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The First Preparatory Forum of East African Film Festivals and Film Producers has formed a new body-East African Film Network (EAFN) -and has elected an interim leadership to spearhead promotion and development of the East African film industry in the region. Inaugural meeting in Arusha agreed that full leadership to be in place in a year's time. Full story here

The inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival will take place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town from 27-31 March 2014.

Senegal guest of honor at Luxor African film festival

Senegal is in the spotlight for this 3rd edition of the Luxor African film festival that will be held from March 16 to 24 in Luxor (Egypt).

The Luxor African film festival, initiated by Sayed Fouad, is a project of the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF). This festival aims to promote African movies in Egypt and delocalize to Luxor the cultural and artistic activities always organized in Alexandria or Cairo.

EbonyLife TV launches two new productions this month

EbonyLife TV hosted a Media and VIP cocktail event at Terra Kulture,
Victoria Island, Lagos to premiere two new productions – New Horizon and
Married to the game on March 7, 2014.

New Horizons is a powerfully emotional and pulsating flick that
spotlights the plight of women across Africa who have to bear the pains
of domestic abuse, a crime far too familiar but rarely spoken about.

Source: 12 March 2014.Source: Red Communication

South African film ‘Felix’ wins two more Awards

Felix, the South African youth and family film, written by Shirley Johnston and directed by Roberta Durrant, wins two further awards: Best Feature Script at the WGSA Muse Awards, and the Audience Award at Tumbleweeds Film Festival, in partnership with the Sundance Film Festival. This brings the number of awards to 9 awards in total, both locally and internationally, since being on the festival circuit from October last year.

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In February 2014, Wananchi-owned East African pay TV operator Zuku TV has commissioned an original, locally produced political drama series, State House.

The Africa Channel UK launches a new programme on African Art Masters: Rising Stars

This exciting second series of African Masters uncovers the new wave of African contemporary art and its emerging artists.

The programme started exclusively on the The Africa Channel UK on Feb. 25, 2014.

As the first series of African Masters captured some of the biggest names in contemporary African art, we now reveal, for the first time, the contemporary art scenes in four African countries at the cutting edge, with important untold stories.

Source: Buni Media

Nigeria: Pop duo, PSquare, has announced the launch of an animated TV series titled, The Alingos.

According to Square Image Associates, publicists to Psquare, the Alingos was inspired by the need to create a unique content for children and fill the vacuum in the media sphere for this demographic.

The series will initially run as a weekly web series and then on TV.

Source: All Africa - Michael Abimboye 26 February 2014

MultiChoice Nigeria: Ultimately, we hope to arrest piracy through Box Office (VoD)

John Ugbe, Managing Director of Multichoice Nigeria recently spoke to a cross section of Journalists in Lagos about the pan-African entertainment company's passion for growing African Cinema.

Source: This Day. Yemi Adebowale 1 March 2014

Can South Africa become the new blockbuster hotspot?

Miles of sun-kissed beaches, breathtaking mountains and lush rainforests bathed in ethereal lights, South Africa's varied and dramatic landscape has provided a photogenic backdrop for an increasing number of Hollywood productions in recent years, writes Teo Kermeliotis

Global blockbusters like "Blood Diamond," "Lord of War" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" have all been shot at least partly in the country -- but could there be more hits on the horizon?

Source: - 28 February 2014

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- 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.

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