Africa short films selected for Africa in Motion competition

Seven short films by up-coming young African filmmakers have been shortlisted for the 2nd annual Africa in Motion (AiM) short film competition.

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- The International Womens Film Festival (le Festival International du Film de Femmes - FIFFS) was held of September 28 to October 3 in Morocco. Among the 12 films in competition, "Fausta, le lait de la douleur" (Fausta, the milk of the pain) from Peruvian Claudia LIosa won the award.

- South Africa ranks at number 13 in the world's Most Creative Countries ranking, winning a total of 19 Lions including two Grands Prix.

Kenya/SA sci-fi film collaboration

Award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (From A Whisper) has teamed up with South African film producers Simon Hansen, Hannah Slezacek and Amira Quinlan of Inspired Minority Pictures to make a new sci-fi film titled Pumzi which takes its name from the Kiswahili word, for "breath". The film was written and directed by Kahiu, who owns film company One Pictures. The film stars first timer and South African actress Kudzani Moswela as Asha.

SA: Sky HD drama series Strike Back films in Joburg

The Sky1 HD production, Strike Back, starring Richard Armitage, Jodhi May and Andrew Lincoln, commenced filming on location in South Africa recently. Based on the hugely successful Chris Ryan novel, and produced by BAFTA winning production company Left Bank Pictures (Wallander, The Damned Utd) Strike Back was commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky1 HD and is produced by Andrew Benson (Prime Suspect , Hornblower) for Left Bank Pictures.

Celebs can raise money for charity by competing in Endemol/M-Net series

Celebrities around South Africa can benefit a charity of their choice by taking part in brand-new Survivor South Africa but they will have to give up their luxury lifestyles and endure hardship, devious tribe mates and the forces of Mother Nature to raise funds.

SA White Wedding enters Oscar race

The hit South African feature film, "White Wedding", is South Africa’s official selection for entry into the Foreign Language Category of the 82nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2010.

This was announced by the South African Academy Award Selection Committee and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) on 17 September at the NFVF’s offices in Johannesburg. If approved by the Oscars Academy Award Selection Committee, White Wedding will then represent South Africa as a nominee in its category.

CFI supports digitalisation of TV archives and sharing of expertise

Over Discop Africa 2, several producers and broadcaster expressed their concerns about the lack of skilled audio-visual staff in Africa. As an African broadcaster, who can you get help from in order to improve your company management and processes, get extra quality content, increase profitability and modernise your infrastructure?

As a small African producer, how can you distribute your content internationally?

CFI is able to support your efforts in many ways.

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- South Africa’s Cookie Jar Entertainment’s most recent film projects are based on books: Ella the Elephant and Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular. “We developed Ella with a Canadian partner, and we’re looking for presales,” Austen says. Peter Pepper has been greenlit for production this year as a joint venture with Clockwork Zoo in South Africa, the first Canadian-South African animation co-production where the work will not be subcontracted outside of either country.

African TV content to be family-driven, says Multimesh CEO

Chief Executive officer of Multimesh broadcasting company, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa has called on African countries to borrow a leaf from Nigeria , by returning to family-driven TV content. Ohuabunwa made this call at the Discop 2 media market held in Nairobi. He argued that adopting the Nigerian approach to content production and delivery would go a long way in helping African countries to boost their desire to increase the production of local television content in the content.

South Africa’s eTV starts raising its profile across the continent by selling its TV channels

South Africa’s Free-To-Air channel eTV is seeking to raise its profile across the continent by selling its channel to other broadcasters in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has cleared 99% of the rights for distribution in the region and will provide replacement content for content not cleared.