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2019 AFRIFF: Tanzania Film Board woos Africa movie investors

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The Acting Executive Secretary of Tanzania Film Board, Dr Kiagho Kilonzo, on Monday urged filmmakers across Africa to invest in Tanzania’s creative industry.

Kilonzo made the call during the Actors Master Class segment at the 9th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) held at Film House Cinemas, Landmark Village, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said that Tanzania was well-endowed with natural and artificial tourist attractions capable of rendering films marketable and attractive to viewers.

According to him, the country is endowed with the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, green natural sites, historical sites, deserts, rok arts dating back to over 50,000 years ago, cultures and more.

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He said all the aforementioned attractions would add value to the films shot in Tanzania.

“Tanzania is a fantastic place to shoot movies because of the natural and beautiful sites the nation is blessed with.

“We call on filmmakers and investors to explore Tanzania terrain, we have the population to make businesses thrive and the environment is conducive,” he said.

Kilonzo said that the Tanzania Film Board was founded in 1930 before the nation gained independence and had been functioning effectively since then.

He said that the Tanzanian film industry produced over 1400 films annually, 116 films monthly, 29 weekly and four daily.

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He said that the industry employed 1,232,000 people in 2018 compared to 289 in 2010 as film companies increased to 250 in 2018 from four in 1960.

“Today, there are 10 film theatres in Tanzania, each with an average of four screens and 300 seats.”

The executive secretary said these achievements were possible through the services the board offered to filmmakers ranging from advice, preview and approval of scripts, film grading and more.

He said the country had zero tolerance for pornographic films or such that depicted lesbianism, bad language, war, crime or breaking of law and order.

“We do not encourage the production of films that can change people’s mindset or distort good relations among the citizens, we uphold our culture and guide it,” he said.

Kilonzo said that the film industry was thriving, but had challenges in the areas of piracy and incompetent film production.

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He said the Tanzanian Government was, however, working on upgrading the quality of movies produced as original films had been differentiated from pirated copies with the use of special stamps.

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Lack of insurance threatens supply of Hollywood films, TV shows in 2021

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Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling again

Insurers have largely stopped covering independent film and television productions against the risk of COVID-19 illness, a shift that threatens the supply of new entertainment in 2021, Hollywood producers, insurers and industry experts said.

Thousands of shoots around the world shut down abruptly in March as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and governments imposed lockdowns.

Now as filmmakers try to get back to work they are finding insurers have largely stopped providing the COVID-19 coverage they need to secure financing.

Some insurers are even adding exclusions for COVID-19 or communicable diseases to existing policies when cast members get medical exams, insurance lawyer Kirk Pasich told Reuters.

Without coverage, many producers cannot get the completion bond, or guarantee, that banks require to lend to productions.

Until crews can work safely again and insurance covers COVID-related costs, “there will be less content of the calibre that we’re used to,” independent film producer Robert Salerno told Reuters.

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Insurers, already reeling from other pandemic claims, say they cannot offer the coverage because it is unclear how the pandemic will play out.

Although some countries have controlled or eliminated the virus, cases have resurged elsewhere, including the United States.

“It is not a risk you can even price,” a senior insurance executive, who was not authorised to speak publicly, told Reuters.

Only a handful of insurers offer film and TV policies worldwide. Chubb Ltd and Allianz SE, two major insurers no longer providing such coverage, declined to comment.

Media Guarantors Insurance Solutions, which provides bonding, has seen business fall 80 per cent during the pandemic, said Chief Executive Fred Milstein.

Producers are watching the new rise in U.S. COVID-19 cases closely as they consider rescheduling.

“Everybody’s taking a beat to see if the rates go down again,” he said.

While big studios can self-insure, independent producers, who turn out 70 per cent of new films and numerous TV shows in the U.S. each year, are looking for alternatives, said Jean Prewitt, chief executive of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.

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Budgets are up 10 per cent to 30 per cent as producers add safety measures on set and rewrite scripts to reduce infection risk, Prewitt said.

Nicolas Chartier, producer of the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker, is feeling the effects.

His Voltage Pictures production company planned to film sequels to the romantic drama “After” in September.

Both are on hold because insurance is unavailable, he told Reuters.

“You cannot get a completion bond because right now insurance doesn’t cover COVID,” he said. “Everybody is worried about the movie being abandoned.”

Projects costing $1 million or less can be financed with cash, but still face health risks, especially for plots with romance or fight scenes.

“So you need to shoot two people in a room, two people talking outside on a bench,” Chartier said. “Not exactly the most exciting movie.”

Independent producers are also looking for private investors to provide insurance, or moving to countries that have government backing for pandemic risk, said Brian O’Shea, chief executive of The Exchange, a movie sales, financing and production company.

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He hopes the U.S. will provide similar support.

O’Shea sold two movies – one starring Bruce Willis and the other Olivia Munn – last month at “virtual Cannes,” an online version of the famous Côte d’Azur film festival.

With $10 million in financial commitments for each film, he wants to shoot this year and says government backing would help.

“Now I need to find a bond company and insurance or an equity investor that will guarantee the delivery of the picture given the risks caused by COVID,” he said.

“We’re trying to figure it out.”

 

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BBNaija’s Jackye reveals why ‘women lose every battle’

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Former BBNaija reality TV star, Jackye Madu has said that women are her biggest haters and also the reason why her gender loses every battle.

She revealed that the people who try to pull her down with words through their keypad are women.

According to her, this is because “you’re who they aspire to be but don’t have the guts to be.”

Jackye shared on Instagram:

“After last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that some women only fight for what’s convenient and not what’s right hence the reason we lose every battle.

“Guess who my biggest body shamers are… You guessed right “WOMEN”. The people who always try to pull me down with their words aka keypad warriors? “Women”

“The sad truth is most women hate to see other women grow. They’ll try to bring you down because you’re who they aspire to be but don’t have the guts to be.

“I’ve always wondered how it’s been possible for years to keep women secondary in a world they ought to rule, well now I understand

“Anyone who has interacted with me knows I’m pro-women, I’m a feminist but after last night? Naaa… Una no be am.”

 

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After last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that, some women only fight for what’s convenient and not what’s right hence the reason we lose every battle. Guess who my biggest body shamers are… You guessed right “WOMEN”. The people who always try to pull me down with their words aka keypad warriors? “Women” The sad truth is most women hate to see other women grow. They’ll try to bring you down because you’re who they aspire to be but don’t have the guts to be. I’ve always wondered how it’s been possible for years to keep women secondary in a world they ought to rule, well now I understand Anyone who has interacted with me know I’m pro women, I’m a feminist but after last night? Naaa… Una no be am

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Celebrating three years since I changed my name, Toyin Abraham says

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Nollywood director, producer and actress, Toyin Abraham has taken to social media to celebrate her new name that changed three years ago.

The mother of one, who changed her name from Toyin Aimakhu to Toyin Abraham disclosed that it has been a hell of a journey which is worth it.

”There was a Toyin Aimakhu then Toyin Abraham happened three years ago. Let’s not forget the ”new” Toyin is just three years ago. It has been one massive journey of change and faithfulness of God. What a journey!
Living my life at my pace and being at peace with my pace.’ she wrote.

 

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