New ZIFF award dedicated to East African filmmakers

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF),  in partnership with the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival, the Afrika Filmfestival of Leuven and the Verona African Film Festival, has announced an European African Film-Festivals Award - a special prize dedicated to East African filmmakers. 

The award will provide financial support to East African filmmakers based in Africa and around the world, selected in competition every year at ZIFF. During ZIFF 2015, a special jury composed of members from the affiliated European African Film Festivals will be convened for the award.

Additionally, the film that wins this award will be shown at the three European festivals in the following year, providing opportunities for the filmmakers to be promoted and profiled.

The award is also a way to remember and honour Guido Huysmans, a special friend of the festival who proposed the award in 2013 and unfortunately passed away on 1 August 2014.

To compete for the award, a film must:
- Have an East African director or producer
- Be longer than 40 minutes
- Have been produced within the last two years
- Have been selected for ZIFF 2015

Any film category including feature, animation, documentary and other genres are eligible to compete.

Ciné Droit Libre festival

Ciné Droit Libre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - 27 June 2015 - 4 July 2015

Ciné Droit Libre is an annual film festival committed to the cause of human rights and freedom of expression. Ciné Droit Libre’s goal is to provide a platform for filmmakers and journalists around the world, especially for those whose works (films on human rights and freedom of the press) are censored or have broadcast difficulties.

Addis International Film Festival 2015

The 9th Addis International Film Festival 2015 (12 - 16 June 2015)

The Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) is an annual documentary film festival created by Initiative Africa in 2007 and held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the largest independent documentary cinema festival in Africa and it was established as a unique initiative seeking to use the power of documentaries and short films to support innovative ways of creating awareness on social issues.

AIFF also supports the development of emerging talent, providing educational and networking opportunities, outreach training schemes and structured internship and volunteer programs all year. The festival itself is an exciting forum for new talent to meet established filmmakers and producers and buyers.

Dukale's Dream

 

DUKALE'S DREAM - a feature length documentary about Hugh Jackman's life changing experience after befriending an Ethiopian coffee farmer.

Starring Hugh Jackman

Directed by Josh Rothstein

Produced by Jesse Scolaro

Sundance 2014: Angelina Jolie Joins Ethiopian Film 'Difret' as Executive Producer

The actress called the Zeresenay Berhane Mehari-directed feature "a strong moment for art in Ethiopia."
  
Angelina Jolie has joined Zeresenay Berhane Mehari's feature directorial debut, Difret, which will have its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.
  
Centering around a young Ethiopian girl who challenges the tradition of "telefa," the practice of abduction in marriage, usually of young girls, the film is "a strong moment for art in Ethiopia," Jolie said.
  
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Addis International Film Festival 2012

The 6th Edition

of the Addis International Film Festival

Audience at a screening at the last years' festival

Audience at a screening at the last years festival

The annual "Addis International Film Festival" (AIFF) is about to open its doors. From May the 1st to the 6th, 2012, Initiative Africa is organizing its popular documentary film festival for the 6th time; some 60 documentaries will be screened in Addis Abeba and major university towns in Ethiopia.

The Festival will be opened at the Italian Cultural Institute  with the film "Town of Runners" by Jerry Rothwell on May the 1st at 5 pm. The producer of the film, Daniel Demissie, will be present for a discussion about the film afterwards.

The key topics addressed by the documentary films and the ensuing panel discussions are globalization, migration, child abuse, environment, social change and gender. Two workshops will be held for film makers on the 2nd and the 5th of May themed  "How to Make a Short Film" and "How to Become a Film Critic". In addition, after-show parties will be hosted.

Over the past five years, the festival has screened hundreds of award-winning documentaries, including some 45 premieres from over 35 countries at the Sebastopol Cinema, the City Hall Theatre, the Alliance Ethio-Francaise, the Italian Cultural Institute, the US Embassy, the British Council, various local youth centres and universities across the country.

EFI is very proud that this year, on Wednesday the 2nd of May, the film "Framing the Other" will be shown at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise. It is a documentary about tourism in Mursi made by Ilja Kok and Willem Timmers and co-produced by the EFI.

For more information about exact times of screenings and events please have a look at the program!

Nigeria, South Africa lead AMAA nominations 2012

Most nominated films include South Africa's Otelo Burning, How to 2 Steal 2 Million and State of Violence; Nigeria'€™s Adesuwa; Ghana'€™s Somewhere in Africa and Ties That Bin; The Nigerian-South African co-production Man on Ground; and Kenya's Rugged Priest.

Nigeria received 52 nominations on 17 March 2012 in Banjul, Gambia for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Africa'€™s most prestigious awards for filmmakers.

South Africa was a close second with 45 nominations, followed by Ghana with 17, Kenya with 14, Uganda with 5, Tanzania with 3, and Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.

There were also nominations for films linked to the Diaspora in America, Canada, France, Germany, Guadalupe, Italy, Jamaica, and the UK.

AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa, up from 220 in 2011. This includes 134 feature films, 88 short films, 57 documentaries and six animations. 43 entries came from Africans in the Diaspora, with the other entries coming from 23 countries across the continent.

South African surfing film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher, scooped the most nominees (13), followed closely by South African film noir How 2 Steal 2 Million (11) and Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa (10). Ghana'€™s civil war film Somewhere in Africa has seven nominations, as does the Nigerian-South African xenophobia-themed coproduction Man on Ground. Kenya'€™s  Rugged Priest, Ghana's Ties That Bind and South Africa State of Violence all have six.

Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, director of programming of The Pan African Film Festival, headed this year's jury, which included June Giavanni, programmer for Planet Africa at The Toronto International Film Festival; Keith Shiri, founder and film curator at the London festival, Africa at The Pictures; Dorothee Wenner, a curator at The Berlin Film Festival; Shaibu Husseini, an actor, dancer and The Nigerian Guardian arts journalist; Steve Ayorinde, editor-in-chief of The Daily Mirror;  Ayoko Babu, executive director of The Pan African Film Festival; Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a film scholar and critic; and directors Berni Goldblat and John Akomfrah, OBE.

Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 were eligible.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 22 April 2012, hosted by Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis. For the first time, the awards will be held in Lagos rather than Bayelsa in Nigeria.

€œOur theme this year is  Africa Rising,€ says founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. €œAfrica'€™s economies are consistently growing faster than those of almost any other region of the world and our film industries are following suit. With the success of last year'€™s AMAA winner, Viva Riva!, all of a sudden there'€™s this great excitement about the potential of the African film industry, which is clearly demonstrated in this year'€™s diverse nominees.€

For more information, keep an eye on http://www.ama-awards.com/.

AMAA 2012 NOMINATION LIST

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM

1. Jamaa – Uganda
2. Look Again – Kenya
3. Maffe Tiga – Guinea
4. Braids On Bald Head – Nigeria
5. Hidden Life – South Africa
6. Mwansa The Great – Zimbabwe
7. Chumo – Tanzania
8. The Young Smoker – Nigeria

 

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
1.  African Election – Nigeria/Germany
2.  Beyond The Deadly Pit – Rwanda
3.  Awa Ogbe: An African Adventure – Algeria
4.  Dear Mandela – South Africa
5.  White& Black; Crime And Colour – Tanzania
6.  The Niger Delta Struggle – Ghana
7.  There Is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle –Nigeria
8.  How Much Is Too Much – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
1.  Toussanat Louverture -France
2.  Ghett’a Life – Jamaica
3.  High Chicago – Canada
4.  Elza – Guadalupe
5.  Better Must Come – Jamaica
6.  Kinyanrwanda – USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
1.  The Education Of Auma Obama – Germany
2.  White Wash – USA
3.  Almendron Mi Corazon – Guadalupe
4.  All Me: The Life And Times Of Winfred Hubert – USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA (SHORT FILM)
1.  John Doe – USA
2.  White Sugar In A Black Pot -USA
3.  The Lost One -USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATION
1.  The Legend on Ngong Hills – Kenya
2.  Oba – Nigeria
3.  Climate Change is Real – Kenya
4.  Egu – South Africa
5.  Chomoka – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
1.  Mystery Of Birds – USA/Nigeria
2.  Housemates – UK/Nigeria
3.  Ben Kross – Italy/Nigeria
4.  Paparazzi Eye In The Dark – USA/Nigeria/Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
1.  Somewhere in Africa – Ghana
2.   Phone Swap – Nigeria
3.   Otelo Burning – South Africa
4.   Adesuwa – Nigeria
5.   How 2 Steal 2 Million – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
1.  The Captain Of Nakara – Kenya
2.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
3.  Rugged Priest -Kenya
4.  Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
5.  Queen’s Desire – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
1.  Rugged Priest – Kenya
2.  State Research Bureau – Uganda
3.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
4.  Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
5.  Shattered – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
1.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
2.  Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria
3.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
4.  How 2 Steal 2 Million – South Africa
5.  Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
1.  Behind The Mask – Nigeria
2.  Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
3.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
4.  State Research Bureau – Uganda
5.  Otelo Burning – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
1.  State Of Violence – South Africa
2.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
3.  How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
4.  Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria
5.  Algiers Murder – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
1.  How 2 Steal 2 Million – South Africa
2.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
3.  Rugged Priest – Kenya
4.  Masquerades – Ghana
5.  Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
1. Algiers Murder – South Africa
2. Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria
3. Unwanted Guest – Nigeria
4.  How 2 Steal 2 Million- South Africa
5.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
6. Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
1.  Ties That Bind – Ghana
2.  Mr & Mrs – Nigeria
3.  How 2 Steal 2 Million – South Africa
4.  Otelo Burning –South Africa
5.  Unwanted Guest -Nigeria
6.  Two Brides And A Baby – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
1. Unwanted Guest -Nigeria
2. Family On Fire – Nigeria
3. Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria
4. Adesuwa – Nigeria
5. Phone Swap – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
1. Chumo – Tanzania
2. State Of Violence – South Africa
3.  Family On Fire – Nigeria
4.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
5.  Asoni – Cameroon

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR
1.  Rahman Junior Bande (Behind The Mask) – Nigeria
2.  Tsepang Mohlomi  (Otelo Burning) – South Africa
3.  Reginna Danies (Bank Job) – Nigeria
4.  Benjamin Abemigisha (Jamaa) – Uganda
5.  Rachel Nduhukire (Jamaa) – Uganda
6.  Ayinla O. Abdulaheem (ZR-7) – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST YOUNG/PROMISING ACTOR
1.  Neo Ntatleno (State Of Violence) – South Africa
2.  Ivie Okujaye (Alero’s Symphony) – Nigeria
3.  Iyobosa Olaye (Adesuwa) – Nigeria
4.  Martha Ankomah (Somewhere In Africa) – Ghana
5.  Thomas Gumede (Otelo Burning) – South Africa
6.  Sihle Xaba (Otelo Burning) – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1.  Rapulana Seiphemo (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
2.  Fana Mokoena (Man On Ground) – South Africa/Nigeria
3.  Hafiz Oyetoro (Phone Swap) – Nigeria
4.  Okechukwu Uzoesi (Two Brides And A Baby) – Nigeria
5.  Godfrey Theobejane (48) – Nigeria
6.  Lwanda Jawar (Rugged Priest) – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1.  Terry Pheto (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
2.  Ebbe Bassey (Ties That Bind) – Ghana
3.  Empress Njamah (Bank Job) – Nigeria
4.  Ngozi Ezeonu (Adesuwa) – Nigeria
5.  Thelma Okoduwa (Mr & Mrs) – Nigeria
6.  Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Ties That Bind) – Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1.  Menzi Ngubane (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
2.  Majid Micheal (Somewhere In Africa) – Ghana
3.  Chet Anekwe (Unwanted Guest) – Nigeria
4.  Jafta Mamabolo (Otelo Burning) – South Africa
5.  Karabo Lance (48) – Nigeria
6.  Wale Ojo (Phone Swap) – Nigeria
7.  Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Man On Ground) – Nigeria/South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1.   Nse Ikpe Etim (Mr & Mrs) – Nigeria
2.  Yvonne Okoro (Single Six) – Ghana
3.  Ama K. Abebrese (Ties That Bind) – Ghana
4.  Rita Dominic (Shattered) – Kenya
5.  Uche Jombo (Damage) – Nigeria
6.  Millicent Makheido (48) – Nigeria
7.  Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai (Playing Warriors) – Zimbabwe

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR
1.  Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun (Adesuwa) – Nigeria
2.  Leila Djansi (Ties That Bind) – Ghana
3.  Bob Nyanja (Rugged Priest) – Kenya
4.  Charlie Vundla (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
5.  Khalo Matabane (State Of Violence) – South Africa
6.  Akin Omotoso (Man On Ground) – South Africa/Nigeria
7.  Sara Bletcher (Otelo Burning) – South Africa

AMAA 2011 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM

1. State Of Violence - South Africa
2. Adesuwa - Nigeria
3. Otelo Burning – South Africa
4. Rugged Priest – Kenya
5. How 2 Steal 2 Million - South Africa
6. Ties That Bind – Ghana
7. Man On Ground - South Africa/Nigeria

 

Lola Kenya Screen calls for participation

Lola Kenya Screen, a Nairobi-based charity specialising in issues related to children, youth, mass media, culture and development, has opened the call for film submissions and skill-development participation for the 7th annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorship programme and market for children and youth that takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 6 to 11 August 2012.

Lola Kenya Screen is also calling upon children and youth interested in developing their creative and cultural entrepreneurship skills and showcasing their films. They have until 15 April to apply.

  1. Mentorship Programmes Application

Children and youth interested in creative and cultural entrepreneurship are invited to send in their application to be considered for participation in either filmmaking, creative writing, cultural journalism, critical appreciation, or organisation & presentation of events.

The centrepiece of Lola Kenya Screen is the practical, hands-on, ‘learn-as-you-do’ mentorship programmes through which we explore, identify, nurture and flaunt creative talent among children and youth in filmmaking, creative writing, cultural journalism, critical appreciation, organisation and presentation of events, and media literacy.

The objective of these mentorship programmes is to equip participants with the skills to understand, appreciate, conceive and create high quality audiovisual media productions in particular and creative and cultural products in general. This work can bear dividends only if it is done throughout the year and not just seasonally.

The deadline for applications is 15 April.

7th Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni and 14-Plus Award Application

Lola Kenya Screen invites all kinds of moving images - animation, fiction, documentary and experimental films, television series, video games and even creatively packaged music videos tackling issues related to children, youth and family and that provide strong role models to children and youth while speaking positively to children of diverse backgrounds are accepted -from all over the world.


Selected films are showcased under various categories with those starring children aged 6-13 years competing for the prestigious Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni award for the best children’s film and those featuring children above 14 years competing for the Lola Kenya Screen 14-Plus Prize for the best youth film.
All entries submitted must be suitable for children ages 13 and under, youth aged 14-25 years, or family (25+).


The deadline for applications is 15 April.

6th Kids for Kids Festival Africa Call for Films

Lola Kenya Screen invites films from children and youth in Africa for the 6th annual Kids for Kids Africa Festival (KFKF-A) Competition that has since 2008 been organised and presented in the framework of Africa's premier audiovisual media initiative specifically and exclusively designed for children and youth.

"The films we are looking for must be made by children and youth in 2011 and 2012 only; any film made by adults masquerading as children or youth are unacceptable," Lola Kenya Screen director Ogova Ondego says. "We define a child as any one aged 18 years and under. And such people need not be citizens of Africa but can be resident in the mother continent at the time the film was made."

Ondego clarifies that films made by children under the guidance of adults are eligible for the Kids For Kids Festival Africa but that the contribution of adults should be confined to training or facilitating the process but should not be extended to areas such as scripting, shooting, story-boarding or animating that disqualify the production.

"Eligible films are those made by children resident in any part of Africa. All kinds of moving images-animation, experimental, documentary, fiction-will be considered," Ondego says.

Like all entries to Lola Kenya Screen, any film in a language other than English must be sub-titled in English.

"All entries will be received, processed, assessed and awarded by a film selection committee and jury comprising children. Winning entries will represent Africa at the international Kids for Kids Festival," Ondego adds.

The deadline for receiving entries at the Lola Kenya Screen directorate is 15 April.

Films for the 6th Kids For Kids Festival Africa are to be submitted to:

Lola Kenya Screen, PCEA Enchoro Emuny Church, Ngong Road, Ngong Hills (about 20km from Nairobi CBD), P O Box 20775-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya (EA).

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Film submissions to AIFF 2012 are now open

The 6th Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) runs from May 1 - 6, 2012

Film submissions to AIFF 2012 are open. Established and debut filmmakers are encouraged to apply.

Documentaries completed after January 2008 are preferred but films completed before this are also considered.

Fo more information please visit AIFF website.

New Documentary Award for Research & Development for films about the developing world: Deadline 5 April 2012

WorldView and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program offer a new Documentary Award for Research & Development for films about the developing world

One feature length cinematic documentary film in the development stage will be awared a 10,000 pound grant, enhanced with professional access to film mentorship from a WorldView and/or Sundance Institute supported director.

Documentary projects are welcome from emerging filmmakers from all corners of the globe, with well-crafted stories about a social justice issue in the developing world.

The winning proposal must aim to intrigue and engage audiences in the UK and have UK broadcast rights available, and expect to sign a letter of agreement with WorldView.

Finalists will be contacted the second week in April. The Award will be recognized during Sundance London Film and Music Festival April 26 - 29, 2012.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following selection criteria:

• Suitability of subject matter in improving understanding of developing countries (as demonstrated by the treatment submitted as part of the application process).

• Broadcast potential

• Originality and innovation in approaching the subject matter

Applicants are encouraged to consider a context for outreach to maximise the social impact of their films.

The winner will be awarded during Sundance in London.

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is a core program of Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists.

WorldView is a CBA [Commonwealth Broadcasting Association] Project that aims to improve UK public understanding and awareness of the developing world via the mainstream broadcast and digital media.

Deadline for Applications is 5th April 2012