Private Project

ASHIA

The astonishing story of Mouna, a ten-year-old girl full of character, intelligent and unpredictable, who refuses to be drawn into the world of adults without consequences.

  • Francoise Ellong
    Director
  • Francoise Ellong
    Writer
  • Francoise Ellong
    Producer
  • Gérard Désiré Nguélé
    Producer
  • Nabe-Daone
    Producer
  • Thierry Herbert Kamdem Kamgue
    Producer
  • Emet Mfegue
    Key Cast
  • Anurin Nwunembom
    Key Cast
  • Martin Poulibé
    Key Cast
  • Christa Eka Assam
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Psychological, thriller, drama
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Cameroon
  • Country of Filming:
    Cameroon
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • FESPACO
    Ouagadougou
    Burkina Faso
    February 28, 2017
    African Premiere
Director Biography - Francoise Ellong

Françoise Ellong was born in Douala, Cameroon on February 8, 1988. As soon as she learned to write, her sense of imagination was revealed gradually to her family. At 11, she arrived in the small town of Brunoy in France, where she lived with her uncle.

In 2006 she took her first steps as a scriptwriter but also as director while continuing her studies in Information and Communication in Paris, followed by a Masters in Cinematography and Post Production at the University of Greenwich in London, which she completed with honors.

From 2006 to 2012, nine short films emerged from her passion for scriptwriting and directing. Nine films in French and English shot in both celluloid and digital, several experimental and four works, which put her in the spotlight and received awards at several festivals around the world.

Among them, NEK, produced in 2010, talks about Nazism and evokes the notion of repentance. The realisation of this short film was a real test for the young filmmaker, who in this film, mixes fiction and historical event. NEK was made in June and screened for the first time in Paris in September the same year. The results two years later comprises of six awards (Bronze Bear in Austria, Grand Prix, Best Picture, Best Sound in Douala, Yaoundé Best Fiction, Honorary Mention for the scenario contest in France) worldwide and several screenings.

May 2012 marked the birth of the first feature film project: "W.A.K.A". After returning from the 66th Cannes Film Festival, a friend, who is a producer and independent filmmaker, encouraged Françoise to take that final step coveted by all upcoming directors. After several short films shot between France and England, Françoise knew immediately that for this important passage, her desire was to point her camera to the land of her birth: Africa.

The adventure "W.A.K.A" is launched. Six months later, despite enormous difficulties, she landed in Cameroon with the script written by Seraphim Kakouang in hand, with the intention to complete the project as an independently produced film.

Two years later, "W.A.K.A" already received several invitations to international festivals paying tribute to female directors: JCFA, Burkina Faso, IFC of Doula, Cameroon via the Carte Blanche at Film de Femmes de Créteil, the International Women and Development in Festival Rabat, Morocco.

Moreover, the film opened the 17th edition of the Festival Ecrans Noirs in Yaounde, Cameroon, received the Dikalo Award for the first work of a feature film at the 11th edition of the Pan African Film Festival of Cannes in France and more recently, Françoise Ellong found herself among the Greats when receiving the Special Jury Prize at the 17th edition of the African Film Festival of Khouribga, Morocco.

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