Technology & Convergence In Brief


23 - 25 August 2009
Mediatech Africa 2009 EXHIBITION
The Coca-Cola Dome
Northgate - Johannesburg (South Africa)
10h00 - 18h00 (Thursday and Friday)
10h00 - 17h00 (Saturday)
SA’s only all-inclusive broadcast, media, entertainment and AV trade fair – comes at a crucial time, as the industry prepares to capitalise on the multitude of opportunities the World Cup presents. Mediatech Africa 2009 showcases cutting edge technologies and services from industry leaders in television and broadcast, sound and audio, lighting and staging, animation, communication and related fields.

24 - 26 August 2009
PAMRO (Pan-African Media Research Organisation): 11th Annual Meeting


5 - 13 Sept. 2009
Lusaka - Zambia

16 - 18 Sept. 2009
Hilton Nairobi Hotel - Kenya
The African event to buy and sell TV content.
contact: Cherise Barsell / Head of TV Stations Relations Africa
Balancing Act will provide market insight at DISCOP AFRICA 2 during “African Broadcast Research Interest Group” session.
Information about audiences, market share, advertising rates, rights and production costs in Africa are often hard to come by. Balancing Act is convening an African Broadcast Research Interest Group to which all those broadcast companies and advertisers who have an interest in improving the available data are invited as well those companies that are producing audience market research. The discussion will be opened by Balancing Act's CEO Russell Southwood who will moderate a discussion looking at how audience research can both be extended geographically and
improved in terms of focus. In particular, it will look at how best to capture the impact of changes in the media landscape bought about by impact of new media like SMS, mobile TV and the Internet.

16 - 18 Sept. 2009
University of North-West, Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.
The South African Communication Association (SACOMM) manages three listservs: the first is for paid-up members; this second list is open to anyone with an interest in African and South African communication, journalism, and cultural and media studies. A third list concentrates on (African) cinema. (Your address will be removed if you do not wish to be on the lists. Reply putting "unsubscribe" in the subject line.) . Messages for posting can be sent to me (Keyan Tomaselli: [Listserve manager]. For any reply ensure that the subject line has been filled in appropriately. Individuals wanting to be added to any of the open lists should write to me with their full name and e-mail address. Address queries to the authors of the messages being posted. Please do not send these to the listserv or me. Cross posted items do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Association or the University of KwaZulu-Natal which hosts two of the listservs.
Communication and Media:
Past, Present and Future
Hosted by the North-West University
School of Communication Studies (Potchefstroom Campus) and Department of Communication (Mafikeng Campus)
Conference Tariffs:
SACOMM members: R920
SACOMM student members: R800
non-SACOMM members: R 1500
non-SACOMM members (Pregraduate & Honours students): R 1000
More details at:
Here is the link for membership info:

1 October 2009 - 3 October 2009
International Festival of Documentary Film - Festival International du Film Documentaire - FIFDOK
1st. Edition from 01 au 03 October 2009 in Khouribga, Morocco.

3 - 19 Oct. 2009
Johannesburg,Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth
E-mail: Gail Robbins

11 - 14 Oct. 2009

21 - 23 Oct. 2009
Sheraton Hotel & Towers

22 October to 1 November 2009
The Africa in Motion film festival (AiM)
Edinburgh is home to Africa in Motion, the UK's biggest African film festival.
The UK’s biggest African film festival takes place annually in October at Edinburgh Filmhouse, is officially inviting African filmmakers to submit short films for a new AiM competition. The competition is targeted specifically towards young and emerging African talent.

The competition winner will be selected from a shortlist of films and will be announced at an awards ceremony at the third successive Africa in Motion festival in October 2009. The winner will have the opportunity for their film to be screened at AiM 2009 as well as the chance to win a significant cash prize. A selection of other short films specially commended by its competition jury will also be screened as part of a short film showcase at AiM 2010.

The AiM 2009 Short Film Competition will be judged by a jury panel consisting of local film specialists and established African filmmakers; still to be confirmed.
The dates for Africa in Motion 2009 have just been announced - 22 October to 1 November. The final programme will be announced early September. Please visit for full submission guidelines and to download an entry form. For any further enquiries, please contact AiM festival director Lizelle Bisschoff at:

15-16 November 2009
IPTV World Forum Middle East & Africa - Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Dubai - Informa Telecoms & Media Conferences
Established as the world's leading event on IPTV, this is a must-attend conference and exhibition in he diaries of all Telco, TV and content executives. IPTV has evolved and telcos pursuing a television strategy across Middle East & Africa can launch with more sophisticated television services than witnessed during early-adopter deployments in Europe and North America, with more personalisation and cross-platform, multi-screen delivery among the obvious targets. Regional telcos have the chance to demonstrate their ambition to win, and not just play, in the Pay TV marketplace.

IPTV providers can make their mark on the Middle East & Africa Pay TV industry providing they differentiate themselves and deliver on the promise of
better TV. On Day Two we consider the importance of content, how it is delivered and then consumed – assessing the potential for multi-screen and
connected home as strategies for differentiation. The conference also reviews the lessons from important deployments.

Featuring Over 80 Speakers and 20 Service providers, the conference will also hold 2-Day Post-Conference Training Course. The event is organised by Informa Telecoms & Media.

2-6 November 2009
Africa Media & Broadcasting Congress 2009
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

January 2010 (date TBC)
Nigeria, India plan joint film festival
INDIAN and Nigerian governments have concluded plans to host a joint film festival for Bollywood and Nollywood to commemorate the 60th and 50th independence anniversaries of both countries respectively. The festival, which is scheduled to take place in Nigeria by January 2010, is expected to serve as a vehicle for strengthening the cultural and economic ties that have existed between the two countries over the years.

February 2010 (date TBC)

February 2010 (date TBC)
SAFTA 2010 - Closing date for entry submission July
The 4th South African Film and Television Awards will be held in February 2010. The closing date for entry submission is July 30 2009 and productions are reminded to submit their entries.
1. Entry Formats
* For the Feature Film, Made for TV Movie, Documentary, Television Non Fiction, Short Film, And Student Sections, Five DVDs of the complete program or episode(s) being entered MUST be submitted with each entry.
* In the Television Fiction section (TV Drama, TV Soap, Mini Series and TV Comedy), a selection of 2 episodes of the program entered MUST be submitted with each entry. The submitted episodes do not necessarily have to be in a series but those considered as best reflective of the overall quality of the program. Five DVDs of each episode being entered MUST be submitted with each entry.
* Entry submissions is limited to DVD; any other format must be accompanied by a compelling motivation for submission.
* Any entry submitted without a DVD will be disqualified and will not go though to the judging phase.
* Entrants are liable for the technical quality of all submitted material.
* All DVDs are to be labelled by the entrant or representative , detailing:
Film or program title
Episode title or miniseries part
Awards section title(s) e.g. TV Drama / Comedy/ Short / Feature Film etc
Theatrical release or broadcast dates(s)
Length / Duration of submitted program.
Picture format /Aspect Ratio.
NB: No contact details to be entered on the DVD label
The final date for all errors and omissions regarding entries will be communicated to the relevant entrants by The SAFTA Committee once judging panels have been appointed.
2. SAFTA Committee discretion
* The SAFTA Committee is an advisory panel to the SAFTAS, and all SAFTA Committee decisions shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The SAFTA Committee is responsible for ensuring that all entries have adhered to the guidelines contained in this document.
* The SAFTA Committee have complete authority over all aspects of the Awards Processes. Any decision made by the SAFTA committee will be sent to the SAFTA Board for ratification.
* The SAFTA Committee will not be liable for reproduction of material for screening purposes. Quality DVD(s) of the complete program or episode(s) being entered MUST accompany each entry.
* Ineligible entries will be disqualified at any stage of the competition. Should an entry be made in the wrong category, The SAFTA Committee may advise the entrant to re-categorize the entry at their discretion. In the case whereby such an error is not discovered until entries go to the judging panel, the entry will be disqualified. If The SAFTA committee makes an error that leads to the incorrect categorization of the entry, a correction will be issued.
* The SAFTA Board, Committee and SAFTA organizers cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage of material submitted for entry.
* Entrants consent to SAFTA showing excerpts from their entry/s for marketing and publicity for SAFTA as well as at the awards event. This includes still frames, names and reference to the entry in all media worldwide. SAFTA must be given clearance to retain one of two copies of the program entered for library and archival purposes.
* The SAFTA Board, Committee and SAFTA organizers accept no liabilities for any licensing or copyright of material within an entry. By entering the competition, the entrant accepts full responsibility for all material submitted and holds SAFTA blameless and will indemnify SAFTA in any and all lawsuits, fees or other settlements, which might arise out of copyright violation action at law.
* Entries are made at an Entrant’s own expense and the SAFTA Board and Committee shall not be liable to reimburse any expenses incurred in making an entry.
* Unless specifically stated, unsuccessful entrants in any stage will not be contacted by The SAFTA Board or Committee.
* The entrant accepts that decisions of the SAFTA Board, committee and judge’s are final.

22nd till 28th February 2010
Aluta Film Festival in Kimberley, South Africa
Call for Entries: The organisers of the Aluta Film Festival, South African premier township cinema event, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2010, the 7th edition of the festival.
Deadline: November
Categories: Features; documentaries; animation; short films
Requirements: Preview: DVD PAL. Screening: 16mm, 35mm and video
Awards: Aluta! Revolution Awards
Fees: None
Administrative address: 18985 Guttenburg Pitse Street, John Mampe. Phase One, Galeshewe, Kimberley 8300, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)76 853 1214
Fax: +27 (0)86 513 7783
Email address:
Festival Director: Motheo Seleke
Festival Administrator: Nandipha Shwababa

4-4 March 2010
Mobile Commerce World Africa 2010
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

12-15 April 2010
SatCom Africa 2010
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa
followed by SatCom Star Awards

19-21 May 2010
Broadcast & Film Africa 2010
Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi

Vislink have appointed Steve Watson as Regional Sales Manager for South Africa, who will be based in Cape Town.

President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugulethu Zuma, will soon star in the SABC soap drama Isidingo, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday. Zuma hit the screens on 1 July as Lesedi Moloi, a character who returns to South Africa after living abroad for five years.

Popular Nollywood actress and wife of the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO), Remi Abiola, has died lung cancer.

Call for entries for the 9th French-speaking Price of freedom
RFI, Reporters without Borders and the International organization of Francophonie (OIF) launch the 9th edition of the French-speaking Award for freedom of the press, a contest opened to French-speaking journalists from 42 countries. This price rewards the best report supporting human rights in two categories, written press and radio. Through this prize, RFI, the first uninterrupted international information radio from France, Reporters without borders, the international organization for the defense of freedom of the press and the OIF pursue the goal to encourage talented journalists from French-speaking countries. A pre-selection committee composed of professionals from RFI and Reporters without borders will select the best news reports in two categories. These candidatures will then be submitted to a final jury composed of journalists, organisers' representatives and personalities of the French-speaking world which will designate the winners for “written press” and radio “Price Jean Helene”. Awards will be announced in November 2009 in Paris. Winners will get 5.000 euros. For the second consecutive year, the contest is opened to professional journalists working in one of the 42 Member States of OIF as follows: Albania, Benign, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Kampuchea, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, the Comoros, Congo, Democratic republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Dominique, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Equatoriale, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Ex-Republic Yugoslav of Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Maurice, Mauritania, Moldavie, Niger, Rwanda, St Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu and Vietnam. The registration form and the terms and conditions can be downloaded from: (heading “événements”), or Submissions must be sent before September 15th., 2009
More info in French at:

Gambia: Training On Film Production Kicks Off.
A six day training workshop on film production, acting and directing for young people is on the way at the President Award Scheme in Bakau.