Monthly Archives: July 2011

Kano-Lagos Hip Hop Music Connection, Concert 30 July, Goethe-Institut, Kano


This from the Goethe-Institut Kano:

Goethe-Institut Kano Liaison Office presents

Kano – Lagos Hip Hop Music Connection

Featuring Ali Jita, Snypa, Vtime Faya, Kool Kid, Da Man, Protek, 2tek, Nura Nash, Nomis Gee, Mikkey CA, Big Daddy Fresh, Mahmoud Nagudu, and Ade Bantu

The music project Kano – Lagos Hip Hop Connection was developed by Ade Bantu in co-operation with Goethe Institut Kano. The 7 dayproject  is aimed at linking musicians from Southern and Northern Nigeria and uniting them through creativity, rhymes and music.

16 rappers & singers from Lagos and Kano will engage in creative writing and studio recording sessions. The project will culminate in a live performance at the Goethe Institut, Kano on the 30th of July.

Venue: Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Kano Liaison Office, 21, Sokoto Road, Nassarawa G.R.A., Kano

Date: Saturday, 30th July, 2011

Time: 6 pm

Admission is free

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For the Musicians bios, see the following links: Musicians from Lagos, Musicians from Kano 

Pan-African Film Festival, Los Angeles, call for submissions. Deadline: 31 October 2011


The following came from Curiously, it has not yet been updated on the official Pan African Film Festival website:

The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions

Film Festival Set to Celebrate 20 Years of Cinematic Journeys Around the World

07.22.2011– LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is proud to announce its 20th anniversary of taking movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe. PAFF will be held on February 9-20, 2012 in Los Angeles. The film festival is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to lands far away and back home again. “Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF.

Currently, PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts, narratives and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Applications are available via the PAFF website at, by emailing or calling (310) 337-4737.

The PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker(s) need not be of African descent.) Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts both narrative and documentary. The film festival will accept submissions of works in progress; however, films and videos must be completed no later than December 31, 2011.

The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary (short or feature length), Best Narrative Short, Jury Award, Director-First Feature, Festival Award and Audience Favorite. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2011. With the exception of Audience Favorite and Festival Award all films are judged by industry professionals, selected by PAFF.

For information about the festival, submission procedures, fees and registration, visit or call 310. 337-4737. Submission will be accepted from July 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. Late submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2011. Official selection announcements will be made beginning December 15, 2011.

About the Pan African Film Festival
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, is gearing up for its 20th year of screening more than 125 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

For more information, please visit or call (310) 337-4737.

In-Short International Short Film Festival Lagos, Submission deadline: 10 September 2011

Call for entries
The International Film and Broadcast Academy, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Nigeria is organizing IN-SHORT 2011, the international short film festival with a difference!
It takes place from 13 – 15 October 2011 in Lagos and will be screening international short films from different genres with a strong focus on Nigerian and German short films.
The festival is targeted at emerging film makers, student film makers and tele-movies of up to 30 minutes length.
Filmmakers from Nigeria are invited to submit their short films to compete for the public audience award.

The theme of the festival is GOOD THINKING, GOOD MOVIES!

Entry forms and guidelines can be downloaded here

Completed entry forms and all enquiries can be sent to:
Tel: +234 802 301 5604
2Goethe-Insitut Nigeria
City Hall
30, Catholic Mission Str.,
opp. Holy Cross Cathedral
Lagos Island


  • Maximum length: 30 minutes
  • No genre restriction, i.e. fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, etc.
  • Production year not earlier than 2009
  • Language: if film is not shot in standard English, subtitles should be in English

How to Apply:

  • All applications should be submitted in 2 copies on DVD Pal format, together with a CD with short synopsis of the film, a text file with complete cast list, photos from the film, photo and biography/filmography of director
  • Filled application form
  • Two selection copies of the film on DVD Pal format

Women and Film in Africa Conference: Overcoming Social Barriers (London): Abstract Deadline 16 September 2011



Women and Film in Africa Conference: Overcoming Social Barriers

Conference organised by the
Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster

Date: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2011
Venue: University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

This is a 1st Call for Papers for a conference on the contemporary and historical role played by women in the film, television and video industries in Africa. From the Arab North Africa, West Africa, Central and East Africa, through to Southern Africa, women have emerged from the double oppression of patriarchy and colonialism to become the unsung heroines of the moving image as producers, directors, actresses, script writers, financiers, promoters, marketers and distributors of film, television and video in postcolonial Africa. Sadly, such immense contributions by women are underrepresented, both in industry debates and in academic research. There are now many cases in which African women in front of and behind the camera have overcome social barriers and yet this is sidelined. This conference invites students, practitioners, academics and researchers to debate how women have contributed to film, television and video markets in Africa from pre-colonial, colonial to postcolonial periods. Existing industry and academic work should also discuss the ways female audiences in Africa have engaged with film, television and video texts. The conference will include a session with leading female filmmakers. Papers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following themes:


  • The Influence of Feminism on African filmmakers
  • Women in front and behind the camera in African film
  • Women in the African feature film industry
  • Women in technical roles in film, video and television in Africa
  • Women documentary makers in Africa
  • Gender and Representation of Women in African film
  • Audiences for films by African women/Female audiences in Africa
  • Case histories of leading African women film makers
  • Women scriptwriters
  • African women acting in video, film and television
  • Censorship and the portrayal of African women in film and television
  • The role of NGOs in commissioning women filmmakers and issue-based films
  • How African governments have helped or hindered filmmaking by African women


The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 16 September, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 23 September, 2011. Abstracts should be 200 words long. They must include the title of the conference, presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper. Please ensure when saving your abstract that your name is part of the file name. Please email your abstract to Helen Cohen, Events Administrator at: (


This two day conference will take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, 2011. The fee for registration (which applies to all participants, including presenters) will be £135, with a concessionary rate of £55 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in September 2011




BLUES & HILLS Consultancy, in conjunction with BigScreen Media Ventures Ltd present the RealYouthSpeak! Conference 2011. Theme: Own Your Future. Venue: Main Auditorium, University of Lagos: Dates: � 11 and 12th August 2011 Speakers: 20 year-old Indian serial inventor and TED Fellow, APURV MISHRA, 21 year-old Brazilian motivational speaker, PEDRO de ABREU, 15 year-old Indian-Austrian speaker and commentator, CLEMENS OELLINGER-GUPTARA, 19 year-old Nigerian model, VICTORIA OKAFOR (winner, 2010/2011 Miss Nigeria-UK), 22 year-old internationally acclaimed author and Wall Street Journal columnist, JYOTI GUPTARA, 21 year-old Nigerian music star, WIZKID and many more. In a country where over 65% of its population are considered to be youths, it’s important to harness the youths into making them believe in their own future, especially when there is so much despair amongst them; no jobs, lack of quality education, insecurity and low life expectancy as well as poor medical attention, where also the title youth is most abused and people well over 50 parade themselves as youths. The RealYouthSpeak! Conference is different. This initiative is geared towards making sure that the youths get on with the responsibility at hand rather than expecting answers from people. It makes you seek for the answers within yourself. By listening to inspiring youth achievers from emerging economies like Nigeria, the RealYouthSpeak! Conference encourages hope and a spirit of ‘get up and do it.’ It is designed in such a way that everyone is involved actively. Participants will be chosen randomly from personal statements. Here, we would have a bio-data of everyone present, and so we would engage them on their own fields of interest; we would draw out their affinities by engaging them actively. There will be Q & A sessions, lunchtime, entertainment, networking and panels. As we are in an age where peer pressure plays a major role in shaping the lives of young people, we have developed a theme: Own Your Future. Through this theme, we will explore an eclectic mix of topics to help young people in making strong decisions in their lives. Registration We will offer both our standard Conference Participation at N500 on a daily basis, and a special VIP Donor Membership at N5, 000. If you can afford it, we do invite you to consider registering at the Donor level. In addition to the extra privileges such as early-access seating that guarantees a great spot for every session, you’ll be invited to an exclusive on-site event and get a different-colored badge that recognizes your contribution. As a Donor, a larger portion of your fees is treated as a donation, and you’ll therefore be making a spectacular contribution to spreading knowledge, insight and inspiration around the world. You’ll find registration links below for the conference and donor memberships. Payment tellers should be submitted for verification and admission into the hall. Speakers From all over the world, we are gathering great achievers and innovators will address young people and them under 30 years of age. These speakers are people who have achieved a lot in their chosen careers. They come from different backgrounds: physical science, fashion, literature, social science, journalism, entrepreneurship, music and art. Guest Speakers While we are basking in the euphoria of being addressed by young people, this conference has been designed in a way that older people, who have walked through the lanes of hardship, hard work and most importantly, success, will share their experiences with us too. Your application must be complete by the following deadline: July 27th to help the Organising Team prepare applicants tags and materials. The RealYouthSpeak! Conference 2011 is an initiative of BLUES & HILLS Consultancy. It is supported by The Future Nigeria, FilmAfrique (Official Media Partner), and Y! Naija, Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe, Sandbox, Africa Film Academy, PMO Global Limited, Century Energy Services Limited (CESL) and Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation. For registration, visit:

Del-York International and New York Film Academy Workshops in Lagos, August 2011

Del York International is partnering with New York Film Academy to host a one month course on filmmaking in Lagos, in August 2011. Nigerian directors, Stephanie Okereke and multiple AMAA-award winning Kunle Afolayan have attended New York Film Academy courses in other locations. This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers and those interested in breaking into the industry to attend these courses in Nigeria. They have some SCHOLARSHIPS available, but the deadline is tomorrow, 11 July 2011 (It has been extended from the original deadline of 4 July 2011. UPDATE 12 July 2011: The deadline for scholarship applications has now been extended to 18 July 2011). If you are interested in attending the programme but don’t have a lot of funds available, be sure to register by tomorrow, so that you can apply for a scholarship.

Here is more information on the programme:

The Del-York/New York Film Academy hands-on intensive Training Program, is scheduled to hold from August 8th to September 3rd, 2011 in Lagos. Previous editions of the course took place in Abuja in 2010. You can read testimonials of students here.

Available classes  are Acting, Directing, Filmmaking, Cinematography, Digital Photography, Final Cut Pro, 3D Animation, Producing, Screenwriting, Broadcast Journalism, Music Video Production, Costume Design & Make-Up, Set Design, Graphics and Special Effects, and a Compulsery course on Filmmaking in Nigeria. For more information on each class, go to the class page and click on each course offering.

The course is open to anyone with a secondary school leaving certificate. Upon the completion of the workshop, all students who satisfy the graduation requirements will receive the NYFA diploma certificate to be presented to all participating students that have successfully completed the training program.

Click here to register online through the Del-York International website. 

  • Registration fee is N3, 000 or $20 equivalent.
  • Please Note: Before you can apply for the available scholarships, we need to receive confirmation of online registration  and registration payment of N3, 000 Or $20
  • The closing date for online registration is 25th July, 2011

The cost of training program

  1. Entire program (includes accomodations and tuition for the four week programme) = $5,000
  2. Tuition (excludes accomodations) = $3,500 

Please note: This fee does not include personal expenses or transportation expenses to or from the venue in Lagos.

For further information, see the Frequently Asked questions on the website, or contact Del-York by writing an email to or calling 0805 888 3888

Ukrainian Film Week, Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Abuja, 7-9 July

The Nigerian Film Corporation in partnership with the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria are jointly organizing the 2nd edition of the Ukrainian Film Week scheduled to hold from 7th – 9th July, 2011 at the Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Abuja. The event will showcase the rich cultural and audio- visual heritage, strengthen and consolidate on the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Ukraine. The programme will include: Film/ Business Forum, Exhibition and Film Screening. In view of the importance of the event the Corporation wishes to invite you to attend. For any inquiry please contact: 0803- 700- 0270.

While we look forward to welcome you, please accept the assurances of the Managing Director’s continued goodwill. Jovi OKPODU Coordinator, Film Week

For: Managing Director, NFC