Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- Kagiso Media , the radio station owner and publisher, has said it will place a strong focus on digital solutions to help it adapt to a new media future and move away from an overreliance on advertising.

*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.

*7 to 20 October 2009

"Le Maghreb des Films"

venue: selected theatres across France

This second manifestation will feature films, debates and meetings focused around Cinema from Maghreb. The website offers news, festivals and a database of film artists from Maghreb.

*10 October 2009

MTV Music Awards (MAMAs)

venue: Kenya, Nairobi

*11 - 14 Oct. 2009


venue: Maseru, Swaziland.

This year's Conference will be hosted by the Lesotho National Broadcasting Services. About 100 delegates from the Southern African countries are expected to attend, as well as partner organisations such as the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB) and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development (AIBD).

One of the topics include digital migration progress as it is expected to emerge in Africa.

*13 - 16 Oct. 2009


venue: France - Sciences Po Bordeaux - Maison des Suds – CEAN- CNRS - 12 Esplanade des Antilles - Domaine universitaire de Bordeaux

ICT/Content Strategies in the South.

* 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!

*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.

*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.

* 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\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.

*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\rquote 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.

*June 2010 - date TBA


venue: Kigali, Rwanda

*July 2010 - date TBA


venue: Tanzania

*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.

- Wilfred Kiboro has been elected chairman of the Nation Media Group's Board of Directors.

- Variety reports that South African filmmaker/actor Sharlto Copley, who played the lead role in District 9, is in talks to star in the Ridley Scott-produced big screen remake of the hit TV series, The A-Team.

- Stuart Baxter will oversee the distribution of all Sony Pictures Entertainment's feature films and TV properties throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

African productions: call for co-production, investment/sponsors, product placements, distribution and broadcast - from Discop Africa tradefloor.

*Kenya-based Janet Kanini Ikua, Managing Director of Exotic Expeditions Ltd. presented her work at Discop Africa 2 and is currently looking for support to produce two magazines filmed in Kenya: a cooking and a travel program.

*Award-winning Kenynan production company Hotsunfilms is looking for support for the production and distribution of their new film. The company also offers crews, logistical support and post-prod equipment for hire. Via its foundation, the team also trains the youth of the urban slums of Africa in audio-visual expertise.

*Martin Baker, company director of Tottenham Ltd based out of Nairobi, Kenya is inviting sponsors to contact him regarding the production of an international soap opera filmed at USIU (United States International University in Nairobi).

Sponsorship investment is priced at 782,768 KSH per show.

So far, Mr. Baker has confirmed an intent from NTV to air the 26 x 1/2 hrs show in East Africa.

Baker is currently talking to various distributors from the USA, SA, Nigeria and China who were present at DISCOP Africa 2 and have shown interest in seeking sales or co-production deals.

The soap opera mixes a cross range cast of nationalities in order to attract pan-African audience.

Named “Ngeli Ya Unii", the soap is a sophisticated drama that goes behind-the-scenes of a group of mixed raced students attending an international university in Nairobi. The series follows their individual approach to life, how they integrate together, their cultural differences, their early adulthood growing pains and character building lessons.

In addition, Mr. Baker has also set up a TTV professional studio, equipped with computerized lighting, quality sound recording & mixing, plus control room with 4 x camera mixers "Genius Box O8", which are squarely aimed at producing high quality programmes for local African markets.

*Allan Aligula from Fiyuhworks! in Kenya has several productions that are in various stages of production:

1. SOFAR, this is a social commentary on culture and craft told through the eyes of various personalities and day to day people. It has already aired on MNETs Africa Magic Plus for 1 season of 13 episodes and I am in pre-production of season two. I am lookign at taking it regional and would be seeking for co production from interested partners.

2. PAKUA, which is a cuisine, discovery, travel and lifestyle format is in production currently.

3. ALTRUISM, is a short film is currently in pre production.

*Nigeria: Nollywood Worldwide is looking for distributors for various programs, including soap/sitcoms and lifestyle mags, more than 1000 Nollywood movies and musicals.