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New ACP-EU Culture support mechanism for audiovisual co-production presented in Cannes

The support mechanism for the film and audiovisual sectors in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, launched under the ACP-EU Culture Programme in 2020, was reinforced at the beginning of the year with an additional EUR 4.15 million, bringing the overall budget for this mechanism to EUR 10 million. This additional funding will make it possible to consolidate the action of the ACP-EU Culture Programme in support of audiovisual co-production and to extend cooperation to several national funds in Africa.

The presentation of the scheme took place during the Cannes Film Festival in the presence of representatives of the Organisation of ACP States (OEACP), the European Union (EU), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) as well as Documentary Africa (DocA) and the Rwanda Film Office (RFO).

Partnerships with local actors

Over the past two years, the ACP-EU Culture Programme has supported around 100 audiovisual projects whose quality should enable them to (re)conquer local, regional and international markets. These efforts are notably the result of the efforts deployed by its three partner co-production funds, namely CLAP ACP, Deental ACP and WCF ACP. (Insert hyperlinks)

In January 2022, the OIF and the CNC each signed a new contract – worth EUR 2,075,000 – with the EU and the OEACP that will allow them to continue their respective actions in favour of ACP audiovisual. In this new configuration, the two organisations have joined forces with new African partners in order to better respond to the needs of the field and strengthen the representation of professionals from English-speaking Africa in the system.

For its part, the OIF will extend the CLAP ACP fund for four years (until 2025) with five African partners: the Côte d’Ivoire Film Industry Support Fund, Documentary Africa (DocA), the Rwanda Film Office, the National Film Authority of Ghana and the Rencontres du film court de Madagascar. The first call from the NFA is expected later this year. The RFO is planning its own for 2023.

CLAP ACP 2 will focus on a limited number of projects but will give them more funding while laying the foundations for cooperation across language barriers.

The CNC has invited the Fonds de promotion de l’industrie cinématographique et audiovisuelle (FOPICA, Senegal) and the East African Fund for Documentary Film (DOCUBOX, Kenya) to join Deental ACP 2.

In addition to supporting ACP audiovisual works, Deental 2 and Clap-ACP 2 will continue to encourage the structuring and professionalisation of the sector through numerous support, training and capacity building actions, to support the circulation of ambitious works and to stimulate job creation in ACP countries.

For more information, visit
CLAP ACP
Deental ACP
Brochure “Support to the ACP cinema and audiovisual sectors”

 

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