Developing French-Burkinabé co-productions with the No Bla Bla series

Developing French-Burkinabé co-productions with the No Bla Bla series

March 15, 2021

Twelve male and female film and TV series producers from Burkina Faso have explored the partnership opportunities with their French counterpart, Bénédicte Lesage, Executive Producer at Mascaret Films.

Discussions focused on the administrative and legal expectations concerning a French-Burkinabé co-production. These conversations, arranged by CFI as part of a training programme aimed at supporting the development of the Burkinabé series NO BLA BLA, took place in Ouagadougou between 6th and 14th February 2021. Bénédicte Lesage, whose company has produced several hit films in France, such as “La Journée de la Jupe” (Skirt Day) and “La Mécanique des Femmes” (The Mechanics of Women), helped participants draw up a list of proposals for developing the regulatory framework for the audiovisual and film-making sector.

The objective is to enable Burkina Faso, which hosts the famous Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), to catch up with other countries in the region, such as Senegal and Ivory Coast, after falling behind in recent years.

With this aim in mind and in order to consider potential opportunities for a balanced partnership between Burkina Faso and France, Bénédicte Lesage also met representatives from the main public institutions in the sector: the FDCT (fund for the development of culture and tourism), the DGCA (directorate general for the cinema and audiovisual industry) and the copyright collective society, BBDA.
In parallel with this, Jean Delduc, a post-production director, gave 12 data-managers training in rush and shooting management, as well as in delivering the final copy of a production according to international technical quality standards.