In the wake of the Images of Africa project implemented by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development between 2003 and 2009, there was strong demand from local stakeholders in terms of training and enhancing the professional skills of trainers and teaching teams. Indeed, with little local support, establishments offering training in cinema and audiovisual careers in sub-Saharan African were struggling to train a new generation of professionals.
With the aim of assisting artistic creation and diversity, the Images of Africa training program provides support for two years to seven training structures selected for their regional focus and financial autonomy.
The training programme should ultimately enable the establishments to attain educational autonomy by strengthening the skills of local trainers, and should help to enhance the teaching offered by the training centres where these trainers work.
Seven training centres in sub-Saharan Africa in the field of cinema and the audiovisual arts:
In November 2013, a launch seminar was held in Ouagadougou for the management of all the beneficiary institutions to discuss and implement a 2-year action plan (2014-2016) that would meet the common needs identified.
Since February 2014, a number of regional initiatives have been undertaken, with the expert assistance of guest speakers and industry professionals, both French and African:
From 5 to 13 May 2014, the directors of the seven training centres funded by the Images of Africa Training Priority Solidarity Fund will attend a workshop in Accra to discuss the issues and problems linked to preserving archives and protecting Africa's audiovisual and cinematographic heritage.
On 17 February 2014, the first training session in the Images d'Afrique Formation (Images of Africa – Training) project was held in Ouagadougou.
On 16–26 February 2015 a workshop on writing and producing short films on mobile phones was held at the Institut Imagine in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
In the wake of two years of support for seven centres providing training in the fields of audiovisual techniques and the cinema in Africa, the directors of the various recipient structures under the Images of Africa Training project met for a review meeting at the ESAV (Visual Arts College) on 18 and 19 April 2016 in Marrakech (Morocco).