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- There was no fanfare or red carpet when a Cape Town-made film, “The Lion of Judah”, quietly opened in 100 cinemas across the US last weekend. The film is about the crucifixion of Christ told from the perspective of the animals that were in the stable at his birth. The film’s director, Deryck Broom, says that as far as he knows it is the first 3D animated feature film to come out of Africa and get international distribution. Voices include Clint Eastwood’s son Scott, who plays Monty, a teenage donkey, and veteran actor Ernest Borgnine, 91, who plays Slink, a clever mouse. Warner Bros is taking care of DVD, Blu-ray and international release. The film will be released in South Africa by NuMetro in September 2011.

- In Nigeria, the second edition of the annual four week long filmmaking training workshop facilitated by Del-York International in partnership with the New York Film Academy will commence in the second week of August 2011 in Badagary, Lagos State. An official statement from Del-York International's Managing Director, Linus Idahosa, reads. "This four-week training program will provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that will enable them to efficiently create strong films, sophisticated enough for international distribution."…this includes hands-on training "Filmmaking, Acting, Directing, Final Cut Pro, Digital Photography, Cinematography and 3-D Animation etc. The Del-York International and New York Film Academy partnership began last year where 400 participants were trained. This year, the institute hoped to train a thousand people during this 2011 instalment.