The meeting was held on May 23, 2012 to discuss aid for filmmaking in the Southern hemisphere. This meeting followed the two meetings held during the Amiens International Film Festival (Nov. 15, 2011), attended by CNC President Eric Garandeau, and at Rotterdam (Jan. 31, 2012), led by the CNC’s Director of European and International Affairs Frédéric Béreyziat.
The objective of the latest meeting was to present the pilot project of a web portal for financing film productions in the Southern hemisphere. Large, “historic” funds will participate in this collaborative web portal, including the Hubert Bals Fund (Rotterdam), the Jan Vrijman Fund (Amsterdam), the World Cinema Fund (Berlin), Open Doors (Locarno), Visions Sud-Est (Switzerland), the Fonds francophone du Sud (IOF), the FADS (Amiens), the Norwegian South Film Fund (Norway), and the Namur International French Language Film Festival. As an extension to the Fonds Sud Cinéma, which supports Southern Hemisphere films, World Cinema Support (“Aide aux Cinémas du Monde” by the CNC & the Institut Français) will participate in the implementation of the web portal.
The web portal, the creation of which was entrusted to the Amiens International Film Festival, has been supported by the CNC. The portal should ultimately collect, in one centralized location, key information that is needed to complete a film project (information on financing, on author’s rights and copyrights, regarding industry practices and training opportunities for film industry careers). A large part of the portal will be dedicated to news, which will give visibility and recognition to each of the participating international funds.
This project will represent the first joint achievement of a promising collaboration between international funds.
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