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Promoting African co-productions in film

A newly revamped and focused DISCOP JOHANNESBURG program will see a scope that goes beyond content buying and selling...

30 Aug 2019

Collaboration between Egyptian and American filmmakers
Collaboration between Egyptian and American filmmakers

U.S. Embassy builds American-Egyptian film industry connections at El Gouna Film Festival...

28 Aug 2019

A newspaper stand is seen in Mwanza, Tanzania, on September 19, 2015. Tanzania is currently considering legal amendments that could negatively affect press freedom. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Daniel Hayduk.
Onslaught against press freedoms in Tanzania

CPJ says Kabendera, Gwanda cases highlight Tanzania's decline in press freedom and human rights...

26 Aug 2019

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Africa Halal Week returns to Cape Town

In 2018, 66 exhibitors displayed their products in the food, beverage, fashion and services sectors such as tourism, 20 international buyers of Halal products attended which formed part of the 25 international guests...

26 Aug 2019

The Milkmaid film.
Film documents harrowing effects of war on women in Africa

Official trailer released for 'The Milkmaid' film which brings attention to the traumatising effects of insurgency on women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa...

22 Aug 2019

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A Cultural Economies Conference for Fak'ugesi

Cultural Economies Conference launched at Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival...

22 Aug 2019

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Global cinema advertising is second-fastest growing ad medium of 2019

Early forecasts by marketing intelligence service Warc places global cinema advertising behind the internet as the second-largest growing ad medium in 2019...

22 Aug 2019

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'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC states

CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists...

19 Aug 2019

British Airways to trial VR entertainment
British Airways to trial VR entertainment

British Airways customers will be transported to their own 3D cinema in the skies as the airline exclusively trials a new virtual reality headset...

15 Aug 2019

East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020
East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

Entries are currently open for East Africa Animation du Monde 2020...

6 Aug 2019

5 reasons to fall in love with The Lion King
5 reasons to fall in love with The Lion King

Chances are that if you grew up in South Africa in the '90s, Disney's The Lion King would have been embedded into your psyche. The iconic story and soundtrack playing backdrop to many movie- and slumber-party nights...

By Ruth Cooper 5 Aug 2019

7 groundbreaking African films now on Showmax
7 groundbreaking African films now on Showmax

The African film industry is booming - with a range of films from animation to documentary, the continent is not short of telling diverse stories...

2 Aug 2019

Yash Deb, managing director and chief creative officer at Isobar, Kenya and this year's Loeries integrated campaign, film & radio, and radio craft juror.
#Loeries2019: "Strength of a creative campaign lies in how rapidly others can build on it" - Yash Deb

With the year's biggest international award shows done and dusted, I chatted to the regional jurors ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Next in the series is this year's Integrated campaign, Film & Radio, and Radio Craft juror Yash Deb, also managing director and chief creative officer at Isobar, Kenya...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Canal+ acquisition of ROK boosts local content production
Canal+ acquisition of ROK boosts local content production

African film studio and international TV network, ROK, has been acquired by leading French audiovisual group, CANAL+...

19 Jul 2019

The Lion King roars to life on the big screen in a whole new way
The Lion King roars to life on the big screen in a whole new way

The live-action release of The Lion King promises to be one of the most spectacular highlights of 2019..

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Jul 2019

Rwanda Urusaro film festival submissions open
Rwanda Urusaro film festival submissions open

The Urusaro International Women Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2019 edition, 4-11 October 2019...

8 Jul 2019

Spotlight on the 5050 by 2020 initiative and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's insights at the Women Deliver conference.
#FairnessFirst: Are we on track for 50/50 by 2020?

With gender equality more under the spotlight last year than ever before, many in the marketing and entertainment industry pledged '50/50 by 2020'. With just six months to go before 2020 is a reality and no longer a mythical spot in the future, are those goals on track? Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women, shared insights at the recent Women Deliver conference...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Jul 2019

Nedal Ahmed, senior copywriter at 72andSunny, Amsterdam and this year's Loeries Film and Radio jury president.
#Loeries2019: "Celebrate creativity that touches on everyday culture" - Nedal Ahmed

With the year's biggest international award shows done and dusted, I chatted to the international jury presidents ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Next in the series is this year's Film and Radio jury president Nedal Ahmed, also senior copywriter at 72andSunny, Amsterdam...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Jul 2019

Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights
Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights

Writer-director Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers whose second feature film Rafiki took six years to reach the big screen...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jul 2019

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Registration open for International Tourism Film Festival-Africa 2019

The International Tourism Film Festival-Africa will be hosting its first-ever film festival in South Africa, which is set to take place in Cape Town and Northern Cape from the 20-24 November 2019...

3 Jul 2019

What's on at the 2019 Fak'ugesi Digital Innovation Festival
What's on at the 2019 Fak'ugesi Digital Innovation Festival

The 2019 Fak'ugesi Digital Innovation Festival will be held at Wits University's Tshimologong Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 30 August to 8 September 2019...

2 Jul 2019

Wildlife and conservation filmmakers, Beverly and Derek Joubert.
Filmmakers describe "great honour" of NYC Awards' win

Botswana wildlife film 'Birth of a Pride' took home three awards at the New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) including Best Nature/Travel film, Best Original Score and Best Sound...

27 Jun 2019

#CannesLions2019 Entertainment Grands Prix winners: Top row is Final Cut and Droga5 New York's New York Times journalism's Resolve (Myanmar), Rigor (Taxes), Courage (Mexican Spyware), Perseverance (Immigration) and Fearlessness (Isis) campaign. Bottom left is Digital Craft Grand Prix winner Virtue's work for Carlings' Digital Collection, 'Address the Future'. Bottom right is Industry Craft Grand Prix work for Momentum New York and Canada's Nike 'Just Do It: HQ at the Church'.
#CannesLions2019: Craft winners!

The 66th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity continued on 18 June, with the 2019 Cannes Film Craft, Digital Craft and Industry Craft Lions announced during the Craft award track ceremony...

18 Jun 2019

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Canal+ International to launch Canal+ University in Africa

Canal + International launches Canal + University to provide professional training to audiovisual actors in Africa...

14 Jun 2019

Filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk chats The Adventures Of Supermama
Filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk chats The Adventures Of Supermama

Daniel Dercksen chats to filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk about new film; The Adventures Of Supermama...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Jun 2019

Queen Sono.
Netflix begins production on its first African original series

Netflix has started production on its first original African series, Queen Sono, an action-packed spy thriller...

10 Jun 2019

(L-R) Marit Van Den Elshout (IFFR), Anne Lai (Sundance Institute), Elias Ribeiro (Realness), Bongiwe Selane (Realness), announce Realness participants at Cannes this week.
2019 African Screenwriter's Residency announced at Cannes

Realness, an African Screenwriter's Residency, announces 2019 participants at Cannes Film Festival...

3 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

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