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- Godwin Mawuru, Studio 263 executive producer said he was taken aback when Zimbabwe’s NACZ officials asked him to submit the footage on the eve of the annual awards. Mawuru said he wondered what criterion was used to nominate Studio 263 "as they usually nominate using submitted footage." But Nicholas Moyo, the NACZ spokesperson defended the nomination of Studio 263 at the last minute saying the nominees do not necessarily need to submit their names for the event. "We have monitors who work throughout the year in the arts industry and they can tell us which production deserves to be nominated," Moyo said.
- L-Shape Production, Cape Town is currently in post production with the short film 'Ngoma' The project was shot in Kliptown. Ngoma is about a traditional healer turned teacher who, after engaging in the ancestral calling of serving supernatural powers, feels a need for personal triumph. It unravels the hard hitting realities facing the world of ukuthwasa (traditional healer initiation) and gives exposition of corruption and abuse of power by this man on his student traditional healers. The inflicted pain and jealousy among his students that lead to death of one of them, brings upon a horrendously experience that changes his life forever.
- The feature-length documentary "China is still far away," by Algerian director Malek Bensmail, has been selected for the official competition of the international documentary film festival "Cinéma du Réel," to be held in Paris from 5 to 15 March, the Algerian director said. The feature-length documentary is also due to be part of the official competition at the 21st Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
- South Africa’s eNews Channel launches a new political debate show this week entitled "The Big Debate". In a unique "Town Hall Meeting" format, the eNews Channel will be travelling across South Africa, to talk about corruption, leadership, black economic empowerment, media freedom, service delivery and other hot topics