Monthly Archives: March 2012

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Black Camera on Nollywood as a New Archive of Africa’s Worldliness, Deadline: 15 September 2012


CFP: Special Issue of Black Camera on Nollywood as a New Archive of Africa’s Worldliness

The cinema journal Black Camera invites submissions for a special
issue, or a section of a future issue, that will investigate
Nollywood, the Nigerian commercial movie industry, as a new archive of Africa’s worldliness. Inspired by the work of Achille Mbembe, this issue seeks to understand Nollywood as an everyday practice “through which Africans manage to recognize and maintain with the world an unprecedented familiarity” (Mbembe 2002). Nollywood’s significance, then, involves not only its staggering productivity and commercial success, but also encompasses its implicit challenge to dominant narratives that represent Africa as absolutely other or as defined by an essential difference.

We invite papers that put Nollywood in contact with current debates in film theory and world cinema studies, or that place Nollywood beside other transnational film and media industries so as to highlight its singularity and make visible a more variegated and complicated cultural ecology of globalization. We also welcome contributions that seek to understand Nollywood within the context of recent structural, technological, and ideological transformations associated with globalization and late capitalism and that explore Nollywood as shaped by its multiple circuits of consumption and production and by the global processes it participates in. We are interested in papers that attend to the aesthetics, stylistics, and imaginaries of Nollywood movies, with particular focus on the global popular and other discourses as reimagined and remixed by Nollywood.

Possible essay topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Nollywood as a minor transnational practice; Nollywood and regional media flows in West Africa; affiliations between Nollywood and Hollywood, Bollywood or other commercial industries; Nollywood and the African diaspora; the transnational flow of Nollywood aesthetics; the New Nollywood; Nollywood and the “Worlding” of Africa; the Afropolis and Nollywood; video technology and Nollywood; Nollywood and transnational screening circuits; Nollywood co-productions;  Nollywood in South Africa; Nollywood in East Africa; cosmopolitan subjectivities and Nollywood; Nollywood and the governmentalities of neo-liberalism; the uneasy interaction of Nollywood and international film festivals.

In addition to essays, interviews and commentaries will be considered.

Essays should be 6,000-10,000 words, interviews 6,000 words, and commentaries 1,000-2,000 words.

Please submit completed essays, a 100-word abstract, a fifty-word
biography, and a CV by September 15th, 2012. Submissions should
conform to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Please see the Black Camera website for journal-specific guidelines:
http://www.indiana.edu/~blackcam/call/#guidelines

Direct all questions, correspondence, and submissions to guest editor Carmela Garritano (University of St. Thomas) at
cjgarritano@stthomas.edu.

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iRep Documentary Film Festival, March 22-25, Terra Kulture, VI, Lagos


Following on yesterday’s post, from iRep:

iREP DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (MARCH 22-25) BEGINS 9AM TODAY AT TERRA KULTURE, VI LAGOS: AN INVITE

The second edition of the iREPRESENT Documentary International Film Festival (iREP DOCU-FEST) opens at 9am TODAY (Thursday March 22) at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, VI, Lagos.

Running for four days – March 22-25 – at both the Terra Kulture, and Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, the festival is attracting about 20 international filmmakers from Europe and parts of Africa, and about 50 Nigerian filmmakers and cine enthusiasts.

The yearly IREP Docu-fest is conceptualised on the thematic framework: AFRiCA IN SELF CONVERSATION. This second edition would explore the theme: DEMOCRACY AND CULTURE: THE DOCUMENTARY FILM INTERVENTION.

A sub-theme of the film fest is tagged, IS NOLLYWOOD DOCUMENTARY? Aand it is designed to open new vistas of production opportunities and possibilities to the Nigerian film maker.

The formal opening this morning will feature a keynote entitled ‘AFRICAN CINEMA AND THE FRONTIERS OF DOCUMENTARY’, and will be presented by renowned anthropologist, and filmmaker, Prof Jean Paul Collyen, Director of the institute of African Arts, Paris.

The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion on the state of African cinema today.

The opening will feature the iREP HALL OF FAME Award to four eminent Nigerians, who have contributed to the discipline of documentary filmmaking in the country: FRANCIS OLADELE, SANDRA OBIAGO, CYRIL OKONKWO AND YUSSUF MAMMAN.

The festival’s official film: AN AFRiCAN ELECTION by Nigerian/Swiss director, Jarreth Merz, will be screened at 11am today at the Terra Kulture, VI; while the Star Film, THE EDUCATION OF AOMA OBAMA, directed by Germany-based Nigerian/Welsh Branwen Okpako will be screened at 8pm at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

In its four-day duration, iREP 2012 will feature screenings and discussions at Terra Kulture each day from 10am-5pm (Thursday to Saturday) and screenings from 7pm-11pm (Thursday to Saturday); and from 10am-10pm on Sunday at Freedom Park’s outdoor theatre only.

The festival will screen about 30 films in its four-day duration and stage workshops and training in Production, camera works, scriptwriting among others. (Please see attached Programme schedule).

This year’s festival is in partnership with Goethe Institut and AG DokumentarFilm (German Association of Independent Producers), both of which are facilitating the participation of a host of international filmmakers who would be presenting films, conducting training workshops and participating in a PRODUCERS FORUM of producer at 3pm at the Terra Kulture.

Please join us at this feast of Documentaries.

Where is the Market for Documentary Films, Terra Kulture, Lagos, 25 March, 12 noon


Press Release:
Where Is The Market For Documentary Films
The Committee For Relevant Art (CORA) is presenting the 90th Art Stampede on Sunday, March 25, with the theme: Where Is the Market For Documentary Films?  It will hold from 12.noon, at Terra Kulture, the Nigerian Cultural Centre, on Victoria Island.
The art stampede is a quarterly, discursive forum around the arts and culture production. This edition is being held, in collaboration with iREP, under the aegis of the iREP Documentary Film Festival. It will feature a keynote address by Sandra Obiago, Founder/Director of Communicating For Change and a panel of discussants including the filmmakers Mahmoud Ali-Balogun and Charles Novia.
The “creative treatment of actuality” has been commercially successful at the box office, elsewhere in the world. Works like Fahrenheit 9/11, Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Earth, March of the Penguins, and An Inconvenient Truth have put good money in their producers’ pockets. Can this happen here? What is the mindset of the broadcast houses? Even if they are interested, does this necessarily translate to living wages for the producer? This edition of the art stampede will look at the economics of documentary film making and ask a key question: can this vocation be a career pursuit? Can documentary filmmaking pay its way in Nigeria? What are the possible distribution outlets? What is the role of broadcasting?
There will be, as always, an interactive conversation with the audience that’s expected to include film and communications students, filmmakers, professional broadcasters; TV’s programme managers, cultural affairs officers in government, writers, dancers, visual artists as well as the general public.

Zuma Film festival, Abuja, 6-10 May2012, Call for films, Deadline 29 March 2012


Zuma Film Festival 2012, Abuja, invites submission of films for the 2012 edition of Zuma Film Festival. Entry closes 29 March 2012. For details visit http://www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng/

See call for entries, festival regulations, award categories, and press details.

ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL (ZFF), 2012

The Festival begins on Monday 6th and ends May 10th, 2012. “The Human Story, Connecting People “, the statement added, is the theme of the 6th edition of the film festival.

For the Competitive category; Feature, Documentary, Children, Student, Animation/cartoon, Short and Emerging Talents films qualify; while Nigerian Panorama, Universal films, Diaspora & African Films, National Film Institute(NFI) :Retrospect/Tributes qualify for the Non-Competitive category.

Entry forms can be downloaded/uploaded through the festival website : http://www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng. Entry forms are also available at the headquarters and liaison offices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. Completed entry forms can also be submitted at the listed addresses: The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, 218T Liberty Dam Road, P.O. Box 639, Jos, Plateau State. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, Abuja Liaison Office, Shippers Plaza Opposite Ibro Hotel, Wuse Zone 5,Abuja. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation,Kano Zonal Office, Audu Bako Secretariat, Zoo Road, Kano, The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival Nigerian Film Corporation, Lagos Branch Office, Ikoyi Road, Obalende, Beside Voice of Nigeria (VON)

All entries must be submitted with a 30sec trailer as part of the conditions, the statement further added.

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

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International Conference: Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity, at Benue State University, Makurdi, 8-11 May 2012


Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity