Top prize for 'The Mercy of the Jungle' (Rwanda)
CFI awarded the prize for the 'The Most Promising African Project' at the Durban Film Mart, a gathering of directors, sales agents and lead experts in African films held from 20 to 23 July 2012, on the fringe of the 33rd Durban International Film Festival, in South Africa.
The award-winner was picked out by a panel of 12 programme directors from CFI's English-language African TV partners. Rwandan director and producer Joël Karekezi received the award for his project The Mercy of the Jungle. The young director received a €5,000 contribution to the creation of his feature film.
Parallel to this, CFI Managing Director Etienne Fiatte launched Haraka! This short fiction contest aims to fuel the energies of an upcoming generation of directors. CFI wishes to provide directors under 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa, having already learnt the basics, with an opportunity to enhance their experience. A total of 12 projects will be selected in 2012 and CFI will allocate the sum of €10,000 to each. To facilitate the broad circulation of the selected works, CFI will be offering these shorts to its 80 TV partners across Africa.