Where the program is a year-long initiative, it is made up of two sessions and a market presentation of seven days each. Our intention is for Indaba to evolve into over a number of yearly cycles, to develop and extend the potential of the network.
Developed by Realness Institute, taking to heart the specific needs of Africa, through a series of think tanks and industry engagements and the specialised experience of Heads of Studies, Representatives, Programme Directors and film professionals in the 3 continents (Africa, Europe and North America). The program is developed in collaboration with EAVE-European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, modelled after their PUENTES (South America) and TIES THAT BIND (Asia) workshops, which enjoyed a decade of success. In addition, Sundance Institute (North America) is bringing 30 years of nurturing talent and championing independent stories.
Producers from North America and Europe with an interest in co-producing with Africa.
African Producers with active projects in development.
Policymakers and film professionals from institutions (distributors, broadcasters) and funding bodies who would benefit from understanding the challenges impacting creative producers. This knowledge can be taken and used to influence better policy and create a more vibrant ecosystem in which films can be made.
This programme will enable participants to enhance their creative and business skills with the express purpose of enhancing organisational productivity and financial sustainability.
A successful, sustainable and growing Small to Medium Enterprise creates new job opportunities. The film and television industries are acknowledged by governments to have an economic impact across several sectors including tourism, transport, hospitality, education, health and cultural development.
Any increase in sub-sector turnover is almost entirely dependent on business turnover. The appetite for content to be developed in Africa will increase as the pool of talent and capacity to execute gets bigger. This, in turn, minimises the risk to financiers and funders.
The main social spin-offs are cultural development and job creation. Film fosters dialogue around freedom of expression, identity, sexuality, and the intersection between modern life and tradition. Creating space and instruments for countries to collaborate to create a symbiotic relationship.
Provide professional training and leadership skills so tenacious producers can identify unique directorial talent, and scale the African film industry.
Encourage the creative rigour and skillset in producers to develop and create singular work that not only delights and entertains, but may also have the power to push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change.
Build the resolve and capacity of producers to effect change in policy and infrastructure in their respective home countries.
Create life-long professional co-production relationships across 3 continents that facilitate African film production, as well as foster a supportive community of creative producers in Africa.