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Adebayo For Producer Indaba
Nigeria’s Temilola Adebayo made the list of 15 diverse producers from around the globe that have been selected to participate in the second Creative Producer Indaba (CPI), which holds from November 7, online, for a week, at the Atlas Workshops (Marrakech International Film Festival) November 14 – 17 and at International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 25 – February 5, 2023) in person.
Creative Producer Indaba is presented by Realness Institute, in partnership with EAVE, International Film Festival Rotterdam’s industry initiative IFFR Pro, and the Marrakech International Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops; with the support of IEFTA, Projeto Paradiso and The StoryBoard Collective.
The Indaba aims to bring together a hive-mind of producers, who are either in the process of developing a film project or want to collaborate on an African film project, in order to develop their entrepreneurial and leadership expertise, foster their creative skills, and create long-lasting and significant networks.
Selected participants include African producers Marion Isaacs (South Africa), Matheus Mello (Brazil/Mozambique), Bramwel Iro (Kenya), Sawsan Yusuf (Egypt) and Zoe Ramushu (Zimbabwe/South Africa), Caroline Kganyago-Ralefeta, Lucia Meyer-Marais and Tracey-Lee Rainers (South Africa), Mia Bittar (Sudan) and Pedro Soulé (Cabo Verde), who have significant interest in the development of film projects and co-producing with Africa.
Also selected are Bartholomeu Luiz (Brazil), Ellen Havenith (Netherlands), Flavia Zanon (Switzerland), Kesmat El Sayed (Egypt/Germany) and Temilola Adebayo (Nigeria /Canada), all international producers looking to finance projects in Africa, with a view to collaborating on African projects.
“We are truly excited about this year’s strong cohort for the Creative Producer Indaba,” says Mehret Mandefro, Director of Development and Partnership, Realness Institute. “These producers represent a diverse range of voices and interests with solid or growing networks from Africa and beyond.” More information can be sourced at: https://www.realness.institute/creative-producer-indaba.
Durban FilMart Calls For Entries
THE Durban FilmMart (DFMI) has opened call for animation projects in development for the 2023 Pitch and Finance Forum, together with Cape Town International Animation Film Festival (CTIAF) and Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct (Tshimologong).
The DFMI is looking to select 10 official animation projects in development to present to a panel of international decision makers consisting of potential co-producers, broadcasters, film funds and distributors in the 14th Durban FilmMart held in July 2023.
“2022 marked the first time in which DFM formally welcomed animation projects to pitch at the market,” says Magdalene Reddy, DFMI General Manager. The DFM Pitch and Finance Forum consists of public pitching, one on one meetings with decision makers and 8 weeks of online mentorship prior to the pitch in Durban. This year, the festival is able to offer five of the 10 project teams the opportunity to participate in the Road to Annecy at CTIAF in addition to their participation in Durban.
The Animation Pitch and Finance Forum will form part of the 14th yearly Durban FilmMart event, which will hold in July 2023 as an in-person event in Durban, South Africa. The Road to Annecy will be presented at the 2023 Cape Town International Animation Film Festival, which will hold in April 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Animated Fiction and Documentary projects in development with at least one African citizen in one of the key creative roles (writer, director or producer) will be considered for the programme. Projects will be selected by an external panel of industry professionals. Shortlisted projects will be contacted via email in November 2022. Interested filmmakers can apply through: https://durbanfilmmart.co.za/pitch-and-finance-forum-application/. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2022
It’s Time For Berlinale 2023
PREPARATIONS for an On-Site Festival for industry and audiences are in full swing for the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, which holds from February 16 to 26, 2023. Also new award in the Series Segment / Berlinale Pro* Label Highlights Collaborations within Festival Industry activities are the other activities that will headline the festival which will have flagship industry events such as the European Film Market (EFM, February 16–22, 2023), the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 18–22, 2023), Berlinale Talents (February 18–23, 2023) and the World Cinema Fund (WCF) all taking place on-site as well.
This year, the festival introduces the Berlinale Series Award. Starting in 2023, the festival will present an award for the best series production in Berlinale Series. A jury of three will choose the recipient of the Berlinale Series Award, made possible by a cooperation with the US industry publication, Deadline. Deadline will also be a partner of the Berlinale Series Market at the EFM.
Similarly, the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and the initiatives Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund will maintain their individual profiles while using the label Berlinale Pro* with the goal of pooling industry events within the Berlinale.
The corresponding slogan captures the reality of the events: Where Cinema Culture and Industry Meet. Organisers believe that with its individualised offers and a canon of common themes, Berlinale Pro* makes an even stronger commitment to participation and a more inclusive, sustainable film industry.
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