Sinemite Newsletter #10

Poster on Zanzibar Film Festival 2023

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is currently accepting applications. This for all African films (including African Diaspora) and films from the Dhow Countries’ region. This includes South East Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, The Persian Gulf, Iran, Pakistan, India and the Indian Ocean Islands. Films must be have been produced after 2021. ZIFF reserves the right to accept any films with a specific interest to the festival.

Streaming service provider Netflix has cut subscription prices for its Kenyan subscribers by 37 percent on average. This is in the wake of increasing competition as it moves to incentivize new and maintain current subscribers.

Subscribers on Netflix’s basic plan will see the sharpest drop in prices on their next billing cycle as charges fall to Sh300 from Sh700.

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has announced its return for a sixth edition from October 13 – 20, 2023 after a one-year hiatus.

The future of the festival, unfolding in the Egyptian Red Sea Resort of El Gouna. It had looked uncertain over the summer following the cancellation of its 2022 edition. This was in the wake of a difficult fifth edition, marked by a political backlash over the selection and resignations.

The Goethe-Institut and the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration warmly invite filmmakers, producers, broadcasters and organizations worldwide to send in films to the festival for consideration. Call for entries is open until March 20, 2023

Submissions to the Cannes Short Film Festival are open to filmmakers from around the world. The running time should be less than 40 minutes and a completion date within the preceding 12 months. Deadline: March 03, 2023.

Joint Venture

A joint venture in the film business refers to a collaboration between two or more companies or individuals to produce, finance, and distribute a film.

In a joint venture, the partners pool their resources and expertise to bring a project to market, sharing the risks and rewards of the venture.

Joint ventures can take many forms, ranging from simple co-financing agreements to complex partnerships that involve multiple partners in multiple countries. They are a common way for studios and independent producers to get access to additional funding and distribution channels, and can also help to reduce the risk associated with film production by spreading it across multiple partners.

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