Ouaga Film Lab

Among the 90 projects submitted for the 2nd edition of OUAGA FILM LAB, 15 were select­ed. The director-producer pairs leading 10 projects, along with 5 young producers from Burkina, are accordingly invited to Ouagadougou from 11 to 23 September 2017.

The major innovation of this new edition of the OUAGA FILM LAB is the set up of a workshop dedicated to the African francophone produc­ers’ capacity building: the OUAGA PRODUC­ERS LAB. This year, this mechanism offers to 5 audiovisual producers in Burkina Faso an intensive training program on producing, structured in three phases: before, during and after the OUAGA FILM LAB.

More than ever, OUAGA FILM LAB is a plat­form for the development and co-production of film projects, fostering numerous meetings between leading cinema figures and young talent from the African continent, as well as encouraging their networking with profession­al platforms all over the world.

The 10 directors and 15 producers will receive personalized coaching, training sessions in scenario, production and pitching techniques with internationally recognized mentors and trainers.

Through meetings with professionals (produc­ers, international scriptwriting residencies, in­ternational funds…), OUAGA FILM LAB also gives access to great networks such as the Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français (France), Ruche documentaire/FIDADOC (Morocco), Sud Ecriture (Tunisia), EAVE (Luxembourg), the Moulin d’Andé (France), the Produire au Sud Workshop (France), CNC (France), SO­DEC (Québec), Hubert Bals Fund (Holland), and Berlinale Talents (Germany), and Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg (Germany).

Beyond this program dedicated to the select­ed participants, film and audiovisual profes­sionals in Burkina Faso will be able to freely attend masterclasses animated by internation­al filmmakers.

If OUAGA FILM LAB is today the incubator of African film and audiovisual creators and a major platform for revealing new talents of the sector, it is thanks to the trust given by its partners: the Swiss cooperation office in Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism of Burkina Faso, the Royal Danish Embassy in Burkina Faso, the French CNC, the OIF, the Paris and Ouagadougou Institut Français, the Institut Goethe in Ouagadougou, the Pôle régional audiovisuel d’Abidjan, the French Embassy in Burkina Faso, Canal Plus, the SODEC, and the Quebec Office in Dakar.

Our ambition is to contribute, through OUAGA FILM LAB, to the emergence of a true cultural and creative industry, that would be dynamic and conducive to economic development for the young generation of film and audiovisual professionals in Africa.