7 October 2016
Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge and have one to one interactions, which give room for synergy, co-productions and collaborations.’’(1)
The Cannes festival and others such as Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival (USA), FESPACO in Burkina Faso and the Nigerian based African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) provide African film producers ample opportunity to showcase their finest cinematic output and potentials.
The two Discop Africa (in Johanesburg and Abidjan) and MIPTV/MIPcom are the main markets for TV programme sales.
The Loeries and Cristal are dedicated to advertising mainly.
Note: This list is not exhaustive, and there is almost one african film festival per year in key countries around the World: in large African countries, the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, etc.
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The world's entertainment content market
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
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18 - 20 October 2016 Sheraton Hotel and Towers
Abuja - Nigeria
Africast was introduced in 1996 by the National Broadcasting Commission, the broadcast regulator in Nigeria. Africast has grown over the years to be the gateway to Africa's broadcast and media market. Africast is the platform on which broadcast issues as they relate to Africa are thrashed out biennially by professionals, academics and policy makers. It is also the market for manufacturers of broadcast equipment and publishers of content who are targeting the emerging African market.
2-4 November 2016
DISCOP AFRICA 2016 - Johannesburg
SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE - 161 Maude St, Sandton 2196. Johannesburg, South Africa.
TV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa , and creative forum for television programs, TV channels , broadcast technologies and other audiovisual subjects - more than 500 delegates expected , conferences , debates, round tables, floor trade stands and much more ... not to be missed !
13-20 novembre 2016
The African International Film Festival (AFRIFF 2016)
Nigeria, Tinapa - Calabar Free Trade Zone
The main film festival in Nigéria.
15-17 November 2016
AfricaCom / AfricaCast / TV Connect Africa 2016
AfricaCom and TV Connect Africa , two essential events for the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 8,000 participants in 2014.
Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos content .
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23-24 November 2016
The Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA)
The Kenya National Theatre Nairobi-Kenya
Having achieved a delegate population of over 1500 in each of the previous BFMA events, it shall bring together thought leaders from all branches of Africa’s booming creative arts and digital media industries including; Innovators and Professionals from TV, Radio, Film, Music, Mobile tech, Telecoms, Advertising, Animation and Gaming, Regulators, Academics, Policy Makers, Content Providers, Script Writers amongst other industry professionals.
AITEC Africa is pleased to invite you to attend the event as a delegate for a delegate fee of 100USD only. Come Learn, Network and do Business with Africa’s leading broadcasters, Film makers and Musicians. To view one of our previous BFMA events, click on the link here:
25 Feb. to 4 March 2017
FESPACO - The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou
The 25e edition of THE main African film festival.
June 2017Discop Africa
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
THE main film, TV and digital content market dedicated to Francophone Africa with conferences, networking sessions, projections, local stars and debates. Over 1000 delegates in 2016.
Nollywood Week Film Festival
Paris, France. The place to go re. Nollywood and African films in Francophone Africa. The best festival for Nollywood films in French! Actors, filmakers, distributeurs attend it. Last year, top nollywood films were shown - e.g. The CEO (2016) - Directed by Kunle Afolayan.