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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…

Cannes film festival 2019: Director Mati Diop becomes first black woman to win award in 72 years

Cannes film festival: Director Mati Diop becomes first black woman to win award in 72 years French-Senagalese director Mati Diop has become the first black female director to win an…

Where Art Meets Activism - Encounters 2019 Special Session

The power of documentary film is the ability to connect with hearts and minds. Impact Producer Anita Khanna, filmmaker MIki Redelinghuys who is currently involved in cutting edge impact research…

WATCH: The ten riveting documentaries at #DIFF

Durban - The Durban International Film Festival has announced the ground-breaking and challenging documentaries to be screened at the festival's 40th anniversary edition. Ten insightful and impactful documentaries have been…

Controversy mars Bulawayo awards

South Africa-based musician Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, aka Oskido's, rejection of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards nomination has opened a can of worms amid revelations that another nominee had earlier on…

Aderonke Adeola’s Documentary “Awani” Advocating for the Emancipation of Nigerian Women Wins UNESCO Prize at the Afrika Film Festival

Awani is a documentary that serves as a timeline that examines the evolution of the role of Nigerian women, starting from pre-colonial Nigeria to the present day. The documentary uses…

Epic story of Racheltjie de Beer headed for SA cinemas in October 2019

The most anticipated Afrikaans film of the year, ‘The Story of Racheltjie de Beer’, releases nationwide in October 2019. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer…

New Cannes Marché works-in-progress doc award goes to 'Their Algeria'; Doc Day report

Lina Soualem’s Their Algeria won the inaugural documentary works-in-progress prize at the Cannes Marche’s Doc Corner. The award, which comes with €10,000 cash prize, is supported by International Emerging Film…

Liberia: Knock Knock Liberia Launches 2nd Edition of KD International Film Festival

Liberia’s International award-winning actress, Korto Davis launched the 2nd edition of the KD International Film Festival at a news conference in Monrovia on June 13, 2019 Monrovia – Entertainment Company…

SA's 'Canary' spreads its wings to the USA

Based on a true story, the film is set in 1985 South Africa at the height of Apartheid, which serves as the backdrop for an untold love story and a…

Durban FilmMart announces project selection

The project selection for the 10th Durban Filmmart 2019 edition has been announced. THE Durban FilmMart (DFM), which celebrates its 10th edition this year from 19 to 22 July during…

West and Central Africa: New Amnesty International film documents the courage of human rights defenders

Two years after the launch of its Brave Campaign, Amnesty International is launching a film documenting the courage of human rights defenders in West and Central Africa. The film “Brave:…

Encounters: What to watch at the 2019 South African Documentary Film Festival

The 2019 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival – which runs until 16 June – has a superb line-up for this year's event. The Encounters South African Documentary Festival –…

New film details wrenching impact of illegal rhino horn trade on families

A new short film, titled Sides of a Horn, looks at the impacts of the illegal trade of rhino horn on a community in South Africa. The 17-minute film follows…

Conservators restore Africa’s first animated film in colour

Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion work Samba the Great is being screened in Bologna The French Embassy’s Cultural Services in New York and New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and…

South African boxing flick to open 40th Durban International Film Festival

South Africas longest running festival kicks off on Thursday, 18 July and runs through to Sunday, 28 July. The film produced and edited by award-winning Layla Swart of Yellowbone Entertainment,…

South African short film Lace screens at Cannes

The short film Lace follows Garvey, a man hopelessly in love and planning to pop the question to his girlfriend Vida. However, on the night that he is to propose,…

South African premiere of Buddha in Africa at Durban International Film Festival

Buddha in Africa, directed by KwaZulu-Natal-based filmmaker, Nicole Schafer, has been selected in the International Documentary Competition at the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18 to 28 July) for the…

The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) unveils features of the ninth edition on the sidelines of Cannes International Film Festival

The organizers of Luxor Film Festival; Sayed Fouad and Azza el-Husseiny, respectively president and executive director of LAFF in presence of LAFF general coordinator Ahmed Helba unveiled - at a…

Acclaimed SA film wins Genesis Award

South Africa’s breakout film STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war, has won the prestigious Genesis Award in the Outstanding Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film category in the…

Acclaimed SA film comes to the screen at Durban International Film Festival

The acclaimed South African feature film, The Last Victims will be screened on Friday, 19 and Wednesday, 24 July at the 2019 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The film had…

Ghana: Film Makers Petition Parliament Over Siting of Film Village

Film makers in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday petitioned Parliament of Ghana over the decision of the government to establish a film village in Amanfrom Akyem Abuakwa in the Eastern…

Egypt To Screen First Animation Film At El Gouna Film Festival

The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has revealed that it will host the premiere screening of The Knight & The Princess, Egypt’s first animated feature film, at its third edition…

Survivors: The Sierra Leonean film nominated for an Emmy

Sierra Leonean filmmakers who produced the documentary Survivors will be hoping to win an Emmy Award. The Survivors was produced to tell the story of resilience and hope in the…

Oliver Hermanus' new film 'Moffie' to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Cape Town - Oliver Hermanus’ new film, Moffie, will have its World Premiere in the official selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival which starts on 28 August. Moffie was…

Award-Winning Zimbabwean Film, Cook Off, To Premiere In The UK

The Writer/Director Tomas Lutuli Brickhill has been named as the person who will host the UK premiere of the award-winning Zimbabwean film Cook Off alongside its cast and crew. As…

Durban International Film Festival announces award winners

The 40th Durban International Film Festival announced its winner at its awards ceremony on Tuesday at the Elangeni Hotel. After an intense process of viewing the films in competition, three…

Six African and Middle Eastern films selected for Venice works-in-progress initiative

Karim Ainouz’s new documentary Nardjes, Alger, Mars 2019 is one of six titles from Africa and the Middle East selected for Final Cut in Venice, the works-in-progress workshop run by…

Broaden your African cinema horizons Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)

The 40th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) started on July 18 and runs till 28. It’s one of Africa’s longest-running festivals with a strong focus on African…

Malika: Warrior Queen' Is Here

Malika surely means business in the clip that sets the scene for YouNeek Studios' newest animated pilot. After much anticipation, the new trailer for Malika: Warrior Queen, starring Nollywood's own…

AFRIMMA Awards Unveils 2019 Nominees List

African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) organisers have unveiled the list of its nominees for this years AFRIMMA Awards. Nigerian music stars, as usual, dominated the nominees’ list with Burna Boy,…

Award-winning Thuli Madonsela doc airs on Showmax for Women’s Month

Whispering Truth To Power, Shameela Seedat’s documentary about Thuli Madonsela’s last year as South Africa’s public protector, is now streaming first on Showmax. A perfect fit for Women’s Month, the…

kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival 2019 promises top-class films and A-list stars

Cape Town - Like so many success stories it started small. The dream at the first kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival in 2010 was to give young film-makers a chance to…

East Africa Welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

After making its way through South and West Africa, Animation du Monde turns to East Africa as Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) 2019 hosts the fourth leg of the Pan-African Animation…

Oliver Hermanus' film 'Moffie' nominated for Queer Lion Award at Venice International Film Festival

Cape Town - South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus' new film, Moffie, has been nominated for this year's Queer Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival.   The Queer Lion…

Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa film industries must create a joint hub to push African movies to the world – British actor Hugh Quarshie

Ghanaian-born British actor, Hugh Anthony Quarshie has called on the leaders of the Ghanaian, Nigerian and South African film industries to collaborate and create African movies of international standards that…

KENYA FILM COMMISSION HOSTS INDIAN FILMMAKERS TO DISCUSS FILM BUSINESS

Kenya Film Commission in its bid to market Kenya as a filming destination for local and international filmmakers has partnered with the Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) to host the…

Ghana Controversial: Music from the Ground Up

Young artists in Ghana shake things up as they question global powers and local values with their music. In Ghana, a new bold music scene has taken hold. "Help America!"…

Silwerskerm Film Festival: 'Poppie Nongena' wins big

Cape Town – The winners of the 9th annual Silwerskerm Film Festival were announced in Camps Bay on Saturday night at the Bay Hotel. The four-day long local film festival…

Sparkling new comedy explores Blesser Culture

Although the arrangement is nothing new, ‘blesser’ is a South African term for an older man who has multiple girlfriends he lavishes with gifts, in exchange for sex and companionship.…

Shining a light on lesbian experiences in Nigeria

“If you haven’t come out to yourself, it’s difficult to come out to [other] people … At first, it might look like a difficult task, like something that’ll never end…

First-look trailer: Heretic Outreach acquires TIFF world premiere 'Africa' (exclusive)

Heretic Outreach has picked up worldwide sales rights to Africa, Oren Gerner’s feature debut that will receive its world premiere in Toronto in the Discovery section next month. Africa tells…

‘The Lion King’ is now the highest grossing film of all time in South Africa Making over R107.6 million.

Disney’s The Lion King has become the all-time top-grossing film in South Africa, with a haul of over R107.6 million since it’s 19 July 2019 release across the continent. The…

North African Films Set to Make Mark at Toronto Festival

Toronto International Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema lead programmer Kiva Reardon, who also curates the festival’s selections from North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, has noticed an uptick…

Documentary on missing Chibok schoolgirls wins at Venice Film Festival

A documentary by a Nigerian filmmaker on the missing Chibok girls has won an award at the Venice Film Festival. 'Daughters of Chibok' won best virtual reality story at the…

Nairobi Animation du Monde 2020 Winners Announced

Nairobi Comic Con recently hosted the pitch competition Animation du Monde for the second year running. This year, East Africa produced a bumper crop of animation talent in the penultimate…

Locarno Film Review: ‘Camille’

Following his strong foray into fiction with “Hope,” director Boris Lojkine goes even further in weaving his documentary origins onto a fictional structure with “Camille,” a powerful biopic of French…

‘The Great Green Wall’: First Trailer For Fernando Meirelles & UN-Backed Climate Change Doc With Inna Modja — Venice

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a good-looking first trailer for Venice Film Festival climate change documentary The Great Green Wall, which is fronted by Malian-French singer and activist Inna Modja, executive-produced by Fernando…

SA film ‘Moffie’ to compete in Best Film category at London International Film Festival

Oliver Hermanus’ new film, Moffie has been invited to compete in the Best Film category at this year’s 63rd BFI London Film Festival The festival, which is hosted in London’s…

Joburg Film Festival & MultiChoice partner to showcase film talent

The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africa’s preeminent film festival. The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have…

TIFF 2019: How the Festival Spread Black Voices Across This Year’s Lineup

Ahead of the festival's launch, here are five feature highlights that center on the lives of people of African descent worldwide. Three years after the festival’s final installment of its…