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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Black Cinema Information From Charlotte....

Since I am interested in all things North Carolina at the present time, I was looking at The Charlotte Greasy Guide and came upon a couple of interesting tidbits....

The Pan African Film Festival:

America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, has announced that it will extend its call for accepting film submissions for their 16th Annual signature event taking place February 7-18, 2008 in Los Angeles. Until October 5, the PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts, narratives, and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Submissions postmarked between July 16 and October 5 must be accompanied by a $40 submission fee for shorts (less than 70 minutes) and a $50 submission fee for features (70 minutes or more). Submission fees for submissions made after the October 5 deadline are $65 for shorts and $75 for features. In addition, the PAFF is accepting applications for vendors for its Artist Market. Along with its film festival, the PAFF presents one of America’s largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging black artists and fine crafts at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Applications are available via the PAFF website at or by calling (323) 295-1706.

From I.W.: For all of you aspiring filmakers, etc., the Pan African Film Festival is very high profile, and attended by a slew of Black Hollywood and executives...get busy with your submission. Found this as well:

Where In The World is Nollywood?

For years, people in the global film industry have chosen to ignore a very vibrant business that is said to have become a multi-billion dollar asset. Why have we not heard of Nollywood like India’s Bollywood or America’s Hollywood?

The answer might be as simple as the fact that “Nollywood” was created from nothing in the African Nation of Nigeria. It seems that the promotion of an idea that something other than hungry children with swollen bellies and flies swarming around them coming out of Africa is not very newsworthy. To know that Africa is open for business and very viable could show a sense of independence from African people that could very well change perceptions.

African Entertainment has been huge business and in the United States, online properties like Palmwine radio and Naijalife Magazine are among some of those keeping up with this massive industry. New York recently played host to the Nigerian Entertainment Awards saluting both main stream and grassroots Nigerian born entertainers from all aspects of the industry. There is even a documentary entitled “This Is Nollywood,” promising to give insight into this booming multi-billion dollar enterprise.

“Hala Gorani and Jeff Koinange formerly of CNN, report that Nollywood is churning out some 200 “home videos” every month to become the third largest in the world after the United States and India (visit and In just 13 years, Nollywood has grown from nothing into an industry that employs thousands of people.”

Nollywood, along with my direct links to the continent have moved me to begin a new category, “From The Africa Files” where you will be able to find relevant information from and about the continent. Hopefully, these posts will help YOU identify new opportunities!

So, Folks, welcome to NOLLYWOOD!


Shongo said...

Nollywood has become indeed the World 3rd largest movie industry. It seems to me that Nollywood is more interested in quantity these days than quality though. I suppose it's the result of low cost requirements, similar to horror movies in the US (very cheap to make, that's why there's so many of them year round).

One naija movie stands out though, it's The Amazing Grace, probably the most successful Nigerian to date. Unlike its predecessors, it was released in theaters throughout the African continent and even the UK recently. Check it out here:

Invisible Woman said...

Thanks, Papa, for the info :-)

Tayo said...

I might be a bit late on this, but I definitely agree with Shongo.

Lots and lots of films - I kid you not, my dad probably has like 500 in his collection, and I'm lowballing that number - but they are not as developed as (some) Hollywood/American films.

It's getting better. There was a time where scenes would go on for far too long (meaning to show that someone was leaving, they would show them getting into the car, checking their makeup, checking their rearview, starting it up, putting it in gear, backing up, turn on the signal to turn onto the road, and drving off until they are a spec in the distance). I think it was because the stories weren't as developed as they are trying to become now. The editing is getting better, the sound/video quality is becoming better and in a couple of years, Nollywood will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as far as quality goes (at least I hope so). I'm actually glad to get different perspectives in filmmaking, especially from my people! :)

I hadn't heard about The Amazing Grace. Looks really good and I'm going to try to find it!

(so sorry for the mini-thesis)

Invisible Woman said...

Don't apologize, Tayo...I LOVE hearing about it :-)