Sinemite Newsletter #4

The 12th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards took place on Saturday night, recognizing the best in film industry in the country.

This year, Kalasha Awards had 39 categories with the addition of nine new categories that include; Best regional film, Best Documentary (Short), Best Documentary (Feature), Best Makeup and Hair Stylist, Best Costume Designer, Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama, Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama, Best Viewer’s Choice (Feature) and Best Viewer’s Choice (TV Drama). (Standard Media)

Nickelodeon Africa has announced that “SpongeBob SquarePants” will run in South Africa’s local language ‘isiZulu’ from 5 December 2022.

Available on DStv, the pay-TV service said the show offers a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to learn and be entertained in a local language by the funniest sponge under the sea.

The channel hopes to move the needle on promoting and preserving local language through pop culture. (BROADCAST MEDIA AFRICA)

To wrap up its Originals slate for the year, Showmax has released the trailer for A Familiar Christmas, Kenya’s first-ever Christmas feature, to premiere on 15 December 2022.

First announced in March, A Familiar Christmas is the second Showmax Original film in Kenya after the coming-of-age drama Baba Twins – nominated for eight awards including Best Feature Film at the 2022 Kalasha Awards. (CHETENET)

GSDF is open to applications from all parts of the world, for documentary projects up to 30 minutes, either in production or post-production, with existing footage. 16 filmmakers will be selected to attend a series of online workshops, mentoring, and one to one pitches. More details here

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 13th December 2022.

The new edition of Cinema without Borders taking place at the Movies that Matter Festival 2023 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The five-day workshop and networking programme on how to organize a human rights film festival or mobile cinema project will take place from 25 – 29 March 2023.

We will bring together starting and more experienced film festival professionals from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. More details here.


DCP (Digital Cinema Package) is a digital film copy. It is used for screening in a cinema, whereby the image and sound data are available in a special data format.

The specifications for this were laid down by the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives), an association of major Hollywood studios in the “Digital Cinema System Specifications”.

The goal was to prevent a format war during the transition into the digital age to avoid high costs for film distributors & protect films against piracy.

Since the standard is open, no license fees are charged, and it offers high quality and security, it became the standard for digital cinema worldwide.

Read more about Digital Cinema System Specification here .

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