Dear Friends, Advisory Board Members, and enduring supporters of the IEFTA,
It is with a mixture of pride and astonishment that we celebrate 10 years of the International Emerging Film Talent Association, a Monaco-based NGO whose life-changing support for film-related creativity in emerging countries you have made possible! I can’t think of a better way to thank you than to review highlights of what we’ve accomplished together.
IEFTA. A dedicated group of Monaco based film professionals and philanthropists combined their skills, passion and resources for the benefit of international cinema and cross-cultural communication.
IETFF. We is announce our presence and intentions with a glittering film festival. Over four days, we screened 25 films from 23 countries, featuring 11 first-time filmmakers, drawing appreciative audiences and glowing press notices from around the world.
GFE We launch the Global Film Exchange (GFE) initiative in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia. Partnering with the Ministry of Culture, the University of Addis Ababa, Unesco, and the US and Indian Embassies, we organized an international conference in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Film Initiative (EFI) resulted from this conference, and it remains our on-site partner in developing filmmaking capacity in Ethiopia.
IEFTA & the EFI organize and sponsor workshops in Addis Ababa, while supporting film related events in Kenya and Burkina Faso. We underwrite travel and education for Ethiopian film students and start to co-fund films local film projects.
The Addis to Cannes program debuts as a collaboration between the IEFTA and the EFI. As part of this enduring, bi-annual event, Ethiopian filmmakers travel to the South of France to attend the Cannes Film Festival, screen their work, participate in workshops, panel discussions and the film marketplace and enjoy unparalleled peer networking.
IEFTA conducts special screenings to raise funds and awareness for its work. Films include Rachel Perkins Bran Nu Dae and Taika Waititi’s Boy and Marco Orsini’s The Reluctant Traveler & Dinner at the No Go’s in Monaco.
Our second Addis to Cannes program brings Ethiopian filmmakers to Cannes & Monaco for festival events, screenings, continuing education and networking.
Our Mentorship Program is conceived and designed. Distinguished industry professionals are assigned to participating filmmakers to consult on every step of the process from development through distribution.
Our 2014 Addis to Cannes event highlights female perspectives, as women comprise four out of 5 participants. Screenings in Monte-Carlo and a Gala Fundraiser cap the week’s activities. Our Mentorship Program is implemented with selected filmmakers.
The Mentorship Program delivers results: Hermon Hailay’s Price of Love screens in over a dozen film festivals and wins best film in half a dozen film festivals; Hiwot Admasu’s recently completed New Eyes screens at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. She is invited to participate in Toronto’s prestigious workshop for up-and-coming filmmakers.
We will introduce yet another cohort of talented filmmakers the to the International Festival Circuit at Cannes, while expanding our in-country efforts to Bangladesh. We are excited to develop promising young talent alongside local industry capacity.
I must thank you once again for your enduring support, honoured by what you’ve allowed us to achieve and humbled by the need and the creative energy we’ve encountered. I suspect that many of you are as surprised as I am by what we’ve accomplished in 10 short years. At this time of questioning, fear, armed hostility and mass-dislocation across national, racial, religious and cultural borders, I invite you to re-commit your support to the IEFTA mission not just as a philanthropic and education effort, but as a vital tool of international communication and a critical project of bridge building, mutual understanding and respect.
Please visit our exciting new website (http://www.iefta.org) for further details of past, present and proposed initiatives. We couldn’t have done it without you. We can’t continue doing what we do without you.
Marco, Noriko, Max, Carole & Angela