Thanks to a legacy of 50 years of supporting creation and diffusion of the African cinema, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thought the African Film Library, has constituted a film fund intended to non-commercial dissemination abroad. This makes France the first player in the distribution of African cinema.



The missions transferred from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Institut français at its creation in 2011 are to preserve and enhance a unique collection of films from the sixties to nowadays. The African Film Library thus makes available to professionals and programmers, in France and abroad, a catalog of nearly 1,600 films, including over 700 titles free of rights, for non-commercial distribution.
Each year, the African Film Library produces more than 6,000 screenings of African films, and accompanies the programmers of about 100 festivals and major events. It also contributes to the invitation of African filmmakers to present their films throughout the world.
Moreover, the African Film Library contributes to the enhancement of African heritage through a digitization program as well as the organization of retrospectives (Sotigui Kouyaté, Raoul Peck) and thematic cycles (Women of Africa, Yennenga Stallions, African Independence, Tribute to Nelson Mandela ...) intended for worldwide distribution.
In 2012, an agreement was signed with the BNF to transfer its on-site consultation mission to students and researchers.


In 2016, the Institut français has edited a set of 11 unpublished films from the restored heritage and the new generation of filmmakers from Madagascar (Ile-de-France Region, and the Institut françcais of Madagascar partnerships, post-production services in Madagascar) were published.
In 2017, the African Film Library offers, among others, a retrospective of the Nigerian pioneer of African animation Mustapha Alassane which will be inaugurated at the Moma, in New York (April 2017) and followed by a tour in 8 universities in the United States.
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