Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 258 – 10 March 2017

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Kenya: Docubox finds funding in innovative ways for documentaries with character-driven storytelling

10 March 2017

If documentary is the poor and lonely relative globally, imagine how hard it is to finance and make African documentaries. Judy Kibinge’s Docubox scheme has been both fertile and innovative. Russell Southwood spoke to her about what they’ve done and what they have planned for the future. Docubox was launched in 2012 as a documentary film fund that “supports intimate, character-driven storytelling and encourages new forms of ownership and authorship in East Africa because we believe that true stories well told make the world a better place to live”. With Ford Foundation funding its first act was to put money…

Broadcast

Senegalese film scoops top award at FESPACO

10 March 2017

Ouagadougou - Felicite, a tale about a nightclub singer who has to scrape together funds to pay for her son's treatment after a road accident, scooped the top prize on…


Broadcast

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation Unveils African Film Heritage Project

10 March 2017

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has unveiled the African Film Heritage Project to locate, restore, and preserve African films in a partnership with the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO.…


Broadcast

Anti-colonial film gets rave reception at Africa fest

10 March 2017

A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point.…


Broadcast

See stars nominated for 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

10 March 2017

All is set for the Prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2017 in honour of Africa’s best in the movie industry. According to M-NET, owners of Africa Magic and…


Broadcast

Nollywood Short Films: Aesthetics & Evolution of an Industry (Video)

10 March 2017

Not-so long ago, if a filmmaker mentioned making a short film here in Nigeria, they’d likely get one of these reactions: “What’s that?” “How much money can I make from…


Broadcast

Burkina Faso Film Festival Fespaco Defies Islamist Menace

10 March 2017

On the dusty streets of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou soldiers searched visitors to the pan-African Fespaco film festival on Thursday night after they'd emptied their pockets and passed through a…


Broadcast

Sowing the seeds of change in South Africa

10 March 2017

The first time Elizabeth Vibert entered the thinking garden in a village in South Africa, she was blown away by what she saw. Women, mostly over the age of 60,…


Broadcast

In brief

10 March 2017

While the luminaries of the African film world descended on Burkina Faso last week for the start of Fespaco, the biannual pan-African film festival holding its 25th edition Feb. 25-March…


Content

MultiChoice launches rewards programme for DStv customers

10 March 2017

Multi-Choice has launched a new continent-wide incentive programme called DStv Thanks, aimed at offering rewards to DStv customers. Commenting on the incentive, MultiChoice Zimbabwe chief executive officer said: “We are…


Content

BBC Worldwide expands across Sub-Saharan Africa with over 800 hours of TV content sales

10 March 2017

BBC Worldwide has announced today at their annual BBC Worldwide Showcase event that it has sold over 800 hours of world-class British television programming to several leading broadcasters and platforms…


Content

Highly anticipated Prime Suspect Prequel for SA screens

10 March 2017

Adapted from Lynda La Plante’s bestselling novel, Tennison, ITV CHOICE is proud to present the brand new crime drama, Prime Suspect: Tennison which will premiere on the channel (DStv 123)…


Content

South African 'Serial' podcast starts with a bloody ‘90s heist and ramps up from there

10 March 2017

                  The year is 1994, a few weeks before South Africa’s first democratic election, and two security guards are murdered at a…


Content

Kalushi: The Solomon Mahlangu story, the inspiration behind the Firestars music video by Capso featuring Wyclef Jean

10 March 2017

The Mandla Dube written and directed feature film Kalushi: The Solomon Mahlangu Story, which releases on March 10 at cinemas nationally, has been the inspiration for the video Firestars by…


Content

ShowMax teams up with The QYou for curated series

10 March 2017

  SVoD in Africa: Naspers-owned South African subscription video-on-demand provider ShowMax has teamed up with short-form best-of-the-internet channel The QYou to curate a series of shows in East Africa. ShowMax…


Content

MultiChoice scales back M-net channels

10 March 2017

MultiChoice announced that new schedules on M-Net channels to improve DStv customers viewing will see the end of specialist channels, including M-Net Edge, M-Net Family and M-Net Movies Showcase, as…


Content

A TV channel dedicated to the African entrepreneur has been introduced by Kwese

10 March 2017

A TV channel dedicated to the African entrepreneur has been introduced by Kwese Posted By Maureen Bwalya on Mar 2, 2017 in Business | 0 comments Kwese TV has introduced…


Content

M-Net Loses its Edge

10 March 2017

A fascinating new transgender reality series, Strut, starts tonight on Vuzu AMP - but M-Net won't show it or the new mini-series When We Rise to DStv subscribers elsewhere in…


Distribution

ICFLIX and Orange team up to bring digital entertainment in Egypt

10 March 2017

Orange customers in Egypt will now be served with hours of digital entertainment on their mobile phone following the latest partnership of the company with ICFLIX, which is the online…


Distribution

ZEEL to launch Zee Magic, Zee Cinema in French in Mali

10 March 2017

Mumbai: With a view to further strengthen its presence in Africa, media company Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) on Wednesday said it has forayed in the French-speaking nation Mali. "Zee will…


Distribution

Zee TV to premiere its Bollywood movies channel on DStv in South Africa

10 March 2017

Zee TV Africa continues to make inroads into the continent with the launch of a new channel Zee Bollymovies, which will broadcast on Africa’s biggest TV network on 1st March…


Distribution

In brief

10 March 2017

Kino Lorber has set a 16 August USA theatrical release date for 2017 Sundance, Berlin and SXSW film festival selection, the South African drama from director John Trengove, titled The…


Regulation & Policy

SABC TV licence shambles: People send us expletives

10 March 2017

Cape Town – The SABC has lifted the lid on its TV licence collection shambles, telling parliament that it “cleaned up the database”, wrote off a staggering R17.7bn in TV…


Technology & Convergence

Zimbabwe: Film School Braces for Digitisation

10 March 2017

The Zimbabwe Television and Film School of Southern Africa has intensified training of filmmakers in anticipation of high demand of film content once the digitisation exercise currently underway is completed.…


Technology & Convergence

Tuluntulu adds Reuters to African video streaming platform

10 March 2017

African mobile content platform Tuluntulu is adding videos from global news agency Reuters to its tNews4U channel. The company, which launched in August 2014, expects to reach half-a-million users soon.…


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Opportunities

10 March 2017

Zanzibar International Film Festival announces Film Schools Programme The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is committed to supporting the growth of the film education sector in Africa and announces the…


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People

10 March 2017

VIACOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA NETWORKS AFRICA REINFORCES ITS EXECUTIVE TEAM Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to world class entertainment brands MTV, MTV Base, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons,…


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Events

10 March 2017

To advertise your event on this section, please contact us. You can also rent a banner space. Introduction: Which events to attend in 2017? Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film…