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On the occasion of the Panafrican Cinema and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) held in 2009, Al Tarab coordinated a meeting between the Latin American Cinema program Ibermedia and professionals from the African film industry. The goal was to present the financing model used by Ibermedia as an example for the creation of a Panafrican Fund for Cinema. As well as Ibermedia, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Institute of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), and the directors of the National Centers of Cinema of Peru, Brazil, Portugal, panama and Cuba also participated. During this meeting, the difficulties of implanting this financing model on the African continent were duly noted, particularly due the lack of confidence the professionals in this sector feel towards the authorities. Seeking solutions, the attendees suggested that the African Union could be the possible promoter and management agent of a Panafrican Fund exclusively destined to film production.