The organisations representing audiovisual creators globally and in Africa have come together to collaborate in the fight for stronger rights for screenwriters and directors.
The newly-created Pan-African Alliance of Screenwriters and Directors (APASER) joined the Writers & Directors Worldwide congress in Venice on 15th November, announcing its first president, the Madagascan film director, Laza (pictured above).
A graduate of La Fémis, the French state film school based in Paris, Laza is also the founder and director of the Madagascan Short Film Festival (RFC) which has organised Pan-African short film competitions, workshops, meetings and international exchanges since its inception in 2006. He is also a former recipient of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, the cultural award made in recognition of significant contributions to the arts and literature.
APASER has also elected an executive committee, comprising:
- Mohamed Saïd Ouma – Film director and screenwriter, Comoros
- Angèle Diabang – Film director, Senegal
- Saïd Ould Khelifa – Film director and screenwriter, Algeria
- Nelson Maquile – Film director and screenwriter, Mozambique
- Maria Sarungi – Film director, Tanzania
- Yves Nilly – Screenwriter and author, France (advisory counselor)
The inclusion of Writers & Directors Worldwide’s vice-president, Yves Nilly, who was instrumental in helping set up APASER through discussions earlier this year with the Pan-African Filmmakers’ Federation (FEPACI), will help the organisation expand its activities and build international relationships.