Technology & Convergence In Brief


- The new advertising data from AGB Nielsen also showed there had been a definite shift in advertising spending from print, radio, cinema and outdoor to television, direct mail and the internet. South Africa’s advertising spend increased last year, after concern about the effect that the recession would have on it, says Media Shop. The media planning agency said: “while the increase from 2008 to last year was only 6%, to R36,2bn from R34,2bn, this was still a positive sign for the industry.“ In the breakdown of spending on advertising for last year, TV got the lion's share with R21,2bn. That was followed by print with R9,4bn; radio with R3,6bn; outdoor with R1bn; the internet with R468m; cinema with R304m; and direct mail on R151m.


*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.

*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.


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

*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.

*21-25 April 2010

International Panafrican Film Festival (FIFP)

Venue: Cannes, France

The festival will showcase 50 films (including 15 in International Competition) and provide 5 projections per day, from 09:00 to midnight.

*19-21 May 2010

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010

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

*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.

*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.


* 3-4 June 2010

SAMRA 2010 Conference

Venue: Mount Grace Country House and Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The conference is organised by the South African Marketing Research Association calling all Research Stake holders.

Contact Paul Haupt Tel: + 27 11 463 5340

*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.

*June 2010 - date TBA


venue: Kigali, Rwanda

*July 2010 - date TBA


venue: Tanzania

- South Africa’s broadcast signal carrier Sentech is leaderless after after the resignation of its CEO Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane. It is not yet clear who will replace Mokone-Matabane at the troubled entity. Polly Modiko, Head of Corporate Communications, did not have any information as to who would take up the top post, or run the company in an acting position until a permanent appointment is made. “What I know is what I read in the media,” said Modiko. The post has been advertised in City Press, with the closing date for applications being last week. Mokone-Matabane was initially expected to step down at the end of September, when her contract came to an end. She has been CEO since 2001, having joined the company in 1997.

The company, which has more than 500 staff, made a net loss of R20 million in the year to March 2009, the latest available figure. In 2008, it had a net loss of R7.3 million. Its net loss was despite the company increasing revenue by R44 million, to R766 million.

- TV content Distributor Salim Amin, chairman of A24 Media, Africa’s first online delivery site for African content, has been invited and will attend US President Barak Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreunership to be held in Washington DC on 26 and 27 April.

- Senegalese movie maker Mahama Johnson Traoré passed away in Paris, after suffering a long term kidney illness. He was interred in the Muslim cemetery of the Grande Mosque of Mermoz in Yoff, near Dakar. Mahama Johnson Traoré (1942-2010) was a Senegalese film director, writer, and co-founder of the Ouagadougou-based Pan-African Cinema Festival (FESPACO) in 1969, next to Sembène Ousmane, Tahar Cheriaa and Timité Bassori. Traoré made a number of Wolof language films with strong social messages from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Among his films, « Diankha-bi », « la jeune fille » (1969) and « Diegue-bi, la femme » (1970), « Lambaaye » in 1972, « Njangaan » 1975 and « Reou-Tahk », film which was censored when launched in Senegal back in 1972.

International Panafrican Film Festival – Cannes: Call for Interns and Volunteers

College and high school students, Professionals, Retirees… you like film, beauty, music, photography…culture. You believe in an ethical world, rich with all its cultures.

You dream of a France or of your country (whatever it may be) prospering from its diversity.

You would like to get involved in a national and international project that is dynamic and that enriches your enterprising spirit and above all is about citizenship and diversity.

1) If Diversity and Culture for you are a Force, a sign of Respect in the dynamic of the Heart, Peace and Ethics,

2) If "Living Better Together", Education, Raising up People, Success of each individual, Protection of the Environment, Sustainable Development are your life goals,

1)Then, the International Pan-African Film Festival of Cannes is your Festival!

We invite you to join us in our development according to your interests and skills:

Administration/Management: Correspondence, Sourcing Financing…

Welcome/Registration: Providing information, Welcoming Special Guests and Patrons...

Foreign Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish...

Direct Marketing: Distribution of flyers, posters…, in France, Europe, USA, Canada, Africa, South America, Asia….

Communication: Media Relations, Internet, Graphic Design, Liaison with Artists/Filmmakers/Producers...

Skills required: Marketing and Establishment of Partnerships, Security, Law, Logistics, Audiovisual (filming, reporting, subtitling...), Photography, Art, Artistic development, Interior Design, etc.

Your 2 step application:

2) Fill out, sign and return 2 copies of the attached application by mail.