Technology & Convergence In Brief


- DStv will take delivery of four more HD Outside Broadcast (OB) vans in time for 2010. It already has the first HD OB van that was delivered in December 2006. MNet also has the first HD studio in which it recently made “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” which aired last week. The programme was shot in HD but down-converted for transmission.

- The Nigerian Government has set 2012 as the date for its digital switchover and has given the go-ahead to set up a working party on the topic.

- Kenya’s Digital TV Committee (under the regulator CCK) takes over from the Digital Migration Task Force with its first meeting on 7 February.

Last week the production company Optimedia revealed the names of the the writers on its new soap for Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, ‘The Ties that Bind’. The writers are Christian Appolus, Dudley Viall, Nailoke Mhanda, Dorinda Pieters, Louis Maruwasa, Oshosheni Hiveluah and Girley Jazama.

Feature Film Production Grants : Call for Submissions

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, The Global Film Initiative has again announced a Call for Applications for the Spring cycle of its feature-film Production Grants programme. This year, The Global Film Initiative will award Production Grants of up to $10,000 each, to select applicants during its Spring granting cycle.

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Africa 2008 Training Programme
Michaelangelo Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

29th Durban International Film Festival

Durban, South Africa
(23 July - 3 August 2008)

The 29th Durban International Film Festival (23rd July to 3 August 2008) is proud to announce the first edition of Talent Campus Durban held in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus from 25 to 29 July 2008. Talent Campus Durban is an intensive 5-day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by film professionals and academics. Filmmakers will benefit from both theoretical and practical approaches that will enhance their cinematographic experience. The Talent Campus Durban theme Producing African Cinema for a New World will focus the activities towards the development of new projects and ideas.