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Call for Papers: Second Kwara State University Conference on African Cinema, “African Cinema and the Supernatural” Nov 26-29, 2014. Abstract Deadline: 1 October 2014


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Second Call for Papers and Panels

Second Kwara State University Conference on African Cinema (November 26-29, 2014).

Conference Theme:

“African Cinema and the Supernatural”

Venues:

Kwara State University/ Kwara Hotels, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Call for Papers

African cinema, especially Nollywood, has shown a remarkable proclivity towards the reiteration of the supernatural. For the most part, the supernatural is embodied in religious precepts and practices. In the world that the African film, especially the Nollywood film, invokes, the representations of gods and goddesses, priests and priestess of different religions are often invested with supernatural powers, which are made to govern everyday activities in the earthly polis. It is for this reason that the loudest criticism of the Nollywood film is focused on the undue emphasis on the supernatural in the world of consumer capitalism. Birgit Meyer cautions that we must place this West African phenomenon in the “wider social context to which it speaks and from where its narratives are drawn (1999).” In other words, it is important that we understand the direct role that religion plays in this visual practice. Jean Comaroff and John L Comaroff (2000) offer a different insight. They argue, for instance, that the “triumph of global capitalism at the millennium, its Second Coming,” has given way to “the exuberant spread of innovative occult practices and magic money, pyramid schemes and prosperity gospel, the enactment, that is, of a decidedly neoliberal economy whose ever more inscrutable speculation seems to call up fresh specters in their wake.” Common to both observations is the belief in religion expressed as the supernatural means of coming to terms with the social and economic debilities of the world in which we live. There is little doubt that the Nollywood film expresses the anxiety of millennial capitalism, the rise of Christian Pentecostalism and the spread of occult practices. This conference solicits papers and panels dealing with the broad themes of religion and superstition in Nollywood. Topics dealing with the role of Nollywood in Africa’s cinematic practices are also welcomed. Of particular interest to the organizers are papers and panels dealing with the representations of different religions; religion and the city; religious consumption in the Nollywood film; representations of local cultures and superstitions; descriptions of evil, the devil, God, magic and “occult economies;” case studies of evangelical church movements in Nollywood; violence, religion, women and the occult economy.

Submissions for individual papers and panels must reach the organizers on or before October 1, 2014. Selected papers will appear in the special issue of Nollywood in Journal of Pan African Studies, California, US.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Jonathan Haynes (Brooklyn College), Professor Afe Adogame (University of Edinburgh, UK), Professor Ken Harrow (Michigan State University, US) and Professor Awam Ampka (New York University). Send queries, paper and panel proposals to: ookome@ualberta.ca, femi.abiodun@kwasu.edu.ng, kwasuworkshop@kwasu.edu.ng simultaneously. 

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


Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity

Creative Expo, Lagos, Nigeria, 4-7 December


The Creative Expo in Lagos, Nigeria, sponsored by the British Council, Africa Channels, and Cool 96.9 FM

 aims to cover a range of activities that will present an opportunity for creative businesses in the UK and Nigeria to raise the profile of the creative economy, through showcases and platform for trade and collaboration.

The event will also provide opportunities for information exchange and networking between creative businesses in the UK and Nigeria, capacity building, access to services/ support in the creative industry and policy dialogue to support the growth of the Nigerian creative industry.

So whether you are a creative individual, association or organisation in the above sectors, take advantage of the opportunity:

–      To receive the training and support you need for a business you are just starting out, or ready to take to the next level;

–      For trade and collaboration

–      To make your voice count in how the Nigerian creative industry is shaped 

Sectors

§      Advertising

§      Architecture

§      Heritage and Museums 

§      Crafts

§      Design

§      Designer Fashion

§      Film and Video

§      Software and computer games

§      Music

§      Visual Arts including photography

§      Performing arts – Drama, dance etc

§      Publishing including electronic

§      Television

§      Radio

The event presents an opportunity to:

·      Grow your business and develop your self,

·      Sell your product / services,

·      Network with other creative industry practitioners and

·      Participate in dialogue sessions with government and private sector! 

Dates 

4th December – Pre Event networking session for International and VIP Pass Holders

5th, 6th and 7th December 2011

Venue

Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos

For more information, please visit the event website:http://www.creativeexponigeria.org

Register early to ensure you get a place for the exciting sessions lined up!

EVENT Programme:

December 4

2.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Registration for international and VIP Delegates

6.00p.m – 9.00p.m        Pre Event Networking for International and VIP Delegates featuring presentation by UK Trade and Investment Department on Doing Business in the UK

December 5

7:00a.m -9:00a.m          Registration

9:00a.m – 9.30a.m        Welcome: David Higgs, Country Director, British Council Nigeria 9.30a.m – 10.00a.m     Keynote Speech 1

10.00a.m – 10.30a.m     Keynote Speech 2

10.30a.m – 12.00p.m     Panel Discussion: Creative Industry opportunities for an emerging economy

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: Policy Frameworks that support thriving creative economies

4.40p.m – 6.00p.m        Professional Clinics: Music, Fashion and Film Businesses

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Music and Fashion Industry showcase

December 6

Different strand options available for various interest areas  

Strand 1 – The Creative Entrepreneur

9.00a.m – 12.00p.m      Seminar: Intellectual Property and Copyright

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: The Creative Economy in the Digital Space

4: 30pm – 6:00pm         Professional Clinics: Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Film Industry showcase

Strand 2 – The Public Sector in the Creative Economy

9.00a.m – 12.00p.m      Seminar: Public Sector Development Models for the Creative Industries

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: Private and Public sector synergies for Creative Economy Development

4.00p.m – 4.30p.m        End

4: 30pm – 6:00pm         Professional Clinics: Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Film Industry showcase

 

Strand 3 – The Private Sector in the Creative Economy

9.00a.m – 12.00p.m      Seminar: Public Sector Development Models for the Creative Industries

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: Private and Public sector synergies for Creative Economy Development

4.00p.m – 4.30p.m        End

4: 30pm – 6:00pm         Professional Clinics: Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Film Industry showcase

Note: Strand 2 and 3 will merge for the afternoon session

December 7

09.00a.m – 09.30a.m     Presentation: Mapping Nigeria’s Creative Economy

09.30a.m – 10.00a.m     Presentation: Opportunities and Challenges of the Nigerian Creative Entrepreneur

10.00a.m – 10.30a.m     Presentation: The Public Sector in the Nigerian Creative Economy

10.30a.m – 11.00a.m     Presentation: The Private Sector in the Nigerian Creative Economy

11.00a.m – 1.00p.m      Q and A

1.00p.m – 2.00p.m        Break

2.00p.m – 5.00p.m        Panel led Action Planning

8.00 p.m – 10.00p.m     Closing Gala

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

Arterial Network and DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. Submission deadline: 31 October 2011


The Arterial Network and the DOEN foundation announce a Mobile Phone Competition.

The Arterial Network started as a dynamic, continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector at a conference – Revitalising Africa’s Cultural Assets – on Goree Island, March 2007.

The Arterial network is administered with a secretariate in Capetown, South Africa, and has an East African regional secretariate in Kenya, with other secretariates around the continent planned.

Competition

SUMMARY
The Arterial Network and the DOEN Foundation call for submissions of short films shot on cell phones for its first Mobile Phone Film Competition. The films will be evaluated by experts in various fields and public awareness and participation will be increased by on-line voting. So, anyone with a cell phone will now be able to become a filmmaker in the Arterial Network/DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. The festival aims at providing an opportunity to anyone to create and capture images to tell a story using mobile phones, the most accessible technology on the African continent.

Prizes for winners are as follows:
First Prize: 1000 Euros
Second Prize: 500 Euros
Third Prize: 250 Euros
Audience Choice Award: 150 Euros

Other prizes such as filmmaking training opportunities for the winners are currently being negotiated.

OTHER INFORMATION

General Submission Guidelines

1.Films may be on any theme but they must be original and tell a story (no documentaries or citizen journalism pieces will be accepted at this stage).
2.All films must be shot by cell phone to be viewed on a cellphone or computer screen.
3.Film may be submitted in French, English, Swahili, Arabic or Portuguese.
4.The running time for films may vary in length from 60 seconds to a maximum of 300 seconds (5 minutes).
5.Only work created by Africans living on the African continent will be considered.
6.Work submitted without a submission form will not be considered.
7.Films may only be in a Quicktime or Windows Media Player format.
8.File size must not exceed 10MB
9.Screen dimensions must be: Width = 320 pixels, Height = 240 pixels

Submissions must reach Arterial Network on or before 31 October 2011. Films may only be submitted electronically.
Download the Film Competition Application Form from here

Arterial Network reserves the right to select the best 10-25 films submitted and compile a collection for the purpose of promoting African filmmaking – and the winning entries in particular – on the African continent and internationally at film festivals and other distribution outlets. To this end, the copyright of the film will remain with the copyright holder/creator but Arterial Network may use the work for non-commercial purposes.

Arterial Network may disqualify entrants who go against the stipulated guidelines and the terms outlined above