15 producers selected for Creative Producer Indaba

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15 diverse producers from around the world have been selected to participate in the second Creative Producer Indaba (CPI).

Featured image: The producers selected for the Creative Producer Indaba

The Indaba takes place online from November 7 for one week, at Ateliers Atlas (Marrakesh International Film Festival) from November 14-17, and at the Rotterdam International Film Festival from January 25-February 5, 2023 in person.

The Indaba aims to bring together a hive of producers who are either developing a film project or want to collaborate on an African film project. They do so in order to develop their entrepreneurial and leadership expertise, foster their creative skills, and create lasting and meaningful networks.

Selected entrants include African producers Marion Isaacs (South Africa), Matheus Mello (Brazil/Mozambique), Bramwel Iro (Kenya), Sawsan Yusuf (Egypt) and Zoe Ramushu (Zimbabwe/South Africa) who have active film projects developing and looking for international producers and co-financiers. Their film projects include a thriller series, two feature documentaries and two feature films.

African film professionals – Caroline Kganyago-Ralefeta, Lucia Meyer-Marais and Tracey-Lee Rainers (South Africa), Mia Bittar (Sudan) and Pedro Soulé (Cabo Verde) who have significant interests in the African film market , with an interest in the development of film projects and co-production with Africa have been selected.

Finally, Bartholomeu Luiz (Brazil), Ellen Havenith (Netherlands), Flavia Zanon (Switzerland), Kesmat El Sayed (Egypt/Germany) and Temilola Adebayo (Nigeria/Canada) are all international producers looking to fund projects in Africa. , with a view to collaborating on African projects. Luiz is present thanks to a partnership with the Brazilian foundation Projeto Paradiso.

“We’re really excited about this year’s strong cohort for creative producer Indaba,” said Mehret Mandefro, director of development and partnerships at the Realness Institute.

“These producers represent a wide range of voices and interests with strong or growing networks in Africa and beyond. Following our very successful ICC last year, we have seen how these intense programs can provide opportunities for filmmakers to move forward with their ideas and projects,” continues Mandefro.

Kristina Trapp, CEO of Eave, says: “We can no longer work in isolation or in silos, the world has changed and collaboration is essential. CPI creates a strong and safe space for producers to find solution-oriented strategies through the sharing of skills, ideas and networks. We believe the Indaba will also once again help connect people in meaningful and meaningful ways.

The program is jam-packed with workshops, discussions, case studies and one-on-one meetings with project-focused mentorship that will take them through the full range of skills needed to put a film into production and reach audiences. Group leaders, Mehret Mandefro and Diana Elbaum, and story expert, Mmabatho Kau, will mentor these producers, with a host of film industry experts in support.

Elias Ribeiro, Head of Studies and Executive Director of the Realness Institute, said: “This year we have a brilliant team of experts who will meet producers, including Femi Odugbemi, Katriel Schory and Dayo Ogunyemi, and IFFR festival director Vanja Kaludjercic adding their superb skills, insights and guidance during this time.

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