Tuesday, 24th October 2023
Sinemite Newsletter #27
Africa’s best source for film industry news, insights and distribution knowledge.
Sony Group has established Sony Innovation Fund: Africa (SIF: AF), a program that will support the growth of entertainment businesses in Africa. Appropriately, the Tokyo multinational conglomerate, through Sony Ventures Corporation (SVC), has earmarked $10 million for early-stage startups in gaming, music, film and content distribution. Continue reading
In recent years, African films have gained well deserved recognition at the most prestigious international film festivals. There was a time when festivals like Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Tribeca Film Festival predominantly showcased Western productions, but the tides have changed. These festivals are now embracing a rich tapestry of narratives and talents from the African continent, signifying a remarkable turning point in the world of cinema, as African filmmakers receive their long-overdue spotlight on the global stage.
At the heart of this burgeoning success is a new generation of African filmmakers who have unleashed their creativity, ingenuity, and cultural perspectives to captivate audiences worldwide. From Kenya to Nigeria, Ghana to South Africa, and beyond, these filmmakers have woven tales that are both unique and universally resonant. Their films celebrate diverse identities, explore poignant social issues, and offer glimpses into African traditions, all while challenging outdated stereotypes and tropes. Continue Reading
GRANTS AND SUBMISSIONS
Documentarians, directors, producers and digital creators can submit their documentary projects.
The Global Pitch, an online event organized by Sunny Side of the Doc, is calling for documentary projects. The event, Feb. 6 – 7, 2024, highlights documentary projects on the theme “Docs for the Future: Mapping a Sustainable World.”
Projects must be at an advanced stage of development with the financial commitment of at least one partner
Submissions must be written in English. The submission fee is EUR90 (US$95).
Twelve projects will be selected. The winner will receive EUR3,000 (US$3,171) and two accreditations for Sunny Side of the Doc (#SSD24) in La Rochelle, France in June 2024.
Deadline: 24th November 2023
Apply here: https://bit.ly/3QrLZvw
The Cairo Francophone Film Festival (CFFF) is an annual festival organized by “Media Hub Agency for PR, Media, Events and Communication” and sponsored by public/private organizations and entities in Egypt and around the world.
The aim of the Festival is to improve the taste in movies, to further artistic links between people, to allow meetings between professionals and to build bridges between workers in the field of cinema from different cultures and thus promote film industry in Egypt, in the Francophone world, the Arab world and other countries.
Deadline: 1st November 2023
Apply Here: https://filmfreeway.com/CairoFFF