19 October 2018



Generation Africa is a documentary film project aimed at stimulating a new narrative on migration through the stories made by African filmmakers, and particularly young filmmakers.

The project is presented by South Africa based non-profit Steps (Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects) through AfriDocs, the first and only free global streaming platform for African documentaries. (www.afridocs.net)

The topic of migration has dominated world news for some time, polarizing societies in the West as governments scramble to get a handle on what they view as a dire ‘immigration crisis’. As the ‘crisis’ grows, negative images and portrayals of Africa and Africans are proliferated more and more.

Cumulatively these images contribute to a singular narrative told about African migration without the inclusion of African voices. Therefore, many facts that go untold such as the fact that migration within Africa is higher than from the continent, or that Uganda hosts the third highest number of refugees in the world.

Africa also currently is the continent with the largest population of youth in the world, and is projected to have a population of over 840 million young people by 2050. This could spell a boom of growth for the continent, or escalating challenges, depending on how the continent responds.

Generation Africa is a collaboration with African filmmakers to create documentaries that will shift this narrative on migration, and also give insights into a young generation on the move and making moves.

“We are looking for compelling, nuanced and unpredictable stories that celebrate the achievements of African youth on the continent,” explains STEPS Executive Producer, Don Edkins. “The focus for the project is East and West Africa as well as the Horn of Africa, but we will consider stories from the entire continent if they are compelling.”

Filmmakers can submit up to three story ideas in the form of a one page synopsis, along with a CV, filmography, and links to previous works. Submissions are invited from filmmakers who have made at least one documentary that has been broadcast or shown at a film festival.

Selected stories will be invited to take part in development workshops in East Africa, and West Africa (Anglophone and Francophone).

Steps is passionate about the power of documentaries to disrupt, shift, and transform the world around us. They work with organizations and individuals around the world to create documentaries on relevant social issues.

Through its streaming platform, AfriDocs, and through a network of organizations that host community based screenings, Steps uses a multi-platform distribution approach to bring documentaries to audiences across Africa.

Generation Africa is presented in partnership with Docubox in Kenya, NAFTI in Ghana and OuagaLab in Burkina Faso. The project is supported by Deutsche Welle Academie, The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

More information on the submission process as well as the project please visit www.steps.co.za


MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy kicks off

The MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy (MTFA), which is a year-long continent-wide, fully funded experiential and training programme designed to upgrade the skills of young Africans in film and television production to ignite the continent’s creative industries and put them on the global stage, has kicked off.

The MTFA was conceived to address the skill gap of Africans in movie and television production by providing education that will result in the production of highly competent graduates, who are employable and entrepreneurial. The MTFA Initiative will operate in Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa); Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa); and Lusaka, Zambia (Southern Africa), providing training in cinematography, film editing, audio production and storytelling. A total of 60 students, 20 in each academy, will participate in the inaugural edition of the MTFA beginning from October, 2018. They were selected from 3, 100 entries. The Director of the MTFA Regional Academy for West Africa is Femi Odugbemi. The West African Regional MTFA has 16 Nigerian students and four from Ghana. The MTFA is the first of the three touch points that MTF will deliver over the course of the year. The others are the MTF Master classes and the MTF Portal. MultiChoice will provide academy students with monthly stipends to meet their living expenses MultiChoice will also bear the costs of academy-related travels, subject to the approval of the Academy Director.

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Joburg Film Festival to screen more than 40 films

Joburg film festival

The 2018 Joburg Film Festival will be held at venues across Johannesburg from 9-18 November 2018. More than 40 curated releases are set to showcase the best in African and international cinema from over 16 countries; local and international movie stars, directors, producers and other entertainment industry leaders are expected to attend.

The festival is also open to the public with various films to cater for filmgoers of different ages, genders and cultures.

The Joburg Film Festival partnered with the DISCOP film and television market, offering an exciting opportunity for over 2,000 global, local, and continental creatives and business to network.

Screenings will take place at The Zone, Rosebank Cinema Nouveau, and Maponya Mall and many more cinemas. In addition, there will be screenings at various community venues including the iconic Kings in Alexandra. The full schedule will include local and international feature films, documentaries, and animation features, various outreach screenings, exclusive premiere events and private parties.

"As part of the department's commitment to deliver on its strategic objective to support market access platforms towards the growth of the local film industry, DISCOP Africa and The Joburg Film Festival are key in not only creating an environment for commercial growth, but celebrating the South African film content and that of the entire African diaspora as a whole. With this continued support into local arts and culture, DAC is pleased to be a part of these platforms again this year" says senior manager of cultural development Lindiwe Ndebele-Koka.

"The festival also will offer aspiring young filmmakers the opportunity to come together for this showcase of African excellence and further cultivate their hunger to make great films," she added.

"As one of the continent's leading film industry gatherings this year, the NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa) is fully behind the Joburg Film Festival. The festival will host a contingent of international actors, directors, and other key stakeholders further adding to the growth of the industry in the city. We look forward to hosting yet another successful year celebrating African film," says Shadrick Bokaba, acting CEO of the NFVF.

The full festival schedule will be announced on the www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za website soon.