the director's eye
was created with the aim of supporting the authors of African cinema, throughout some of the most important phases in the development and production of a film.
The pilot edition of the project took place in 2012, in collaboration with the Festival de Cinema Africano de Cordoba
and the co-production forum Africa Produce.
Through the creation of a 25,000 euro fund dedicated to the best screenplays (presented during the 5 days of the forum Africa Produce 2012), the director's eye
aims to support emerging talents throughout the creation and development processes of original stories for the big screen.
On 19 October 2012 a jury comprising Nigerian director Newton I. Aduaka and South African producer Steven Markovitz, selected Djin
by Hawa Essuman as the winner of lettera27
the director's eye also aims to experiment, on the basis of models that are already known at international festivals, with alternative financing strategies for cinema production and new instruments, such as crowdfunding campaigns, which are activated and spread through social networks.
In recent years many cinema projects, including low budget projects, have been possible thanks to the participation and support of thousands of people whose direct contribution helped to form a co-production community. With this spirit and these instruments the director's eye
intends to endorse and participate in forthcoming successful work by authors of African cinema.