March

As of 1 April 2012, the Gauteng Film Commission formally joins the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation under the leadership of MEC Lebogang Maile, with a memorandum of understanding signed between its pervious department and new department on 3 April.

Television and radio presenter Azania Mosaka shares her passion for food on a new TV series sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission. Cooking With Azania debuted on Saturday 31 March at 12h00.

South Africa’s Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, established in 1994 to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals in South African social and cultural life and now in its 19th year, may have to shut up shop next year if funding is not found.

Remember e’Lollipop, the cult childhood classic loved by South Africans growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s? That movie is to be revisited with the release of A Million Colours, which tells the dramatic story of what happened to the child stars of e’Lollipop in the decades after their early fame.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has announced that the Gauteng Film Commission and the Creative Industries will move from the Department of Economic Development to its more suited position in the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

The newly launched Asikhule Training Partners, the corporate training arm of the Academy of Sound Engineering, offers training to audio, video and broadcast professionals of all skill levels who are already working in the African film industry.

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, a filmmaking school based in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is seeking the services of a professional receptionist/secretary/data capturer. We are a non-profit organisation, training historically disadvantaged youth in documentary filmmaking.

South African films Otelo Burning, How to Steal 2 Million and Man on Ground received the most nominations for the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards, announced on 17 March, with the country receiving the second-highest number of nominations overall, after Nigeria.

In Debt, a popular SABC1 reality show that helps ordinary people get out of bad debt, has been selected for Input 2012, an annual international festival that celebrates non-commercial television as voted by industry peers.

Held annually in Cannes, France, MIPTV is where the industry makes deals that will shape the future. Together, the entertainment community creates bridges across the diverse and expanding industry, making new connections and unlocking new business opportunities.