Founded in 1969, FEPACI has from its inception been the continental voice of filmmakers from various regions of Africa and the Diaspora, working with its affiliate national bodies and membership to leverage policies and actions, programmes and projects for the development and enhancement of an enabling environment and infrastructure for all dimensions of filmmaking and the audiovisual media in Africa by Africans.
FEPACI has worked tirelessly over the years towards collaborating with and persuading African governments and continental organizations including the African Union to recognize the importance of cinema and the audio visual industries in the social, economic and cultural education of our populations and to adopt cinema policies that stimulate the development of cinema in respective countries, regionally as well as continentally. The Federation was granted observer status by the African Union.
FEPACI in partnership with The African Union Commission and assistance from the Republic of Kenya, is catalyzing and facilitating implementation of 5 broad programs for the development of film in Africa. By investing US$400 million in resources during the next five years to the audiovisual and cinema sector, these programs will result in 20 million jobs and US 20 billion in GDP contribution.
The five programs are operationalization of AACC; capacity building of national associations; improving access to skills development and finance (the Ambika project); catalyzing the establishment of regional centers of excellence and scaling up distribution of African content.