Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 284 – 23 March 2018

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New International African Francophone Gospel channel to launch shortly

23 March 2018

An international African francophone gospel channel will be launched shortly and will seek to make an impact across Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to Allen Ikadi, CEO, HOSFO Group, the company behind GOSPLAY. Q: How did the idea for Gosplay come about? A: The idea of Gosplay was born to answer a need in the Christian community. Namely, to propose a platform that would allow them to have access to the contents that convey Christian values, through gospel music, films with healthy values, reports, the cult of Celebration and documentaries. Q: What will the channel do? Is it just a French…

Broadcast

Powerful films at Real to Reel festival enlighten through storytelling

23 March 2018

Many people remember story time as one of the best parts of their childhood. Even later in life, storytelling is a powerful tool for learning and conveying truths. Telling a…


Broadcast

SA Eco Festival : A Time for Change

23 March 2018

This year the SA Eco Film Festival has several film that speak to the problems facing our oceans and marine life. It is no secret that the world as we…


Broadcast

Black Panther is now the highest grossing film in South African history

23 March 2018

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther broke yet another record at the box-office as it became the highest grossing film of all time in South Africa. Since its release on 16 February,…


Broadcast

Burkina Faso: Preserving Idrissa Ouedraogo's legacy in filmmaking

23 March 2018

Two weeks after his death, young filmmakers in Burkina Faso want to keep the work of Idrissa Ouedraogo alive. One of his projects was Boukary Koutou, a fiction film dedicated…


Broadcast

HKIFF Hidden Gem: 'Felicite' Director Alain Gomis on Being Inspired by Strong Women

23 March 2018

Featuring a moving performance by Vero Tshanda Beya, the French director's Africa-set festival darling was shortlisted for a best foreign-language film Oscar this year. Born in Paris to a Gallic…


Broadcast

SAFTAs 12 Hosts Announced

23 March 2018

With only two days to go, SAFTAs 12 is proud to announce the official hosts for this year’s show. The first night of the awards, 22nd March 2018, will be…


Content

Egypt filmmakers defy taboos of conservative society

23 March 2018

Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In…


Content

Stream the African classic that inspired Beyonce and Jay-Z's viral new tour poster

23 March 2018

Beyonce took to Instagram to announce her new On The Run II stadium tour with Jay-Z, using a striking poster image of the couple on a bull-skull-trimmed motorbike, inspired by…


Content

Madonna to direct film on Sierra Leone dancer

23 March 2018

Pop superstar Madonna said the story of Michaela DePrince -- a war orphan from Sierra Leone -- "resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist" Pop superstar…


Content

Latest documentaries on #AfriDocsAnytime

23 March 2018

Powerful and iconic documentaries now available to stream on #AfriDocsAnytime, and include the story of the Marikana women in Strike a Rock, and the blow-by-blow account of the youth movement…


Content

“A torture for the eyes”: Chinese moviegoers think Black Panther is just too black

23 March 2018

Marvel’s first black superhero film Black Panther made a strong debut in China, taking in more than $63 million this weekend and helping it cross the billion-dollar mark globally. And…


Content

'Sandale-Man', Senegal's superhero

23 March 2018

When talking about super hero films, the heros that come to your mind are Superman, Batman and just recently Black Panther. All these super heroes were created in Hollywood. America’s…


Content

Egypt Launches New TV Channel Focused on Africa

23 March 2018

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Media Regulation (SCM) Ahmed Selim stated on Monday that Arab and African media professionals will participate in establishing a new TV channel dedicated to…


Content

African Broadcasters shop for TVF titles

23 March 2018

A host of African broadcasters have picked up shows including Pop Up Start Up from London-based factual distributor TVF International. The entrepreneur-focused business show has been acquired by pay TV…


Distribution

AzamTV lining up for Zimbabwe launch

23 March 2018

Pay TV service AzamTV is to expand beyond its East African home territory with a launch in Zimbabwe, according to local press reports. Azam Media parent Bakhresa Group’s general manager…


Distribution

Nigerian rapper Olamide launches TV station

23 March 2018

Nigerian rapper Olamide yesterday launched Voice of the Street (VOTS), a TV station based in Lagos, Nigeria. The rapper also turned 29 yesterday and referred to the new station as…


Distribution

In brief

23 March 2018

OpenView recently announced its breakthrough deal with Kwes Free Sports for broadcast in South Africa. Kwes Free Sports, Africa's largest and only pan-African free-to-air channel, will join OpenView's programming line-up…


Investment

Why Kenya's film business is still going south

23 March 2018

It’s been years since the government formed the Kenya Film Commission (KFC), but so far it has done nothing to change the industry in Kenya, according to players. By Hilary…


Investment

South Africa's Box Office Report, first half 2017

23 March 2018

The total South Africa's (SA) box office receipts in the first half of 2017 were R568.1 million, down 3% compared to 2016; out of a total 106 films were released…


Regulation & Policy

FPB given huge powers to censor internet by bill - SAFREA

23 March 2018

The Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA) notes with concern the passing of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, which authorises the Films and Publications Board to regulate online content, in…


Regulation & Policy

African Women Filmmakers Break Down Barriers and Challenge Taboos

23 March 2018

Female filmmakers in Africa face many hurdles, from sexual harassment to the belief that women have no place in the movie industry. That isn't stopping them from telling women's stories…


Technology & Convergence

Tribeca Film Festival unveils 2018 Tribeca Immersive programme

23 March 2018

The 2018 Tribeca Immersive programme will feature cutting-edge work from VR artists Chris Milk, a conservation project narrated by Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o, and an anti-bullying thriller from genre…


Technology & Convergence

Web TV dedicated to African digital will launch in Morocco

23 March 2018

The group of advertisers in Morocco (GAM) will launch in April, in collaboration with Smart Studio, a digital content production platform, a web TV dedicated to digital in Africa. Called…


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People

23 March 2018

The SABC has signed up Bongani Bingwa to replace Peter Ndoro as its new prime time news co-anchor on SABC News Bingwa who has been with M-Net's (DStv 101) Carte…


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Opportunities

23 March 2018

Bursary Applications for Film and TV Post Graduates The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film and TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of…


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Events

23 March 2018

This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows. To advertise your event on this…