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Launching Africadoc 2005

30-12-2004 (Paris)
The first phase of Africadoc 2005, an initiative to train independent African film makers, started in Saint-Louis in Senegal where fourteen young African producers of documentary films, coached by two trainers, are writing and developing their film projects during 15 days with UNESCO’s support.
After this training session and for six weeks, the producers and authors, all from West and Central Africa, will return to their countries to continue the pre-production of their projects before embarking, from 8 to 20 February, on the second phase of the training, this time for fifteen days, accompanied by their producers and coached by four other trainers in order to work out a final version of their projects.

At the end of the training process, the film makers will meet some sixty partners coming from European and North and South American television channels, as well as foundations, institutions and, naturally, their own national television stations.

The objective of this exercise is to negotiate co-productions, purchases and financial support which will contribute to the survival and development of a documentary representation of African realities by African authors-directors and their independent producers.

“The ultimate aim of this project is to build the fabric of a creative network of professionals involved in documentary-making, which can become financially sustainable and then cater to the needs of African television channels for local content” says Rosa Gonzalez of UNESCO.
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