New film training for 40 interns

The Film Industry Learner Mentorship Programme (F.I.L.M.) starts training the latest MICT-SETA internship programme on 1 November 2012.

The 10-month programme will see 40 interns receive unit-standard aligned, accredited training, as well as mentorship in leading production companies and on local and international film, TV and commercial productions.

Source: F.I.L.M.

Kenya: Mi-Fone sponsors a series of comedy sessions

Kenya's comedy industry has received a great boost from the first African mobile devices brand, Mi-Fone. It has taken to sponsoring comedians by way of promoting their works through endorsements.

The company is sponsoring a series of comedy sessions dubbed Mi Comedy that seeks to nurture and promote upcoming local comedians, thereby popularising Kenya's talent across the continent. In addition, the company loads the comedy clips on all Mi-Fone handsets therefore promoting Kenya's vibrant comics.

Source: The Star - Grace Kerongo

Investment News - In Brief

- From March to May 2012, CFI lent its support to young Egyptian directors of short documentaries, during a new, 8-week introductory workshop organised in Cairo with the Association of independent film makers SEMAT, the Ateliers Varan, the Institut Français (the French operator in favour of cultural initiatives) in Egypt and Arte France.

- Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) plans to produce and film an international travel and food show titled Out of the World to be aired in an Indian television channel popularly known as Food Food.

Buni TV partners with 3 African film festivals to support emerging filmmakers.

Buni TV  announced today that it had partnered with three high-profile African film festivals, the Africa in Motion (AiM) festival in Scotland, the Kenya International Film Festival (KIFF), and London’s Film Africa, to help support emerging filmmakers.

Source: Buni TV

Eutelsat 21B launch set for November 9

Eutelsat has said that its new Eutelsat 21B satellite has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The launch will take place on November 9 onboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket. Thales Alenia Space built the Eutelsat 21B satellite for the operator using its Spacebus 4000 platform.


African Movie Channel inks carriage deal with StarTimes

African Movie Channel (AMC) has signed a carriage agreement with African DTT operator StarTimes, which will see AMC launching on StarTimes' platform at the start of August.

Source: Rapid TV News

The IABM Training Academy Launches Two New Courses

The IABM Training Academy Launches Two New Courses Targeting Engineers Within the Broadcast Tech Sector

Classroom Courses Address Network Essentials and Compression Fundamentals and Applications.

Source: The IABM

Investment News - In Brief

- Rollaball successfully reached its fundraising goal on Saturday, 22 September 2012, on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Big World Cinema’s documentary-in-progress raised $38 577 from 294 funders across the planet, making it the most successful Kickstarter movie project from an African production company. In addition, Rollaball is now in the top 3% of all funded projects on Kickstarter that have raised over $20 000. Full story here

Charlie Sheen’s latest sitcom sold in Africa Sheen enters Africa.

An African TV channel has acquired exclusive rights to the first five seasons of Charlie Sheen’s latest sitcom, Anger Management.

The first 10x30′ season of the US cable show will begin airing across Africa on pay-TV network Comedy Central on September 24.

The show stars Sheen as an ex-baseball pro turned anger therapist who must confront his own issues. Future episodes are set to star Denise Richards and Charlie’s father, Martin Sheen.

Source: Ed Waller 18 September 2012

South Africa: Guidelines for Foreign Film and Television incentive

Back in 10 May 2012, Minister Rob Davies approves amendments to foreign film television production and post-production incentive programme guidelines. Those guidelines have since been posted on one of the government's websites.

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