Africa: AMAA Launches Voices Africa

Having made a huge success of its reward and training platforms, Africa Film Academy, the owners of the prestigious AMAA brand, has introduced Voices Africa, a platform that will use short movies to change the narrative about Africa. Voices Africa will be a monthly story challenge for upcoming film makers across Africa most especially trainees through AMAA mobile film training project (film in a Box).

The best story from the challenge will be developed and produced into a short film according to Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, President of Africa Film Academy, who announced the initiative at the ongoing American Film Market in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, United States of America.

She said, "We hope to produce tens of short movies every year. We have decided to sponsor only the stories that project the light in Africa. We shall use these stories to explore the beautiful cultures and traditions that Africa is known for. Also, we our stories will explore the challenges of Africans and draw attentions to critical issues often lost in the news.

"Over the next couple of months on our website, we shall be seeking stories through our monthly story challenge. For a month, Africa would share with us the sparks that keep her lights on. We would love to hear to story of our daily heroes and inspirations," she added. "The best five stories would win a $500 prize and they would be produced during our Film in Box training. These short films would also be showcased during the 2015 AMA Awards with the objective of using it to transform the hearts of many and show the possibility of Africa"

"We are looking for film new crop of film professionals to help us liberate the visual misery of Africa and create the reality of Africa with truth and light at the end of the tunnel," she said at the American Film Market, which had major players in the business of motion picture around the world in attendance.

Source: The Day 16 November 2014 http://allafrica.com/stories/201411170624.html

M-net Magic in Motion Academy launches! Sensational opportunity for film & TV graduates – enter before December 5th

With its newly established M-Net Magic in Motion Academy, M-Net is progressing its commitment to nurturing new talent by offering previously disadvantaged 3rd year film and TV graduates, the chance to apply for one of 12 coveted internships.

Having spent close to three decades keeping South Africans entertained, television giant M-Net has a polished legacy of investing in skills development to grow the country’s influential film and TV industry.

 A work readiness programme which aims to accelerate the success of graduates entering into this competitive industry by bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation, the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy will launch in March 2015 and run for 12 months.

Entries are open for the Academy and time is running out as the December 5th deadline rapidly approaches.

During the entry process, M-Net is working with accredited tertiary institutions across the country that offer a three year qualification in Film and TV studies,  to identify the best possible candidates for the Academy. Students should pass with at least a B aggregate in their final year of study. All entries must be forwarded by the individual’s tertiary institution. Based on the entries received, institutions will shortlist the best candidates and forward those applications to the Academy selection team.

“This is an incredible opportunity and as such, there is a detailed selection process to ensure that we are choosing the best possible talent. These individuals will have the opportunity to engage with leading industry professionals, to create their very first piece of commissioned work, to attend specialist development seminars and get vital ‘hands-on’ experience,” said Kershnee Govender, M-Net’s Director of Corporate Affairs.

She added, “This is a highly structured internship, based in a specifically designed core-hours curriculum, where in addition to receiving a monthly salary from M-Net, interns will be continuously exposed to all aspects of production and broadcasting and will be rigorously competency tested. In effect, these 12 individuals will gain several years of experience in a period of just 12 months which should make them highly employable when they enter the job market.”

Interns will receive intensive practical training, encompassing, production commissioning, concept creation, script writing, producing, directing,cinematography, sound, art direction (décor, wardrobe, make-up), editing, post-production and broadcasting.

Further, interns will access these disciplines across various programming genres such as: movies, soaps, dramas, comedies, live shows, music, sport, magazine, documentary, actuality and reality. In addition, interns will be exposed to studio and location shoots as well as the creation of promotion material and graphics.

Importantly, interns will have the opportunity to collaborate with 11 like-minded individuals, to engage with numerous industry leaders and showcase their talent to the country’s top production houses who have generously partnered with M-Net to make the Academy a reality. So what are you waiting for? If you meet the criteria or if you know someone who does, make sure that they apply immediately!

For more info on the Academy, its entry requirements and its objectives, simply log on to www.mnetmagicinmotion.com.  You can also email magicinmotion@mnet.co.za if you have questions, plus follow @MnetMM on Twitter and M-Net Magic in Motion Facebook to get updates.

Call for Scripts for Huisgenoot / Kyknet competition

Huisgenoot has teamed up with kykNET to make a movie and your love story could be turned into a romcom. They're looking for a moving story with all the ingredients of a winning script, laughter, tears and nail-biting moments.

With this movie, they'll be celebrating the most important milestone in the history of the oldest and biggest Afrikaans magazine in the country.

Your story must of course have a happy ending – the hero and heroine must end up living happily ever after but like in all relationships there must be ups and downs. In the latest Huisgenoot there are detailed guidelines for writing a typical romantic comedy script.

The closing date for the Huisgenoot love story competition is 14 February 2015. Entries will be judged by a panel from kykNET and Huisgenoot.

Besides standing a chance to have your story turned into a movie, there are also Olympus digital cameras and cash prizes up for grabs.

Don’t miss the latest Huisgenoot – it’s on sale from Friday 7 November.

Read the guidelines, write your story in 3 000 words and e-mail it to HG100fliek@huisgenoot.com by 14 February 2015.

Visit the website for more information