MTV Networks Africa, a division of Viacom Inc, has expanded its portfolio of brands in Sub-Saharan Africa with the launch of Comedy Central via MultiChoice’s DStv platform. The deal was announced by Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa and Aletta Alberts, General Manager Content for MultiChoice.
As Kenyan tech companies push for their vision of a "silicon savannah" in this East African nation, local animators say their industry is set to ride the high-tech wave toward becoming an animation powerhouse.
Buoyed by the success of "Tinga Tinga Tales," a cartoon for the BBC's children's web CBeebies co-produced by the UK's Tiger Aspect Prods. and the Nairobi-based Homeboyz Animation, Kenyan animators are hopeful that their country will emerge as the next big market for outsourcing.
Nacer Khemir's Bab’Aziz kicks off the celebration of African cinema. The launch of this year’s Africa in Motion film festival kicked off at Edinbrugh’s Filmhouse on Wednesday night with a bustling, brightly dressed crowd that would not have seemed out of place in a humming African market. The warm atmosphere of festivity and community was greatly complemented by the festival’s excellent opening film Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul.
It was a memorable day for the Nigerian motion picture industry in Kenya, as the presence of Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, her counterparts; Ramsey Nouah, Tina Mba, Kunle Afolayan and Gideon Okeke brought thousands of their East African fans, who desired to catch a glimpse of the actors, to the Prestige Plaza, venue of the Kenya International Film Festival.
There has never been greater interest in African film. A half-century after Africans started making their own films, supplanting the patronising images evident in colonial cinema set in Africa, African Cinema is finally being recognised across the globe. Nollywood, Nigeria's thriving video film industry, has revolutionised film production and distribution on the continent, and is hugely popular throughout Africa as well as in Asia, the US, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Anti-poverty campaign group One launched a new short film about the food crisis in the Horn of Africa as part of its Hungry No More campaign. The films, which are the result of a unique collaboration with the African production company A24 Media, focus on the untold story of the food crisis that is gripping the region.
The project was led by Salim Amin, Chairman of A24 Media and son of Mo Amin, the Kenyan photojournalist known for his remarkable footage of the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s.
- A new five-part documentary series follows five internationally renowned photographers as they explore the islands around Africa - Zanzibar, Mauritius, Madagascar, Sao Tomé & Príncipe and Cape Verde. The sounds of their names alone conjure up thoughts of pristine beaches, spices and the tales of "A Thousand and One Nights". The crew stops at nothing in pursuit of spectacular perspectives for their aerial photographs, stories and portraits, making use of unusual means of transport, from a motorised parachute to a flying rubber boat that can land on land as well as water.
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.