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Film Independent Project Involve announces the LAIKA Animation Fellowship for emerging filmmakers

Film Independent Project Involve has announced the LAIKA Animation Fellowship for emerging filmmakers. Emerging filmmakers with a focus in animation and who come from diverse backgrounds and communities underrepresented in film and television are invited to apply by 19 August 2016.

Along with a select group of 25 to 30 rising film professionals, the chosen filmmaker will participate in Project Involve, a nine-month Lab comprised of mentoring, workshops, short film production experience and opportunities to connect with working artists throughout the year.

The 2017 LAIKA Animation Fellowship will provide the selected filmmaker with a US$10,000 grant.

The Project Involve programme takes place from October to June, culminating in a showcase of the collaborative short films at the LA Film Festival.

For more information email artistdevelopment@filmindependent.org.

Disney Supports Young African American Leaders at NAACP Conference

This past weekend, Disney joined hundreds of high-achieving students at the 38th annual NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). The four-day competition brought together young leaders from around the U.S. to compete in 32 competitions, ranging from business, culinary arts and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Read the full story here:

Global Media Summit for Cape Town in November


The International News Media Association (INMA) has unveiled plans for a Global Media Summit 14 - 15 November 2016, in Cape Town, featuring a high-impact programme of top media executives from around the world.

Global Media Summit for Cape Town in NovemberThe INMA Global Media Summit Africa will bring together, on one stage, more than 20 executives from the world’s leading newspaper companies, to focus on accelerating digital while preserving the best in print.

Sessions will focus on revenue diversification, developing digital capabilities, culture change and innovation, reinventing advertising, paid content, the new multi-media brand, and more.

The Global Media Summit is a rare opportunity to connect the huge changes happening in African media markets with similar experiences in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, India, United States, Norway, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Sweden, and Poland.

In addition to the world-class programme, international speakers will be available to Summit participants –one-on-one – to go deeper into experiences and (hopefully) help relate those experiences to individual markets.

There will be more news and more developments on the INMA Global Media Summit Africa in the weeks ahead and there are discounts for group registrations, according to INMA, which will release more details regarding the summit over the next few weeks.