Africa filmmaking agency Realness Institute has selected 15 participants for its second Creative Producer Indaba, a lab for developing entrepreneurial, leadership and creative skills among producers looking to work on the continent.
The Indaba will take place online from 7 November for a week, at the Atlas Workshops (Marrakech International Film Festival) from 14 – 17 November, and at International Film Festival Rotterdam from 25 January – 5 February 2023 in person. Its programme includes workshops, discussions, case studies and one-on-one meetings with mentorship focused on the development of projects.
Out of the 15 selected participants, 5 are representing South Africa. Participants include South African producer Marion Isaacs, who is working on Milisuthando Bongela’s documentary Milisuthando, a film about what it means to be human in the context of race.
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The project won the IDFA prize for most promising documentary at the Durban Film Mart in 2018, and pitched at Hot Docs Forum in Canada earlier this year.
Experts meeting the producers include Nigerian filmmaker Femi Odugbemi, entrepreneur Dayo Ogunyemi, IFFR director Vanja Kaludjercic and former Israel Film Fund chief Katriel Schory.
Support for the scheme comes from the International Emerging Film Talent Association, Brazilian film support body Projeto Paradiso, and Switzerland-based philanthropic organisation The Storyboard Collective.
“These producers represent a diverse range of voices and interests with solid or growing networks from Africa and beyond,” said Mehret Mandefro, director of development and partnership at the Realness Institute. “Following our highly successful CPI last year we have seen how these intense programmes can provide opportunities for filmmakers to move forward with their ideas and projects.”
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“It is our vision to work side by side with a new generation of Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers, and to create a space for exchange between international professionals and regional talents,” added Thibaut Bracq, head of Atlas Workshops at Marrakech.
Creative Producer Indaba 2022 participants
Marion Isaacs (South Africa), Matheus Mello (Brazil-Mozambique), Bramwel Iro (Kenya), Sawsan Yusuf (Egypt), Zoe Ramushu (Zimbabwe- South Africa), Caroline Kganyago-Ralefeta (South Africa), Lucia Meyer-Marais (South Africa), Tracey-Lee Rainers (South Africa), Mia Bittar (Sudan), Pedro Soule (Cape Verde), Bartholomeu Luiz (Brazil), Ellen Havenith (Netherlands), Flavia Zanon (Switzerland), Kesmat El Sayed (Egypt-Germany), Temilola Adebayo (Nigeria-Canada).