Dear AFP Supporter,
Greetings from Amsterdam, where thanks to your generous support we are making progress on our shared mission to help African journalist filmmakers craft new ways to tell the stories of their homeland.
AFP Director Jody Hassett Sanchez is currently guiding Stella Oigo of Kenya and Irene Fon Zih of Cameroon through the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). IDFA boasts Europe’s oldest and largest co-financing and co-production market. The festival also presents an excellent opportunity for our students to screen cutting-edge documentaries, attend workshops about the craft of filmmaking and introduce themselves to top festival programmers and broadcasters.
"IDFA is helping me understand the importance of creating a distribution strategy during preproduction of my documentaries, says Irene.
"I've met some inspiring people who are sharing their work on merging technology and filmmaking and I plan to incorporate these ideas both online and offline when I return to Cameroon."
Stella and Irene, both AFP program participants, have shown tremendous creativity and dedication to bringing their visions to video in the face of numerous challenges. While in Amsterdam they are also testing new equipment for future AFP participants.
"This is my first time at a film festival and a lot of my questions are getting answered here, says Stella. I'm learning all aspects of pitching, financing and distribution. "
Thanks to each of you for helping Stella and Irene learn new ways to tell the many important stories of Africa.
With our gratitude,
The AFP Team
Dear Africa Film Project Supporter,As summer draws to a close we want to thank each of you for partnering with us to Help African Journalists Tell Africa's Stories. We have not yet reached the fundraising threshold needed to conduct another weeklong workshop with a new group of students. However, we are pursuing several opportunities for our existing student filmmakers to enrich their skills and build contacts within the creative community, including international film festivals and mentoring. Our AFP advisor continues to coach the students on their works in progress and we are optimistic that the important stories of their homelands will soon reach a wider audience.With our gratitude,The AFP Team
Dear Africa Film Project Supporter,
Thank you for partnering with us to Help African Journalists Tell Africa's Stories. Our student filmmakers continue to practice the skills they learned from industry experts during our November 2012 training workshop in Washington, DC.
As of this writing, the students are working on a short exercise designed to build their skills in crafting story structure and character development. The filmmakers are required to submit their assignments to our AFP advisor who then provides individual feedback to each student.
We continue to explore the possiblity of partnering current Africa Film Project students with directors and editors who can give them practical experience working on full length non fiction films.
Our sincere thanks to each of you for helping our filmmakers develop their creative voices and reveal the untold stories of their homelands.
Happy Summer from the AFP team!
We are currently in phase two of the Help African Journalists Tell Africa's Stories training program. In November 2012, as we launched on Global Giving, we brought a small group of our African filmmakers to Washington, DC for a week of followup training.
We had a top video editor on hand to help them troubleshoot technical issues they've been having in the field and to teach them Final Cut Express. They met with renown directors in our "Meet the filmmaker" screenings which featured documentaries that transcend borders and cultures. They learned more about story structure and character development in a series of hands on classes and pitched their next projects to some of Washington's key media gatekeepers.
Students returned to their homelands with assignments designed to build on their editorial and technical skills, as well as new connections to creative communities that they can call on in the future.
The next phase of the project involves partnering current Africa Film Project students with directors and editors who have agreed to give them practical experience working on full length non fiction films.
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