Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 257 – 24 February 2017

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DTT opens up new opportunities for broadcasters in Rwanda: Flash TV’s CEO Louis B. Kimanzi in interview

24 February 2017

Rwanda may not be one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest TV markets but the transition to DTT has created a platform with 40 TV channels. This has spurred the launch of 10 new local TV stations. Russell Southwood interviewed the CEO of one of them, Flash TV’s Louis B.Kimanzi. Q: Why has the TV market in Rwanda opened up in the last few years? A: Rwanda as any other country is recognizing the growth of television viewing as a mode for easy reach of information With the opening of digital broadcasting in 2014 it was easy for those interested in investing…

Broadcast

Alain Gomis' film Félicité wins a Silver Bear at Berlin - Film Review:

24 February 2017

Alain Gomis' character study of a struggling single mother in Kinshasa evolves into something far more sensually complex than it initially seems. Life is what happens while you’re busy making…


Broadcast

SAFTAs 2017 award nominees announced

24 February 2017

The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) 11 Golden Horn nominee’s announcement was made on 16 February 2017, in Bryanston at The Forum. The SAFTAs 11 breakfast was attended…


Broadcast

Tess receives two SAFTA nominations ahead of its cinema release

24 February 2017

The feature film Tess, helmed by Meg Rickards has received two SAFTA nominations – Best Actress for Christia Visser and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for Tracey Farren – as it…


Broadcast

South Africa - RapidLion 2017 Kicks Off

24 February 2017

From the 5 March to the 12 March RapidLion 2017 also known as The South African International Film Festival will bring 140 films from 40 countries to The Market Theatre…


Broadcast

Egypt’s African Cinema Club unleashes potential of continent’s film industry

24 February 2017

On the beats of African music, Egypt has recently celebrated the inauguration of its first African Cinema Club at the Cairo Opera House’s Hanager Cinema, pinning its hopes that such…


Broadcast

Fespaco 2017 to focus on training, audio-visuals

24 February 2017

The 25th edition of the Pan-African Film and TV Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco) will be held from February 25-March 4, under the theme “Training, Cinema and Audio-Visual Trades.” The purpose…


Broadcast

WGSA Muse Awards a roaring success

24 February 2017

The 4th edition of the prestigious WGSA Muse Awards took place on Saturday the 11th of February at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg. Attended by prominent writers, media practitioners…


Broadcast

Alamork Marsha Makes Feature Debut with “Operation Solomon” Drama, ‘Fig Tree’ (On the Fate of Ethiopian Jews)

24 February 2017

Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker Alamork Marsha is developing her feature film debut, “Fig Tree,” which is based on her experiences as a child in war-torn Addis Ababa in 1991. The script, which…


Broadcast

South African short film wins international Sci-Fi award

24 February 2017

Tears in the Rain – the locally shot short film – has picked up one of the major awards from the SciFi Underground Film Fest which took place in Munich…


Content

South African animation the biggest winner at Kidscreen Awards

24 February 2017

Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios’ collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man…


Content

Kwesé TV boosts content line-up with AMC and Scripps deals

24 February 2017

KweseLifestyleImage2New African pay TV platform Kwesé TV has struck deals with AMC Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive to boost its growing content line-up. Econet Media-owned Kwesé TV has struck a…


Content

Script2Screen Africa set for reality TV on filmmaking

24 February 2017

With a vision to train filmmakers to tell stories that tackle some of the continent’s most pressing issues head-on, educate viewers while entertaining them, Script2Screen Africa 2017 is set for…


Content

Street Talk: My first time (Video)

24 February 2017

Who doesn’t remember the first time they had sex? Twenty ordinary people share their stories, some hilarious, others shocking in Street Talk. Street Talk is a groundbreaking television series aired…


Content

ZIFF TO RECOGNISE WOMEN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

24 February 2017

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a new special jury award category open specifically to women documentary filmmakers from Africa. The Adiaha Award for Best African Female…


Content

SPI/FILMBOX lands in Cameroon on Swecom

24 February 2017

As Cameroon football fans are still celebrating winning the Africa Cup of Nations, TV viewers in the country have scored a televisual goal with the availability of content from SPI…


Distribution

Gravel Road acquires Bino & Fino Animation Series

24 February 2017

Gravel Road Distribution Group announces their acquisition of Bino & Fino, a Nigerian Kids Animation series. Gravel Road will be distributing the series in multiple language versions in Africa, North…


Distribution

Ghana-Set Spirit Award Nominee ‘Nakom’ Gets USA

24 February 2017

A film that made its world premiere at the Berlinale (the Berlin International Film Festival) a year ago – a historic debut because it was the first film from Ghana…


Distribution

Boing Africa extends growing footprint

24 February 2017

Boing Africa is expanding across the continent, following a successful initial launch in May 2015. Through a partnership with AzamTV, one of the largest and fastest growing digital satellite platforms…


Distribution

Kwesé TV official broadcaster of the NBA Africa 2017

24 February 2017

The news has been announced by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). The NBA Africa Game 2017 (NBA’s second game in Africa), will be…


Distribution

Vodacom Video Play now has a comedy channel

24 February 2017

Vodacom's video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, is launching a new local comedy channel called Gunga7.com. This follows a content licensing deal with production company Diprente Films and expands the channel…


Distribution

ShowMax takes first step into Europe

24 February 2017

Naspers-owned video-on-demand platform ShowMax has made its debut in a European country, launching services in Poland on 15 February 2017. The Warsaw-based team responsible for the expansion is led by…


Regulation & Policy

e.tv ordered to keep primetime news

24 February 2017

ICASA has declined e.tv s request to stop broadcasting news in prime time. ICASA spokesperson Paseka Maleka said the request was turned down following e.tv s application for an amendment…


Regulation & Policy

Icasa holds hearings on spectrum

24 February 2017

Communications regulator Icasa held public hearings late last week to determine how scarce radio frequency spectrum is utilised in future. The idea, according to Icasa, is to update the National…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria needs 30 million STBs for digital switchover completion

24 February 2017

The news has been revealed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Thirty million set-top boxes will be required to complete the digital switch over (DSO) process in Nigeria. During transition, billions…


Technology & Convergence

New date for Abuja digital switchover

24 February 2017

The DG, NBC, Mall Is’haq Modibbo has met the Management of the Commission to update them on the present status of the Abuja DSO project. While addressing the team, he…


Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat 7 West A satellite takes Echourouk News to Algerian viewers in High Definition

24 February 2017

Algiers, Dubai, Paris, 30 January 2016 - On the occasion of DISCOP Dubai, that brings together key TV players from across the Middle East and North Africa, Algeria’s Echourouk media…


Technology & Convergence

In brief

24 February 2017

Calrec Audio has signed Decibel S.A. as its exclusive distributor in Switzerland, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. With an emphasis on Brio, Calrec's all-new, compact digital broadcast audio console, Decibel S.A.…


Technology & Convergence

Solar-powered movie theater opens in Burkina Faso ahead of film festival

25 February 2017

A solar-powered movie theater was unveiled in Burkina Faso on Friday ahead of the city’s hosting of Africa’s top film festival. The theater, with a 300-seat capacity, will run on…


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Opportunities

24 February 2017

Entries for the international AutoVision festival 2017 are open As of February 2017, all film makers, agencies, companies, TV channels as well as students are invited to submit their film…


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Opportunities

24 February 2017

Beijing International Film Festival Call For African Films Beijing International Film Festival is an international cultural exchange activity held by State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of…


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Opportunities

24 February 2017

Call for applications: Visa for Music 2017 Visa For Music (VFM), a professional music market for Africa and the Middle East, is calling on artists to apply for its fourth…


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Opportunities

24 February 2017

The African Film Festival 2017   The African Film Festival will showcase more than twenty films. Twelve of the best will be entered in the competition. Selection will be based…


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People

24 February 2017

Zwelethu Radebe joins Egg Films Rising commercials director Zwelethu Radebe has nestled in at Egg Films, where he’ll be working with producer Dumisani Mvumvu from their Johannesburg office. “We have…


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Events

24 February 2017

African Film Festival New York 21st NATIONAL TRAVELING SERIES In 2016-2017, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the 21st anniversary of our National Traveling Series. Due to the demand for…