Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- The Director of Technical Programmes (DTP) of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Oscar Nchor, has noted that the migration of the analogue transmission to the digital transmission was a good decision, as it was a stepping stone to national television development

- Canal Overseas announced start of October that it is to deploy a new version of NDS MediaHighway and a Flash-based EPG for the first personal video recorder to be launched for its service across the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. It will later be extended to French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa and the South Pacific.The international arm of the Canal+ Group has deployed a version of MediaHighway that allows subscribers to upgrade to personal video recorder functionality through the addition of an external hard drive.

ShowRights provide an internet based solution that enables film and television producers, distributors and other rights owners to present and license their media libraries to exhibitors and media broadcasters worldwide.

* 16 Oct. 2009

Promax|BDA Africa

venue: Johannesburg, SA, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

*21 - 23 Oct. 2009


Venue: Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja, Nigeria.

* 21 October to 31 October 2009

Kenya International Film Festival

venue: in various places 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)

venue: Edinburgh Filmhouse, Scotland.

The programme for Africa in Motion 2009 has just been launched and tickets are on sale! For its fourth edition, the festival includes about 50 classic and contemporary films - long, short, fiction and documentary.

*23-31 Oct. 2009

EKWA, Festival International du Film de l’Océan Indien

A professional trade show on Indian-Ocean films, round tables and about 100 films will be presented in local cinemas to the public at 3 Euros per film. In 2008, organiser "Armand Dauphin" counted 12 000 participants.

venue: Reunion, St Denis Casino.

*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.

*3-7 November 2009

Le Festival du Film de la Réunion

Venue: Reunion in 3 locations

5th. edition, 8 films in competition.

* 5-6 Nov. 2009

Africa Media Leaders Forum

venue: Lagos, Nigeria.

African Media leaders from across the continent and beyond, at the helm of the most prestigious and influential platforms, will have the opportunity to share ideas on the impact of new media on their industry, discuss new business models, debate their critical role in advancing the development agenda, and agree on a charter for the Forum which will define each member’s responsibilities and privileges.

*7-13 November 2009

8e édition, les Rencontres africaines de la photographie: "Frontières"

Venue: Bamako, Mali.

This edition will show pieces of work from African artists, whether they are "videasts" (video artists) or photographs.

*11-12 November 2009


venue: Cape Town, South Africa.

The 12th annual AfricaCom Congress & Exhibition will offer networking opportunities with 3,500+ telcos and a 220+ exhibition for you to discover new products and build profitable business partnerships - not to mention the 2nd annual AfricaCom Awards.

The event will gather players in Movile TV and broadband IPTV.

*15-16 November 2009

IPTV World Forum Middle East & Africa -

venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Dubai.

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.

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)

venue: Nigeria.

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 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.

Mahesh Sachdev, Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria said the result of the partnership would benefit 1.1 billion people in India and 140 million Nigerians.

*22nd till 28th February 2010

Aluta Film Festival

venue: 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.

Apollo Zake is making major waves in the local film industry and has recently returned from a trip to Hollywood that honed his skills. Zake, who grew up at his mother’s home in Gonubie before leaving for Johannesburg to pursue his career in the film industry, attended Stirling and West Bank high schools. Zake and another young producer/director, Cecil Matlou, recently spent four weeks at the New York Film Academy, based at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles, as part of MultiChoice’s Film Talent Incubator project. Zake, who has done extensive work for MTV,, SABC1 and SABC2, said his stint abroad was an “unbelievable opportunity”.

Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings chief executive, and former ZIANA editor-in-chief Henry Muradzikwa, is believed to be the incoming chairman of the much awaited Zimbabwe Media Commission.

Talk Radio 702's Nomsa Maseko walked away with the title of overall 2009 Vodacom Journalist of the Year on Friday night, 9 October 2009 at the eighth annual Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards held at Vodaworld, Midrand, Gauteng. She was honoured for her moving coverage of the xenophobic attacks in Gauteng last year, and broadcast on Talk Radio 702.

2010 media accreditation begins in December

The media accreditation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will begin on 5 December 2009, a day after the final draw, which will be held in Cape Town, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA announced on Monday, 5 October 2009, at a media workshop held in Johannesburg and attended by more than 100 journalists.

Africa film Academy 2009 YOUNGSTERS Film Competition

Welcome to the 1st annual AFA Youngsters Short Film Competition, the most innovative international short film and video competition for filmmakers from African descent worldwide who are between the ages of 10-18. , it is a unique short film competition whose focus is on creating opportunities for young filmmakers by bringing support and recognition to excellence in the art of filmmaking. The Youngsters Short film competion is a great opportunity for young filmmakers to feel the pulse of filmmaking and allows to catch them young and train them right. Their careers, They will receive international exposure using the Africa film Academy’s platform. Winning filmmakers will also receive awards, cash prizes.

Enter your short films in any of the categories: Comedy, Drama, Horror / Thriller, Animation, Documentary, Action / Adventure, Family / Children, Music Video. Winners will be selected by a judging panel that is comprised of industry professionals and practioners who are looking for the next generation of creatively talented filmmakers out there.

Deadline: DECEMBER 15, 2009

1.) Entries must be 1 to 10 minutes in length on DVD or VHS, regardless of original shooting format.

2.) Entries MUST be PAL format.

3) Entries submitted in a foreign language must have subtitles OR be dubbed in English.

AMAA Short Film Competition for African Universities

AMAA wishes to announce the inauguration of the AMAA Short Film Competition for African Universities.

The Competition has been conceived to complement the AMAAs.

The AMAAs are barely half a decade old – but within this relatively short period, they have made a significant impact on the African motion picture industry. They have created vast opportunities for linkages, for networking and for interfacing within and outside the continent. This synergy has diversified and intensified the reservoir of creativity in the industry. It has, also, diversified and intensified the industry’s production capital resource base; and has, thereby, set in motion the onerous task of aligning the industry to the larger industrial sub sector of the continent’s industrial complex.

Unarguably, the aims/objectives of AMAA are already translating into direct and indirect benefits for the African cinema. Consequently, every edition of the AMAAs is as much a celebration of achievements in virtually every profession or trade in the industry as it is the most significant and reliable catalyst and barometer for the growth and development of the African film as an art and an industry.

The AMAA Short Film Competition for African Universities is in accord with the vision and mission of AMAA.

Aims & objectives of the AMAA Short Film Competition for African Universities

Through the AMAA Short Film Competition for African Universities, the Academy aims to:

1.Provide a platform for interaction by African universities whose curricula bear on the training of content creators for the cinema/broadcast industries

2.strengthen the support structures for capacity building in such institutions

3.Challenge and excite the creativity of the would be content creators in those institutions; and

4.Centre attention on the creative potential os such would be content creators.


For this maiden edition, the theme is: Renewal/Regeneration.


20 minutes.



Eligibility/Other Conditions

1.The Competition is open to students who are at the time of production bona fide students of the University

2.The work could be an individual or group project

3.The entry must be made by the Department/University; and

4.A Department/University could enters more than one work.


The winning entry receives on behalf of the Department/University a complete range of production and post production equipment/facilities. The film is also featured at the subsequent AMAAs.

Closing Date

30th December, 2009.


The Desk Officer

AMAA Short Film Competition for African Universities (2009)

10a Obaladejobi Street


Lagos, Nigeria.