Kenyan Cinema: financial crisis at Silverbird’s?

A shareholder dispute has been a contributory factor leading to the shut-down of Silverbird Cinemas in Kenya. On June 10, 2011, Moses Kemibaro wrote on his blog: “I am what you would call a movie buff, meaning, I take my movie watching quite seriously. I am the kind who does the whole hog – the popcorn, the large soda, a nice pre-booked and central location in the cinema to watch – I take movie watching seriously.

Mobicine motorcycle take movies to the people

Since Monday, 9th May 2011, seven Mobicine scooters take cinema across Dakar, and 7 more are in Bamako since start of June. While (almost) all legal cinemas have closed in West Africa, Mobicine motorcycle take movies to the people. Coming soon are films from Henry Duparc, Faro, Ezra, Benda Bilili, Kirikou, Matches, Oceans, etc. Each week, the Mobicine 14 mobile units provide 200 to 300 screenings in municipal districts and school associations. Viewers pay 300 FCFA (0.45 €) or for free when screenings are sponsored by companies or NGOs.

Distribution - In Brief

- On 19 May 2011, SuperSport has acquired the rights for the AMA Motocross Championship Highlights Series (MX series) from 2011-2013. The programming, consisting of 15 hour-long programmes in SD and HD, were broadcast on SuperSport on Tuesday, May 24, at 9.30pm (SuperSport 6). “SuperSport is delighted …” said marketing director Andre de Villiers.

Zanzibar: ZIFF’s campaign to re-open the Majestic Cinema

British Documentary maker Nick Broomfield talks to ZIFF bout Zanzibar’s Majestic Cinema.

Q: You are a supporter of ZIFF’s campaign to re-open the Majestic Cinema, why is it important to have a cinema for any community?

Nigeria Export Promotion Council takes Nollywood on Kenyan road show

The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in partnership with Nollywood and the Nigeria High Commission in Kenya are to embark on a road show to promote the Nigerian movies industry in Kenya, it was announced at the end of May 2011.

NEPC's Executive Director, David Adulugba told journalists in Abuja that the planned Kenya Nollywood road show was geared towards enhancing the nation’s foreign earnings through non-oil export, especially in services.

Source: Toly Timi - tolytimi@yahoo.com

Distribution - In Brief

- In Cannes, 12 young filmmakers were invited to participate to Made of World Cinema, a program established by the Pavilion “Cinemas of the World” to promote the emergence of new talent in the South. Six out of the twelve filmmakers were from Africa; Developed under the Film Market, the program aimed primarily at first and second films, combines sessions supervised by professionals, individual interviews, screenings at the Cannes Film Market and presentations of short films at Cannes Short Film Short Film Corner.

NFVF sponsored nine film-makers to go to Cannes Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) led the South Africa delegation to the Cannes International Film Festival scheduled from 11 – 21 May 2011 in Cannes, France. The festival is the most prestigious event for the global film industry where the world’s filmmakers and key decision makers from across the globe assemble to conduct the business of film.

Source: dev.nfvf.co.za

Cinetoile highlights achievements and asks: what next?

Cinetoile, an African cinema network which has already organized 250 film screenings for hundred of thousand spectators in 8 African countries organised a conference on Wednesday 11th May 2011 in Brussels.

The lunch-time conference was the opportunity to present case studies of 2 initiatives linking culture & development: Cinétoile and Hivos Arterial Network. Africalia-Cinetoile connects more than one hundred artists and organisations in Africa was a key player.

Source: Africalia.

Distribution - In Brief

- In Algeria, the event organised by the ‘National Economic and Social Council’ (CNES) on 15, 16 and 17 June 2011 will be the opportunity for associations and unions representing film and audiovisual professionals to communicate their suggestions and concerns regarding content variety, distribution and the number of local TV channels in the country.

Zimbabwe: Government wants Botswana to close down Studio 7

11 May 2011: According to a report in the Government-owned Daily Herald, The Botswana Government has pledged to address the issue of Studio 7, broadcast by the Voice of America, into Zimbabwe. The Studio 7 transmitter is in Botswana.

Botswana Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Mr Phandu Skelemani said he would engage the responsible minister to have the issue addressed. Skelemani said this in an interview with journalists soon after attending the 11th session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission in Harare.