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Cannes 2024: ACP film talent returned to the Croisette

For the fourth year running, the talents and representatives of the film industry in ACP countries were showcased on the Croisette. The ACP-EU Culture Programme, represented by its partners, the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), shone at Cannes.

DEENTAL in Cannes

As part of the DEENTAL programme at Cannes, the CNC supported the participation of six producers from Africa and the Caribbean, offering a week rich in training and networking. The initiative served as a platform to showcase their work and immerse themselves in professional events, while discovering the intricacies of the international film market.

The delegation was made up of producers from various countries, including South Africa, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Dominican Republic, and Tanzania. Since its launch in 2020, the “DEENTAL at Cannes” programme has strengthened its presence and recognition. “This year, our collaboration with the Marché du Film as part of the ‘Producers Network’ has enabled us to highlight the backgrounds of our delegates and take part in a variety of discussions.”

OIF reveals the results of its first 2024 commissions

The OIF held its annual press conference for the Fonds Image de la Francophonie, in the presence of key partners such as FONSIC, the Yaoundé Film Lab, the Venice Biennale, and the Institut Français. The Managing Director of Côte d’Ivoire’s Office National du Cinéma was also present.

The conference revealed the results of the latest evaluations for various film projects, with a particular focus on three projects that received significant funding, demonstrating the dynamism and diversity of regional cinema.

Cannes was also a key moment for Juliet Yaa Asante, Director of Ghana’s National Film Authority, who announced the recipients of the fund’s first major grants under the aegis of Clap ACP. The film “A Dream to Die For”, which tackles themes such as illegal mining, received the main grant, illustrating the potential of transnational collaborations.

Juliet also discussed the importance of strengthening collaboration between African nations to develop a robust film market, offering subtitles in local languages to widen the audience. She concluded by highlighting Ghana’s initiative to integrate French into educational programs, facilitating co-productions with French-speaking countries.

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