CongoFilmz is the official name for the movie industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the likes of Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood.
Since its inception in the early nineteen’s, the film industry developed very fast, progressively enrapturing many cultures worldwide.
CongoFilmz platform promotes filmmakers, producers, directors, actors and anyone involved in the value chain of our film industry. We encourage the culture of filmmaking in the Congo and overseas to help unfold fascinating stories about our extremely diverse culture and our beautiful country.
We strive to exhibit our creativity and establish our identity.
MISSION & vision
CongoFilmz’s mission is to revitalize and maintain the Congolese film industry. We are working in collaboration with the Congolese Film Society (SFC) and other independent filmmakers from around the globe to ensure that the culture of filmmaking is at the core of Congolese filmmakers’ activities and to create greater interest for our contents. Additionally, we play an invaluable role in training the up-and-coming filmmakers, actors, and audiences mostly youth.
CongoFilmz objectives are:
To encourage the culture and arts of filmmaking and moving image in Congo and abroad to improve our narratives
To increase the access to Congolese films to a wider audience and allow cultural exchange
To stimulate and advocate positive change in society as a whole through films
To work towards gaining a significant market share in the film industry globally
To safeguard our cultural heritage and promote education about films and moving images
Following independence in 1960 the country experienced a series of civil wars that largely destroyed the nascent film industry. Foreign support has allowed some directors to create movies in the DRC.
In 1994 Josef Kumbela made the short Perle noire, which he followed with a series of other short films. Jose Laplaine's comic drama Macadam Tribu (1996) made fun of the constant quest for money, status and sex in Africa's urban neighborhoods. Petna Ndaliko is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist who is also the co-Founder and Director of the cultural center Yole!Africa and subsequently also the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF).
Guy Bomanyama-Zandu's 2005 documentary Le Congo, quel cinéma!, relates how local productions have difficulty making money. The film follows three Congolese technicians (Claude Mukendi, Pierre Mieko, and Paul Manvidia-Clarr) and Ferdinand Kanza, a director who made films in the 1970s. Another 2005 documentary by the same director, La Mémoire du Congo en péril, describes the Congolese Film Library that owns thousands of films that form part of the history of Congolese cinema, some dating as far back as 1935. They are in extremely poor condition and in danger of being lost.
The filmmaker Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda helped organize the first Semaine du film Congolais (Sefico) festival in May 2011 at Le Zoo, a cultural center.