Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sector


14 to 25 May 2014
The 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival (Festival de Cannes)

Venue: Cannes, South of France.
One of the largest International Film Festivals in the World.

20-21 May 2014 
The Broadcast Show Africa 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Broadcast Show Africa provides a platform where new revenue streams can be explored; key technologies can be evaluated, and operators and businesses can gain valuable insight into implementing successful TV business models. 

20-21 May 2014
SatCom Africa
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa. The largest satellite conference & expo focusing on the needs of the African continent. Bringing together end-users & suppliers of satellite technology to find cost effective & reliable communication solutions.

6 to 16 June 2014 
Encounters - South African International Documentary Film Festival

Capte Town, South Africa
Encounters is Africa’s premier documentary event, celebrating its 15th edition in 2013.

27-28 May 2014
Broadcast, Film & Music Africa 2014

Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.
A large conference and trade show on the Broadcast, Film & Music industries in Africa gathering over 1000 attendees and organised by Aitec Africa.

5th to 8th June 2014
NollywoodWeek Paris

Venue: Cinema l’Arlequin, 76 Rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris, France.
NollywoodWeek Paris is an annual film festival dedicated to showcasing the best of Nollywood to a French audience in order to foster distribution opportunities in this untapped market. 2013 marked its first edition in a very successfull way. It included BtoB debates and conferences. Lined up in 2014; Friday, June 6th from 10 am to 12: workshop. Saturday, June 7th: A round table.

17 - 27 July 2014
Durban International Film Festival

The 35th Durban International Film Festival
The DIFF is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.

18-21 July 2014
The 5th. Durban FilmMart 2013 (DFM)

Venue: the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban, South Africa
The DFM is a large annual co-production and finance market, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival/DIFF with principle funding from the City of Durban.

Oct 2014 (dates tba)
11th. African Film Festival of Cordoba – FCAT

Venue: Cordoba, Spain
The main African film fest in Spain.

5 to 7 Nov 2014

Venue: Johannesburg, RSA 
The biggest African market & creative forum for TV programmes and audiovisual content trade: not to miss.

11th-13th November 2014

Venue: Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa
AfricaCast will continue to bring together the growing number of Sub-Saharan Africa’s major broadcasters, content owners, telcos, investors, cable companies and pay TV providers. AfricaCom is the largest telecoms and IT event in Africa.

3 June to 25 July 2014
Africa in Motion (AIM) Edinburgh African Film Festival
Venue: Scotland
A large festival aimed at introducing African cinema to Scottish audiences. Well organised. Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival has announced their upcoming festival, ‘Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth’ which is set to take place during the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The full programme will be launched on the 27th of April (the anniversary of 20 years of democracy in South Africa).

exact dates tba, Novembre 2014
Film Africa 2014

Venue: London, UK.
The UK’s largest annual festival of African cinema and culture. Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

exact dates tba, Novembre 2014
Kenya International Film Festival 2014 (KIFF)

Venue: Kenya.

15 to 17 July 2015
Mediatech Africa 2013

Venue: Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South Africa
The biennial advanced technology trade show has positioned itself as the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in Africa for the media and entertainment industries.