UNESCO puts African cinema in the spotlight at the 75th Cannes Film Festival

The round table will be inspired in particular by the recent UNESCO report, The Film Industry in Africa: Trends, Challenges and Growth Opportunities, a groundbreaking analysis of data on the film and audiovisual industries of 54 African countries. The report argues that strategic investments and policy reforms could help Africa’s film industry grow rapidly: with benefits for local cultural life, for promoting the continent’s rich culture to the world, and for the economy. The publication shows that the African film industry could potentially quadruple the number of jobs in the sector, from 5 million people to 20 million.

Notable initiatives include the partnership between UNESCO and Netflix, African Folktales Reimagined, the UNESCO/Nara residency for young African women directorsoverseen by internationally acclaimed director Naomi Kawase, and the African Film Heritage Project (AFHP), a joint initiative of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Cineteca di Bologna, the Pan-African Federation of Cinematographers (FEPACI) and the UNESCO.

The event is organized as part of UNESCO’s enduring commitment to promoting African cinema through events such as the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), the Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia) and the Luxor African Film Festival (Egypt). It is organized with the support of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

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