- The Communications Chief Officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC), Tim Modise, has resigned from the OC and will be returning to the broadcast industry.
- Emiley Vollmer, the CEO of Evo Media, is a newly appointed board member of the Cape Film Commission.
- The members of the New Broadcasting Council were sworn in by the information, communication and technology (ICT) minister, Dr. Ham Mukasa Mulira, last Friday. The broadcasting council is mandated to coordinate, control and supervise the broadcasting activities in the country. It is also responsible for the standardisation, planning and management of the frequency spectrum. Mulira also said a digital migration strategy was being developed
The council comprises 11 members who include two representatives from the operators of television and radio stations, a distinguished lawyer and senior officials from the ministries of education, culture, information and ICT. Others are a representative of the revenue authority and two representatives from the public.
Godfrey Mutabazi was re-instated as the council chairperson. Other members are Kenneth Kazooba (WBS), Aga Sekalala, George Omunyokol, Kagole Kivumbi, Juliana Naumo, Godfrey Kibuuka, Aggrey Kibenge, Patrick Mukiibi, Dr. Catherine Omaswa and Timothy Lwanga.
The Cabinet transferred the Broadcasting Council from the information ministry to that of ICT in 2006 following a recommendation from the public service ministry, which is line with the converged sectoral environment in many countries.
Africa in Motion Film Festival
23 Oct – 2 Nov 2008, Edinburgh UK
The third Africa in Motion film festival will be taking place from 23 October - 2 November 2008 at Edinburgh Filmhouse. AiM 2008 will be a celebration of Africa’s diverse cinematic output, with a greater focus on under-represented regions and a more adventurous programme than ever before. AiM 2008 will open with Egyptian director Youssef Chahine's feature The Earth (El Ard), as a tribute to the pioneering filmmaker who passed away on 27 July this year. We are extremely excited to announce that two of the continent's most celebrated and distinguished directors will be joining us in person at the festival: Malian director Souleymane Cissé (whose extraordinary coming-of-age feature Yeelen was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987), and Burkinabe director Gaston Kaboré (whose feature film Buud Yam won the grand prize at the FESPACO film festival in 1997) will both be in attendance to present retrospectives of their work.
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.