Technology & Convergence In Brief


- The mobile project Voices of Africa has been recognized as an Official Honoree by the Webby Awards 2008, the leading international honor for the Web. Voices of Africa gives African reporters the opportunity to report with mobile phones about events in their country. The mobile phone is used to create video and to upload to the website and This is unique in Africa. Voices of Africa is a initiative of the Africa Interactive Media Foundation, based in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

- Abbey Makoe, political editor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), has resigned from the public broadcaster, it said on Friday. Makoe said: "I am very sad to leave the SABC. Of all the media institutions for which I have worked, I found the SABC the most transformed and progressive."

- It is history in the making as Ghana music .com dubs it - “A Night With the hiplife Legend – Reggie Rockstone” in Washington DC. The event is presented by J Q Promotions and Party Addicts worldwide andis set for Friday, April 18, 2008 at 10:00pm and there ain’t no stopping. The birthday bash will be covered by Ghana, MTV Base coverage, JQ TV, Cliques TV, Dondo Magazine.

- The organiser of events Libyan-German Nadia Murabet won the award 'Global Achievers 2008' on the third International African Media Summit, which took place in Tunis. The award was organised by the African Communications Agency (ACA), which every year gathers journalists and operators from the African communication and from the African Diaspora. The "Global Achievers Award" is given to young emerging people in the sector. Nadia Murabet is daughter of a famous Libyan journalist, Mohamed, founder of 'The Tripoli Newspaper' and 'The Libyan Mail'. She lives between Milan and the Libyan capital and is president of the company Vision Media, which organises cultural, artistic and fashion events in the Arab and African countries. The president of the African Communications Agency, Erieka Bennet, presented Murabet as "an example of the exceptional professionals from the community of the African Diaspora, whose hearts and minds are aiming at ways to lift Africa and to change our image in the global community".

Africa: Artists' Television Access calls for submissions for its third ATA Film and Video Festival!

Experimental Shorts 20 mins and under

Video, Super 8 and 16 mm

Preview on VHS, miniDV or DVD

Deadline: May 15, 2008

Entry fee: $10

The ATA Film & Video Festival was founded in 2006 to showcase some of the best short works by independent and experimental film and video artists exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally. The festival includes several nights of screenings and installations in our Mission District storefront gallery and a lunch for the filmmakers. Throughout the year, work from the festival is broadcast to the San Francisco community on ATV, ATA's weekly cable-access television show, and screened in other national and international venues.

Artists' Television Access is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer, artist-run, experimental media arts gallery that has been in operation since 1984. ATA hosts a series of film and video screenings, exhibitions and performances by emerging and established artists and a weekly cable access television program.

Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Cape Winelands Film Festival

April 18-26, 2008

The very first Cape Winelands Film Festival will take place in Stellenbosch from 18 to 26 April. According to festival directors Leon van der Merwe and Karen Meiring, there will be 92 films screened at the festival.

Angola: Luanda Film Festival

November 22-29, 2008

The event is intended to stimulate cultural cooperation, particularly in the field of cinema, between local and foreign producers and directors and re-launch the system of production and distribution of cinema in the country. Addressing the launch ceremony, Miguel Hurst said that Angolan Government intends to award prizes to films screened in Angola, both local and foreign, seeking to increment the production of movies in the country. With the expected participation of local and foreign movies, the festival will comprise competitive, non-competitive categories and parallel activities.