Films from western Africa win backing at Locarno co-pro lab
Six film projects from western Africa won coin at the Open Doors co-production lab held during Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival.On Tuesday “Pieces of Lives,” by Madagascar’s Laza, “The Eye” from Mali’s Daouda Coulibaly, “Fire Next Time” by Mati Diop from Senegal and “Faso Fani, the End of the Dream” by Burkina Faso’s Michel K. Zongo, were awarded funds for development and post-production ranging from 6,000 Swiss francs ($6,200) to $15,467. “The Fire Next Time” and “Faso Fani, the End of the Dream” received additional grants from the National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image and German-French web Arte, respectively. In all, 12 projects, selected from 200 applicants, participated in the lab, which this year focused on cinema from Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. The lab is organized with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation of the Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs, the city of Bellinzona and by Visions Sud Est with the collaboration of the fest’s industry office The fest, which has worked for the past eight years to aid filmmakers and films from countries in which cinema is still developing, also featured a four-day workshop that helped selected directors and producers find co-production partners to complete their projects.