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Award-Winning Movies Showcased at Film Festival

A scene in the film, WULU, a political-crime thriller by Mali's Daouda Coulibaly.

By Bamuturaki Musinguzi Published March 29, 2018 Award-winning movies have been screened at an annual film festival. WULU, a political-crime thriller by Mali’s Daouda Coulibaly and DIVINES, a a humorous but tragic drama by Qatar’s Houda Benyamina were among the movies that screened at the just concluded Francophone Film Festival in Kampala, the Ugandan commercial capital. Whereas WULU that is acted in French and Bambara tells the story of a 20-year-old man who gets embroiled in the Malian criminal underworld drug ring, DIVINES is about a teenage girl living in the Romani ghetto on the outskirts of Paris with her mother and aunt and has to hustle for money by shoplifting from supermarkets and then reselling the wares on the streets to their classmates. RELATED:My Life-Changing Internship Experience Among the awards WULU has won are the 2017 FESPACO Ousmane-Sembene Prize for its relevance in addressing ‘corruption’ in a film that recounts the rise of a West African drug lord and the socio-political effects of drug trafficking in West Africa, the 2017 FESPACO Best Actor to Ibrahima Koma, the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards’ Best First Feature Film by a Director and Best Visual Effects. WULU, by French-Malian Coulibaly, has also received nominations at the Hamburg Film Festival 2016, London Film Festival 2016, and Miami Film Festival 2017. Houda Benyamina, a French-Qatari screenwriter and director who made DIVINES in 2016 has won the Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or and Cesar Award for Best First Feature Film for this humorous but tragic drama. RELATED:Elmina, Ghana’s Castle of Shame, Remains Intact Five Centuries Later Other movies screened during the 2018 edition of the Francophone Film Festival held March 5 – 10 at Alliance Française include LE CHANT DES HOMMES (Rising Voices) by Bénédicte Liénard of Belgium; YEMA by Djamila Sahraoui of Algeria; ADY …

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Prizes for Children’s Literature and Journalism in Africa Call for Entries

Amina Yuguda of Nigeria won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism in 2017.

By Iminza Keboge Published March 23, 2018 Golden Baobab Prize, a literary not-for-profit organisation operating out of the Ghanaian capital, Accra and that says it discovers, celebrates and nurtures children’s writers and illustrators from across Africa, invites African Writers and Illustrators for Children’s books to the the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize by March 31, 2018. “You stand a chance to win one of US$5000 cash prizes and a publishing contract. Outstanding writers and illustrators will be connected to publishing opportunities, institutional and art gallery projects in Africa and around the world,” the organisers of Golden Baobab Prize say. “Visit goldenbaobab.org for how to submit. Share with writers and artists in your networks. We look forward to receiving your entry!” RELATED:Young Africans Invited to Apply for Filmmaking Mentorship Meanwhile, journalists in Africa have till March 23, 2018 at 23.59 GMT to apply for the annual BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism. The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in New Broadcasting House in London, gaining skills and experience. “The award”, BBC says, “was set up to honour the memory of Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster who died unexpectedly at the age of 41 in 2014. In his short life Komla made an extraordinary impact – in Ghana, in Africa and across the world – on Joy FM and at the BBC. Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, he worked tirelessly to bring a more sophisticated African narrative to the world. The BBC is committed to continuing Komla’s legacy and, through this award, aims to empower a new generation of journalists from Africa to tell African stories to global audiences. RELATED:Nigerian Wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award Previous winners of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award are …

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Young Africans Invited to Apply for Filmmaking Mentorship

Talents Durban 2018 shall offer participants "focused mentorships, industry-specific expert masterclasses, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking."

By Abdi Ali Published March 17, 2018 Emerging African screenwriters and directors with animation, fiction, documentary and hybrid projects in development are invited to apply for the 11th Talents Durban by April 6, 2018. Scheduled for July 20 – 24, 2018 and held in the framework of the 39th annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the 11th Talents Durban welcomes projects of all media formats such as film, television series, web series and content for mobile platforms. RELATED:African Artists Selected for International Residency Programme Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) of University of KwaZulu-Natal that hosts The five-day event says it consists of workshops, discussions, screenings, and specialised programmes for specific disciplines including directing, scriptwriting and reviewing films for print and TV. CCA says Talents Durban shall offer participants “focused mentorships, industry-specific expert masterclasses, workshops, and a creative platform for self-expression and networking.” Saying Talents Durban will also covers accommodation, airfare and festival accreditation for participants, CCA says the programme, whose theme is ‘Breaking the Rules’, shall bring together “highly-skilled professionals” to explore ways in which to develop the animation industry, “stimulate conversation and inspire filmmakers into the world of animation.” RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Turns Interns into Professionals To be part of 11th Talents Durban, applicants are expected to “complete their application online provided they have a recognised sample of past work and an ongoing project,” CCA says. CCA says the 11th Talents Durban shall also host ‘mentorship and hands-on training for emerging film critics in a programme called Talent Press. Inquiries on the programme may be e-mailed to Sinethemba Makrwalana on talentsdurban@gmail.com. RELATED:Movie Distribution and Co-Production Market Comes to Eastern Africa

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Kenyans to Get Unlimited Movies on Mobile Devices and TV Sets

Fighting rich and powerful opponents with limited resources means the girls will have to be smart and resourceful in a show in which taking down the bad guys and turning in your homework is all in a day’s work forMama K's Super 4 !

By Iminza Keboge Published February 27, 2018 Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service provider iflix has announced partnership with telecommunications service provider Safaricom in Kenya in a move that will see the latter’s customers get ‘up to 60 days of unlimited access to iflix’s service with thousands of the world’s best TV shows, movies and more on every device they own’. iflix, that says it works with ‘more than 220 studio and distributor partnerships worldwide’, says it ‘offers subscribers the most extensive selection of iconic, critically-acclaimed TV series and fan-favourite films both internationally and locally available, including hit titles such as The Big Bang Theory, Suits, The Flash, Arrow, Hercules, Mission Impossible, and more. As well as Bollywood hits ABCD, Chennai Express, Phantom, and PK’. RELATED:African Children’s Movie Platform Adjusts Focus iflix says it ‘offers such Nollywood titles as Head Gone, Jenifa’s Diary, The Visit, Bukas and Joints and much more. Local fan favourites include Mchungaji, Beneath the lies, Keep Moving, Dear Mother, For the love of her Son, Inner Beauty, Blood Ties and iflix Originals to be announced’. Mark Britt, co-founder and Group CEO of iflix, says, “We are thrilled to make our world-class service available in Kenya and partner with Safaricom, one of the country’s leading communications services provider for our launch. iflix is passionate about local consumers in Kenya. We are committed to offering them the largest selection of entertainment programming, entirely on their terms through a personalised and localised service, to stream or download on any device of their choice.” RELATED:Partnership to Strengthen Video-on-Demand Service Across Africa Announced “With the largest selection of the best TV shows and movies from all over the world,” says Paul Coogan, Head of East Africa at iflix, “iflix is primed to revolutionise the way we as Kenyans consume entertainment. We …

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Kenya to Mark International Women’s Day with Rugby Festival

Kenya Rugby Union says it shall use the third round of the KRU Women's 10-a-side festival to celebrate International Women's Day 2018

By Iminza Keboge Published February 24, 2018 Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) shall celebrate the annual International Women’s Day with a women’s rugby festival. KRU, that governs rugby football matters in Kenya, says it shall use its Women’s 10-a-Side festival at the Nairobi Railway Club on March 4, 2018 to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 which falls on March 8, 2018. Explaining the reasons for the celebration, Nicholas Aballa, Age Grade and Women’s Rugby Coordinator at KRU, says the rugby authority is ‘working within the different regions in the country to spread the gospel of women’s rugby’. RELATED:Is Africa the New Frontier for Rugby? “We have constantly been working towards encouraging women to take up rugby and participate in the game as players, coaches and administrators,” Aballa says. Saying KRU is ‘looking forward to another exciting round of action when the teams show up for the third round of the ongoing 10-a-side festival on March 4, Aballa says, “The Nairobi Railway Club is the home of Mwamba RFC, a club that pioneered the growth of the women’s game in Kenya and continues to be at the forefront of this endeavour. Impala Club will play host to the fourth round a fortnight later with the curtains falling on the festival on March 30, 2018 in Nakuru as part of the Great Rift 10s. RELATED:Kenya Rugby Cup Enters Penultimate Round Ahead of Playoffs The Nakuru leg will also feature age grade competitions in the girls U18 category as well as the boys’ U12, U14, U16 and U18 categories. KRU Women’s 10-a-side rugby festival schedule March 4, 2018: Railway Club, Nairobi March 18, 2018: Impala Club, Nairobi March 30, 2018: Nakuru Athletic Club, Nakuru. RELATED:Rugby Africa Releases Competition Schedule for 2018

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Kenya Rugby Cup Enters Penultimate Round Ahead of Playoffs

The top two sides at the end of the Kenya Cup league phase earn direct qualification to the semifinals while the teams in positions 3-6 qualify for the Top Six playoffs from where the qualifiers to the semifinals are determined.

By Kenya Rugby Union Published February 24, 2018 The second last round of rugby matches in the Kenya Cup’s league phase take place on February 24, 2018 across six venues in the capital, Nairobi, and Nakuru, some 160 kilometres away. Leaders and defending champions KCB, unbeaten all season, are at home to third-placed Kabras Sugar at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka. The bankers are well aware that victory against Kabras will guarantee them a top two finish with a game of the regular season to spare and with it a home semifinal slot. Kabras, like KCB, are already assured of a berth in the playoffs but they will head to Ruaraka looking to claim their first ever Kenya Cup win over the bankers as they seek to lay claim on a top two finish at the close of the regular season. RELATED:World’s Largest Award for Children and Youth Literature Presented Second-placed Menengai Cream Homeboyz host bottom of the table Regional Logistics Mombasa in a relatively straightforward fixture at the Jamhuri Park on Ngong Road. The Nairobi-based deejays will be out to further strengthen their quest for a direct semifinal berth with a bonus point win against the already relegated Mombasa. Fourth-placed Resolution Impala Saracens are already guaranteed qualification to the Top Six playoffs and they host sixth placed Strathmore Leos who currently occupy the final playoff slot. Victory for the Sarries could, depending on the outcome of the KCB vs Kabras clash, see them climb to third on the log while a win for the Leos will virtually secure their qualification for the Top Six playoffs. RELATED:Africa Introduces Women’s Rugby League Fifth-place SportPesa Quins host second from bottom Resolution Kisii at the RFUEA grounds. Quins, eliminated from the Kenya Cup at the semifinal stage last season, have already earned …

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Donors Pledge US$2 Billion for Global Learning Support

Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal and Emmanuel Macron of France with Julia Gillard, the Board Chair of Global Partnership for Education at a Press Conference in Dakar, Senegal.

By Irene Gaitirira Published February 4, 2018 Donor countries have pledged US$2.3 Billion in financing to address global learning crisis. While many more donor countries have indicated their intention to pledge further funds over the course of the financing period, more than 50 developing countries announced they would increase public expenditures for education for the period 2018 to 2020 to a total of US$110 billion. The financial commitments were made in the Senegalese capital, during a Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference co-hosted by President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Emmanuel Macron of France. RELATED:Kenya Changes Its Basic Education System GPE, that encourages developing countries to increase their share of education spending to 20% of their overall budget, says it works with governments of low-income and lower middle-income countries to strengthen their education systems. United Arab Emirates joined GPE, becoming the first Arab donor and pledging US$100 million. While Senegal became GPE’s first African donor as The Netherlands and Spain renewed their involvement, China attended for the first time. RELATED:How I Made My First Film “I am energised by the generosity and determination we have seen here today to ensure every child and young person has access to a quality education. After today’s commitments, we are seeing a clear trend to seriously address the global learning crisis,” said Julia Gillard, Board Chair of GPE and former Prime Minister of Australia during the conference that brought together 10 sitting and three former heads of state and more than 60 ministers. “The success of the conference marks a turning point for global political support for education financing and brings a new breadth and depth to our partnership.” Speaking during the meeting that brought together an estimated 1200 participants, Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of GPE, said, “The unprecedented support today …

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African Children’s Movie Platform Adjusts Focus

Children from the East African Community make movies during Lola Kenya Screen film festival in 2014

By Iminza Keboge Published January 24, 2018 The Lola Kenya Screen movie festival and skills-development and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa is restructuring its programmes. In a statement to the media, the Directorate of Lola Kenya Screen says the decision is aimed at making the organisation more effective and relevant as society changes. RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Forum to Go Bi-Monthly “After 12 years of operation, we are in 2018 scaling down, modifying, suspending or discontinuing some of the public programmes we have carried out since 2005,” the statement, signed and released in Nairobi by the initiative’s Managing Trustee and Creative Director, Ogova Ondego, says. “This change will ensure we remain relevant and effective as the dynamics of society change.” RELATED:The Role of the Moviemaker in Contemporary Society Lola Kenya Screen, that was founded in 2005, has over the years been conducting weekly school outreach for pupils and students, fortnightly mobile cinema for communities, monthly film forum for players in the movie sector, quarterly internship for final year university students and annual movie and arts festival for children, youth and family. The film forum, that has always been held at Goethe-Institut in the Central Business of Nairobi, for instance, has not only been the most consistent and longest running movie gathering in Nairobi, but has often been the only place where new movies have premiered and new talent spotted, nurtured and presented on the global platform. Ondego says refocusing will enable Lola Kenya Screen to deliver better service to its target audience: children and youth in eastern and southern Africa. RELATED:Movie Distribution and Co-Production Market Focuses on Africa

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Black Africa Pay TV Subscribers to Hit 40 Million

StarTimes/StarSat will register most impressive growth: from 6.23 million subscribers at end of 2017 to 13.42 million by 2023.

By Iminza Keboge Published January 11, 2018 The number of pay-TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow to 40.89 million by 2023. Sub-Saharan Africa Pay TV Forecasts , a report by Digital TV Research, says this 74 per cent growth between 2017 and 2023 will generate US$6.64 Billion revenue which represents 41 per cent growth over the US$2 Billion collected in 2017. RELATED:My Life-Changing Internship Experience “Pay TV competition in Sub-Saharan Africa is becoming more and more intense, especially given the launch of Kwese TV in 14 countries during 2017,” says Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research.“Pay TV operators in most countries have lowered subscription fees and/or subsidised/given away equipment as competition intensifies. By no means are all of the existing pay TV platforms are expected to survive in the long run. Having said that, several pay TV operators are booming.” RELATED:African Festival Calls for Movie Entries Though Kenya boasts two pay-DTT platforms, a cable network and five main satellite TV operators will continue to show considerable digital TV growth, it appears to be overcrowded as it has only 4.01 million TV households. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen Nigeria will have the most pay TV subscribers by 2023, having overtaken South Africa in 2021. South Africa’s Multichoice had 12.48 million subscribers across satellite TV platform DStv and DTT platform GOtv by end of 2017, which will grow to 16.66 million by 2023. France’s Vivendi had 2.96 million subs to its Canal Plus satellite TV platform and Easy TV by end of 2017; forecast to climb by nearly 2 million to 4.87 million by 2023. China’s StarTimes/StarSat will enjoy the most impressive growth: from 6.23 million subscribers at end of 2017 to 13.42 million by 2023. A ScreenAfrica article

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African Festival Calls for Movie Entries

Durban International Film Festival in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa

By Halima Abdi Published January 3, 2018 South Africa’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival July 19-29, 2018. RELATED:Christmas Holiday Offers from Ethiopian and Kenya Airways The organisers of DIFF say only films completed in 2017 and 2018 will be considered and that all submissions must be entered via their online Visitor Page at vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2018/. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is February 28, 2018. RELATED:African Arts-Related Calls & Announcements Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal who, in partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, organise the 39th edition of the festival, say DIFF is a premier platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. CCA says it screens cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with special focus on African films, in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. RELATED:All-Africa Movie Awards Call for Entries

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