(News 80) On the margins of the Sousse International Film Festival for Children and Youth, from March 25 to April 1, cinema professionals discussed how to boost Tunisian film distribution.
Distributing independent films, especially Tunisian films, is difficult in a country with only 15 cinemas nationwide, of which 80% are in the capital Tunis.
But the country also has 210 cultural centres, and this could help to resolve the distribution problem.
Participants at the meeting agreed on a plan to:
If this plan works out, cultural centres, Tunisian film producers, and Tunisian film distributors could then work together to premiere Tunisian films on the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), in simultaneous “national realeases” supported by these newly-equipped cinemas all over the country.
Participants also said that a film distribution strategy should be devised to create local cinemas to bring films closer to Tunisian citizens, no matter where they are.