- Anne Gomis, who are you?
I’m co-producer of the OFF Cannes Festival (OFF de Cannes) with Alain Zirah since 2010. I created a competition named The Great International Contest on the Web (Grand Concours International du Web) to expend the event into international. We are both happy of the depth and impact thanks to all the collaborations.”Behind every man I believe there is always a woman!”
With the expansion of our work, we have been quite famous for the International professionals. This led us to be requested by several personalities for collaborations as like Max Howard (Pocahontas, Lion King), Jay Schindell (Iron Man 3) and I can’t name all of them. We were applied by the Jackson Family Foundation to become a part of the press conference during the first coming in Cannes festival, France, of the King of Pop Michael Jackson’s father, Joseph Jackson.
In 2016 we get a partnership with Dr Antonio Gellini, World Film Institute founder and Paramount, and co-produced with him the Family Films Awards, during Cannes festival.Now, for the third year on a row, we present our artists in the Intercontinental Carlton ballroom with The Great International Contest on the Web for OFF Cannes Festival and Family Film Awards. During last festival, in may 2018, Olympia A. Gellini, Alain Zirah and myself announced the winners of the 22th Family Film Awards.
Best actor : Johnny Depp for Pirate of the Caribbean.
Best actress : Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman.
Best film : Wonder Woman by Patty Jenkins.
For September 2019, we’ll be in Los Angeles for the 23rdFamily Film Awards ceremony, with the team, directly in States.
Native from a Guinea Bissau family,I was born in Dakar, Senegal. I arrived in France when I was 4 and only spoke in wolof. Later I learned that I am a real princess of two villages in Casamance. My ancestors were colonized as slaves by the Portuguese who changed their names as Gomis. The initial name of my family is Biagui. I am Princess AdjiBiagui.
I vibrate when I invest myself in unprecedented project because I like to create things which don’t exist anywhere. During all my life, I always had new ideas, I always keep thinking about concepts which can make the life better for everybody. The red wire of my life is the selfgift, the sharing and the innovation for the happiness of each person.
Because I believe that everybody deserve to realise their dreams. Today, I am proud to say that I have been choosen to transmit the inherited values of my princely “Biagui Family” same as like the international American artist Whoopi Goldbergwho traced part of her ancestry to the Papel and Bayote people of modern-day Guinea-Bissau is my family, as Biagui, too. I would be happy to meet her and could go to her because she’s afraid of planes.
My mother made events andpromoted some african parties in Marseilles. My father was a sailor man who founded, in 1968, an organisation with the mayorof Marseilles, Gaston Defferre, to integrate African people in France. Since my youngest age I always like events because is a true challenge with artistic creativity and Ipreferedbeing backstageto let the artists shine from their talents.
- Why did you create The Great International Contest on the Web for OFF Cannes Festival?
I did create the Great International Contest on the Web to discover new talents on Facebook. At its opening, the page has attracted 5,000 artists. They are now 7,000. When I join the OFF Cannes festival, in 2010, we created a website and a competition to collect the pictures, music and videos of new talents. We met several multi-talents artists who couldn’t enter in the categories of the festival and participate to our competition in different categories as films, music, fashion and fine arts.
We want to give to the talents a chance to be discovered by big stars and win a great mentor as like Max Howard, Jay Schindell, Alan Reeves. Anyway, all the kinds of arts like music and film makers, photographer, fashion designers, models,painters, sculptors, canpost their works at https://www.facebook.com/internationalwebconcours.
As like Andy Warhol we propose the avant-gardist artists to join our factory to many projects to come.
- 3. You shot the long feature with Alain Zirah, Forbidden Visions/Visions interdites. Could you talk about this movie?
With Alain Zirah and NourredineFalah, we wrote the script of the long feature Forbidden Visions (Visions Interdites). Alain and myself shot it as co-directors. It is a fantasy thriller about a new drug in Marseilles, in the South of France. The city is very famous for The French Connection (a 1971 american thriller film directed by William Friedkin with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider and a sequel followed in 1975). A 20 year old girl goes to the police about the kidnapping of a man. Bernard Destouches and Estelle Fathi have this astounding confrontation, the big man and the small little girl. The famous actress and director JovankaSopalovic (lingerie Aubadeegerie )and sulfurous singer Afida Turner, Tina Turner’s daughter in law (she married her son Ronnie) acted in this French film and develop a wild confrontation with Jean-Luc Bosso, as inspector of police.
We were very proud on the two hundred persons who worked on the film and the team came in Cannes festival for the avant-premiere screening. HalidiM’Sa, chief operator, was very happy to discover the Carlton for the first time as Veronique Smolen, still photographer, NourredineFalah, writer and actor, and of course Afida Turner who made a good promotion with many French tv broadcast channels.
- You’re also famous in your city for the rap band IAM. Can you explain why this band is so important in France and what was your apport to the band?
I always get an artistic sensibility. When I was 12 years old, there were people from all origins and all religions. I fought against injustice. Some of my friends who were very poor never could get acces in our club and I was very sad! So, I founded a team of cheerleaders and my own gym, so all my neighborhood of my beautiful ghetto “FraisVallon” can enjoy. I also did organized a lot of parties to continue my mother legacy. A 23 years I did organized “Miss Black beauty queen” and also “Miss Night”. It was amazing to meet all the nightclubs’ bossfor a cover of the magazine La Provence. In 2014, twenty-five years later, we bring “Miss Night” winner for his first time in Cannes festival.
After that, I was manager of a nightclub during 7 years. The B52 was the first French rappers’ club. All the french rappers began in my club and I am so proud, now! IAM, Soprano, Funky Family… A young Comoran boy came very often with his rap band. Actually, the rapper Soprano became one of the most important figure in France. He is the only singer from Marseilles who have been able to bring together 60.000 fans at the Orange velodrome stadium. He also is one of the four coaches for the famous TV show The Voice who discovers musical talents. When I met Philippe Fragione, he was 18 years old. He wanted to play music against his father decision to finish his studies. His father put him out and I founded him an apartment in the building that I occupied and my boyfriend vouched for him. We helped in to play music with his band IAM in concert hall that we would run. I listened the rap band showcase and was convinced they were talented.
So I took by the hand Philippe “Akhenaton” Fragioneand bring him to Virgin Megastore’s office where I claimed a live listening with the producer. With a little help from my friend Fortuna Bodegas, we signed a contract for a record and get the first part of Madonna shows in Paris.
Then, with Claude MC Solaar, the famous french rapper of Senegalese origin, in my apartment, we convinced Philippe to write a commercial music. He came next week with the cassette of “Je danse le Mia”. That song became a major hit in France in 1994 and is considered the signature song of the band. Thirty years later, IAM is the most famous hip hop band in France and the symbol of the city of Marseilles.
- You sang in Carlton a song that you composed. What are your projects? Do you Feel Good?
I always been in the music industry. When I was the B52’s manager, I received several artists and singer who asked me to sing in my club. So as African people I always sing and dance. So, for 2019, I project to publish my book about rap music in France. It’s an autobiography about my contribution to music in my country.I talk about the Family Film Awards in Los Angeles. I have a special thought to the fabulous Anja Rubik who invited me to sing for a special show in Majestic for Fashion TV.
With the musician Michael Paranthoen, I composed a song called Feel Good. During last ceremony, I sang my song twice in the Intercontinental Carlton Ballroom and lounge. We used it as our teaser and continue discovering talents with the Great International Contest on the Web for Off Cannes festival. Very interested about my song, the music producer Martial Benhamou (Fil rouge BMG prod) and the singers Martine Malory and Douchka Espositoproposed me some projects in music, together, for 2019 Cannes festival, in May. I have another project with my friend Michel “Galleon”Fages, working for ONU, to develop the human rights and improvementfor the conditions of life,becausewe are bothveryconcerned by the protection of ourplanetEarth.Then,it will be a great pleasure to join my “beautiful heart sister” princess Esther Kamatari of Burundi for the Business Women working all over the world for Africa. We’ll give you next information about our actions to come later. Staytuned and feel good.
Text: Saif Rahman Sozib