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WINA 2021 Face-To-Face Event Cancelled…
To Hold Virtual June 11

The 2021 World Independent Advertising Awards (WINA) will not hold a physical event on June 11. Following the various recommendations by international health authorities, the organisers have decided to cancel the face-to-face event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, they assured that the award ceremony would go ahead and be held online via Facebook and YouTube and also be broadcast on allied media portals on June 11. The organisers said that the decision to hold an online award ceremony was in response to recommendations by the authorities and health agencies at the global level that advised against a gathering crowd in enclosed spaces. “We want to be part of the solution,” they said in a statement. “We are in the final stage of the pandemic, but the more we take care of ourselves, the sooner we can reactivate all economic sectors. For WINA 2021, we are going to show the world that creative talent is part of economic revival, that’s why we are here and we’ll continue to be more active than ever,” the statement added. Meanwhile, agencies from 35 countries and five continents participated in the last edition. There was active participation from Europe with submissions from agencies in Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Belgium, Romania, Italy, Russia and Greece. The Americas had strong contenders as always, with winning agencies from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, the United States, Ecuador, Honduras, Paraguay, Panama, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Oceania, Asia and Africa are also featured on the shortlist, with participation from Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Taiwan. No Nigerian agency made the cut of participants. Created in 2016, WINA seeks to recognise the work of independent multinational agencies and networks from across the globe, with a jury panel of one hundred world-class judges.

How Mobile Film Festival Identified With
Environment

THE short films of two editions of the Mobile Film Festival were on showcase on Saturday, June 5 as the world marked World Environment Day. The films were highlighted within the framework of COP21 and COP25 in partnership with the United Nations and YouTube. A total of 125 films in total, including nine-awarded films, as well as the two official selections of each edition, were highlighted at the showcase. “All the films respect our unique format 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film and they address with creativity, intelligence and conviction several themes such as information on climate issues, waste, plastic, drought, deforestation, overpopulation, extinction of animal species,” the organisers of the Mobile Film Festival stated in a statement. The statement also indicated that all the rights for the films which were all subtitled in English, French and sometimes in Spanish and Italian were cleared within the framework of the Mobile Film Festival for screenings, media, website and social networks on June 5th and all along the year to fight climate change and its consequences on the environment. The films were also published on the main social media networks.

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‘Disrupt! The Shape of Stories to Come’ Theme Of DFM 2021
THE Durban FilmMart has factored the disrupting effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the film industry with its theme for this year’s festival. With ‘Disrupt! The shape of stories to come’ as theme, the 12th edition of the DFM holds from July 16 to 25, 2021. “Building on the success of our first all-digital market last year, the 12th Durban FilmMart will look to unpack the disruption that the film industry has had to navigate while celebrating the unique opportunities it has presented,” explained Magdalene Reddy, acting General Manager of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “We will also acknowledge key aspects that are unique to us as Africans – all while offering the same fair access across the industry, fostering community within the African film industry, and providing a platform for networking with an international market,” said Reddy. This year’s edition of the DFM will feature a Pitch Forum. Scheduled for July 16 to19, the pitch forum brings together financiers, funders, investors, and programmers with 70 African projects in development. These include the DFM documentary and fiction projects, participants of the Talents Durban programme in partnership with Berlinale Talents, and a spotlight on selected projects from Lusophone Africa in partnership with the International Emerging Film Talent Association. Also, this year’s industry programme sees the introduction of new focus areas as well as the return of the successful DFM in Conversation, Durban Does Docs, Engage and Talent Filmmaker Talks. Notable Nigerian filmmaker, Kenneth Gyang, is participating in the talent talks. The talks will attract a range of directors from the continent to highlight their storytelling journeys through the various forms of fiction, and documentary. Speakers include film professionals from across the continent such as Mahad Hashi (Somali Reacts, Somalia), Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey Nabwana (Wakaliwood, Uganda), Matias Mariani (Shine Your Eyes, Brazil), as well others.

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