South African-based Triggerfish Animation Studio has announced production is under way for its first full-length feature film, Zambezia, scheduled for a worldwide theatrical release in 2011. The feature is about a falcon named Kai who leaves home to find a bird city on the edge of Victoria Falls and learns to fight for his community.
On October 7, 2010, Angela Natividad reported that South African production house Astral Studios, which specialises in 3D animation, has formed a co-production liaison with Indian production house and distributor Shemaroo. The pair, who met at MIPJunior, will work in tandem on the development of 3D feature Fruit Salad, an extension of the Indian animated TV series targeted to 3-4-year-olds.
- 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.