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- At the Cinerama.BC International Film Festival in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, held 4-8 April 2012, the Golden Owl for Best Movie by the Audience was awarded to the South African coming of age film, “Otelo Burning” distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution.

- Ten Reasons to Come to IAMCR2012 in Durban. Reason Number Two:  Plenary -  Nollywood and African Satellite Channels...In the past few years, a third wave of distribution has become increasingly important – distribution through satellite television channels. Primary among these are the bouquet’s provided by MultiChoice, the television satellite provider in many African countries that has devoted entire channels – Africa Magic – to the screening of Nollywood productions.  In this way, Nollywood has moved beyond Nigeria, into the mainstream of media diets across Africa.  In turn, the injection of legitimate money back in the hands of producers and studios has given the creative side of the industry an enormous boost. The project, Nollywood and African Satellite Channels, brings together ten scholars who have contributed research studies on the way in which satellite distribution has impacted on African audiences. 

- A pair of Somalis in Nairobi are trying to establish a film company called Eastleighwood in neighboring Kenya. Though Eastleighwood is not turning a profit yet, many see opportunity in Somali-language programming.  The audience is global. In Somalia’s two decades of statelessness, millions have fled the country and settled abroad. There are now more Somalis living outside Somalia than within. Four films are currently in production. When complete, they will broadcast on two Somali satellite TV stations reaching Somalis from Mogadishu to Minneapolis.

- From Paris to Rotterdam, via Rome, Algiers, Brussels and London, the Arab Spring is taking top billing at international film festivals. Cinema from the Middle East and North Africa is experiencing its own revolution. On 25 January, exactly one year after the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, the 2012 Rotterdam International Film Festival opened with a selection of 45 films from Egypt and Syria. Full story here