MTN Afrinolly launches the $100,000 ‘Afrinolly Shortfilm Competition’

We had earlier featured Afrinolly when it marked its 1 million app download milestone across the Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 and Java platforms. Afrinolly is a mobile phone app that enables African movies, Music and Entertainment enthusiasts to watch movie trailers, music videos and comedy that have been made public by content owners or their legal representatives.

The team has been working hard and is now set to launch the ‘Afrinolly Shortfilm Competition’, which is a video-based competition targeted at budding film-makers and documentary/animation content creators. Given the high penetration of mobile devices in Africa, this competition will create an ecosystem of unique localised African content for mobile device users.

The goal of the competition is to:

  • Showcase African talent online
  • Provide a platform to foster the creation of new (online) content produced by Africans, thereby boosting local content
  • And to provide great visibility for some of the most gifted creators around the continent.

The competition will target over 1,000 film-makers across Africa and the winners will receive reward valued at $100,000 (in cash and kind). Top participants will be granted opportunity to sign online distribution and content publishing deals with Afrinolly.

The competition will commence with an Opening Conference on 1st November 2012 at Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi, from 11am – 2pm.  Partners include Google+, MTN, Blackberry, Goethe Institut and iRep.

Online submissions of entries will run for 3 months, from 1st November 2012 – 31st January 2013. Thereafter, a panel of judges will shortlist finalists, from 1st – 8th February, 2013. Online public voting will run from 11th February – 4th march 2013. The final result will be announced on 6th March, 2013.

The Afrinolly Short-film Competition is a 360 degrees online competition, and role of Judges are purely online, with judges residing in the USA, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. The plan is to shortlist 30 submissions for two categories, and each Judge will watch and select the best 10 per category. Thereafter, the internet public will be invited to watch the 2 sets of best 10 and vote online to determine the winners per category.

The competition website and rules will be available from 1st November 2012 after the competition’s opening conference at Southern Sun Hotel Ikoyi. Interested CP-Africa readers can join the opening conference via Google+ Hangouts.

Post Author: Kingsley Iweka

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