MARTIN CHEMHERE writes…Rwanda’s Kwetu Film Institute began its 2012 classes on 23 January following a one-week delay to accommodate completion of the filming of the current class project.
Zuku, the East African three-in-one service provider, today announced that it has completed its first major content sale. The deal sees Nigeria’s MyTV purchase over 70 hours of programming from three Kenyan production houses through Zuku.
As part of its monthly film series, African Perspectives, AfricAvenir Windhoek in cooperation with Studio 77 presents the Namibian premiere of the Senegal-France co-production, Black, by Pierre Laffargue.
The 10th International Images Film Festival (IIFF) for Women, organised by the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ), took place from 18 to 27 November in Harare. Chairperson of the main IIFF jury, Hans-Christian Mahnke, reports.
The 7th Annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2012, organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), will take place from 22 to 24 February at the Protea Hotel Balalaika in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, Zuku, has entered a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the pay-TV rights in the East Africa region to a broad selection of library feature films. The agreement is part of the ongoing drive to increase the all inclusive entertainment offering from Zuku.
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is calling for the submission of papers and proposals for its upcoming e-Gov Africa Forum 2012, which takes place at the Grand Palm Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana from 5 to 7 March 2012.
Martin Chemhere writes…Our Beloved Sudan (Sudanna Al Habib) by Sudanese filmmaker Taghreed Elsanhouri had its world premiere on 9 December at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival, which runs until 14 December with the theme Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds.
MARTIN CHEMHERE writes…The Gentleman has won an award for Best Director in the Best Narrative Feature category of the American International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011.
MARTIN CHEMHERE writes…Nyaminyami Amaji Abulozi (Nyaminyami and the Evil Eggs), a film by Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga, had its world premiere on 22 November in Harare.
Lola Kenya Screen, a Nairobi-based charity specialising in issues related to children, youth, mass media, culture and development, is calling for film submissions and skill-development participation for its 7th annual event which that takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 6 to 11 August.
MARTIN CHEMHERE writes…Sudanese director Taghreed Elsanhouri’s films Our Beloved Sudan and Sudan in Two have been selected to participate as video installations in the internationally acclaimed Lines of Control exhibition in Ithaca, New York.
The first edition of the African Student Film Festival, scheduled for September this year in Lagos, Nigeria, is calling for submissions until 31 May. The festival is a Nigerian initiative born out of deep concern for the future of the continent in order to protect Africa’s cultural values and also to promote them to the international world.
A new documentary about divorce and human rights in Africa, will premiere mid 2012. Fasenaala (Unholy Vows),a one-hour documentary largely filmed in Senegal on a HD camera, will also feature previously shot footage from The Gambia.
A Rwandan production company ended last year on a high – with a short film and a workshop. Triumph wins over adversity in the Rwandan short film Whatever It Takes, which will be targeted at the international festival circuit in 2012.
BiztechAfrica reports that the Zimbabwean government has allocated US$5m to state broadcaster ZBC to facilitate the migration of its equipment from analogue to digital.
American Tower Corporation and MTN Group Limited are to establish a new joint venture tower company in Uganda (ACT Uganda) which will acquire all of the existing tower sites from MTN Group’s operating subsidiary in Uganda (MTN Uganda), numbering approximately 1,000, for approximately $75m.
Basic Lead, the organisers of the DISCOP regional television content markets, has announced that it will subsidise and set-up a European Pavilion during the 2012 edition of DISCOP AFRICA, to take place at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 31 October to 2 November 2012.
Comedy-themed entertainment brand Comedy Central will launch on MultiChoice’s DStv platform in 47 territories in sub-Saharan Africa on 6 December 2011.
MARTIN CHEMHERE writes…A Ghanaian initiative is bringing hope to previously disadvantaged youths through a film training programme that takes place each summer.