I). Wikipedia Competition Invites Entries on Music and Dance in Africa
WikiAfrica, an international movement that takes place on the African continent, Wikipedia invites photographs, video or sound files on music and dance in Africa for its 3rd Wiki Loves Africa competition.
The competition runs December 1, 2016-January 31, 2017 and entries are welcome from anywhere on the globe.
All entries to Wiki Loves Africa are to be directly uploaded to Wikimedia Commons with the intention of being used to illustrate relevant existing articles or as a basis to begin new articles on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Images submitted to the Wiki Loves Africa contest may win prizes! There are a few rules to respect for the images to be eligible:
Rule 1: All photos must be taken by the person submitting them. They can be either self-uploaded or uploaded during a registered mass upload session.
Rule 2: Upload can only be done in December 2016 and January 2017. But you can enter media that was taken at any time, even historical photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs).
Rule 3: Images must be free of watermarks or embedded signatures to be eligible. All entries will automatically be submitted under a free licence such as Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) (or in the public domain). Read more about the cc-by-sa license here.
Rule 4: All eligible pictures will be categorised under Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2016, this will be automatically assigned during the upload process.
Rule 5: Participants should enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons so they can be contacted should their image be chosen for a prize.
The main prizes for the competition are:
1st Prize: US$600
2nd Prize: US$400
3rd Prize: US$200
Community Prize: US$200
The Awesome Prize: US$400.
Each winner will also receive a year’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, and a portable power pack. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be selected by a jury of international Wikipedians and professional photographers. The Community Prize is chosen by the Wikipedia Community from the Jury’s short list. The Awesome Prize will be awarded for outstanding media contribution to the project, and will be chosen by the two organisers.
Follow these four steps to enter the Wiki Loves Africa Music and Dance competition:
Step 1: Take some photos.
Step 2: Select the best.
Step 3: Create an account on Commons to take part. Register here.
Step 4: Use the Upload Wizard to enter the photographs.
II). Africa Movie Academy Awards 2017 Call for Entry
The 13th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short, animation and documentary work for consideration in its nearly 30 film categories. The deadline for submissions is December 30, 2016; a late entry deadline is January 13, 2017.
Only films produced and released between July 2015 and December 2016 may be entered for this celebration of African cinema.
Each completed entry form for 2017 entries must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the movie, filmographies of the directors and producers, copies of the movie in 3DVDS or a hard drive plus a compulsory online submission via Vimeo or WeTransfer and proof of the right to submit. All films must indicate the year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes. AMAA awards two broad categories of short movies and animation. The Academy also awards the category for Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards. Inclusive of Caribbean Shorts and Caribbean features.
International submissions can be made on https://filmfreeway.com/festival/africamovieacademyawards-882089 and also on www.amaasubmissions.com
The primary aim of the AMA Awards is to facilitate the development and showcase the social relevance of African film and cinema. The awards are presented to recognize and honor the excellence of professionals in the film industry. This includes directors, actors, and writers, as well as to unite the African continent and the Diaspora through arts and culture.
Evolving from a one-day event — televised live — to an annually chronicled film event for people of African descent across the globe, the AMA Awards is now an established engagement platform for filmmakers, industry professionals, and all creative industry stakeholders.
III). 5th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Call for Entries
African moviemakers are invited to submit their Films, made-for-television movies or television series for the 5th annual Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) by October 28, 2016.
Eligible for submission are movies broadcast or publicly screened during the period of October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016 or those previously entered into or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition.
Awards ranging from acting and directing to scriptwriting and cinematography and from editing and to soundtrack, make-up, sound, and lighting shall be presented on March 3-4, 2017. Awards shall be presented in 27 categories, with 16 open to viewers and 11 decided by the AMVCA panel of judges.
Presented by Africa Magic in association with Multichoice, AMVCAs are aimed at celebrating “the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry.”
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Director for M-Net West Africa, says, “The African movie and television industry is brimming with exciting talent, and at Africa Magic we contribute to the industry by not only giving these talents the platform to showcase their skills and passion, but by celebrating their achievements while also encouraging them to continue honing their craft.”
John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, says “The improvements seen in the industry since the inception of the AMVCAs cannot be ignored or overstated and for us as MultiChoice, the success of these awards further showcases our commitment to recognising the amazing skills that exist in this ever-growing industry. Furthermore, our continued investment demonstrates our dedication in helping unearth and celebrate talent in the whole continent. It is our belief that the 2017 edition will leave an even bigger impact on the African film production industry than the previous four.”
Submission forms are submitted online and, depending on one’s location, works dropped at MSS Local Productions, 4 industrial street, off town planning way, Illupeju, Lagos, Nigeria; Magic Center, 137 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, 2123, South Africa; or 2nd floor, M-Net Offices, Local Production studio, Jamhuri Grounds off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
While submisions for the AMVCAs is free, participants are advised to log on to africamagic.tv for detailed information on entry requirements and submission procedures.
IV). 6th Luxor African Film Festival Call for Entries
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), that takes place place March 16-22, 2017, has officially launched the call for film entries.
LAFF is receiving films from African countries by African filmmakers except for al-Husseiny Abou-Deif Freedom & Human Rights Competition that is open to films from all over the world.
Sayed Fouad, LAFF president, says Morocco is the country guest of honor at the sixth edition. Azza al-Husseiny, LAFF executive director, says the sixth edition of the festival will give tribute to Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, Egyptian director Youssry Nasrallah and Egyptian star Nelly Karim.
LAFF is organised by Independent Shabab Foundation with the support of the Egyptian ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Youth; The National Bank of Egypt; The Luxor Governorate and the Egyptian Film Syndicate.
The deadline for film submission is December 15, 2016.
V). KidzFlicks 2017 Call for Entries
KidzFlicks, The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children invites films from all over the world.
International exchanges are an important and exciting part of the KidzFlicks Festival. Our young Australian audiences are always keen to view the work of children their own age making films in other parts of the world and we are always grateful for the opportunity to screen these films, allowing us to create a truly mulitcultural festival.
Please submit your films to the KidzFlicks Festival. The Entry form is available at http://www.bardicstudio.com.au/our_music.
KidzFlicks strives to be an open and inclusive festival. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
VI). Lola Kenya Children’s Screen Call for Short Movies
Lola Kenya Screen invites short (maximum 30 minutes) animation, fiction, documentary and experimental films from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia for her screening, discussion and networking forum that runs in Nairobi every last Monday of the month. Creatively packaged music videos and video games are also accepted.
Details on the lolakenyascreen.org website and social media (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Flickr) @LolaKenyaScreen