Issue No 97 3 February 2011

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The challenges for Africa’s film industry – getting financially sustainable as all about changes

Sylvain Beletre interviewed South African Kevin Kriedemann, Editor at Film & Event Publishing (The Call Sheet) about how African cinema – in particular South African cinema - is doing and how it can overcome the challenges it faces.Q: How can African film producers survive today, and who should fund the industry? Ultimately, the goal is to create a self-sustaining film industry, where we make films for less money than we receive back from their audiences. This is starting to happen in South Africa. Last year, 23 local films were released. One positive sign was better box office returns. Of these,…

Broadcast

Sony Pictures Television and MultiChoice launch new channel, Sony Max

On 25 January 2010, one of the television industry’s leading content providers and distributors - Sony Pictures Television - and MultiChoice, the number 1 multi-channel digital satellite pay television operator…


Broadcast

Nigeria: BBC Distributes Broadcast Equipment to Partner Stations in Abuja

The BBC World Service Trust presented broadcast equipment to four of its partner stations in Abuja under its media support for strengthening advocacy, good governance and empowerment project. The equipments…


Broadcast

FESPACO grabs limelights on TV - TV5Monde will broadcast a special “African Film Cycle”

For FESPACO 2011 French TV channel TV5Monde will celebrate the event by broadcasting a special “African Film Cycle” in February and March 2011. The cycle will be offering five of…


Broadcast

India’s Star TV goes encrypted in South Africa to appear on Top TV

The Star channels were encrypted earlier in Jan 2011, making Star the first Indian television network to launch four channels in South Africa. It has joined hands with South African…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

MTV has launched its first ever pro-democracy campaign in Africa ahead of the upcoming Nigerian elections. Starting this month, the network's global "Choose or Lose" voter mobilisation campaign will be…


Content

FESPACO lowers festival entry numbers to drive quality

The most coveted prizes in African cinema are up for grabs every two years, and will be awarded again at the end of Feb 2011. Fespaco, the biennial pan-African festival…


Content

Cape Town, the next film production Eldorado

Fully operational since October 2010, the recently completed Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS), headed by Nico Dekker will be making Eldorado as its next film production. R430-million was injected into…


Content

Outside the Law (2010 film) could get an Oscar

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi in French) is a drama film which came out with much publicity in France last year. The film will represent Algeria at the 83rd Academy Awards,…


Content

Hermann, a young film maker with an African twist

Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre met up with Hermann Djoumessi, a 35 year old French film maker and writer of Cameroonian origin. Watch the full interviews on Balancing Act's YouTube channel:…


Content

Content In Brief

International success for movies post-produced by “Lumière d’Afrique”Films post-produced by Ardèche Images Production, with the support of the ACPFilms Programme have been selected and awarded in various festivals around the…


Distribution

Al Jazeera Sport nets FIFA World Cup TV rights for North Africa and Middle East

The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal…


Distribution

Senegal: Switching from analogue to digital TV signal

With the transition from analogue to digital, Senegalese audiovisual media should be prepared to make more local content, the Senegalese Minister of Communication and Telecommunication, Moustapha Guirassy said in Daka.…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

There have been talks in Chad that cinema theatres will soon be renovated in Senegal (two in Dakar and Saint-Louis), in Mali (Bamako) and in Cameroun.There are only 8 days…


Investment

5FM and SABC3 team up to launch (TV)5

On 26 January 2011, it was announced that 5FM and SABC 3 have joined forces to bring an innovative entertainment show to South African audiences. Marking the start of a…


Investment

Chad: 1.8 m Euros spent on re-opening the Normandy cinema

The legendary ‘Normandy’ cinema theatre has been renovated and was inaugurated in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena on January 8,  2011, after thirty years of closure. This event could be one…


Investment

Investment In Brief

In Uganda on 26 Jan. 2011, the Vision Group has cut staff from its English radio station 94.8 FM for Kampala (Vision Voice) to make it more profitable.In Nigeria, Spectrum…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Consumer files complaint against Smart TV

A consumer has filed a complaint against Next Generation Broadcasting (branded Smart TV) for selling obsolete television signals and exposing Kenyans to financial losses. The company has vigorously denied the…


Regulation & Policy

Côte d'Ivoire: Two TV Journalists Detained

Sanogo Aboubakar and Kangbe Yayoro Charles Lopez, pro-Ouattara of the Television Notre Patrie (TVN) in Bouake, the second largest city in Cote d’Ivoire, have been detained by security forces loyal…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

In South Africa, judge found SABC guilty of distorting news. Widespread manipulation took place under Zikalala, court rules. Judge Neels Claassen ruled in the South Gauteng High Court that there…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: new media, new ideas, new possibilities at BobTV 2011

Digital Broadcasting is upon us and with a vengeance. High Definition, Broadband, Digital terrestrial Broadcasting, IPTV and Mobile. BOBTV 2011 will mark the eighth edition of the African Film and…


Technology & Convergence

New African data centres open up possibilities for video solutions

Balancing Act’s new report Data Centres in Africa reveals that the continent now has 108 shared commercial data centre in various locations. The report indicates that the facilities are already…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence In Brief

The first 3D feature African film – Judge Dredd - is being shot in Cape Town, South Africa and involving the brand new Cape Town Film Studios. With a budget…


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Events

21-29 January 201112th. “Festival national du film (FNF) Marocain” in TangierVenue: Tangier - city in northern MoroccoLong and short film competition hosted by Ahmed Ghazali, « président de la Haute…


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People

In Dakar, Senegal, President Abdoulaye Wade was present at a meeting with the “Conseil des diffuseurs et éditeurs de presse du Sénégal (CDEPS)”, mid-Jan 2011. He asked Senegalese televisions to…


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Opportunities

Last call for entry – Apply by 25 February 2011-01-27The Tarifa African Film Festival.The 8th African Film Festival of Tarifa (www.fcat.es) will take place from June 11th to June 19th,…