CFI has invested over 1 million Euros in African production through the acquisition, pre-purchase and coproduction of programmes produced in Sub-Saharan Africa. This investment has enabled African partners of CFI to offer their public and viewers an expanding volume of programmes which meet their local reality. The contribution of CFI is additionally undertaken through consultancy and production of programming.
As the largest satellite network in Sub-Saharan Africa with a total of 45 countries being served, CFI enables programmes to be distributed and watched by an increasing number of African viewers. In 2010, CFI made over 1,800 hours of programmes available to its African partners. CFI is particularly attentive towards young producers and, in this regard, is associated with several festivals (such as the Fespaco or Ecrans Noirs) in order to locate new and emerging talent.
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Hassan Sylla Ben Bakari, Director of Chad TV, and Robert Ekukole, Programme and Production Director for Cameroon TV, participated in the CFI seminar held from 21 to 24 June in La Rochelle on the fringe of Sunny Side of the Doc
We discussed the importance of documentaries in their respective corporations.
Pierre Jalladeau, coordinator of the program policy, recapitulated the organisation of the seminar, and detailed the upcoming CFI events in the field of programmes.
The 22nd edition of Sunny Side of the Doc, the International Documentary Market, is taking place at La Rochelle from June 21 to 24 2011. Canal France International has invited eight programme directors from channels in sub-Saharan Africa: Senegal, Mauritius, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Burundi, Djibouti, and Cameroon.
CFI and UNESCO, in partnership with the Portuguese state television (RTP), provided the Sao Tome state television (TVS) with a series of three training sessions in order to learn how to set up a production unit for educational programmes.
CFI has set up a policy in Sub-Saharan Africa to support the best African productions. This has led to the appointment of a manager for African production and programmes : Sébastien Ravet. Back from the pan-African Film Festival, Black Screen, organised in Cameroon in early June 2009, he explained CFI’s directions in terms of African production.
To encourage the development of the audiovisual industry in Africa, CFI has undertaken commitments on several fronts: by supporting the best African productions, organising professional meetings and encouraging region-wide joint productions and sharing. CFI is endeavouring to come up with practical solutions for African viewers to watch programmes about Africa.