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Terrence Howard to star as Nelson Mendela

Cape Film Commission announced on 10th. May 2010 that Terrence Howard, Academy Award nominated actor, will star in the role of Nelson Mandela joining Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who will portray Winnie, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela in the film "Winnie".

Renowned filmmaker, Darrell James Roodt (Yesterday, Cry, The Beloved Country, Sarafina!) will direct the South Africa/Canada co-production. The announcement was made jointly by producers Andre Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films and Michael Mosca of Equinoxe Films, Canada.

Source: Cape Film Commission

FIFA: Videos from Cape Town ahead of World Cup South Africa

The Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa in Cape Town captivated football fans around the world. A TV audience of millions followed every moment of the glamorous event, enthralled and delighted as the teams were sorted into the eight first-stage groups.

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World Press Freedom Day was commemorated on Monday, 3 May 2010, by press organisations worldwide. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has made available a package of various materials available free of charge for publication focusing on the theme, "Journalists in Exile".

SADC - SABC channel partnership

According to a press release by SADC 2010 Programme coordinator Rama Arya, the Investment Promotion Programme seeks to raise awareness about the region and promote sustainable economic investment into SADC against the backdrop of the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations that took place in Angola and the June 11-July 11 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Arya said in line with its mission of promoting the rejuvenation of Africa, Channel Africa will be featuring in-depth content on the various sectors that are being promoted under the auspices of SADC 2010 between now and July 2010.

Source: Mmegi

63rd Cannes Film Festival: Chadian film in official competition

For the first time in over ten years, an African film is selected for the “Palme d'Or” (gold palm). “Un homme qui crie n'est pas un ours qui danse” (“A screaming man”, 2010), from Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun competes at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival (12-23 May 2010) official selection, with director Tim Burton as president of the jury.

The CNC (Centre National du Cinéma) and IOF (l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie) has helped fund this production.

Source: Franco Phonie

S.A. film “Finding Lenny” wins International Award

Neal Sundstrom’s 2009 film “Finding Lenny” wowed audiences at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France at the end of April 2010.

The movie “Finding Lenny” (90’) was filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa. The feature was written by Neal Sundstrom and Russel Savadier, directed by Neal Sundstrom and produced by Neal Sundstrom and Terry Vallet. The movie stars Barry Hilton.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfUKmRevxm4

Source: Film Contact

Mediapeers offers a plethora of content on 2010 World Cup in South Africa

TV content buyers, TV programme managers, are you ready for 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Online content distributor Mediapeers has put together a dedicated screening selection. This selection contains top notch documentaries and short form programs related to this highly-acclaimed event. The mediapeers exchange is a global online marketplace for professional buyers and sellers of audiovisual content.

In Brief:

- A Country Imagined, presented by Johnny Clegg, is a rewarding journey through South Africa as it explores the landscapes that have inspired artists.
Source: www.filmcontact.com/film/africa
- A few top African musicians were locked behind closed doors in Cape Town at the weekend recording a song and making a video for the UN’s Millennium Development Goal for Africa.

Africa Movie Academy Awards announced: Nigerian wins Heart of Africa best film award

Kunle Afolayan led Nigeria on the filmmaking landscape of Africa by winning 13 out of the 24 main prizes at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony held on April 10, 2010 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Not even assault from a particulary strong Ghana, led by the apparently indefatigable Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Leila Jewel Djansi, could prevent Nollywood commanders Kunle Afolayan from reclaiming the territory he feels is rightfully Nigeria’s.

Jock of the cartoon-veld: early glimpses of South African 3D animated movie

The first snippets of South Africa's premier 3D animated movie, based on the classic book, Jock of the Bushveld, were revealed by producers. The movie is due for release in December but local paper The Times got an early glimpse of the beloved Staffordshire bull terrier in cartoon form.

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