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Loeries Radio, Television, Film and Video judging panel announced

Patrick Baron, Executive Creative Director of McCann in Australia will chair the Radio, Television, Film and Video panel for the Loeries.

Last year Baron was honoured by the Advertising Age USA as the world's No.1 Creative Director and Art Director. He is also the only Australian creative director and art director to have had work awarded by TED.

Events

Announcement by PAMRO

The conference due to be held in Ghana in August 2014 is now to be re-schedued to August 2015 due to the health concerns and restriction in travel in West Africa. For further information please visit the website here:

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SA actress appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Africa International Film Festival

The Africa International Film Festival, which takes place in Nigeria from 9 to 16 November, has appointed South African actress Xolile Tshabalala as the 2014 Goodwill Ambassador. The awards are a platform which seeks to give expression to African cinema by recognizing and rewarding excellence in the industry.

Opportunities

SAFTA 2015 Call for Entries

It is that time of the year when the film and television industry prepare for the biggest event in the film calendar, The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), South Africa’s custodian of film is calling on all local production companies to submit their entries for the 9th Annual SAFTAs.

Events

Announcement by PAMRO

The conference due to be held in Ghana in August 2014 is now to be re-schedued to August 2015 due to the health concerns and restriction in travel in West Africa. For further information please visit the website here:

Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sector

Jobs & Opportunities

M-Net to start M-Net Film and TV Academy

The premium South African and African pay-television brand M-Net is set to create and establish the M-Net Film and TV Academy in 2015 which will aim to expose, train and raise up the next generation of talented content makers within South Africa's vibrant and growing film and television industry. by Thinus Ferreira

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Honoring a Filmmaker in the Shadow of Apartheid

Unknown among his fellow white South Africans, Tonie van der Merwe was the most popular filmmaker among black audiences in the 1970s and ’80s. He churned out about 400 movies under an apartheid subsidy system established to produce movies exclusively for blacks — with the right political and moral content. In fact, he helped create the system.

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Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sector

Opportunities

Tropfest Arabia hosts short films contest [MENA]

Deadline: 8/31/14
Amateur and professional filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa are invited to submit their works to this film festival in Abu Dhabi.

Tropfest Arabia is seeking short film entries from Arab directors. The festival is supported by twofour54 Abu Dhabi whose aim is to establish a sustainable Arabic media and entertainment content creation industry.

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Kenya: Confirmed - Lupita to Star in Americanah

Details for the next project for the Oscar award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o are out.

Lupita has been confirmed to star in and produce an adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's acclaimed novel Americanah. The film will be made by Brad Pitt's company Plan B -- the same producers of the 12 Years a Slave, which won her an Oscar in February.

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