Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- Vislink announced its first sale of Link L1500 HD wireless camera systems in South Africa -

to Dimension Television Facilities It is purchasing four complete, high-end LINK L1500 wireless camera systems with 1 watt amplifiers, camera control and Link fibre units for High Definition video. They are to be used for live sport broadcasts in South Africa and internationally.

- Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings is ready to start the digitasation of its studios following the arrival of equipment worth US$20 million for the programme.


*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 the 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

- The Hollywood Reporter has published its selection of the next generation of under 35s TV business leaders in the world. Representing the top TV leader from Africa is Juliet Asante, 34, who won the Ghana film industry’s award for best actress in 2001. To ensure a long career, Asante knew she had to diversify. To meet her objective, Asante became a director and producer and Eagle Productions, which she founded in 1999, is one of Ghana's most prominent TV production companies.

Reminder: 2010 media accreditation workshops

The Organising Committee (OC) of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is reminding media to learn about how to obtain media accreditation through the remaining workshops at various host cities this week.

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 competition 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 practitioners 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.

Learn the art of wildlife filmmaking in South Africa.

This intensive one-month course offers lectures by industry professionals and includes a month in a game reserve. Each student produces their own unique three-minute short film, with the opportunity of it being broadcast on the Wildlife Report, news channel.

The month long course will take place in the Entabeni (the place of the mountain, in the local language) Private Game Reserve, 23 000 Ha of bushveld, ravines, savanna, sandy wetlands and wooded hills, on the eastern end of the Waterberg Escarpment, a 3 hour drive from Johannesburg (OR Thambo) airport.

Entabeni ensures that the game viewing and opportunities to film wildlife close up are unrivalled. The accommodation and food also far exceed the facilities in the Kruger concession and of course the bonus of Entabeni being malaria free. The transfer from the airport is also half the time of travelling to Kruger.

Because of the 5 different ecosystems within the reserve, game viewing and bird watching are most rewarding in terms of the variety of species to be seen. This magnificent reserve has a wonderful array of fauna and flora, including the infamous 'Big Five' - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. There are also frequent sightings of cheetah. Diversity on the reserve is astounding, with more than 55 mammal species, 350 flowers, 70 grasses, 200 trees, 410 birds and innumerable insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Each course can accommodate 8 students, so to avoid disappointment, book your course dates soonest. The course dates for 2010 are: 17 January – 16 February ; 16 February – 18 March ; 18 March – 17 April ; 17 April – 17 May ; 17 May – 16 June ; 16 June – 16 July ; 16 July – 15 August ; 15 August – 14 September ; 14 September – 14 October ; 14 October – 13 November ; and 13 November – 13 December.

What the course fee includes :

The course fee for the one month wildlife filmmaking course includes the following:

· Transport from OR Tambo (Johannesburg International) to Entabeni Private Game Reserve.

· Accommodation for the entire course (1 month) and 3 meals per day.

· Game drives during the week and then filming game drives every day during the production section of the course.

· All professional tuition by lecturers at the Wildlife Film Academy who are well known filmmaking experts in their chosen fields.

· Access to camera equipment for practicals and lectures.

· Experienced filmmakers on hand to give tuition.

· Individual Apple editing suites using Final Cut Pro.

· Course handouts and notes.

· Access to pc’s for internet, email and research.

· Access to reading material including journals and magazines.

· Wildlife films to view in the evenings.

· Assistance in arranging internships after the course should you request one.

· DVD and masters of your film to keep with your certificate of completion.

· Assistance in funding for your future films.

· Free entry to the Wild Talk Africa film festival and conference, worth R3000 (approximately £250 and $450).

Not included in the course fee are the following:

· Mini DVD tapes and DVD discs.

· Any additional lenses you want to use on your camera.

· Flights and travel expenses from your home country or town.

· Alcoholic beverages.

Sponsors are NFVF (National Film Video Foundation) and NHU AFRICA (Nature History Unit Africa). Contact details: Wildlife Film Academy, Ph: +27 21 422 0012 - Fax: +27 21 422 0012

2010 International Digital Emmy Awards - Last Call for Entry (outside of the US - including Africa)

The 2010 International Digital Emmy Awards competition is now open and accepting entries. Entry deadline is November 2nd, 2009.

Categories are: Children and Young, Fiction and non-fiction.

The Academy was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television programming and is the organization that presents the International Emmy Award to the best television programs produced, and initially aired, outside the U.S.

UNESCO recruits expert on media in conflict and post-conflict situations

A post of programme specialist is open for recruitment at the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector. The post is initially planned for the limited duration, from 1 January until 1 September 2010. The major responsibility of the incumbent will consist in implementing projects related to media assistance in conflict and post-conflict areas.


Call for film submissions

Africalia is happy to announce an unusual "festival within the festival" devoted to African cinema at the next IFFR Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010 which will occur from January 27 to February 7, 2010.

For this unique event, the organiser is actively seeking submissions from throughout the African continent in order to present a strong representation for as many African countries as possible.

The festival will have a strong concentration in seldom seen African classics as well as contemporary films from all over the continent.

There will be concentrations of short films by country as well as animations and documentaries. The festival will also feature new media installations and video art as well as performances that engage cinema, i.e. African musicians and storytellers performing with silent films and other manifestations of performing with projections with VJs and dancers...

The State Theatre (Schouwburg) of Rotterdam will be transformed into a lively African market for several consecutive days with multiple venues springing up throughout the multi-tiered space to accommodate a range of alternate activities and environments.

Submit new film for inclusion or inform those who should also be aware for what promises to be a unique forum for African films. Please send submissions a.s.a.p to:

African Marketplace

International Film Festival Rotterdam

P. O. Box 21696

3001 AR Rotterdam

The Netherlands

Be sure to clearly indicate "African Marketplace" when addressing the mail.