Issue no 77 09 April 2010

Top Story

IDmage offers African film-makers distribution via VOD and pre-paid mobile cinemas

Enrico Chiesa, associate director at IDmage is gearing-up for the launch this year of a new web portal - http://www.africafilms.tv - that will bring African films back on screen...via VOD. He is also pioneering a new way of getting cinema to viewers in a way that will pay back revenues to film-makers. Russell Southwood and Sylvain Beletre spoke to Chiesa about these two path-breaking projects.IDmage’s move into VOD is a way of reigniting some excitement in African films and revive their power in markets where large distributors have killed margins or where piracy has drivent film theatres and producers in…

Broadcast

New Radio Station Created in Sierra Leone As UN Outlet And State Broadcaster Merge

Sierra Leone's State radio broadcaster has merged with the United Nations station in the West African country to form a new entity that aims to become an independent and professional…


Broadcast

Somali radio stations comply with Islamists' music ban

Most radio stations in Somalia have stopped playing music, on the orders of Islamist Hizbul-Islam insurgents who say that songs are un-Islamic. The stations said they had to comply with…


Broadcast

Sudan: Radio Miraya elections coverage

Radio Miraya is covering the elections with 42 correspondents around the country reporting live via telephone from polling stations in all States. In Khartoum and Juba studios a core team…


Broadcast

Namibia: NBC to under turnaround strategy, may be headed up by former BBC D-G

It is widely expected that Information Ministry officials will today announce the cutting of the NBC's umbilical cord when they spell out plans to commercialise the operations of the broadcaster,…


Broadcast

In Brief

- Radiodiffusion télévision africaine (RTA) will start broadcasting before the end of 2010. The Senegalese government has announced that Africa will have its news channel by the end of the…


Content

Nigeria: HiTv Naija's Mother of Reality Shows, Says Aka-Bashorun

Nigerian television viewers will witness what they have not seen in reality TV when pay TVstation, HiTV, begins the airing of its show tagged Naija, in the next couple of…


Content

District 9 star Sharlto Copley in talks for another alien film:”I Am Number Four”

Sharlto Copley, the South African actor who shot to fame as the ill-fated star of 'District 9,' is in talks to join the cast of 'I Am Number Four,' an…


Content

Jock of the cartoon-veld: early glimpses of South African 3D animated movie

The first snippets of South Africa's premier 3D animated movie, based on the classic book, Jock of the Bushveld, were revealed by producers. The movie is due for release in…


Content

Africa Movie Academy Awards announced: Nigerian wins Heart of Africa best film award

Kunle Afolayan led Nigeria on the filmmaking landscape of Africa by winning 13 out of the 24 main prizes at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony held on April…


Content

In Brief:

- A Country Imagined, presented by Johnny Clegg, is a rewarding journey through South Africa as it explores the landscapes that have inspired artists.Source: www.filmcontact.com/film/africa- A few top African musicians…


Distribution

Nigerian diaspora family channel OH TV launches VOD in the USA

OHTV is launching VOD and decoder box offers in the USA. The company is currently broadcasting on Sky Channel 199 and is aimed at the three million strong diaspora in…


Distribution

International film “Desert Flower” is currently being distributed globally

Desert Flower is the true story of Waris Dirie, a young African woman in fight against poverty, who achieves fame and celebrity. In her childhood, the heroine experienced poverty and…


Distribution

In Brief:

- Soccer Cinema, a travelling cinema series, will bring some of the world's best soccer documentaries to 50 small towns and townships across the country before culminating in a Soccer…


Investment

South Africa’s New Vision Media plans to grow in New York and Nigeria

New Vision Media, the diversified local media group, plans to grow its New York operations and expand into Nigeria in the future. However, for now the focus is on consolidating…


Investment

Africa: Joint Deal between Agra and Gates Foundation to Give Farmers' Voice in Radio Broadcasts

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) to launch radio programmes to ensure access to timely and relevant information…


Investment

In Brief:

- Focus Features, a division of NBC universal, announced its launch of the Africa First Program in 2008 and awarded five African filmmakers a $10,000 grant to finance production and…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Digital Dzonga Advisory Council is Dissolved and digital TV launch postponed to 2013

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda has dissolved the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council, which was tasked to oversee the migration from analogue broadcasting to digital.The news was unlikely to further delay the…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Government Pushes Ahead With Repressive Media Law

The proposed media law is a monster, says Dr George Lugalambi, chair of a coalition fighting to preserve press freedom in Uganda. Publishers and journalists would have to apply annually…


Regulation & Policy

In Brief

- The Uganda Communications Commission and the Broadcasting Council have been merged into one regulatory body that will oversee both communication and broadcasting matters in the country. The new policy…


Technology & Convergence

4th HD SABC truck ready for World Cup

South African Broadcasting (SABC) will cover the World Cup for its domestic audience with four OB trucks, each fitted with Riedel intercom systems. Two of SABC’s new OB trucks were…


Technology & Convergence

FIFA and Sony 3D experience of FIFA World Cup

Following the initial joint announcement to make the world’s first FIFA World Cup available in 3D, FIFA and Sony Corporation have unveiled insights into what the football fans around the…


Technology & Convergence

In Brief

- ZIFF - Zanzibar International Film Festival - has revamped its Website. Designed by Will Grace, it is available at http://www.ziff.or.tz- The first-ever feature-length 3D animation film to come out…


Events

South African Cinema

[img_assist|nid=18329|title=|desc=|link=url|url=http://www.americanfilmmarket.com/?ref=baafrica|align=left|width=220|height=60]* April and May 2010Venue: BFI SOUTHBANK, Edinburgh, Scotland.A two-part season that presents an overview of cinema made both during and post South Africa's apartheid era - a fantastic range…


Events

Senegalese Independence Day Celebration

*12-16 April 2010Venue: Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge, EdinburghDate: Saturday 3rd April 2010Time: 7pm to 12 midnightThe Edinburgh Senegalese Society proudly invites you to join them in celebrating 50 years…


Events

MIPTV 2010

*12-16 April 2010venue: Cannes, FranceThe World's international TV content market event. The conference programme usually presents over 150 of the biggest names in global TV and film entertainment, digital media…


Events

26th PanAfrican International Film Festival

*15-25 April 2010Venue: Montreal, CanadaFestival organized by Vues d’Afrique, open to films from all the continents, depicting African, Caribbean and Diaspora realities through a broad range of subjects.For the past…


Events

International Panafrican Film Festival (FIFP)

*21-25 April 2010Venue: Cannes, FranceThe festival will showcase 50 films (including 15 in International Competition) and provide 5 projections per day, from 09:00 to midnight.click for details: http://www.festivaldufilmpanafricain.orgTel 0033 6…


Events

Festival de Cannes

*12-23 May 2010venue: Palais du Festival, Cannes, South of France.The Festival de Cannes has celebrated the cinema for more than 60 years.Over the years, the French Association of the International…


Events

17th NY Africa Film Festival (second session)

*May 28th to 31st, 2010venue: NY, USA - Bamcinémateque and Bam Rose CinemasThe famous Festival organised by African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the richness of African and African Diaspora…


Events

SAMRA 2010 Conference

* 3-4 June 2010Venue: Mount Grace Country House and SpaJohannesburg, South AfricaThe conference is organised by the South African Marketing Research Association calling all Research Stake holders.For further information visit…


Events

2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival

*16-27 June 2010Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland.The Festival is internationally regarded as a focus for discovery, a celebration of cinema, a centre of debate and a catalyst for new films. EIFF is…


Events

RWANDA FILM FESTIVAL

*June 2010 - date TBAvenue: Kigali, Rwandaclick for details: http://tinyurl.com/yczef4g


Events

Africa on Screen Festival

* 24-30 June 2010venue: South Africa, JohannesburgAfrica on Screen, the annual African Film Festival, is calling for entries from Africans for the 2010 edition of the festival to be held…


Events

ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL (ZIFF)

*July 2010 - date TBAvenue: Tanzaniahttp://www.ziff.or.tz/


Events

The Internet Show Africa

*2-3 August 2010Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, SA.There are four seminar theatres themed around the following: Digital advertising and marketing, Web 2.0 and social networking, e-commerce and payments, Content…


Events

Africa in Motion 2010

* 21st October to 5th November 2010Venue: Africa in Motion 2010 will take place at Filmhouse Cinema and other venues in Edinburgh, Scotland.Much longer than the usual ten days of…


Events

Lumières d'Afrique

*6-14 Nov. 2010Venue: Besançon, France.African film festival.click for details (http://www.lumieresdafrique.com)


People

CNN Multichoice African Journalist finalists announced

13 April, 2010 UgandaBroadcastingFinalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Competition were announced today by Joel Kibazo, Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition is now in…


People

In Brief

Former SABC Executive Patel to Tune in SentechSentech Welcomes Board of Directors & Acting CEOSentech, leader in Broadcasting Signal Distribution welcomes the appointment of acting CEO, Ms Beverley Ngwenya who…


People

Madonna Visits Millennium Village in Malawi, Reviews Substantial Progress / Improvements in education, health, and women’s empowerment are focus of visit

International Actress and singer Madonna today visited Gumulira, a Millennium Village of approximately 5000 people in rural central Malawi. Raising Malawi, an organization co-founded by Madonna, has been a partner…


Opportunities

Call for African films and TV content and Call for extra funds

IDmage is about to provide a global paid VOD portal and a mobile cinema tour in Africa (see top story).The company grants free digital distribution of African films globally for…


Opportunities

Call for International Scenario

CONCOURS INTERAFRICAIN DE SCENARIODeadline : 1er septembre 2010.Festival Africain du Film Vidéo et de la PhotographieOrganisé par Sauve-qui-peut le Cinéma Africain28 rue Jean Ligonnet, 69700 Givors - Franceet le Comptoir…


Opportunities

AiM - Call for docs closes end of this month

Africa in Motion 2010: 21st October to 5th NovemberAIM’s call for documentaries that deal with all kinds of celebratory themes will close at the end of April 2010. This is…


Opportunities

Call for Theatres in Scotland - Africa in Motion on Tour in Rural Scotland

Like last year, AiM will be touring to rural Scotland, the highlands and islands, after the main festival in November. If you are part of a film club or community…


Opportunities

ZIFF: Film submissions now open until May 15, 2010 – and call for volunteers

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is currently accepting applications for all African films and films from the Dhow Countries region- South East Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, The Persian Gulf, Iran,…