ACP Films to African film Producers
Coming soon: a new call for proposals

The new ACP-EU ACP cultural sector Support Programme will be launched in 2011 and includes two components: ACPFilms and ACPCultures.
Funded by the 10th EDF, this new program has a budget of 30 million Euros, 24 million allocated to projects. A call for proposals will be launched in a couple of weeks.

ACP Films: 2010 wrap up and perspectives in 2011

The year 2010 ends on a positive note for the ACPFilms Programme, with several
beneficiaries participating to many international festivals. I am glad to mention the wonderful film “A crying man” of the Chadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun, who won the Jury Prize at last Cannes Festival, and three awards at Dubai Film Festival- best director, best actor and best editor. The Last Flight of the Flamingo of the Mozambican Joao Ribeiro was also awarded at the Festival of Tarifa in Spain, and Viva Riva, by the Congolese Djo Munga, was invited to the Toronto Film Festival 2010 and to the next Berlin Film Festival in February 2011. The ACP cinema and audiovisual production has continued to strengthen its position in these prestigious environments.

Also in the ACP field, our policy to make images available to the ACP local population is taking root. From Mozambique to Fiji via Trinidad & Tobago, people have access to local works through mobile digital cinema screenings or broadcasts on television channels, through projects supported by ACPFilms Programme. At the same time, the support offered by the Programme also strengthens distribution
networks while giving priority to professional technical trainings.

The cultural policy of the ACP Group aims at, among other things, developing and structuring film and audiovisual industries at intra-ACP level. It does so through the creation and dissemination of their own pictures in better conditions, better promotion of cultural diversity and enhancement of cultural identities in the ACP and intercultural dialogue on the one hand; on the other by promoting an environment conductive to the creation, trade and sustainability of their fundamental cultural values and diversity.
Today more than ever, the ACP Secretariat affirms its continuing commitment to support the strengthening of the culture sector as a fundamental element in the development cooperation policy.

This support that will be confirmed in a few weeks with the launch of the new “EU-ACP ACP cultural sector support Programme” combining the two components ACPFILMS and ACPCultures. The overall objective of this new Programme, with a budget of 30 million Euros, of which 24 million will be spent on projects, is to contribute to the struggle against poverty through the emergence and consolidation of sustainable cultural industries in ACP countries, fostering their contribution to social and economic development and preservation of cultural diversity. A first call for proposals will be launched in early 2011, to enhance the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States, through an integrated approach, with interregional distribution channels; to promote better access to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; and to build capacity of stakeholders, operators and cultural entrepreneurs in ACP countries. The focus will be on supporting projects that have South-South cooperation perspective and that seek to develop synergies at intra-ACP level.
With this new programme, the ACP Secretariat took it to heart to hear the wishes of artists and cultural operators. Whenever it was possible, the specificity of the sector was taken into account when drafting the Guidelines to be published shortly.
Once again, the ACP / EU demonstrate the benefit of the Cotonou Agreement for ACP cinema and audiovisual sector. I invite all ACP professionals and citizens of Member States of European Union to apply.

To you all I extend my best wishes for 2011.

Michèle Dominique RAYMOND
Assistant Secretary General
Department of Political Affairs
and Human Development

Call for entry - International Pan-African Film Festival of Cannes, France, from
13-17 April 2011.

Submission of films and application for accreditation for the International Pan-African Film Festival of Cannes are now open.
Closing date for film entries: February 20, 2011
Film Genres Sought: Fiction/ Narrative, Documentary, Animation...
Category: Long, Medium, Short film.
More info here:

Scholarships for Artists UNESCO-Aschberg 2011

An application for UNESCO-Aschberg grants for artists are now open. These scholarships promote mobility of young artists (between 25 and 35), in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to enable them to engage in intercultural dialogue and to expose them to cultural diversity.
For more information click here:


Call for entries - Eighth edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa, 11 to 19 June

The African Film Festival of Tarifa is organizing calls for applications:
Submission of movies to be screened during the festival - Deadline for registration and sending DVDs: February 25, 2011. For more information e-mail: marionb@fcat.es

Call for candidates to submit your pictures to the fourth Africa Photo competition.

Registration deadline: March 1, 2011. For more information e-mail: gaetano@fcat.es

To download regulations of these various applications: www.fcat.es/FCAT_fr

Festival of Media Awards deadline has been extended.

Due to the overwhelming response and the many requests the organiser have received, the deadline for the Festival of Media Awards entries has been extended to Friday 4 February 2011.

CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2011

CNN International and MultiChoice officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 Awards.
The winners of these prestigious annual awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2011.
The competition is open to African nationals who are professional journalists including freelancers across print, television, internet, photographic and radio. Full details on how to enter can be found by logging on at www.cnn.com/africanawards. The closing date for entries is 27 January 2011
This year, the competition will recognise excellence in most journalist categories including the following:
• Television Features Award
• Television News Bulletin Award
For further information please contact:
CNN International London: Joel Brown + 44 20 7693 0967/ + 44 7967 293452 joel.brown@turner.com
MultiChoice South Africa: Marietjie Groenewald + 27 11 289 3067 / +27 79 501 1758 Marietjie.Groenewald@multichoice.co.za