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The UK’s largest African Film Festival Embraces VOD

Film Africa is working with partners and filmmakers to bring sixty of the most awarded African films in recent history to global audiences.  Film Africa, the annual week-long festival that since 2011 has brought the year’s standout films of African origin/influence to select London cinemas, will for the first time this year ensure its festival’s line-up can be watched by anyone anywhere with access to an iOS, Android or desktop device. To celebrate this initiative that will bring the best of African cinema to many more than the 5,000 who attend the festival each year, Film Africa has partnered with the VOD platform Okiki and the London-based Africa-focused consultancy De Charles, to run an initial summer campaign titled Film Africa OnDemand. Film Africa OnDemand will lead up to this year’s festival and excite old and new viewers by showing a collection of the most successful films to have appeared in the festival’s…

The 38th Durban International Film Festival The Young Talents.

The 38th International Durban Film Festival took place from the 13th to the 23rd July 2017. This time around I went as a Talent in the Talents Durban section of the festival. The program celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year. So just a little information of Talents Durban and it’s inception: Talents originates from the Berlinale Talents in Germany, an initiative that gives emerging and outstanding filmmakers the opportunity to be apart of the summit held at the Berln Film Festival annually. It has since spread globally to Talents Beirut, Tokyo, Rio, Buenos Aires, Guadajalara, Sarajevo  and Durban. It is an exceptional program filled with workshops, talks and I think the most Important is getting your project developed to the masterpiece one envisions it to be through industry professional mentors. Our programme began from the 14th – 18th July and when I think back, it went by so quick, I…

Encounters International Documentary Festival 2017

From Oscar- nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Sundance winner Winnie and Nick Broomfield’s brutally realistic film of Whitney Houston – Whitney: Can I Be Me – these are just some  of the most talked about documentaries on the international and South African circuits  to be screened at the prestigious and much anticipated Encounters South African International Documentary Festival next month.  The line-up consists of over 60  acclaimed films  and takes place from 1-11 June at the Labia , the Nouveau V&A Waterfront and Bertha Movie House, Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha in Cape Town and the Bioscope and the Nouveau Rosebank in Johannesburg. Highlights include: Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro as spoken by visionary writer and social critic James Baldwin on racial hatred in America narrated by Samuel L Jackson. 2017 Sundance – Award winningdocumentary director Pascale Lamche’s film Winnie on South Africa’s controversial anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela –Mandela’s rise and fall from grace. Internationally acclaimed film-maker Nick Broomfield’s intimate biography Whitney: Can I Be Me?  on the…

The Reel Cut – Zanzibar Film fest submissions and more..

European Film Market Launches Berlinale Africa Hub. For the first time the 2017 Berlinale will provide a platform for innovative projects and ideas from the African film industry. The Berlinale Africa Hub is an initiative of the European Film Market (EFM) in cooperation with the World Cinema Fund (and the special programme it created in 2016, WCF Africa, which promotes films from Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office), with Berlinale Talents (and its sister programme Talents Durban, which supports talented African filmmakers throughout the year), and with the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The new platform at the European Film Market will bring the next generation of African filmmakers to Berlin and offer an international forum for current technology, ideas, and developments in the African film industry” https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/home/homepage.html 2. Online African Content A Click Away With Ndani TV.  If you’re looking for online content but fancy a…

10 films to see at the Inaugural Joburg Film Festival

The Joburg Film Festival will be a run away success. If there are true film fundi’s in this country, I can’t see otherwise. They have virtually made it impossible for it be a failure. The festival will be taking place from the 28 October – 05 November 2016. I took a look at the list of films, there are up to 60 films being screened across all genre’s. It boast’s a heavy weight line up of African and International films with quite a few making their debut at the festival. Apart from the excellent line up, the Opening and Closing films are fantastic pullers, Mandela’s Gun with Tumisho Masha and Nate Parker’s  The Birth Of A Nation. JFF has taken the saying ‘Go big or go home’ quite seriously.    I compiled ten films from various categories to give you an idea of how versatile, unique and amazing this festival is. 1. Black Girl -…

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