18 June 2019


Pan African Online Film Festival empowers development of local film and culture across Africa

Since StarTimes ON announced its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF) in Lagos, with several awards to encourage African local online film creation, stakeholders in the entertainment industry have been lauding the initiative, created to celebrate the budding online creative content producers.

How Pan African Online Film Festival empowers development of local film and culture across Africa PAOFF, a quarterly online film awards competition aims to expose and reward creative content by giving exposure on the StarTimes ON platform which has millions of subscribers, and is open to all local professional film and music video producers. According to the organizers, while addressing the media: “PAOFF is about the only place where you can you access African films in huge amount and high quality. StarTimes ON hopes that this film festival could facilitate African local films as well as African culture to reach profound development together with social public support." PAOFF was established to mainly promote local films and culture rather than imported foreign films for consideration of public interest in Africa.

StarTimes ON has also launched a fan voting system for all videos that are qualified for the awards competition, which will include favourite film ranking board, favourite short film ranking board, favourite MV board. All videos will be listed in the three boards basing on their categories and rank according to votes from StarTimes ON users.

The winning video of each board will win the quarterly Best Film Award, Best Short Film Award and Best MV Award, whose producer will get $1500 as cash prize. “It is an online age and local online video contents will be an important pillar of StarTimes ON’s content strategy,” said Ariel Wang, Operation Director of StarTimes ON. She added: “That’s why we established PAOFF awards and we sincerely hope the awards competition will encourage the development of local online video creation and see the rise of African online video industry.”

StarTimes ON is Africa’s first online video streaming service with 14 million users in the market. StarTimes ON is dedicated to providing ultimate entertainment and enriched experience for African online users. It provides Live TV, VOD and short videos with covering news, sports, movies, series, music, entertainment, documentary, kids and religion. To participate in PAOFF, simply click here  to get access all the movies and vote for your favorite producer. Read more:

Source: Naij.com


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Real Time & Jozi Film Festival calls for Real Stories told by Real People


LAGOS, Nigeria, June 6th, 2019,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The Jozi Film Festival this year is proud to announce a new direction for its partnership with Discovery. In 2019, Discovery's new Real Time channel will be searching for Real Stories that are told by Real People. This new format will replace the previous 'Don't Stop Wondering' award, hosted by Discovery channel.

Following the success of the previous two years with the Jozi Film Festival, Discovery is this year renewing its partnership with the Jozi Film Festival once again, but this time in support of the recently launched channel, Real Time.

"Ever since we partnered with the Jozi Film Festival, we have been blown away by the submissions and the quality of the documentaries that we have received, hence we decided to find a platform where these films will be broadcasted and shared with a broader audience," said Amanda Turnbull, VP & Country Manager for Discovery Networks Middle East and Africa. We are even more excited to introduce this new genre as we are anticipating seeing the wonderful, real stories that will be told by talented Africans."

Submissions for the "Real Stories by Real People about Real Lives" opened yesterday on Wednesday, 5 June and close on Friday 30 August, calling for 3-5-minute stories from storytellers across Africa which showcase, celebrate and continue to tell unique African stories.

"Partnering with Discovery is always wonderful as it gives African's the opportunity to showcase their stories. We are even more excited about this year's category, as the winning stories will not only win a cash prize, but they will be shared on the Real Time channel," said Lisa Henry, Jozi Film Festival Founder and Organiser.

This year's prize from Discovery will be $2 500 for the winner, $1 000 for the 2nd prize and $750 for the 3rd prize. The top 20 films, including the winning three, will also be broadcast on the channel for all viewers to enjoy.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and be an African resident. Submitted films must be in English or include English subtitles. To enter go to  jozifilmfestival.com, terms and conditions apply. The closing date is the 30th of August at 19:00 CAT. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity, enter now!