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18/11/2010

New film organisation in Ivory Coast

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Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:52
A new organisaton, the Association of Young Film and TV Professionals of Côte d'Ivoire (AJTEC-CI), was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday 13 November.
Screenwriter and director Honoré Essoh, who was elected president of the AJTEC-CI, says that the organisation has not been established to oppose senior filmmakers but because young filmmakers want to learn and improve their skills.

The AJTEC-CI aims to create an active network of young people operating in the fields of film and television in order to improve their professionalism. The new association aims to:
- Ensure training and capacity building of its members;
- Enhance the work of young film and TV professionals;
- Contribute to the revitalization of the film and television industries in Côte d'Ivoire;
- restore the enjoyment of cinema to the Ivorians and introduce youngsters to this culture.

“Our country is better known these last years in West Africa and some other countries for its many successful TV series,” says Honoré Essoh. “It’s a good thing but we want to go beyond that. In the past the Ivory Coast made very good movies for Africa and the world. And we want to come back on this path.”

Members of AJTEC-CI include directors, producers, assistant directors, editors, sound technicians, cameramen and sound professionals.

"The first project we are launching is a screenwriting competition under the theme ‘The Ivory Coast of Tomorrow’. Three screenplays will be selected for rewriting workshops. The aim is to produce three 7-minute short films,” says Essoh.