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- South African-born Oliver Schmitz (Mapantsula, Hijack Stories, Paris, je t'aime, Life, Above All) is currently shooting the German film Russendisko in Berlin.

- The powerful and compelling 56-minute documentary feature film, RFK in the Land of Apartheid – A Ripple of Hope, will be screened in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg during April.

ISFFO selects three films from South Africa

The 57th edition of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen announces that the festival will present three films from South Africa in its International Competition!
The following films have been selected:

•Atrophy by Palesa Shongwe
•Balance by Colleen Alborough
•Steglitz House by Bridget Baker

Burkina Faso: encouraging better quality broadcast and film output

Burkina Faso is in search of the best media productions. This is the topic of a State’s press release placing the importance and implications of "Galian" rates established in 1998 in order to reward media professionals.

In 1997, the government of Burkina Faso decided to set up "Galian” prizes to encourage better productions. The purpose of this competition was to promote the various print and broadcast media in Burkina Faso. The first edition of this competition for excellence took place in 1998.

Source: Burkina Faso Government’s Department of Communication

African film makers to ‘drive’ Porsche cars ads

The 8th Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award 2011 invites film students to participate in this international advertising film competition.
For the first time, this year there will be two different categories of film. The first will be the classic commercial for TV, cinema or internet, which may not exceed a running time of 90 seconds. The other category will be the so-called "branded short", a form of advertising which is strongly represented particularly on the Internet and in social networks. In this category the maximum running time is 5 minutes.

2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards Winners

This past week was a celebration for the Seventh Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) culminating in the award ceremony at the Gloryland Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

And the winners included:

Best Film
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

Best Director
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Best Actress In Leading Role

Amake Abebrese – Sinking Sands

Best Actor In Leading Role
Themba Ndaba – Hopeville

Source: AMAA

In Brief

- Endemol announced that its international sports division and its South African operation has been engaged by drinks company, Diageo, to develop and produce a number of sports entertainment formats in certain African markets.

- UNESCO organized a workshop on user-generated content from 28 to 30 March 2011 in Outjo (Kunene, Namibia), which was facilitated by an experienced journalist from Die Republikein newspaper. The training aims at improving media and information literacy of the rural youth.

SA: Fox Retro drives pay TV viewership on TopTV

Two years since its launch, Fox International Channels’ (FIC) Fox Retro continues to confirm its position as a proven value destination for pay TV viewers. Fresh from conquering parts of Europe, the channel has set its sights on the African continent with its modern mix of vintage television shows.


DStv: New sci-fi block on M-Net Series

MultiChoice have announced changes in the DStv programming schedule, including a dedicated sci-fi block on M-Net series MultiChoice announced that as from 1 April 2011, M-Net will be making some changes to the programme schedules of M-Net Action and Series.

M-Net Series is to become a predominantly scripted series channel (with the exception of The Doctors, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Jerry Springer Show, that will remain on the schedule).

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ICC launches Kenyan-wide TV series ‘Ask the Court’

On March 10, 2011, the Outreach Unit of the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched the Kenyan TV series ‘Ask the Court’. ‘Ask the Court’ answers the most frequently asked questions raised by the Kenyan population on the Court’s mandate and its work. The TV series has been designed to foster interaction between the Court and the national population, in particular with those most affected by the post-election violence. It explains judicial developments as they unfold, clarifies the next steps in the Court’s procedures, and enhances transparency and understanding of ICC proceedings.

Source: International Criminal Court (ICC)

ACP Films meeting wrap up to support audiovisual industry

The 1st ACP-EU cultural sectors’ meeting for the current support programme took place in Brussels  on Wednesday 23 March 2011, writes Sylvain Beletre. The objective was to outline the call for proposals and finished with a Q&A session. A second meeting will be organised in Brussels before the final deadline. Attendees included several participants from previous years who shared their experience, issues and achievements.

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