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Call for Entries - ZAFAA 2011 - The Zulu African Film Academy Awards
Closing Date is Friday May 20th 2011


The Zulu African Film Academy Awards (ZAFA) was launched in Ghana.
The 2011 edition of the Zulu African Film Academy Awards (ZAFAA) has began in earnest, with the organisers calling on movie producers to submit their movies to be considered for this year’s awards, slated for October 20 to 22, 2011.
At a press conference in Accra to launch the awards in Ghana, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the awards programme, Sam Anwuzia, in his speech, called on African movie makers to collaborate more to churn out better movies, which would go a long way to help promote African movies.
He noted: “Even Bollywood, the Indian movie industry, recognises this fact today, as most movies from their stables have Hollywood collaborations.”
He also talked about the failure of the African movie industry, which, according to him, was our inability to tap into the wealth of resources and opportunities at our disposal.
“There is one school of thought that our failure in the movie industry in Africa is largely due to our inability, and in some cases, blatant refusal to tap into the wealth of resources and opportunities at our disposal.”
The Zulu African Film Academy Awards is a London-based awards programme. It is an African award outside of Africa, and its sole aim is to sell Africa to the international market, preferably non-Africans.
The dream is to bring all Africans to the awards, but for now, the participating countries are Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. There are far advanced plans to bring on board filmmakers from other African countries to expose their works to the international market.
In the previous edition, Ghana’s Majid Michel beat Segun Arinze, Ramsey Nouah and Ekpenyong Bassey with his role in a movie by Vivienne Ejike ‘Silent Scandal’ to win the Best Actor, which also happens to be his first-ever award in his acting career. Kalsoume Sinare Baffoe, also a Ghanaian, won the Best Supporting Actress in her role in ‘Trinity’.

The 1st Annual African Films Festival and Academy Awards were conceived out of a plethora of factors.

These are as follows:

a)    That many hardworking Africans’ who have been in the acting profession over the years have never been rewarded deservingly for the time, energy and their own resource spent in projecting the Film Industry in Africa to receive international acclaim.

b)    That based on the above, a befitting ceremony be held no where than in the UK to reward these gallant sons and daughters.

c)    That many African Film makers have the urge to further their career through refresher courses with world renowned institutions which tends to be very expensive. Prior to expose that innate desire in them, a similitude of a course be held alongside the awards to get them in league with new trends within the film industry to be run by world renowned tutors and actors, majority of whom are resources person in acting schools in the US and UK.

d)    That organizing this event will also expose African Films on a higher scale to the international market.


The organisers ask to send the completed form with £50.00 registration fee to Nollywood Entertainment Ltd. 

Contact:
Nollywood Entertainment Ltd.
291 New Cross Road
London
SE14 6AS
United Kingdom                   
e-mail: info@zafaa.com

Source: ghanaian-chronicle.com, March 11, 2011, by: Jacquiline Efua Bondzi -

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Film School Festival - Registrations have started!


The Rencontres Henri Langlois, International Film Schools Festival, will take place for its 34th edition from 25th November to 4th December of 2011, in Poitiers (France).
Three years ago, the Festival did a special focus on Africa.
Since them, the “Droit de suite” programme gets more requests from African film school: 40/1300 of the submitted films come from Africa.
Any film directed since the 1st of January 2010 by students in cinema and/or audiovisual can be registered for the competition's selection.

The regulation and the entry form can be downloaded from the festival website here:
Films can also be registered online.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is July 15th, 2011.
For any information regarding the selection, email Camille or call +33 (0)5 49 03 18 92.
or visit here:


World TV Awards 2011 - Call for Entry

African rights owners should take a look at this new call for entry.

The World Television Awards are open to all broadcasters in Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, and North & South America from public, private sector and freelance producers.

For 2011, the two World TV Awards categories are:
1) "TV documentary contributing to conflict resolution" - Category "Humanity"
2) "Protecting Ozone Layer and Combating Climate Change" - Category "Science/Environment"

The deadline for programme submission is 1st April 2011.

Criteria & Entry forms available under "Form & application"


The World TV Awards are supported by United Nations Environment Programme OzonAction, Arab States Broadcasting Union, France 24, Radio France International, Monte-Carlo Doualiya, Radio TV Malaysia, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and AIBD.