Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- South Africans without DSTV will not see high-definition TV until after 2012. Seven million South Africans will not experience high-definition TV if the current digital migration regulations remain the same.

*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 Telcos, 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.

*4th December 2009

Auteur Experimental Short Film Festival -

venue: Labia on Kloof, Cape Town, SA.

Submission closes 28th November 2009. Auteur Experimental Short Film Festival is inviting entries from newly graduated film school students.

If your short film is no longer than 10 minutes and produced entirely by film school students or newly graduated students, then we'd love to have your submission.

The short film festival runs for one evening only.

* January 2010 (date TBC)

Nigeria, India plan joint film festival

venue: Nigeria.

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

* 17-27 March 2010

Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010 -

venue: Cape Town

One of South Africa’s largest film festivals, Cape Winelands Film Festival has announced an official call for entries.

South African artist Paul Emmanuel’s film was selected as the winner of the Africa-In-Motion Short Film Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Artist Paul Emmanuel’s acclaimed non-narrative art film, 3SAI: A Rite Of Passage was selected by unanimous vote by a jury of film experts as the winning entry for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Africa-in-Motion Film Festival 2009. It was shown on 26 October at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cinema. This short film was originally selected as one of 7 short films from over 60 submissions from 22 African countries.

The film will now be seen by a wide audience and will be screened at various international venues as part of Africa-in-Motion. The winner was selected by a jury, consisting of acclaimed Algerian filmmaker Amor Hakkar; filmmaker, presenter and writer Zina Saro-Wiwa; director of the Scottish Documentary Institute, Noe Mendelle; and high profile film critic, writer and producer Mark Cousins.

South Africa - DTI Minister Dr. Rob Davies announces goverment help for film industry Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies, in his speech at last month's CFC AGM was full of praise for the film industry. The minister commented on the extraordinary growth of the film industry over the last few years, the quality of films emerging out of the country, and the important results received as a direct consequence of private and public sector investment in the industry.

Minister Davies gave a report back on the DTI incentive scheme, which has seen the qualified production expenditure grow from R36 million per annum in 2004 to R500 million, which generated economic activity of R5.8 billion. Over the same period, 78 000 cast and crew jobs were created, as well as a further 108 000 jobs in various support services.

However, the minister acknowledged the current crisis facing the industry, which has resulted in the number of DTI projects using the rebates declining from 21 in 2008 to 12 in 2009. To address this, the DTI will be restructuring the payment structure of its incentive scheme, so rebates will be paid at defined milestones spread across the production, as opposed to the end of production which has been the case until now.

`Where we see films with particular merit, such as films with historical or cultural importance, we can stretch this beyond the basic rules,` added Minister Davies.

The DTI will also be looking at restructuring the requirements of the DTI rebate, where production companies will have to conform to a minimum level 5 BEE in order to access funds.

He added that productions shooting in Cape Town locations will benefit by outsourcing some of their work to local companies, as this will add to their BEE scorecard.

The minister added that companies requiring cash-flow support can apply for bridging finance from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which has a crisis fund available for any enterprise suffering the effects of the crisis. This will see R3 billion distributed over the next three years.

Author: South AfricaBusiness and Finance

CNN Africa Media Awards

Ben Okiror wrote in The New Vision on 6 November 2009: "On its 15th year running, the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Awards will be held in Uganda. This year, the most prestigious media event in Africa attracted entries from 38 African countries and the gala, held in Durban, South Africa, was broadcast in 44 African countries and beyond.

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the awards, whose winners will be announced in Kampala, come May 2010. Tony Maddox, the vice-president and managing director of CNN, said it was fitting that the awards are held in Uganda, "a country that has produced many success stories and winners in the competition's history."

All finalists receive a cash prize and each category winner also receives a laptop and a printer, while the overall winner receives an additional cash prize and a trip to the CNN centre in Atlanta. The competition is open to African journalists across the print, television, internet, photographic and radio media.

Full details on how to enter can be found at A number of Ugandans have won various awards, including the top most accolade, won by The Observer's Richard Kavuma in 2007."