Friday, October 3, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Wins San Diego Festival Awards

West African Nation assists Foreign Film Producers in finding talent and locations

The first international feature film shot in Equatorial Guinea,Where the Road Runs Out, has won two awards at the San Diego 2014 Film Festival. A local Equatorial Guinea film crew gained important experience by participating in the film.

According to a recent article by IndieWireWhere The Road Runs Out also won Best Feature and was the winner of the San Diego Union Tribune UT Award in a lineup that included You're Not You (Josh Duhamel, Emmy Rossum and Hilary Swank), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley), and Wild (Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern). The feature film shot in Equatorial Guinea has also been selected for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival, which will take place this month. 

Feature scenes of Where the Road Runs Out were filmed in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and The Netherlands. The film was produced by Dutch production company Firenze Film in conjunction with the Motion Picture Association of Equatorial Guinea (ACIGE). A young Equatorial Guinean film crew participated in the production.

Where the Road Runs Out was directed by South African film maker Rudolf Buitendach and headlined by Ivorian actor Isaach De Bankolé (Casino Royale), winner of a Cesar Award, along with Juliet Landau, daughter of Martin Landau, and Stelio Savante, who starred opposite Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind in 2001. The screenplay was written by David Hughes (A Night at the Museum with McFly).

Equatorial Guinea welcomes film production companies. The country's unspoiled coasts and interior, abundant wildlife, and picturesque cities offer valuable locations, and its modern infrastructure allows for easy transportation of people and equipment. The Motion Picture Association of Equatorial Guinea supports foreign film producers in finding talent and locations and in navigating government requirements.