- In about six weeks’ time, the Africa in Motion festival will kick off. The festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 21 October to 5 November 2010 at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh with screenings of over 70 films from 28 African countries.
- Making the festival circuit rounds ahead of its international release, Darfur (Attack on Darfur, USA), scooped up Best International Film at the recent New York International Film Festival.
After a 17-day run in Cape Town and a satellite run in Johannesburg, Encounters announced the winners of the annual Audience Awards for Best South African and International Documentary of the 12th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2010, held in Joburg on 18-29 Aug. 2010.
Over 30 theatre and cinema artists are attending a script writing course, being held in Luanda, from September 13 to November 15 2010, promoted by the Angolan Institute of Audiovisuals and Multimedia Cinema (IACAM).
The course is being held in IACAM by national teachers like, writers Manuel Rui, Luís Kandjimbo and Paulo Matuquesa, who are speaking about the history of cinema and introduction to guiding, researching and laboratory and composition.
Zain Africa Challenge is the first ever televised academic competition among students at African universities. It is an academic quiz programme involving universities in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The 2009-2010 year is the fourth year of the programme.
- The African awards ceremony (ZAFAA 2010), now in its third edition, will take place at the prestigious Troxy Hall, East London on October 20, 2010. It will showcase the crème-de-la-crème of the African movie industry. Viewers and admirers should go online to vote for their favourite star or movie. Top among the nominees, which were drawn from Cameroun, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria are Private Storm and Best Honeymoon, from Nigeria and Togetherness Supreme from Kenya, in the Best Lighting category.
A documentary, Surfing Soweto, captured the story of three boys who hopped from one speeding train to the next, risking their lives daily for the thrill. by Shanthini Naidoo Three years later, Sara Blecher has produced a feature-length version of the documentary, which tells the Soweto teenagers' story over four years.
"I don't think anyone has done a reality like this over such a long period. The access we got to the boys is unbelievable. We gave them cameras and they filmed themselves surfing," Blecher said.
John Horn from the Los Angeles Times reported that “The First Grader” scores at Telluride Film Festival. While the rest of Hollywood turns to far-fetched fantasies of flying superheroes, impossible romances and talking toys, the filmmakers behind the standout movies at the Colorado festival are finding that some of the year’s most powerful stories can be found in real-life events.
Kiundu Waweru reported in “the Standard” on a century of cinema in Kenya. “Theodore Roosevelt, former US president, visited Kenya, then known as British East Africa, in 1909 for a hunting Safari. He travelled aboard the Lunatic Express from Mombasa accompanied by wildlife photographer Cherry Keaton capturing the expedition in his camera lens.
Lizz Ntonjira reported in “The Standard” that Wanuri Kahiu’s film, Pumzi, recently won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Cannes Independent Film Festival (CIFF), which runs simultaneously with the main Cannes International Film Festival. The film is based on a science fiction story of a botanist who risks everything to nurture a plant, 35 years after the ‘Water War’.