Call for Films: 5th Kids for Kids Africa Festival

On Monday, 07 March 2011, the Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorship programme and market for children and youth in eastern Africa is calling for film entry from children in Africa. The films are for the 5th annual Kids for Kids Africa Festival Competition that has since 2007 been organised and presented in the framework of Africa's premier audiovisual media initiative specifically and exclusively designed for children and youth.

"The films we are looking for must be made by children and youth in 2010 and 2011 only; any film made by adults masquerading as children or youth are unacceptable," Lola Kenya Screen director Ogova Ondego says. "We define a child as any one aged 18 years and under. And such people need not be citizens of Africa but can be resident in the mother continent at the time the film was made."

Ondego clarifies that films made by children under the guidance of adults are eligible for the Kids For Kids Africa but that the contribution of adults should be confined to training or facilitating the process but should not be extended to areas such as scripting, shooting, story-boarding or animating that disqualify the production.
"Eligible films are those made by children resident in any part of Africa. All kinds of moving images-—animation, experimental, documentary, fiction—-will be considered," Ondego says.

Like all entries to Lola Kenya Screen, any film in a language other than English must be sub-titled in English.
"All entries will be received, processed, assessed and awarded by a film selection committee and jury comprising children. Winning entries will represent Africa at the international Kids for Kids Festival," Ondego adds.

The deadline for receiving entries at the Lola Kenya Screen directorate is April 15, 2011.
Films for the 4th Kids For Kids Africa are to be submitted to: Lola Kenya Screen, PCEA Enchoro Emuny Church, Ngong Road, Ngong Hills,P O Box 20775-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya (EA).
The Kids For Kids Festival (KFKF) is an international community of young filmmakers and media educators; it constitutes a unique, international movement for the promotion and advertisement of audiovisual messages created by children for children.

In 2010, Lola Kenya Screen received entries from 37 countries—Serbia, Nepal, USA, Spain, Namibia, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Italy, India, Iran, Uganda, UK, France, Finland, Romania, Moldova, Singapore, Kenya, The Netherlands, Croatia, Tunisia, Japan, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Slovenia, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Norway, Brazil, Tanzania, Uganda, Turkey, Ukraine, Latvia, Argentina—in 33 languages—Nepali, Tamang, Spanish, English, German, Polish, Danish, Italian, Tamil, Farsi, Karamojong, French, Hokkein, Dutch, Arab, Kannada, Chichewa, Setswana, Slovene, Kiswahili, Albanian, Amharic, Sheng, Somali, Norwegian, Singala, Kinyarwanda, Portuguese, Malayalam, Gambay, Finnish, Luganda, Turkish, Nodialogue—from five continents—Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North-America.

The highest number of entries came from Spain followed by Kenya and Nigeria. For the first time, films came from Kosovo, Tunisia, Malawi, Moldova and Singapore.
"Animation carried the most entries from almost every country and continent and a good number of experimental films was also registered, "Ondego says." Our hearts were warmed by the fact that since we started in 2005, 2010 witnessed an upsurge in the number of films made by children and youth, i.e. those under the age of 18 years."
The Lola Kenya Screen directorate made a provision for pre-schoolers, i.e.3-6-year-olds in the film programme in 2010.
"We have always catered for children aged 6 and above since 2006 when we held our maiden festival. However the five-year experience has taught us that a large number of our children was missing out on quality content andthat is why we must salvage the situation before it gets out of hand," Ondego says.

In 2010, Lola Kenya Screen showcased films in 10 sections: The Golden Mboni Award Competition for the Best Children's Film, The 14-Plus Award Competition for the Best Youth Film, Films by Students, Films by Children, Films for Youth, Eastern Africa Prism, Television Series, World Panorama, Special Focus, and 4th Kids For Kids Africa.
There was a special focus on experimental films and animation. Also introduced in 2010 was a daily media literacy seminar over the entire six days of the festival for what Ondego described as “sensitising the public, and especially children, on the opportunities and risks inherent in the consumption of modern mass media content.”

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Internews Network seeks senior resident journalism advisor in the DRC

3ShareInternews® Network is an international media development organization based in Arcata, CA and Washington, DC whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

The Senior Radio Journalism Advisor is an experienced broadcast professional who oversees and coordinates a small team of trainers and support facilities to build the journalistic capacity of community radio stations in four provinces of DRC: Bandundu, Maniema, South Kivu and Katanga. He or she will design, implement and oversee all aspects of a comprehensive training program, and assist the Chief of Party on overall program development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

* Participate in the assessment process to select 45 partner community radio stations that will be the focus of the training and support program.
* Design and coordinate a comprehensive training program, with appropriate curriculum and training manuals and documentation targeting partner stations journalists.
* Design and coordinate a series of media literacy workshops targeting local CSO partner organizations and thematic roundtables opened to community radio volunteers as well as other journalists and media professionals.
* Supervise a team of three journalists-trainers in charge of trainings, roundtables and mentoring sessions at community radio stations and fulfill the role of trainer as needed.
* Supervise the creation and management of four Media Resource Centers, one for each of the four targeted provinces.
* Travel to community radio station locations and Media Resource Centers in the four provinces on a regular basis to provide necessary guidance, oversee program implementation and help the M&E project specialist gather data for project evaluation. Document the achievements and challenges of the project through training reports, newsletter articles, website submissions and photographs. Assist in networking and sharing success stories with government officials, donors and other interested parties.
* Promote program sharing among community radio partners through the development of a specific FTP platform and collaboration with Radio Okapi and Fondation Hirondelle.
* Coordinate with partner organizations Fondation Hirondelle and Albany Associates in all project activities related to the professionalization and promotion of journalism.
* Help in the selection and development of the small grants program.
* Assist the Chief of Party in the preparation of media campaigns and other media events supported by the project.
* Assist the Chief of Party in program development and strategic planning.
* Any other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: * French fluency required
* Minimum 5 years radio broadcasting experience, preferably in community radio.
* Experience in broadcast training and mentoring.
* Experience in curriculum development
* Experience in facilitation and training, using hands-on participatory approaches
* Fluency in use of digital field recording equipment, basic studio equipment and CoolEdit Pro/Adobe Audition.
* Spoken and written English skills mandatory
* Experience living and working in Africa and/or conflict/post-conflict environments
* Ability to adjust to shifting political circumstances and create programming accordingly
* Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the work place and a minimum of 2 years experience supervising staff
* Must be self-reliant, resourceful, good problem-solver, good humored, and flexible.
* Ability to travel within DRC. Willingness to spend time in the field, with limited facilities, often under harsh conditions.
* Relevant academic qualifications.
* Must be computer literate.

Interested candidates meeting the qualifications should forward a cover letter and resume to 876-in@internews.org, placing “SRJA-DRC-IN” in the subject line. EOE M/F/D/V

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Win tickets for Nollywood premiere SAVE OUR SOULS

Would you like walk over the red carpet at the glamour premiere of the first Nollywood film in the Netherlands along with famous Nigerian stars like Segun Arinze, Kenneth Okonkwo and Chioma Chukwuka? Send an email to publicity@aitp.nl and win two tickets to SAVE OUR SOULS on March 27 at the Bijlmerparktheater in Amsterdam!

Synopsis: “A deadly enemy lurks. They fight back, but it’s hard cause the enemy lives in them... Cancer ! Four individuals from different works of life battle the deadly disease in four different ways. It is highly emotional as hopes are dashed, plans for the future shattered and loved ones lost...”

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Call for sponsors and attendees - 13th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference in 2011 in Dakar, Senegal

The 13th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference will take place from 21 – 24 August 2011 in Dakar, Senegal at the Le Méridien President Hotel. Attendees will also be able to choose between staying at the conference hotel or others close by depending on how much they want to spend.

The Conference will start on Sunday, 21 August with registration late afternoon followed by welcome drinks.  Registration will continue on Monday 22 August (full day conference). Tuesday 23 August (half day conference) followed by an outing to Goree Island in the afternoon.  Wednesday 24 August will be a half day conference so that delegates can leave after lunch.

As usual, updates on media audience research activities from countries from all parts of Africa will be given.

Presentations will address a wide range of subjects such as Television audience research methodologies, as well as the measurement and status of Radio, Print, Internet and Outdoor in Africa.

Experts will take a look at what the future holds for us and discuss, inter alia, research conducted over the past year in member countries.

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Companies interested in sponsoring something are invited to contact Pamro.

Any African broadcast engineers attending the upcoming NAB technology show in Las Vegas in April might want to attend the MPEG
(Moving Picture Experts Group) Industry Forum (MPEGIF) Master Class, titled “Getting Ahead of the Game. The Master Class will be focused around two areas - whether broadband will be the delivery mechanism of future television, and what makes commercial sense in the future. MPEG is the world’s largest advocacy group for standards-based digital television technologies. The Master Class, to be held on 11 April in the Las Vegas Convention Centre
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