Côte d'Ivoire presented a new audiovisual fund in Cannes

With a budget of 2 million euros, this fund will open new theatres

The Minister of Culture presented on May 20 in Cannes the measures of the Government in favor of cinema and audiovisual

The Minister of Culture of Côte d'Ivoire, Maurice Bandaman, presented the new measures put in place by the Ivorian government in favor of cinema and the audiovisual sector in Cannes, during a conference attended by Mrs. Delphine Jaquet, producer of Banshee Films and Pilippe Lacôte, director of RUN, feature film supported by ACPCultures+.

"We know that in Côte d'Ivoire there are talented producers and directors" said Bandaman. "Since 2013, thanks to the impulse of Philippe Lacote's film RUN, financed by ACPCultures+, we have created a fund to support national production. This fund, which is inspired by the French and Moroccan funds, has helped to support 20 films, numerous promotional initiatives, especially for young people, and festivals. Thanks to a production which has become dynamic again, Côte d'Ivoire was invited as a country of honor to FESPACO in 2017" recalled the Minister.

"We want to go even further" commented Maurice Bandaman. "The problem we have today in Côte d'Ivoire is the lack of theatres. Twenty years ago, we had more than 500 theatres on the territory. We only have 5 today. We will therefore set up a plan for the opening of new cinemas. With the help of private funds and banks, we hope to open at least fifty cinemas in the next five years. My Ministry has estimated that thanks to these new theatres, we could have 3 million entries per year in Côte d'Ivoire" he explained.

The fund will also finance training activities. "We do not have big film schools in Africa" said Bandaman. "We want to finance the training of young people, especially in the areas of scriptwriting and production and establish exchanges with schools in Europe to carry out exchanges and sharing".

Philippe Lacôte presented his new film, Zama King, which will be financed by the aid fund of Côte d'Ivoire for 200,000 €. Zama King tells the story of a young delinquent in Abidjan prison and his struggle for survival.

Delphine Jaquet, producer of RUN, recalled the importance of the financing of ACPCultures+ for the establishment of a training course in Côte d'Ivoire. "We took advantage of the production to train on the job a large number of professionals, who are now working on local or international productions" she said.

May 29, 2017
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