Sinemite Newsletter # 11

African pay TV giant MultiChoice Group and Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky unveiled a partnership that “will bring some of the world’s best content and technology to streaming customers across MultiChoice’s 50-market footprint in sub-Saharan Africa at a time when Africa is approaching an inflection point in terms of broadband connectivity and affordability.”

They will form the new Showmax group, which will be 70 percent owned by MultiChoice and 30 percent owned by NBCUniversal. “It will build on Showmax’s success to date and aim to create the leading streaming service in Africa,” the companies said.

“Powered by Peacock’s leading, globally-scaled technology, Showmax subscribers will have access to an extensive premium content portfolio, bringing African audiences the best of local and international programming.” Continue Reading

The Festival des Cinémas Africains-FCAT, whose 20th edition will be held from April 28 to May 7, 2023, will host a new edition of FCAT LAB , the post-production workshop, which will offer another year one-to-one meetings and a project market, and will award a total of €25,000 in cash prizes and post-production services, to support the development of African film productions.

If we can notice, in recent years, an increase in the production of African films, it is also important to underline the great interest that these works arouse in the main international festivals, as shown for example by the first prize won at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2023 by Cameroonian director Cyrielle Raingou’s documentary, The Specter of Boko Haram . Yet, compared to film production in many other parts of the world, African cinema remains underfunded and suffers unfairly from lower visibility. Continue Reading

The Heritage Management Organization (HERITΛGE) is launching a new call for concept notes for small grants ($5000-$50000) for organizations, groups, and individuals working with heritage in Africa.

They will fund projects that focus on the protection of and/or promotion of local heritage for socio-economic development in the continent.
DEADLINE: 31/March/2023.

The IDFA Bertha Fund is now accepting project submissions to the IBF Europe – Minority Co-production funding scheme.

With this call, the Fund seeks to encourage European producers to participate as a minority co-producer in high-quality feature-length documentary projects by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. IBF Europe – Minority Co-production caters to documentary projects in all stages of production, offering a maximum contribution of €40,000 per project.
DEADLINE: 01/April/2023.

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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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Kalasha International Film and TV Market is scheduled to take place from 29th till 31th March 2023 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Tsavo Ballroom in Nairobi, Kenya.

This will be the 6th edition of the Kalasha Market, and the focus will be on Film Distribution.

The 3-day trade fair will be showcasing filming activities offering high level interaction through conferences, workshops, business-to-business opportunities and pitching sessions.

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Rwanda Development Board in partnership with the Rwanda Film Office is pleased to announce the winners of the first Call for Projects in support of the audiovisual sector launched in September 2022.

A total of 33 film and series projects in early development (pitch, writing, rewriting) and in production phase (fiction, documentary, short films) will be supported to a tune of over Rwf184 million.

2023 is shaping up to be an amazing year for African creative projects!

In the face of challenges like the global economic downturn last year, and spurred on by the opportunities presented by the evolution in technology leading to a surge in NFTs, practical AI adoption, higher internet penetration, a lens on the continent and video game patronage, the African creative scene is set to shine with a bright future.

The Abidjan Animation Film Festival (FFAA) announced on the opening of the call for films counting for the 6th of the great animation mass scheduled from May 05 to 07, 2023 .

This year, the festival innovates by adding the categories “Graduation film” and “Best African film” in addition to the standard categories which include feature films; short films and TV series.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is February 27, 2023, HERE


Writer’s Lab, are looking for the best filmmaking talent in Ghana to enhance their scripts and pitch their stories to major Hollywood companies.

You can now apply to be part of the 16 week creative accelerate & fellowship program .


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Women Deliver Conference 2023 Arts & Film Festival will be taking place from the 17th- 20th of July 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda and submissions currently ongoing. Women Deliver Conferences are one of the world’s largest multi-sectoral convenings to advance gender equality.

One of the most creative program elements of Women Deliver 2023 (WD2023) is the Arts & Film Festival designed to share stories and spark conversations related to the lives and wellbeing of girls and women around the world. (Film Free Way)

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The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has unveiled the 36 recipients of the Red Sea Fund’s 2022 production and post-production funding cycles.

All titles are from Arab and African filmmakers, who will receive grants to help them complete films that shine a light on narratives and new talents emerging from the region.

Two films selected have previously received support at the development stage by the Red Sea FundCaptain Mbaye from Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi follows a UN observer sent to Rwanda as genocide breaks out. Karekezi’s previous credits include drama The Mercy Of The Jungle, which scooped the top prize at Africa’s biennale international film festival Fespaco in 2019. {Screen Daily}
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Mary Waireri’s series “Exiles” has been selected for development via EbonyLife Media and Sony Pictures Television’s Alo, an initiative offering a platform for writers of African heritage.

Nairobi-born, London-bred screenwriter Waireri’s script follows a Kenyan-born British doctor returns to the country she fled as a young girl to find her twin brother who goes missing while investigating a government cover-up. Soon, she finds herself drawn into a dark conspiracy. {Variety}

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The Kenya Film Commission has  established Reel County Film Festival under the “My County My Story” programme aimed at growing the local film industry across the 47 counties of Kenya. The content created by the different counties will tell stories, feature prominent people (historical or current), and/or feature locations of the counties. More details HERE


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Kenya Film Commission has announced a call for submissions for Bursaries & Scholarship in Cinematic Arts. This program seeks to address the skills gap for needy and talented students from low socio-economic households who wish to pursue formal education in the film industry. More details HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10th February 2023 

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Holdback is a period during which a film is not allowed to be exploited on a different or „competitive” media/business models for a certain time.

Holdbacks periods are mutually negotiated depending on the overall conditions of the distribution deal. Specially in digital distribution there is a tendency to not negotiate them anymore and skip in favor of broad marketing across several forms of exploitation in order to not miss out on the various potential revenue streams.

For example, a film can be on Netflix but not on YouTube or on a streaming service and not in Cinema.

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South Africa’s Showmax Launches Open Call For Live-Action Films From First-Time African Filmmakers  

South African streamer Showmax has partnered with the Joburg Film Festival to launch an open commissioning brief. This is to the African film industry calling for pitches to fill a slate of 10 live-action films.

All submitted proposals must have a first draft screenplay and be set in contemporary Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or South Africa, with a first-time director attached who is a resident or citizen in those countries.

All official Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian, and South African languages are welcome. The final films should be more than 40 minutes which is in line with the SAFTAs Best Made-for-TV Movie Award category.


Story pitches are required to be in English and recorded as a video that is no longer than five minutes. Showmax said the pitch must also include short bios of the writer, director, and producer. A concise summary of the story, including the ending; an introduction to your lead characters and a discussion of your chosen genre and stylistic approach, with visual references.

Submissions will open on February 1 on Showmax’s website. Entries close on April 1. The selected projects will be announced in the second half of 2023 and screened on Showmax in 2024.

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Showmax Book Adaptation Brief

Showmax is welcoming exciting proposals from Kenyan producers for a literary adaptation series based on or inspired by a Kenyan book. The proposed series should be made up of 8 or 16 episodes. Limited series are also welcome

Proposal Requirements
  • Logline: summary of the series (no more than 30 words).
  • Summary of Book: its story, appeal, and publisher information.
  • Character bios of main key characters – not more than 4 characters. (Their goals, needs, desires and weaknesses)
  • Episode Breakdowns: Highlight the beginning, middle, and end of each episode in a couple of sentences.
  • Series Lookbook and Moodboard: Picture collage that gives us a glimpse of how the series will look like in terms of cinematography and production design, mood, and tone.
  • Company profile &Team: Who are the filmmakers behind the project? What have you done previously? Who will be doing what?
  • Publisher Agreement: Agreement with publisher confirming option rights to the said book. If the agreement process is not completed, please provide a letter of intent from the publisher stating the timelines for the rights clearance.
  • Preliminary Budget: How much will it cost to produce each episode?
  • Showreel: A link to your showreel or sample of your work, no longer than 3 minutes.
  • References: Please include contact details for three references. References cannot include M-Net personnel.
Completed scripts are not necessary at the stage of submission.

Presentation must not be more than 15 slides.

Technical and editorial standards required will be set out in the production agreement.

Showmax will have the final editorial and creative control over all aspects of the Commissioned Movie.

The Evaluation/Selection Process

Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email notification. Only shortlisted applications will be invited for pitches.

Our selection process will take roughly 12 weeks. If you don’t hear from us within 90 days after submissions deadline, consider your application unsuccessful.

Deadline for Submissions: 20th February 2023.

More details here

Hollywood actor Idris Elba has plans to invest in a major film studio in Tanzania

anzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan with British actor Idris Elba in Davos, Switzerland. PHOTO | COURTESY | IKULU

Hollywood actor Idris Elba has plans to invest in a major film studio in Tanzania, the Director of Presidential Communications, Zuhura Yunus, has revealed.

The plans come a few days after the British actor and humanitarian and his wife, Sabrina Elba, recently met and held talks with President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Ms Zuhura revealed the news while briefing journalists on Monday on the outcome of President Hassan’s recent trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the 53rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

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American actor and film producer Leonard DiCaprio is expected in Kenya for a film project. The production budget has been estimated at Sh2.4 billion. The multiple award winner, whose illustrious movie career has seen him play lead roles in some of Hollywood biggest productions such as Titanic, Once Upon a Time, Total Eclipse, Blood Diamond, The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street and Inception, will lead a mega cast into the country in what could be a game changer in Kenya’s positioning as a filming tourist destination. {Standard Media}

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The countdown to the 19th Africa Movie Academy Awards Submissions started from 1st December 2022.

The deadline for submissions is the 31st March 2023. Late entry deadline is the 30th of June 2023.  Nominations will be announced on the August 2023 Only films produced and released between January 2022 and 30th March 2023 may be submitted. Film Free Way  {}

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Baraza media lab, is a space that serves as a beacon for leading thinking to experiment, problem-solve, learn and incubate new models of storytelling. The lab offers an experimental space for media startups.

Lisa Muchangi, the marketing, and communications manager at the lab describes it as, ‘a co-creation hub for media practitioners and creators in Kenya. Most practitioners work in their silos and never get a chance to come together. This lab offers them a sense of community.’

The lab will host the first-ever African Media Festival in the coming month -February. The conference targets 1,500 delegates over the two days. {NTV Kenya}

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The Namibian Film Commission extends support to students who wish to pursue a career in the film industry through a bursary program. More details here


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The Mollo Animation Academy and Studio is proud to announce its 5th intake for its 12 month, intensive animation internship is now open. This paid internship program is aimed at creating work ready artists looking to specialize in high-end 2-D animation and tell authentic African stories.

Once applications close in January, the shortlist will be announced and the interview process will begin. They take only 10 artists a year to be mentored and taught by our dedicated trainers. More details here.            

: 31st  January 2023.

Gross Revenue

Gross Revenue is the total amount of money generated before deduction of the negotiated Distributor’s share and the Distribution expenses.

Distribution Expenses are those expenses that the distributor incurs in order to facilitate the promotion & distribution of a film.

Deductible marketing expenses could not only be the expenses from marketing & promotion but also the procurement of legal documents that are necessary in order release a film in a certain country.