African films bound for Hot Docs

Canadian market will see pitches for 'Africa10,' 'Sembene!'

TORONTO -- With all eyes on South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, international filmmakers are descending on the Hot Docs Toronto Documentary Forum with Africa-themed films in hand.

Despite a poor film financing climate, the Canadian doc market will see U.S. director Victor Buhler on the hot seat to pitch "Africa10," a film about African soccer players executive produced by Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer Will.i.am.

The $1.75 million theatrical doc portrays ten Africans as their national teams compete to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa this summer.

"Africa10" is also part of a branded film/music/clothing project from Will.i.am timed to coincide with the 2010 World Cup.

Also bound for Hot Docs are co-directors Jason Silverman ("Olympia") and Samba Gadjigo with "Sembene!," a $450,000 doc about the revolutionary filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, and U.S. indie filmmaker Banker White's "We Own TV," a $275,000 film about community filmmaking in post-civil war Sierra Leone.

U.S. director Jonathan Stack ("The Farm: Life inside Angola Prison") is also Toronto-bound with "Connected," a $450,000 film about Africans in Silicon Valley returning home to revolutionize their continent's digital media build-out.

Also next week, U.S. producer Jocelyn Glatzer ("My Country, My Country") and director Maya Stark will pitch "Sun Kissed," a $450,000 film about a Navajo couple navigating traditional religion and modern medicine to uncover why their children have a rare genetic disorder.

The Toronto Documentary Forum, to run May 5-6, sees selected documentary producers pitch international broadcasters and financiers for co-production coin.

The Hot Docs festival is set to run from April 29 to May 9 in Toronto.
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