Entries open for Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Each year the International Academy of Arts and Sciences administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting competition. The initiative is designed to offer recognition and encouragement to novice writers under the age of 30 outside of the US.

The winning scriptwriter will be flown to New York City and presented with a US$2,500 prize at the International Emmy World Television Festival on 21 November 2015. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 43rd International Emmy Awards on Monday, 23 November.

Full competition details and entry form click here. 

The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2015.

Those interested in participating as a juror or those who would like to recommend qualified individuals interested in judging submitted scripts from young writers, can email the foundation at foundation@iemmys.tv.

ZIFF 2015 announces official selection

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition. ZIFF 2015 will take place from the 18th to the 26th of July 2015 in Stonetown.

ZIFF is proud to announce the films in the Official Selection based on a record 419 submissions. The list contains 25 feature films, 44 shorts and 27 documentaries from over 30 countries across the globe.

Festival Director Dr. Martin Mhando had this to say of the submissions and selections for ZIFF 2015, “We would like to congratulate and thank all those who submitted their films. With so many films to choose from the selection process was especially difficult. This has been the largest number of films received to date. We are also pleased to say that the online submission process was a success, with 90% of all the films were submitted online through the FESTHOME platform.”

The entries came from 38 countries with the largest number of entrants coming from Germany and with The Dominican Republic having its first entry in ZIFF 2015.

The full list can be seen here

Speaking on ZIFF 2015, Mandy Roger TV Director ZUKU noted,“We have in the past 2 years of our sponsorship witnessed significant growth in content development rising from the festival. As a broadcaster, ZUKUis deeply invested in the growth and success of East Africa's creative and content industries. It is therefore with pride we continue to partnerthe Zanzibar International Film Festival, which has for the last 15 been instrumental in celebrating and enabling film making from the region and around the world."

The selection committee also noted a clear growth in the quality of short films from Africa revealing a refreshing creative input and experimentation with film language.

East Africa is well represented at ZIFF 2015 with 7 films from Tanzania to compete in the general competition. Within the Official Selection Kenya leads in the region with 9 films selected, while Uganda has 3, Burundi 2 and Rwanda 1. South Africa has 7 films in competition this year.

Selected films for the Bongo Movies competition, which is backed by the Satelite TV Channel ZUKU will be announced at a later date. ZUKU is also the event sponsor of the festival.

It has also been announced that the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film Selma will officially open ZIFF 2015 on the evening of July18th.

As in previous years ZIFF will welcome dozens of professional and aspiring film directors, producers from across Africa and the world for 8 days of film, music and cultural celebration.

For more information visit www.ziff.tz

M-Net Movies is looking for a pooch with personality

Does your dog do tricks or is it just so darn cute that it has you on your knees making baby noises? With the first continent-wide search for M-Net Movies Family’s first Ambassadoggy, they’re looking for a dog to be the face of the channel for a whole year.

If you think your doggy has what it takes, complete the competition form and attach a photo or a video of your cuddly canine along with an explanation as to why you think they’re the continent’s top dog.

Keep an eye out for your video of your pooch here or catch your snaps on the official M-Net website.

A panel of five celebrity dog lovers will assess the mounds of adorable entries and select their favourites.

Once the panel has completed the task of narrowing the entries down to the top five, M-Net will throw the final decision back to you to vote for the cutest, smartest furry friend to be the face of the channel. The dog with the most votes will then be the Ambassadoggy of M-Net Movies Family.

Whilst you walk your doggy along the path of fame, you could win prizes too. The winner will receive a flat screen TV, a DStv Explora decoder and a pampering voucher for your canine friend.

The runner up will win a DStv Explora decoder.

No animals may be harmed during the making of the entry videos or pictures and entries close on 30 April 2015.