The Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa (CERAV/Africa) has recently released the "Actes de l’Atelier" with the outcomes of the regional workshop on the contribution of festivals to the development of the film industry and the resilience of the cultural sector in Africa held in May 2021 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with the participation of some 50 professionals.
Organized in collaboration with the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) and the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the workshop aimed at fostering the debate on the future of the African cinematic industry and at advocating for a much-needed change: “.. public policies and professionals should understand the film industry via festivals as an opportunity to exercise cultural diplomacy, a business opportunity through the marketing of film productions”. (p.21)
The document collects all the contributions by the invited speakers, including the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism of Burkina Faso, and representatives of international organisations such as UNESCO, the AU, ECOWAS, among others. It also presents the conclusions of the event, highlighting the need for more support to festivals through national public policies and targeted measures, as well as a stronger and more structured support from African regional institutions and organisations to ensure the viability of the film industry and to increase its contribution in the development of the continent.
CERAV/Africa member of the consortium of the Culture at Work Africa project and is now an associate member of the ongoing ACP-EU Culture Programme - Créer en Afrique Centrale project that aims at supporting the development of the cultural and creative sectors in Central Africa.