For the first time since 1962, Algeria will have a pavilion at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s International Village, an important venue for national film industries and international film associations to promote their films, network, and negotiate with film professionals.
The pavilion will show the Algerian film industry’s potential, especially through the new films of its young filmmakers, and actively seek partnerships in production (co-production, funding), distribution in Algeria and abroad, and training.
It will particularly encourage investment in Algeria’s film sector, including its cinemas and studios, where the means for distribution, production, and post-production remain extremely weak in view of increasing local demand.
It will also highlight Algeria’s wide range of natural and architectural landscapes to encourage producers looking for specific low-budget shooting locations to come to Algeria.
Besides the country’s latest productions, the pavilion will also show a selection of Algerian films made in the half century since independence, and host several professional meetings, including some already jotted down in the diary.
The Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence will be in charge of the Algerian pavilion, at the request of the ministry of culture.
From May 16 to 27, Algeria’s pavilion can be found at: 116, International Village, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes.