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AFRICA – The New Panafrican Film Fund

I will do a small break in my movie reviews to have a look at something new in African production. At the last Cannes Film Festival, the Senegalese director Moussa Touré announced the creation of a Panafrican Film Fund that he will sponsor during the year 2012. The main reason that pushed the director to sustain the creation of the fund is the possibility to finally shot movies in the own director’s language. The fund is imagined as future tool of solidarity between African countries and the idea was born four years ago with a certain number of objectives:

–        To financially support the production of movies for cinema and television and the finishing of movies already produced

–        To facilitate the emergence of African films and quality TV series

–        To promote South-South cooperation

–        To link the African cinema with its local audience, answering its aspirations

–        To make possible the reappropriation of the proper history and culture by one billion Africans

The Fund’s headquarters will be established in Cartage, Tunisia. In this city, was also born the Fepaci (Panafrican African Director’s Federation, created in 1969). But the fund is still a project since few countries have confirmed their involvement in it: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, RDC, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Chad and Tunisia.

For the Tunisian director, Ferid Boughedir, the importance of the fund is to guarantee the independence of African cinema by getting the same financing structures the European cinema industry already has.  Now, we just hope that the fund will go on even with the logistics and financial difficulties that may imply such an initiative.

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