MIPTV: Francophonie brings 400 hours of films and television programmes from the South
With a supportive budget of 65,000 euros granted by OIF (l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), five operators will in 2012 ensure the promotion of Francophone audiovisual content from the South over international events.
From Toronto to Beijing via Cannes, Douala and Johannesburg, documentaries and fiction from Africa and the Indian Ocean will benefit from a new exhibition which should enable them to conquer new markets.
Among the beneficiaries of the assistance provided by OIF, Cameroonian film producer / distributor Jean Roké Patoudem is confident about the new perspectives offered by the chinese audiovisual market where it has already managed to sell the Ivorian comedy "Le Mec Idéal" (The ideal guy). As for French producer Yves Billon, he believes in the possibility of selling African documentaries in Latin America. Finally, the Mauritian association 'Porteurs d'Images' (images' bearers) has planned to tour the world with a catalogue of short films that will be offered in South Africa, Canada and France.
The recipients of OIF grants in this category are:
- Patou Films (Cameroun/France) : 15,000 euros
- Banque d’Images de l’Afrique centrale (Cameroun) : 15,000 euros
- Media Consulting Group (France) : 15,000 euros
- Porteurs d’Images (Mauritius) : 10,000 euros
- Zaradoc (France) : 10,000 euros
Thanks to this support, four of those distributors will be at MIPTV 2012 event in Cannes. Those distributors will offer a catalogue of about 400 hours of audiovisual content from 130 programmes (films, documentaries and series).
Pierre Barrot in charge of audiovisual projects
(33) 1 44 37 33 58;
pierre.barrot @ francophonie.org