You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

African pic fund targets goals

Money targets film development and infrastructure study

African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent.

The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years.

“This has been on the cards for a very long time,” says Jihan El-Tahri, a member of Fepaci’s executive board.

The goal is to raise some $50 million — no small feat — and disburse the funds via grants. Fund backers were not forthcoming about any amounts raised so far.

El-Tahri says the fund would take a two-pronged approach to developing African filmmaking. Along with raising money to fund projects, it would conduct a wide-ranging feasibility study to “find out what exists on the continent, and identify what needs to be done.”

The study would cover everything from helmers to production services and equipment hire companies.

Momentum for the fund has been building since 2006, when more than 200 African filmmakers gathered at a conference in South Africa to push for a strategy to develop filmmaking on the continent. Plans for the fund were announced at Cannes earlier this year, but the organizational structure was only recently agreed upon by the OIF and Fepaci.

El-Tahri says the focus of the fund was on “development and training,” noting that on much of the continent, basic skills and technical knowledge were still lacking.

“We’re not like the French, where everything is there, and we just need the money to make the films,” she says. “There’s still so many things that we need to do to build the infrastructure.”

More Film

  • Ridley Scott All the Money in

    Ridley Scott's 'All the Money in the World' Star-Switch Pays Off

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

  • Ryan Coogler Playback Podcast Black Panther

    Playback: Ryan Coogler on 'Black Panther' and What It Means to Be African

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

  • Box Office: 'Black Panther' Tops 'Avengers'

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Tops 'Avengers' for Highest MCU Wednesday Gross

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

  • Director Lee Unkrich and production designer

    'Coco' Faced Big Responsibility in Getting Right Mexico’s the Land of the Dead

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

  • Christopher Nolan Upends Strategy

    How 'Dunkirk' Overturned Conventions of Storytelling, Marketing and More

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

  • Joanna Vargas, Facialist, Opens Los Angeles

    Meet Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas, Who Has 'About 30' Starry Clients for Oscars

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

  • Mens Red Carpet Fashion Roundup

    Time to Suit Up: Hollywood’s Men Hit the Refresh Button on Red Carpet

    African helmers can expect to get a financial boost with the announcement of an ambitious fund to benefit filmmakers on the continent. The joint venture between the Intl. Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Pan-African Film Federation (Fepaci) marks the culmination of a process that has occupied African filmmakers and policymakers for years. “This […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content