“Goodbye Bafana’ in Competition in Berlin

The 57th Berlin International Film Festival (8 - 18 February) has announced the names of films it has selected for this year’s Competition. The selection for the Competition films will be completed by mid-January.

SAG Award nominees

Leonardo DiCaprio received three nominations in the SAG Award nominations announced on Thursday 4 January. He was recognised for "Blood Diamond" in which he plays the lead character, for his supporting role in "The Departed" and also as a cast contributior in the latter.

“Rwanda Rising’ to open Pan-African festival

Director CB Hackworth's documentary "Rwanda Rising" has been selected to open the 15th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival which runs from 8 - 19 February.

McKellen is narrator in “Stardust’

Ian McKellen has signed on to voice the narrator role in Matthew Vaughn's romantic fantasy "Stardust" for Paramount Pictures.

Sky PVR Box Rollout on track

British Sky Broadcasting has announced that it is on track to reach its target of 25 percent Sky+ DVR penetration in advance of the original 2010 deadline. This week it passed the 2 million mark.

Rotterdam opens with La Antena

The world premiere of La Antena by Esteban Sapir from Argentina will open the the 36th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday 24 January. Sapir’s film, supported by Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund, is screening in the festival’s Tiger Awards Competition.

Asian Wildlife Film Fest Set for March

The new wildlife film festival, Wildlife Asia, will take place in Singapore from March 13 to 16, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, Animal Planet Asia and the WWF.

32 Million mobile video users in China projected by 2008

According to AI Research, the Beijing Olympics will boost the Chinese mobile content market by 32 million mobile video users in 2008.

Reel African Images seeks the best films

Promoting Reel African Images (PRAI) is seeking the "The Best of the Best" films and videos from the African Diaspora for Fespaco, the Pan African Film/Video Festival held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso The honorary chairman of 2007 Fespaco/ PRAI is Harry Belafonte. In accepting this position, he carries the baton previously held by Dr. Maya Angelou and filmmaker William Greaves.

Dyke demands BBC disclosure

According to Media Guardian, on 20 December Greg Dyke demanded that the BBC publish documents explaining why he was fired as its director-general in January 2004.
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