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The Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program was created to foster and develop long-term relationships with some of the most promising up-and-coming filmmakers from continental Africa. Through the financial support of the fund and the mentorship support provided by the Focus Features Africa First Advisory Board, we aim to bring filmmakers into an environment that will allow them to grow as filmmakers with an international audience.

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2010 Applications Deadline for Africa First Extended to September 3rd!

Posted August 10, 2010

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2010 Applications Deadline for Africa First Extended to September 3rd!

Following requests from filmmakers to Focus Features’ Africa First program director Kisha Cameron-Dingle and Focus director of production Matthew Plouffe at the recent Durban FilmMart in South Africa, the 2010 applications for Focus Features’ Africa First program have been granted a DEADLINE EXTENTION; applications will now be accepted through FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd.

The uniquely conceived initiative, with funds earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, is for the third consecutive year offering eligible and participating filmmakers the chance to be awarded $10,000 in financing for pre-production, production, and/or post-production on their narrative short film made in continental Africa and tapping into the resources of the film industry there.  

Complete details on Africa First – including application information – can be accessed through www.focusfeatures.com/africafirst.