A PLATFORM FOR A NEW AFRICAN FILM MART TO CONNECT THE AFRICAN FILM TO THE REST OF THE WORLD
ETISAL’s mission is to provide to the needs of young African filmmakers in expressing freely their skills and talents through filmmaking and promote their work globally.
African short films is a “life savior” of young filmmakers (Aged between 18-30 of both genders) who are marginalized in terms of production and distribution. Although young filmmakers represent a significant potential for the future of the industry in the continent, funds are not available,
During its Second edition in 2013, LAFF organized pre-meetings for ETISAL with producers, filmmakers, festival directors, who recommended setting up a fund for the young African filmmakers, establishing an African Film Mart for promotion and distribution, using modern digital technology and setting up a data base and a digital library for African films.
ETISAL will assist a FUND of 100000 $ to support production of 10 short films during 2014. To achieve the rest of the recommendations, ETISAL aims to establish partnerships with other African film festivals and also with distribution companies and TV channels. Therefore, by supporting production, promotion and distribution of African short films, ETISAL gives equal opportunities to young African filmmakers to promote cultural diversity and freedom of expression thoroughly.
LAFF will add a new program called Space to Establish Partnerships (STEP)
This program which will start in 2015 is geared to shoulder young filmmakers from the African continent and from the Diaspora, in pre or post-production of their first or second long narrative. STEP will help to finance 5 selected projects.