African Metropolis will comprise seven short films from seven filmmakers from seven different cities in Africa. The initiative is presented by executive producer Steven Markovitz and the Goethe-Institut South Africa, with further support from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.
Each of the directors will each explore their own African Metropolis, the legendary cities of Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi.
The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Ibadan has agreed to grant Nigerian filmmakers access to professional medical facilities and hospital scenarios that could be recorded in motion pictures.
In a statement by Dr. Tope Alonge, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, at the commissioning of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Ibadan Preview Centre, said that the issue of accessing information, the manpower and professional medical scenarios, which hitherto was strained, could now be addressed by the hospital.
- A joint venture between local and Indian investors, Bharat Telecom Ltd has set itself the ambitious target of investing US$50 million to connect every home and office in Mauritius through a 2,900 kms fibre network. It will offer high speed broadband (100 mbps) and IPTV through a GPON network.
Final preparations underway for implementation of Carrier ID to assure quality of satellite TV services
Significant strides forward have been made since the announcement at IBC in September 2011 of the introduction of Carrier ID in advance of the London 2012 Olympic Games in order to assure quality DVB satellite transmissions of the world's most-watched sporting event, expected to generate over 2,000 hours of satellite coverage.
Iroko Partners, an online distributor of African movies and music, has raised another $2 million in its latest round of funding from a Swedish venture capital group as it seeks to take the service to cable and satellite TV partners in the U.S. and Europe.
The Lagos, Nigeria-based company raised the funds from Sweden’s Kinnevik, an early investor in Groupon Inc. Iroko previously raised $8 million from U.S.-based hedge fund Tiger Global in April as investors in emerging markets seek to tap into one of the fastest growing movie businesses in the world.
Organised black business group, the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc), has bought a 20% stake in Mobile TV, the television broadcasting start-up founded by Mothobi Mutloatse.
- Venture capitalists from the US and the Netherlands have set their eyes on local animators, film makers and media firms and will be in the country between July 10 and 11 in search of potential viable business ideas they can invest in. The two foreign firms, Acumen Fund and Africa Media Ventures Fund are among six companies that include four Kenyan groups that will be meeting with local film-makers and broadcasters during this year’s 4th Annual Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference to be held in Nairobi.
The official countdown to Africa’s premiere film finance and coproduction forum kicks off with a bang this year. With less than six weeks to go to the 3rd Durban FilmMart, organisers are gearing up for the ‘behind-the scenes’ film event of the year. The Durban FilmMart Delegate Registration is officially open promising access to key experts, broadcasters, financiers at the new venue Blue Waters Hotel on the Golden Mile of Durban’s beachfront.