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).
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.
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!
Marco, Noriko, Carole & Angela