Peter Machen has resigned from his position as festival manager of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), effective 31 March 2015. Machen leaves the festival in the capable hands of Pedro Pimenta, who has been appointed festival director. Full story here Source: Screen Africa 8 April 2015
Entries open for Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
Each year the International Academy of Arts and Sciences administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting competition. The initiative is designed to offer recognition and encouragement to novice writers under the age of 30 outside of the US.
The National Film and Video Foundation appoints new leadership
In its mission of ensuring the growth and promotion of the local film industry the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture is proud to announce the appointment of new executive management.
Mzansi Women Film Festival 2015 – call for submissions
The 2nd annual Mzansi Women Film Festival (MWFF) – taking place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg from 7 to 9 August 2015 – is now open for submissions. Films in any genre and of any length may be submitted for consideration. Films by women directors, producers, editors, DOPs, writers and women in lead roles may be submitted for consideration.
24-25 March 2015 Digital Broadcasting Industry Summit in West Africa Abudja, Nigeria - The Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Abuja Organiser : Mr Olusegun Olaleye, Executive Director, Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON)
Cannes 2015: Abderrahmane Sissako Named President of the Cinefondation and Short Films Jury (A First!)
A year after his internationally acclaimed Timbuktu premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with much praise and acclaim, Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako returns for the 68th Festival (May 13-24), to serve as President of the Cinefondation sidebar and Short Films Jury, marking a first for the director (heading a Cannes jury), and also the first time that a director of African descent has been asked to preside over a Cannes jury.