Call for Projects: Documentary training workshop, run by filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon

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Published on : 24/05/2018

Call for Projects
The second edition of the "Heritage and Colonial History" documentary training workshop, run and coordinated by filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno, will take place from September 23rd to
November 17th 2018
at Espace Culturel Gacha (Bangoulap-Cameroun), in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Kamerun, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Les Films
du Raphia, and the Fondation Jean-Félicien Gacha.

"Tangible and intangible cultural heritage are the foundation of a community's cultural identity. In every country, knowledge of the past is essential to build a future based on a cultural identity. Future survival and cultural dynamism require a continuity between past, present and future." (Heritage Commission, UNESCO)

1) Aims
This workshop aims to train young Cameroonians in documentary filmmaking practice, and to produce a series of documentary films on questions of Cameroonian heritage.
For over fifty years ago, documentary cinema in Africa has been a tool of entertainment, manipulation and sometimes propaganda, rather than a pedagogical tool at the service of reappropriating and conserving our common good: our heritage. Documentary, the avantgarde of cinema, which often came before and validated quality works of fiction, finds in its encounter with heritage a fertile ground from which an original documentary practice can emerge, capable of offering the world alternative representations today.

2) General conditions of application
- Candidates may propose a subject of their choice, provided that it relates to the theme of the workshop.
- Candidates must be Cameroonian. Minimum age (on 23 September 2018): 21; maximum age: 30. Candidates can only send ONE documentary proposal.
- Candidates must be the author of the project proposed. All plagiarism will result in the immediate elimination of the candidacy.
- Candidates must be free to participate in the workshop for its entire duration, and actively participate in both making their own films and in helping the other participants improve theirs.
- Workshop participants will receive board and lodgings during the workshop, within the limit of the organizers' capacities.
- French-speakers must be able to work in English, and English-speakers to work in French. The course will be run in both languages indifferently.
- The 15-minute-long films made will be entirely funded by the workshop.
- The films will become part of a collection of works destined to be shown as widely as possible in order to fulfil another of the training course's objectives: audience education.

3) Deadline and where to send applications
Candidacies must be sent by email only to: before May 31st 2018.

4) Applications must include
Applications may be sent in French or in English, and must include following documents:
- A description of your idea or film project based on the theme of Heritage and Colonial
History (1 page maximum - font: Calibri, size: 12, line spacing: simple).
- A letter motivating your participation in the workshop (1 page maximum - font: Calibri,size: 12, line spacing: simple).
- A CV, 1 page maximum (mentioning your address, date of birth, academic qualifications andprofessional experience).
8 candidates (4 men and 4 women) will be selected.
The list of candidates selected to participate in the workshop will be published on July 10th 2018 on the Goethe-Institut Kamerun and "Patrimoine Heritage" Facebook pages, and displayed at the Goethe-Institut in Yaoundé.
Selected candidates will also be informed individually per email.

Edited by Thierno I. Dia
Africiné Magazine / Africultures

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