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How global south filmmakers find funding through film festivals in the global north

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

San Sebastian Film FestivalBesides providing much-needed visibility and prestige, film festivals are also marketplaces and training venues, in which first- or second-time filmmakers can gain valuable entrepreneurial guidance. This is of particular importance considering that a film’s heaviest production costs are incurred after it has been shot. Indeed, while shooting a film has arguably never been cheaper or easier, filmmakers still face numerous obstacles when it comes to actually getting their work viewed. Editing, color-correction, subtitling, grading and mixing — but also pitching, marketing, selling: these form the practical difference between a film acquiring some kind of shelf life and disappearing before it has even been shown.Tamara Falicov

Such observations were the starting point for a short lecture presented at this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival by film scholar Tamara Falicov, of the University of Kansas. Falicov’s main focus was the increasingly viable funding opportunities open to filmmakers in the global south — Africa, Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, East Asia and the Middle East — and how many of these are obtained through competitive schemes established by film festivals in Europe.  Read more.



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