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  • South Africa names Tsotsi as Oscar submission


    GavinHood's gritty gangster-drama Tsotsi, a double winner at the EdinburghInternational Film Festival over the weekend, has been named as South Africa'sofficial entry into the foreign language category of the 78thAcademy Awards.
  • South African 'City Of God' lobbies for Oscar nod


    The race to become the film submitted by South Africa to the2006 Academy Awards kicked off this week with a high profile function for GavinHood's film Tsotsi.
  • South African film incentives in disarray say producers


    SouthAfrican producers have accused the country's Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) of reneging on a pledge of $38m (R250m) to support the South African filmindustry.
  • Cinema ticket price war erupts in South Africa


    A full blown cinema ticket price warhas broken out in South Africa.Nu Metro, one of the country'sleading exhibitors, has slashed its tickets to just $2 (R12) from $5.75 (R35).
  • S. Africa admissions to surge as exhibitor slashes prices


    South Africa's largest exhibitor Ster-Kinekorhas slashed the price of its cinema tickets in a move that is expected to leadto a surge in admissions in the country.
  • South Africa, US address piracy threat


    The question oframpant DVD piracy was brought up in South Africa's parliament on Monday. TradeMinister Mandisi Mpahlwa reported that police and customs officials betweenJanuary and July this year seized over 286,000 pirated DVDs - double the numberseized throughout the whole of 2003.
  • Oh Schuks, The Passion create S.A. BO bonanza


    South African cinemagoers were out in force this past weekend to check out two major icons - and the result was a combined box-office bonanza.
  • Ster-Kinekor targets black audiences for South African growth


    South African broadcasting and cinema group Primedia, owners of distributor/exhibitor Ster-Kinekor has announced improved figures with revenue up 15.1% to $135m (R898.6m) and pre-tax profit growing 39% to $20m.
  • Cape Town studio drafts in Hollywood designer


    Scott Carter, whodesigned the Disney sound stages in the US, has been chosen to designDreamworld, Cape Town's film studio complex.
  • Ster-Kinekor embraces digital future


    South Africa's Ster-Kinekor has revealed that it is to roll out digital high definition (HD) film servers at five cinemas nationwide over the next few months. This is the first time in South African film history that full-length mainstream features will be screened in digital HD format.
  • ... while Nelson Mandela is invited to open Cannes


    South Africa's Department of Arts and Culture and National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is preparing for a very special Cannes Film Festival this year - after enjoying successful profiles at both Rotterdam and Berlin.
  • South Africa launches anti-piracy campaign


    South Africa's major entertainment company, Johnnic communications unveiled a multi-million rand public education campaign to combat piracy over the festive season which is beginning to see results.
  • Hotel Rwanda checks in for South African shoot


    United Artists' thriller Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George, began shooting in Johannesburg on Monday (Jan 12).
  • Cape Town hosts Long Supper


    The streets of London's South Kensington are being recreated in South Africa's Cape Town, which is hosting the shoot of the $2m The Long Supper.
  • Ster-Kinekor embarks on African exhibition push


    Ster-Kinekor Theatres, South Africa's largest cinema exhibitor, will open an 800 seat, 5-cinema complex in Zambia on Dec 12 - part of drive to expand its presence throughout Africa.
  • Cosmic Africa scoops top South African award


    Feature length documentary Cosmic Africa won the best film prize at South Africa's National Television and Video Association (NTVA) annual Stone Awards this week.
  • Cosmic Africa wins top South African award


    Feature length documentary Cosmic Africa won the best film prize at South Africa's National Television and Video Association (NTVA) annual Stone Awards this week.
  • South Africa unveils US, European alliances at Sithengi


    A string of international alliances between Southern Africa, Europe and Hollywood were unveiled at this year's Sithengi in Cape Town (13-16 Nov).
  • Stander's South African debut disappoints


    Bronwen Hughes's Stander had a disappointing world premiere in South Africa over the weekend for distributor Nu Metro.
  • Grant mucks in on African Farm


    Richard E. Grant, who was born in Swaziland and spent his early years in South Africa, has finally returned home to star in the $2m production of The Story Of An African Farm.
  • Mummy star returns to South Africa for Forgiveness


  • Schuster teams with Ster-Kinekor for Shucks


    Leon Schuster, South Africa's highest grossing local star, has signed a deal with leading South African distributor/exhibitor Ster-Kinekor for his latest outing Oh, Shucks, I'm Gatvol.
  • South Africa to host second '3 Continents' film festival


    South Africa will host the second 3 Continents Film Festival this September, showcasing recent documentary and feature-length films from Latin America, Africa and Asia that explore human rights issues.
  • Music documentary Amandla! sings to South African audiences


    On a screen for screen, basis music documentary Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony, which was released in South Africa on Friday, June 20, outgrossed the Oscar-winning documentary, Bowling For Columbine on its first weekend of release.
  • Anant Singh invites public participation in film project


    Anant Singh, South Africa's leading producer, is launching a unique contest for the production of his Durban-based company Videovision's new film.
  • South African film studio edges closer to reality


    The establishment of a film studio in Cape Town moved closer to reality following the submission of six business plans, Ebrahim Rasool, the Western Cape's finance Minister, said yesterday.
  • Sithengi reveals pan-African ambitions


    The annual Southern Africa International Film and Television Market (Sithengi) is reaching out to the rest of the continent.
  • Reese Witherspoon to play slain American activist


    Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in a South African film about slain American activist Amy Biehl for Anant Singh's Videovision.
  • Cape Town film permit office suspends staff


    South Africa's Cape Town city council's film permit office has been closed until further notice after six staff members were suspended pending an internal investigation into alleged irregularities in the issuing of film permits.
  • Cape Town studio project attracts massive interest


    South Africa's Western Cape government's plans to establish a $27m film studio in Cape Town has received a staggering 13 expressions of interest in the project.
  • Oil rig drama Blasts off in Cape Town


    Principal photography is currently underway on Blast, one of the biggest action features to be shot in South Africa's Cape Town to date.
  • Morgan Freeman to play Nelson Mandela


    Morgan Freeman is to play Nelson Mandela in a film version of his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, according to the film's director Shekhar Kapur.
  • CGI-heavy fantasy Sumuru wraps in South Africa


    Production has just wrapped on Sumuru, a fantasy boasting the highest use of CGI ever for a feature produced in South Africa, which has been shooting for the past six weeks in and around Johannesburg.
  • African film industry buoyed by record breaking Sithengi


    South Africa's Minister of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri may have failed to show at the opening party for the seventh edition of Sithengi, Southern Africa's Film and TV Market. But that did not dampen the spirits of delegates who acknowledged that, despite organisational hiccups, it was the best Sithengi so far.
  • Film Studio planned for Cape Town


    South Africa's provincial minister of finance and economic affairs has announced plans to build a $27m film studio in Cape Town.
  • Canadian-South African co-production Proteus starts shoot


    Canada's iconoclastic "queer' filmmaker John Greyson has teamed up with his South African equivalent Jack Lewis, a gay activist and filmmaker, on the $550,000 gay and historical feature film Proteus which has just begun its third week of shooting in and around Cape Town.
  • Diageo finances African feature


    Brewing giant Diageo is attempting to cash-in on the widespread popularity of Michael Powell, a fictional journalist and star of its recent pan-African TV campaign for Guinness, by financing a $3m (£2m) feature film based around the character.
  • Sithengi film festival first targets world cinema


    Sithengi, Southern Africa's Film and TV Market, is to hold a legitimate film festival for the first time in its seven-year history in an attempt to establish a greater role for world cinema.
  • Anant Singh's Videovision to build South African film studio


    Leading South African production company Videovision Entertainment is to build a $5m (R50m)international film studio in Durban over the next 18 months, local producer Anant Singh said yesterday.
  • South Africa cracks down on DVD piracy


    A passenger carrying 3,800 pirate DVDs, including 1,400 copies of Men In Black II was intercepted at Johannesburg International airport over the weekend by South Africa's Federation against Copyright Theft, in its latest drive to stem the counterfeiting market which is costing the industry some $6.1m per year.
  • Coronation, Little Bird to form international film finance company


    South Africa's Coronation Capital and Irish production company Little Bird are to set up a financial services company that will structure and raise finance for international film producers.
  • Fox South Africa switches from Ster Kinekor to Nu Metro


    After 37 years distributing its product theatrically through Ster Kinekor in South Africa, 20th Century Fox is transferring its theatrical business to rival distributor/exhibitor Nu Metro from the 1 August 2002.
  • Anant Singh snaps up Deepak Chopra film rights


    South African producer Anant Singh, head of Videovision and Distant Horizon, has snapped up the much sought-after film rights to 'mind-body-spirit' guru Deepak Chopra's fictional works The Return Of Merlin and Soulmate.
  • South African broadcaster makes first film investment


    For years, the major South African broadcasters, like M-Net, the SABC and free to air Channel e-TV have resolutely avoided investing in feature films - a move many local producers claim has prevented the rise of a viable local film industry.
  • African Media Entertainment sells Moonlighting film subsidiary


    South African media company African Media Entertainment (AME), has sold its film entertainment subsidiary Moonlighting Filmmakers, in an effort to reduce its heavy debt burden.
  • South Africa launches Cannes campaign - as festival outsider


    South Africa will this year host its second-ever pavilion at Cannes, despite the fact that no South African films have been selected for the competition - or indeed any section of the festival.
  • Amitabh Bachchan's Aankhen packs South African cinemas


  • Mr. Bones to get major German release


    Anant Singh's Videovision has announced that South African comedy Mr.Bones which smashed all box office records for a local film in South Africa, will be distributed by Constantin Films in Germany with a release of 400 prints across the territory.
  • South Africa's Ster-Kinekor boosts local revenues


    By closing some of its loss-making South African cinema sites, wooing Indian and black audiences by increasing its Bollywood offer - and effective management of its labour costs, Ster-Kinekor, the territory's leading distributor/exhibitor has managed to engineer a turnaround in its fortunes at home.
  • Lumumba hits at South African box-office


    Lumumba, the true story of assassinated African leader Patrice Lumumba, is smashing South African art-house records.
  • Sasani CEO Sandra Gordon steps aside


    South Africa's facilities giant Sasani Limited has announced that Sandra Gordon, who joined the group as chief executive officer three years ago, has not renewed her contract and will be leaving on 31 March 2002.
  • Ster Century Europe sells three national circuits


    South African Media Group Primedia and Kersaf Investments have sold their cinema interests, Ster Century Europe, in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for $18.5m.
  • South Africa's AME reports $18.3m fall in revenue


    South African listed media company African Media Entertainment (AME) has reported disappointing end of year results, with the group's revenue falling by about a third to $18.3m (R209m).
  • Ster-Kinekor loses Vanilla Sky in rental dispute


    Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky is not screening on any of Ster-Kinekor's 190 screens throughout South Africa after negotiations between UIP/SA and Primedia's Filmco, owners of Ster-Kinekor, the country's biggest exhibitor, broke down.
  • S.A. funding strategy comes under scrutiny


    Strong criticism, including accusations of misappropriation of funds and nepotism have been levelled at South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) following its recent allocation of grants of just over $530,000 (R6m) as part of its 2001/2 funding cycle.
  • South African government body briefs film industry


    In a sign that the South African government is starting to take the local film industry seriously, the government's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) new film division held a briefing last week for over 100 producers, directors, exhibitors and broadcasters in Johannesburg.
  • South African producers team to form D-V-8


    Independent South African producers Jeremy Nathan of Avatar Digital, Joel Phiri of ICE Media and Kobus Botha of Ballistic Pictures have formed an alliance to make up to eight feature films to be produced on digital over the next two years.
  • Long Run


  • South African film industry gets house in order


    More than seventy key representatives of the South African film industry met last week in Johannesburg to address out the persistent problems plaguing them - and for once in an industry beloved of seminars and conferences the meeting seemed to yield some positive results.
  • South Africa's film industry looks forward


    The South African film industry seems to produce more conferences than films; several have been held over the past few years, including a symposium with the EU on plans to boost the local film industry. But filmmakers themselves are still suffering from the 'begging bowl' syndrome when it comes to financing their projects, and are now beginning to demand some action.
  • Ster-Kinekor slashes SA screens by 20%


    Leading South African distributor and exhibitor Ster-Kinekor is to close five multiplexes and put another four up for sale. This amounts to 20% of its cinema screens in the country. In addition, there have been job losses at head office and regional offices in order to cut costs.
  • South Africa's Sasani doubles earnings


    South African production outfits have been struggling recently but at least one of the country's facilities companies appears to be thriving. Johannesburg and Cape Town-based Sasani Communications has reported that earnings almost doubled from $3.2m (R22.1m) to $6.2m (R42.8m) for the year to June 30. Revenues increased 8.4% to $46m (R319m).
  • Afrika to produce Diamonds with De Angelis, Global


    Cape Town-based production outfit, Film Afrika Worldwide, is co-producing two feature-length TV movies, Diamond Hunters, with Italy's De Angelis and German investment fund Global Entertainment.
  • AtomFilms swoops on Primedia's Short And Curlies


    South Africa's Primedia Pictures has signed a distribution deal with US-based AtomFilms for distribution of its 'Short And Curlies' series of short films following their acclaim at international film festivals such as Venice, Edinburgh and Cannes.