Magazine article Screen International

Filmmakers from Senegal and Burkina Faso Awarded Two Open Doors Awards Apiece

Magazine article Screen International

Filmmakers from Senegal and Burkina Faso Awarded Two Open Doors Awards Apiece

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A roundtable at Locarno's 10th co-production lab also focussed on new local and regional initiatives that have recently been launched.

Film-makers from Senegal and Burkina Faso took home two Open Doors awards apiece at the end of Locarno's 10th edition of its four-day co-production lab which was this year devoted to cinema from Francophone sub-Saharan Africa.

A CHF10,000 grant for post-production went to Malagasy film-maker Laza for his feature-length documentary debut Pieces of Lives, which he is keen to complete this autumn, while a CHF15,000 development grant was awarded to one of Mali's most promising up-and-coming directors Daouda Coulibaly for the feature debut The Eye.

Another development grant - worth CHF10,000 - went to Burkinabe director Michel K. Zongo for his second feature-length documentary Faso Fani, the End of the Dream, and one with a purse of CHF15,000 for Franco-Senegalese actress-director Mati Diop's debut feature Fire Next Time.

This year's Premio ARTE Open Doors, with a purse of [euro]6,000, was also awarded to Faso Fani, the End of the Dream, which has already secured backing from the regional fund in the Rhone-Alpes region and the Montreal-based company Films de l'Oeil.

Moreover, Fire Next Time, which is a spin-off from one of Mati Diop's previous short films Atlantiques, also received CNC's [euro]7,000.

Over three days, the film-makers from Francophone sub-Saharan Africa had the opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with such potential production partners as public funders Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and Visions Sud Est as well as producers Thierry Lenouvel (Ciné-Sud Promotion), Andreas Eicher (Cineplus), Fabian Massah (Endorphine Production), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Films), Bärbel Mauch (Bärbel Mauch Film) and Nicole Gerhards (NiKo Film).

In a roundtable on current perspectives in African cinema, special attention was given to several new local and regional initiatives which have been recently launched.

They included the Succès Cinéma Burkina Faso (SCBF) automatic funding scheme which was developed by Burkinabe film-makers in collaboration with Swiss production companies Box Productions and Prince Film and FOCAL, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Veteran director Gaston Kaboré [pictured] explained that the scheme has been inspired by similar ones in France and Switzerland where the funding for a project is based on the number of spectators and must then be reinvested in a future film.

The objective is to have financing for five years with a budget of around [euro]1. …

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