For the 15th consecutive year, La Francophonie will be present at the Cannes Film Festival (May 12 to 23). It will be promoting French-language cinema from developing countries at the “Les Cinémas du Monde” Pavilion, a space devoted to discovering and discussing the diversity of films from developing countries.
According to an OIF press release,
“This year, the pavilion is hosting 12 producers and directors from developing countries, including 6 from French-speaking countries. These filmmakers will be presented with international development opportunities and their short and feature length films will be screened at Marché du Film de Cannes.
“The pavilion was created by CulturesFrance, the OIF, TV5MONDE, and RFI. Its objectives are the following:
- Provide greater visibility for films from the South and from central and eastern Europe
- Support film development and distribution
- Develop a network of professionals
“To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2010, the OIF is launching the Fonds panafricain de cinéma in partnership with the Federation of African Filmmakers (FEPACI). The goal is to take concrete action on the commitment by Secretary General Abdou Diouf to support African film. The OIF took part in the May 16 tribute by TV5Monde to Chad filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun, whose last film L’Homme qui crie is an official selection at Cannes with the OIF’s backing.
“La Francophonie is one of the main financial backers of filmmakers in French-speaking developing countries. Since its creation in 1988, the OIF’s program has provided support for over 1,600 films and television programs.”