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Covid-19 And The Free Stuck At Home 48HFF

Stuck At Home 48

A special challenge from the 48HFP

It’s free and it’s online—and you can do it from the safety of your own home.

Like you, we’d rather be making films than being quarantined at home avoiding COVID-19. While we make our plans for the regular 48 Hour Film Project in your city later this year, we have a series of three film challenges for you, if you wish to participate.

Each Friday evening, we will send an email to all of the registered teams with a Secret Challenge that will test your creativity and ingenuity. You can make your film alone, with other people who live in your home, or you may team up remotely. (Remember—no group gatherings!)

The Stuck At Home 48 will have a different Secret Challenge each weekend:

  • March 27-29
  • April 3-5
  • April 17-19

There is no cost to participate. When you register, you will be enrolled to receive the “Stuck at Home 48” creative brief by email each Friday. An email will also include instructions on where to upload your finished video.

To register, click here: www.48hourfilm.com/at-home/register

For more information, click here: www.48hourfilm.com/at-home

High School 48 Short Script Project

Finally, we have information on a writing contest that is specifically for high school age kids. It’s the High School 48 Short Script Project. Registration includes access to special filmmaking tutorials.

Please pass this on to any high school students you know: www.48hsfilm.com

We hope you will join us for the Stuck at Home 48.

Have fun. Be safe. Make movies!

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Durban FilmMart Partners With Talents Durban And Announces Call For Applications For 2020 Edition

Durban, South Africa. The Durban FilmMart has announced a new partnership with Talents Durban, as applications open for the 2020 edition.

Talents Durban is a five-day talent development programme, which has been presented in Durban, South Africa for the past 12 years in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. This year’s Talents Durban edition is scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 July.

Up to 20 emerging African filmmakers and emerging film critics are selected to attend the programme. Talents Durban comprises workshops and seminars by industry experts with opportunities to connect with a global network of film industry professionals, and benchmark their work against African and global trends.

“Through discussion with the Berlinale Talents and the Durban International Film Festival, in which Talents was previously housed, we felt that as an industry facing programme, that it was a logical fit for it to be incorporated into the Durban FilmMart,” said Toni Monty, current Head of the DFM.

Christine Tröstrum, Project Manager of the Berlinale Talents commented, “Talents began in Durban ahead of the creation of the DFM 13 years ago. The Talents programme and the DFM have both now evolved into solid vital industry initiatives on the African continent. With our shared aim to create again more synergies in project development and promotion, we are sure that the intensified collaboration will provide some excellent opportunities for the participants.”

The DFM also announced the appointment, Menzi Mhlongo as the Manager of the programme for the 13th edition in 2020. “Menzi Mhlongo has been the Project Manager of Talents since 2017, and brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the table, providing programme stability and excellent curatorial experience,’ said Toni Monty.

“The framework for the Talents Durban programme remains the same,” said Menzi Mhlongo. “This is a just an operational shift, and we will continue to support emerging talents from the continent – with a special attention to promoting a community of filmmakers to inspire growth and expansion of African cinema. I am very excited about working more closely with the industry through the platforms that the DFM provides.”

The Talents Durban programme comprises a Storytelling Lab for three features, three shorts and three TV/Web series currently in development; a Doc Lab in which three Talents Durban with documentary projects are given expert mentorship and can pitch their projects at the Durban FilmMart’s African Pitching Forum; the Animation Lab which is open to screenwriters and animation directors with animation projects and Talent Press which offers mentorship for three emerging African film critics and journalists

The Talents will also be able to participate and interact within the formal DFM (17-20 July) programme with the expected 1000 delegates in attendance this year.

Applications for Talents Durban are now open online via www.berlinale-talents.de/bt/durban/ap/info/index. Talents Durban will cover participants’ accommodation, airfare, and market accreditation. Deadline for application is 24 April 2020. Selected projects will be announced mid- May 2020.

Talents Durban is one of seven Talents International initiatives around the world formed by Berlinale Talents. It is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the Durban FIlm Office, the Gauteng Film Commission, the International Emerging Film Talent Association, and the Namibia Film Commission.

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Announcement From Comic Con Cape Town 2020

After the South African Government’s ban on public events over 100 people for a 90 day national disaster period, Reed Exhibitions has confirmed that the 2020 edition of Comic Con Cape Town and the co-located Cape Town International Animation Festival will sadly not be taking place. The show will now be held from 24 – 27 April 2021 and will still take place at the Cape Town Stadium.

Portfolio Director Carla Massmann says “The organising team is deeply saddened and regrets this unavoidable turn of events.”

Comic Con Cape Town is keeping a strong focus on communication with fans through digital channels with regular Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and newsletter updates.

Fans will have a choice between refunding their ticket or rolling it over to the new dates in 2021. This process will be managed hand-in-hand with ticketing partner Howler.

For fans wondering about the international talent announced to date, Carla continues “We are a close-knit global family. We stay in regular contact with them. Right up until this announcement they remained excited to attend the Con. They are just as disappointed as we are and we will keep you updated on all 2021 guest announcements in due course.”

Cape Town, your heroes are still coming. Comic Con Cape Town is not saying goodbye, but rather “see you all soon!” And with their typically positive attitude the team has a silver lining: Comic Con Cape Town will now be a full four epic days in 2021.

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The National Arts Festival 2020 Won’t Be Cancelled, But It Will Be Different

So here’s the thing – the National Arts Festival 2020 won’t be cancelled, but it will be different
We have been worrying, thinking, worrying, arguing and thinking some more about what we do about the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe in relation to our very special annual festival.

This is our reality:

  • Based on the ban on major events we can’t allow more than 100 people to congregate anywhere.
  • Due to the travel ban and recommendations with regard to domestic travel and the use of public transport, our artists and visitors can’t get to Makhanda and we can’t get to them.
  • We don’t want to contribute to the spread of the virus and fully understand that this is a time for isolation.

That’s not what we do – we create experiences and celebrate the arts.

So, after more thinking, listening, reading, arguing and talking, we’ve come up with a plan… We’ve decided to do something bold, and something we have never done before. From 25 June to 5 July 2020 the National Arts Festival will be going completely virtual, for the full 11 days of Amazing.

Going virtual will mean that the Festival can continue to support artists and the arts in 2020, by presenting work within a digital space. This way, we can share some magic and hope with those who may still be confined to their homes. An opportunity to connect when we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another.

Artists depend on festivals like ours to generate an income through selling tickets, getting their work seen and talked about locally and internationally, and networking with their peers. Rather than cancel, we aim to create a new opportunity for artists and audiences alike to celebrate the arts, and to create an accessible platform for artists to share their work.

Millions of people across South Africa and the world will be cut off from each other in completely unprecedented ways – unable to go to church, school or work, or socialise outside of their immediate family. This is absolutely the responsible thing to do to contain the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, but as social beings, it is going to chip away a little bit of our souls every day the bans are in force.

Why make the decision now and not wait? We have just over 100 days to our opening day. The reality is that we can’t ask artists to prepare for a festival that may or may not go ahead; we can’t ask our supporters to make their plans, book their accommodation and transport, without the certainty that it will happen; and we can’t ask our service providers to stand at the ready if it may all come to nothing. The 2020 National Arts Festival will go down in our history as the first-ever virtual edition.

For Makhanda and the Eastern Cape, this is going to be a really hard year and we are fully aware of the enormous impact that COVID-19 will have on our economic stability. We know how much income our festivals contribute to the infrastructure and economy of Makhanda. We remain committed to the city and will continue to play our role as good corporate citizens.

We will let you know more in the next few weeks about what will be on offer and how this will all work. We are engaging with our sponsors and donors, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, Standard Bank of South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture and Multichoice regarding our plans. Our commitment to the arts remains steadfast and we invite you to take this journey with us.

We will be engaging directly all artists and traders who are currently registered to participate in the 2020 Festival.

Here’s to a whole new and exciting experience for the National Arts Festival because if anyone is resilient, agile, creative and extraordinary – it is our artists.

Scifest Africa will also be postponed and take place from 9 to 15 September 2020 – all being well. The Eastern Cape Schools Festival will similarly be postponed to September 2020 – dates to be advised.

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March 2020 At The Fugard

We kick off March with the final 3 weeks of Athol Fugard’s classic “Master Harold”… and the Boys which must close on 21 March, the first round of the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa in the Western Cape which sees participating schools prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice from 3 – 14 March, a fortnight of screenings of the new South African film Moffie presented by the Fugard Bioscope from 15 March and Pieter-Dirk Uys returns as the Evita Bezuidenhout’s younger sister Bambi Kellermann in Never Too Naked from 24 March.

Now Playing and Coming Soon

“Master Harold” … and the Boys
Must close 21 March 2020

A new production of Athol Fugard’s masterpiece in celebration of The Fugard Theatre’s 10th birthday.

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The Shakespeare School’s Festival South Africa
3 – 14 March 2020

34 participating schools prepare and perform 30 minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice.

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Moffie
15 – 29 March 2020

Eric Abraham and The Fugard Bioscope present a fortnight of screenings of Moffie, the new film from Portobello Productions and Penzance Films.

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Never Too Naked
From 24 March 2020

Pieter-Dirk Uys returns as Bambi Kellermann Bambi Kellermann is Evita Bezuidenhout’s younger sister – and that’s where the family ties end.

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The 2020 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

Throughout March the 2020 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season continues with screenings of titles such as Romeo and Juliet from the Bolshoi Ballet, La Boheme from The Royal Opera House, the musical Wise Children and we end March with the much anticipated screening of Margaret Atwood In Conversation from The National Theatre Live.

Now in its 9th year, the Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season brings audiences the very best offering in recorded live performances all screened in the comfort of the beautiful Fugard Theatre. The World Arts Cinema Season has moved from Sunday mornings to Mondays with screenings taking place at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are R120 and can be booked online through the links below or by calling our box office on 021 461 4554.

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Take advantage of your Friends of The Fugard discounts

You’re receiving this newsletter as a Friend of The Fugard, which means you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing boxoffice@thefugard.com. One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.

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Comic Con Cape Town And Comic Con Africa Have A Ticket To The Moon With Future Of Money Partner Luno

Today Comic Con Cape Town and Comic Con Africa are delighted to welcome Luno to the Comic Con family as our official future of money partner. Luno is a tale of local excellence. It is a South African start-up that is now the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and is represented in over 40 countries. Being on board with Comic Con is an extension of this thirst for excellence, as Comic Con Africa has become the fastest growing Comic Con in the Reedpop stable.

So what is Luno? Luno is a platform that makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. All you have to do is sign up on the Luno smartphone app or website, deposit money via EFT or credit card, and you are ready to make your first cryptocurrency purchase.

“Cryptocurrency is still in its infancy, but we believe that it is the future of money. This is the most disruptive technology since the founding of the internet and we are excited for Comic Con visitors to become more familiar with cryptocurrency – how to invest wisely, keep their money secure and avoid scammers,” says Marius Reitz, GM for Africa at Luno.

“The communities and fans that support Comic Con are overwhelmingly tech conscious” says Reed Exhibition’s Carla Massmann, the Portfolio Director (read: Head Honcho) of all things Comic Con Africa. “With our audience of well-known early adopters such as Millennials and tech-savvy gamers, Luno is the perfect future of money partner for us. We look forward to introducing our audience to this ever-evolving global phenomenon”.

Luno’s presence at Comic Con Cape Town will consist of exciting interactive activations and competitions that will ultimately familiarize visitors with cryptocurrency. Keep your ears to the ground fans, as more detail on their offering at Comic Con Cape Town – and soon Comic Con Africa – will be made available.

Comic Con Africa is proud to be partnering with the most innovative companies relevant to our fans, the ones that disrupt their industries and shake up the norm. Luno is an integral part in a pantheon of partners that are coming together as a whole to make Comic Con Cape Town and Comic Con Africa two spectacular festivals unlike any other the country has seen. Comic Con Africa continues to top itself year on year (no pressure, folks!) as we strive for excellence in our own very special sector of the festival calendar.

The inaugural Comic Con Cape Town will be held from 1 – 3 May 2020 at the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint, hosted by the City of Cape Town. Comic Con Africa takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 24 – 27 September 2020. Comic Con is an entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, celebrities, Cosplay, animation, movies, artists, pop culture elements and so much more.

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Superstar Of Superhero Art: Artgerm Comes To Comic Con Cape Town

Comic Con Cape Town has some epic news that will thrill fans: the announcement of a titan of comic art, Artist Alley guest Stanley Lau. Better known as Artgerm, he is an artist who has blended elements of East and West into one iconic style that is all his own and has become a favourite with fans.

If you keep an eye on the latest movie releases, you’ll know that 2020 is bringing us a number of fearless female heroes to the silver screen from Wonder Woman to Harley Quinn. Who better then to visit Comic Con Cape Town in 2020 than Artgerm, well known for his stunning portrayals of both of these characters, along with numerous notable covers for Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Spider-Gwen, and Captain Marvel. This makes him an artist that has successfully worked across The Big Two of the comic world – both DC Comics and Marvel – and Capcom.

Artgerm’s art is imbued with the fluidity and colour of Eastern Anime and Manga styles. His comic art is found exclusively on covers or variant covers (variants being known as the “B side” or alternate version of a cover) that fans scramble to collect as soon as they are released. Artgerm has designed stunning interpretations of collectible figurines for the likes of Sideshow Collectibles and is known for his attention to detail.

Artgerm is a multifaceted artist working as an illustrator, designer, concept artist and creative director, and is the co-founder of digital art company Imaginary Friends Studio. He has lived and breathed art for 25 years, firmly entrenching the Artgerm name in the history books.

At Comic Con Cape Town, Artgerm will be in the Artist Spotlight Zone selling prints, signing merchandise, and meeting fans. He will also host a talk on the Main Stage and create a sketch – live! – giving visitors insight into the technique and skill that it takes to create one of his works of art.

For any aspiring artists looking for tips, Artgerm is active on social media and presently runs a full-time diploma course with his Imaginary Friends Studio partners in Digital Design and Illustration. He frequently attends conferences and visits educational institutions worldwide to share his passion for art and design.

Artgerm will join other incredible celebrities in the film and series space such as Ricky Whittle from American Gods and Tom Hopper from the Umbrella academy, and comic legends Mark Brooks and Derrick Chew.

The inaugural Comic Con Cape Town will be held from 1 – 3 May 2020 at the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint, hosted by the City of Cape Town. Comic Con Cape Town is an entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, celebrities, Cosplay, animation, movies, artists, pop culture elements and so much more.

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Durban FilmMart To Become An Independent Institute

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film market, has announced that it will be established as an independent institute functioning as a Non-Profit Organisation ahead of its 11th edition in 2020.

“This had always been part of the business plan of Durban FilmMart since its establishment in 2009,” explains Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office and the DFM. “With the continued growth and expansion of the initiative, as well as the continuous increase in numbers of delegates, and submissions of projects in development, which have this year, surpassed any other in our 11-year history, the current structure has been outgrown, and sustainable long term strategies now need to be implemented.”

The DFM has been a programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry unit, the Durban Film Office in partnership with the Durban International Film Festival since 2009. “Going forward the DFO will continue to support the DFM, and the Institute structure will allow possibilities for new partnerships and fundraising, that will ensure the growth and continued stability of the annual initiative,” says Monty. “Most importantly, the new Institute will open greater opportunities for the Durban FilmMart to continue playing an important role in promoting African film and television content.”

The Institute will uphold its mandate to contribute to the film industry on the continent, through networking, project development and upskilling, but will also explore the potential for developing year-round development programmes in partnership with key industry role-players.

The next few months will be business as usual for the DFM, while the Institute is set up.

South African arts administrator and project manager, Magdalene Reddy of Creative WorkZone, who has extensive experience in the film festival and market sector has been appointed as the project manager who will oversee the setting up of the institute ahead of the 2020 edition.

“Ms Reddy joins our team with a wealth of experience in governance and management in the Arts,” says Monty. “As a former senior administrator at the Durban International Film Festival, not to mention a string of other major international and national arts projects to her name, we believe that she is best placed to take this process forward with passion and integrity.”

“In addition, there is a solid team who have institutional knowledge that will curate and manage the event for this year’s edition to ensure another year of engaging programming.”

“Of course, partners and sponsors continue to play a vital role in the on-going success of the DFM, and we are confident that the establishment of the Durban FilmMart Institute, will provide many opportunities for meaningful collaborations.”

The DFM takes place from 17 to 20 July 2020 . For further information about the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.co.za

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SA Film ‘Days Of Cannibalism’ Nominated For Best Documentary Award At The 70th Berlin International Film Festival

South African filmmaker Teboho Edkins’s crossgenre documentary Western, Days of Cannibalism has been nominated for a Best Documentary Award at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival which takes place in February.

Days of Cannibalism, which has its World Premiere at the Festival, is set in the rugged terrain of a remote rural region in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Southern Africa. Here modern-day pioneers are met with unease by local communities, and self-made Chinese merchants negotiate their place alongside traditional Basotho cattle breeders.

‘The film, like a classical Western, takes place in a universal frontier space in which the laws of society are in a state of flux,” explains Edkins. “I am fascinated by the notion of settlers moving into new spaces, and what this does to the status quo, especially within the context of globalisation and capitalist forces. The arrival of new settlers in Lesotho – economic migrants from China – has upset the balance of power. Old laws and old gods are being called into question. Against the backdrop of a newly emerging China-Africa relationship Days of Cannibalism explores the complexities and the latent tensions this encounter gives rise to.”

The film avoids central characters or an overarching plot; instead strained moments and small gestures between the newly arrived pioneers and local communities unfold against a vast and harsh landscape.

Produced by KinoElektron, Day Zero Films, Kepler Film Days of Cannibalism the world sales rights have been picked up by Paris based Indie Sales.

The film will be screened on the following dates, venues in Berlin:

  • 22.02.2020 16:30 Kino International (PREMIERE)
  • 23.02.2020 16:15 Cubix 7
  • 24.02.2020 13:30 CinemaxX 6
  • 28.02.2020 19:15 Cubix 7
  • Berlinale Talents Programme
  • 25.02.2020 14:00 HAU – Hebbel am Ufer theatre
Teboho Edkins Biography

Teboho Edkins (*1980 in Tennessee, USA) grew up in Southern Africa and lives and works in Cape Town and Berlin.

He studied photography and fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa and film at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. This was followed by a degree in directing at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh-akademie in Berlin (dffb).

Teboho Edkins’s films have screened at over 400 film festivals including the International Film Festival Berlin (Berlinale); International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen; and International Film Festival (IFFR), Rotterdam.

His films have also shown in many international museums and galleries including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; South London Gallery; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Weserburg-Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen. They have also been acquired by several public and private art collections including the Goetz Collection in Munich, von Kelternborn Collection in Frankfurt and the Collection KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation in Düsseldorf.

Teboho Edkins Filmography
  • 2020: Days of Cannibalism, 79’min
  • 2017: I am Sheriff, 28’min
  • 2016: Initiation, 11’min
  • 2015: Coming of Age, 63’min
  • 2013: Gangster Backstage, 38’min
  • 2011: Gangster Project, 54’ min
  • 2011: Thato, 27’ 35” min
  • 2008: Kinshasa 2.0, 11’07” min
  • 2006: Gangster Project 1, 7’30” min
  • 2005: True Love, 28’ min
  • 2005: Looking Good, 47’ min
  • 2004: Ask Me I’m Positive, 48’ min
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Realness Institute Celebrates Sundance Win And Extends Call For 2020 Applications

Prestigious Win for Realness Alum

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s (Realness 2017) THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION, produced by Urucu Media’s Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro competed in Sundance Film Festival’s World Dramatic Competition section to critical review.

Realness Partners Cait Pansegrouw, Mehret Mandefro and Elias Ribeiro, with Realness Alum Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) and Fanyana Hlabangane (South Africa) at Sundance Film Festival.

“Delicate and strong, this director told a little story of resistance and made it universal,” said the World Dramatic Competition Jury. “The composition of images, the visual phrase and the story of this film moved us. One of the most beautiful films of our Sundance 2020.”

This is the first film produced from Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking.

Realness Institute Programs’ Deadline extended to FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Realness Institute has been designed as a platform that caters to the full spectrum of the production line in a way that can push the African film industry forward. Core to the program’s development is the view that African cinema is a central market in the new sphere of the global cultural economy.

PROGRAMMES

The Realness Screenwriter’s Residency is dedicated to providing African film projects with the support and resources needed at the critical development stage of a film. The programme ensures that talent is given the space to mature their work, such that they develop films that can compete in the international film finance market, travel and appeal to international audiences.

Realness offers a natural environment that allows filmmakers to stretch their creativity and drive their craft under mentorship from industry experts. The residency takes the form of a six-week stay at the Nirox Foundation situated in the scenic Cradle of Humankind in South Africa.

Who is this for?

Filmmakers with distinct voices and perspectives, who are devoted to their craft and have a steadfast passion for cinema. Filmmakers with feature fiction film treatments and/ or scripts that are at least 60% filmed on the African Continent.

Creative Producer Indaba is a year-long professional development programme, providing emerging producers with the necessary tools and leadership skills to pursue their craft, as well as capacity to operate sustainable businesses at a strategic level.

Who is this for?

Producers (with and without projects) from Africa; producers from North America and Europe with an interest in co-producing with Africa,

Film Professionals from other disciplines such as distribution, international sales, funding bodies, institutions, broadcasters and development executives with a stake in the African marketplace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION go to realness.institute

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FEBRUARY 15, 2020

TO APPLY, submit your completed application to submissions@realness.institute