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SOUTH AFRICA

#Newsmaker: Giant Films' Sam Coleman and A Guardian
#Newsmaker: Giant Films' Sam Coleman and A Guardian

Giant Films in collaboration with an international team of creatives recently completed an anti-poaching, 90-second film for Over and Above Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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A few PR lessons from the world's greatest anti-hero Deadpool

Francois Rank gives a few tips on how we as communications professionals can learn from how Deadpool 2 was marketed...

By Francois Rank 11 Jun 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#Newsmaker: Good Mourning, Ian Morgan
#Newsmaker: Good Mourning, Ian Morgan

Jessica Tennant interviews Cape Town-based filmmaker Ian Morgan on his return from the Sundance Film Festival in London, where he premiered his award-winning short film Good Mourning...

By Jessica Tennant 8 Jun 2018

KENYA

Mbithi Masya, film director at Fat Rain Films, Kenya.
Celebrating African storytelling and craft

Mbithi Masya, film director at Fat Rain Films, Kenya, and a Ciclope Africa judge, talks about what Africa can bring to the international stage...

By Louise Marsland 26 Apr 2018

AFRICA

Ciclope Africa shone a light on local craft work
Ciclope Africa shone a light on local craft work

Francisco Condorelli, the director of Ciclope, tells Bizcommunty.Africa what he sees for the future of Ciclope and awards focused on craft rather than the 'big idea'...

By Louise Marsland 20 Apr 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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Why is South Africa not watching South African movies?

You hear it all the time (at least in the hipster parts of Cape Town): support local. Wear locally-made clothes, buy fruit and veg from your local vendors. Whether these efforts are helping is unclear, but one area it isn't? Local film...

By Julia Breakey 28 Feb 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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And the Safta nominees are...

The South African Film and Television Awards (Safta) has announced its (very, very) long list of nominees, so buckle up, because here they are...

By Julia Breakey 5 Feb 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Jesse Clegg fest master.
Reap the benefits of sending your music videos to film festivals

When directors think of sending their work to film festivals, they generally only think of submitting short or feature films. Even micro 60-sec shorts have their own festivals these days...

By Quinton Lavery 23 Nov 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

The power of cinema advertising: A big screen with a captivated audience
The power of cinema advertising: A big screen with a captivated audience

At a time when reach appears to be seen as the be-all and end-all of advertising plans, cinema advertising offers more - a captivated target audience...

By Motheo Matsau 30 Oct 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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Swift: 78% of women in the film/TV industry victims of discrimination

A new report being prepared by women working in film and television in SA has revealed shocking findings at the Durban International Film Festival...

By Juanita Pienaar 19 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

The next level for cinema is unlocking the customer value chain
The next level for cinema is unlocking the customer value chain

Local content is increasingly influencing the nature of box offices around the world and is likely to measurably drive how cinema and content converge for at least the medium term...

By Wanda Matandela 4 Aug 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

[NewsMaker] Nitesh Matai - GM at Nu Metro Cinemas
[NewsMaker] Nitesh Matai - GM at Nu Metro Cinemas

Nu Metro Cinemas has a new general manager in Nitesh Matai, who was promoted from marketing executive in December...

By Louise Marsland 28 Jan 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Mandela movie a hit
Mandela movie a hit

NEWSWATCH: South Africans are flocking to see the Mandela movie, reports IOL, which also reports MWEB is to increase its data speeds, and EWN reports Cell C's Alan Knott-Craig is recovering well after a stroke.

By Rod Baker 29 Nov 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

The art of grading - movie-making's silver lining
The art of grading - movie-making's silver lining

Lights. Camera. Action. From epic big-screen dramas to spellbinding or humorous television programmes and commercials, the world of entertainment provides an escape from the humdrum, moving and inspiring - at times, even without sound.

By Warwick Allan 8 Nov 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Anton Harber
The censorship of crudity and the crudity of censorship

Let's get some facts straight on the effective banning of the film, Of Good Report*, which was due to open the Durban International Film Festival - 18-28 July.

By Anton Harber 30 Jul 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

FPB gets bad report
FPB gets bad report

NEWSWATCH: Brigid Pohl, writing in Times Live, reckons the Film and Publication Board lost the plot regarding the film 'Of Good Report' and in the UK, online porn is to be blocked by default, reports the BBC. Back in Africa, pirated South African soaps are being sold to viewers outside of SA.

By Rod Baker 23 Jul 2013

KENYA

Nairobi Half Life with Mugambi Nthinga
Nairobi Half Life with Mugambi Nthinga

Nairobi Half Life is a film about a young man going to the city to follow his dream and instead ends up in crime. The film was submitted for an Oscar award. Mugambi Nthinga, one of the cast members speaks to us about Kenya's growing film industry and what the submission means. [video]

By Carole Kimutai 2 Nov 2012

KENYA

Nairobi Half Life  with Tosh Gitonga
Nairobi Half Life with Tosh Gitonga

Nairobi Half Life is a film about a young man going to the city to follow his dream and instead ends up in crime. The film was submitted for an Oscar award. Tosh Gitonga, director of the film, speaks to us about Kenya's growing film industry and what the submission means. [video]

By Carole Kimutai 1 Nov 2012

AFRICA

African films to battle it out for an Oscar
African films to battle it out for an Oscar

In the run up to the 85th Academy Award ceremony taking place in 2013, it has been reported that a record number of 71 submissions have been submitted to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Of this record number, four of the films are from Africa, with Kenya submitting its very first film.

By Evan-Lee Courie 9 Oct 2012

KENYA

Kenya's cinema business is about thinking without the box

Like the films they show, the story of Kenya's cinema industry has very interesting story lines, complete with new characters, a beginning and an end. In 2010, one of Nairobi's landmarks - the Kenya Cinema, run by Fox Entertainment Group, was closed after it went out of business.

By Carole Kimutai 14 Aug 2012

AFRICA

Are you a content producer in Africa? Here is how to earn some cash
Are you a content producer in Africa? Here is how to earn some cash

If you are a content producer in Africa, you don't have to be in Hollywood or Bollywood for your work to be viewed in the United States. Carole Kimutai speaks to Victor Mallet, a Ghanaian who is making this a reality through the website, ReelAfrican.com, that hosts African films, TV series and documentaries.

By Carole Kimutai 5 Jul 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

The nerds are taking over
The nerds are taking over

Not that long ago, in a galaxy known as the Milky Way, on a planet called Earth, I read the words 'Save a Non-Geek Today' in a PC Format editor's note, and was amused by the seemingly far-fetched concept. Little did I know that those words foretold the revolution that is silently sweeping over the world and converting the masses into geeks without them realising it.

By Charles Siboto 16 Mar 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

Craig Wilson
End of an era as last drive-in closes

Ster-Kinekor has confirmed that the Velskoen drive-in in Randburg, Johannesburg, will close next year. It is the last of its drive-ins and the company says the decision comes as a result of declining audiences, which is says isn't unique to South Africa.

By Craig Wilson 28 Nov 2011

UGANDA

Walter Wafula
Production firm to screen film on Uganda's first Olympic medalist

VeryMuchSo Productions, a British film production company, is set to screen a film about the life of Uganda's first Olympic champion, John Akii Bua, for the first time in Kampala on 18 October 2011.

By Walter Wafula 6 Oct 2011

SOUTH AFRICA

Fine film-making, clever marketing set to make Jock top dog
Fine film-making, clever marketing set to make Jock top dog

The countdown has begun for the premier of "Jock", the huge-hearted, animated family film that rolls out the red carpet in two weeks. Percy FitzPatrick's classic story of the legendary Lowveld canine icon, Jock of the Bushveld, is now a plucky movie that isn't dependent on local box-office takings for financial success. What's more, it could give the local animation industry serious global bite and help set SA up as a hub for this burgeoning film sector.

By Mandy de Waal 11 Jul 2011

EAST AFRICA

Nigerian investor to speak at Kenyan film conference
Nigerian investor to speak at Kenyan film conference

The upcoming Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi will feature a speaker from Cinemart, the Nigerian cinema chain, which is to open 25 cinemas in Kenya over the next year, with the first 12 screens opening in September 2011.

By Carole Kimutai 22 Jun 2011

SOUTH AFRICA

'Soccer south of the Umbilo' - a movie about special football memories
'Soccer south of the Umbilo' - a movie about special football memories

As the Carlos Parreira-led Bafana Bafana leave the 2010 FIFA World Cup stage, the movie about another iconic South African coach is about to hit theatres nationwide. The one that won us the only big cup, ever: Clive Barker.

By Mandy de Waal 28 Jun 2010

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