21 April 2017


Tanzania: ZIFF Introduces Film Schools Programme

As part of its continued support for film education, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) announced its inaugural Film School category and competition.

That is for films produced by students of these medium, from across Africa. These actions are in response to the festival's recognition that the Creative Industries (CI) is rapidly becoming a critical driver of African economies, with filmmaking as one of the key growth areas.

"The rapid expansion of film schools and students across the continent is testament to this growing industry," one of the programme coordinator's, Joel Karekezi told the 'Daily News' yesterday in a telephone conversation.

It is for this reason that they have been enrolling students, for this programme from the beginning of last (March) month. Participants from across Africa are also encouraged to take part in a full Film School Programme, which is scheduled to take place in Stone Town on the Isle, from July 8 to 16, during the festival.

According to Karekezi the festival will be honoured to host students, as they experience the journey, collaborate with other students and have the opportunity to learn from some of the "Continent's best".

The programme will consist of a selection of 12 short films that have been made by film students. Also, screening of the selected films in a competitive section during the festival.

Special Jury Prize has been allocated to choose the winning film (s). Students who attend ZIFF will be participating to master classes, reserved workshops and organized meetings organized during ZIFF 20th for them.

There will be different disciplines of cinema where students will be able to learn from professionals working in the industry. "These four workshops will be focused on the practical skills required for producing films and will be presented by top professional cinema experts from the region and beyond,"Karekezi said.

He further explained that two top professional actors from the Nigerian Nollywood industry will lead a workshop for actors and actresses. There are a variety of skills that need to be mastered, he maintains, to achieve "believable and emotive" performances.

In acknowledgement to the role of music in film,award-winning composer from South Africa, Rashid Lanie, will lead a workshop on the use and composition of music for film.

The Cameroonian, Erik Tak and other experts in the field, are also slated to lead a workshop looking at trailers, titles, credits, posters and merchandise.

Preparations are also being made to have workshops on Documentary Filmmaking,to empower young film makers, journalists and media professionals to "tell meaningful stories" about society and develop their career in film production and the media, Karekezi said. Source: Tanzania Daily News 20 April 2017

Pan-African animation pitching competition launches

Annecy one of only four international animated film festivals sponsored by ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association is coming to Africa, as African animation prepares to go Global.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA (Annecy MIFA), DISCOP Markets and the African Animation Network (AAN) have partnered to create the first ever Pan-African animation pitching competition called Annecy MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.

Annecy MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde will comprise two rounds of semi-finals; the first at DISCOP Abidjan; and the second at DISCOP Johannesburg. The top six projects from DISCOP Abidjan will compete against the top six projects from DISCOP Johannesburg in the Grand Finale to be held at DISCOP Johannesburg. At the Grand Finale the top two projects will be selected to represent the continent, receiving automatic entry into Animation du Monde 2018 at Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA.

Nick Wilson, project manager of the African Animation Network, said; Annecy/MIFA represents the absolute pinnacle of our craft. Competing in Animation du Monde is the animation equivalent of participating in the Olympics. In Africa, we ve long held that we have beautiful and unique stories to tell the rest of the world. This is a tangible opportunity to find the very best African animation projects in development, mentor them, and give them an opportunity to compete against their global counterparts whilst telling the world our stories.

In an unprecedented move, DISCOP Markets will be postponing all categories of their regular pitching competitions in favour of Annecy MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde.

Patrick Zuchowicki, director of DISCOP, explains the move: We have witnessed firsthand the phenomenal momentum the African animation industry has been building and we would like to place a focus on it for 2017. In partnering with Annecy/MIFA and AAN, we are able to offer the African animation industry an incredible opportunity to bridge with the global animation community. This is a unique offering and we encourage all African animation professionals to participate.

Annecy MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde is open to producers from African countries.

To register for the opportunity to participate in pitch sessions, visit discopafrica.com/mifa/ for full details. Deadline to register: 9 May 2017.

Delegate registration for 8th Durban FilmMart now open

Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), opened delegate registration on 18 April.

Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, takes place from 14 to 17 July and will host around 500 delegates from Africa and the world.

The DFM programme provides opportunities for film-makers to come together with a common focus, network and keep themselves updated on the latest trends and developments within the industry.

The DFM has three main areas of focus: Master Classes conducted by industry experts, unpack a wide array of challenges and issues faced by film-makers in developing their projects; a series of industry workshops set the scene for networking and social opportunities for industry representatives and the co-production market, features pre-submitted and selected film projects that are presented to the industry.

“The objective of the DFM is to provide a market platform for African projects in development that supports and encourages project collaboration between African filmmakers, ” says Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office who heads up the DFM programme. ”We are very excited about this years programme, which will be published next week."

International programme partners for 2017 include the International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Sundance Institute, AfriDocs, Talents Durban, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, HotDocs - Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Restless Talent Management, Sørfond, the Goethe Institute and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

The Durban FilmMart runs from 14 to 17 July, during the Durban International Film festival (13 to 23 July). Early bird registration opens on 18 April. Delegates will have access to the four day event which includes access to industry sessions, networking lunches, DFM networking events, entrance into the Durban International Film Festival screenings (subject to ticket availability) and company listing in the DFM Industry Manual. For more information or to register visit the DFM website.

Hunt on for local entrants for Cannes Young Lions

Cape Town – The search is on for young South African creatives, or “lions”, to enter a competition that will put them in the running to hunt with the international pride in Cannes in July.Cinemark, the official South African representative for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, said on Thursday it was sponsoring the film category of the Young Lions competition in South Africa this year and was looking for a creative team to send to Cannes.

Cinemark is running a competition to sort local lions from the cubs, and select a local duo to compete at the Cannes Festival, which runs from June 17-24. The team will have a chance to be crowned Young Lions of Cannes 2017 at the prestigious international advertising festival in the city on the French Riviera that is well-known for its international film festival.

Cinemark, the advertising sales company that represents Ster-Kinekor and selected independent cinemas in South Africa, is urging young creative teams to register by Tuesday, April 18, to compete against the rest of the local pride for a place at Cannes.

The teams of two young professionals, such as an art director and a copywriter, who must both have been born on or after June 25 1986, will have the Easter weekend to sharpen their pencils and their teeth before taking part in an intense competition over two days next week.

Applicants must register on the Cinemark website by next Tuesday, April 18. A creative brief will be posted on the website at 12 noon on Wednesday April 19 and completed entries must be uploaded on to the website by midday on Friday 21 April.

Motheo Matsau, head of marketing and sales for Ster-Kinekor, said there was no better way for ambitious young creatives to challenge themselves than by entering the Young Lions competition.

“You will have just 48 hours from the time that the brief is made public to film, edit and deliver a 60-second commercial. “If you win the South African competition, this is the challenge you will face all over again in the Cannes Young Lions competition, because you will find yourself winging your way to France to compete against winning teams from across the world in the global event,” Matsau added.

Also, the local winning advertisement will be shown on the big screens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas across South Africa.

Source: www.iol.co.za