Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker 2011

Curious Pictures and General Post were proud to announce the winners of South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker 2011. Congratulations to Sbu Zuma and Sihle Ngcamu for “What’s In A Name” and Keolebongile Moaisi for “The Intersection”. They will all be awarded a paid internship at Curious Pictures in 2012.


Zimbabwe: Minister says at launch of "The Gentleman” that Zimbabwean film industry has potential if funded properly

Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu last week said the country's film sector had the potential to grow if it was properly funded.

In his address at the launch of a local film "The Gentleman” (shot in Zimbabwe and South Africa), Shamu called on the private sector to invest resources in the local film industry.

"This will make the industry viable and lucrative. As a country we are ready to stand side by side with any other nations in the world that have proved their worth in the industry," he said.


Zambia: Precious R4 Million Winner Collapses in Disbelief on reality show Ready for Marriage

Intrigue, suspense, drama and above all pretence rocked the 16 week long reality television programme Ready for Marriage on Zambia's largest privately owned station Muvi TV and its sister channel Africa Unite. But real character was seen on that night that left many disappointed including some contestants who were tipped to walk away with the K45 million cash money and another K45 million in wedding sponsorship.

Source: Times of Zambia

South Africa: ‘Play Your Part’ to contribute to positive change in the country

A new 13-part television series promoting Brand South Africa's Play Your Part campaign, featuring inspirational stories of ordinary citizens working for the betterment of their communities, starts broadcasting on SABC 1 at 12h30 on Sunday, 23 October 2011.

Brand SA has travelled the length and breadth of the country asking ordinary South Africans how they are playing their part in their communities, in the process uncovering a range of inspirational stories to share with the nation.

Source: SAinfo reporter

Content - In Brief

- “Our biggest concern is that the new (DTT broadcast) regulations don’t allow for local content quotas. We suggest to ICASA that part of the strategy include content regulations for independent producers and that we be involved in drawing them up,” said Marc Schwinges of the South African Screen Federation (SASFED). ICASA replied: “I think it would be a good idea if the industry formed an official local content advisory group.” Full story here.

Ghana: Inter-Marital Affairs on TV3's GMB

Twenty-three year-old Efua representing the Central Region is the latest to be evicted from TV3's reality show Ghana's Most Beautiful Season 5.

She is the third contestant to be evicted from the show after Afiba and Napaa. After enjoying six weeks in the on-going competition, her journey to the top has come to an abrupt end and she says she has learnt a lot to guide her in life. The theme for this week's live eviction show is "Inter-marital Affairs".

Source: Daily Mail Ghana

And the Bet Hip Hop Awards winners are…

Hip hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s. It became big in Senegal in 1985 due to widespread American and French influence. Some of the first Senegalese rappers were M.C. Lida, M.C. Solaar, and Positive Black Soul, who mixed rap with Mbalax, a type of West African pop music. An early South African group was Black Noise in Cape Town until they started emceeing in 1989.

Source: BET Networks

URTI rocks broadcasters with 3,000 Radio/TV programmes

The 23rd International URTI Radio Grand Prix and the 63rd General Assembly of URTI - International Radio and Television Union - took place West of Paris on 20-21, October 2011. Balancing Act's Sylvain Béletre attended part of the event.
The event was the occasion for broadcasters from across the world - including several from Africa such as RTS, GBC, ORTN, RA and ENTV, TVT, ORTB, CRTV, RTG, RTC, ORTC, URTE, TM and many more - to meet up, set URTI’s new objectives, exchange ideas and seal new partnership agreements.


‘Out in Africa’ Film Festival - LGBTIs in a newly founded African democracy

Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is running in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa until 30 October 2011. Kevin Kriedemann caught up with festival director Nodi Murphy to chat about running a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex film festival in a continent where being queer is illegal in the majority of countries.

Source: 21 Oct. 2011.Source: Kevin KriedemannSource: South Africa

Content - In Brief

- To celebrate the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October 2011, the SABC on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, opened a portion of a larger exhibition from the International Library of African Music (ILAM) entitled 'For the Future Generations', in the SABC Radio Park foyer in Johannesburg. This year's international theme is 'Audiovisual Heritage: see, hear and learn'.

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