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Angus Kneale to chair Film Craft executive jury at NYF International Advertising Awards
Angus Kneale to chair Film Craft executive jury at NYF International Advertising Awards

The New York Festivals International Advertising Awards® has announced the inaugural Film Craft executive jury and that Angus Kneale, chief creative officer of The Mill will head the panel of ten film industry experts...

8 hours ago

KwaZulu-Natal goes big at the movies
KwaZulu-Natal goes big at the movies

The largest movie screen in KwaZulu-Natal, featuring ultra high-definition (UHD) digital projection has opened at the Xtreme at Nu Metro Ballito Junction...

9 hours ago

Netflix pledges to finish last Orson Welles movie
Netflix pledges to finish last Orson Welles movie

LOS ANGELES - Internet streaming service Netflix said on Tuesday it would fund the completion and restoration of iconic filmmaker Orson Welles's last movie, the unfinished The Other Side of the Wind...

15 Mar 2017

Ster-Kinekor website leaks millions of users' private data
Ster-Kinekor website leaks millions of users' private data

Ster-Kinekor's old website allowed anyone with know-how to retrieve the profile details of every user on the site. This information included phone numbers, addresses and plaintext passwords...

By Julia Breakey 14 Mar 2017

Shared value required to grow SA film sector
Shared value required to grow SA film sector

As the South African film sector transitions from local content in terms of its value as an art, towards where there is a more balance in terms of its sustainable commercial value, it becomes crucial for the sector to align on what 'giving back' actually looks like...

By Wanda Matandela 9 Mar 2017

Local film comes in at number three at box office
Local film comes in at number three at box office

Local film, Keeping up with the Kandasamys opened at number three on the Top 10 after Logan: The Wolverine and Fifty Shades Darker, raking R1.6m at the box office on opening weekend...

7 Mar 2017

South Africa's Stick Man wins four awards at Kidscreen Awards
South Africa's Stick Man wins four awards at Kidscreen Awards

The Triggerfish Animation Studios' collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, Stick Man has added four more awards, bringing its total to 11 international awards on three continents...

20 Feb 2017

Ster-Kinekor sponsors SAFTAs Young Achiever Award
Ster-Kinekor sponsors SAFTAs Young Achiever Award

Ster-Kinekor has announced its sponsorship of the Youth Achiever Award category at the 11th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)...

17 Feb 2017

Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign
Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign

Can data tell your whole story? To find out, Investec Private Banking presented three 'out of the ordinary' individuals with how data sees them...

14 Feb 2017

Multi-partner initiative increases awareness on Safer Internet Day
Multi-partner initiative increases awareness on Safer Internet Day

On Safer Internet Day, 7 February, a multi-organisation partnership will spread the word of cyber risks under the theme, ‘Be the change: Unite for a better Internet'...

6 Feb 2017

Cape Town International Animation Festival opens in March with Oscar nominee film
Cape Town International Animation Festival opens in March with Oscar nominee film

The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), presented by Animation South Africa, takes place 3-5 March 2017 at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town...

3 Feb 2017

Nu-Metro opens 4DX cinema in Menlyn Park next week
Nu-Metro opens 4DX cinema in Menlyn Park next week

The multi-sensory cinema, 4DX opens at Nu Metro Menlyn Park on Friday 10 February 2017. This is the fourth such cinema for the group...

3 Feb 2017

Jozi Film Festival adds new category with partner Discovery Channel
Jozi Film Festival adds new category with partner Discovery Channel

The ‘Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering Award' calls for two to five minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa, which highlight and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery's ethos of sparking curiosity...

2 Feb 2017

New Deon Meyer thriller film goes on tour in South Africa ahead of premiere
New Deon Meyer thriller film goes on tour in South Africa ahead of premiere

Jagveld will be embarking on a nationwide tour from 11 February ahead of the film's cinema release on 17 March 2017...

1 Feb 2017

KZN Film Commission offers scriptwriting training programmes
KZN Film Commission offers scriptwriting training programmes

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, which aims to enhance the economy by providing and encouraging opportunities for persons especially from disadvantaged communities to enter and participate in the film industry in the province is offering two training programmes - scriptwriting and film directing...

31 Jan 2017

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SA filmmakers show their class

Kevin Hart: What Now? - the 2016 American stand-up comedy concert film starring comedian Kevin Hart - was released in the United States (US) in October. Parts of the movie were filmed in South Africa and directed and produced by South Africans...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Dec 2016

#BestofBiz: Marketing & Media
#BestofBiz 2016: Marketing & Media

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

12 Dec 2016

Africa's first laser projection cinema opens in Cape Town
Africa's first laser projection cinema opens in Cape Town

Nu Metro Cinemas has announced the opening of Africa's first laser projection cinema in Cape Town at Nu Metro Canal Walk. It opens at 8pm on 14 December with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story...

9 Dec 2016

Joint research on size of film, media industry in Cape Town
Joint research on size of film, media industry in Cape Town

Research is to be conducted to determine the size and structure of the film and media industry in in Cape Town and the Western Cape...

8 Dec 2016

Scriptwriters called to enter 2017 Festival of Reading of New Writing
Scriptwriters called to enter 2017 Festival of Reading of New Writing

South African-based scriptwriters are encouraged to enter the Festival of Reading of New Writing, a scriptwriting competition for new, emerging or experienced writers...

6 Dec 2016

Home with Mapaseka talks surrogacy ahead of When the Bough Breaks opening in SA
Home with Mapaseka talks surrogacy ahead of When the Bough Breaks opening in SA

On Wednesday, 26 October, the Home with Mapaseka show on Kaya FM delved into the complex and sometimes taboo world of surrogacy...

Issued by Kaya FM 95.9 27 Oct 2016

Yolande Botha's Renascence launches online
Yolande Botha's Renascence launches online

The third-place winner in last year's 48 Hour Film Project, The Brave Cartel's fantasy drama, Renascence, has been released online...

19 Oct 2016

Ziyaad Solomon wins Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge
Ziyaad Solomon wins Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge

As part of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour viewers can also watch the winning five-minute film from the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge, Mowbray to Mowbray Ridge by up-and-coming young filmmaker Ziyaad Solomon...

12 Oct 2016

60-second short film by Bauke Brouwer selected for Filminute 2016
60-second short film by Bauke Brouwer selected for Filminute 2016

A Weekend with Harry represents South Africa in the 11th edition of Filminute...

Issued by Narrative Truth 10 Oct 2016

Celia Collins from Carat, handing over the 2016 MOST award for best media owner – cinema category award to the Cinemark sales team – Claire Smith, Eric Blignaut, Kim Cox, Lynne Marshall and Leslie Adams.
#SustainabilityMonth: How Cinemark is walking the CSI talk

Cinemark, part of the Ster-Kinekor family, recently took home the best media owner in the cinema category MOST award. Motheo Matsau, chief marketing and sales officer of Ster-Kinekor Theatres explains how this is proof of their winning CSR strategy...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Oct 2016

Picturehouse Cinemas, McCann London announces winner of film competition
Picturehouse Cinemas, McCann London announces winner of film competition

Picturehouse Cinemas, in partnership with McCann London, put fledgling film talent on the big screen with its film competition for Picturehouse Cinema Members...

5 Oct 2016

Noem My Skollie to represent SA at the 2017 Academy Awards
Noem My Skollie to represent SA at the 2017 Academy Awards

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has nominated the feature film Noem My Skollie as South Africa's official selection to the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars)...

28 Sep 2016

#InnovationMonth: Launch of SA's first 4DX campaign
#InnovationMonth: Launch of SA's first 4DX campaign

Nitesh Matai, general manager for Nu Metro Cinemas, explains the 4DX cinema experience and Justin Inglis, national sales manager for Popcorn Cinema Advertising, shares the backstory to the first 4DX commercial for the new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR vehicle...

By Pasqua Heard 28 Sep 2016

To vape or not to vape
To vape or not to vape

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is predicting that this century alone, a billion lives will be lost to smoking. A Billion Lives is a documentary film that examines vaping and e-cigarettes as a healthy alternative to smoking...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Sep 2016

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