Europeans try to boost African film

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European bodies are getting together to form Africa Cinemas, an initiative to give a much needed boost to the ailing African film industry.

The organization, financed by the European Union and the French Culture Ministry among others, has an initial budget of e1.5 million ($1.75 million) to spend on prints, sub-titling, transport and even ticketing for pics, providing they are released in at least five African countries.

African cinema has had recent, limited-release, box office success with niche auds in Blighty. ICA Projects’ pic from Chad “Abouna” scored high screen averages, whilst indie specialist Artificial eye have high hopes for Fespaco Grand Prix winner “Waiting For Happiness,” which is set for a spring 2004 release.

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