Fourteen film professionals from eight African countries have been chosen to take part in the online training programme, which will run from September 26 to October 2, 2021.
The inaugural edition of the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy is dedicated to professionals working in sales, distribution, exhibition, and programming, and is funded by the Durban Film Mart and IEFTA.
The selected participants include:
Aderinsola Ajao – Journalist & Film Curator, Screen Out Loud (Nigeria)
Andrea Voges – Sales & Distribution Manager, Urucu Media (South Africa)
Bérénice Hahn – Sales Agent, Social Transformation & Empowerment Projects (STEPS) (Madagascar)
Djia Mambu – Film Critic, Film Distributor, Maziwa Makuu Films (Congo)
Ibee Ndaw – Festival Manager, Sudu Connexion (Senegal)
Jana Erasmus – Producer of Marketing & Distribution, Indigenous Film (South Africa)
Joy Nduto – TV/Film Content Producer, Distributor & Consultant, Attitude Media Ltd. (Kenya)
Khanyo Mjamba – Head of Acquisitions & Sales, Gaba Media (South Africa)
Linda Wairegi – Social Media Assistant, Africa Digital Media Studios (Kenya)
Lyse Nsengiyumva – Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam & Founder & Creator at Recognition (Rwanda)
Mitchell Harper – Industry Programme Curator, Durban FilmMart (South Africa)
Pumulo Ngoma – Producer, Programming & Marketing, Mata Africa (South Africa)
Wambui Gathee – Screenings Manager, Docubox (Kenya)
Wilford Machili – Head and Programmer, Maputo International Film Festival (Mozambique) & Film Producer, Big Picture
“We’re thrilled to kick-off the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy and to introduce our program for young professionals in this region. In such a fast-changing and re-shaping business environment, it is crucial to create an international network for the future leading film industry players from Latin America, the Middle East, the USA, India, Europe and now also from Southern Africa,” says Markus Duffner, Head of Locarno Pro.