Realising a great script anchors great story telling, the Film Makers Guild of Zimbabwe has planned a Script Writing Workshop in Harare and is calling for local aspiring filmmakers to be counted.
Telecommunications company Airtel Africa has sealed a partnership agreement with satellite pay-TV broadcaster DStv to work together to air a weekly TV football show. Airtel Football focuses on different aspects of the sport across the continent and airs on SuperSport 9 (SS9) every Monday at 9pm (CAT).
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the independence of Algeria on 5 July, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian premiθre of the classic film, The Battle of Algiers. This premiθre also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the colonial war in Algeria. Directed in 1965 by Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers will be screened on 30 June at 7pm at Studio 77, Old Breweries Complex, Windhoek.
Premier distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa, Cote Ouest Audiovisuel welcomes Michael Dearham as senior VP of the group and GM of the Mauritian Office. Dearham is the former head of M-Nets Sales and Library acquisitions department and sole curator of the world's largest African Film Library owned by M-Net, Africa's leading pay-TV broadcaster.
With funds earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, Focus Features Africa First Programme offers eligible and participating filmmakers the chance to be awarded $10,000 in financing for pre-production, production, and / or post-production on their narrative short film made in continental Africa.
Sesame Square, the Nigerian co-production of the world renowned Sesame Street, returns to NTA with a brand new season, chock-full of the beloved Sesame Muppet friends like Kami and Zobi, designed to engage children and families with educational lessons.
Armed with the success of the previous edition in 2011, mobile phone operator Orange, part of France Telecom, has launched the second edition of its Orange African Social Venture Prize. The goal is to promote social innovation in Africa that supports development through Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Zuku, the East African three-in-one service provider, has signed a deal with Pamoja Telcom to launch Hindi- language comedy channel SAB TV on its cable and DTH service. With over 100,000 Asians in Kenya alone there is real demand for Hindi programming, something that Zuku is keen to address with this latest deal, which follows on from the Zee and Star deals which made Indian programming widely available in the region for the first time.
In a recent report conducted and released by the World Banks International Finance Corporation, East Africas business sector has shown a positive improvement between 2010 and 2011, with further improvement expected in the forthcoming years leading up to 2030.
The organisers of the PAMRO (Pan African Media Research Organisation) 2012 Conference, which takes place from 26 to 29 August at the Speke Resort & Convention Centre, Lake Victoria, Uganda, have issued a final call for papers for this 14th edition. All those interested in presenting papers that tie in with the conference theme - From Local to Global: Media Research in a Developing World are urged to forward their proposals to PAMRO as soon as possible.
Airtel Chad has collaborated with one of the leading banks on the continent ECOBANK to launch Airtel Money in the West African nation.
MetropolitanRepublic Uganda last week announced that they have won the PR and media relations contract for search engine giant Google, starting in Uganda with the potential to handle Rwanda and South Sudan operations once these are up and running.
The Burundi Film Center (BFC), based in Bujumbura, marked its official fifth anniversary on 1June 2012. According to co-founder and project manager Christopher Redmond, the centre has had some tremendous success over the past five years.
Basic Lead, organisers of the annual DISCOP AFRICA film and television content market, will subsidise the attendance of up to 100 international content buyers at the Johannesburg event in October this year. Acquisitions executives who are interested in the increasing range of good quality content and formats created in Africa will be targeted.
In a groundbreaking bid to create a sustainable film industry, the Swaziland Independent Film and Television Association (SIFTPA) is drumming up local support to enable it to produce five short films that should be out end of this year.
SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: Global satellite operator SES has opened an office in Johannesburg with newly appointed Africa head Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou at the helm. The office is situated at Montecasino and will complement two other SES offices in Africa one in Ghana and another to be opened in an East African city yet to be confirmed.
Africas A24 Media and MHz Networks (US) have announced a new partnership where the latter will feature news shorts from A24, Africas first online delivery site for material from journalists, African broadcasters and NGOs from around the continent.
A unique partnership combining mobile technology, weather forecasting and local know-how is providing a localised weather alert service to fishing villages on Lake Victoria, Uganda. The partnership involves the Uganda Department of Meteorology (UDoM), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), South African mobile telecommunications company MTN, Ericsson, National Lake Rescue Institute (NLRI) and the Kalangala Fishing community.
Africa in Motion (AiM), one of the UK's largest African film festivals, now in its seventh year of existence, is currently accepting submissions - features, documentaries and shorts - for its 2012 festival edition, which takes place from 25 October to 2 November at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, under the theme Modern Africa.
A new documentary focuses on the life of Ester Phiri, a Zambian female boxing champion. Women on Hold, the first feature documentary by Zambian film director Jessie...