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- MTN Ghana has launched a DVB-H mobile TV service in partnership with pay-TV broadcaster DSTV, according to reports. Eleven channels are available including Africa Magic, Super Sport, Cartoon Network, BBC and CNN.

- The much-awaited Kannada film "Raaj, The Showman", which has popular actor Puneet Rajkumar in the lead, will now be shot in South Africa and Iceland as well. The movie's 35-member team will move to South Africa June 7 to start shooting a song titled 'Hey Paro' in Durban and Johannesburg among other places.

- SABC board chairman Kanyi Mkhonza has resigned following a board meeting yesterday, the broadcaster has announced. “(Mkhonza) has decided to step down from this position in the interest of the SABC. She will, however, continue to be a member of the board,” said spokesman Kaizer Kganyago. Board member Ashwin Trikamjee has been appointed as acting chairman in her place.

Cinema - 2nd edition of the Panafrican cultural festival of Algiers.

http://www.panafalger2009.com/index.php?lang=fr

Cinetoile at ZIFF 2009 - An African Cinema Network

The main objective of Cinetoile is to encourage the promotion and distribution of African cinema in Africa. Cinetoile is a project set up by Africalia and funded by the European Commission. It is based on the principle that the prestigious works of African cinema status needs to be elevated and that these works need to be recognized as elements of cultural heritage and as tools for dialogue connecting African peoples. The specific objectives of Cinetoile are:

-to increase the capacity of operators in their field in the long term - to enable these operators and partners, to access an increasingly wider audience, in particular through their concept of mobile cinema.

-to increase awareness among target audiences who are socially, economically or geographically underprivileged as regards the articulation and content of films from different African countries.

-to maintain awareness among culture professionals of the age old tribulations of distributing African films on the continent and the action taken by Cinetoile.

Partner networking is the strategic alliance for the development of the CineToile project. Expanding this network will bear witness to the viability of the action in the long term and thereby improve the capacities and structures for promotion and distribution in practice. The project partners come from various regions of the continent and actively promote African cinema. They complement one another through the diversity of their abilities and their cultures.

The partners join forces to implement a wide-ranging plan to screen African films and together develop a series of activities, seminars and meetings.

The Press Conference will be held on July 1st at 10 a.m., Stonetown.

Cinetoile was officially launched during Fespaco 2009 (Pan-African Film and Television Festival in Ouagadougou) and is meeting again during ZIFF 2009 (Zanzibar International Film Festival).

africalia@africalia.be

Burkina Faso
Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (CNA)
07 BP 5464 Ouagadougou 07 BF
T + 226 76 51 71 31 / www.c-n-a.org

DR CONGO
Studio Malembe Maa
310, Rue Royale
B 1210 Bruxelles (Belgium)
T + 32 478 91 17 64
studiomaa@hotmail.com

Kenya
Lola Kenya Screen
Philadelphia (Old East) House,
4th Floor / Tom Mboya Street
Hakati Rd junction
PO Box 20775-00100 GPO / Nairobi
T + 254 20 315 258
www.artmatters.info

Mali
Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (CNA)
T + 223 221 29 14 (Bamako)
www.c-n-a.org

South Africa
Red Flag
50 Keyes Ave - Rosebank
Johannesburg - South Africa 2193
PO Box 785778
Sandton - South Africa 2146
T + 27 82 346 7176 / www.redflag.co.za

Tanzania
Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)
Ngome Kongwe - P.O. Box 3032 Zanzibar
T + 255 (0)7 411 499 / www.ziff.or.tz

Uganda
Amakula Kampala Cultural Foundation
Plot 258, Kivebulaya Road
Mengo Kampala
T + 258 41 427 3532 / www.amakula.com

Zimbabwe
International Video Fair Trust (IVFT)
1st Floor Annex - Travel Plaza
No. 29 Mazowe Street - Harare
P.O. Box A1451 Avondale - Harare
T + 263 (4) 790 515 / www.videofair.org.zw
Africalia Boulevard Léopold II 170 / B 1080 Brussels / Belgium / T +32 2 412 58 80 /

Contact FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mr André Vugayabagabo
+31 317 467 158
Email: vuga@cta.int

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CTA MEDIA4DEV SEMINAR

What is the media’s role in development and how can they take a more meaningful part in helping rural communities in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to achieve the millennium development goals? These are the core issues to be addressed in Brussels, Belgium from 12 to 16 October, when the ACP/EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), together with its partners, will host an international seminar on the "Role of the media in agricultural development in ACP countries".

More specifically, the seminar aims to:

• Contribute to preparing strategies for building the capacity of the media with regard to ccess and dissemination of information on key issues for the ACP agricultural sector;

• Strengthen communication links between the media and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector;

• Contribute to the identification of programmes to support the media.

http://annualseminar2009.cta.int

The Annual Seminars are CTA’s premier meeting, bringing together a wide range of experts to focus on priority ACP topics on agricultural and rural development selected in consultation with our partners. The seminars help CTA and its partners to formulate information and communication strategies and activities on these topics.

104 DAYS BEFORE DISCOP AFRICA 2

http://www.discop.com/ci/pages/show/about_discop_africa

88 BUYERS REGISTERED - 29 SELLERS REGISTERED

LATEST REGISTRATIONS FOR DISCOP AFRICA 2:

l DIGITAL SKY INVESTMENTS

l TAL TELE (ORTN)

l VINTERGATAN FILM & TV AB

l LONG ROCK AB

l PROTEL STUDIOS

l THE WELLNESS CHANNEL/FORWARD FILMS AFRICA

l TELEVISION AFRICA

Grants for Films

Organised to improve pan-african collaboration, the festival will be held on July 5 to 20 2009.

The Algerian Ministry of Culture supports the initiative with coproduction grants of four fictions (more than 75 minutes) and four short films (between 13 and 26 minutes). This contest is open to all film makers who have the nationality of one of the African union states. Films need to be partly carried out on the continent, and the film language should either be Arabic, French, English or Portuguese or any African language.

The amount of this grant is of 100.000 euros for films and 25.000 euros for short films.

Requests must be deposited by the producer to the Cinema department of the 2nd Panafrican cultural festival of Algiers at the latest on June 10, 2009 at 17:00 to the following postal address:

Mister the head of Cinema department
2nd Panafrican cultural festival of Algiers
Ministry of Culture -
Anassers-Kouba-
Algiers Algeria.

copropanafalger2009@ m-culture.gov.dz

Voluntary Workers needed

The 2nd Panafrican cultural festival of Algiers needs volontary workers to help as

l Security guards

l Hostesses and stewards (student only)

l Translators/guides (student only)

http://www.panafalger2009.com/benevoles.php