'Shepherds and Butchers' withdrawn from DIFF

Producer Anant Singh and director Oliver Schmitz announced on Tuesday, 31 May, the withdrawal of their film Shepherds and Butchers from the Durban International Film Festival.

Big fight for film festival opening night

Several resignations and a dramatic standoff over the opening-night film have made one of Africa’s most important film festivals the talk of the industry, reports Charl Blignaut

‘I am not able to comment, but I have left my position at the film festival,” Sarah Dawson, manager of the prestigious Durban International Film Festival (Diff) said this week.

This New Documentary Shows an Ethiopian-American’s Journey to Connect with His Heritage

As a first generation Ethiopian-American, Nathan Araya, the director of a new documentary The Diaspora Journal, felt his adolescence was awkwardly positioned in the middle of two cultures. Neither fully Ethiopian nor fully American, he struggled coming to grips with his identity. In the documentary, Araya travels to Ethiopia in an attempt to bridge that gap.

MultiChoice may withdraw ANN7 channel as viewers complain

MultiChoice is considering pulling the plug on the Gupta-owned ANN7 news channel, which would add to the growing list of companies that have cut ties with the controversial family. The Sunday Times reported that MultiChoice said it was disinclined to renew ANN7' s contract, citing viewer complaints as the primary reason.

Africa Movie Academy announces full list of 2016 Nominations

The president of this year's AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini, announced the nominations in 26 categories at a media event in Lagos.

According to Husseini, AMAA received over 420 films from filmmakers across 25 African countries of which 250 feature films and eight short films were nominated by the jury.

However, competing for the best film slot are Dry (Nigeria), Ayanda (South Africa), Tell Me Sweet Something (South Africa), The Cursed One (Ghana), Fifty (Nigeria), Eye of the Storm (Burkina Faso), La Pagne (Niger) and Behind Closed Doors (Morocco).

AFDA animation film candidate for Oscars

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is proud to announce the candidature of the AFDA Johannesburg 3rd year animation third year film “Swart Skaap” for the 43rd Student Academy Awards.

Strong African content for DIFF 2016

This year’s edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place from 16 to 26 June 2016, once more features a very strong selection of African titles.

With just under half of all the films originating from Africa and South Africa, and much of the rest of the programme dealing with diasporic issues and identity politics, this year’s DIFF is a true festival of African film located within a global context.

Again, Nollywood misses out at Cannes Filmfest

One of the world’s most prestigious and essential events for the film industry, the Cannes Film Festival, will open in Cannes, south of France on May 11. The usual ten-day long festival which is in its 69th edition and which attracts over half a million people – mainly tourists, filmmakers, financiers and journalists is certainly the world’s biggest and well attended filmic feast. People and movie producing nations always desire to be in Cannes every year because of the immense benefits derivable from participating in such a big feast.

Kagiso Media closes Glow TV

As from 30 June 2016, the entertainment channel Glow TV will no longer be available on media platforms. The channel would like to thank its valued viewers, advertisers and the satellite platforms for their support since its inception.

ZIFF 2016 Announces Film Selection with Strong East African Presence


The Zanzibar International Film Festival has announced the final film selection for this year’s event, taking place from July 9th -17th 2016. With a record 490 films submitted from 32 countries, this year’s competition promises to be the most exciting to date.

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