Tag Archives: African Films

British-Nigerian hit comedy opens in cinemas 10th October!

3 Oct

Gone Too Far!

dir. Destiny Ekaragha

Critically acclaimed comedy opens in cinemas nationwide on 10th October 2014!

Gone Too Far poster

Gone Too Far! tells a quintessentially British-Nigerian story. A must-see, receiving high praise by cinema-goers and the industry.

Named Best New British Comedy at the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival 2014 and dir. Destiny Ekaragha was nominated for Best Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival in 2013. It was also named Best Independent Film at the influential Screen Nation Awards 2014.

Based on the Olivier Award-winning stage play by Bola Agbaje, first performed at The Royal Court, the warm, sparky Gone Too Far! is the feature debut of director Destiny Ekaragha and follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are.

GTF_Destiny_and_Bola_Production_shotWhen London teenager Yemi’s big brother Iku comes to live with him from Nigeria, his terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already limited street cred.

But when they’re forced to spend the day together on their Peckham estate, Yemi is forced to confront local bullies, the girl of his dreams and his own African heritage, and eventually together they learn the values of family and self-respect.

“Low-key, low-budget, high-intelligence, this is precisely the kind of film London ought to be producing.” **** Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Gone Too Far film clip imageThe film features an exciting and up and coming cast, including Malachi Kirby (Offender, My Brother The Devil) and Nigerian actor O.C. Ukeje, currently appearing in Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor. Also starring are Shanika Warren-Markland (Adulthood, 4.3.2.1); Tosin Cole (Second Coming, Hollyoaks); Adelayo Adedayo (Some Girls); Golda John and comedian and presenter Eddie Kadi.

Check out the photos from the amazing film premiere!

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Ghana’s highest acclaimed film of the year, “COZ OV MONI”

4 Jun

Brought to you by Afro-Pop Live!

No Red Carpet! The Kete Karpet is coming to the Ritzy to welcome the stars & special guests of Ghana’s highest acclaimed film of the year, “COZ OV MONI”! Will you dare miss this one?

The first ever Pidgen Musical Film in the world “COZ OV MONI” starring Pidgen Music’s Super Rap Duo “FOKN Bois” (Wanlov the Kubolor, a truly refreshing artist who travels the world barefoot wearing his trademark wrap skirt, and the Channel O multi-nominated M3nsa, a singer/songwriter/producer, one of the most respected Hiplife pioneers today).

Hailed as the most original film in over a decade to come out of West Africa, “Coz Ov Moni” has easily gained acceptance into very prestigious film festivals worldwide such as FESPACO, Cannes, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, Rio International Film Festival and more.

Come in your numbers on this night to meet King Luu, the director of “Coz Ov Moni” as well as the stars of this instant classic.

DATE: 22nd July 2010

LOCATION: The Ritzy – Brixton OvaL, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG

TIME: 7.00pm & 8.15pm…(Two screenings)

Tickets: £9

For more info: www.COZOVMONI.com

“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

 

Africa First – Film Fund

11 Aug

africa firstFOCUS’ AFRICA FIRST PROGRAM

Deadline: Monday 17th August 2009

$10,000  for 5 African Film makers (each)

 

Following the success of last year’s inaugural program, Focus Features is accepting entries for a second year of its Africa First Program through Monday, August 17th (please note newly extended deadline). The uniquely conceived initiative, with funds earmarked specifically for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, offers eligible and participating filmmakers the chance to be awarded $10,000 in financing for pre-production, production, and/or post-production on their narrative short film made in continental Africa and tapping into the resources of the film industry there. Complete details on Africa First – including application information – can be accessed through www.filminfocus.com/africafirst.

 

Launched in 2008, Africa First last Autumn awarded $10,000 a piece to five winning filmmakers; Mr. Edouard Bamporiki (from Rwanda), Ms. Jenna Bass (from South Africa), Mr. Jan-Hendrik Beetge (also from South Africa), Ms. Dyana Gaye (from Senegal), and Ms. Wanuri Kahiu (from Kenya). Their short films are, respectively, Long Coat, a drama about a young Hutu coming to terms with Rwanda’s and his own family’s past; The Tunnel, a 1980s-set story centering around a 10-year-old girl’s quest; The Abyss Boys, a thriller about an illegal trade in a small fishing town; the public transportation musical N’Dar [Saint Louis Blues]; and Pumzi [Breath], a futuristic sci-fi tale.

 

Five (5) filmmakers will be awarded $10,000 apiece. The submission period began on Monday, June 1st, 2009 and runs through Monday, August 17th, 2009. The five filmmakers selected will retain the copyrights and the distribution rights to their completed shorts, with the exception of North American rights; Focus will retain those, as well as the right of first negotiation to productions derived from the shorts, such as a feature-length expansion. The announcement of the selections will be made on or about October 1st, 2009.

 

Contact:                     

  Yannina Diaz

 FOCUS FEATURES 

yannina.diaz@focusfeatures.com

 

Karen Finnegan

FOCUS FEATURES INTERNATIONAL

44-207-307-5591

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