Algeria / The success of Samira TV

Samira Bezaouia and her husband, Yacine Sadek, launched the Samira TV channel in July 2013. Their studios are built on privately-owned land, they didn’t need a bank loan. Two studios are used for a cookery programme, a third is for traditional dress-making: “Kostbia”. The person behind Samira TV, Samira Bezaouia, has a university degree in …

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Italy / Moviement Village and MioCinema to help cinemas

The world of culture has been badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis. Many aspects of it have been weakened, particularly cinemas. And even though the lock-down has been eased in many countries, re-opening cinemas is not yet on the agenda. In order to remedy this, several initiatives have been created in Italy. As from July …

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Spain / Animayo 2020, the first virtual animatedfilm festival

Animayo is a Spanish animation festival usually held in the Canaries. Its 15th edition took place online on May 9th and 10th,making it the first virtual animation festival. The first part of the festival was in early May with discussions and round tables. The continuation is planned for May 16th and 17th with master classes …

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Egypt / El-Nehaya a television series which polarises opinion

Egyptian screenwriter Amr Samir Atif has completed his new television series, El-Nehaya (The End). Directed by Yasser Samy, the series began broadcasting in Egypt during the first days of Ramadan – a popular period for showing series, with several new ones emerging every year. They often generate a lot of comments – this year though …

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Tunisia / Candidate call for the Journées cinématographiques de Carthage

The festival organizers have announced that the 31st Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage will take place from November 7th to 12th 2020. The competition’s different sections – feature-length and short dramas, documentaries and animation – are open only to African and Arab directors. Created to present and promote African and Arab films, the Carthage Cinematographic Days …

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Italy / Start of filming for Il giorno e la notte

In early May Italian director Daniele Vicari began filming his new feature Il giorno e la notte. In compliance with contagion-prevention rules, he is directing his film remotely, sending the actors kits which include filming equipment. The collectively-made film follows four couples, with a cast including Dario Aita, Elena Gigliotti, Barbara Esposito, Francesco Acquaroli, Isabella …

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World / We Are One, a Global Festival

We Are One: A Global Film Festival is an online event designed to counteract the many festival cancellations which have happened since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. The idea for the event originated from a dialogue between the Tribeca Festival and YouTube, then several other festivals responded, with around twenty now joining the event, …

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