Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- TTETV launched its official Internet portal to provide eclectic mixes, hot track downloads and never seen before video mixing all in one place. Turntable Entertainment is a multi-media DJ, production and music consultancy organization set to take modern music by storm. The hot sketch video mash up mix show ‘Cut from Scratch’ is a fusion of favorite movie clips and popular tracks enhanced with fabulous scratch patterns; ‘Turntable Journey’s’ is the 411 on global club life, featuring exclusive hot-spots hosted by world re-noun DJ Kofi rocking the party in, Europe, Australasia, Asia and the United States.

In addition to all these great features TTETV are offering a membership service like no other with, a VIP section on the website that allows you to download free mixes, tracks and TTETV shows to your ipod for only GBP12 per year.

- Lebogang Mzwimbi, a Zimbabwean student based in South Africa, has been picked as series presenter for the popular M-Net's reality show Idols.

- Starting next Monday, GTV will air Skika, an entertainment programme showcasing East African popular youth culture and entertainment. Running for 13 weeks, Skika is hosted by Kenyan actress Aimee Ongeso and was created for Channel O by Nairobi-based production house Mondeas, in collaboration with two other local production companies.

FACE: the Council of Europe's film award

The Council of Europe, an institution distinct from the European Union with 47 member states, will once again grant the FACE award this year to the director whose film best succeeds in raising public awareness towards human rights issues.

The FACE award includes a sculpture in bronze and prize money of 10,000 euro, which will go to the winner of the "human rights" section announced during the Istanbul International Film Festival to be held between 5-20 April 2008.

In 2007, film director from Mali Abderrah Ahmane Sissako was given the award for his film Bamako (The Court). The FACE award was established to further the Council of Europe's commitment to cinema and the promotion of cultural diversity. The prize also acknowledges the role of the film industry in contributing to the development of human rights worldwide.

Africa in Motion 2008 - Call for Entries from emerging African filmmakers

The Africa in Motion film festival (AiM), which takes place annually in October at Edinburgh Filmhouse, is officially inviting African filmmakers to submit short films for a new AiM competition.

In order to target the competition specifically towards young and emerging African talent, filmmakers who enter a film for consideration must not have completed a feature-length film previously. Films entered must have been completed in 2005 or after, and must be no longer than 30 minutes.

The competition winner will be selected from a shortlist of films and will be announced at an awards ceremony at the third successive Africa in Motion festival in October 2008. The winner will have the opportunity for their film to be screened at AiM 2008 as well as the chance to win a significant cash prize. A selection of other short films specially commended by our competition jury will also be screened as part of a short film showcase at AiM 2008.

The AiM 2008 Short Film Competition will be judged by a jury panel consisting of local film specialists and established African filmmakers; still to be confirmed.

The deadline for competition submissions is 31 May 2008, and following from this a shortlist of films will be selected by an AiM viewing committee. The shortlist will be announced in July 2008. These films will then be viewed by all jury panel members, who will make a collective decision as to the prizewinners, based on a point scoring system that will take into account the relative merits of each of the shortlisted films.


MARCH 06-14: ICA, BFI Southbank, Curzon Soho, London, UK

A week of inspiration and celebration, with over 70 events at London's leading cinema venues. Each year we showcase the very best in new features, documentaries and short films from women filmmakers from across the globe, alongside premiere screenings, special multi-media events, Q&As, panel discussions and parties.

§ Morocco : Tetouan hosts the 14th Mediterranean Film Festival

From 29 March to 4 April, Tetouan (Morocco) will host the 14th Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival which, since its inception in 1985, has continued to actively promote Mediterranean cinema. The creation of the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival Foundation in 2006, headed by the Minister for Communications, was aimed precisely at ensuring the continuation of the festival.

In 7 days of screenings at 5 different venues, almost 100 films from Mediterranean countries will be shown, together with 10 feature films, 15 short films and 10 documentaries which will be in competition. More than 10 countries will be represented, 200 special guests are invited and 50,000 spectators are expected.

This year, the Festival will have a special focus on Tunisian cinema and the 3 Continents Festival of Nantes. They will be the special guests of honour, with a retrospective that will look at films produced over the last 20 years.

Festival events will also be open to the public at large, including those scheduled as part of the “Special Youth” programme. Two roundtable discussions will be held which will examine synergies between film exhibition, distribution and festivals, as well as the link between cinema and literature.

With the aim of supporting and paying tribute to Moroccan writers, this year’s Festival will see the launch of a special section which will enable the general public to interact with filmmakers and writers. Moroccan novelists and writers will participate in a roundtable discussion and provide their contribution to the debate on literature and the possibilities for film adaptations of the literary works presented in this section, which works will - at the same time - be brought to international attention.

§ South Africa : Aluta Film Festival

February 25th-March 2nd 2008

§ TPI Awards

London, UK – 17th February 2008

Gearhouse South Africa was honoured to receive the award for Favourite International Production Company of the year, at the 2008 TPi Awards in London on 17th February. Now in its seventh year, the TPI annual Awards pays tribute to the creme-de-la-crème of the international Technical Production Services industry; including awards for production and tour managers, sound engineers, lighting designers, video directors, set designers, transport companies and riggers.

For the Gearhouse group, this award is the stamp of approval from the international TPS community and a tribute to the staff whose creative and technical abilities contribute the “magic” element of the company’s slogan.

Managing Director, Ofer Lapid, who received the award on behalf of the group at the world-famous Grosvenor House in London's Marble Arch, said “We are extremely proud of this achievement and the recognition from the European industry leaders for our hard work. For the group to be nominated alongside international players of the calibre of STAGECO, JANDS PRODUCTION COMPANY, SPECTRA, AMPCO, FLASHLIGHT and CLAIR BROTHERS AUDIO is a success in itself, never mind actually winning the award.”

Gearhouse SA is well-known for its ability to predict and meet industry trends, and for a company-wide commitment to the ideals of top-quality and attention to detail.

§ 7th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival

March 13th-21st 2008

1680 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, CA 94920

Phone: (415) 381-4123

Fax: (415) 388- 4123

Tiburon International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film. The Tiburon International Film Festival, in its 7th edition, will screen over 220 films from more than 90 countries, including three tributes, first to: John Wayne (The Searchers...), an American legend with his family present, on Saturday, March 16 @ 4:45 PM. Second, to Blake Edwards, another great American director (The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Breakfast at Tiffany…) on Saturday, March 15 @ 5 pm. Mr. Edwards will be present for his tribute. Third, a tribute is to Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, The Kings of Marvin Gardens...), known as “one of the kings of independent film”, in person

The Spotlight program this year is on Brazil, with ten of their latest and finest films: The Samba Poet, After The Ball, Drained, Black God, White Devil, Earth Entranced, Not By Chance, Rhapsody of the Absurd, Pixinguinha, Dotcom, Paired Off...