Call for entries:

The 9th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, which will be held in April 2013 in Doha, Qatar, has officially opened its call for entries and will accept submissions of short, medium, and long films for its Main Competition, as well as films to participate in its New Horizon competition for new filmmakers and youth and Promising Film competition for students of Qatari universities.

The deadline for submitting entry forms will be 15 January 2013 and for receiving films 15 February 2013.

For more info on the participation Regulations, please click here

Big Fish Film School offering bursaries for 2013

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, the award-winning film school, is now offering fully sponsored National Certificates in Filmmaking. The courses are entry level (NQF 4) and intermediate (NQF 5) level and are available to energetic, organized, entrepreneurial, committed, reliable and innovative individuals that are committed to succeed in the Film and TV industry.

The NQF 4 course content includes introduction to directing, cinematography, production management/producing, editing, sound, research and understanding script.

The NQF 5 course objective is to expand on current knowledge, upskilling those who have already proved commitment and passion to the industry and want to specialize in their chosen electives.

Training is project focused, working in all disciplines related to the film industry. Tutoring and mentoring is by South Africa’s top leading professionals and using state-of-the-art equipment. At Big Fish we also create simulated and actual workplace experiences for course participants.

DURATION: 34 weeks per course (8 Months) 


TIMES: 09h00 ‚Äì 17h00, Monday to Friday 

COST: Fully Sponsored  Deadline for applications: 23rd November 2012. 


Applicants are to be available for a 34 week period. 

NQF 4 requires Grade 12 and displaying passion, commitment and interest in the sector. 

NQF 5 requires minimum three years experience in the Film and TV sector and/or previous tertiary training or certification in the sector. 

Applicants to send their CV as soon as possible - More info at www.bigfish.org.za

BFMA: Call for partnerships, sponsorships, presentations and papers

The Business & Technology Event  for Creative Content & Electronic Media in Africa

5th Conference & Exhibition Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi 17-18 June 2013

Hosted by AITEC Africa in partnership with Kenya Film Commission and Balancing Act

Africa's broadcast, film and music industries are increasingly developing synergies and merging through the power of electronic media. BFMA is the continent's only business and technology event to serve the creative content and electronic media industry through an integrated educational and marketing platform. The fifth conference in the series will once again provide a stock-taking opportunity for stakeholders in all three industries, and empower them with the knowledge and business contacts they need to build Africa's electronic media future.

BFMA will continue to have a strong educational focus, with a range of conference sessions, training workshops, panel discussions and industry development forums. The African Media Exchange has set a target of exposing at least 50 media start-ups to 20+ VCs.

The BFMA expo will include the following specialised features:

Animation Pavilion
Kenya Film-makers Pavilion
National pavilions for a range of countries, including South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria
International content market

International development agencies working in the creative content and digital media sector are invited to contribute content for the event, use it as a platform to promote their own programmes and partner with AITEC to enhance its positive impact as a catalyst to develop the sector.

The conference is aimed at senior and middle managers in:

Television broadcasters
Radio broadcasters
Pay TV companies using cable, IP-TV or satellite.
International broadcasting services operating in Africa.
Television, film and music production companies.
Animators and animation production companies Facilities providers including production equipment hire, post-production and outside broadcast.
Donors, development agencies, NGOs and faith-based organisations active in media development projects.
Broadcasting and film equipment vendors and satellite capacity suppliers.
Advertising and marketing agencies.
Mobile and fixed telephone operators looking at convergence opportunities.
Library Facilities for music, commercials and programmes.
Market research companies.
Regulators and policy-makers.
Journalists, analysts  Industry associations.

2012 Participation:

Number of delegates 672
Number of conference speakers 67

2013 target participation:  1,000+

Conference Framework
AITEC Africa's goal is to provide a balanced programme  that meets a wide range of research, skills and capacity development objectives for the diverse conference audience, presented by speakers of the highest quality who represent the increasing  diversity and richness of the sector. Content contributions are invited in the following formats:

Standard Presentations: 15 minutes in duration, with or without PowerPoint or other format slide presentations.
Participation in panel discussions
Training workshops, 90-120 minutes in duration
Branded Showcase Presentations, 20 minutes in duration (these are chargeable at $4,500 for a plenary session and $3,000 for a parallel session.

Key Topics

Fighting the scourge of piracy: Regulatory and industry initiatives regarding IP, broadcasting rights and licensing and legal framework development; using new technology to block piracy.

Content Production:
Developing TV programmes that African audiences want to watch
Educational and informative AV programmes
The investment opportunities in African content development
Co-production opportunities and content partnerships
Innovative radio content development 


The domestic market: Selling local productions to broadcasters
Cross-continent distribution 
Selling African content internationally

The Digital Transition: Focussing on consumer issues

Understanding the Audience:

Media audience research: TV, radio, internet and music consumption trends
Advertising trends
Advertising revenue models to support free-to-air content
International formats in Africa

Animation: A new frontier for African electronic media innovation

Sports broadcasting

Negotiating international sports rights
Developing domestic sports content
Continental sports events and rights  

Mobile Broadcasting

Business models

Technological innovation ‚ -  improving services, driving down costs and extending coverage

The impact of social media ‚ -  developing multi-media platforms

The impact of convergence: IP-TV and Smart TV

Media for social and political development:

Media for healthcare, education and social cohesion
Media and good governance, democracy and transparency

To propose a presentation or participate in a panel discussion, email Sean Moroney on  seanm(at)aitecafria.com.

The Exchange provides a meeting facility for African producers, innovators, developers and other start-ups in the electronic media industry to pitch their business ideas to VCs, investment funds and angel investors. To register as a VC or start-up, log on here

More at www.aitecafrica.com

Ghollywood Production (GP) Limited, organizers of the prestigious Ghana Movie Awards wishes to announce to the general public that this year's award ceremony will come off at the Accra International Conference Centre on Christmas Day, December 25.