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African Film Festival of Tarifa supports African movies online

On the 1st February 2011,  the African Film Festival of Tarifa announced that it will offer movies online. Sylvain Béletre from Balancing Act interviewed Filip Hruby, International Press Officer at Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa – FCAT to find out more.

Q: How does this new partnership work?

A: The African Film Festival of Tarifa (www.fcat.es), has entered into a partnership with AfricanFilms.tv, a video-on-demand internet platform with headquarter in Dakar, Senegal, aiming to help the platform build up its catalogue of African films.

 “AfricaFilms.tv is very transparent and straight forward. It is commercial, but the focus is on the African filmmaker. Right holders get 50% of revenue, have online access to the back office and the cession of rights is non-exclusive” said AfricaFilm.tv CEO, Enrico Chiesa (see our previous story: click here:

With AfricaFilms.tv, film fans will be able to watch movies from the 500 films rich FCAT library on the video-on-demand platform when it launches commercially in June 2011. This legal, commercial downloading platform, available worldwide, guarantees fair revenue to African filmmakers and producers.

We hope to provide the platform with 20-30 titles from our library per year. Securing the rights and all the materials related will take time and effort, but we are convinced this is the right platform for us and for the filmmakers.

Q: What are the results of your Spanish-African co-productions?

A: An important objective of the FCAT is to helping African filmmakers realize their project through international (mainly Spanish) co-productions. Africa Produce forum, where African filmmakers present their projects to Spanish producers, will celebrate its 3rd edition this year. It will also provide results from the two previous forums - 2 running co-productions, 1 co-production before contract sign off, 3 copyrights of African movies bought by Spanish TVs.

In January FCAT closed selection process for the 3rd Africa Produce - forum between African filmmakers and Spanish producers, TV commissioning editors and co-production managers, which goal is to introduce African cinema projects to the Spanish co-production market. For this year forum FCAT received 18 feature-length projects and 12 documentary projects, coming from 14 African countries. The most entries in fiction category came from Nigeria (4) and Cameroon (4), while the most documentary projects came from Burkina Faso (3). For the first time ever Equatorial Guinea and Namibia applied in the forum.

Six projects will be selected by FCAT jury and their directors will be present at the festival to convince Spanish producers. ‘We aim to continue promoting co-production between Africa and Spain. Two films, from Senegal and Mali, presented in the previous editions are now in development’ said Carlos Domínguez, África Produce‘s co-ordinator.

Q: What is the African film festival of Tarifa doing this year?

A: FCAT – Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa is an independent and competitive film festival and one of the biggest African film festivals in Europe. The FCAT celebrates its eighth edition from 11th to 19th June 2011 in Andalusian town Tarifa - the closest town of continental Europe to the African continent - the two continents are in fact only 14 km apart from one another in this geographical area.
This year FCAT will screen up over hundred African films and it will bring together some of the most distinguished African filmmakers. Its aim is to spread knowledge about African film production by exhibiting a representative wide variety of audiovisual African works every year: from the classics to more innovative and recent films, from documentaries to feature length fiction films, from South Africa to Morocco and from Senegal to Ethiopia. (More on www.fcat.es)
FCAT 2010 attracted over 14 thousand visitors/viewers and its growing media coverage represents another 18 million viewers/listeners/readers, who were "hit" by news regarding FCAT 2010.

Q: Are calls for entries still open?

A: Filmmakers from all over Africa can send their films to FCAT’s committee until February 25th, which is in charge of selecting movies for the competing and non-competing sections of the festival.

The 3rd African-Spanish film Co-production forum’s submission is closed, but we still have submissions of films for official competition open – to be closed on February 25th, and submissions of for 4th PhotoAfrica, which closes March 1st 2011.
At the same time African photographers can send their entries for the 4th PhotoAfrica until March 1st. 2011.

More info regarding application process can be found on www.fcat.es

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