According to International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), 14 films being made in French-speaking countries in the Southern Hemisphere will receive €460,000 in production and postproduction assistance from OIF under the Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud program.
The OIF press release states that the “fund board, comprised of seven film professionals representing the cultural and geographical diversity of La Francophonie, met in Paris on July 16 and 17, 2009, and chose 14 projects from among 45 submissions received following a public call for proposals in January. Nine projects (five feature films and four shorts) will receive production funding and five projects (four feature films and one feature-length documentary) will receive postproduction funding.”
Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud, a two-part program with a cinema and television component—was designed as the central instrument of the Images program developed by OIF. “The fund, which was set up in 1988, is jointly managed by OIF and CIRTEF (Conseil des radios et télévisions d’expression française). It has an annual budget of €2 million to help fund production of approximately 120 hours of original film and television programming, drawing on the creative and technical prowess of French-speaking countries in the South,” according to the press release.
“This production support is rounded out by training initiatives and measures to promote, distribute, and market audiovisual and cinematic works supported by the fund.”