Kenyan Producer Bramwell Iro has been selected to participate in the second Creative Producer Indaba (CPI) among fifteen diverse producers from around the globe.
Creative Producer Indaba awards are scheduled to take place online from 7th November this year for a week, at the Atlas Workshops (Marrakech International Film Festival) 14 – 17 November and at International Film Festival Rotterdam (25 January – 5 February 2023) in person.
Creative Producer Indaba is presented by Realness Institute, in partnership with EAVE, International Film Festival Rotterdam’s industry initiative IFFR Pro, and the Marrakech International Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops; with the support of IEFTA, Projeto Paradiso and The StoryBoard Collective.
The Indaba aims to bring together a hive-mind of producers who are either in the process of developing a film project or want to collaborate on an African film project, in order to develop their entrepreneurial and leadership expertise, foster their creative skills, and create long-lasting and significant networks.
The selected cohort includes:
Selected participants include African producers Marion Isaacs (South Africa), Matheus Mello (Brazil/Mozambique), Bramwell Iro (Kenya), Sawsan Yusuf (Egypt) and Zoe Ramushu (Zimbabwe/South Africa) who have active film projects in development and are looking for international producers and co-financiers. Their film projects include a heist suspense series, two feature documentary dramas, and two feature dramas.
African Film professionals
Film professionals from Africa – Caroline Kganyago-Ralefeta, Lucia Meyer-Marais and Tracey-Lee Rainers (South Africa), Mia Bittar (Sudan) and Pedro Soulé (Cabo Verde) who have significant stakes in the African film marketplace, with an interest in the development of film projects and co-producing with Africa were selected.
Bartholomeu Luiz (Brazil), Ellen Havenith (Netherlands), Flavia Zanon (Switzerland), Kesmat El Sayed (Egypt/Germany) and Temilola Adebayo (Nigeria /Canada) are all international producers looking to finance projects in Africa, with a view to collaborating on African projects. Luiz is attending through a partnership with the Brazilian foundation, Projeto Paradiso.
“We are truly excited about this year’s strong cohort for the Creative Producer Indaba,” says Mehret Mandefro, Director of Development and Partnership, at Realness Institute.
“These producers represent a diverse range of voices and interests with solid or growing networks from Africa and beyond. Following our highly successful CPI last year we have seen how these intense programs can provide opportunities for filmmakers to move forward with their ideas and projects,” added Mandefro
Kristina Tapp explained the importance of the initiative by saying that collaboration was the key to surviving in a changing world.
“We can no longer work in isolation, or in silos, the world has changed and collaboration is key. The CPI creates a solid and safe space for producers to find solution-driven strategies through sharing skills, ideas and networks. We believe the Indaba will also once again help to connect people in a significant and meaningful way,” said Kristina Trapp, CEO at EAVE.
The realness institute has been responsible for several workshops which have proven successful over the years.
“Worldwide we see the success of these kinds of incubators, where professional development and knowledge-sharing has had a profound effect on producers, who often work tirelessly in isolation with few opportunities to benchmark their skills and share their insights,” says Inke Van Loocke, Head of IFFR Pro.
“We look forward to seeing what sparks are ignited at the Indaba this year, and the impact this will have on the projects in development, and others,” added Loocke.
The Creative Producer Indaba is made possible through the support of Documentary Africa, International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud, the Brazilian foundation Projeto Paradiso, and The Storyboard Collective in partnership with European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), International Film Festival Rotterdam and Marrakech International Film Festival (Atlas Workshops).