Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- The Print Media Services Sub-Committee of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup has rejected the computers in the media centres of the Kano Sub-seat. In a media parley last week, the Chairman of the committee Bolaji Adebiyi, decried what he described as cloned computers supplied to the media centre of the sub-seat. He said they were not FIFA compliant. "We observed that in the main media centre, the computers there were not FIFA compliant. They looked like cloned computers. Some of the CPUs were Mercury, some were LG and some of the monitors were HP. We commented on that and told the Kano Sub-seat that the FIFA recommendation is the Sony brand because it is their partner. We also observed that the cooling system was not adequate which we also advised on," stressed the committee chairman.

* 26 Sept. - 4 Oct 2009

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

venue: Le Port, Réunion island.

* 28 - 29 Sept. 2009

Broadband Africa

venue: Le Meridien President, Dakar.

This Informa event will include insights and contacts in the fixed and mobile broadband market incl. mobile TV, IPTV, triple/quadruple play, fiber, CDMA, 3G and WIMAX.

*1 October 2009 - 4 October 2009

Pan African Space Station 2009

venue: greater Cape Town, South Africa.

The second manifestation of PASS in 2009 will be a four day genre-busting global African music intervention that will resound around greater Cape Town and be available online with videos

*1 October 2009 - 3 October 2009

International Festival of Documentary Film - Festival International du Film Documentaire - FIFDOK

venue: Khouribga, Morocco.

1st. Edition on documentaries.

*3 - 19 Oct. 2009


Venue: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

*3 - 4 Oct. 2009

MIP Junior

venue: Cannes, France.

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

*5 - 9 Oct. 2009


venue: 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


venue: Maseru, Swaziland.

* 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.

Africa in Motion is the UK's biggest African film festival. It 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.

*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.

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)

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.

* 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

*12-16 April 2010

MIPTV 2010

venue: 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.

*13-April 2010

SatCom Star Awards

Venue: Sandton Sun Hotel - Johannesburg, SA.

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

*19-21 May 2010

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010

venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi - Kenya.

*2-3 August 2010

The Internet Show Africa

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, SA.

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.

Following her suspension by South Africa’s Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Radio management, Lotus FM station manager Gail Samuels resigned beginning of the week. The SABC has confirmed that it has accepted her resignation and, because of it, has no intention in pursuing allegations levelled against her.

S.A.: A platform for independent & student filmmakers

Cape Town Television (CTV) is a non-profit organization established as a community television service to serve the greater Cape Town metropolitan region and has been broadcasting since September 2008.

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.

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27th Torino Film Festival

Final Call for Entries 2009

The Torino Film Festival's director Gianni Amelio invites submissions for the 27th edition taking place from 13th until 21st November, 2009.

Pro Helvetia Cape Town, the Swiss Arts Council, is inviting applications for grants to support Art projects that are innovative, professional and contemporary, from the Southern African region (all SADC countries south of Congo DRC) to happen in 2010.

Be screened at Design Indaba Expo 2010

All South African filmmakers, students and hobbyists are invited to submit their short films, music videos and animations for screening at the 2010 Design Indaba Expo.

UNESCO and Rhodes University work to strengthen journalism education in Africa

A partnership between UNESCO and the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies will strengthen African journalism education in September 2009.

The joint activities planned over a week-long period are:

*A special training programme to empower African journalism teachers in using New Media.

*A research colloquium as part of the African preparations for the World Journalism Education Congress to be organized by Rhodes University in July 2010.

These initiatives will strengthen the institutional and academic capacities of African journalism education, more specifically of the 12 potential centres of excellence, and nine potential to be centres of reference.

Representatives from the potential centres of excellence and reference earlier met in Grahamstown in March 2008, and again in Windhoek 2009 to chalk out the strategies to convert these centres to real centres of excellence. The emerging network of these centres has now identified that a priority in achieving their potential is in raising skill levels around Internet and Mobile phone journalism.

Rhodes’ University has selected ten candidates for the new media course, and surveyed their levels of capability and access, in preparation for the coming course. During the hands-on training they will get, the candidates will also be exposed to disruptive concepts and technologies - such as User-generated-content, Cloudware and the Semantic Web.

According to Mathurine, the expert who will conduct the course “The workshop aims to spotlight the role and place of new media pedagogy in African J-School curricula, and discuss tools and thinking strategies that educators and learners need to advance African journalism in the age of digital convergence.”

The aim is to get African J-Schools to mobilise capacity and harness opportunities before digital media consumption and economics disrupts African legacy media structures and processes.

“We are hoping African JMC-educators can take a realistic look at local convergence trajectories and consider curricula and pedagogical responses that learn from experience in the developing and developed world to better cope with the challenges,” says Mathurine.

The research colloquium that the participants will also attend is part of a “prepcom” for the World Journalism Education Congress to be held in Africa in 2010. The bid to host this event in Africa was supported by UNESCO, and follows the first congress in Singapore, 2007, which again was convened with UNESCO support.

Following the launch of UNESCO’s Model Curriculum for Journalism Education in Singapore, African journalism educators are now planning for a model syllabus on “Reporting Africa” to present to the 2010 congress.

This topic will be part of the discussions at the colloquium, where a total of 35 research papers on African journalism education will also be delivered in four parallel sessions. The event is convened by Prof Fackson Banda, who is UNESCO Chair of Media and Democracy at Rhodes University, and whose position is sponsored by SAB.

The 2010 World Journalism Education Congress will be held at Rhodes University, parallel to that year’s 2010 Highway Africa conference, from 5 – 7 July.

UNESCO’s support for efforts to boost journalism education in Africa this September have encouraged support from other parties for the events, such as the Open Society Institute of West Africa, the Open Society Network Media Programme, Open Society Foundation, and Telkom.

It should be added that In collaboration with Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies (South Africa) and the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille (ESJ, Graduate School of Journalism in France), UNESCO has identified and catalogued up-to-date information on ninety-six journalism teaching institutions across the African continent, and set up crucial criteria and indicators for defining potential institutional excellence.

UNESCO also implements information ethics and e-government initiative in Africa

UNESCO, in cooperation with the International Centre for Information Ethics and the Government of South Africa, organized an Information Ethics and e-Government High Level Executive Seminar followed by a training workshop. The two events were held in the framework of UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) in Pretoria, South Africa, from 23 to 26 February 2009.