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Speeches on the professional area of the FCAT Cordoba

From October 11, 2012 until October 16, 2012

This year the Professional Area of the African Film Festival of Cordoba took place at the headquarters of Casa Árabe in the city. The institution took part in both round tables for professionals on that business sector.

FCAT Professional Area 2012 promoted cooperation between cinema professionals in Africa, Spain and the rest of the world. Round tables took place on Tuesday October 16th, with Eduardo López Busquets, director general of Casa Árabe, and Nuria Medina, coordinator of the Cultural Programs at Casa Árabe, and tackled key topics such as funding, production, distribution and exhibition of the African films.

Tuesday October 16th, from 10.30 to 12.00.
Distribution in Africa’s cinemas
If funding could be considered as a hard battle for African cinemas, distribution is another tough one, and also setting audiences which enable to recover the Money invested. During this session the focus was on the initiatives which contributed to make viable African cinemas, and different angles were shown.

Round table: "Cultural Distribution"
Participants: Mane Cisneros, director of FCAT Cordoba: The Model of Cinenómada; Nuria Medina, Coordinator of Cultural Programs at Casa Árabe; and Hans Christian Mahnke, Namibia: ÁfricAvenir.

Round table: "Commercial Distribution".
Participants: Russell Southwood, Balancing Act Africa: the Outlook of televisions, Information Technologies and Internet in Africa; Enrico Chiesa, director of the website View on Demand; Dayo Ogunyemi, founder of 234 Media, new models on hall exploitation; and Steven Markovitz, by Big World Cinema, South Africa, who showed the study case: Viva Riva.

Tuesday October 16th, from 12.30 to 14.00.

Algeria, 50 Years of History and Cinema
FCAT Cordoba wanted to be part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Algeria with a special film season which was introduced in a round table and which highlights Algeria history through the eyes of some of its most famous filmmakers.

To introduce the round table there were Eduardo López Busquets, Director General of Casa Árabe; Marion Berger, FCAT Cordoba Programming Director; and Elvira Saint-Gerons, managing director of Three Cultures Foundation.
As participants of it, Alfonso Crespo, (moderator) cinema critic expert on cinema-history relations; Merzak Allouache, Algerian filmmaker with more than fifteen movies filmed; Samir Ardjoum, Algerian cinema critic and artistic director of the Journées Cinématographiques of Bérjaia; and Djamil Beloucif, director of the documentary Bir d'Eau.

Filmography of the retrospective:
Tahia Ya Didou, M. Zinet, 1971
Omar Gatlato, M. Allouache, 1975
Abna al Rih, B. Tsaki, 1981
Youcef, M. Chouikh, 1993
Bab el Oued City, M. Allouache, 1994
Rachida, Y. Bachir Chouikh, 2002
Barakat!, D. Sahraoui, 2005
Les Baies d’Alger [Algiers Bays], H. Djedouani, 2006
Dans le silence je sens rouler la terre [In the Silence, I Hear the Earth Move], A. Tati, 2006
M. Bensmaïl, Frame of Bab el Oued City Chine est encore Loin [China Is Still A Long Way Away], 2010

Speeches take place at Casa Árabe’s Auditorium (c/ Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9)