Ababa, August 15, 2009 — Representatives from Ethiopia are participating
in the first East African Independent Producers Forum opened on Thursday
in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss and make recommendations on the setting up
of an East African Independent Producers Organization.
The forum supported by UNESCO also brought together participants from
other seven countries including Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda,
Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
Selected themes and topics, reflecting the key vision, mission and
objectives of the forum, are being addressed through various moderated
discussions and presentations, according to the information posted on
Accordingly, theoretical and political implications, modalities,
expected results and working methods towards an East African Independent
Producers Organization and an East African Convention on Cinematic
Collaboration, historical challenges of independent production in
Africa, and role of government in the development of audiovisual media
sector and assessment of necessary regional instruments were among the
themes and topics at the session.
Issues on how to facilitate unity among East African independent
producers towards a common vision and common voice and the role of
broadcasters in the development of the East African audiovisual media
sector, with the special focus on national and public service
broadcasters would also be raised at the three-day forum.
The forum is supported by UNESCO within the framework of its Audiovisual
E-Platform and is organized during the Lola Kenya Screen Festival 2009.
Source: Daily Monitor