Monthly Archives: September 2010

Helsinki African Film Festival 2011 call for short film entries, Deadline 31 December 2010


See the website for the Helsinki African Film Festival for a call for submissions

Call for Short Films Submission

HAFF 2011 is inviting young and emerging African filmmakers to submit short films of up to 30 minutes for the festival’s short film competition. To enter the competition, you must not have completed a feature-length film previously. The films entered in the competition must have been completed in 2007 or after.

The deadline for the short film competition entries is 31 December 2010.
A shortlist from all the entries will be selected and announced by 31 January 2011. The competition winner will be chosen by a jury and announced at the festival in May 2011. The shortlisted films will be screened on the HAFF website.

Please see below for full submission guidelines.
Download the Entry Form Here
For more info email submissions@haff.fi

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We accept entries from all filmmakers of African origin (interpreted widely) working in Africa or abroad. We are particularly interested in giving exposure to young, emerging filmmakers, who have not have completed a feature-length film previously. The films can be any genre (for example, drama, documentary, animation) and shot in any format.

The film must have been completed in 2007 or after and could have been screened on television, at festivals and in cinemas previously.

Films should be no longer than 30 minutes.

We will only accept films in English or with English subtitles. Participants are responsible for all translation and subtitling.

Viewing copies should be on DVD (any region). All films submitted should be accompanied by a completed entry form and all viewing copies should be clearly labeled with the title of the film and name of the director. Please submit the viewing copy on DVD.

Viewing copies and promotional materials cannot be returned to the sender and will be stored in our festival archive. These will be kept exclusively for research and non-commercial purposes.

All deliveries from outside the European Union should be marked with the phrase “no commercial value – for cultural purposes only”. Applicants are responsible for the cost of posting the entry form and viewing copy to us.

The completed entry forms and viewing copies should reach us not later than 31 December 2010. There is no entry fee.

We welcome still photos, press releases and other promotional materials to accompany entries, which we may use for promotional purposes.

By submitting your film to the HAFF short film competition, the copyright holder of your film authorizes the festival to make clips of a maximum of three minutes available on online broadcast channels. The purpose of this is solely to promote the festival and your film.

We will contact all applicants in February 2011. Participants are responsible for the cost of sending the screening copies to the festival.

See the website of the Helsinki African Film Festival for more information.

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MOPPAN calls for an African International Film Centre in Tiga, Kano


The national president of MOPPAN, the Motion Picture Practitioner’s Association of Nigeria, Sani Muazu has recently posted on his blog a MOPPAN press release calling for the formation of an international film centre in Tiga, Kano State. The Press release seems to have been originally written in 2007.

In the third part of the press release, MOPPAN put forth several recommendations:

3.2.2.1 Infrastructure and Production Facilities 

MOPPAN noted that few state-of-the-art equipment exist as part of the production facilities in the industry in the North. The cinema infrastructure among others, such as equipment and theatres have equally been abandoned to decay or converted to warehouses, banks, shopping malls and venues for religious worship, etc. The new phenomenon of the home video production therefore does not enjoy the communal conviviality which was the order of the day in the cinema era. In the same vein, production, distribution and exhibition facilities in the film industry are virtually non-existent. 

Note must however be taken of the effort of private sector investors in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and recently Abuja by Silverbird and other stakeholders who are already financing a few standard film exhibition centres across some major cities of the country in an attempt to revive the film exhibition and cinema going culture. There are also a chain of video rental outlets and viewing centres in the urban centres and in some rural areas of the country, operating on the fringe. More of these structures and facilities are expected to be established in the North by these businesses and operated without recourse to northern cultural sensibilities. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN therefore sees the need to go into, or encourage northern businessmen to go into the business of cinema as it should be in a predominantly Muslim environment. MOPPAN also recommends that Kano State Government, in its new policy thrust on Film Development through the establishment of a practitioners driven film centre in Tiga, Kano, should seek to collaborate with motion picture equipment and film stock manufacturers from different parts of the world for the establishment of factories or sales offices in the Kano, with adequate incentives to attract their participation.

3.2.2.2 Production
MOPPAN observed that Kano, as the centre of Kannywood, is unarguably one of the highest producers of film titles in the Nigeria and Africa, with over one thousand video movies per annum. Film production encompasses several processes of transforming a story or subject matter from idea to a finished product. With the establishment of the Resource Centre, it is hoped that the above stated problems about motion picture production would be mitigated to the barest minimum.

Recommendation:
In its view, MOPPAN believes the establishment of the International Film Resource Centre at Tiga in Kano, would bring all Guilds and Associations together under one umbrella at the centre and give them the capacity to address the problems of technical and content quality, format, standards, professionalism, aesthetic appeal and of course, finance are some of the challenges facing the industry today. 

3.2.2.3 Distribution, Exhibition and Marketing
MOPPAN observed the absence of effective structure and efficient and organised distribution network in the North, despite Kano being one of the major distribution centres of Films in Nigeria and sub Saharan Africa generally. MOPPAN also noted that there is the lack of political will on the part of Kano State Government to consider its strategic positioning and make plans to explore and revitalize the sector. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN recommends that Kano State Government should utilise the International Film Resource Centre at Tiga to facilitate an enabling environment to encourage public-private partnership to enhance an organised and efficient distribution and marketing network.

3.2.2.4 Training and Capacity Building

MOPPAN noted that it has become imperative for practitioners to possess a certain basic qualification that is recognised and acceptable by all stakeholders nationwide to bridge the yawning gap created by dearth of requisite skills in the industry. 

Without training and capacity building therefore, it is difficult to maintain standards and ensure the regular supply of the needed manpower to feed the development needs of the industry. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN recommends that the International Film Resource Centre Tiga, Kano should host a film school to be known as TIGA INTERNATIONAL FILM CENTRE, KANO to be affiliated to either Bayero University Kano or Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. The school can work with other similar training institutions around the world to professionalise the industry. The Centre would also work with and encourage the Government-owned National Film Institute and the NTA Television College in Jos and other training institutions and initiatives by stakeholders to function adequately and provide the services needed in this sub-sector. 

3.2.2.5 Funding and Financing
Modern filmmaking is business, big business. It is pertinent to note that all films, whether Government-sponsored or funded by corporations or individuals incur expenses in anticipation of expected returns. MOPPAN observed the absence of institutional funding, grants and endowment which has hampered the delivery power of the Northern Nigerian filmmaker. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN strongly recommends the establishment of a Film Development Fund in Kano for the Northern motion picture industry in collaboration with other Northern Governors that are major stakeholders and beneficiaries.

3.2.2.6 Legal Environment 
MOPPAN observed that the Government has been making relevant and necessary efforts towards creating an enabling and enduring legal environment to stimulate the desired moral growth and development in the industry. The Kano Censors Board is however a source of concern to stakeholders and the law establishing the board is obviously done in a hurry.

Recommendation:
MOPPAN recommends that the Kano State Government should liaise with the National Film and Video Censors Board to harmonise and regularise its reforms until the motion picture industry is firmly put on a sound footing of focussed growth and development. The International Film Resource Centre would also maintain a standard legal office to continuously study and update its policies with regards to culture, tourism and growth without constituting itself as a nuisance and national/international embarrassment. 

From the foregoing, MOPPAN therefore recommends the establishment of an International Film Resource Centre, to be known as THE AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM RESOURCE CENTRE TIGA, KANO at the present place of the ROCK CASTLE HOTEL to, when fully established, serve as THE CENTRE that would seek to intervene through its registered and affiliated Guilds and Associations in all aspects of motion picture production in Northern Nigeria and give KANNYWOOD a true identity and KANO STATE its position of pride as the third leg of film production in Nigeria.

To read the entire press release, see Sani Mu’azu’s blog here.

8 Week weekend Screenwriting and Directing Workshop


The Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies and Amaka Igwe Studios present an 8week – weekends only – Screenwriting and Directing Workshop. Classes hold on Saturday and Sundays only and commence on the 9th of October, 2010.

For screenwriting, some of the courses to be covered include; Who’s a Screenwriter?, Script appreciation, Finding the Story, The Film story, Story Development, Dialogue , Writing for film and writing for Television, Characterisation, Plot and Conflict and Understanding Genre.

For directing; Who’s a Director?, Shot by Shot, Casting , Grammar of Directing, Planning the Shoot, Handling Cast and Crew, Geography of Shots, Shot Composition, Blocking and Choreography, Camera Placement, Directing Talent, Shooting for Edit.

All those specializing in screenwriting will be expected to complete the screenplay for a short film during the workshop.

Those for directing will be expected to shoot a short film.

Workshop fee is N50, 000 and this covers training materials, tea/coffee break and lunch.

Workshop is open to only 25 participants.

The team of facilitators will be led by Amaka Igwe.

For further information please call Tomi on 08023525104 or come to 44A Palm Avenue, MKO Abiola Gardens, Alausa ikeja Lagos.

“Women’s Voices Now” Film Festival seeks submissions from women from the Muslim world


Cambodia Jobs Blogspots lists the following call for film submissions:
Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a New York-based not-for-profit social enterprise is calling for film submissions for Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. The Festival is open to filmmakers of all genders, nationalities and faiths.

 The Festival aims to give voice to women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim women living as minorities around the globe. The Festival is a unique project that will highlight pro-women voices from within the Muslim World and present an unfiltered and honest account of these women’s stories-focusing on the struggle for freedom of expression and inalienable human rights.

For more information on “Women’s Voices Now,” see their website.

For more information on the film festival, see this link.

For the complete rules and regulations of submission, see this link.