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World Cinema Fund: New funding recommendations for ACP projects

At the 35th session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund jury, 11 projects were recommended for funding, including two from ACP countries (Burkina Faso and Kenya).

“It is always amazing to see how fascinating, different and rich the projects are. The stories of each country, the dramatic events that have marked these countries and the lives of the protagonists, often dominate the subject. Both the stories and the repeated poetic intensity that creates an almost intimate atmosphere are impressive, as are the creative visual ideas developed. The more intimate, the more universal – it makes the life and emotions of the protagonists particularly easy to grasp,” comments WCF Director Vincenzo Bugno on this year’s funding selections.

In this context, the WCF ACP Co-production Fund has granted two funding recommendations to the following projects:

Testament, Director: Zippy Kimundu and Meena Nanji (Kenya). Production: Afrofilms International (Kenya), Zippy Kimundu; Autentika Films (Germany), Paulo Roberto de Carvalho and Gudula Meinzolt; Talking Film Production (Uganda), Derrick Kibisi; Muiraquitã Filmes (Brazil/ Portugal), Eliane Ferreira. Documentary format. Funding: €30,000.

Additional funding provided by WCF ACP: €60,000.

La Grotte de Sira, Director: Apolline Traore (Burkina Faso). Production: Les Films Selmon (Burkina Faso), Apolline Traore and Tarama Films (Mali), Salif Traore. Feature film. Funding: € 39,000.

Additional funding provided by the WCF ACP: € 78 000.

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