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- Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month's Cannes Film Festival after organizers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said 1,858 films were submitted and the lineup would be "full of discovery, surprises and stars" at the May 15-26 event held each year on the glamorous French Riviera. Harking from Africa, "Grigris" by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, will feature alongside "The Life of Adele" from French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. The closing film on May 26 will be the thriller "Zulu", shot on location in South Africa by Jerome Salle and starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker. Source:
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- Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi is planning to select several locations for his religious blockbuster Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in North Africa.

- Partnership in East Africa: The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and AITEC’s Broadcast, Film & Music Africa Conference (BFMA) have joined forces to increase the attraction of the region for creative content stakeholders to travel to East Africa in  June to “network, learn and do business” according to AITEC’s business slogan. The two events take place back to back in June. BFMA takes place in Nairobi over 26-27 June and ZIFF’s dates are 29 June - 7 July.

 - On this link  are some interesting interviews about FESPACO from Newton Aduaka, Haile Gerima and Mbye Chamand discussing the 35mm rule, and the marginalization of Nigerian, and Anglophone cinema at the continent's most important film festival.

- End of April 2013, a one-day workshop was attended at Togollywood’s office in Lome, where film production players from Togo gathered to discuss production and distribution opportunities. Full story in French here