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New EU support pledged for African cinema 0

The European Commission have announced further funding for culture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso.

According to a statement, the new programme of €30 million will ensure that the achievements of the current film and cultural support programmes have a lasting legacy.

These programmes have, for instance, made possible the acclaimed Chad film “Un homme qui crie” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, and “The last flight of the flamingo” by the Mozambique director, João Ribeiro, which won the award for best feature film at the 3rd International Film Festival of Luanda in Angola.

“The dynamism of African cinema, Caribbean music and Pacific artists opens a window onto the reality in these countries. Culture is a vital element in social cohesion and identity. It is also a sector which generates wealth and jobs. My wish is that our support for the cultural sector will contribute to the economic, social and also political development of the ACP countries”, said the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.

This new programme provides support to every link in the production chain: from creation and production to distribution, dissemination and promotion, including the development of vocational training courses.

The first call for proposals for the programme will make it possible to finance schemes to the tune of €12 million, €7 million of which will be in the film and audiovisual domain and €5 million for other cultural industries.

The European Commission is supporting the organisation of FESPACO with funding of €1.74 million for the 2011 festival. It also provided a grant of €70 000 for the first African Television Day held on 27 February. This event made it possible for seven private African French-speaking television channels to offer the same 100% African schedule of programmes, a veritable panorama of African productions, potentially reaching some 100 million viewers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Niger and Senegal.

Source: APO

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