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- Specialist online media sales house, Habari Media, hosted the BBC.com media presentation in Cape Town on the 17 October 2008. Local media planners and direct clients were given insight into the world's most trusted news provider by the visiting BBC.com team. BBC.com generates approximately 1.2 billion page impressions a month, approximately 8 million of which come from South Africa, putting it high up in the rankings of South Africa's top sites.

- Nigeria’s Bayelsa State government says it will key into the latest digital technologies to boost its broadcast stations. The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, said the move to digitalize the state broadcast outfit was to meet the Federal Government's 2012 deadline to phase out the analogue system still being used in most stations. He emphasized that the state radio has come of age and needs to catch up with its counterparts now operating twenty four hours with modern equipment.

- With a background in the broadcasting and marketing industries, Nivasha Naidoo has been promoted from SABC2 brand manager to SABC2 marketing manager to oversee the various brand portfolios at the national broadcaster, it was announced Wednesday, 29 October 2008.

- The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has appointed Seitiso Mogoshane as Information Officer. The new position within the GFC is to ensure greater support to the film production sector, as well as regular liaison with government entities regarding production activity in and around the Province.

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.

Call for Entries to the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival

The call for Roscar entries is now open. The competition is open to all wildlife, travel and cultural productions. Building on the success from last year’s Awards, six new categories have been added. The Festival will run from 19 – 23 April 2009.

The categories are now:

Best Editing - Awarded to the production which displays the most creative editing style.

Best Cinematography - Awarded to the production which displays the most exceptional camerawork.

Best Production with a Limited Budget - Awarded to the best production with a budget of less than R5 000 per minute (approximately $650 or £330 per minute).

Best Children’s Production - Awarded to the best natural history production produced for a children’s audience, aged 12 and under, which stimulates an interest in the natural world.

Best Environmental and Conservation/Campaign Production- Awarded to the best production which contributes to the awareness of environmental and conservation issues facing the natural world. The production must convey a conservation message and/or a ‘Call to Action’.

Best Eco-Tourism, Travel and/or Culture Production - Awarded to the best production which promotes tourism of a place, town or country through the use of cultural aspects and wildlife.

Best Use of Music - Awarded to the production which has the best original music score.

Best Script - Awarded to the production which, through the use of original storytelling, creates a captivating script.

Best Series - Awarded to the best series with a natural history theme.

Best Sound Design - Awarded to the production which, through the creative combination of production mixing, sound editing and post-production mixing, displays an inventive use of sound.

Best Newcomer - Awarded to a first-time producer (or filmmaker) in the natural history filmmaking arena. To qualify as a newcomer, a filmmaker should have only been producing films or documentaries from January 2007 onwards.

Outstanding Achievement for African Wildlife Filmmaker - The production shows the unique relationship between Africa’s people and animals. This category can only be entered by a national of an African country.

ROSCAR Gala Event

The ROSCAR Awards will be awarded to filmmakers at a gala event held during the Festival. The prestigious evening event promises to be a highlight as tribute is paid to filmmakers for the outstanding contributions that they are making in the natural history arena.

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