African Film Projects Seek Co-production

TARIFA: Ten African film directors will be pitching their new film projects at the third Africa Produce Co-Production Forum to Spanish film producers and TV commissioning editors including representatives of Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel. África Produce takes place as part of the eighth Tarifa African Film Festival (FCAT) in Spain, from 11-19 June 2011.

There are four feature projects and three documentaries selected from Cameroon, Mauritania, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Congo and Equatorial Guinea from a total of 41 entries from 17 African countries, also including Namibia, Ivory Coast, Niger, Senegal, Zimbabwe, RD Congo, Ghana, Mali, Kenya, and Mozambique.

Three other projects have been specially invited to participate, two from Spain but focusing on African stories and with African authors or protagonists and one documentary project from Egypt, due to the special relevance of the peaceful revolution there for the entire region and continent.

Selected feature-length projects (fiction):

  • Mettou Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania
  • The Boda Boda Thieves, Donald Mugisha / Jamie Tayler, Uganda, South Africa
  • And Then The Rains Return, Yemane I. Demissie, Ethiopia
  • Le Ntih, Narcisse Wandji, Cameroon

Selected documentaries:

  • Un Día Vi 10.000 Elefantes, Pere Ortín, Ramón Esono, Equatorial Guinea, Spain
  • Parles a Eux, Maïmuna Ndiaye, Burkina Faso
  • Cenizas del Perdón, Gilbert Ndunga Nsangata, Congo, Spain

The organisers have also invited to the forum three projects to enrich the forum by their experiences:

  • Asube (feature length project), Richard Jordan, Spain
  • Citizens of the World (feature-length project), Lexy Uye Usunde, Nigeria, Spain
  • Jeanne d’Arc Masriya (documentary), Iman Kamel, Egypt

“We would like to thank very much to the participants in the third Africa Produce Forum. We are convinced that we won´t fail their trust. All the participating projects already proved that they deserve to be converted into films, which will represent African continent in the coming years,” says Carlos Domínguez, coordinator of the forum.

Th third Africa Produce Forum takes place with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID), Department of Culture of Andalusia and Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA).

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