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Spotlight on the 5050 by 2020 initiative and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's insights at the Women Deliver conference.
#FairnessFirst: Are we on track for 50/50 by 2020?

With gender equality more under the spotlight last year than ever before, many in the marketing and entertainment industry pledged '50/50 by 2020'. With just six months to go before 2020 is a reality and no longer a mythical spot in the future, are those goals on track? Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women, shared insights at the recent Women Deliver conference...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Jul 2019

Nedal Ahmed, senior copywriter at 72andSunny, Amsterdam and this year's Loeries Film and Radio jury president.
#Loeries2019: "Celebrate creativity that touches on everyday culture" - Nedal Ahmed

With the year's biggest international award shows done and dusted, I chatted to the international jury presidents ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Next in the series is this year's Film and Radio jury president Nedal Ahmed, also senior copywriter at 72andSunny, Amsterdam...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Jul 2019

Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights
Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights

Writer-director Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers whose second feature film Rafiki took six years to reach the big screen...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jul 2019

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Registration open for International Tourism Film Festival-Africa 2019

The International Tourism Film Festival-Africa will be hosting its first-ever film festival in South Africa, which is set to take place in Cape Town and Northern Cape from the 20-24 November 2019...

3 Jul 2019

What's on at the 2019 Fak'ugesi Digital Innovation Festival
What's on at the 2019 Fak'ugesi Digital Innovation Festival

The 2019 Fak'ugesi Digital Innovation Festival will be held at Wits University's Tshimologong Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 30 August to 8 September 2019...

2 Jul 2019

Wildlife and conservation filmmakers, Beverly and Derek Joubert.
Filmmakers describe "great honour" of NYC Awards' win

Botswana wildlife film 'Birth of a Pride' took home three awards at the New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) including Best Nature/Travel film, Best Original Score and Best Sound...

27 Jun 2019

#CannesLions2019 Entertainment Grands Prix winners: Top row is Final Cut and Droga5 New York's New York Times journalism's Resolve (Myanmar), Rigor (Taxes), Courage (Mexican Spyware), Perseverance (Immigration) and Fearlessness (Isis) campaign. Bottom left is Digital Craft Grand Prix winner Virtue's work for Carlings' Digital Collection, 'Address the Future'. Bottom right is Industry Craft Grand Prix work for Momentum New York and Canada's Nike 'Just Do It: HQ at the Church'.
#CannesLions2019: Craft winners!

The 66th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity continued on 18 June, with the 2019 Cannes Film Craft, Digital Craft and Industry Craft Lions announced during the Craft award track ceremony...

18 Jun 2019

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Canal+ International to launch Canal+ University in Africa

Canal + International launches Canal + University to provide professional training to audiovisual actors in Africa...

14 Jun 2019

Filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk chats The Adventures Of Supermama
Filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk chats The Adventures Of Supermama

Daniel Dercksen chats to filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk about new film; The Adventures Of Supermama...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Jun 2019

Queen Sono.
Netflix begins production on its first African original series

Netflix has started production on its first original African series, Queen Sono, an action-packed spy thriller...

10 Jun 2019

(L-R) Marit Van Den Elshout (IFFR), Anne Lai (Sundance Institute), Elias Ribeiro (Realness), Bongiwe Selane (Realness), announce Realness participants at Cannes this week.
2019 African Screenwriter's Residency announced at Cannes

Realness, an African Screenwriter's Residency, announces 2019 participants at Cannes Film Festival...

3 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

Wina announces shortlist for 2019
Wina announces shortlist for 2019

Wina announced its shortlist for the 2019 competition with South African creative advertising agency, Kilmer & Cruise featuring in four categories...

31 May 2019

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Startimes launches the first African Online Film Festival

StarTimes is launching the first edition of the Pan-African Online Film Festival...

30 May 2019

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First Beninese film festival dedicated to women

Entries open for the Cotonou International Women's Film Festival in Benin...

24 May 2019

Scenes from Mama K’s Super 4.
#AfricaMonth: Anyone from anywhere can be a superhero

The likes of Black Panther have turned the concept of Wakanda from a dream to reality for superhero fans across the continent, but that's only the starting point of African creativity. Malenga Mulendema has taken this further in Mama K's Team 4, Netflix' first original African animated series...

By Leigh Andrews 16 May 2019

The executive jury 2019 unwinding at the River Cafe, New York, after a week long exercise of judging and voting for the best entries. © .
Winners announced for 2019 NYF Advertising Awards!

New York Festivals Advertising Awards has announced its 2019 winners...

15 May 2019

2019 Encounters Documentary Fest lineup unveiled
2019 Encounters Documentary Fest lineup unveiled

The lineup of non-fiction films to be screened at the 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, taking place from 6 to 16 June 2019, has been unveiled...

15 May 2019

Géraldine Baché.
'Another Africa is possible - a creative Africa'

Animation du Monde 2020 in Francophone Africa and head judge and mentor announced...

14 May 2019

Eye of the Pangolin to premiere on Endangered Species Day
Eye of the Pangolin to premiere on Endangered Species Day

Eye of the Pangolin, a new documentary about the most trafficked mammal on earth, will premiere on Friday, 17 May, Endangered Species Day...

13 May 2019

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All the winners from Digital Lab Africa Pitch

The winners of the Digital Lab Africa Pitch competition have been announced and the 10 winners each receive R42,000 in cash and residence period in France...

6 May 2019

Xolisa Dyeshana, chief creative officer at Joe Public United.
How Joe Public taps into the zeitgeist of AI in advertising for Africa

Are you ready for the artificial intelligence revolution in advertising, like Ciclope Africa Festival's agency of the year Joe Public? Here, chief creative officer Xolisa Dyeshana explains the importance of showcasing real South Africans at the forefront of global playing fields, against the backdrop of their grand prix-winning Chicken Licken work, Sbu 2.0...

By Leigh Andrews 25 Apr 2019

South African and Nigerian animators win at Animation du Monde ICON
South African and Nigerian animators win at Animation du Monde ICON

South African and Nigerian animators; Cate Wood Hunter, Sean Steinberg, Sean Braam and Moshood Shades Ridwan, were selected in the Animation du Monde preliminary round at the recent ICON Comic & Games Convention...

25 Apr 2019

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Pan-African animation pitching competition

Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan in Ivory Coast - entries now open...

25 Apr 2019

SA's Stroop triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival
SA's Stroop triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

South African film, Stroop - Journey Into the Rhino Horn War, has been awarded the sought-after 'Best of Festival' award as well as 'Best Independent or Feature Film' at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF).

23 Apr 2019

Five key learnings from SXSW 2019
Five key learnings from SXSW 2019

Founders of Brandtruth//DGTL Integrated Content Practice, Wayne Flemming and Zubeida Goolam discusses five key learnings from the SXSW talks they attended, from A$AP Rocky and Trevor Noah to Brené Brown and Gwyneth Paltrow...

By Wayne Flemming and Zubeida Goolam 18 Apr 2019

#Bookmarks2019: Bravery in telling stories without fear or favour
#Bookmarks2019: Bravery in telling stories without fear or favour

Eyewitness News recently won a Bookmarks' Gold for its Poisonous Bullets: The Silent Betrayal of Sindiso Magaqa three-part podcast series...

By Jessica Tennant 16 Apr 2019

Mo Abudu receives medal of honour at MIPTV Cannes
Mo Abudu receives medal of honour at MIPTV Cannes

Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 Médailles d'Honneur at Cannes MIPTV...

11 Apr 2019

The Sound of Masks
Mozambique documentary to screen at Hot Docs Canada

'The Sound of Masks' is a visually dramatic journey through Mozambique's past and present, with Atanásio Nyusi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer...

9 Apr 2019

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