News From The African Cinema & Leisure Market

Reopening and reimagining Africa
02-Jun-2020

COVID-19 poses a grave threat to lives across Africa, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that the continent could see up to 190,000 deaths over the next year if the pandemic is not controlled.

source: mckinsey.com - Read more...

Construction of Arribat Centre, biggest mall in Morocco, now complete
02-Jun-2020

The construction of Arribat Centre also called Arribat mall in Rabat, Morocco has been completed bringing into the country one of the most attractive shopping centers and the largest set-up of its kind with a 12 screen cinema, giving the people of Rabat an alternative to both Rabat’s Megamall and Casablanca’s Morocco Mall.

source: constructionreviewonline.com - Read more...

The issue on cinema closures is beyond comprehension - Sedufia
02-Jun-2020

Award-winning movie director, Peter Sedufia says it is beyond comprehension for cinemas to remain closed despite the easing of restrictions announced by the president on Sunday.

source: ghanaweb.com - Read more...

Court Bars LASG From Registering And Licensing Cinemas, Says Only FG Can Under NFVCB Act
01-Jun-2020

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has held that the Lagos State Government cannot exercise regulatory powers to register and license cinema exhibition centres in Lagos State under the Cinematograph Law of Lagos State, at the same time with the Federal Government.

source: thenigerialawyer.com - Read more...

Uganda: National Cultural Forum wants COVID-19 relief from govt
29-May-2020

In a petition letter dated 26 May 2020 and addressed to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the NCF proposes the establishment of a relief fund to provide loans of between 20 million and 75 million Ugandan shillings ($5 300 and $20 000).

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Cape Town gets a drive-in cinema - with an LED screen for daytime watching
29-May-2020

Initially, it’ll allow up to 150 cars, says Mother City Drive-In co-founder Lyle Masters.

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AT&T launches HBO Max, vying with Netflix, others for quarantine viewing
27-May-2020

AT&T’s WarnerMedia division launches its HBO Max streaming service on Wednesday, taking on Netflix, Disney and Amazon at a time when coronavirus lockdowns have boosted demand for streaming even as rising unemployment has cut disposable incomes.

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Cameras roll again in Nollywood but Nigeria's cinemas still dark
27-May-2020

Nigeria’s film industry is creeping back to work after lockdown, and one of the first productions to resume is a new television series about a highly infectious disease that has ravaged the world.

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Watch the Adorable Trailer for The Gambia's First Animated Series
27-May-2020

Fye Network introduces the characters Princess Halima, Bakary on Safari and Samba and Batch for The Gambia's first ever animated series for children.

source: okayafrica.com - Read more...

Travel Africa with 26 iconic movies on Showmax this Africa Month
27-May-2020

The borders are closed, but that doesn't mean you can't explore your continent this Africa Day, thanks to this starter guide to classic African films on Showmax.

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'We Fought For This Land!' – The Zim (Short Film Review)
27-May-2020

Should you be held responsible for the sins of the past? Alexander Bedria explores this question in The Zim, a short film that offers a swift look at the Zimbabwean land seizures. Featuring brilliant performances and poignant, tense-filled scenes, it’s the kind of film that leaves viewers with a lot to think about, long after the end credits.

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Training young Nollywood screenwriters: LAFAAAC, in partnership with Wazobia FM/TV and La Fémis, and with the support of the French Embassy in Nigeria, launches an ambitious and innovative training program
27-May-2020

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COVID-19: Censors board adopts virtual film censorship for Nollywood
26-May-2020

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), the regulator of Nigeria’s film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, has adopted virtual platforms as part of film censoring and classification process amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

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What Do the New EU-Visa Rules Mean for Africans?
25-May-2020

The EU has changed the rules for short-term visas. After a decade, the European Commission says a change was long overdue. However, many African would-be travelers may now find it even more difficult to visit Europe.

source: allafrica.com - Read more...

Africa: 2africa Cable Promises a Huge International Capacity Uplift in 2023/2024 and Will Be Available Through Open Access Landing Stations and Carrier-Neutral Data Centres
22-May-2020

In July last year Google initiated the Equiano cable. The announcement of the 2Africa cable which involves Facebook completes the second generation cable build announcements.

source: allafrica.com - Read more...

Top 10 Nollywood Movies to Watch on Netflix (2020)
22-May-2020

Over the past year, Netflix started to take the Nigerian market more seriously. This move saw the company stream its first Nollywood movie in 2018 — Lionheart.

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Censors Board ED, Thomas, lauds minister on COVID-19 Creative Industry Committee
22-May-2020

The Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, has commended the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for setting up the COVID-19 Creative Industry Committee

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How fintech firm Flutterwave adapted to help small African businesses during lockdown
21-May-2020

US-Nigerian fintech company Flutterwave has created an e-commerce platform for African companies, becoming the latest start-up to see opportunities in the lockdowns that have been imposed as a result of the coronavirus.

source: cnbc.com - Read more...

Full list of Nollywood movies hitting cinemas post coronavirus
21-May-2020

Here is a list of nollywood titles billed to screen in cinemas once activities return to normal.

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Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked?
21-May-2020

Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African continent? I do. There was deep anxiety about what it would mean for countries with lower income populations, dominant but harder-to-regulate informal economies and far fewer healthcare facilities than the UK or Italy.

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COVID-19: 250,000 jobs at stake in creative industry
20-May-2020

The creative industry in Nigeria is perhaps, the least considered when the nation’s economy is analyzed, with so much focus given to oil and gas, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, etc. Little wonder why the impact of the global pandemic on the industry is hardly recognized in important discussions.

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COVID-19: 250,000 jobs at stake in creative industry
20-May-2020

The creative industry in Nigeria is perhaps, the least considered when the nation’s economy is analyzed, with so much focus given to oil and gas, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, etc. Little wonder why the impact of the global pandemic on the industry is hardly recognized in important discussions.

source: guardian.ng - Read more...

Zimbabwe’s award-winning comedy movie ‘Cook Off’ is coming to Netflix
19-May-2020

Cook Off, a 2017 award-winning comedy movie from Zimbabwe, will soon be coming to your doorsteps aka Netflix. With a streaming platform that has almost 200 million subscribers, there’s no better platform this film would belong to.

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Covid-19: Drive-in cinemas berths in Lagos, Abuja
19-May-2020

Here in Nigeria, as the effects of coronavirus pandemic bite harder in Nollywood, a Nigerian filmmaker, Charles Okpaleke, is pioneering the introduction of drive-in cinemas in Abuja and Lagos.

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COVID-19 Creative Industry Committee: Amid Controversies, NFVCB CEO Calls For Industry Support
16-May-2020

On Wednesday, May 6, the Fed­eral Government announced the set-up of a new committee of industry stakeholders to ad­vise it on the best way to miti­gate the effects of the Corona­virus pandemic on the creative industry.

source: independent.ng - Read more...

Africa’s Top 250 Companies in 2020
16-May-2020

As international investors take fright, the total market capitalisation of the firms in this year’s survey is down 18% on last year. But there are glimmers of hope amid the gloom. Tom Minney takes stock of the fortunes of Africa’s Top 250 Companies

source: africanbusinessmagazine.com - Read more...

Facebook to build internet cable 'circumference of Earth'
15-May-2020

Facebook is teaming up with telecoms companies to build a 37,000km (23,000-mile) undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa.

source: bbc.co.uk - Read more...

New movie explores culture
15-May-2020

ONLINE comedian, Melusi “Ray Vines” Chiripowako , has branched into filming with the launch of his new movie, Culture, set for end of this month.

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Tyler Perry gets ahead of Hollywood with July production restart
15-May-2020

Filmmaker Tyler Perry on Tuesday became one of the first Hollywood film and television executives to announce the resumption of production in the midst of the coronavirus era.

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We strongly believe it's time to change the narrative for content producers by democratizing streaming with zero data on streaming + pricing models designed with much flexibility and affordability for youthful and artisanal demographics.
14-May-2020

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Former 'Isidingo' actress Rosemary Zimu joins 'The Queen'
14-May-2020

Former Isidingo actress Rosemary Zimu is the newest addition to The Queen Mzansi cast.

source: channel24.co.za - Read more...

How are Nigerian cinemas reacting to the crisis? What are they doing to successfully emerge out of this crisis?
12-May-2020

Nigeria’s cinema sector is perhaps, the most evolving in the nation’s creative industry, as movie-going has become a norm amongst many working-class youths and millennials in the recent past.

source: ceanigeria.com - Read more...

AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA POSTPONES LAUNCH DATE
12-May-2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commencement of trade in goods and services within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which was set to take off 1 July 2020 has been postponed.

source: seftonfross.com - Read more...

Africa Tourism Film Festival Award Winners Announced
12-May-2020

The International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) has released the winning entries for the 2020 ITFFA Awards, which can be viewed online from today.

source: eturbonews.com - Read more...

Netflix Launches New ‘Made In Africa’ Collection to Mark ‘Africa Month’
12-May-2020

Netflix announced earlier this year its plan of creating entertainment based in Africa to work on more original content based on the continent. The streaming platform is now expanding its focus on the continent with the arrival of its latest offering celebrating the diversity of the diaspora.

source: blackenterprise.com - Read more...

Young South African filmmakers scoop international award
12-May-2020

A group of nine young filmmakers from The Animation School in Cape Town have won a gold award for their short animation film in the student division of the 2020 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards

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Zimbabwe: 'Cook Off' in Milestone Netflix Deal
11-May-2020

Local film 'Cook Off' is set to make history when it becomes the first local production to show on popular social media service Netflix which has over 160 million subscribers.

source: allafrica.com - Read more...

Post Covid-19: Why Africa will be at the forefront of future hospitality investment
10-May-2020

Claire Jankelson and Di Singer are the directors of the South African Film Festival. Claire answers questions for J-Wire.

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COVID-19: Dramatic impact on film industry
10-May-2020

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic leaving the cinemas and movie theatres closed, festivals cancelled, Film releases pushed and also leaving film production stuck, here seems to have been a silver lining for the industry. CNBC Africa spoke to Eric Kabera, Founder of Kwetu Film Institution on the impact of the pandemic on the industry.

source: cnbcafrica.com - Read more...

COVID-19: Dramatic impact on film industry
09-May-2020

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic leaving the cinemas and movie theatres closed, festivals cancelled, Film releases pushed and also leaving film production stuck, here seems to have been a silver lining for the industry. CNBC Africa spoke to Eric Kabera, Founder of Kwetu Film Institution on the impact of the pandemic on the industry.

source: cnbcafrica.com - Read more...

10 South African Movies and Series Old and New to Stream on Netflix
06-May-2020

From classics to Netflix originals, here are some great South African movies and series to stream on Netflix.

source: okayafrica.com - Read more...

COVID-19: Nigerian filmmaker premieres film directed via Zoom
06-May-2020

As coronavirus shuts down film, TV productions, and cinemas around the world, a Nigerian filmmaker, Obi Emelonye, has found a way around the physical distancing restrictions to shoot his latest movie.

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Nigerian actors, practitioners lament coronavirus impact on movie industry
06-May-2020

Many Nigerian filmmakers like ‘Omoni Oboli who was shooting a new Tv series, ‘Last Year Single’, had to halt the production abruptly.

source: premiumtimesng.com - Read more...

Reopening and reimagining Africa
02-Jun-2020

COVID-19 poses a grave threat to lives across Africa, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that the continent could see up to 190,000 deaths over the next year if the pandemic is not controlled.

source: mckinsey.com - Read more...

What Do the New EU-Visa Rules Mean for Africans?
25-May-2020

The EU has changed the rules for short-term visas. After a decade, the European Commission says a change was long overdue. However, many African would-be travelers may now find it even more difficult to visit Europe.

source: allafrica.com - Read more...

Africa: 2africa Cable Promises a Huge International Capacity Uplift in 2023/2024 and Will Be Available Through Open Access Landing Stations and Carrier-Neutral Data Centres
22-May-2020

In July last year Google initiated the Equiano cable. The announcement of the 2Africa cable which involves Facebook completes the second generation cable build announcements.

source: allafrica.com - Read more...

How fintech firm Flutterwave adapted to help small African businesses during lockdown
21-May-2020

US-Nigerian fintech company Flutterwave has created an e-commerce platform for African companies, becoming the latest start-up to see opportunities in the lockdowns that have been imposed as a result of the coronavirus.

source: cnbc.com - Read more...

Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked?
21-May-2020

Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African continent? I do. There was deep anxiety about what it would mean for countries with lower income populations, dominant but harder-to-regulate informal economies and far fewer healthcare facilities than the UK or Italy.

source: totallyveganbuzz.com - Read more...

COVID-19 Creative Industry Committee: Amid Controversies, NFVCB CEO Calls For Industry Support
16-May-2020

On Wednesday, May 6, the Fed­eral Government announced the set-up of a new committee of industry stakeholders to ad­vise it on the best way to miti­gate the effects of the Corona­virus pandemic on the creative industry.

source: independent.ng - Read more...

Africa’s Top 250 Companies in 2020
16-May-2020

As international investors take fright, the total market capitalisation of the firms in this year’s survey is down 18% on last year. But there are glimmers of hope amid the gloom. Tom Minney takes stock of the fortunes of Africa’s Top 250 Companies

source: africanbusinessmagazine.com - Read more...

Facebook to build internet cable 'circumference of Earth'
15-May-2020

Facebook is teaming up with telecoms companies to build a 37,000km (23,000-mile) undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa.

source: bbc.co.uk - Read more...

Former 'Isidingo' actress Rosemary Zimu joins 'The Queen'
14-May-2020

Former Isidingo actress Rosemary Zimu is the newest addition to The Queen Mzansi cast.

source: channel24.co.za - Read more...

AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA POSTPONES LAUNCH DATE
12-May-2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commencement of trade in goods and services within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which was set to take off 1 July 2020 has been postponed.

source: seftonfross.com - Read more...

Africa Tourism Film Festival Award Winners Announced
12-May-2020

The International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA) has released the winning entries for the 2020 ITFFA Awards, which can be viewed online from today.

source: eturbonews.com - Read more...

Netflix Launches New ‘Made In Africa’ Collection to Mark ‘Africa Month’
12-May-2020

Netflix announced earlier this year its plan of creating entertainment based in Africa to work on more original content based on the continent. The streaming platform is now expanding its focus on the continent with the arrival of its latest offering celebrating the diversity of the diaspora.

source: blackenterprise.com - Read more...

COVID-19: Dramatic impact on film industry
10-May-2020

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic leaving the cinemas and movie theatres closed, festivals cancelled, Film releases pushed and also leaving film production stuck, here seems to have been a silver lining for the industry. CNBC Africa spoke to Eric Kabera, Founder of Kwetu Film Institution on the impact of the pandemic on the industry.

source: cnbcafrica.com - Read more...

COVID-19: Dramatic impact on film industry
09-May-2020

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic leaving the cinemas and movie theatres closed, festivals cancelled, Film releases pushed and also leaving film production stuck, here seems to have been a silver lining for the industry. CNBC Africa spoke to Eric Kabera, Founder of Kwetu Film Institution on the impact of the pandemic on the industry.

source: cnbcafrica.com - Read more...

Lekan Olaleye Speaks on New Film
02-May-2020

Lekan Olaleye’s production company, Kingkong Productions, in partnership with Dan Akinlolu Films, is set to release their ultra-modern Yoruba flick, “Boju Boju”.

source: thisdaylive.com - Read more...

The African Development Bank's First Virtual Business Opportunity Seminar Draws Almost 300 Global Partners and Suppliers
29-Apr-2020

The African Development Bank hosted the first of its twice-yearly business opportunity seminars (BOS) on Tuesday 28 April to provide information to potential partners and contractors on its strategic priorities and procurement procedures, and to strengthen ties to the private sector in member countries.

source: allafrica.com - Read more...

Post Covid-19: Why Africa will be at the forefront of future hospitality investment
20-Apr-2020

Currently, the global shutdown in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic has forced the closure of prominent international hotel brands across the globe - hopefully, only temporarily. What's now essential to pave the way to full recovery, establishments must be ready with short-, medium- and long-term growth plans so they can hit the ground running when the time comes.

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How Africa’s entertainment industry is reacting to the COVID-19 crisis
18-Apr-2020

The creative industry; music, movies, art have been heavily hit by the COVID-19 but amidst all this comes an opportunity and possibly a need to retool, CNBC Africa spoke to the Partnership Officer at Africa Digital Media Foundation, Mikui Mbindyo for more.

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Masaka Kids Africana Dancing Kumbaya
17-Apr-2020

'Masaka Kids Africana'is the group of young talented kids in dancing, from Uganda - Masaka, East Africa,village called Nyendo- Kayirikiti

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A look at Sarah Maldoror, a pioneer of African women in cinema who died of COVID-19
16-Apr-2020

The world is saddened by the death of Sarah Maldoror, the pioneering filmmaker from French-Guadeloupe whose contribution to the story of African cinema has been described as provoking “the complex notions of community.” Maldoror died aged 91 in Paris after complications with COVID-19.

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Pan-African filmmaker Sarah Maldoror dies in Paris from Covid-19 complications
14-Apr-2020

Sarah Maldoror, a pioneer of PanAfrican cinema and lifelong activist , died in Paris at the age of 91 on Monday, due to complications from coronavirus, according to her family.

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Global Insights – EKO ATLANTIC
01-Apr-2020

P-THREE is a European property consultancy and agency business with a global perspective, which specialises in ultra mixed use developments. We look at everything first from the point of view of people, the consumer. With CV19 dominating the news and restricting travel, we thought for a change, we would bring you some global insights over the next five weeks which are informative in terms of property development trends and identify how these are being shaped by changing demands of consumers, occupiers and business.

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Helios named Firm of the Year in Africa
01-Apr-2020

Helios was named Firm of the Year in Africa in the Private Equity International awards: “Helios Investment Partners took the lead in this category by quite some distance.”

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Emma Wade-Smith OBE, UK Trade Commissioner for Africa
01-Apr-2020

I've been living and working in Africa for just a few years, so I’m relatively new. But already I’m hooked by the business innovation and determination I see across the continent.

As Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, my focus is on increasing trade and investment flows – in both directions – between Africa and the UK. Our trade relationship increased by nearly 12% in 2017, and the UK is the second largest foreign investor in Africa. This is good, but there is so much more we can do together, including to deliver the Prime Minister’s ambition for the UK to be the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022.

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Prince Tikare: Making a difference in cinema designs, construction
04-Mar-2020

In the world of cinema designs and construction, British born Nigerian Prince Tikare is leading the pack in executing top-notch architectural masterpieces across the world. From his first experience at Europe’s biggest shopping mall, Blue Water Retail Park (UK), to working with Warner Brothers International delivering cinemas in Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Japan and the UK, Tikare is fast gaining fame as a master in big-budget cinema projects. In this interview, he speaks on his passion for cinema and the challenges in the sector.

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Africa dances to streaming revolution
24-Feb-2020

he African music market is exploding as streaming services become more accessible to a growing youth audience. Will McBain examines its growth across the continent

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The Africa we want for the next 60 years: Kusi Festival kicks off in Rwanda
17-Dec-2019

This year’s Kusi Ideas Festival officially kicked off this morning at the Intare Conference arena in Kigali, Rwanda, in what promises to be an illuminating discussion about the future of the continent.

The Festival, organised by Nation Media Group (NMG), brings together various stakeholders and leaders led by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, and African Union Infrastructure Envoy Raila Odinga, among other dignitaries.

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3D captures market share in emerging cinema markets
11-Dec-2019

Emerging Cinema Markets are opening up new cinemas with the latest projection, sound, laser and lighting technology and coupled with the youthful age demographic creates a perfect storm for 3D!

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WOMEN IN EXHIBITION (WIE) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, DEBBIE STANFORD-KRISTIANSEN, CEO OF NOVO CINEMAS AND MARIAM EL BACHA, CEO OF CINEPAX ON THE OFFICIAL PROGRAM OF THE EMERGING CINEMA MARKETS CONFERENCE (ECM19), IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY, NOVEMBER 19-21, 2019
21-Nov-2019

Women in Exhibition (WIE) continues to make a noteworthy impact, as the budding non-profit foundation maintains their presence by participating at the second annual Emerging Cinema Markets Conference (ECM19).

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Women in Exhibition (WIE) Executive Committee Members on the Official Program of the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference
18-Nov-2019

Women in Exhibition (WIE) continues to make a noteworthy impact, as the budding non-profit foundation maintains their presence by participating at the second annual Emerging Cinema Markets Conference (ECM19).

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Influx Extends Technology Support Offer for African Cinemas for 2020
17-Nov-2019

Influx offers its specialized technology services and products to African cinemas on a low- to no-cost basis (to qualifying cinema exhibitors), to enable digital movie ticketing, loyalty and subscription programs for moviegoers across the continent.

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Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony execs to speak at Istanbul emerging cinema markets conference
09-Nov-2019

Executives from Paramount and Sony are among those confirmed to speak at the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference 2019 (ECM19), which will be held in Istanbul from November 19 to 21.

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Spotlight on Nigeria & West Africa –To Be A Key Focus at the Emerging Markets Conference 2019
28-Oct-2019

With 70% of worldwide economic growth is forecast in Emerging Markets, ECM2019 will explore opportunities, the challenges (including technical and political) and how cinema suppliers, operators and producers can innovate and grow their businesses across the continent.

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Africa – the New Frontier for Cinema to Be A Key Focus at the Emerging Markets Conference 2019
16-Oct-2019

The Emerging Market Pioneers recognise the extent of the challenges as well as the opportunities, such as government policies, piracy, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the lack of highly valued relationships within the industry at large – Challenges which are shared by counterparts across other Emerging Markets.

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Events: ECM Istanbul: An emerging success for all
19-Jul-2019

For the keen observers in the cinema industry, the markets in Turkey, Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East are at an exciting early stage in their development. They offer good opportunities for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and specialist supply chains that more established territories don’t — and the chance to deploy technologies with the benefit of experience gleaned elsewhere.

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The Future of Cinema
27-Nov-2018

Director, John Morgan, was asked to speak at the Emerging Cinema Markets (ECM) conference last week in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference was held over three days focussing on the future of cinema in Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans & Africa.

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COVID-19 pandemic hits entertainment industry
22-Mar-2020

The coronavirus pandemic outbreak continues to disrupt the entertainment industry worldwide and Botswana is no exception. COVID-19 has brought about panic and uncertainties in the entertainment industry as some events had to be postponed or cancelled.

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Bringing Cinema to the Congo
28-Apr-2020

Steve Munga is a truly inspiring entrepreneur. Four years ago he realized his dream and opened his first movie theatre, CineKin, and his first movie distribution company, MSKD, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Watch the Adorable Trailer for The Gambia's First Animated Series
27-May-2020

Fye Network introduces the characters Princess Halima, Bakary on Safari and Samba and Batch for The Gambia's first ever animated series for children.

source: okayafrica.com - Read more...

The issue on cinema closures is beyond comprehension - Sedufia
02-Jun-2020

Award-winning movie director, Peter Sedufia says it is beyond comprehension for cinemas to remain closed despite the easing of restrictions announced by the president on Sunday.

source: ghanaweb.com - Read more...

Advocacy movie, “Drawing Strength”, premieres in FCT
13-Jan-2020

“Drawing Strength”, a movie that advocates values and godly character, especially among youths, has made screening debut in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the star-studded gospel movie, produced by Entertainment Tru Christ (ETC), was premiered on Thursday at the Genesis Cinemas in Abuja.

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Uhuru: Let’s play Kenyan content, buy Kenyan products
02-May-2020

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appealed to local media houses to air more Kenyan content during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic. Kenyatta, while addressing the country on Labour Day, said that now is the time that Kenyans should unite to help flatten the coronavirus curve and joblessness.

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Kenya Film Commission Upcoming Events
01-Apr-2020

The Kenya Film Commission has rolled out third edition of the “My Kenya My Story “mobile phone film competition. This is a competition for short films shot using exclusively using mobile phones. This year’s edition is themed “COVID -19 on staying at Home and Social Distancing”. This is in light of the worldwide measures of dealing with COVID -19. The call for Submissions will run from 23rd April 2020 to 3rd June 2020 .The submissions will be received via the Filmfreeway platform.

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Companies To Inspire Africa 2019
01-Apr-2020

It gives me great pleasure to support London Stock Exchange Group’s Companies to Inspire Africa initiative, now in its second iteration, that tells Africa’s remarkable story of entrepreneurial leadership to a global audience. Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Kenya’s vibrant economy, propelling investment, job creation and growth. Companies to Inspire Africa showcases Kenya’s mercantile spirit, vision and capacity to produce world-class innovation.

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Build on Kenya's film industry potential in 2020
29-Dec-2019

Many a writer in our daily newspapers have written on the tremendous potential Kenya has to develop a vibrant film industry that could make all other 'woods' out of the US look like guinea pigs.

Our own 'Lakewood' or 'Lolwewood' could easily shine in the global order of 'woods'. However, do those in positions to change things listen? Of course they don't. For were they to listen and believe what they are hearing, they would have done something by now to change the sorry state of our cultural and artistic industry.

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AT&T launches HBO Max, vying with Netflix, others for quarantine viewing
27-May-2020

AT&T’s WarnerMedia division launches its HBO Max streaming service on Wednesday, taking on Netflix, Disney and Amazon at a time when coronavirus lockdowns have boosted demand for streaming even as rising unemployment has cut disposable incomes.

source: zawya.com - Read more...

Cinema industry in MENA region set to enjoy explosive 74% growth
11-Feb-2020

Although accounting for a mere 1% of the world’s digital cinema screens, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region represents one of the world’s fastest-growing areas for the medium, with local exhibitors dominating the scene.

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Construction of Arribat Centre, biggest mall in Morocco, now complete
02-Jun-2020

The construction of Arribat Centre also called Arribat mall in Rabat, Morocco has been completed bringing into the country one of the most attractive shopping centers and the largest set-up of its kind with a 12 screen cinema, giving the people of Rabat an alternative to both Rabat’s Megamall and Casablanca’s Morocco Mall.

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Megarama Cancels Free Movie Screenings on International Women’s Day
05-Mar-2020

Megarama movie theaters operating in Morocco have canceled their International Women’s Day events, planned for Sunday, March 8, as a preventive measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Multiplex CineAtlas to Open in Tangier and El Jadida
28-Oct-2019

Rabat – CineAtlas, a multi-screen entertainment company, is set to open new movie theaters in the Moroccan cities of Tangier and El Jadida. The Tangier multiplex is expected to open in the third quarter of 2020, while the El Jadida theater will open in the second quarter of next year.

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Entertainment industry hit hard by COVID-19 State of Emergency
16-Apr-2020

The entertainment industry has been hard hit by the State of Emergency Regulations put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic. With the extension announced by President Geingob, local artists are further deprived of opportunities to make an income.

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Court Bars LASG From Registering And Licensing Cinemas, Says Only FG Can Under NFVCB Act
01-Jun-2020

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has held that the Lagos State Government cannot exercise regulatory powers to register and license cinema exhibition centres in Lagos State under the Cinematograph Law of Lagos State, at the same time with the Federal Government.

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Cameras roll again in Nollywood but Nigeria's cinemas still dark
27-May-2020

Nigeria’s film industry is creeping back to work after lockdown, and one of the first productions to resume is a new television series about a highly infectious disease that has ravaged the world.

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Training young Nollywood screenwriters: LAFAAAC, in partnership with Wazobia FM/TV and La Fémis, and with the support of the French Embassy in Nigeria, launches an ambitious and innovative training program
27-May-2020

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COVID-19: Censors board adopts virtual film censorship for Nollywood
26-May-2020

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), the regulator of Nigeria’s film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, has adopted virtual platforms as part of film censoring and classification process amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

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Top 10 Nollywood Movies to Watch on Netflix (2020)
22-May-2020

Over the past year, Netflix started to take the Nigerian market more seriously. This move saw the company stream its first Nollywood movie in 2018 — Lionheart.

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Censors Board ED, Thomas, lauds minister on COVID-19 Creative Industry Committee
22-May-2020

The Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, has commended the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for setting up the COVID-19 Creative Industry Committee

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Full list of Nollywood movies hitting cinemas post coronavirus
21-May-2020

Here is a list of nollywood titles billed to screen in cinemas once activities return to normal.

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COVID-19: 250,000 jobs at stake in creative industry
20-May-2020

The creative industry in Nigeria is perhaps, the least considered when the nation’s economy is analyzed, with so much focus given to oil and gas, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, etc. Little wonder why the impact of the global pandemic on the industry is hardly recognized in important discussions.

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COVID-19: 250,000 jobs at stake in creative industry
20-May-2020

The creative industry in Nigeria is perhaps, the least considered when the nation’s economy is analyzed, with so much focus given to oil and gas, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, etc. Little wonder why the impact of the global pandemic on the industry is hardly recognized in important discussions.

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Covid-19: Drive-in cinemas berths in Lagos, Abuja
19-May-2020

Here in Nigeria, as the effects of coronavirus pandemic bite harder in Nollywood, a Nigerian filmmaker, Charles Okpaleke, is pioneering the introduction of drive-in cinemas in Abuja and Lagos.

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We strongly believe it's time to change the narrative for content producers by democratizing streaming with zero data on streaming + pricing models designed with much flexibility and affordability for youthful and artisanal demographics.
14-May-2020

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How are Nigerian cinemas reacting to the crisis? What are they doing to successfully emerge out of this crisis?
12-May-2020

Nigeria’s cinema sector is perhaps, the most evolving in the nation’s creative industry, as movie-going has become a norm amongst many working-class youths and millennials in the recent past.

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COVID-19: Nigerian filmmaker premieres film directed via Zoom
06-May-2020

As coronavirus shuts down film, TV productions, and cinemas around the world, a Nigerian filmmaker, Obi Emelonye, has found a way around the physical distancing restrictions to shoot his latest movie.

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Nigerian actors, practitioners lament coronavirus impact on movie industry
06-May-2020

Many Nigerian filmmakers like ‘Omoni Oboli who was shooting a new Tv series, ‘Last Year Single’, had to halt the production abruptly.

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Nigeria: Government’s 6-week gradual opening plan
30-Apr-2020

Abuja and Lagos — The federal government yesterday unveiled plans to restart the economy that has been paralysed for more than four weeks due to measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A – Z of corporate reorganisations in Nigeria
30-Apr-2020

With businesses around the world severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, many may require some form of restructuring in the near future. Even before the pandemic, several sectors in the Nigerian economy were primed for reorganisation, either to meet regulatory requirements, maximise performance or stay afloat, increase economies of scale, increase market share or diversify the company’s business.

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Nigeria: More People View Nollywood Films On Africa Magic - Survey
29-Apr-2020

A recent survey carried out by THISDAY and supported by Dorinda Afrika Ltd on 41 individuals from different walks of life revealed that Africa Magic, a platform on cable TV, DStv, is the preferred choice for Nollywood films.

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Why Nigerian Govt Should Combat Piracy
29-Apr-2020

Veteran actress, Kate Henshaw and ace filmmaker, Omoni Oboli, want the Federal Government to accelerate the fight against piracy to enable the creative sector contribute more to the country's economy.

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The Rise of Nigerian Cinema
08-Apr-2020

Watching a Nigerian film is an experience. While much of it is inspired by Hollywood and Bollywood, there are some added elements which set it apart. Bright colours, loud dialogue and elaborate scenes are the major features that greet the eye and ear, with traditional themes of action, drama and suspense. Since the early stages of Nigerian cinema, informally called Nollywood, the industry has moved ahead in leaps and bounds.

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Moses Babatope Delivers Presentation Bola Tinubu Colloquium
01-Apr-2020

The coverage during the event and on the official magazine were indicators that we may yet see more attention paid to creative industries as part of an overall strategy to effectively diversify the economy

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https://www.pulse.ng/bi/strategy/meet-the-outstanding-entrepreneurs-who-received-the-lords-achievers-awards/ydh2pgh
26-Mar-2020

Jay Chikezie and Tokunbo Adetona are the recipients of the Lord’s Dry Gin business award category. The duo are behind Nairabox; a digital lifestyle wallet that helps Africans conveniently make payments for their lifestyle needs.

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Nigeria: Coronavirus - Filmhouse, Genesis, Silverbird Shut Cinemas
24-Mar-2020

Three major Nigerian cinema exhibitors, Filmhouse, Silverbird, and Genesis, have temporarily shut down operations nationwide. This move is in compliance with the government’s restrictions on large gatherings to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Filmhouse released a statement announcing the closure “to ensure the maximum safety of our guests and staff.”

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Meet Nigeria's leading women in film business
24-Mar-2020

With only a few days to the end of women's history month, Pulse celebrates Nigerian women making giant strides in film business across West Africa.

In Nigeria, there are barely a handful of film distribution companies and over a quarter of them interestingly have women at their helm of affairs.

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Going to the cinema
06-Jul-2019

On the sprawling Samaru campus of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, cinema-going is part and parcel of the subculture. The New World Cinema at the Social Centre fed the habit. Stepping into the expansive hall, the ceiling-to-floor screen radiated an aura of novelty of sorts––a screen so big it was filled with graphic scenes, vivid colours and pop music interlude.

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Genesis Cinemas to Transform the Theatrical Landscape in Africa by Introducing ScreenX for the First Time
17-Jun-2019

Genesis Cinemas is the leading cinema chain of West Africa with nine locations, 35 screens and over 3,400 seats in operation across Nigeria. Within the next three years, Genesis Cinemas will double the expansion across the West and into Central Africa and includes the installation of six ScreenX auditoriums in the Nigerian region.

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Growing demand for cinemas in Nigeria
31-May-2019

Nigeria currently has only 45 cinemas, but demand is growing. Foreign cinema giants like IMAX are now investing in building more cinemas in the country, and local filmmakers are hopeful that they will soon see better returns on their films.

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Cool FM treats 500 Kids to a Day Out at the Cinema, Stage Play & Goodies
28-May-2019

In celebration of Children’s Day and turning 21, the Cool FM Station treated 500 kids to movies, a stage play, and lots of goodies! On the 24th of May, in partnership with Genesis Cinemas, Tambollo and ‘Lend A Helping Hand Africa’, Cool FM celebrated children from different institutions by treating them to a whole day of fun and activities.

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Cape Town gets a drive-in cinema - with an LED screen for daytime watching
29-May-2020

Initially, it’ll allow up to 150 cars, says Mother City Drive-In co-founder Lyle Masters.

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Travel Africa with 26 iconic movies on Showmax this Africa Month
27-May-2020

The borders are closed, but that doesn't mean you can't explore your continent this Africa Day, thanks to this starter guide to classic African films on Showmax.

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Young South African filmmakers scoop international award
12-May-2020

A group of nine young filmmakers from The Animation School in Cape Town have won a gold award for their short animation film in the student division of the 2020 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards

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Post Covid-19: Why Africa will be at the forefront of future hospitality investment
10-May-2020

Claire Jankelson and Di Singer are the directors of the South African Film Festival. Claire answers questions for J-Wire.

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10 South African Movies and Series Old and New to Stream on Netflix
06-May-2020

From classics to Netflix originals, here are some great South African movies and series to stream on Netflix.

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Big screen lockdown: The pandemic’s effect on the film industry
28-Apr-2020

Movie release dates keep being postponed as the pandemic makes its way through our society. So, what does this mean for the future of cinema?

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Freelancers in SA's entertainment industry get financial relief during Covid-19 lockdown
23-Apr-2020

Durban – Entertainment labour groups are providing information on relief funds available for struggling freelancers in the entertainment industry.

This followed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the steps the national government is undertaking to provide financial relief to struggling citizens of South Africa.

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Covid-19: Film makers say relief fund is too small and inaccessible for most
21-Apr-2020

The local film industry, which employs about 25,000 people, has like many other industries come to an almost complete halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a 2017 study commissioned by the National Film and Video Foundation, the film industry contributed R5.4 billion to South Africa’s GDP.

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Locked down and staying home | How will SA's entertainment industry survive Covid-19?
18-Apr-2020

South Africa's nationwide lockdown and social distancing in the US as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have dramatically changed the fortunes of John Cena hitmaker Sho Madjozi and her band of 14 dancers.

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Nu Metro on closed cinemas: The day will come when all movie fans can again join in the shared experience
11-Apr-2020

The popcorn machines are turned off and cinemas in South Africa remain shut as the country endures Level 4 of the national lockdown period to try and curb the spread of the Covid-19.

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South Africa: The Impact of COVID-19 on Key Africian Sectors
26-Mar-2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in mass production shutdowns and supply chain disruptions due to port closures in China, causing global ripple effects across all economic sectors in a rare “twin supply-demand shock”. With South Africa having just reported its first cases of COVID-19, Africa is beginning to feel its full impact and plans to control and manage the humanitarian challenges of the virus are underway across the continent.

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The impact of Covid-19 on the SA media environment
23-Mar-2020

As consumers adjust their lifestyle habits in light of the threat of Covid-19, their media habits will also change; creating very real consequences for the media industry.

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South African Indian grandson revives cinema empire destroyed by apartheid
20-Nov-2019

The internationally-acclaimed Avalon Group founded by AB Moosa snr 80 years ago has revived its landmark cinemas in Cape Town. The group holds several records, including being the first in South Africa to show a film from what has now come to be known as Bollywood. The landmark cinemas has been revived by the family's third-generation CEO AB Moosa.

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What Movie Theatres in French-speaking South Saharan Africa?
11-May-2018

This article reviews the causes of the disappearance of movie theatres in South Saharan Africa, a phenomenon peculiar to this vast geographical area thirteen times larger than France.

Following the lack of initiative of the French duopoly COMACICO-SECMA, which over a half-century came to take over the importation and distribution of practically all the films shown in the region, the operation of most movie theatres and the programming of other cinemas in the region, the disappearance of the entire film sector in the 1980s was ensured in the various countries by ideological blindness and the short-term defence of the business interests of African filmmakers for two decades following independence.

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Uganda: National Cultural Forum wants COVID-19 relief from govt
29-May-2020

In a petition letter dated 26 May 2020 and addressed to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the NCF proposes the establishment of a relief fund to provide loans of between 20 million and 75 million Ugandan shillings ($5 300 and $20 000).

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'We Fought For This Land!' – The Zim (Short Film Review)
27-May-2020

Should you be held responsible for the sins of the past? Alexander Bedria explores this question in The Zim, a short film that offers a swift look at the Zimbabwean land seizures. Featuring brilliant performances and poignant, tense-filled scenes, it’s the kind of film that leaves viewers with a lot to think about, long after the end credits.

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Zimbabwe’s award-winning comedy movie ‘Cook Off’ is coming to Netflix
19-May-2020

Cook Off, a 2017 award-winning comedy movie from Zimbabwe, will soon be coming to your doorsteps aka Netflix. With a streaming platform that has almost 200 million subscribers, there’s no better platform this film would belong to.

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New movie explores culture
15-May-2020

ONLINE comedian, Melusi “Ray Vines” Chiripowako , has branched into filming with the launch of his new movie, Culture, set for end of this month.

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Tyler Perry gets ahead of Hollywood with July production restart
15-May-2020

Filmmaker Tyler Perry on Tuesday became one of the first Hollywood film and television executives to announce the resumption of production in the midst of the coronavirus era.

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Zimbabwe: 'Cook Off' in Milestone Netflix Deal
11-May-2020

Local film 'Cook Off' is set to make history when it becomes the first local production to show on popular social media service Netflix which has over 160 million subscribers.

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Zimbabwe: Ministry Announces Relief Fund
30-Apr-2020

The Minister of Sports, Youth, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry announced a ZW$17 million relief fund to support youth-led businesses and associations in order to mitigate the effects of Covid-19.

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James Cameron new film spotlights female anti-poaching warriors of Zimbabwe
22-Apr-2020

This short film is a celebration of the courage, conservation and unorthodox thinking that’s leading to massive positive change

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Zimbabwe can become Africa’s Hollywood
22-Nov-2019

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa (centre) poses with fellow delegates to the Emerging Cinema Market Conference 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday. She is accompanied by her husband Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa (right).

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