- The Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) is proud to announce the first ever South African Indies stand at the European Film Market (EFM) 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
- The NFVF extends a call to the industry to nominate the 08th South African Film and Television Awards Lifetime Achievers. This year, the Lifetime Achievers will be revealed at a glamorous SAFTAs ceremony to be held on the 5th of April 2014.
Anyone can make a film. It’s not that complicated at all, however making a good film... that's a whole new ball game altogether. We can all tell stories, but telling stories well... is something else completely! It's the reason why we have film schools, they are there to teach the basics on how to make a story work. There's no doubt that plenty of outstanding directors, producers, DOP's and editors have had no formal training but have still gone on and made their mark through the practical teaching and guidance of others as opposed to being in film school...
The third edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), which runs from 18 to 24 March 2014, will feature 55 films from 41 African countries. Heeding the recommendations of last year’s jury, the LAFF reviewing committee decided to divide participating films into four separate competitions: feature narratives, short narratives, feature documentaries and short documentaries.
The festival will be showing 14 in the feature film category, 10 in the feature documentary section, 17 in the short film and 14 in the short documentary category.
Marvel’s latest box office blockbuster, ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, is reportedly being shot in parts of Johannesburg and Gauteng. The film, which follows a team of super heroes, will also be shooting in the UK, northern Italy and South Korea.
It is a sequel to director Joss Whedon’s megahit ‘The Avengers’ and is set for release in 2015. Although action photography sequences will be shot throughout the city, no principle cast members like Scarlett Johansson or Chris Hemsworth will be around. The production is scheduled for mid-February and will last for two weeks.
On Saturday, 22 February 2014 AfricAvenir invited to the Namibian Premiere of the Kenyan film “Something Necessary” at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek, Republic of Namibia.
The Kenyan fiction film “Something Necessary” was directed by Judy Kibinge, and produced by Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Tom Tykwer (director of Run Lola Run, 1998), and Ginger Wilson (One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink) in 2013. The screenplay was written by Mungai Kiroga and JC Naila.
- From 5 - 8 June 2014, the best of Nigerian cinema will showcase in Paris! Join the crowd at Cinéma l'Arlequin in Paris “Rive Gauche” for the 2nd edition of NollywoodWeek - Nigerian Film Festival. It's an experience not to be missed so spread the word!
The Johannesburg Joint Operations Committee announced that Marvel Studios will film portions of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the Johannesburg city center and surrounding areas in the Gauteng province.
Afrikaans Language films Musiek vir die Agtergrond and Verraaiers walked away big winners at the Indian International Film Festival of South Africa (IIFFSA) awards ceremony held at Gold Reef City's Lyric Theatre. Indian and South African filmmakers were awarded for their work in films released in the last 12 months.
Opinion Piece: There was an interesting article in a recent Sunday Times written by an academic who was clearly extremely upset by the penchant for the producers of South Africa's TV soapies to write commercial products and services into scripts in an effort to boost revenue.
Apparently, if you mine down into social media, there are a growing number of viewers who are increasingly irritated by the blatant product promotion inserted into the middle of the soapie's drama.
Source: Biz-Community (Cape Town) - CHRIS MOERDYK 27 Jan 2014