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Upcoming events - IEFTA at Berlinale to give presentation on Encouraging Collaboration with Emerging 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....

Dear Friends and Supporters of the IEFTA, The IEFTA marked its 10th Anniversary in 2016 with new projects, new partners and renewed determination!  We are so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and grateful  to you our friends, funders and collaborators for enabling us to deliver opportunity and education to those with limited access to cinematic self-expression.  Your passion & perseverance have allowed us to inspire and produce film art while changing perceptions and creating opportunities. Below, I have compiled highlights from the past year, emphasizing new initiatives we’re excited to undertake and updates from existing efforts we’ve been honored to execute. IEFTA at the Cannes Film Festival Pursuing our mission to identify, nurture and promote cinematic talent - especially from resource and access limited communities - we returned once again to the Cannes Film Festival.  This year we dramatically expanded our presence, our interventions and our impact.  In particular, the IEFTA Produced & Hosted the “Refugee Voices in Film” Conference Sponsored and Programmed a video “pop-up” space on Refugee Films in the Documentary Corner of the Marché Du Film Launched our new Bangladesh Film Initiative (IBIF) Affirmed & enhanced our affiliation with the Watersprite Film Festival in the UK Extended our mentoring program for Ethiopian filmmakers IEFTA & UNHCR Responding to the largest refugee crisis in the 21st Century, IEFTA presented the Refugee Voices in Film Conference on May 18th at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Conceived by Ragnhild Ek (Director, UNHCR Egypt), the conference,  a collaboration among the IETFA, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  and the Marché Du Film  (Cannes’ official marketplace), explored how stories are shared, examined global responses on screen, heard from filmmaking activists and built awareness by amplifying the voices of refugees.    Filmmaker and veteran festival organizer Mitch Levine produced the event with IEFTA financing. While the refugee crisis endures, the IEFTA will continue its work with the UNHCR and Marché Du Film.  Because the crisis continues, we are already planning a 2017 conference.  For more information on this years’ event, we invite you to visit: https://www.iefta.org/refugee-voices-in-film-conference/ IEFTA & the Ethiopian Film Initiative (EFI) IEFTA celebrates its 9th year developing film-related talent and supporting cinematic education in Ethiopia. As the indigenous industry has experienced a renaissance, our goals and objectives have adjusted to meet new demands and altered circumstances. While our Global Film Initiative continues to develop the careers of Ethiopian filmmakers on the international stage  — our guests at Cannes this year, participants at the 2014 event, came to negotiate distribution for a nearly completed feature! - we’ve re-doubled our efforts to expand and improve cinematic education nationwide.  For more information on our challenges and successes, please visit: https://www.iefta.org/from-addis-to-cannes/ IEFTA AND WATERSPRITE (UK) in 2016, we celebrated the first year of our collaboration with the Watersprite Film Festival, an event that is redefining the concept of a student festival.  IEFTA President Marco Orsini gave a key-note address to attendees, discussing our work in developing nations and on behalf of refugees. With submissions from filmmakers in 78 countries on six continents, the Watersprite Awards and Festival in Cambridge is dedicated to celebrating, developing and positioning emerging global talent.  Watersprite's non-profit, volunteer-run enterprise aligns beautifully with our mission and complements our efforts.  We look forward to the 2017 Festival as well as joint activities throughout the year. IEFTA AND BANGLADESH At Cannes this May, we announced our partnership with the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB).  Spearheaded by acclaimed director/producer Samia Zaman, Research Officer at the Bangladesh Institute of Strategic Studies, the Initiative introduces the nation’s most capable filmmakers to the global community, for the benefit of both and for audiences everywhere. Through festival partnerships, outreach to film professionals, critics and financial interest, the IFIB produces workshops, symposia, exhibitions and conferences on behalf of the Bangladeshi film industry, while advancing its full participation in the global marketplace. Plans for our partnership in 2017 include: •Sponsoring a development conference at the Dhaka International Film Festival, hosted by IFIB •Funding an inaugural Dhaka to Cannes event •Delivering creative consulting and logistical support Our Thanks None of the foregoing could have happened without your belief and contributions.  We ask that you continue to keep us in your hearts and on your list of worthy causes that merit support.  In 10 years time, we’ve achieved a great deal with minimal resources, a part-time staff, and the invaluable labor of our friends, members and partners.  There are so many stories to tell and so many voices we haven’t heard from yet.  Let’s discover them together. Please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IEFTAorg/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/iefta_org) and of course at our dedicated site: https://www.iefta.org And I will look forward to hearing from each and every one of you, whether to answer questions, hear your advice, or to accept your donation of time, money or expertise. Marco Orsini, President marco@orsini.com At the IEFTA, our mission is to discover and promote emerging cinema talent from around the world, to encourage dialogue among filmmakers, to promote cultural diversity and international understanding and to engage the art of cinema. Focusing on the world’s developing regions, IEFTA’s Global Film Expression Initiatives provide opportunity and education to those who have limited access to the resources for cinematic creativity....

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. 2006 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. 2007 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. 2008 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. 2009 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. 2010 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. 2011 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. 2012 Our second Addis to Cannes program brings Ethiopian filmmakers to Cannes & Monaco for festival events, screenings, continuing education and networking. 2013 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. 2014 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. 2015 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. 2016 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 (https://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. YOURS GRATEFULLY, Marco, Noriko, Max, Carole & Angela...

DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE IEFTA/EFI, I wanted to give you a quick update on what has transpired since our amazing Addis to Cannes workshop this past May, 2014. Since the event 8 months ago, we have launched a very aggressive mentorship program with the five original filmmakers who participated in Cannes, four being female. Most of you had the opportunity to meet them when we screened their previous works at the Columbus Hotel back in May. You could see by their work how talented they are and how much support is needed to allow their careers to blossom into International filmmakers. It takes a lot of nourishment to support such an endeavour and it seems as if our progress is about to pay off. Two filmmakers from the five have stood out. Hiwot Admasu has just finished shooting her next film which was possible through a kickstarter campaign launched by Lisa Gordon who currently consults our Mentorship program. Even though Hiwot came to Cannes with a production deal in place with a French production company, she was short of funds to complete the film. Lisa and her husband John were able to raise the funds to complete Hiwot’s film and move the process forward. We congratulate Hiwot for such a step forward and look forward to screening her film for all of us to see. Lisa and John have a lot of work in front of them to help guide Hiwot’s progress. Hermon Hailay wasted no time after Cannes returning to Ethiopia and filming her long awaited film, Price of Love. It is completed and we have been in direct communication with Hermon and her Producer Max in Addis Ababa about how to get the film to an International audience. The good news is that Hermon’s film was recently accepted into the prestigious biannual FESPACO, Burkina Faso 28 Feb – 07 March. This festival is the largest in Africa and the film Price of Love will be in the Narrative Feature competition. Price of Love has also been accepted into a very prestigious film festival in France this coming year but we cannot announce it until the actual festival announces. This festival however needs subtitles in French and this costs even more money. We would like your help in covering this cost and any cost related to marketing for both festivals. We believe this film could have the potential of an International release. Imagine the prospects of a filmmaker releasing her film to an international audience from Ethiopia because of your continued dedication to our support of filmmakers in Ethiopia. This year marks our ninth year as an association in Monaco and our seventh as a collaboration (IEFTA/EFI). We hope that you continue to support filmmakers within our organisation. Please help today by: Sending a cheque to our association (IEFTA – 5 Blvd du Tenao MC 98000 Monaco) or making a transfer to: International Emerging Film Talent Association IBAN: MC46 3000 2054 3000 0007 0787 L70 BIC: CRLYMCM1 … Every donation counts, no matter how big or how small! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to making this year as successful as last year! Kind Regards, Marco Orsini President...

Dear Friends, Partners & Supporters of the IEFTA, It is with gratitude and pride that I write to inform you of the achievements of the IEFTA over the last 12 months and to thank you for your role in making them possible. We experienced yet another year of substantial growth and significant action, of shared opportunities and changed lives! Because I know you are as busy as I am, allow me to get right to the point: a list of our accomplishments in 2013-14, an overview of our plans for 2015 and my now-familiar request for your continuing support. ADDIS TO CANNES – 2014 This May, five exceptional young Ethiopian filmmakers – four of them women– experienced a once-in-a–lifetime visit to Monte Carlo and the Cannes Film Festival.   Guided by IEFTA mainstay Moira Griffin, these accomplished and ambitious artists attended screenings, participated in workshops and seminars and were feted at glamorous, star-studded dinners and parties. Capping their visit, they presented their own films at a special event in Monaco. We congratulate filmmakers Adanech Admassu, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Hermon Hailey, Yamrot Nigussie and Daniel Negatu, this year’s participants in the From Addis To Cannes event, an educational program sponsored by us and the Ethiopian Film Initiative (EFI). MENTORSHIP PROGRAM The EFI, with support from IEFTA, has launched a mentorship programme directed (with incredible energy and passion) by writer/producer and industry stalwart, Lisa Gordon. Dedicated to identifying and developing the creative talent of career-ready East-African film creatives, the EFI is currently soliciting applicants and industry mentors. As conceived, the Mentorship Programme will provide opportunity, guidance and resources to filmmakers in historically disadvantaged regions as they develop their skills, networks and local industries in order to produce accomplished film narratives to be shared with their communities and audiences worldwide. PARTNERSHIPS The IEFTA is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Rome International Film Festival and its New Cinema Network (NCN) initiative to feature, finance and develop Ethiopian filmmakers at this year’s festival. Headlining this joint effort is a film titled, Children of the Breast, by Haile Gerima, an official selection that is screening in this years’ competition. The New Cinema Network supports independent filmmaking and forms co-production relationships with filmmakers chosen from among the most interesting talents on the international independent scene. In the coming months, I will presume to write you on behalf of our most recent cadre of exceptional and deserving Ethiopian filmmakers as they make creative decisions and professional choices worthy of their talent and our support. In closing, I can only say that we have been blessed to receive your advice, your insight AND your financial backing. We couldn’t do it without you, nor would we want to! Yours gratefully, Marco, Noriko, Carole & Angela...

Dear friends of the IEFTA, It gives me great pleasure to share with you recent achievements and immediate plans for the International Emerging Talent Film Association for this coming 2014. As you well know, the IEFTA promotes film education in developing countries and supports emerging filmmakers internationally. Since our inception in 2006, we’ve honoured this mandate and this coming year will be no exception. Indeed, in 2013, we got to watch as one of our supported filmmakers stepped boldly onto the world stage. Working with the Ethiopian Film Initiative (EFI), our goal has been to raise the international profile of that nation’s film industry by showcasing the country’s best young filmmakers and helping them establish themselves in the international marketplace. In 2012, Yidnekachew Shumete was one of 3 Ethiopian filmmakers invited to Monaco and Cannes for workshops, programs and events surrounding the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. During his Cannes meetings, Shumete pitched his project, “Nishan” (or Medal Of Honor), which he then proceeded to get produced. Nishan premiered in competition at FESPACO in February 2013, before making the rounds of the international festival circuit. We are so proud of his progress and gratified by the opportunity to participate and assist. We’re confident that he’s on his way to a successful career amid continued creative growth and opportunity. Besides the continued development of filmmakers within the IEFTA, two of our board members, who have been active with us since our inception in 2006, have taken on more prominent roles within the film festival circuit. Mitch Levine, our consultant for the IETFF and the Addis to Cannes workshops, has accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Provincetown Film Society. Moira Griffin who runs the Global Film Expression (GFE) for the IEFTA is now Manager at Diversity Initiatives at the Sundance Film Festival. Both are committed to continue their work within the IEFTA and the initiatives we create. On the home front, we’re delighted to announce our latest Monaco project. In cooperation with the EFI, we are partnering with the Foundation for Peace on a new festival to be held in town from the 31st of October through the 2nd of November, 2014. Conceived and led by Manuel Collas De La Roche, the Foundation for Peace Festival will present relevant films and panel discussions with actors, filmmakers and Nobel laureates from around the world. The event will be yet another boost for the arts in Monaco and the region. Look for more information on our website in the coming weeks. As I write, we’re preparing to reprise our bi-annual Addis to Cannes workshop. As in 2012, we’ll host three aspiring Ethiopian filmmakers, as they travel to the South of France and participate at the festival. We’ll be showcasing their work on screen in Cannes as well as in Monte-Carlo. This year’s Addis to Cannes event runs from the 16th through the 20th of May. Activities will include a public screening of work by our guest filmmakers at a venue in Monaco on Saturday the 18th, followed by the 2nd Annual Villa Nocturne Gala honouring our members and supporters on the 19th (Sunday). Beside workshops for our filmmakers in Cannes and Monaco, there will be filmmaking activities in Cannes. Finally and significantly, I ask each of you to consider how you would like to be involved in the effort? Is it a contribution of time, talent, resources or any combination thereof, that’s most appropriate for you? As ever, we’re actively seeking lead sponsors for both projects, but there are so many ways to contribute meaningfully beyond signing a check. While the rewards of involvement may be hard to quantify, the qualitative difference that you can make in the lives of our Ethiopian neighbours is, frankly, staggering. I can be reached at this email or the numbers listed below to provide further information or answer questions about the IEFTA and our ambitious plans for 2014 and beyond.   Sincerely, Marco A Orsini President & Founding Board Member marco@iefta.org +33 (0)607 93 92 45 ...

Dear IEFTA community: Let me begin by belatedly wishing you all a Happy New Year.   Please accept my sincerest hopes for a safe and prosperous 2013 for you and your loved ones. It has been some time since I last had the opportunity to report on the work of the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), but it is my pleasure to do so today. As you know, the IEFTA’s mission is to promote film education in developing countries and to support emerging filmmakers internationally.  Since our inception in 2006, we have honored this mandate and 2012 has been no exception. We have had a very productive year. At the Cannes Film Festival last May, we hosted an event on behalf of three promising young Ethiopian filmmakers, raising funds to cover their travel to and participation at the festival, and showcasing their work on screen there and in Monte-Carlo.  Actor Billy Zane, our new advisory board member, and the honoraryAmbassador Tadelech of the Ethiopian Film Initiative (EFI), co-hosted.  It was an exciting, educational and memorable week for all participants. After our visit to Cannes, we met with our Ethiopian guests to discuss how best to support their continuing film education in country.   Among the many recommendations presented, one response was clear and simple:  movies.   With assistance from Monaco Stars & Bars, we held a month long DVD drive for classic films. We collected 100 DVD’s to augment the small but select library of filmed content at the Ethiopian Film Initiative. We also learned of a pressing need by the EFI for support to update, maintain and improve its website.  As a portal to the nation and its filmmakers,  the website is a clearinghouse for information about African film in general and a window on the state of its development.  We recognize a mission of critical imperative in this technological challenge. On October 5th, for the 4th year in a row, the IEFTA sponsored a film night at which we raised 6,350 Euros to be spent on the following Expand the EFI website’s filmmaker and film databases. Create digital tools to enable filmmakers to improve and develop their skills and interact internationally. Update the list of grants and opportunities. Update the design and enhance the technology of the site. Underwrite the provision of introductory & advanced film workshops in Addis Ababa. Simply put, we had another productive year in 2012. To continue our work, we have set ourselves two significant goals for the next 18 months. 1.        Continue our tradition of sponsoring 3 Ethiopian filmmakers at Cannes and inviting them to showcase their work in Monaco and Cannes. 2.        Co-Host an international conference in Addis Ababa to examine educational programs and film workshops throughout Africa in order to share successes, identify best practices and discover how to make these efforts sustainable. Board member Moira Griffith and consultant Mitch Levine are already at  work on the second objective which we plan to implement immediately after Cannes 2014.   Since we’ve achieved similar objectives in the past, we know that both are eminently attainable, subject only to our ability to finance them. Moving forward, I ask each of you to consider how you would like to be involved in the effort, whether contributing time, talent or resources or any combination thereof.  A prime sponsor for either project is always welcome, but there are so many ways you can meaningfully contribute and participate beyond signing a check.  While the rewards of involvement may be hard to quantify, the qualitative difference that you can make in the lives of our Ethiopian neighbors is frankly, staggering. I look forward to sharing with you our plans and our progress as we move forward; I trust you know by now that I won’t bombard you with emails! I can be reached at this email or the numbers listed below for any further information desired or questions unanswered about the IEFTA and our ambitious plans for 2013 and beyond. Sincerely, Marco Orsini PRESIDENT, IEFTA...