Seven African directors will team up to tell stories set in the continent's most famous cities for the new African Metropolis project. Steven Markovitz, co-producer of Djo Munga's Congolese thriller Viva Riva, is executive producer on the project, which is being backed by the Goethe Institute in South Africa and the Rotterdam Film Festival's Hubert Bals Fund. by Scott Roxborough
The seven African filmmakers, picked from 40 entries, will attend the Durban International Film Festival, which kicks off next week, where they will attend a workshop hosted by script editor Jacques Akchoti, whose credits include Marina de Van's Don't Look Back. The finished short films will screen at Rotterdam later this year and at the Durban festival in 2013.
Participants including Jim Chuchu of Nairobi, South African director Vincent Moloi, Congolese filmmaker Patrick Kalala Tujibikila, Folasakin Iwajomo of Lagos, Egyptian filmmaker Ahmed El Ghoneimy, Abidjan director Phiipe Lacote and Marie Ka, a Senegalese-Martiniquan filmmaker and the only woman in the African Metropolis group.