Archive for category Africa

Nigeria’s $7.2bn film industry gains traction in Europe

Nigeria’s film industry, which is currently worth $7.3 billion, has gained traction in Europe as local producers are seeking opportunities to expand their products beyond the shores of Nigeria. Nigeria’s $7.2bn film industry gains traction in Europe

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Film production in South Africa creates a boon and a dilemma for local actors

by Gideon Brower and Darby Maloney Drive along South Africa’s N2 highway near Cape Town and you may spy in the distance a huge wooden sailing ship stranded in the middle of an open field. It’s a prop – one of two boats built as sets for “Black Sails,” a pirate adventure show produced for the U.S. cable […]

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Director Franco Sacchi on Nigeria’s booming film industry competing globally

Rachelle Akuffo Nigeria’s booming film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, isn’t just the largest in Africa but the second largest in the world.  The first Nigerian films were made back in the 1960s. Many filmmakers in the country date the beginnings of Nollywood blockbusters to 1992 and the direct to video release of a film […]

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Film industry booms in Cape Town

BY BEKEZELA PHAKATHI, THE filming and events industries are booming in Cape Town with the city issuing nearly 3,000 permits in three months for various film shoots. The film industry, spearheaded by Cape Town, has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years. The city has attracted A-list actors and crews from across the world for the shooting […]

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Uganda: The Struggles of Uganda Film Makers

OPINION By Bamuturaki Musinguzi As the film fraternity prepares for the fourth edition of the Ugandan Film Festival (UFF) later in the year, local filmmakers still have to grapple with lack of funding and equipment, a poor distribution network, lack of a government film commission and an affordable film school to support the budding sector. Filmmaker […]

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East African film maker opens up on what they hate about Nigerian movies

By Benjamin Njoku A top rated Kenyan film maker and script writer, Njoki Muhoho, recently took a swipe at the sorry state of the East African film industry, blaming the woes on the inability of the policy makers in the region to recognize the economic potentials of the industry. Muhoho, who was appointed the head […]

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Crewmember Killed on Latest ‘Resident Evil’ Film

by David Robb There’s been another tragic accident on the South African set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, this one taking the life of crew member Ricardo Cornelius. He was killed on Dec. 3, but reports are just now surfacing. None of the production or distribution companies involved has yet to make a public statement or express […]

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KwaMashu African Film Festival offers industry workshops

The KwaMashu African Film Festival (KAFF), taking place now (4-13 December 2015), is able to offer industry workshops, such as Budgeting for Film Makers, Copyright and Marketing and Distribution, through its partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. The Commission’s mission is to promote the province’s film industry through increasing the participation of the previously disadvantaged […]

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South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa – South African Film Industry Stakeholders Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Remarks by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, at the engament with Film Stakeholders, Johannesburg Programme Director, Chair of the Board of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Ms Mmabatho Ramagoshi, CEO of the NFVF, Ms Zama Mkosi, Distinguished delegates from the film industry, Representatives of film organisations, Producers […]

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Kenya’s film industry is in revival mode

BY FRANKLINE SUNDAY Passport to America is a reality television series fresh out of Nairobi’s Riverwood. The show follows the challenges of a Kenyan family that has just relocated to America and is trying to fit in. Shot in the US with high-definition equipment, the show’s format is a mix of reality television and dramatisation […]

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