Launching of a new international film in Addis Abeba
The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival has the following major objectives:
1. Promoting African Cinema:
African Cinema possesses distinctive features in style and theme. Over the years, African filmmakers have delivered to the world many films showing their perspectives on the realities of life in African countries and making their statements through rich expressions. African filmmakers have offered several masterworks to the world of cinema and through them revealed extraordinary directing talents. However, even these outstanding films did not get a fair share of publicity and audience, whether in Africa nor beyond. Ironically, Africans are more exposed to Hollywood and Bollywood films than to African Films. The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival aims at exposing African audiences and film-makers to African films and thus popularizing these films in the continent of their origin.
2. Experiencing World Cinema
Exposure to international filmmaking is essential for African Cinema in order to improve its quality as well as to gain more international attention and recognition. Through experiencing Asian, European and Latin American films, African Cinema can draw lessons and get inspired to strengthen its own cinematographic tradition, while engaging in the global movement of World Cinema. In most African countries, however, access to global cinematographic art is very limited. The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival therefore aims at bringing a selected choice of international films to the attention of African filmmakers and its audience.
3. Facilitate Learning, Exchange and Networking among African Filmmakers
The objective of Colours of the Nile International Film Festival goes beyond screening African films. The festival will bring African filmmakers together to enable the exchange of experience, learning and networking. Beyond inspiring emerging African filmmakers, the festival will add value to the quality of African films by facilitating knowledge transfer and cooperation.
4. Developing the African Film Market
Most of the African Films that have made it to an international audience have been funded by international cultural foundations. Colours of the Nile International Film Festival will work on developing a strategy to create and nurture an African film market by bringing together local and international financers, producers and cultural organizations. The festival will provide information on major film funding sources, requirements and application guidelines.
II. FESTIVAL DATES AND VENUE
The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The festival will be organized biannually starting in 2012. The first edition will be held in November/December 2012 for the duration of one week.
The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival is organised by the Ethiopian Filmmakers Association and Blue Nile Film and Television Academy.
The Ethiopian Filmmakers Association was established in 1993 and is therefore one of the first filmmakers’ alliances on the African continent. As an independent institution of Ethiopian filmmakers, its primary objective is to promote Ethiopian cinema and to facilitate knowledge and information exchange among film professionals.
The Blue Nile Film and Television Academy is a pioneering East African Film training institute based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Academy’s mission is to significantly contribute towards improving the quality of African cinema. The academy was founded in 2007 and is managed by award-winning Ethiopian cinematographer Abraham Haile Biru.
These two organisations are well suited to give the festival a well-founded institutional setting guaranteeing its credibility and sustainability. The festival organizers are responsible for outlining the overall festival concept as well as the annual themes of the festival. The organisers will mobilise funds and contributions from various sources and also network with international filmmakers, film financers and film markets towards the successful realisation of the Colours of the Nile International Film Festival. The festival organisers will collaborate with African and International Film Festivals and other cultural and political institutions in due course of the implementation process.
The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival will give out the “The Great Nile Award” for annual competition winners. The Great Nile award is a sculpture especially designed for the festival. The festival will also mobilise and give away financial awards for winners of competitions in different categories.