12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o added to Star Wars cast
12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o added to Star Wars cast

Bullett reports that 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o, has been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. The rest of the cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow who will join the...

6 Jun 2014

Star Wars episode to feature British/Nigerian actor
Star Wars episode to feature British/Nigerian actor

Screen Africa reports that British/Nigerian actor, John Boyega, who also starred in Nigerian movie Half of a Yellow Sun, will play a leading Jedi role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. For more: Screen Africa: Nigerian actor to star in Star Wars Episode VII......

9 May 2014

2013 BFMA conference kicks off today
2013 BFMA conference kicks off today

The 2013 Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference, a creative content and electronic broadcasting event in East Africa that promotes knowledge sharing and networking among high-level electronic media professionals, is kicks off today at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, in...

26 Jun 2013

Congress FEPACI postponed to March 2013

The Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is to hold its 9th Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25-27 March 2013. First scheduled for 18-20 February, the date has now been postponed. For more, go to www.fepaci.org .

19 Feb 2013

AiM extends deadline to 31 May 2012
AiM extends deadline to 31 May 2012

Africa in Motion (AiM), the United Kingdom's African film festival, in its seventh year has extended it's call for submissions of films, features, documentaries and short films for its 2012 festival edition until 31 May 2012. The festival takes place from 25 October to 2 November 2012 at the...

9 May 2012

AiM 2010 programme released
AiM 2010 programme released

The full programme for this years Africa in Motion film festival is now available at www.africa-in-motion.org.uk. The festival takes place from 21 October - 5 November 2010 at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland featuring over 70 films from 28 African countries. The theme for this year's...

27 Sep 2010

Gambian cinema on the African Movie Channel

The African Movie Channel features its first ever Gambian film this October, "Arrou" (Prevention), an award-winning film from the stables of Vinasha Productions of The Gambia. Directed by Segun Oguntola, and starring Modou Musa Ceesay, Awa Gassama, Alagie Saihou Saar, Habibatou Jallow, "Arrou" won...

20 Oct 2008

Encounters Africa Shorts focus on love
Encounters Africa Shorts focus on love

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2008, the Jan Vrijman Fund of IDFA and the SABC this year produced five short documentary films on the theme of love with filmmakers from Malawi (Virginia Ndasowa), DRC (Makela Pululu), South Africa (Joanne Levitan), Zambia (Mali Kambandu)...

8 Jul 2008

Championing movies for the people

Since September 2006, CineMOBILE, a new division of the CineMARK Group, and Tetra Pak have been educating South Africans living in townships and rural areas about the importance of caring for our environment and recycling through an edutainment road show - an animated ad campaign featuring Commander...

9 Feb 2007

Screening of select Independent Spirit nominees

The nominees for the annual Independent Spirit Awards (the "Oscars" for the international "indie" film industry) were announced last week and top nominees Friends with Money, Little Miss Sunshine and Road to Guantanama are currently showing at Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson theatres nationwide....

6 Dec 2006

Halloween in a darkened theatre...

This year, Cape Town's annual South African Horror Festacular (www.horrorfest.info) expands it tentacles to include more of the genre than merely movies by presenting chapters for literature, photography, comics, PlayStation games, and, of course, the dress-up night and live soundtrack performance...

26 Oct 2006

Three generations of Indian filmmakers

Seven movies will be screened free to the public in a joint project between Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson and the Indian High Commission in South Africa. The work and inspiration of some of the most talented Indian filmmakers, spanning three generations, will be featured during the Indian Film...

18 Oct 2006

The best of European film

This year cinemagoers can look forward to filmic fare from 14 EU member countries at the free annual European Union Film Festival at Cinema Nouveau countrywide. Screened by Jameson, the 2006 festival kicks off at Jameson Brooklyn, Pretoria, 15 - 21 September 2006; moves to Rosebank, Johannesburg, 22...

18 Sep 2006

Syracuse International Film Festival call for SA entries

Now in its fourth year, the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival is looking for South African projects to expand its globally diverse 2007 Festival Competition. The competitive categories are for full length, short and documentary projects completed after January 2005. Entry and...

11 Sep 2006

Tribute to Soweto Uprising anniversary

'Sarafina!', which was inspired by the events of the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976, will be released across 41 cinemas in South Africa today, Thursday 15 June 2006, the day before the commemoration of the Uprising's 30th anniversary. Special discounts for group bookings are available for schools....

14 Jun 2006

Homegrown winner

Oscar-winning South African film Tsotsi was co-ordinated by local film and TV business Sasani Film, shot in Global Access studios and the cameras, lights and grips were provided by the Movie Camera Company. Processing was done by FilmLab and post-production undertaken by ZSE TV. Sasani CEO, James...

6 Mar 2006

Cinemas open on voting day

South Africans will get to vote not once, but twice on Wednesday 1 March. Citizens can vote in the Municipal Elections, but they can also have their say in the 'Oscars Elections' run by Ster-Kinekor as part of the Howzit Hollywood campaign. Movie-goers get to vote on www.sterkinekor.com for the...

27 Feb 2006

Tsotsi cracks the Academy Awards

South African drama Tsotsi has been nominated for an Academy Award. This is the culmination of an exceptional run for the film, which has already bagged a total of nine international awards and has received a Golden Globe nomination and two BAFTA nominations. Tsotsi, which was up against 57 other...

31 Jan 2006

CineMARK launches new website

CineMARK this week launched its new website, www.cinemark.co.za, as a resource for the media, marketing and advertising industry.

31 Oct 2005

CineMARK and U2 make Nkosi a haven

The pro bono campaign for Nkosi's Haven, SA's first care centre for mothers and children with HIV/Aids, was screened free of charge in 57 cinemas across the country for six weeks. This thanks to CineMARK's donation of free screen space and internationally renowned rock band U2, who waived usage and...

25 Oct 2005

Test your eyes at the cinema

The SA Optometric Association and Ster-Kinekor have embarked on a national Eye Care improvement project called 'Vision Mission' that will diagnose and treat refractive errors and preventable blindness in children under eight years old. The project will provide children from previously disadvantaged...

4 Oct 2005

Local animation hits the big screen

And There in the Dust, a local animated short film (seven minutes) directed by Lara Foot Newton and Gerhard Marx, will be released nationwide on Friday 7 October. Inspired by the story of Baby Tshepang, And There in the Dust will release on 41 screens with the main feature - Sin City. And There in...

3 Oct 2005

SA film on US circuit

The Story of an African Farm, re-titled 'Bustin' Bonaparte' by the American distributors, opened in New York and Los Angeles USA at the weekend. The New York Times film critic Ned Martel says: "Bustin' Bonaparte adapts a classic novel in gleaming cinematic form." Bustin' Bonaparte / The Story of an...

8 Jun 2005

Schuster strikes again

Principle photography began this week on Mama Jack, the latest film from South Africa's King of Comedy, Leon Schuster. The Mr Bones team of producers - Anant Singh and Helena Spring - and director Gray Hofmeyr collaborate once again with Schuster on Mama Jack. The film is shooting on location in...

24 May 2005

e'lollipop on M-Net for first time

Those who are familiar with the South African classic film e'lollipop, will be pleased to know that it is airing on M-Net - for the very first time - on Monday at 11am to celebrate Human Rights Day. Get the popcorn out!

17 Mar 2005

Romance is on DVD this Feb

Ster Kinekor is releasing limited edition DVD sets of favourite romantic and popular movies in an innovative marketing ploy to capitalize on all the soppy hype around Valentine's Day. Titles such as Notting Hill, 50 First Dates, A Beautiful Mind, The Wedding Singer and Love Actually, will be...

31 Jan 2005

''Yesterday'' travels east and west

Producer, Anant Singh announced today that the ground-breaking isiZulu feature film, Yesterday which is South Africa's Official Entry for the 2005 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film Category, will have a gala screening at the 35th International Film Festival of India in Goa on World...

27 Oct 2004

Fresh new movie promotion

Listerine followed the movies, The Whole 10 Yards, and CATWOMAN, distributing samples of their new Listerine mouth strips product, which were handed to all cinema patrons as they left the cinema site. Over 40 000 samples were distributed to cinema patrons across the country in leading cinema sites...

14 Sep 2004

"Yesterday" wins top award in Venice

The ground-breaking isiZulu feature film Yesterday, which had a gala screening at the 61st Venice International Film Festival on 3 September, was awarded the inaugural Human Rights Film Award at the Festival. The film which stars Leleti Khumalo and which is written and directed by Darrell James...

12 Sep 2004

'Yesterday' strong at the boxoffice

'Yesterday, the first-ever isiZulu commercial film which was released on Friday, 3 September, has become this year's second highest grossing South African film in its opening weekend - after Schuster's 'Oh Shucks, I'm Gatvol 'which was released on over four times as many cinemas as Yesterday. There...

8 Sep 2004

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