2011 Pan African Film Festival Calls for Submissions

Official Deadline of October 31 for 19th Annual Festival, Which Runs February 16-21, 2011.
The 2011 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) announced a call for submissions for short and feature-length films.  Submission forms can be completed directly online at the official PAFF website at www.paff.org. The 2011 Pan African Film Festival will be held February 16-21 with screenings in Los Angeles, California.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2011 Pan African Film Festival are:

July 9, 2010 – early deadline
October 31, 2011 – official deadline

Completed U.S. and international feature-length and short films may be submitted and must arrive in the Los Angeles office by July 9 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee.

The Pan African Film Festival is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent although filmmaker needn’t be of African descent. Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre —- drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. The PAFF accepts features and shorts; narratives and documentaries.  The PAFF will accept submissions of works in progress, however, films and videos must be completed no later than December 15, 2010.  All submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.

The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, The Robeson Narrative Feature Award, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Director-First Feature, Festival Programmer’s Award and Audience Favorite.  Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2009. With the exception of the Audience Favorite Award, all films are judged by an independent jury panel.

The PAFF presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.  In addition to the film festival, the PAFF presents a world renowned Art Show featuring over 100 fine artists and craftspeople from around the world showcasing the best in Black fine art, sculpture, photography, unique handmade crafts, home furnishings, designer jewelry, designer fashions and accessories that highlight the artistry and beauty of the African aesthetic.  For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call +1 (310) 337-4737.  The 19th Annual PAFF will take place in Los Angeles February 16-21, 2011.
Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Each year, PAFF presents:

•Over One Hundred (100) quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.
•One of America’s largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging black artists and fine crafts people, including local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers.

2011 bursaries in electronic media, digital design available

Bursaries in digital design and electronic media are on offer for this year's Matric students looking for funding for 2011. SABC Education and the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA) have bursaries valued at R1.5 million and the Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts, based in Cape Town, has numerous bursaries for its one and two-year courses.
Digital design

The one-year Higher Certificate in Print Design & Publishing scholarship will be on offer from Friends of Design for those with previously disadvantaged backgrounds and its two-year Digital Design Distinguished Talent Scholarship will be awarded to the individual with the most potential. Submissions for the 2011/2012 bursaries open on 4 October 2010 and close on 14 December.

Eva Csernyanszky, founder of the Cape Town-based school, says a few scholarships will be awarded to deserving first-year students every year. Students at her school are kept at the forefront of new technology through her strong links with the innovative German graphic design industry. While teaching for several years at a leading graphic design academy in Berlin, she made many industry contacts and experienced German digital design artists now regularly visit the academy as guest lecturers.

The school's two-year programme comprises training in all areas of digital design: print, web design, and motion graphics. The focus is primarily on the print medium during the first year, with students developing a solid technical ability in the software programs commonly used in the design industry, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat. In the second year, they experiment with web design, two-dimensional animation and motion graphics and video

"Students also engage, when at all possible, with real clients, as industry-experienced lecturers guide them through live projects, train them to work to realistic deadlines and present their ideas professionally," adds Csernyanszky. "By the time they graduate, they will be confident in their ability to tackle any design challenge in the real world. In addition, they will have a portfolio of conceptually rich, technically sound and well presented work."

A full list of portfolio requirements is available on the website www.friendsofdesign.net or from the school.

NEMISA bursaries

In a partnership between SABC Education and NEMISA, R1.5 million is available for students interested in studying animation, graphic design, television and radio production in 2011. To qualify, students need a Matric/Grade 12/NQF level 4 related qualification and must apply before 31 October 2010.

NEMISA started training young people from diverse backgrounds in 2000 on a full-time basis in the areas of TV and radio production, with just under 40 students a year. The students primarily came from disadvantaged backgrounds with emphasis on women who made up at least 60% of the student population. It has grown over the years and now produces more than 870 graduates a year, in television production, radio production, animation and graphic design in programmes accredited by MAPPP SETA. Its graduates hold key positions in big media houses.

Go to www.nemisa.co.za or www.sabceducation.co.za for more information and to download application forms.

2010 SACOMM Conference – 27 Sept. 2010
The 2010 SACOMM Conference is being hosted by the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg. The conference theme “Zoom in-Zoom Out”  offers an interesting mix of paper presentations, panel sessions and workshops that cut across the disciplinary groupings of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Journalism, General Communication Theory and Corporate Communication. In excess of a 100 papers are presented during the three day conference. More information on the SACOMM website.

Africa in the Picture Film Festival in Amsterdam needs volunteers

Africa in the Picture Film Festival will be held from 2 till the 7th of November in Cinema Het Ketelhuis in Amsterdam. Following the festival a selection of films will be screened in the Verkade Fabriek in Den Bosch, in Filmhuis De Haag, in Filmfoyer Tilburg and Movie W in Wageningen. From October 1, the program will be online.
To make the festival a success the organisers need a lot of volunteers. Before and during the festival, volunteers will assist with
- distributing flyers
- office work
- managing the information desk
- checking tickets
- guiding festival guests (chauffeurs)

As a volunteer you get at least free entrance for all the films of the festival plus consumption and meal vouchers depending on working hours. You will be asked to complete at least three shifts.
More at: http://www.africainthepicture.nl

Through popular request the deadline for ROSCAR Award entries has been extended by two weeks, the deadline is now 15 October.  The ROSCARS is part of the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival which attracts the global wildlife filmmaking industry and takes place from 28 – 31 March 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.