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Three South Africans selected to participate at the 17th Berlinale Talents

From 9 to 14 February 2019, 250 up-and-coming film professionals – 141 women and 109 men – from 77 countries, will gather at Berlinale Talents to share ideas, network, and…

Frank Opperman explores the role of a modern priest in society in a new film

The decline in church attendance is a global phenomenon. The role of the priest in our rapidly changing world is one of the themes that lies at the heart of…

John Boyega to produce Cape Flats gangster film

Cape Town – John Boyega will executive produce a film, God is Good, set on the Cape Flats in Cape Town and written and directed by first-time filmmaker Willem Grobler.…

Africa Human Rights Film Festival

The power of film in harnessing the promotion and respect for human rights is what Africa Human Rights Film Festival (AHRFF) seeks to use to create a vibrant culture of…

Ghana's 'Kumawood' studios make films in a hurry

Ghana's TV and film industry, known as Ghallywood, was once the pride of Africa but has now fallen on hard times. Now 'Kumawood' has taken its place. The new industry,…

A Local Wizard: Matwetwe Smokes Its Homegrown Competition

Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was…

Nollywood’s growing international reach signals the broadening definition of the Nigerian film

From million-dollar budgets to Netflix partnerships, Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, has burgeoned in the past decade. Nollywood films have dominated international film festivals, making the industry a creative force to…

New documentary says SA group tried spreading AIDS to “cement white rule”

Cold Case Hammarskjöld premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, and it's packed with shocking revelations about the spread of AIDS. It’s an allegation so heinous, it’s almost impossible…

Beyond Vanity: A New Documentary Sheds Light on Cape Town’s Sneaker Culture

The film from Imraan Christian takes a hard look at Cape Town youth's obsession with "bubbles." On the day a highly anticipated new release finally hits the shelf, a queue…

Matwetwe excels in its first weekend at local theatres

Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was…

African filmmakers to market films at 2019 Cannes Film Festival

African filmmakers, artistes and distributors will get a section to market their films at the 2019 edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) in France. The News…

Star-studded line up for 2019 Cape Town International Animation Festival

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the star-studded programme has been announced for the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), which takes place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at…

HRW Film Festival to close with SA Film

In the closing night film, the festival returns to one of its perennial themes: the promise of movement-building, action, and the fight for justice in Rehad Desai's stirring documentary Everything…

In brief

The South African Film and Television Awards is an annual South African awards ceremony hosted by the National Film and Video Foundation, to honour creative excellence in the local film…

Martin Scorsese and the African Film Heritage Project Are Bringing Four Vital Films Home

“Soleil Ô” The African Film Heritage Project has announced that it will screen restorations of four African films on their home continent for the first time as part of the…

Fespaco: Africa's largest film festival turns 50

Some 100,000 people are expected to attend 450 screenings over the next week at the Fespaco film festival in Burkina Faso. Security is tight following a wave of attacks by…

Showmax invites student films

Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s a new opportunity to help kickstart the careers of local filmmakers. Numerous Hollywood blockbusters (District 9, Tomb Raider 2018, and The…

Blitz the Ambassador's 'The Burial of Kojo' Is Heading to Netflix Very Soon

This is the 22nd acquisition for Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY. After a successful world premiere at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, even more folks will have the opportunity to…

Fespaco: Banned lesbian love story Rafiki wins award

Africa's largest film festival has awarded a Kenyan actress for her depiction of a lesbian character in a film that is banned in her own country. Fespaco film festival in…

Triggerfish’s latest animation to premiere in Cape after five-star reviews in UK

Proudly presented by Animation SA, The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) kicks off this Friday, 8 March 2019, with the African premiere of Zog, Triggerfish’s latest BBC Christmas special…

First Ever Zim-China Produced Film Premieres In Zimbabwe- The Film Was Entirely Shot In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s friendship with China has transcended the political arena into the cinema with the premiere of a movie called When Africa Meets You. When Africa Meets You is a film…

New African Film Festival 2019 spotlights South African cinema By New African Film Festival

Still from director Sara Blecher's Mayfair. Now in its 15th year, the New African Film Festival is presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre, Africa World Now Project and…

In brief

The Cameroonian “Miraculous weapons” produced by Jean-Pierre Bekolo was judged to be the film giving the most positive image of Africa, at the influential 2019 Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et…

Meet Ticky and Baboo – The Little Kings of Mulberry Street

Once in a lifetime comes a story of true greatness such as the epic tale of Baboo and his best friend Ticky. That story is ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’, the…

Growing Pains in Ethiopia: Film Spotlights Hidden Cost of Urban Growth

Living in a tool shed on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, 10-year-old Asalif Tewold straddles a unique space between modernity and tradition. In his short life, he has lived on…

Local film 'Deep End' showcases Durban in all its glory

"Deep End" releases in cinema on 15 March. Picture: Supplied Known as one of South Africa’s favourite news anchor and bulletin producer on television, Mahendra Raghunath has flipped the script…

SA documentary selected to have its world premiere at Hot Docs in Canada

The much-anticipated feature documentary, Buddha in Africa by South African filmmaker, Nicole Schafer, has been selected for its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Festival (25 April…

Local film puts Zimbabwe on global map

Award-winning film-maker Joe Njagu said he was charmed by the international recognition that the film Cook Off continued to attract following an invitation to be screened at the 16th edition…

Judy Naidoo digs deep into her childhood in charming new film, Kings of Mulberry Street

The historical towns of Verulam and Tongaat, just north of Durban, were developed largely by Indian indentured labourers. Together, under the fictionalised name of Sugarhill District, they provide the colourful…

Animation du Monde 2020 launches across Africa

If you have an animation project you have been working on that’s pitch ready, or one that’s been sitting on a hard drive somewhere, it’s time to dust it off.…

The Sound of Masks: Mozambique Focused Documentary to screen at Hot Docs

Atanasio Nyusi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, takes us on a visually dramatic journey through Mozambique's past and present. The Sound of Masks, directed and produced by Sara…

In Bakassi to Screen at Hot Docs Film Festival

Joel Benson’s virtual reality documentary ‘In Bakassi’ has been added to the lineup of the largest documentary festival in North America, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. ‘In Bakassi’…

The Nollywood movie experiment to research Nigerians’ anti-corruption behavior

The popularity of Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry—the world’s second largest by volume—was covertly deployed for a social cause five years ago. Researchers from Princeton University, the University of California, Los…

In brief

Steamy rom-com ‘Love Lives Here’ tells the tale of a woman caught between two worlds, the township lifestyle and the suburbs A new breed of South African film is about…

An Act of Defiance – Bram Fischer’s fight to save Nelson Mandela from the gallows

Nelson Mandela is a global icon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. But this might not have been if it were not for the heroic fight to save…

Ghanaian Rapper-Turned-Director Taps Traditional Themes in 1st Film

WATCH: Ghanian Rapper Turned Director Taps Traditional Themes in First Film in the clip above. A new film called “The Burial of Kojo” is a tale of family tensions with…

Nollywood Week Film Festival 2019

Nollywood at its best. Click the link here to see the festival schedule Moms at War Official SelectionTwo neighbors, both mothers with teenage children at the same school, hate each…

Award winning filmmaker X-rays Lagosians in new film, ‘Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic’

Imoh Umoren, film director “Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic,’ says the film x-rays the multi-faceted lives of Lagosians from all walks of life. Umoren is known for his socially conscious…

Five reasons why 'Supa Modo' will be your new favourite African film

The multi-award-winning Kenyan superhero film Supa Modo is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa. Jo (Stycie Waweru) is a witty nine-year-old terminally ill girl obsessed with Jackie Chan movies.…

New film Skemerson portrays grief of losing a loved one

Grief at losing one’s mum is the universal theme that lies at the heart of ‘Skemerson’ (‘Sun Cry Moon’), the new film directed by Phillip Rademeyer and written by Pietie…

Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival to Premiere Moroccan Amazigh Amussu Film

The documentary focuses on the Imider community’s fight against exploitation by the local silver mine. The documentary film “Amussu” about protests in Imider, a village in south-east Morocco against exploitative…

Animation and Pop Culture ICON Wraps-Up

This past weekend saw some of the most talented African animation creators present their work both live and through video presentations at ICON CGC. These pitches were part of The…

First African films confirmed for Encounters 2019

Following the announcement of the first international titles for this year’s 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, the first South African and African films are as compelling as their…

“Atlantique” by Senegalese director Mati Diop selected for the Cannes Film Festival

Yes she Cannes! “Atlantique”, the film debut from French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, will be competing for the very prestigious Palme d’Or. This marks the first time that a film by…

African filmmakers unite under ‘Pavillon Afriques’ at Festival de Cannes 2019

Now in its 72nd year, the Festival de Cannes is a key highlight on the global film festival calendar, bringing together filmmakers from across the globe to premiere new content.…

The lost legacy of South Africa’s first black action movie

Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet. (SBS) The 1970s was a key time in the history of black cinema. In the US what we now call the “Blaxploitation” movement kicked off…

Atlantique review – African oppression meets supernatural mystery

‘Some memories are omens,” says the heroine of this intriguingly ruminative and poetic movie from Mati Diop, making her feature film debut in the Cannes competition after an acting career…

Encounters announces opening night film

The 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has announced the opening night film as well as a host of the most talked-about non-fiction films from the past year. Fresh…