CO-PRODUCTION MARKET

Event dates : 25 February to 04 March 2023.

Application deadline: 25 January 2023

As a component of FESPACO PRO, the Co-Production Market “Yennenga Co-Production” is a platform directly linked to the existence or creation of funds to support co-production and the development of a market for cinema. This market is seen as a set of professional cultural production instances crossed by ideologies and imaginations in line with those of a transnational auteur cinema, and promoting a link between FESPACO’s artistic project and commercial interests of film markets. As an institution, FESPACO makes it a duty to bring cultural and artistic legitimacy to this co-production market. Film projects seeking funding must meet the selection requirements of a festival such as FESPACO, a festival of films which embody an author’s view of social or moral issues, disconnected from generic forms or reinterpreting them from an original perspective.

With that in mind, FESPACO welcomes Yennenga Co-Production, the first audio-visual co-production market in Francophone Africa.  From 25 February to 04 March 2023, Yennenga Co-Production will mobilize and facilitate business contact between 10 professional producers from Europe and Africa and 15 promoters of African film projects in production or recently completed films looking for an international career.

The first edition of the market will welcome fiction feature films by directors or producers from French-speaking Africa.

Film projects will be selected through a call for projects by an international committee. The 15 successful applicants will benefit from mentoring on the production of video-pitches on their film projects, participate in presentation sessions of their projects, in “One to One” meetings with producers and various funds present, in the presentation panel of funds and in networking sessions open to all invited professionals.

Yennenga Co-Production is designed and implemented in partnership with France National Centre of Cinematography (CNC), Senegal Film and Audio-visual Industry Promotion Fund (FOPICA), CNC of Wallonia Brussels International, Belgium, Luxembourg Film Fund, Francophonie Image Fund (OIF), and Mali Film Industry Support Fund (FAIC), with Collectif Génération Créative as technical partner.

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Le temps du Cannibalisme / Days of Cannibalism

Synopsis.

Days of Cannibalism is a contemporary documentary Western which takes place against the backdrop of a newly emerging China-Africa relationship. The film is set in a remote rural region in Southern Africa, a frontier space in which the laws of society are in a state of flux. The arrival of new settlers – economic migrants from China – has upset the balance of power. Old laws and old gods are being called into question.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Teboho Edkins est né aux Etats-Unis en 1980. Il a étudié les Beaux-Arts à l’Université du Cap, suivit par une résidence de deux ans au Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains en France. Cursus complété par un programme de formation à la réalisation au sein de la DFFB de Berlin. C’est dans le cadre de cette école qu’il a réalisé «Gangster Project» (2011), son cinquième documentaire.

Teboho Edkins was born in the USA in 1980. He studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, followed by a two year post-graduate residency at Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains in France and then a post-graduate film directed program at the dffb film academy in Berlin,

Becoming black

Imagine that your parents are white but your skin colour is dark and they tell you that’s pure coincidence. This is what happened to a girl in East Berlin in the 1960s. Years before, a group of African men came to study in a village nearby. Here the East German woman Sigrid falls in love with Lucien from Togo and gets pregnant. But she is already married to Armin.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Ines JOHNSON-SPAIN studied Fine Arts and painting at University of Arts Berlin. She worked as a scenic painter and set designer for theatre and international film productions. Since 2002 she develops and realises her own documentary film projects. Her work focuses on intimate portraits that explore themes of identity and belonging. The autobiographical film Becoming Black is her first feature length films. Her films have been screened at prestigious international film festivals and in many galleries and exhibitions in the world.

Shimoni

Geoffrey, 35, an introverted English teacher has just been released from prison after 7 years for killing his pregnant girlfriend. He has to restart his life in Shimoni, a sleepy village in rural Kenya, a place he loathes. There he stays with a rigid local Catholic priest, who is happy to take on this sinner. One Sunday after Mass, Geoffrey encounters BABA KARE, 50. On seeing the man, Geoffrey pees his pants and in a moment of rage kills one of the Priest’s calves. Days later he meets BEATRICE, 19, a cheeky village girl, who instantly falls for him and decides to pursue him. KIMANTHI, 40, Geoffrey’s brother visits, their father is dead and Geoffrey is prohibited from attending the funeral. Geoffrey destroyed, attacks his brother and during this altercation it comes out that Baba Kare sexually abused both men when they were boys, in this village. Geoffrey must get his revenge on Baba Kare. He starts to tutor his daughter as a way to get closer to him. But something unexpected happens when he starts to get close to his abuser.