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IEFTA teams up with International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) A further new partnership for IEFTA is with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and we will be selecting a producer, whom we met at Cine Gouna’s Springboard, to participate in Rotterdam’s CineMart, a co-production market with workshops for 60 emerging producers from all over the world....

IEFTA a "TFL Up & Coming" Partner The 11th TorinoFilmLab (TFL) took place at the end of November in Torino, and, as a “TFL Up & Coming” partner for 2018, IEFTA selected producer Kismet El Sayed from Cairo to participate in the "TFL Up & Coming" network of producers from Africa, Asia and the Americas, who share the interest to co-produce with Europe....

IEFTA hosted it's 2nd Global Emerging Talent Conference in Addis Ababa this week The International Emerging Talent Film Association (IEFTA) invited Ethiopian Filmmakers to apply for the chance to meet with Film Producers and Film Festival Directors from around the world. Eleven Filmmakers were selected to meet one-on-one with industry professionals to discuss and receive advice on developing their current projects. In attendance were Dorothee Wenner - Filmmaker and Programmer at Berlinale, Keith Shiri - International Film Curator and Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Bernadette Schramm - IEFTA Global Film Expression Director and Watersprite Film Festival Producer and Gary Springer - Entertainment Publicist and Consultant. Our industry professionals met for one-to-one meetings with talented filmmakers and hosted masterclasses open to both students and established filmmakers....

The 2nd Gobal Film Expression Conference (GFEC 2018) The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) is hosting it's 2nd Gobal Film Expression Conference (GFEC 2018) in Addis Ababa on 14-16 December 2018. The conference in Addis is the weekend of December 15 and the IEFTA invites Ethiopian Filmmakers to the chance to meet with Film Producers and Film Festival Directors from around the worldat the event. One of the filmmakers selected will come to Cannes FIlm Festival and participate in workshops in the Marché Du Film. Find out more here....

The IEFTA collaborated on the 2nd edition of El Gouna Film Festival (EGFF) whose goal lies in connecting filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa with their international counterparts. The mission of El Gouna Film Festival is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience and to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking. The spirit of the Festival is one of discovery; it strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through its industry segment, CineGouna Platform. CineGouna SpringBoard CineGouna SpringBoard where invitees present projects in development or films in post-production to an audience of industry experts; producers, film festival directors, funding institutions, sales distributors, broadcasters etc. CineGouna Bridge The CineGouna Bridge focuses on masterclasses, workshops and panel sessions aimed at cultivating Arab cinema and encouraging dialogue and linking filmmakers from the Arab world and their international counterparts.The IEFTA had a presence within the Springboard audience, not only participating on this level but also meeting and forging crucial relationships with the filmmakers and their teams, discussing future plans of key projects in greater detail. The IEFTA’s participation at EGFF enabled us to connect with participants identified as contenders for our Global Film Expression initiative where successful candidates shall join us at industry workshops at the Festival de Cannes or CineMart, Rotterdam next year....

IEFTA Springboard at El Gouna Film Festival - CineGouna This September saw the 2nd edition of El Gouna Film Festival (EGFF) who's mission is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking. The Festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through it's CineGouna Platform. This year’s ‘Cinema for Humanity’ theme echoed EGFF’s humanitarian focus of last year. Refugee messaging in film was a topic deliberated during a panel discussion.  Omar Samra, protagonist of ‘Beyond the Raging Sea’ a feature length documentary (produced and realised in collaboration with the IEFTA) which highlights the desperate plight of refugees forced to cross dangerous bodies of water, gave his voice alongside that of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The IEFTA had a presence within the Springboard audience, not only participating on this level but also meeting and forging crucial relationships with the filmmakers and their teams, discussing future plans of key projects in greater detail. The IEFTA’s participation at EGFF enabled us to connect with participants identified as contenders for our Global Film Expression initiative where successful candidates shall join us at industry workshops at the Festival de Cannes, or at CineMart in Rotterdam next year. To find out more visit the El Gouna Film Festival GineGouna Platform.  ...

IEFTA awards prize to Farzana Boby to attend industry workshops at Cannes 2019 Dhaka DocLab, held in Dhaka, Bangladeshis an initiative that focuses on mentoring documentary filmmakers from South Asia. At this year's event, held from 31st August – 5th September 2018, workshops, seminars and masterclasses in technical aspects of filmmaking spanned the first three days, the second segment allowed 15 delegates to pitch projects to the industry expert based panel. As a jury member, the IEFTA awarded a deserving Farzana Boby this year’s prize of joining us in the industry workshops hosted in partnership with the Marche du Film at the upcoming Festival de Cannes in May 2019....

IEFTA presents ‘Advice for Emerging Filmmakers from Developing Nations’ live streamed to Atlan Khalis Film Festival followers. The Atlan Khalis Film Festival is an independent film festival held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 3-9 June. The international jury included a strong presence of industry leaders, including the IEFTA and this year selected national and international winners across four categories of short film. In addition to some forty plus film screenings, a range of masterclasses were delivered to participants. Bernadette Schramm Global Film Expression's Director, presented a Masterclass on the topic ‘Advice for Emerging Filmmakers from Developing Nations’ which was live streamed to followers of Atlan Khalis Film Festival helping to widen the reach of our message....

We thank you for supporting the Emerging Filmmakers participating in IEFTA's Global Film Expression and attending this year's 3rd edition of "Refugee Voice in Film" with the UNHCR at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Click the link below to sign the petition and support their cause....

The IEFTA held a private cocktail reception to honour The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at Plage 45 following the Refugee Voices in Film screening on Sunday May 13, 2018. Over 300 people joined together to celebrate the UNHCR team and talented filmmakers who stand #WithRefugees. 11 representatives from various UNHCR offices attended the events in Cannes to support the 3rd edition of Refugee Voices in Film at the Doc Corner of the Maché du Film and spread awareness of the UNHCR #withRefugees campaign. Among the UNHCR team was UNHCR France Representative Ralf Gruenert. Continue supporting us and our partners by signing the UNHCR #withRefugees petition to stand with refugees and urge decision makers to:  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education. • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live. • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to support their families. The campaign will continue through 2018 until a global compact for refugees is reached. CLICK HERE to stand #withRefugees today.  ...

Film Screening & Panel Conference for Beyond the Raging Sea On Saturday 12 May 2018, the documentary film by Marco Orsini Beyond the Raging Sea, was screened to a large audience as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary film is a collaboration between DHL, UNHCR, UNDP and IEFTA, and highlights the dangers refugees face when crossing open bodies of water for safety. With an overwhelming attendance the screening and was followed by lively debate and passionate opinions at the panel discussion. The panel consisted of the two leads of the film,Omar Samra and Omar Nour, plus Ralf Gruenert, the UNHCR Representative for France, Randa Aboul-Hosn, Country Director for the United Nations Development Program in Egypt and was moderated by journalist Sydney Levine. Special guest and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha who attended the screening commented -   “Resilience in a time of complete desperation. What an important, necessary and strong voice to shout to the world about refugees. This story is one for centuries to come.”   Currently in the ultimate stages of film production, Marco aims to use the screening to hone the final cut using audience feedback. ...

Witness the diverse use of film in addressing one of the most poignant global humanitarian crises of our time. IEFTA hosted the 3rd Edition of the Refugee Voices in Film series in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Marché du Film. The program explored the power of refugee testimonials with a focus on the Rohingya crisis, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and Syria. 11 UNHCR team members, including the UNHCR Representative of France, Ralf H.W. Gruenert and UNHCR Head of Video Unit, Michelle Hoffman, attended the festival to represent the program and initiative while answering audience questions related to the series. Other filmmakers that attended the event to represent their films included in the Refugee Voices in Film series included Charlotte Carroll (Red Crayon), Patrick Bodenham (Amina, My Sister) and Marco Bollinger (Safe Zone). Every seat in the Doc Corner screening room was filled by filmmakers and industry professionals interested in watching the films, meeting the UNHCR team and finding out more about the UNHCR’s #withRefugees program.  The Sunday screening of the program was followed by a private reception at Plage 45 to honour the UNHCR. Find out more here. ...

As we enter our 12th year and continue our mission, we are in preparation for a full schedule during Cannes Film Festival focusing on bringing new talent to Cannes as well as continuing to spread awareness of the refugee crisis....

Call for Ethiopian Filmmakers to meet with International Film Professionals The International Emerging Talent Films Association (IEFTA) invites Ethiopian Filmmakers to apply for the chance to meet with Film Producers and Film Festival Directors from the United States and Europe. 12 Filmmakers will be selected to meet one-on-one with the professionals to discuss and receive advice on developing their current projects. Projects can be at any stage of development, from initial idea to post-production, and the projects can be short or feature length and either narrative or documentary. The meetings will take place in Addis Ababa between 15 – 17 December 2017. To apply please submit the following information via email to info@iefta.org by 20 November 2017: One-page project description featuring a log-line, a short synopsis, a long synopsis and the stage of project development One-page biography and CV All applications must be submitted in English. Applications received after 20 November will not be taken into consideration. Finalists will be contacted by 1 December 2017 by IEFTA and collaborating partner, ACTION, to provide more information about the professionals and the meeting schedule for the finalists.  ...

Filmmakers Pietro Novello, Lubna Sharmin, Md Abid Mallick, Tsengel Davaasambuu, and Mungunkhuu Distabazar are honored at the From Dhaka to Cannes: A Celebration of Talent hosted by the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) at La Plage Royale on May 19, 2017 in Cannes, France. Photo by Kaidi Photography....