National Togolese Film Week

Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Togo,
27 August 2022, Togo

The launch of the activities included in the programme of the 6th Edition of the National Week of Togolese Cinema (SNCT) took place this Friday, August 26, 2022 at the Palais des Congrès in Kara. The official ceremony was presided over by the Chief of Staff, KPAYE Bakayota, representing the Minister of Culture and Tourism. It is for the first time that such an activity is organized inside the country and it reflects the desire of the department to democratize access to the 7th art to all citizens but also to get closer to the actors of the regions.

The Mayor of the commune Kozah 1, Mr. PIDABI Pawoubadi was, on behalf of the Prefect of Kozah, honored by the choice made on the city of Kara to host this event. Aware of the essential role of local authorities in cultural development, he invited local elected officials to invest more in the dynamic of highlighting our national heritage, especially cinematographic.

For his part, the Director of Cabinet suggested that the theme "support for the creation and production of the film and audiovisual industry in Togo", chosen this year, fits perfectly with the vision of His Excellency, Mr. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Republic to make culture, a lever for wealth creation, in line with the 2020-2025 Government Action Roadmap.

The cinematographic café, hosted by SOHOU-NGANI Nicolas Etienne, Expert in cultural development, focused on the film and audiovisual industry, a sector organized into a sector of economic activity and the cinema sector, a sector that creates jobs and economic wealth. The Communicator also invested himself in presenting the quintessence of the Code of Cinema and the Moving Image and presented some avenues to be explored by the Prefecture of Kozah in order to fully benefit from its socio-economic potential related to cinema.

After the launch ceremony, Mr. KPAYE Bakayota made the trip to the Hotel Kara for the start of the training workshop for filmmakers from the Savannah, Kara and Central regions. The module that will take place there, from 26 to 30 August 2022, focuses on "the importance of scriptwriting in the making of a film". Filmmakers from the Plateaux region are also trained on this module in Kpalimé while those from Lomé strengthen their capacities in film criticism.

The next appointment will be on September 6 for the opening ceremony of the National Week of Togolese Cinema (SNCT) in Lomé. Several activities are scheduled during this 6e publishing including film screenings in Lomé and the regions, Master classes, a mini market for cinematographic works and a national film competition.