Monthly Archives: October 2012

Haraka! a contest for fictional short film projects made by african film makers under 40 years old, Application Deadline: 15 October 2012

CFI Press Release:


Supporting new talents in short African films

For 23 years, Canal France International (CFI) has supported media development and modernisation in southern countries. In Africa, in addition to its historical role with TV channels, CFI takes part in the structuring and reinforcement of the programme industry through a strategy of increased support: purchasing and pre-purchasing of rights, distribution of over 250 hours´ worth of programmes produced in Africa to state and commercial TV channels across the continent and technical and artistic training programmes aimed at production teams.

Haraka! mobilizes the energy of a new generation of directors. In this context, CFI is now launching Haraka!  a contest for fictional short film projects, with the aim of mobilizing the energies of a new generation of directors who are determined to film at all costs. By providing the means to young directors under 35 years old (associate producer must be under 40 years old)  within sub-Saharan Africa, who have already acquired the basics of the job, to enhance their experience, CFI hopes to spot new talents and contribute to the injection of more dynamism to the sector.

Haraka! would like to be an alternative to the classic support mechanisms for production implemented by sponsors from the North, on which the procedures and time limits often slow down the momentum of the creators they intend to help. Between the frantic pace of Nollywood and the never-ending wait for windows and subsidies, there is room for a new approach adapted to the economy and dynamics of Africa, in which digital technology, small budgets, swift execution and individual energy is combined.

That´s the gamble for Haraka! Quick!

12 short films on the theme of life in Africa today

Haraka! takes into account fiction film projects of between 5 and 15 minutes and of which the screenplay is inspired by the theme Living in Africa today. In total, 12 projects will be selected in 2012 and CFI will allocate an even sum of 10,000 euros. In order to facilitate a wide circulation of the selected works , the short films will be broadcast on African television channels. The selection jury will be made up of audiovisual professionals. The candidates must send their application file before the 15th October 2012.

The terms of registration to the competition can be downloaded from the website

Download the registration form and eligibility criteria here: Haraka_term_registration

About Canal France International (CFI)

As a subsidiary of France Télévisions funded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, CFI has acted for the past 20 years as the French operator in media development aid for 150 partners in Africa, Arab world, Balkans, Caucasus, Asia. Its method: to mobilize the best expertise and know-how from professionals in the French media to the service of media modernization of these Countries, through initiatives of advice and training, audits and studies

Contact: CFI–Pierre Jalladeau / 00 33 1 40 62 32 52 /

7th Conference on Literature in Northern Nigeria, Bayero University, Kano, 3-6 December 2012. Abstract Deadline: 19 October 2012


Bayero   University, Kano

(Kano State, Nigeria)


In conjunction with

Kwara State University, Malete

(Kwara State, Nigeria)






DATE: December 3-6, 2012

VENUE: Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria




  • Literature and historical identity in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and history in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and historical figures in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and the female identity in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and indigenous languages in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and pre-colonial history in Northern Nigeria
  • Literature and colonial resistance in Northern Nigeria
  • Style and identity in Northern Nigerian Literature
  • Theatre and identity in Northern Nigeria literature
  • Film and identity in Northern Nigeria literature
  • Poetry and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Prose and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Religion and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Popular culture and identity in Northern Nigerian literature
  • Globalization and identity in Northern Nigerian literature

Date line for submission of abstracts: Friday October 19, 2012

Full papers to be submitted on or before November 20, 2012

Hotel Reservation: November 5, 2012 (BUK Guest House 08034564432, Mambayya House 08031817915, Royal Tropicana 064639352, Grand Central Hotel 08024203311, Prince Hotel 064200601-3, Ni’ima Guest Palace 08064823060)

Registration/Conference fees: N10,000/ International Participants: $100

Send Abstracts to:




Prof Mohammed Omowunmi Bhadmus                                        

Dept of English and French                                                              




Maikudi Abubakar Zukogi

 08035190772, 08037014761