Kana TV has taken Addis Ababa by storm. Wherever you go it seems there is a TV screen nearby on which South American or Korean soap stars in the throes of the latest diabolic crisis are proclaiming in impassioned Amharic. Even for non-Amharic speakers, it’s hard not to be drawn in.
African Union (AU) countries have established a new agency that aims to grow film on the continent from a US$5-billion to a $20-billion industry that employs over 20-million people.
Africa’s film industry has grown tremendously in recent years led by increased commercial production in Nigeria and South Africa. But other nations including Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya are quickly catching on.
Soussaba Cisse’s Rumours of War (Ngunu Ngunu Kan) from Mali was named as Best Feature Film at 2nd Colours of the Nile International Film Festival which ran in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24th – 31st 2014. Rumours of War also won Best Cinematography and Original Soundtrack.
The second edition of Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CONIFF) launches on Monday 24 March 2014 highlighting 48 African film offerings from around the continent, all of which will be African, East African or Ethiopian premieres from African directors or producers.
Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) will take place from 5–9 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The East African festival is calling for submissions from across Africa for feature-length and short fiction films, as well as feature-length and short documentaries.
Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City was named Best Long Feature Film at the inaugural Colours of the Nile Film Festival, which ran in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7-11 November 2012. The Nigerian film also won Best Cinematography.