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Message from: Dan Henrich (african-cinema-conference@XC.Org)
About: Re: FESPACO Distributor's award - worthwhile???

Fri, 10 May 1996 13:46:05 -0400

Originally from: (Dan Henrich)
Originally dated: Fri, 10 May 1996 13:46:05 -0400

In a message dated 96-05-09 18:52:07 EDT, you write:

>It's difficult to say if it's worthwhile to create a new award for the
>distributors, but I would say that whatever is done for the better
>distribution is better than nothing. But why should for example
>California Newsreels be supported? There must be others
>who do better with fewer money.

Actually, I am surprised at how much is asked from this type of group for
video & film copies. I really wonder how the grass roots groups within
can afford $200-400 for a film that was originally made with foundation

In Kenya our research shows that grass roots groups are willing to pay
for a well produced social drama. Anything over that and they start looking
for some sort of donor support =OR= they borrow a copy and pirate it.

So, we offer all our titles in that range ($15-20) so that it is not so
to have a potential end user pirate it. We still offer the producer 10-15%
the sale and feel that the more the message gets out, the better. After all,
most of us actually produced our films for the grass roots audience and
the Universities in the west!


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