Ouaga Film Lab

Genre : Home of artists in residence
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
01 BP 2515 Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Tel. : 00226 25 40 91 61
Contact by email

For its 4th edition, in addition to West Africa, OUAGA FILM LAB opens its applications to Central African directors (Burundi, Cameroun, Congo, Gabon, Guinée Equatoriale, République centrafricaine, République Démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Tchad, Uganda). Thus, the following call for projects is opened to African project promoters (which director is coming from West or Central Africa), in the field of cinema.

Ouaga Film Lab is a meeting platform for young talents from the continent and international consultants. It establishes a direct two-way dialogue: between the African talents themselves and with professionals from the whole world; promoting, networking and exchanging around the inherent difficulties of film production, both locally and internationally.

OUAGA FILM LAB is the first development and co-production laboratory in West Africa. Its main purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness of directors and producers of the countries of the sub-region in the various international laboratories and to facilitate their access to local financing funds, international co-productions and their close collaboration with confirmed mentors from the continent.

The innovation of the 4th edition is to open the call for projects, in addition to West Africa, to Central African professionals who fit the criteria set out in the Ouaga Film Lab 2019 regulations.

At the end of the call for projects, a committee will select 10 film projects that will be invited to participate in the 4th edition of OUAGA FILM LAB. The main selection criteria are the artistic quality of the presented projects, as well as the sensitivity of the subject.

Registration is free and should be done online: www.ouagafilmlab.net
It must meet the criteria set out in the regulation and be made before the June 30 th 2019 at 00:00 GMT.
The file must be written in French or English.
Any candidate (director or producer) has the right to submit maximum 2 projects.

This file includes:

-The synopsis or a treatment of 10 pages maximum or 15000 characters,
- The director's note of intent (maximum 1 page),
- The producer's note of intent (maximum 1 page),
- The curriculum vitae (focused on the filmography) of the director,
- The curriculum vitae (focused on the filmography) of the producer,
- The presentation of the production company,
- The detailed budget of the project (in local currency and in euros)
- A passport size photo of the director - JPG Format (300 dpi / 10 × 15 cm),
- A passport size photograph of the producer - JPG Format (300 dpi / 10 × 15 cm),
- A DVD copy or a Vimeo or Youtube link from the director's or producer's last film, subtitled in French or English (short films and feature films are accepted).

At the end of this week of training, meetings and pitching of the projects, several prizes will be given to the best projects, so they can participate to international script writing residencies or coproduction markets.

The 4th edition of OUAGA FILM LAB will take place from September 19th to 28th 2019 in Ouagadougou. It's organized in close collaboration with EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), the French Institute (IF Paris, IF Burkina Faso, the Fabrique des cinémas du monde, the Cinémathèque Afrique), the Moulin d'Andé, the Festival international de film documentaire d'Agadir in Morocco (FIDADOC), Sud Ecriture (Tunisie), the Groupe Ouest (France), and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany) ; as well with the support of the Swiss Office for Cooperation in Burkina, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée, the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), the Goethe Institute of Ouagadougou, Canal Plus, TV5MONDEand the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Burkina Faso.


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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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