African films bound for Hot Docs fest in Canada
By Etan Vlessing
TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - With all eyes on South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, international filmmakers are descending on the Hot Docs Toronto Documentary Forum next week with Africa-themed films in hand.
Despite a poor film-financing climate, the Canadian documentary market will see U.S. director Victor Buhler on the hot seat to pitch "Africa10," a film about African soccer players executive produced by Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer Will.i.am. The film portrays ten Africans as their national teams compete to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa this summer. "Africa10" is also part of a branded film/music/clothing project from Will.i.am timed to coincide with the 2010 World Cup.
Also bound for Hot Docs are co-directors Jason Silverman ("Olympia") and Samba Gadjigo with "Sembene!," a project about the revolutionary filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, and U.S. indie filmmaker Banker White's "We Own TV," a film about community filmmaking in post-civil war Sierra Leone.
U.S. director Jonathan Stack ("The Farm: Life inside Angola Prison") is also Toronto-bound with "Connected," a film about Africans in Silicon Valley returning home to revolutionize their continent's digital media build-out.
Also next week, U.S. producer Jocelyn Glatzer ("My Country, My Country") and director Maya Stark will pitch "Sun Kissed," a film about a Navajo couple navigating traditional religion and modern medicine to uncover why their children have a rare genetic disorder.
The Toronto Documentary Forum, to run May 5-6, sees selected documentary producers pitch international broadcasters and financiers for co-production coin. The Hot Docs festival is set to run from April 29 to May 9 in Toronto.
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