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MultiChoice partners Joburg Film Festival

MultiChoice Group has partnered with the third edition of the annual Joburg Film Festival, which is set to take place from November 19 to 24.

Joe Heshu

Aimed at showcasing the finest films from Africa and the world, the six-day film programme will have a line-up of local and international films that will be judged on elements such as storyline, direction, creativity, cinematography, relevance, execution and technical application.

The judges will be industry-leading experts such as renowned storyteller and South African novelist Zakes Mda, award-winning actress CCH Pounder and Femi Odugbemi, West Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory’s academy director.

Joburg Film Festival executive director Tim Mangwedi said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the MultiChoice Group, an organisation that is passionate about African storytelling, as we believe our stories are our gold.

“We see the film festival as a critical catalyst for social cohesion, showcasing a special collection of films that celebrate Africa’s beauty, people and creativity and reflecting the continent’s bold spirit and talent. We are confident that, in collaboration with the MultiChoice Group, we can build a world-class annual film festival that becomes entrenched on the international film circuit and positions Johannesburg as a prime destination for local and international filmmakers.”

Joe Heshu, MultiChoice’s executive group corporate affairs, said: “As Africa’s leading storyteller, our partnership with the Joburg Film Festival makes perfect sense. Our collaborative effort to bring African stories to the world and to provide a platform for local talent to shine will be an extremely positive boost for the film industry on the continent.”

The festival will allow industry professionals from the continent and elsewhere to participate in a series of masterclasses and panel discussions covering aspects of the filmmaking craft. It will also foster strong links between people and the growing film, TV and new digital media industries on the continent.

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FupiToons to feature TV toon Adefellas

Adefellas will be part of a one-hour screening at FupiToons

Satirical animated TV show Adefellas, from Nigeria’s Basement Animation Studios, will be screened at FupiToons Festival in November.

Mbuotidem Johnson

FupiToons is Africa’s first festival for African-made kids’ short animated films. It was set up by African Animation Network in partnership with Joburg Film Festival (JFF).

Mbuotidem Johnson, creative director at Basement Animation, told Content Nigeria: “Adefellas has been selected to be part of a one-hour screening at the FupiToons Festival, which will run parallel to Discop Johannesburg 2018 and tour Africa in 2019,”

FupiToons takes place at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank in Johannesburg during JFF between November 9 and 17.

“Adefellas is a humorous expose on friendship, dating, problem solving, education and socio-cultural commentary in an African context. Basement Animation decided to create Adefellas because there is a dearth of quality original African Animated content,” Johnson said.

“We believe, as African creatives, we are strategically positioned to tell our own unique stories of the issues facing us in a manner that not only entertains but also instils positive values in our kids.

“We feel excited at the opportunity to put Nigeria on the map when it comes to quality African Animation content. This will open doors for coproductions and more opportunities for other Nigerian animation studios.”

Adefellas is currently not being aired on any Nigerian television station but Basement is working on more episodes that will be made available on its YouTube channel in late 2019.

“The FupiToons Festival is an exciting time for Basement Animation and the Nigerian animation industry as a whole. It is an opportunity to put Nigeria at the forefront of the African animation revolution,” Johnson said.

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