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2 November 2017

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This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows.

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Introduction:

Which events to attend in 2017?

Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge and have one to one interactions, which give room for synergy, co-productions and collaborations.’’(1)

The Cannes festival and others such as Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival (USA), FESPACO in Burkina Faso and the Nigerian based African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) provide African film producers ample opportunity to showcase their finest cinematic output and potentials.

The two Discop Africa 2017 (in Johanesburg and Abidjan) and MIPTV/MIPcom 2017 are the main markets for TV programme sales.

The Loeries and Cristal 2017 are dedicated to advertising mainly.

Note: This list is not exhaustive, and there is almost one african film festival per year in key countries around the World: in large African countries, the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, etc.

 

7-9 Nov. 2017
AfricaCom 2017
Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.

AfricaCom, the essential event dedicated to the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 13,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors & 400 visionary speakers from across the entire digital ecosystem expected in 2017. Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos and content solution providers. November 2017 (date TBA)

Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

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Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is reopening in Lagos, Nigeria, for its 7th edition, in November 2017. This major film event, which promotes and celebrates each year the talents of the African continent and the African diaspora, is expanding its range of films in competition on the occasion of its 7th edition. AFRIFF will present a programme featuring more films from French-speaking Africa as well as French films. The festival wishes for its 7th edition to honor France and La Francophonie, in a long-term vision of artistic collaborations and partnerships. The Festival hosts in official competition several categories: short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, short films of film students. Entries will be accepted until July 30th 2017. 10 to 20,000 delegates expected.

16 - 18 Nov 2017
Cherry Jazz Festival 

The town of Ficksburg - a two-hour drive from the city of Bloemfontein, on the border of Lesotho - is known throughout South Africa as Cherry Town. The countryside around Ficksburg is full of cherry orchards and the town celebrates the fruit every year during the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, the oldest crop festival in South Africa.

The festival features cherry-farm tours, a golf tournament, a half-marathon, cherry product competitions, equestrian events, a beer festival and a baking competition.

Visitors can also watch the locals make cherry mampoer, a South African moonshine, and attend the Cherry Jazz Festival (on Nov 11 this year) - a full day of live music by some of South Africa's best jazz acts, such as Black Motion, Ringo, Letta Mbulu and Caiphius Semenya.