Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Interview: Ciné Institute founder David Belle talks cultivating a localfilm industry in Haiti on INDIEwire

Ciné Institute, Haiti's only film school is at the helm of fostering a new generation of Haitian filmmakers. For those unfamiliar with the school which launched in 2008, Ciné Institute's mission “gives a powerful voice to Haiti's storytellers” bringing in local and international leaders and filmmakers to help build an emerging film industry.

The non-profit film school's program includes creative and hands-on training, employment opportunities with international clients as well as workshops taught by luminaries like Paul Haggis, Edwidge Danticat, and Jonathan Demme.

Offering a unique tuition free two-year college education made possible by private donations, the Institute is building a reputation for producing fresh talent like Amiral Gaspard, director of Le Bon, Le Méchant et L'apprenti (The Good, The Bad, and the Apprentice) who won our Shadow and Act Fantastical Short Film Contest in January. Other standout projects in the pipeline include Funérarium (Funeral), an enigmatic TV pilot developed by Miguel Alvarez with other second year Ciné students as well as the release of Reincarnation, the first feature film produced by Ciné graduates last year.

Based in Jacmel, a stunning seaside town in Haiti's South East region, the Institute has ambitious plans to jump start “Jollywood” Jacmel's answer to India's Bollywood and Nigeria's Nollywood by emphasizing local talent and resources.

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