With the support of the Embassy of France, a small delegation of film professionals from South Africa recently attended a networking programme in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, hosted by ADCAM - a regional film association responsible for the development, coordination and promotion of film activity in Reunion. Through the exchange, Reunionese professionals met counterparts from metropolitan France and also interacted with participants from neighbouring regional states including Madagascar, Mauritius and South Africa.

ADCAM - a regional film association responsible for the development, coordination and promotion of film activity in Reunion
The exchange provided participants with the opportunity to explore Reunion with a view to fostering greater collaboration between not only metropolitan France and the island but also among professionals from the Indian Ocean region.

Jacques Stoltz, Senior Marketing Manager from the GFC, briefed participants of the exchange on the state of the South African film industry with the intention of establishing greater dialogue between the two centres and encouraging greater collaboration between regional filmmakers.

"The signing of the French - South African co-production treaty in 2010 should provide a welcome boost to closer creative collaboration between Francophone and Anglophone territories in Africa and the Indian Ocean. We are hugely excited by opportunities for African co-productions which could flow from this. We are in discussions with ADCAM and other regional film commissions to establish a network of film commissions and offices."

The Indian Ocean island of Reunion offers filmmakers a spectacular array of locations. Vegetation is lush and tropical, mountain areas dramatic and the towns, cities and villages brimming with colonial and Creole architecture. It is of course also very French!
And being a French territory, the island's film industry benefits from European and French support programmes.

l'Association pour le developpement du cinema, de l'audiovisuel et du multimedia, or ADCAM, is part of a national network of French film commissions and offices coordinated by Film France. For more information about Reunion visit www.adcam.org or contact courrier@adcam.org