals of the world. New films are born. With this spirit, the association Porteurs d’Images, which has produced more than thirty short Mauritian films since 2009, is proud to present, at the opening night of this year’s edition, three new films.

Little by little, all the elements necessary for the emergence of a Mauritian cinema industry are coming together. The skilled professionals in the local scene are starting to gain visibility: the festival will be, once more, the setting for scriptwriting, directing and technical workshops. It will, in addition, allow the youngest to live their first experiences of cinema side-by-side with the invited guests of the festival.

May this 8th edition of the Île Courts Festival spark up the desire in Mauritians to acquaint themselves with arthouse cinema, both that of our own country and others.

Amal Sewtohul
Porteurs d’Images Association


« Carry forward (de + en +) your visual cultures! »

In 2010, world leaders met up at the United Nations to recognize the importance of the arts in development and, more specifically, in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Today, global networks are mobilizing themselves around the campaign of “We want a future that embraces creativity and the arts” so that the post-2015 development agenda (which is heir to the MDGs) includes “the transformative power of the arts.”

Aware that the arts is a crucial factor for human development, the European Union has integrated cultural activities within its cooperation programs. These activities are financed under multiple thematically- and geographically-grouped projects, among which figure the ACP CULTURES + programme (for the 79 countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific).

ACP CULTURES + aims to lend a helping hand to the fight against poverty, for the emergence and strengthening of sustainable cultural industries, for the consolidation of the relationship between the arts and overall development, and for the preservation of cultural diversity. More than two-thirds of a budget of 30 million euros allocated to the programme ACP CULTURES + has already been used to finance 55 projects which are being set into motion in some sixty ACP countries by more than 200 cultural operators. Among these projects, 33 have to do with cinema and the audiovisual industry. And among these 33 projects, we find two for this region of the world:
– The production of the feature-length narrative film “Lonbraz Kann” of the Mauritian director David Constantin, which has won the prize for best screenplay at the 36th Edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) that look place last July.

The Archipelago of Cinemas project that the European Union supports since December 2013 (and will do until 2016) via the association Porteurs d’Images. It’s through this project that Porteurs d’Images is organizing the 8th Edition of the Île Courts Festival that will take place between 6-10 October 2015 on Mauritius. The festival will develop itself around screenings, that of both regional and international short films, throughout the island, and around (scriptwriting, directing, technical) workshops for cinema professionals.
These two projects highlight one part of the cultural richness and diversity of the region. I am happy that the European Union might contribute to them.

I also have to make mention of the initiative of the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) in giving the young winners of the “EcoClip” video contest — organized under the banner of the project ISLAND and financed by the EU — the opportunity to participate to the next edition of the Île Courts Festival. Six winners (Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles, Madagascar, Réunion Island and Zanzibar/Tanzania) have been invited to the festival, where their films — each one a regional winner of the contest’s six regions — will be screened. A wonderful occasion to centrestage the work of these young Indian Oceanic filmmakers on important topics like sustainable development and, eventually, foster burgeoning creativity in the audiovisual field. At a time when youth is in search of strong emotions, the Île Courts Festival, through image, sound and stories weaved into the screen, will be an apt platform for giving visibility to young talents, stirring emotions and making the minds of the general audience fly into dreams.

I have to congratulate Porteurs d’Images for having made possible the continuation of this wonderful initiative that aims to make the Mauritian public discover the art of short films and to promote artistic creation in the Indian Ocean region. It’s a great opportunity for sharing. And an opportunity to consolidate the friendly ties between the peoples of the region.

Marjaana Sall
Head of the delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Mauritius

Patron of the Festival

Since 2012, Île Courts Festival invites, each year, a great independent filmmaker of African or Asian origin to be the patron of the Festival. After the Senegalese director Moussa Touré and Indian director Anurag Kashyap, in 2015 it is the turn of the Nigerian filmmaker Newton I. Aduaka to come share with us his vision of cinema.

Newton I. Aduaka

Patron of the 8th edition of ïle courts Festival

The masterclass, is an occasion for film professionals and aficionados to revolutionize their own ideas about cinema through a close encounter with a major filmmaker. For the Anglo-Nigerian director and producer Newton I. Aduaka, which the English daily The Independent, has ranked as one of the 50 greatest living African artists, the cinema is, above everything else, a shout to the world, a necessity, an act of transgression. His first transgressive step is, as he explains it, to have turned to independent cinema, one that allows him to have an intimate relationship with his actors as well as complete freedom in the way he directs his films. This way is shaped by his worldview, which makes for a very personal mixture of reality and fiction. During his stay in Mauritius, Newton I. Aduaka offers to share with us, in a warm and open manner, his vision of cinema.

« « My camera is tied to my characters’ emotions. It follows their movement. When it finds a sense of clarity and calmness, the camera stops. We all keep ourselves from dealing with reality by staying in motion ».

Born in 1966 in Ogidi, in eastern Nigeria. At the end of the Biafran Civil War in 1970, his family moves to Lagos. In 1985, he flies to England to study engineering but ends up discovering cinema there and getting admitted to the London International Film School, from where he graduates in 1990.

Seven years later, he founds Granite Filmworks, the British branch of Granit Films. The same year, he writes, directs and produces the award-winning short film On The Edge, and this is followed by his first feature-length work, Rage.

In 2001, Rage. is the first completely independent film of British cinema history directed by a black filmmaker to be released on a national scale, and it receives very positive critical feedback. The same year, selected as resident artist of Cannes’ Cinéfondation, Newton Aduaka moves to Paris.

Between 2004 and 2010, Global Dialogue solicits four short films from Aduaka to raise awareness about AIDs prevention. These films are translated into numerous languages and used as pedagogical tools throughout the world.

With Ezra in 2007, Newton I. Aduaka wins the Yennega Golden Stallion at the FESPACO, the highest honour for an African filmmaker. The premiere of Ezra is hosted at the international section of the Sundance Festival. The film is also nominated for the Humanitas Prize and given a special screening at the International Film Critics’ Week in Cannes. Ezra has been selected in more than a hundred festivals throughout the world and has won more than 20 awards, including 6 major ones and that of the FIPRESCI. It has been named as one of the most peace-promoting films ever made, which has granted it the United Nations Prize for Peace and Tolerance.

In 2007, Aduaka is invited to host a masterclass at Cannes, and in 2008, the Berlin Film Festival asks him, as expert, to come participate in a debate about film aesthetics at the Berlin Talent Campus. He has also sat on multiple juries. In 2008 itself, he is invited to present a TED talk entitled “Africa: The Next Chapter” in Arusha, Tanzania.

One Man’s Show, his third feature film, was premiered at the FESPACO in 2013, where it won the critics’ award. The American premiere took place at the Mill Valley Festival.

The British daily The Independent has named Aduaka as one of the 50 greatest living African artists. He currently resides in Paris, where he has co-founded the production company Granit Films with Alain Gomis and Valérie Osouf.



One Man’s Show (2013)

Critics Award – 23th Fespaco 2013
Official selection– Mill Valley Film Festival
Selection of the film library of Vancouver.
Official selection – AIM film festival, Edinburgh.
Official selection- African Eye – Cambridge, Cardiff and Bristol.
Official selection – AITP, Amsterdam.
Official selection – FCAT, Cordoba.
Screening in the framework of a retrospective – Manosque Film Meetings.
Screening at the Jeu de Paume in Paris in the framework of the “Transgressors” program.

Ezra (2007)

Yennenga Golden Stallion – Fespaco
Grand Jury Prize – 28th Durban Internatioanl Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize (Golden Unicorn) – Amiens International Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize – Balafon Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize (Golden Dhow) – Zanzibar International Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize (Royal Python) – Ouidah International Film Festival
Panascreen Award– Best Director
Fipresci Award– Zanzibar International Film Festival
Arcilla Griot – Best Director – Tarifa Cine Africano Festival
Public’s Award for Feature Films – 27th Amiens International Film Festival
Silver Alhambra – Best Director – Cine del Sur Festival, Granada
United Nations Prize for Peace and Tolerance
Children’s Rights Award – PLAN
Public’s Prize for Feature Films – Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema, Milan
Special Jury Prize– International Kenya Film Festival
Public’s Favourite – Lights of Africa Festival, Besançon (France)
Film Students Jury Prize – Lights of Africa Festival, Besançon (France)
Humanitas Prize – Nomination
Official selection – International Contest – Sundance Film Festival
Official selection – 46th International Film Critics’ Week, Cannes

Rage (2001)

Oumarou Ganda Prize for Best First Feature, Fespaco
Best Director, Pan-African Film Festival of Los Angeles
Youth Award- Vues d’Afrique (African Perspectives) Festival, Montréal
Grand OCIC Award, Amiens International Film Festival
Carlton Television UK’s Multicultural Achievement Award for Cinema
National release in the UK
DVD release in the UK and France
Broadcast on Arte

Short Films

Aïcha (2004)

Official selection – 61e Mostra de Venise
Official selection– Toronto International Film Festival
Official selection – Clermont-Ferrand Festival
Official selection – Fespaco
Official selection – Oberhausen Internationale Kurzfilmtage

Sale Nègre (2004)

Part of the “Paris La Métisse” collection

Bon Voyage (2004)

AIDs Campaign Short – Scenarios from Africa

L’expert (2004)

AIDs Campaign Short – Scenarios from Africa

Funeral (2002)

Directors’ Fortnight– Cannes 2002
Official selection – Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

On The Edge (1997)

Best Short Film- Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema, Milan
Best Short Film – Fespaco 1999
Best Short Film – BFM International Film Festival 2000, London

Opening Night

Île Courts 2015 ★ Opening Night

In the presence of the Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius, the Ambassador of the European Union to Mauritius, the Ambassador of the Union of the Comoros, and the Ambassador of the Republic of the Seychelles.

The screening will be followed by an open discussion between the directors and the audience.

Le Trailer du Festival Île Courts 2015 from social on Vimeo

Julian Ratinon
in the framework of the Ecoclip project
Mauritius / 2015 / Animation / 3′
Without dialogues

From window to window, Ambre observes the changing world.

A Film by The Festival Patron
Newton I. Aduaka
Senegal, Nigeria / 2004 / Fiction / 13′
Without dialogue

Dakar, Senegal. Moussa, a man in his fifties, chooses to go out once night has fallen. He leaves the house impeccably dressed, not sparing a single glance for his child and wife on his way out. In search of a one-night stand, he cruises the streets of Dakar.

Filmmaker/ Patron in attendance

The 2015 Collection

Set up by the Porteurs d’Images Association, the Film Fabrik programme has been offering, since 2008, the technical, financial and logistical means to Mauritian scriptwriters/directors to create their films, from the phase of writing the script to that of diffusing the final product. Film Fabrik is the will to foster the development of a unique local cinema, one very much our own yet capable of traveling beyond our borders.

Phone Connection
Sophie Robert
Mauritius / 2015 / Fiction / 4′
Mauritian Kreol, subtitiles in English
Today, Neha and Hanuman both celebrate their birthdays. But they cannot get along because of some communication problems.

Filmmaker in attendance.
Damien Dittberner
Mauritius / 2015 Fiction / 15′
Mauritian Creole, subtitled in English

Gaëtan has lost the toy soldier with which he had been playing. While he’s figuring out how to replace it, it doesn’t take him long to realize that the adults around will be of no help. So, Gaëtan decides to play their own game by their own rules…

Filmmaker in attendance.

Trailer : Boutik
Rod Zegwi dan Pikan
Azim Moollan
Mauritius / 2015 / Experimental / 5′
Mauritian Creole, subtitled in English

A moment suspended, in mid-air, in Melissa’s memories of tightrope-walking…

Filmmaker in attendance

Trailer : Rod Zegwi dan Pikan

Sinema Koltar #4 Indian Ocean

Concert & Screening
With Sinema Koltar, Île Courts Festival unfolds its screen right under the stars. In lineup, a selection of short films from the entire Indian Ocean. It’s facing the port that we enjoy the final part of our Sinema Koltar series, and, with it, the closing of the festival, all with a Soundtrack as musical accompaniment!


Soundtrack #3

Lespri Ravann

Before watching the scheduled films, let’s unite musically around the Soundtracks, which will act as opening. True ambassador of long-forgotten music traditions, Lespri Ravann commits itself to the renaissance of traditional Mauritian music, as a reflection of our society, to the sound of the ravanne.

Kurty Oclou > vocals, sound effects
Alain Castel > vocals, sound effects
Kerwin Castel > vocals, percussions
Samuel Dubois > ravanne, doum-doum
Jeff Armand > bongo, congas, ravanne
Emmanuel Desroches > guitar, bass

Phone Connection
Sophie Robert
Mauritius / 2015 / Fiction / 4′
Mauritian Kreol, subtitiles in English
Today, Neha and Hanuman both celebrate their birthdays. But they cannot get along because of some communication problems.
Filmmaker in attendance
Annicka Spangenberg
Mauritius / 2015 / Experimental / 3′
English, subtitled in French
Experimental contemplation about the senses, in an appeal to the imagination.
Filmmaker in attendance
Mailesan Rangaswamy
India / 2014 / Fiction / 20′
Hindi, subtitled in English
Two young shoe-shine boys flee their daily lives in the hope of fulfilling their dreams.
Escale à Pajol
Mahamoud Ibrahim
Comoros, France / 2014 / Documentary / 14′
French, subtitled in English
Yacoub, a young Libyan man, has fleed war. After crossing the Mediterrenean, he lands in France. Together with other migrants, he finds himself in a makeshift camp in the neighbourhood of Pajol, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Filmmaker in attendance.
Bis la Pase
Julian Ratinon
Mauritius / 2015 / Fiction / 4′
French, subtitled in English
The Creole expression “bis la pase” means that the time has arrived to embark on one’s very last journey.
Neela Kuppayam The Blue Sweater
Dhaneesh Jameson Kooliyath
United States, India / 2015 / Animation / 6′
Malayalam, subtitled in English
A girl promises her brother than she will knit him a blue sweater– blue being his favourite colour– by the next full moon. The next day, Unni accidentally wanders into the forbidden forest and, there, discovers a strange object that takes him on a long journey. He will return only on the day which the promise is meant to be fulfilled.
Doubles With Slight Pepper
Ian Harnarine
Trinidad + Tobago / 2012 / Fiction / 16′
English, subtitled in English
In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles by the market. When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.
Rough Life
Sitraka Randriamahaly
Madagascar / 2015 / Animation / 5′
Without dialogue

If you haven’t been born with a silver spoon in your mouth and your future hasn’t been safely traced out in advance, then get up and start walking!
Filmmaker in attendance.
Deported From Homeland
Krishna Luchoomun
Mauritius / 2013 / Documentary / 4′
Mauritian Creole and English, subtitled in English
Testimony of Mrs Bancourt, one of the oldest still-living exiles from Chagos. She talks to us about her love for her country and the terrible pain of exile.
Filmmaker in attendance
A Home For These Old Bones
Julien Silloray
Guadeloupe / 2013 / Fiction / 22′
French, subtitled in English
JBB is an old man in Guadeloupe. He lives in a shack on a plot of land from which he is set to be evicted. He despairingly seeks the help of Hilaire, a witch doctor. But Hilaire will cause a bigger mess for JBB than he’s already in.

Sinema Koltar #3 Clermont Fait Son Show!

Concert & Screening
With Sinema Koltar, Festival Île Courts unfolds its screen right under the stars. In lineup, a selection of the best of international short films of this year. It’s on Tamarin beach that we unite for Sinema Koltar, with a Soundtrack as opening musical act before the screening!


Soundtrack #2
Bwa Maron

Before watching the films, let’s unite musically around the Sountracks, opening musical act to the screenings of Île Courts Festival. To the rhythm of African percussions, Bwa Maron wants its music to be, before anything else, one of sharing the incredible energy released by an army of drums.

Johann Leste > percussions
Michaël Laboucherie > percussions
Stephan Durhone > percussions
Kevin Bru > percussions
Tommy Cousinette > percussions

Rod Zegwi dan Pikan
Azim Moollan
Mauritius / 2015 / Experimental / 5′
Mauritian Creole, subtitled in English
A moment suspended, in mid-air, in Melissa’s memories of tightrope-walking…
Filmmaker in attendance
Jean Michel le Caribou des bois(Jean-Michel, The Woodland Caribou)
Mathieu Auvray
France / 2014 / Animation / 10′
Jean-Michel, a woodland caribou, is keeping watch as superhero over Vlalbonvent and its residents. One day, he makes the acquaintance of Gisèle, the pretty camel nurse, and it’s love at first sight for him! But how can he overcome his shyness and confess his love to Gisèle when, each time he stands in front of her, he loses his wits completely.
Guy Moquet
Demis Herenger
France / 2014 / Fiction / 29′
Guy Moquet, or Guimo, or Guim’s, has promised to kiss Ticky at dusk, in the middle of town, in front of everyone. Maybe it’s not so insane a promise? Maybe it’s not that simple either.
Beach Flags
Sarah Saidan
France / 2014 / Animation / 14′
Vida is a young Iranian lifeguard. The favorite on her team, she is determined to secure a place in an international contest in Australia. However, when the equally-talent Sareh joins the team, she faces an unexpected situation.
Ursula Meier
France, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina / 2014 / Fiction / 11′
It’s training time at Zetra Stadium in Sarajevo. Mujo, 10 years old, misses his penalty kick. The ball flies over the goalpost and disappears amongst the tombstones of the graveyard that had replaced the sports grounds during wartime. Trying to get his back, Mujo wanders into the kingdom of the dead.
Blood Brothers
Marco Espirito Santo, Miguel Coimbra
Portugal / 2014 / Documentary, experimental / 6′
One night in the lives of the Forcados Amadores of Montemor, a Portuguese corrida team. Back in the arena for the first time since their boss’s death, they have to make his legendary courage come alive again despite his absence.
Somewhere Down The Line
Julien Regnard
Irlande / 2014 / Animation / 10′
A man, his life, his loves and losses, showcased through his different conversations with car passengers.
De Smet
Wim Geudens, Thomas Baerten
Netherlands, Belgium / 2014 / Fiction / 15′

The brothers De Smet have come up with a way to live peacefully as jaded celibates. But when a new neighbour, a woman, comes live down the street, their “plan” comes crumbling down like a castle of cards.
Lotfi Achour
Tunisia, France / 2014 / Fiction / 18′

One night, Hédi, a taxi driver in Tunis, takes a pregnant young woman who is close to giving birth as passenger. This fleeting encounter, through an ill-timed series of tragi-comical coincidences, will change his life forever.
A Single Life
Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw
Netherlands / 2014 / Animation / 2′
Without dialogue
Listening to a mysterious vinyl disc, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her entire life.

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