Fourteen film industry experts from 8 African Countries have been picked to participate in this on line coaching programme, which is set to choose position from 26 September to 2 Oct 2021. The inaugural version of the Southern Africa-Locarno Market Academy, a partnership among the Locarno Film Pageant and the Realness Institute, is focused to specialists working in product sales, distribution, exhibition, and programming, supported by the Durban Film Mart and IEFTA.

The selected members involve: 

Aderinsola Ajao – Journalist & Film Curator, Display Out Loud (Nigeria)

Andrea Voges – Revenue & Distribution Manager, Urucu Media (South Africa)

Bérénice Hahn – Profits Agent, Social Transformation & Empowerment Initiatives (Actions) (Madagascar)

Djia Mambu – Movie Critic, Film Distributor, Maziwa Makuu Movies (Congo)

Ibee Ndaw – Festival Supervisor, Sudu Connexion (Senegal)

Jana Erasmus – Producer of Promoting & Distribution, Indigenous Movie (South Africa)

Pleasure Nduto – Tv/Movie Written content Producer, Distributor & Marketing consultant, Perspective Media Ltd. (Kenya)

Khanyo Mjamba – Head of Acquisitions & Profits, Gaba Media (South Africa)

Linda Wairegi – Social Media Assistant, Africa Digital Media Studios (Kenya)

Lyse Nsengiyumva – Programmer at Global Film Competition Rotterdam & Founder & Creator at Recognition (Rwanda)

Mitchell Harper – Business Programme Curator, Durban FilmMart (South Africa)

Pumulo Ngoma – Producer, Programming & Marketing and advertising, Mata Africa (South Africa)

Wambui Gathee – Screenings Manager, Docubox (Kenya)

Wilford Machili – Head and Programmer, Maputo Intercontinental Film Pageant (Mozambique) & Movie Producer, Significant Photo

We’re thrilled to kick-off the Southern Africa-Locarno Business Academy and to introduce our system for young gurus in this location. In such a fast-switching and re-shaping small business surroundings, it is very important to make an worldwide network for the future major movie sector gamers from Latin The us, the Middle East, the Usa, India, Europe and now also from Southern Africa,” says Markus Duffner, Head of Locarno Pro.

Elias Ribeiro, Executive Director of the Realness Institute, suggests: “This is the most significant plan thinking of the condition of distribution globally. It is a time of prospect, to imagine creatively to get our organization again on monitor, to re-invent how we attain audiences and company models to support it. Anything we knew is at present in question and the dynamic fertile ground in Africa lends by itself to out of the box and non-common wondering, crucial to survive and thrive nowadays”.

The tailored programme capabilities masterclasses and meetings with internationally proven professionals. The purpose is to enhance participants’ comprehension of the problems struggling with the movie marketplace, at the identical time allowing them to extend their personal community of contacts and establish their skilled talent set. Visitor Speakers involve Constanza Arena (Government Director of Cinema Chile), Dennis Ruh (Director of the European Movie Current market), Magdalene Reddy (Performing Typical Manager Durban Film Mart), Sydelle Willow Smith (Govt Director of Sunshine Cinema) and Thibaut Bracq (Head of Atlas Workshop).

Launched by the Locarno Film Pageant in 2014, the Business Academy has expanded considerably on the worldwide scene, featuring workshops in partnership with big festivals and movie institutions: in Mexico with Morelia IFF, in Brazil with BrLab, in Chile with Australab, in Panama with Intercontinental Film Pageant Panama, in Greece with Thessaloniki IFF, in the U.S. with Movie at Lincoln Center in New York in Lebanon with MC Distribution and BCP in Beirut and later in November this calendar year also in South Asia with India’s Movie Bazaar. The Locarno Business Academy presently has virtually 300 alumni from all about the entire world.