So far, 2020 has been an eventful year for the international cinema exhibition industry, and not in the way we all hoped. That said, before the global COVID-19 pandemic struck, the previous twelve months were marked by some incredible achievements by the women in our industry. And so, Celluloid Junkie is proud to present the fifth “Top Women in Global Cinema” list, especially during these trying times.
Our female-majority panel reviewed hundreds of suggestions and nominations, made decisions, un-made decisions and eventually arrived at the list below. Thank you to everyone who sent these in (and made our job so much harder!) There are so many impressive women in our industry that, rest assured, the list was more difficult than ever to compile. Still, we’ve strived to maintain a balance between geographical locations, accomplishments and recognizing new talent, where possible.
As well, please keep in mind the list was finalized in March of this year and, given all that has happened related to the global pandemic; we realize some of those included may no longer be in their same positions. Please be sure to read our pre-list announcement made yesterday to learn more about how we put the list together.
We salute each and every woman in the industry, on the list or not…and for the fact that we are reporting from Africa, it’s in order to celebrate our very own FUNMILAYO M. ONUMA, Country Manager, Silverbird Cinemas, Ghana.
She is the first ever female Country Manager to head a cinema in Ghana, being responsible for Silverbird Cinemas Ghana (SBCG), but as far as we know she is also the first female country head of any cinema chain in Africa.
Under her leadership SBCG set the record of being the highest grossing cinema in the whole of West Africa for “Black Panther” in 2018 and the second highest grossing cinema in Africa. This was topped by record numbers for “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Hobbs and Shaw”.
Her colleagues speak warmly of her “appreciation and foresightedness of the film industry globally coupled with her broad understanding of digital marketing and how it can be harnessed as a tool in gaining the attention of the Ghanaian market.”
Funmi is not just leading a cinema, or a country but a continent.
Additional credit: Celluloid Junkie