Germany: African Film Festival Cologne in September 2014

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The 13th edition of the African Film Festival Cologne will take place from the 18th to 28th of September 2014.

The event will screen around 80 films from 25 african countries and 20 filmmakers will be there to present their films.

The chairman of the festival this year is Dani Kouyaté from Burkina Faso.

Some of the main topics of the festival 2014 include:
- Homosexuality/Homophobia in Africa
- 50 years celebration town twinning Köln - Tunis
- Projects done by film students from Africa
and many many more

Since 1992, FilmInitaitiv has strived to offer a comprehensive insight into contemporary African cinema with its biennial festival Out of Europe – new films from Africa and with various special film events that focus on a specific country or subject matter.

Its portal has information about more than 350 films, including the films in the last festivals- Till June 2015 information on all those 500 films from 40 African countries which FilmInitiativ presented since 1992 will be fed in the database.

All film listings and further background information on African filmmaking can be found on the three-language website and database, which FilmInitiativ began to compile in 2011 and has been continuously expanding ever since:

More details on from FilmInitiativ Koeln e.V. for "Filme aus Afrika"

4 title + story: Entertainment format ‘The Package’ Goes to Africa

MTG Africa, part of the international entertainment group Modern Times Group (MTG) has licensed Armoza’s long-running factual entertainment format, ‘The Package’, to be their first format in Ghana and Tanzania. MTG-owned Modern Africa Productions (MAP) will be entering into production for both countries with 13 episodes of 60 minutes commissioned for each territory. In Ghana, the adaptation will be aired on VIASAT1 in English, while the Tanzanian adaptation will air on TV1 in Swahili.

Aired in over 5 countries, ‘The Package’ was recently announced to have been taken in Germany by ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH, who is currently in production for the adaptation. It is Greece’s Alpha TV top show, with 9 hit seasons and the 10th currently in production. The emotional show also recently aired successfully on Brazil’s SBT.

‘The Package’ is a format that brings people closer together, by centering on a package, which is passed on from one person to another, forming a chain of givers and receivers. As the package makes its journey across the country, stories are told, friendships are rekindled, and confessions are made as each receiver in turn sends it on to someone who changed their life. Funny, romantic, emotional and exciting, ‘The Package’ reminds us of the importance of all the connections in our lives.

Ben Amadasun, Programme Director of MTG Africa Free-to-Air Channels, “Emotionally-charged factual entertainment content that we have acquired for our channels have resonated well with our audiences in Africa. As part of our strategy to introduce more localised versions of proven international formats to our schedules, ‘The Package’ was selected because it is entertaining as well as having an emotional dimension which ensures we show real people, real emotions and meaningful stories with a level of authenticity that engages with African audiences from all walks of life.”
Source: Armoza Formats – 29 May 2014.