UNESCO honors African cinema at the 75th Cannes Film Festival
UNESCO is organizing a major round table to promote African cinema on May 24 in Cannes, on the occasion of the 75th edition of the International Film Festival. The event will underscore the huge potential for development offered by the African film industry, as well as UNESCO's initiatives to support it.
Moderated by journalist Hortense Assaga, the round table will be based on the recent UNESCO Global Report: The Film Industry in Africa: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth, a groundbreaking analysis of data on the film and audiovisual industries in 54 African countries.
The presentation of the report's main findings and recommendations will be followed by a high-level panel that will highlight UNESCO's activities in support of the development of African cinema, notably through the following initiatives: the UNESCO/Nara residency for young African filmmakers, supervised by internationally renowned director Naomi Kawase, the African Film Preservation Project (AFHP), a joint project between Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, the Cineteca di Bologna the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) and UNESCO, the SENTOO project which federates the National Film Centers of 7 countries in Africa, the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) and the UNESCO/Netflix partnership.
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