African film makers get a boost

filmJOHANNESBURG - A new United States initiative to develop and showcase African film talent has been set to put the continents filmmakers on the fast track to success.

The initiative, dubbed Africa First, is the brainchild of New York-based film producer, Kisha Cameron, and is run in partnership with big time United States movie distributors Focus Features to find new talent on the continent The initiative aims to find new voices, new talent on the continent, people who have something to say, said Cameron.

The Africa First initiative runs a competition each year, choosing five winning scripts from across Africa and then helping the filmmakers develop their scripts into short films. Winners get US$10 000 to help make their films, a weekend in New York to workshop them first with a panel of advisors and the opportunity to get their films showcased at all the major American independent film festivals

The round for this years submissions will open in May or June. One of the previous beneficiaries, Zimbabwean Jenna Bass, said Africa First gave her the structure to get her short film The Tunnel made. Bass, who is pursuing several other film projects, said she felt incredibly fortunate to be a part of a group of African filmmakers.

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