Industry Report: Focus: Africa
27/04/2012 - Articles, interviews, news, analysis focusing on the audiovisual sector in Africa.
Abuja – The Federal Government’s N3 billion grant to Nollywood will stimulate film production in Nigeria, Mr Afolabi Adesanya, the Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) , said.
Making of a film gives life to a whole economy: in addition to boosting the local economy, it would also reinvigorate tourism. Because a film can speak about its country, its culture and titillates the curiosity.
It's been a good year for African and South African film, with filmmakers winning international awards and even serious South African dramas receiving the sort of mainstream release and publicity usually reserved for Leon Schuster shlock comedies.
Many of you who travel along the N2 between Cape Town and Somerset West will have noticed an interesting structure being built on the land adjacent to the Cape Town Film Studios buildings.The set forms the first stage of a proposed three phase back-lot development at the Film Studios intended to attract more film and television series to shoot in Cape Town.
The government would pump at least R500m into the local film industry and establish a new National Skills Academy for the Arts that would 'cherry-pick' and foster young talent, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said in Johannesburg yesterday
The creators of the british comic strip Judge Dredd imagined Mega-City One as a colossal metropolis in the postapocalyptic near future stretching from Boston to Washington. By making Dredd in South Africa, where a nonunion cast and crew is cheaper than it would be in Europe and the U.S. and the government rebates up to 25% of production costs, co-producer Andrew MacDonald says he can make "something that will look like $100 million" for less than half that figure.
A R350m investment into a state of the art film facility outside of Cape Town is expected to transform the city from a diverse and useful site from which to shoot advertisements and films, into a dynamic film hub where the traditional film industry can converge with the modern media industry, and international movie makers will be attracted by the state of the art facilities available.
Governor Baba-tunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that in the next couple of months the state government, in collaboration with Nollywood, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Brazilian Government to teach Brazilian artistes movie production
The second edition of the Box Office report released by the National Film & Video Foundation shows some welcomed developments in the distribution and exhibition arena. The report captures the current observational changes in audience preferences and industry sustainability
The Co-production Review 1997-2009 report released by the National Film and Video Foundation(NFVF) reveals that the first 12 years of official co-production activity have proved to be a relative success
Unlike Nigeria, whose film industry has had a fantastic launch, the state of cinema in Zimbabwe is uncertain for lack of funds. Filmmakers struggle to survive with their films, considering that box office revenues alone are not enough to sustain the industry.
Ghanaian playwright James Ebo-White urged his compatriots to place greater importance on the film industry, in order to stimulate national culture. He further emphasised how important it is for the country’s development that young people dedicate themselves more to their creative talents.
The Kenya Film Commission has invested in an ambitious series of advantages that should attract foreign film crews, even offering a 25% discount to films whose shoots take place at least 50% in Kenya. We are awaiting the results.
The National Film and Video Foundation put forth an analysis of co-productions in South Africa, with the aim of quantifying their actual contribution to the local economy, evaluating whether co-production goals have been met, and identifying current trends.