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.
Marco A Orsini
President & Founding Board Member
+33 (0)607 93 92 45