Berlinale Africa Hub and the future of filmmaking in Africa

Berlinale Africa Hub and the future of filmmaking in Africa

Welcome to Berlin

The opportunity for African filmmakers to engage with key industry professionals and stakeholders isn’t usually an easy (nor affordable) one but travelling to one of the world’s major film festivals, Berlinale, has become well worth the effort.

2019 sees the Berlinale Africa Hub return for the third year.

This dedicated space is a forum for African filmmakers and creatives to showcase the continent’s latest work in the media space – from feature films to VR. Investors, buyers and distributors from around the world attend, providing an opportunity to network, share knowledge and strengthen business relationships to further promote and establish African filmmaking internationally.

The Berlinale Africa Hub provides a forum for engaging discussions and networking that ensures the African film industry remains top-of-mind for the world audience. 

What’s more, the Africa Hub provides a crucial space for African filmmakers to connect with other professionals from the continent. While Africa may often be painted with the same brush, the yearly interactions at Berlinale’s Africa Hub, prove that Africa is certainly rising. 

Stage 5 Films is currently in development with two new exciting projects: 

  • Apocalypse Now Now. A South African, post-apocalyptic film adaptation of the Charlie Human novel.
  • The Elephant Whisperer. A film adaptation of the Lawrence Anthony novel by the same name.

Berlinale Africa Hub

The Berlin International Film Festival takes place from the 7-17 February 2019, with the Berlinale Africa Hub initiative running from 8-13 February 2019.

Other interesting conferences, hubs and programmes running at Berlinale include the EFM Horizon conference, which addresses new transformation in the film and media sectors, and Berlinale Talents, a programme focused on developing the talent of emerging filmmakers from around the world.

Stage 5’s Dylan Voogt was selected for the Berlinale Talents in 2013, while this year’s Talents selection included three film professionals that are working and living in South Africa: Tamsin Ranger (co-producer of Rafiki), Sydelle Willow Smith (an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, NGO director and lecturer) and Joshua Magor (South African-born director). A huge congratulations to all three!

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