Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Commonwealth Foundation calls for short film proposals. Deadline 31 January 2012


The Commonwealth Foundation puts out a call for short film proposals from filmmakers age 18 or ove:

The Commonwealth Foundation is inviting filmmakers from across the Commonwealth to submit an idea for a short film about relationships. Individual filmmakers or collectives should submit a proposal which explores the theme of love in its broadest sense, whether inter-racial, inter-generational or within and between the sexes. The theme should be relevant to the filmmaker and their community.

We’re looking for original, bold and authentic films in any genre which entertain as well as stimulate and encourage debate both locally and globally.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 31 January 2012 (5pm GMT)

The entry guidelines are as follows:

Entry guidelines The film may be a drama or documentary, or a mixture of different genres, comedy or a more serious approach. The films can be made in your local language but in these cases must include sub-titles in English. The main aim of the film should be to engage and entertain, as well as stimulate and encourage debate, i.e. it should be an oblique and subtle exploration of a challenging issue in your community. The film should be up to 20 minutes (maximum) in length. Funding of between £3,000 and £8,000 per film is available. You must be available for an initial skills-building workshop in early March 2012 and available to make the film between March and May 2012. Depending on the sensitivity of the subject matter, the films may be made outside your community or country if necessary or appropriate. The resulting films will be shown locally and internationally to stimulate open debate around these issues, in local communities as well as national television and radio. The films may be shown anonymously if particularly sensitive.

For more information, see the call for proposals at the Commonwealth Foundation site.

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First Ever Freedom Fasaha 2011 Contemporary Hausa Music Championship Awards, 10 December, 6 pm


Freedom Radio and the Fasaha Association of Nigerian Musicians is hosting the first ever Hausa Music Championship Awards this weekend, as a way of honouring musicians who have contributed so much to the contemporary Hausa musical landscape.

Date: 10 December, 6pm

Venue: The Afficient, No. 74, Sultan Road, Nassarawa Kano.