Monday, September 30, 2013

"12 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen and Actress Lupita Nyong'o To Receive Hollywood Film Awards

Actress Lupita Nyong'om, left, and director Steve McQueen attend InStyle & Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Toronto International Film Festival Party, hosted by Salvatore Ferragamo on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, held at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

30 September 2013 16:45 Africa/Lagos

"12 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen, And Actress Lupita Nyong'o To Be Honored At The Hollywood Film Awards

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" director, Steve McQueen will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakout Director Award," and actress Lupita Nyong'o will receive the "New Hollywood Award" for her great performance. The awards will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

"We look forward to celebrating this exceptionally talented director and actress for their outstanding work and creative vision," said de Abreu.

 TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Actor Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and  Lupita Nyong'o at '12 Days A Slave' Press Conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Steve McQueen is a British artist and filmmaker. In 2008, McQueen's critically acclaimed first feature HUNGER won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival among countless other international prizes. He followed with 2011's incendiary film experience, SHAME, a provocative drama about addiction and secrecy in the modern world. The film received numerous accolades and awards with McQueen winning the CinemAvvenire Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as nominations from BAFTA, the British Independent Film Awards, the London Film Festival, Evening Standard British Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

In 1996, McQueen was the recipient of an ICA Futures Award, in 1998 he won a DAAD artist's scholarship to Berlin and in 1999 - besides exhibiting at the ICA and at the Kunsthalle in Zürich - he also won the Turner Prize. McQueen has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Documenta (2002 and 2007) and at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 where he represented Britain. His work is held in museum collections around the world including Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou.

In 2003, he was appointed Official War Artist for the Iraq war by the Imperial War Museum and subsequently produced the poignant and controversial project Queen and Country, which commemorated the deaths of British soldiers who died in the Iraq War by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. In 2002, he was awarded the OBE and the CBE in 2011.

Born in London in 1969, McQueen lives and works in Amsterdam and London.

This winter, Lupita Nyong'o will co-star alongside Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore in the thriller NON-STOP. This film is slated for a February 28, 2014 release by Universal Pictures.

The Kenyan actress is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, IN MY GENES. The documentary follows eight individual Kenyans who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of Africa, including Kenya, it is a condition that marginalizes, stigmatizes, and even endangers those who have it. Though highly visible in a society that is predominantly black, the reality of living with albinism is invisible to most. Through her intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables us see their challenges, humanity, and everyday triumphs.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama's acting program, Nyong'o's stage credits include playing 'Perdita' in The Winter's Tale (Yale Repertory Theater), 'Sonya' in Uncle Vanya, 'Katherine' in The Taming of the Shrew, as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's Elijah.

12 YEARS A SLAVE has won over audiences and critics alike at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, as well as received the "People's Choice Audience Award" at Toronto this year. The film is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is directed by Steve McQueen (HUNGER) and written by John Ridley (RED TAILS). Producers are Brad Pitt (MONEYBALL), Dede Gardner (EAT, PRAY, LOVE), Jeremy Kleiner (WORLD WAR Z), Bill Pohlad (TREE OF LIFE), Steve McQueen (SHAME), Arnon Milchan (BROKEN CITY) and Anthony Katagas (KILLING THEM SOFTLY); executive producers are Tessa Ross (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and John Ridley. The filmmaking team includes Director of Photography Sean Bobbitt, BSC (HUNGER, SHAME); production designer Adam Stockhausen (MOONRISE KINGDOM); editor Joe Walker (HUNGER, SHAME); Academy Award® nominated costume designer Patricia Norris (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD) and Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer (INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES).

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.

Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.

ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, Inc (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
The Hollywood Film Awards® founded in 1997 were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. For additional information, visit: www.hollywoodawards.com.


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China's Original 3D Animation 'Kangaroo Baby' to Debut in Cannes



30 September 2013 15:00 Africa/Lagos

China's Original 3D Animation 'Kangaroo Baby' to Debut in Cannes

SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China's animation leader Shenzhen Haha Animation Media Technology Co. Ltd ("Haha Animation") will debut its animated short "Kangaroo Baby" at MIPCOM 2013 to be held in Cannes, France on October 7-10. The film can be viewed at Booth# 07.02E1 on sublevel 1 in the China exhibition area. "Kangaroo Baby" is a ​​large original 3D animated feature produced using performance-based frame-by-frame modulation, setting a new standard for Chinese 3D animation.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130930/CN88380)

"Kangaroo Baby" is based on the story of a mother kangaroo and her two offspring. The story draws out and develops the curiosity, creativity and imagination of growing children in a variety of ways. The animated feature touches on several themes, encompassing comedy, action and science fiction. "Kangaroo Baby" is suitable for children and animation fans around the world, as it's range of family-related stories combines with several emotional elements to promote a spirit of fraternity as well as to explore the close relationship between man and nature.

According to Chen Guo, a principal at Haha Animation, "Kangaroo Baby" is produced independently by the company's Chinese team of screenwriters, directors and producers. From the design of characters to the storyline, Haha Animation takes a global perspective in transforming "Kangaroo Baby" into a classic animated tale loved by audiences worldwide, opening the door for Chinese animation to enter the international market.

Haha Animation has an excellent team with a focus on innovation in the world of animation. With the performance-based frame-by-frame modulation technology, the characters of "Kangaroo Baby" are more realistic and more vivid. "Kangaroo Baby" is currently in the process of development and production and is expected to be launched by the end of 2014 (11 minutes per episode, 52 episodes).

SOURCE Shenzhen Haha Animation Media Technology Co. Ltd

CONTACT: Chen Guo, Shenzhen Haha Animation Media Technology Co. Ltd, +86 755-25591701, 1135465729@qq.com








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"Half of A Yellow Sun" is "Like Gone With the Wind" - Thandie Newton

Anika Noni Rose, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton at Half of A Yellow Sun Premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Thandie Newton, the leading actress in the Nigerian civil war drama Half of a Yellow Sun has compared the film to Gone with the Wind, the 1939 epic historical film based on American civil war-era South.
The British actress also told Julie Miller in the interview published by Vanity Fair that her role as "Olanna" is the most sophisticated modern woman she has ever played so far.

Julie Miller: You’ve described Half of a Yellow Sun as being like Gone with the Wind set in Nigeria. Can you explain what you meant by that?

Thandie Newton: Well, this is all happening when the Biafran War [or the Nigerian Civil War] kicks off, and that was really run by the intellectuals and the academics, the world that Olanna has chosen to be in. And even when she has a chance to leave, to get on a flight that costs god knows how much, to join her wealthy parents to get out of there, she chooses not to because she is involved in this struggle that comes from the roots and the people. That’s why it is like Gone with the Wind. Because it is about the complete transformation of a person as well as a place.

Thandie Newton as "Olanna" in Half of a Yellow Sun.

Half of a Yellow Sun was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.







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Saturday, September 28, 2013

U.S Born Miss Philippines Wins 2013 Miss World Pageant in Indonesia



Miss Philippines Megan Young has been crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday in Bali, Indonesia.

Megan Lynne Young

The glamourous ceremony was held under tight security, because the global beauty pageant was threatened by fanatical Muslims who wanted to disrupt the event for violating the Islamic ethics of the world's most populous Muslim country. The radical Islam Defenders Front marched in public protests against holding the pageant in Indonesia and forced the organizers to move the event from a venue outside Jakarta to the predominantly Hindu Island of Nusa Dua in southern Bali.

The 23-year-old U.S.-born beauty queen studying digital film was overwhelmed with emotion as she accepted the crown from her predecessor, Wenxia Yu of China and promised to "be the best Miss World ever".

Marine Lorphelin, a 20-year-old medical student from France was the first runner-up and Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 23, also a medical student was the second runner-up.









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Nigerian Filmmaker Lands in Hospital after Shooting New Film


Daring and accomplished young Nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan was admitted for fatigue at a hospital in Lagos after he completed the shooting of his latest film "October 1st" last week. One of the members of his cast and crew said he is recovering fast and will soon release the official trailer of the historical film set in 1960, against the backdrop of Nigeria's independence on October 1st. The screenplay was written by Tunde Babalola, one of Nigeria's most accomplished screenwriters and winner of several notable awards including; 2004 Screen Nation Awards, (Critical Assignment), 2004 Hollywood Film Festival (Critical Assignment), 2003 Screen Nation Film & Television Award For Scriptwriting (Degsy) and the 1996 Channel 4 Sit-Com Festival (In Exile).


October 1st is a psychological thriller detailing the activities of a northern police detective, Dan Waziri who was posted to the western region to unravel the mystery behind a series of female murders in the community. He soon discovers that the prime suspect is Aderopo, the prince of the community. Waziri, however does not have plenty of time as he is expected to bring the Prince to book before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1.


October 1st has a star studded cast including Sadiq Daba, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kehinde Bankole, David Bailie, Kayode Olaiya, Nick Rhys, Fabian Lojede, Demola Adedoyin and Kunle Afolayan with celebrated Nigerian fashion designer Deola Sagoe playing a unique role as Lady Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, the famous activist mother of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary King of Afrobeat music.


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Last Days To Request Press Passes for the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT


Last Days To Request Press Passes for the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT

Journalists interested in attending the event must fill in the online application form before next Monday 1st of October.

Cordoba, 27th October 2013. The African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT returns from the 11th to the 19th of October in order to celebrate its 10th anniversary striving for the contribution to a better understanding of the neighbouring continent through the projection of 66 films made in 31 different countries. At this special occasion, we are eager to invite journalists from all over the world to join us to share and celebrate our love for African cinemas under the shape of this unique film festival in Spain.


The deadline for the press pass request finishes on the 1st October. The procedure is twofold. On the one hand, journalists will fill an online application form, available at our website (www.fcat.es) until the 1st of October. After submitting the online form, journalists must send a digital copy of their passport or press ID. Once the deadline is over, the media office will send confirmations to the accredited journalists.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Julia Roberts Wins Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "August: Osage County"

Julia Roberts at the "August Osage County" 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Premiere on September 9, 2013. The film will be released on December 25, 2013 in the U.S. Her red dress is a $3,325 Dolce & Gabbana Bell Sleeve Lace Detailed Shift Dress..

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Julia Roberts Of "August: Osage County" To Receive The Hollywood Supporting Actress Award At The Hollywood Film Awards



HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Awards – winning Julia Roberts of The Weinstein Company's "August: Osage County" will be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21 st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

"It is a privilege to honor Julia Roberts for her brilliant and passionate performance in 'August: Osage County.' Julia continues to shine as one of Hollywood's most gifted actresses," said de Abreu.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Prior Hollywood Supporting Actress Award honorees include, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, and Susan Sarandon among others.

Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.

ABOUT "AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY"
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is directed by John Wells (THE COMPANY MEN) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.

ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
The Hollywood Film Awards®, founded in 1997, were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory Team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. For additional information, visit www.hollywoodawards.com.

SOURCE The Hollywood Film Awards

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Volunteers at FCAT Cordoba Against the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children

Volunteers at FCAT Cordoba against the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children

The team of volunteers has organised a Cineforum under this topic in celebration of the International Day Against the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children

Cordoba, 25th September 2013. The African Film Festival of Cordoba counts on an important body of volunteers who have been involved in a wide range of activities since early September. As part of them, there has been a cineforum at the Film Archive of Andalusia on trafficking of women and children, in celebration of the International Day Against the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children. This initiative has been sponsored by the Women Andalusian Institute (Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer) and NGOD Women in Conflict Zones.

From left to right: Isabel Romero, Soledad Perez, Bashira Escudero and Ángel.

The event, entitled “In Search of the End” [“En Busca del Fin”] has taken place from 17.30 to 20.00 on the 24th of September at the venue Josefina (Film Archive of Andalusia). The volunteers have vividly participated in a debate chaired by Soledad Pérez (MP of Junta de Andalusia) and Bashira Escudero (Women in Conflict Zones). “Very often women captured in these nets are not aware of their condition of victim”, Escudero stated, “thus we do not just identify these women, but we offer them a psychological support and juridical assistance”. However, the audience was shocked after Pérez read the report of 2012 of the actions to prevent the trafficking of women and children and sexual exploitation. “There is a very weak chain from the risk, to crime and conviction”, Pérez has claimed. “At the moment, there is no strategy to prevent and act for the eradication of this problem. This debate has disappeared from the political discourse”. Finally, she has enjoyed the occasion to denounce the fact that “in Spain, as a country, we have never fully rejected prostitution. And many youngsters even see it as something fun to do with their friends”. The problem, as the debate has pointed out requires as well to rethink the notion of trafficking, very often mistaken with that of prostitution. This forum has concluded with the screening of the documentary film Les filières africaines de la prostitution, by Olivier Enogo, aimed precisely at raising awareness of this issue, which has given faces to the issues discussed during the debate.

With this activity, the team of volunteers at FACT Cordoba wants to claim the need for implementing a comprehensive law on trafficking of people for sexual exploitation. This law should focus on preventing this scourge, the development of actions to avoid inappropriate sexual content in publicity and to establish services for the protection of the victims.

PRESS PASS REQUEST:
http://www.fcat.es/FCAT/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=421&Itemid=11

International Media Office:
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Tel.: +34 667 39 26 13
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Our Hearts Are With the Dozens of Victims of Nairobi Terror Attack




NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the government and people of Kenya, as the country endures a horrific terrorist attack in a popular shopping mall in Nairobi.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO)

Shabab, a Somali-based Islamist group affiliated with al-Qaeda, has claimed credit for the attack, which began yesterday, and has left at least 59 dead and more than 175 wounded.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and our prayers are with the wounded in the hope of their full recovery," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Tragically, the radical Islamist group Shabab has once again demonstrated the limitless depths of its depravity, having targeted innocent men, women and children who had simply set out to shop, dine and enjoy time in the shopping mall."
The United States has designated the al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabab a terrorist group.
Several terrorists remain inside the Nairobi mall in a stand-off with Kenyan security forces.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee
CONTACT: Kenneth Band

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Friday, September 20, 2013

The African Film Festival of Cordoba, 10 Years Breaking Stereotypes



From the 11th to the 19th October


The African Film Festival of Cordoba, 10 years breaking stereotypes
66 films by 31 different countries in the programme, along with parallel activities, exhibitions and a space for professionals.


Degaucheadroite Moreno Calderon, Mane Cisneros, Jose Antonio Nieto, Isabel Romero et Isidro López.


Córdoba, 20th September 2013.
The African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT returns from the 11th to the 19th of October in order to celebrate its 10th anniversary, striving for the contribution to a better understanding of the neighbouring continent through its film culture. In this tenth edition – the second one in Cordoba after eight years in Tarifa (Cadiz) –, Cordoba cements its place as the only Spanish platform showcasing African and Middle Eastern cinemas.

FCAT Cordoba, organised by the NGOD Al Tarab with the sponsorship of the City Council of Cordoba, Magtel Corp. and Instituto Halal, will screen during one week over 66 films from or on Africa made by 31 different countries. This will be completed by a series of activities implying all audiences and professionals, spread across the city.

The mayor of Cordoba, José Antonio Nieto, has highlighted in the press conference that the FCAT Cordoba “is not a festival seeking for glamour, the yellow press or the big stars”. Instead it aims at “reinforcing the relation between the city of Cordoba and Africa, which is very close geographically speaking but very far away in our mind and heart”.

“Sometimes”, he has added, “it is a good idea to be directly exposed to Africa in order to better understand”, and this is possible through a festival like this. The achievement of organising this event has been quite hard, however, it presents even more quality than the last edition, which already engaged an audience composed of over 13,000 spectators. “This festival places Cordoba at the centre of the world of African and Arab cinema”.

Mane Cisneros, Director of the festival, has claimed that the FCAT makes its tenth anniversary with a more limited budget – 200,000€ instead the 270,000€ of the last edition -. However, “this austerity does not hamper the professionalism and quality of the cultural proposal”.

Cisneros has anticipated that there will be a strong presence of North African young filmmakers, “who have already had the time to take into perspective what has been going on in this area”, in relation to the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. She has also insisted on the high number of premiers at the festival, since “fortunately or unfortunately, we keep struggling to convince Spanish distributors that these cinemas can have a commercial release in our country”.


Love for cinema
For the celebration of its tenth anniversary, the African Film Festival of Cordoba has organised a special retrospective film category. It works as a review of over fifty years of African cinemas, consisting on a selection of 10 films revolving about love.

The category, named ’10 Fragments of an African Discourse on Love” is not just an anthropologic analysis on love practices and desire manifestations in Africa, but also, a whole statement of intentions by the FCAT organisation. This is the year for the 10th anniversary since a collective of people shared their love for African cinemas under the shape of a film festival, becoming hence a unique initiative in Spain.

The festival programme is divided into eight sections, being three of them competitive. The three competitive categories, The African Dream (feature length films), On the Other Side of the Strait (documentary films) and Africa in Short (feature and documentary short films) will include a total number of 27 titles.

In addition to this, the non-competitive categories are Pandora’s Box (films on Africa made by Western filmmakers), Africa in Rhythm (on African dance and music), Carte Blanche to the EDOC (taking as to the International Festival of Documentary Film of Quito through a selection of five films on afrodescendants) and the already mentioned 10 Fragments of an African Discourse on Love. Finally, there will be a series of special sessions to be added to these two official and non-official selections.

The 10th African Film Festival of Cordoba will bring to the cinemas of the capital a selective show comprising 31 different countries. It is worth mentioning the strong participation of North African titles, made in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia; as well as that of sub-Saharan titles, with film productions from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa, one of the most established film industries in the continent.

Similarly there will be non African countries represented, including, Germany, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, United States, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Portugal, Qatar, Dem. Rep. Congo, Trinidad and Tobago.

Cinema as an industry
One again, FCAT Espacio Profesional is aimed at the promotion of mutual knowledge and the collaboration among the professionals of this field in Africa, Spain and beyond. The professionals involved will meet from the 15th to the 18th October at Casa Árabe, during the 5th Forum ‘África Produce’ and a series of conferences and round tables. An additional element to be considered is the Film Appetizers, a more informal environment of discussion among filmmakers, journalists, audiences, and thus a great opportunity to discuss in-depth the films included in the competitive categories of the festival.

Among the parallel activities at FCAT, a special mention lies on the organisation of the course-workshop on Film Criticism for young professionals. This workshop offers an introduction to the theory and practice of Film Criticism and Cultural Communications, and is conducted by the acclaimed film reviewer Alfonso Crespo, with invited experts as tutors, such as Beatriz Leal Riesco and Olivier Barlet, among others.

Parallel Activities
FCAT Cordoba is not just about the venues for the screening of films, as the wide range of parallel activities shows. There will be a story-teller during the afternoons, screenings in different municipalities, a photography exhibition by Javier Hirschfeld called Malagorée: de puerto a puerto. Arte malagueño de ida y vuelta [Malagorée: from port to port. Art from Málaga to go and return], and meetings with different NGOs in the city.

An innovative aspect of this edition, if the involvement of the volunteering team, composed of eighty people. They have been organising activities prior to the festival, such as the educational sessions, the screening of a video made by them in the centre of under-eighteen people and the meeting of volunteers with entrepreneurs.

Venues of the festival
The venues where the festival will take place are Teatro Góngora, Casa Áraba, Vimcorsa, the cultural centre Rey Heredia Veintidós and Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud (Andalusian Youth Institute).

Tickets sale
This year, the tickets to the screenings can be purchased at the tickets box office of the different venues, which will open to the audience one hour prior to the screening. Additionally, there will be three kinds of ticket deals – one-day pass, festival pass, and discounted pass for students, unemployed and people aged over 65. All passes will be available for sale at the tickets box office of Teatro Góngora. The festival pass will also be available for sale at Fuentes Guerra.

Private sponsors
The enterprise from Cordoba, Magtel, which has been working in Africa for years, is part of the sponsors of FCAT Cordoba. Another private sponsor is Halal Institute, an entity that manages the guaranteed brand Halal for products and services for enterprises and entities aimed at audiences practising Islam, in Spain, the UE and for the exportation of Andalusian and Spanish to Muslim countries. FCAT Cordoba will also count on the economic support of Maya Real, a Catalan enterprise focused on cultural projects.

The Counsellor of Magtel, Isidro López Magdaleno, has informed during the press conference that the enterprise has been in Africa for years, with an office in Casablanca (Morocco). He will be sponsoring the Award of the festival. “It is a honour to help the festival” for the first time, and “hopefully it will not be the last one”, he has added.
Isabel Romero, Director of Halal Institute, has stated through their symbolic support, the enterprise is trying to “contribute and create further synergies for the promotion of links with our closest neighbours”.

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