Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- Press videoconferencing is the process and concept of organizing an international press conference using videoconferencing (a form of teleconference) over the Internet. This concept was developed in October 2007 by the African Press Organization (APO), a Swiss based Non Governmental Organization, to allow African journalists to participate in international press conference on the subject of development and good governance. Journalists can participate to an International press conference from anywhere without leaving their offices or their countries. They just need to seat in front of a computer connected to the Internet and ask their questions to the speaker by using a microphone or the chat function. For further details, the African Press Organization (APO).

Call for Aluta Film Festival submissions

Organisers of the Aluta Film Festival, a South African township cinema event, are calling for entries from South Africa and international filmmakers for seventh edition of the festival in 2010. Entries close on Monday, 30 November 2009, and winners will be screened at the festival in Kimberley, Northern Cape, 22-28 February 2010.

Submissions must be from filmmakers who have produced films that embrace black experiences worldwide and/or experiences of marginalised communities. Special emphasis is placed on films that explore history, social issues and highlight marginalised communities within the developing world.

The festival accepts features, documentaries and short films in the genres/sub-genres of drama, action, thriller, comedy, animation and factual. Should their film/video be selected, filmmakers must guarantee that permission from the rights holder is secured for a minimum of four screenings at the festival.

Submissions must be DVD PAL screeners with a brief filmmaker biography for viewing by the panel - no screeners will be returned. Upon viewing, all selected filmmakers will be forwarded official application details, as well as festival regulations.

*10 - 20 Sept. 2009

16th Out in Africa (OIA) - The South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, SOuth Africa. This year it promotes 17 international feature films and 9 South African productions. It is the biggest and most successful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival in the country.

It originally coincided with the election of Nelson Mandela as President. In 1994, when South Africa introduced a constitution with a clause forbidding sexual discrimination, Nodi Murphy and Jack Lewis rose to the occasion and launched South Africa's first gay and lesbian film festival.

With audiences of 16,000 people and growing, international guests introduce films and preside over workshops. The festival educates, entertains and crosses national and cultural frontiers.

*5 - 13 Sept. 2009


Lusaka - Zambia

*10 - 15 Sept. 2009

IBC 2009

Venue: Rai Amsterdam

IBC is the leading international forum for the electronic media industry, attracting 1,000+ exhibitors from more than 130 countries. IBC combines a highly respected and peer-reviewed conference.

Conference from 10 to 14 Sept. 2009 and exhibition from 10 to 15 Sept. 2009.

*11 Sept to 12 Oct 2009

South Africa: Tri Continental Film Festival.

*16 - 18 Sept. 2009


Hilton Nairobi Hotel - Kenya

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 for details

* 16 - 18 Sept. 2009


University of North-West, Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.

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) For more details click here and for membership information click here.

* 26 Sept. - 4 Oct 2009

Festival international du film d’Afrique et des îles (FIFAI).

venue: Le Port, Réunion island.

*1 October 2009 - 4 October 2009

Pan African Space Station 2009

*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. click for details

*3 - 19 Oct. 2009


Johannesburg,Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth

*3 - 4 Oct. 2009

MIP Junior

Cannes, France.

The world's showcase for children's and youth programming screenings

*5 - 9 Oct. 2009


Cannes, France.

The world's entertainment content market event.

MIPCOM is the unique business event where you can meet all the major decision makers in one place, at one time:

Major content studio representatives, Producers and distributors, Strategic broadcasting partners, Advertising agency executives, Digital network operators.

Benefit from a market with 25 years' experience, meet up to 4000 buyers, expand your business and reach out to 102 countries, take part in the $5bn business transacted at the market BBC, network face-to-face with over 11,500 participants and 1700 exhibitors.

*11 - 14 Oct. 2009




* 16 Oct. 2009

Promax|BDA Africa 2009 will take place in Johannesburg, SA, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

*21 - 23 Oct. 2009


Sheraton Hotel & Towers



* 21 October to 31 October 2009

Kenya International Film Festival

in various venues in Nairobi, Kenya

hosted by the Kenya International Film Festival Trust

Films will include features, student films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films.

*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. click for details

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 our 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 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

*2-6 November 2009

Africa Media & Broadcasting Congress 2009

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

The Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress 2009 is a dedicated forum where key stakeholders gather to share knowledge, network and find solutions that enable you to maximise revenues and profitably leverage emerging markets.

The event will discuss the uptake of mobile TV and video streaming.

*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.

* 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. see website for details

*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

Festival Administrator: Nandipha Shwababa

*24-26 February 2010


Venue: Pullman Teranga hotel in Dakar, Senegal

Film and TV content trade show, one of the most important event for the development of audiovisual content business in sub-saharan Africa fueled by overall growth in disposable income and advertising spending, the ongoing switchover process, strong broadband deployment, a fast-growing home-video marketplace, the construction of multiplex cinemas and the emergence of IPTV.

* February 2010 (date TBC)

SAFTA 2010 -

The 4th South African Film and Television Awards. The closing date for entry submission was July 30 2009.

Formats include:

* For the Feature Film, Made for TV Movie, Documentary, Television Non Fiction, Short Film, And Student Sections

* In the Television Fiction section: TV Drama, TV Soap, Mini Series and TV Comedy

*10-15 April 2010

NAB Show 2010

Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada, USA.

More than just broadcasting, the NAB Show is the world’s largest digital media industry event attended by leading media, content, entertainment and communications professionals who share a passion for the next generation of video and audio content across multiple platforms — from television, radios and computers to phones, the big screen and beyond.

Over twice the size of any other event of its kind, the annual NAB Show usually attracts more than 23,000 buyers from outside the U.S. who come to do business with more than 1,500 of the leading industry suppliers.

*10-11 April 2010

MIPDoc 2010

Venue: Cannes, France.

*12-15 April 2010

SatCom Africa 2010

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa

click for details

followed by SatCom Star Awards

*12-16 April 2010

MIPTV 2010, Cannes, France

The World's international TV content market event. The conference programme usually presents over 150 of the biggest names in global TV and film entertainment, digital media and advertising.

Exhibitors from Africa and Middle East usually accounts for 3% of total figures.

followed by SatCom Star Awards

*13-April 2010

Venue: Sandton Sun Hotel - Johannesburg

Africa’s premier satellite event brings you the industry awards for best practice

click for details

*19-21 May 2010

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010

Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi

click for details

*2-3 August 2010

The Internet Show Africa, Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

There are four seminar theatres themed around the following: Digital advertising and marketing, Web 2.0 and social networking, e-commerce and payments, Content management and streaming.

Zimbabwe’s Standing Rules and Orders Committee has endorsed 12 persons selected by its "team of experts" to sit on the Zimbabwe Media Commission, Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma said last week. Zimbabwe / Parliament Submits Media Commission Nominations: The Parliamentary Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC) on 18 August 2009 said it had endorsed 12 persons whose names have been submitted to the President for appointment to the statutory Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) contrary to media reports that the process had been put on hold.

Addressing a news conference in Harare, Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma said SROC had also similarly submitted a six-person list for consideration to serve on the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). Zvoma confirmed that the process now awaits the consideration and the decision by the President.

The 12 nominees are: Mathew Takaona (Outgoing President of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists) ; Chris Mhike (Lawyer and Journalist) ; Godfrey Majonga (Danhiko Project Deputy Director) ; Miriam Madziwa-Sibanda (Freelance Journalist) ; Dr Lawton Hikwa (University Lecturer) ; Ms Nqobile Nyathi (Media Studies Lecturer) ;Christopher Mutsvangwa (Former Zimbabwean Ambassador to China) ;Dr Millicent Mombeshora (Reserve Bank Division Chief) ;

Henry Muradzikwa (Veteran Journalist and Former CEO of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation) ; Dr Rino Zhuwarara (An Academic) ; Reverend Useni Sibanda (Christian Alliance of Zimbabwe national director) and Wabata Munodawafa (Veteran Journalist).

Yasin Jama Ali, a reporter for the independent Radio Horyaal, was arrested by Somaliland police last Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden port city of Berbera.

SA: 2-Day Film courses 12/13 & 26/27 Sept

New Dates for Spring Guerrilla Film School 12/13th Sep ‘09 and Producer School 26/27th Sept ‘09

Two new revised editions of Slamdance International Film Festival Guerrilla Film School and The Producer’s School take place in Cape Town in September 2009.

The monthly Slamdance 2 – Day Guerrilla Film School, the only school in Africa devoted to zero to low budget screenwriting, filmmaking, directing and producing is running again the weekend of 12/13th September ‘09 in Cape Town.

In addition, the new Producers 2- Day School devoted to 1st time filmmakers looking to produce their debut feature film, short or documentary takes place on the weekend of the 26/27th September.

This new course is designed for those students who want to learn how to produce a low budget feature or documentary. We will be focusing on the roles a producer has to perform from sourcing and acquiring rights to literary property to raising finance, shooting and distributing independent and digital films.

Both courses are R700 or R450 for students.

Please do not hesitate to call if you need more information about the classes.

Eritrea: Information Ministry Offers Training Course on English Language and Basic Journalism

The Ministry of Information offered training course focusing on English language and basic journalism to a total of 44 staff members and employees of other institutions and operation zones who are engaged in media activities.

East Africa: EAC Launches Media Prize On Integration

Media houses and individual journalists who have excelled in reporting matters pertaining to the East African integration are to be awarded.