The film and audiovisual industry has a strong economic potential for the States and is a powerful lever for promoting the continent’s cultural diversity. While countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya or Egypt have been able to lay the foundations for a structured industry and international distribution, most African countries are still struggling to develop this strategic sector.
In this context, UNESCO is launching an exploratory study on the film and audiovisual industry in Africa in order to have statistical data and enlightened intelligence enabling it to better understand the challenges and needs of the sector, on the one hand, and to propose a roadmap to accompany States in the elaboration and implementation of adequate policies, on the other hand.
To carry out this study, UNESCO is undertaking a consultation with African governments and professionals in the sector through an online questionnaire. The questionnaire covers the legal and regulatory environment, financing, training, but also quantitative and economic data on the industry in each country. Further individual consultations will be carried out over the next six months by a team of consultants with professionals, companies and representatives of international organisations involved in the film and audiovisual sector in Africa.
The conclusions of the study will be shared with the States concerned and presented to the Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in June 2021.
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