Dear Friends & Supporters,
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
… 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!