Category Archives: African cinema

Call for Papers: Evolving African Film Cultures: Local and Global Experiences at the University of Westminster, London: Abstract Deadline 8 June 2012

Evolving African Film Cultures: Local and Global Experiences
Conference organised by the
Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster
Date: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2012
Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Campus
309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
This is the first call for papers for a two-day conference on changes in African film and television production and, of equal importance, the transformation of African film audiences in local and global contexts. African film production, distribution and consumption have been more noticeable in the West African region, as showcased by biennial exhibitions at the FESPACO festivals in Burkina Faso. Arguably, such festivals have encouraged a type of production that is admired by Europeans, but which is rarely available to, or appreciated widely by audiences in those productions’ countries of origin. Portuguese and Arab-speaking regions in Africa have also developed diverse and high quality film cultures, but their experiences need to be debated within a wider context. More recently, Anglophone regions, led by Nigeria, have developed popular commercial film models which have been enthusiastically received by African audiences. One could say that African film markets have been rapidly expanding, with many implications for film and policy makers, distributors and audiences. 
Since 2000, audiences for African film elsewhere in the world have grown in size. Such expansion has implications for film content, form, production strategies, distribution mechanisms and policy frameworks. African filmmakers have to delicately negotiate widening markets, for instance, by paying  more attention to the political economy of film consumption in the rapidly changing local and global contexts. The digital economy, especially the internet, has opened up huge opportunities for the wider distribution of African film. Papers may focus on, among other topics, the following:
•             Production cultures and circulation of film;
•             History, myth and identity in African film;
•             The representation of African cultures in film;
•             Audiences, reception and sites of spectatorship;
•             Indigenous language films and the problems of subtitles and illiteracy.
•             Morality and spirituality in African cinema;
•             Exhibition, financing and distribution of African film;
•             Cinema and digital technologies;
•             Film festivals and the development of national cinemas in Africa;
•             Revenue, business models and piracy
•             Auteur, film genres and form
•             Collaborative filmmaking in the global north/trans-national collaborations
•             African film philosophy
•             The image, sound, written and spoken word in filmic narratives
•             Institutions, policies and film agencies
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 8 June, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 18 June, 2012. Abstracts should be 300 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 10 and Sunday 11 November, 2012. The fee for registration (which applies to all participants, including presenters) will be £140, with a concessionary rate of £60 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in September 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:

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

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

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


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 : 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!


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

Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity

Beautiful Africa short film script competition. Deadline: 31 January 2012

An opportunity for scriptwriters who are interested in directing here:, The Africa Movie Academy Awards and Beautiful Africa are giving 20 scriptwriters the opportunity to direct their own 3 – 5 minute scripts for a documentary series promoting Africa in a positive and entertaining light.

The best scripts will receive full production support to produce, shoot and edit their films anywhere in Africa.

Enter your Film Script into the Beautiful Africa Competition here

NOTE: If you are already registered on, you can login with your same username and password at

The short films will also compete at film festivals around the world, be entered into The Africa Movie Academy Awards, and be offered to international broadcasters as fillers.

Possible topics include:

• Arts • Economy • Environment • People • Technology • Traditions • Wisdom

The aim is to change perceptions of Africa, repositioning the continent as a place of beauty and opportunity.

There are prizes for the top three completed films.

First prize: $5 000 Second prize: $2 500 Third prize: $1 000

Deadline: 31 January 2012. Finalists to be announced during The Africa Movie Academy Awards in March 2012.

Two day Plateau International Film Festival set to begin in Jos on November 25

The 2nd Edition of Plateau International Film Festival (PIFF) commences November 25th, at the National Film Institute, Jos. This festival is being organized by Media initiative on film and social development, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on social and economic development. Its aim is to use film and media to educate, entertain and to promote creativity, credibility, responsibility and good governance. The 1st Edition of Festival (2010) was a success, recording over 40 film entries, and with screening, discussions, and seminars. We believe this edition will be a greater success because of the teamwork and drive by the PIFF organizing team in planning and executing this year’s event. Our major partners are Alliance Française and Plateau State Tourism Corporation. Again this year, the festival will be a platform for education, interaction and information. The recognition of film as a tool for peaceful co-existence is what informed our theme: Art and Peace. The Director General of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Emeka Mba, will deliver the Keynote address. Scholars, administrators and seasoned filmmakers will discuss relevant topics as well as films screened for the purpose. The festival will also feature Master Classes/Workshops in Directing, Scriptwriting, and Film Music as well as a seminar on Information Management for relevant state and federal ministries as well as Local Government Council Information Officers. Other major supporters of the festival are: Nigerian Television Authority, Jos Network Centre (NTA), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), and Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTV). As we welcome you to enjoy the rich ambience of Plateau State, may we implore you to enjoy the festival, which is designed to cater for diverse tastes. There is something for everyone.

In Short Film Festival, Silverbird Galleria, Lagos, 13-15 October. Free Masterclass with German Director Lothar Herzog

This from the Africa Movie Academy Awards Facebook site:

In-Short Film Festival, Lagos, will be held at Silverbird galleria VI and NFC cinema (old film unit) Obalede road, Ikoyi from Thursday 13- Sat 15th October for In-Short 2011. A short film festival showcasing the most exciting short films from Nigeria and the rest of the world. Entry is free!!

To register for the Masterclass on Short film production for free by German Director, Lothar Herzog, call 08023015604