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- IMPALA, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, welcomed the news of the beta release of the world’s first deployment of hybrid broadcast broadband MHEG Interaction Channel (MHEG-IC) by UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat. Freesat, which is owned by the BBC and ITV, will allow access to the highly successful BBC iPlayer catch-up TV service via the IP connection, supplementing its existing broadcast content. The principles behind the MHEG-IC are to provide a seamless viewer experience of broadcast-delivered content augmented with content delivered over IP as an extension of the channel or network. The MHEG-IC gives access to streamed on-demand video content in addition to traditional text and graphics as well as the ability to support secure transactions.

*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.

http://www.filmcontact.com/south-africa/events/auteur-experimental-short-film-festival-2009

* 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.

*18th February 2010

African History month co-presentation

venue: NY, USA - Schomburg Center for research in black culture organised by Africa Film Festival Inc.

http://www.africanfilmny.org/aff_fest.html

*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

motheoseleke@yahoo.com

Festival Administrator: Nandipha Shwababa

*24-26 February 2010

DISCOP AFRICA 3

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.

http://www.discop.com/ci/pages/show/discop_africa_3

* 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

http://nfvf.co.za

* 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.

http://films-for-africa.co.za/index.php?option=com
_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=28

*5-10 April 2010

AMAA Short Film Competition

Venue: Lagos, Nigeria.

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.

http://www.filmcontact.com/nigeria/events/amaa-short-film-competition-african-universities

*April 7th to 13th, 2010

17th NY Africa Film Festival (first session)

venue: NY, USA - Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center,

The famous Festival organised by African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the richness of African and African Diaspora culture.

CELEBRATING: FIFTY YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE FOR 17 AFRICAN NATIONS • NEW AND EMERGING THEMES IN AFRICAN CINEMA • 2010 SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD CUP

http://www.africanfilmny.org/aff_fest.html

*10-15 April 2010

NAB Show 2010

Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada, USA.

More than just broadcasting, the NAB Show is the world\rquote 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 \emdash 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.

http://www.nabshow.com/2010/index.asp

*10-11 April 2010

MIPDoc 2010

Venue: Cannes, France.

http://www.mipworld.com/en/MIPDOC/

*12-15 April 2010

SatCom Africa 2010

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/satcomza/

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/satcomawardsza/

*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.

http://www.mipworld.com/en/MIPTV/Conferences-events/

*13-April 2010

SatCom Star Awards

Venue: Sandton Sun Hotel - Johannesburg, SA.

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

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/satcomawardsza/

*15-25 April 2010

26th PanAfrican International Film Festival

Venue: Montreal, Canada

Festival organized by Vues d’Afrique, open to films from all the continents, depicting African, Caribbean and Diaspora realities through a broad range of subjects.

For the past few years the festival has devoted an entire section to the new generation of African Digital filmmaking. Works who aspire to be "a direct reflection of what happens on the ground" and that enable us to discover video productions that are both very contemporary and urban.

www.festivalpanafrica.com

*19-21 May 2010

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010

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

http://www.aitecafrica.com/event/view/43

*12-23 May 2010

Festival de Cannes

venue: Palais du Festival, Cannes, South of France.

The Festival de Cannes has celebrated the cinema for more than 60 years.

Over the years, the French Association of the International Film Festival has been able to evolve whilst retaining the essential: the passion for motion pictures, discovery of new talents, and enthusiasm of festival-goers and professionals from around the world, all contributing to the birth and distribution of films.

http://www.festival-cannes.com

*May 28th to 31st, 2010

17th NY Africa Film Festival (second session)

venue: NY, USA - Bamcinémateque and Bam Rose Cinemas

The famous Festival organised by African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the richness of African and African Diaspora culture.

CELEBRATING: FIFTY YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE FOR 17 AFRICAN NATIONS • NEW AND EMERGING THEMES IN AFRICAN CINEMA • 2010 SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD CUP

http://www.africanfilmny.org/aff_fest.html

*16-27 June 2010

2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Festival is internationally regarded as a focus for discovery, a celebration of cinema, a centre of debate and a catalyst for new films. EIFF is committed to screening high quality new short and feature film and video work in all genres from around the world.

Please note all submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2010 and EIFF requires at least UK premiere status.

http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/

*June 2010 - date TBA

RWANDA FILM FESTIVAL

venue: Kigali, Rwanda

http://tinyurl.com/yczef4g

*July 2010 - date TBA

ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL (ZIFF)

venue: Tanzania

http://www.ziff.or.tz/

*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.

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/africa/

Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, along with his producing partner at Revelations Entertainment, Lori McCreary, will be in South Africa this month to attend the local premiere events for the motion picture release Invictus starring Freeman as Nelson Mandela and directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven). During their stay in the country, Freeman and McCreary will also support various charity initiatives around the film’s 11 December release.

Shot entirely on location in South Africa, Invictus tells the inspiring true story of how the newly elected South African president joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (played by Matt Damon) to help unite their country. The South African cast includes Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Leleti Khumalo and Marguerite Wheatley as Francois Pienaar’s wife.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Freeman and McCreary will participate in a corporate charity drive to raise funds for three charities: The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Make a Difference Foundation and the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Players’ Fund. The donations will be handed over to these charities on South Africa’s National Day of Reconciliation – December 16th - at an event at Maponya Mall, Soweto.

The trip marks a return to Africa for Freeman and McCreary, who shot the feature film Bopha! entirely on location in Zimbabwe in 1993. Freeman directed Bopha! with McCreary serving as producer.

Opening nationwide on 11 December 2009, Invictus will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and sub-distributed by Nu Metro Films in South Africa.

2010 International Emmy Awards

Call for entries

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, February 5, 2010

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is now accepting entries for the 2010 International Emmy Awards.

http://www.iemmys.tv/awards_entry.aspx

Eligible submissions must have been created and initially distributed outside of the United States between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. The deadline for entries is February 5, 2010.

awardsdept@iemmys.tv

7th African Film Festival, Tarifa

The 2nd Spanish-African forum of film co-production Africa Produce and Co-production Incentive Fund has issued a Call for Entries. Africa Produce is a forum between African filmmakers and Spanish producers and Spanish TV commissioning editors and TV managers in charge of co-production. The goal is to introduce

African cinema projects to the Spanish co-production market.

The Centro de Divulgación Cultural del Estrecho Al Tarab (the NGO organizing The African Film Festival of Tarifa and Africa Produce) invites African filmmakers to participate with their feature length and documentary film projects1 in the 2nd Spanish-African forum of film co- production, Africa Produce.

Africa Produce takes place within the African Film Festival of Tarifa (May 21st-29th, 2010) and it is supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development and Co-operation (AECID).

carlos@fcat.es

Vue d'Afrique: Call for entries

26th PanAfrican International Film Festival

15th to 25th April 2010

Montreal, Canada

FILM SUBMISSIONS

Festival organized by Vues d’Afrique

100, Sherbrooke East

Suite 3100

Montreal, (Québec) H2X 1C3

Canada

coordination@vuesdafrique.org

Tel. : +1 514 284 3322 extension 230

www.festivalpanafrica.com

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

Fiction, Feature length and short film Category

Documentary, Feature length and short film Category

Open to films from all the continents, depicting African, Caribbean and Diaspora realities through a broad range of subjects.

Deadline for submission: 31st December 2009

Registration Fees: none

Eligibility:

1) Film finished on or after: 1st January 2008

2) Origin: All countries

3) Screening format: 35 mm, Beta SP, Digital Betacam or DVD

4) Films need to be in French or subtitled in French or English

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

Digital Africa category. TV series, soaps, fiction and short films

For the past few years the festival has devoted an entire section to the new generation of African Digital filmmaking. Works who aspire to be "a direct reflection of what happens on the ground" and that enable us to discover video productions that are both very contemporary and urban.

Deadline for submission: 15th January 2010

Registration Fees: none

Eligibility:

1) Film finished on or after: 1st January 2008

2) Origin: All countries

3) Screening format: Beta SP, Digital Betacam or DVD

4) Film need to be in French or subtitled in French or English