Berlinale: Africa′s rising film industry | Africa | DW

The quintessential “African film” does not really exist, says Vinzeno Bugno, project manager of the World Cinema Fund (WCF): “The term sounds too banal, because it is a huge and diverse region.” At this year’s Berlinale Africa Hub, an initiative of the European Film Market, Bugno offered funding opportunities for African filmmakers. It is only the second time that Africa has been present at this important industry event, which takes place at the same time as the Berlinale — the Berlin International Film Festival.

“Things have changed a lot over the past few years,” says Bugno, who also sits on the selection committee for the film competition. For example, South Africa now has professional structures in place for filmmakers. But other regions also have a lot to offer: “As a World Cinema…

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