“African Film in the Digital Era” Conference

23 Nov

Conference to Launch the new Africa media Centre

Date: 29 November 2009

Venue: The University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

This one-day interdisciplinary conference invites academics, film and video producers, policy makers, film distributors, Africa specialists, and development practitioners to debate the role and future of African film and video. 

 African film has emerged strongly “at a crucial time in the history of Africa, not only as a voice of the people, but also as an answer to the drudgery of a socio-economic existence characterised by high unemployment and contracting opportunities” (Ogunleye 2003). Apart from empowering the marginalised, the African film and video industry now benefits many on the continent. In most African countries, filmmakers are self-funded and get little input from the public sector. Yet it is the product of this growing body of self-sponsored and mostly independent film producers that has proved to be the best public relations for many African governments and communities. African economies benefit immensely from the direct and indirect taxes they levy on African films. And while some filmmakers exist in “grey areas” of the law, quotas in some parts of Africa have assured producers of markets.

The conference is organised by University of Westminster’s Africa Media Centre (AMC) in association with the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), Communication Research in Arts and Media (CREAM), the London African Film Festival (LAFF) and Africa at the Pictures

Conference Fees: Unwaged/Students: £35 -_ Waged/Non-Students: £100

Fee includes registration, conference pack, lunch, coffee/tea and wine reception

For registration forms please contact:

 Helen Cohen

Short Courses and Events Administrator

University of Westminster

T. 020 7911 5000 ext 4298      F. 020 7911 5995

E-mail: H.Cohen02@westminster.ac.uk

 

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