The 4th annual Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) took place last week in Cairo, Egypt, from March 16-21, 2015. The LAFF is an annual event which screens films from across the Continent, showcasing Africa’s talent in cinematography and movie production, while celebrating the diverse cultures found within the Continent.
Arcade Content’s Lebogang Rasethaba co-directed A New Belief: The People’s Race with German Stephan Wever. The inspiring short film celebrates the Nike Soweto Marathon, which returned last November after skipping a year in 2013 for the first time since it began in 1992.
Founded in the year of the referendum to end Apartheid, The Soweto Marathon has become known as ‘The People’s Marathon,’ attracting people of all races, from across Africa and the rest of the world.
SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: On Friday, 20 March the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) presented by the National Film and Video Foundation, took place at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg. The first of two awards evenings to celebrate outstanding talent in the local industry awarded the highest achievers in technical and non-fiction genres with Golden Horn trophies.
ITV’s Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice.
The commercial channel will launch exclusively on DStv across the continent on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. All programming will air very close to UK transmission dates, with the soaps airing within 48 hours of the UK.
The launch means that ITV Choice will now be available in over 100 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
The Sound of Torture is a haunting, multi-award-winning documentary about the plight of Eritrean refugees. In the last decade, more than 300,000 Eritreans have fled the military dictatorship in their homeland, despite a ‘shoot to kill’ policy on the borders. They are followed by an estimated 3,000 every month.
Since 2006, when Europe closed its borders to Africans seeking asylum, more and more Eritreans have sought refuge in Israel, reachable by land via the Sinai desert.
Hicham Ayouch, a French-Moroccan filmmaker, won the Palme d'Ouagadougou prize for his film Fievres at the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) on 7 March. FESPACO is held annually in Burkina Faso.
Fespaco, Africa’s largest film festival, breathed politics but suffered from a lack of funding in the fragile aftermath of the country’s revolution, reports Oris Aigbokhaevbolo
For years the African continent’s most illustrious filmmakers – from Senegal’s legendary Ousmane Sembène (the ‘father’ of African film) to Cameroon’s edgy Jean-Pierre Bekolo – have attended Africa’s largest film festival, Fespaco.
Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 and Mildred Okwo’s The Meeting, emerged the biggest winners of the night, as the 2015 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards took place on Saturday night at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre.
It was a massive night. Anyways, here is the full list of winners;
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is partnering with MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel on DStv Premium in South Africa. Designed to reflect, respect, and elevate the rich variety and positive values of African and African-American culture, BET will be VIMN Africa’s second BET channel on the continent, expanding the network’s family entertainment offering for viewers between 20 and 49.