CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2016 entry period extended

CNN International and MultiChoice have announced that African journalists have extra time to ensure their entries are submitted for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Awards.

African journalists creating content for African audiences now have until Monday, 4 April 2016, to submit their entries via the entry form website. Details about this year s awards can be found here.

The categories open for entries are:

From these category winners, an independent judging panel will choose the overall winner The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016.

Finalists in the 2016 competition will participate in a finalists programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta. For more information visit the website here


Cartoon Network launches Imagination Studios with competition across Africa

 Johannesburg - In pursuit of the next generation of talent, Cartoon Network is proud to announce the launch of their brand new initiative, Imagination Studios – a specially-crafted, creative online platform to inspire, motivate and celebrate the wild imagination of children across Africa.

 The initiative will encourage children aged nine to 14 years old to explore their artistic talents via an online website, while also having lots of fun! Cartoon Network Imagination Studios provides a sneak-peek into the “real” Cartoon Network Studios, giving children insight into the making of their favourite cartoons, encouraging imaginative, unfiltered, creative thinking and providing the perfect constructive entertainment to combat boredom.

 The channel’s own artists and creators, such as Ben Bocquelet (The Amazing World of Gumball), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe) and many more will accompany children on their journey through the site, with tips and guidance on how to create their own characters, animate and tell stories. The children will then be able to enjoy the wide range of activities featured on the site, including drawing, colouring, storyboarding, music, special effects, voiceovers, movement and animation, thus inspiring and directing the wild trains of thought towards conceptualising and creating their very own character creations.

 To kick-off the initiative across Africa, and to enter the competition, children need to follow a special theme, which is ‘humour and comedy’. Children will be challenged to create the next Cartoon Network prankster that will have even the most stoic character of all, like Ice Bear from Cartoon Network’s latest success We Bare Bears, in stitches.

 After finding inspiration on the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios website, children will have the opportunity to enter their very own original, unique creations – be it a new character drawing, storyboard or animation into the Imagination Studios competition, which has three different categories: Drawings, Stories or Films.

The deadline for entries is 30 April 2016 and by entering, children will qualify to stand a chance of winning a Cartoon Network Imagination Studio Award. Prizes for the winning creations will consist of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and getting the opportunity to see their creations come to life, as each winning project will be aired on Cartoon Network, DStv channel 301across Africa.

 “The essence of the Cartoon Network brand lies within the uniqueness and authenticity of its productions, allowing artists to invent freely, without any constraints and this is what makes our channel a global leader in the creation of kids’ animation. With Imagination Studios, Cartoon Network would like to provide children with the unique opportunity to express their creativity, just as freely, through whichever medium they like best,” says Pierre Branco, Vice President, Southern Europe and Africa for Turner


“The website is an important milestone in the network’s commitment to helping children learn and develop their skills online – using the channel’s affinity with young audiences to do so,” concludes Branco.

The Cartoon Network Imagination Studios microsite is currently live across Cartoon Network websites for country feeds in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and can be visited here
Source: IOL 17 March 2016

BBC Festival Calls for Films From the Arab World

BBC Arabic invites film and documentary-makers to submit works to the third BBC Arabic Festival. The work must have been made after January 1, 2015, and shed light on the Arab world today.

Now in its third year, the BBC Arabic festival has successfully brought ground-breaking films to live audiences in London and shown highlights on BBC Arabic TV - which has an international, Arabic speaking audience of 28 million people.

The official selection, along with the winner in each category, will be decided by a panel of judges made up of experts and practitioners in the field of journalism and film. They will seek originality, creativity and technical skill.

BBC Arabic Festival 2017 judge, the United Arab Emirates-based columnist Sultan Saood Al-Qassemi says: "In the era of short tweets and soundbites, a documentary is an important medium to present subjects in a viable and contextualised manner."

Pioneering film producer Nadine Toukan, also a judge on the 2017 panel, says: “We want to see films that peak curiosity and urge people to form opinions that matter.”

All of the directors whose films are selected by the judges will be invited to come to London and present their work at the BBC Arabic Festival, which takes place at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in central London in the spring of 2017.

Tarik Kafala, Head of BBC Arabic, says: "The BBC Arabic Festival has been a growing success. We are proud to offer a stage to leading and developing film and documentary makers telling challenging, highly personal and detailed stories about the conflicts and dizzying change in the Arab world."

People of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit a fiction or non-fiction piece, covering unique, under-reported issues. The festival invites works in four categories: short films, short documentaries, feature documentaries, reportage. Two special awards, BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award and the Best Work in Journalism, will be decided by the BBC Arabic editorial team. Full entry details, along with submission forms, terms and conditions, are available on the website:

Deadline for submissions is 11:55pm on September 30, 2016.
Source: Shadow and Act 15 March 2016