Following the successful first annual Real Life Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Ghana, in May 2006, the organisers of the festival will again stage the event from 2 - 8 June 2007.
ITN Source, a leading provider of professional video content worlwide, has completed an agreement which will allow entertainment news picture agency WENN to license still images from the ITN stills library to its global customer base.
Cape Town-based The Blackheart Gang completed an animation last year entitled "The Tale of How'. It recently received the prestigious award Best Independent Film on the British Animation Festival The animation has been shown on a number of the world’s top film festivals such as 100 Poins of Light, The RightEye Short Film Festival, Resfest, onedotzero, Nicktoons animation Festival (top ten), Animago, Edit, Norwich, Clipped, ALTER-NATIVE 14, Woodstock Film Festival (Honourary mention) Cleremont-Ferrand Film Festival and Nemo Film Festival.
After raking in a massive R19 247 783 (echoing its phenomenal success in the US and Europe), the new James Bond movie Casino Royale has been bumped from its number one spot on the South African box office by the Martin Scorsese epic, The Departed (Leonardo diCaprio, Jack Nicholson).
Italy's Ministry of Culture has announced that the Venice Film Festivals long awaited renovated venue will be completed in 2010.
Media group Primedia told Business Day on Wednesday 10 January that it had been approached by a consortium of investors wanting to buy it out. Based on a possible buyout, Primedia shares surged 15% higher at R23 on the JSE after the announcement. Its "N' shares were 11,1% higher at R22, valuing the group at R5,4bn.
On 9 January, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the year 2006.
John Barker’s film "Bunny Chow' has been selected to compete in the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Awards, to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 24 January to 4 February. This screening will be its European premier.
Hollywood’s awards season is well underway and the latest list of nominees to be announced is that of the Visual Effects Society (VES), which celebrate VFX work across film, broadcast and music videos.
The new UK tax credits system which offers overseas producers shooting and post producing in the UK film tax breaks has been approved by the European Commission. The new clause in the UK Finance Act 2006 replaces the previous sale and leaseback arrangement.