Starafrica.com, Orange’s information portal on Africa has set up a competition whereby Africans can win Euros 2000 in the production of a press report. This includes an audiovisual journalistic report. More at http://www.starafrica.com/

Nollywood Movies AMAA 2011 INVITES ENTRIES: AFRICA Film Academy (AFA), the organisers of the yearly Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) are calling for entries for the seventh edition of the awards that will take place on April 9, 2011.

Filmmakers across Africa are invited to submit their feature, short,
documentary and animation films f...or consideration in the 30 categories
of the awards which is becoming the most prestigious and glamorous award for film makers in Africa and the Diaspora.

The director of administration of the awards body, Mr. Tony Anih
said the organisation decided to have early announcement because of the need to encourage film makers who are still working on their film to
finish up work before the December 31st deadline. “The 2011 awards is
for films produced and released between December 2009 and December 31, 2010. Late entry will close January 7, 2011. But we have always encouraged film makers to avoid the late rush by submitting their works ahead of time,” he said.

On the entry rules, he said films that will be submitted for AMAA must be a director’s cut and not market copy that contains adverts and other materials not related to the film and the film must not be more than 120 minutes for feature film and 50 minutes for short film. “Each completed entry form must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, 10 DVD copies of the film and proof of the right to submit while year of copyright must be indicated.”

This year, the Academy announces a category for the Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and the Best Diaspora Short Film Awards.The primary aim of AMAA Awards is to facilitate the development of Africa film makers and showcase the social relevance of African film and cinema.Afficher la suite


Durban FilmMart 2011 calls for submissions

The second edition Durban FilmMart will take place from 22-25 July 2011 during the 32nd Durban International Film Festival (21-31 July).

Designed to create partnerships and further the development and production of African cinema, Durban FilmMart ultimately aims to raise the visibility of projects from the African continent, create networking opportunities with potential co-producers.

The organisers are now calling for project submissions for the 2nd Durban FilmMart 22 – 25 July 2011, offering filmmakers from the continent of Africa the opportunity to be selected to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the programme. African film practitioners are encouraged to take this opportunity as a means of promoting their projects, meeting experts and networking with industry professionals from across the globe. The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2011.

Entry is open to:

·          Projects with an African citizen attached to one of the three key creative roles of producer, director or writer. Proof of African citizenship or birth must be provided through a certified copy of a valid African passport/ birth certificate;

·          Africans living in the Diaspora, but who still have African citizenship or have proof of birth in Africa;

·          Projects with a producer attached.

For more information on the Durban FilmMart and how to submit your project please visit: www.durbanfilmmart.com  - Email: durbanfilmmart@durban.gov.za  or durbanfilmmart@gmail.com


CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2011

CNN International and MultiChoice officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 Awards at the end of Nov. 2010.
The winners of these prestigious annual awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2011.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: “The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards have been encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent for 16 years and are truly a highlight in CNN's editorial calendar. I’m delighted that they continue to grow in stature and prestige, and it’s a humbling experience each year to see and experience such dedication, passion and talent. 2011 promises to be another year of stellar African journalism.”

Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO MultiChoice South Africa said: “For the past 16 years, our partnership with CNN has resulted in some incredible stories being told. I would like to encourage journalists from across the continent to embrace the opportunity to make your voices heard. We are looking forward to celebrating your excellence in journalism in June 2011.”

Sam Rogers, from e.tv South Africa, was awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Awards ceremony. Sam, won for ‘The Curse of the Nobody People’, which was chosen from among 2074 entries from 44 nations across the African continent.

Sam said: “Winning the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year was possibly the highlight of my career. What an honour to be chosen a winner among so many brilliant African journalists, to be listed alongside the very best who have won this prestigious accolade over the years. What a wonderful platform the CNN MultiChoice award is. It has allowed us to broadcast to a wider audience, to highlight the plight of persecuted Tanzanian albinos and has begun changing perceptions in that region. Their voices were finally heard.”

Over the past 16 years, the competition has grown in size and status to become Africa’s most prestigious media event. In 2010, a ‘Highlights Programme’ of the ceremony, held in Kampala, Uganda, was broadcast in 47 African countries, on the Africa Channel in the US, UK and the Caribbean, OBE TV and RTP Africa.
This year, the competition will recognise excellence in the following categories:
• Arts & Culture Award
• Digital Journalism Award
• Economics & Business Award
• Environment Award
• Free Press Africa Award
• The HIV/AIDS Reporting Award
• Mohamed Amin Photographic Award
• MSD Health & Medical Award
• Print General News Award
• Radio General News Award
• Sport Award
• Television Features Award
• Television News Bulletin Award
• Tourism Award
• Francophone General News Awards
• Portuguese Language General News Award

From these category winners, the judges choose the overall winner - The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011.

Finalists in the 2011 competition will participate in a four day finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony in June 2011. All finalists receive a cash prize and each category winner also receives a laptop and printer. The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 will receive an additional cash prize and a trip to CNN Centre in Atlanta.

The independent judging panel includes: Ikechukwu Amaechi, Editor, Daily Independent, Nigeria; Jean-Paul Gérouard, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, France 3 TV; Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief, City Press, South Africa; Joel Kibazo, journalist and media consultant; Arlindo Lopes, Secretary General, Southern African Broadcasting Association; José Luís Mendonça, Press Counsellor, Angolan Permanent Delegation to UNESCO; Zipporah Musau, Managing Editor, Magazines, The Standard Group Ltd, Kenya; Kim Norgaard, CNN Bureau Chief, South Africa.
The competition is open to African nationals who are professional journalists including freelancers across print, television, internet, photographic and radio. Full details on how to enter can be found by logging on at www.cnn.com/africanawards. The closing date for entries is 27 January 2011. There will NOT be any extensions of this closing date, and entries received after this date may be disqualified. The judging will take place in April, 2011. All entries should be broadcast or published during January 2010 – December 2010.

For further information please contact:
CNN International London: Joel Brown + 44 20 7693 0967/ + 44 7967 293452 joel.brown@turner.com
MultiChoice South Africa: Marietjie Groenewald + 27 11 289 3067 / +27 79 501 1758 Marietjie.Groenewald@multichoice.co.za
MultiChoice Africa: Caroline Creasy + 27 11 289 3081 / +27 82 333 4603 ccreasy@multichoice.co.za