Within the framework of this event, the Cannes Festival hosted a meeting of the officers of the FEPACI this morning. Their organization is in charge of lobbying African states and international institutions to set up cultural policies supporting national, regional, or inter-African motion-picture production. The meeting was highlighted by the announcement that the FEPACI would be reorganized "to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, consisting of the rise of new technologies and digitization." Moreover, "FEPACI resolves to encourage the governments of African states to ratify the UNESCO Convention on preserving cultural diversity," and that it would "set up an assistance fund to foster and promote inter-African co-productions." In addition, the FEPACI promised to demand local-production broadcast quotas from African television networks; to seek the repatriation of film archives taken from the African continent during the colonial period; to create a network of cinemathèques or film libraries; and to reinforce intellectual rights and move forward in the fight against bootlegging. Festival President Gilles Jacob added, "The Festival is happy to welcome this magnificent assembly, and hopes its support for African cinema will enable filmmakers from that continent to present features at every Cannes Festival in years to come."
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