During the 74th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, our partner, the Organisation internationale de la francophonie, launched the OuiCoprod platform, a professional platform that brings together producers from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and their partners from all over the world: production companies, agents and distributors, festivals and broadcasters, sponsors, technical and artistic partners.
Selected and pre-financed projects
The forty or so dramas, documentaries and series presented on OuiCoprod have all been selected by a demanding committee from among more than 400 projects examined in 2020-21; three quarters of them benefit from initial funding provided by La Francophonie, Côte d’Ivoire (Fonsic), the European Union and the Organisation of ACP States.
Professionals looking for projects or finished works from ACP countries will therefore find some of the most solid market, both artistically and in terms of production set-up. They will be able to take advice from the “experts” who run the platform – Initiative Film for cinema fiction, Yaoundé Film Lab for documentaries, DISCOP AFRICA for series – who will be able to direct them to the films and series that best correspond to their research.
Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific in the foreground
“Never before have these three regions shown such strong creativity on the big screen and never before has this creativity been so highly praised by festivals, platforms and the public. The emergence of this new talent is helped by the implementation of new funding mechanisms: creation of national support funds in a dozen African countries, increased efforts by traditional donors such as the Francophonie (OIF), the EU and the OEACP. However, it remains more difficult to set up a project and bring it to fruition when you are a filmmaker or producer in Haiti, Chad or Vanuatu – especially in 2020-21 when opportunities to meet at festivals and markets have been divided by ten.
For more information, visit the platform and get accredited: https://ouicoprod.org/