Biggest ever CABSAT drives the media industry in the Middle East & North Africa Region

Companies from 42 Countries Exhibiting at the Region's Leading Event
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Broadcast and production professionals will return to Dubai for largest ever CABSAT being held from 28 February - 1 March 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. With the MENA media community having transformed into an integral part of the global arena, CABSAT is the ideal platform for cable and satellite professionals to view the latest innovations available in the industry available through industry leaders from 42 countries.
CABSAT is the established and respected trade platform for the digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia region. In 2012, the two successful cable and satellite event platforms will be brought into one powerful industry leading showcase that will continue to reflect the needs of the important market it serves. CABSAT will showcase all the latest innovations in digital media, including recording and editing equipment, HD and 3D TV and cinema, IPTV/Mobile TV, and content creation, management and delivery technology.

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Open to African film makers:
31st International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary
Arman Trophy

URTI organizes, with the support of UNESCO and the entirety of the international audiovisual organizations, the first audiovisual International Grand Prix. 81 countries were thus represented for the 2011 edition.

In television, the International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary enjoys a great renown thanks to an important participation and to selected programmes of quality (223 documentaries selected in competition by 140 channels in 2011).

Submissions can be done by filling in the on-line form

Click here for more information about the Grand Prix and its rules.

Deadline for application: April 6th 2012

Meeting of the Preselection Jury (Paris): April 23-26 2012

Meeting of the final jury (Monte Carlo International Television Festival): June 9-10 2012

Award-giving ceremony (Monte Carlo): June 11th 2011

Each television channel is invited to present one or two documentaries for free.

For the Grand Prix: 5,000 dollars to the prize-winning director.

The ten finalist programmes nominated by the preselection jury will benefit from the international distribution of a brochure aiming to ensure their promotion and to support the sale of their rights.

Created in 1981 by Armand Lanoux, French writer, who was Vice-president of URTI, the International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary rewards documentaries which stand out by the technical and editorial quality, but also by the originality of the subject and of the expressed point of view. It favours the expression of the humanistic values of tolerance, mutual respect, peace, friendship and understanding between peoples.

The programmes accepted in the competition are selected by international television channels. A first preselection jury establishes the list of the ten programmes which get the statute of finalists. These finalist programmes will benefit from a promotional support aiming to provide their global distribution.

The final jury is made up of a panel of professionals from the whole world (19 nations represented in 2011) and presided by a personality known for his action in the fields of culture, entertainment, politics, science or media. The final jury was notably presided by  Juliette Gréco, Fernando Arrabal, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Michel Petrucciani, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Jorge Semprun, Yves Coppens, Frédéric Mitterrand, Jean-Christophe Rufin, Laure Adler, Gaston Kaboré ou Vladimir Pozner and Dora Bouchoucha.

The prize-winners’ list of the International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary is revealed during a gala evening organized in partnership with the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Four distinctions are given out: the GRAND PRIX Arman Trophy, the silver Medal, the bronze Medal and the Martine Filippi prize for discovery.

65th Cannes International Film Festival – NFVF calls for project submissions

30 January 2012: The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will embark on a trip to the 65th Cannes International Film Festival being held from the 16th to the 27th of May 2012. The festival, which is internationally recognised as the premier film festival and marketing event, brings together filmmakers and key decision makers from across the globe to conduct the business of film.

Call For Entries: 9th Annual Aluta Film Festival 2012
The organisers of the ALUTA FILM FESTIVAL, South Africa's premier African and Diasporan cinema event, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2012, the 9th edition of the film festival. The 2012 film festival edition will be hosted on the 24th till 27th October 2012 in Kimberley - South Africa