July 12 2018 

10:30 am – 11:30 am | PANEL DISCUSSION : It’s Time for Africa – Creating, Producing & Distributing for Global Markets

The gap between accessibility of African content and international hit shows is shrinking. With that comes the opportunity for Africa to no longer be seen as just niche with the global successes of productions like Black Panther and An African City. The question remains: how do African producers capitalize on having their productions picked up by global networks? 

Panel to highlight their role in championing African content produced for global audiences
* Trends: creative ideas that work
* Importance of collaboration: How co-development partnerships better position local ideas for global sales
* Roles of agents in the USA and how they work
* The importance of African productions reflecting the production benchmarks of the world
Moderated by Brendan Gabriel, VP Production & Creative Development, The Africa Channel
- Narendra Reddy, EVP & GM, The Africa Channel (USA)
- Biola Alaibi, CEO, Biola Alaibi Media (Nigeria)
- Katie Cates, Literary Agent, ICM Partners (USA)
- Kashan Maharaj, Head of Content Sales & Distribution, Multichoice (South Africa)
- Evert van der Veer, VP & GM, Fox Networks Group Africa (South Africa)

11:45 am – 12:45 pm | PANEL DISCUSSION : East African Digital Arts - Animation Explosion 

What is happening in this space in Africa and what can we expect in the near future and beyond? Hear from regional animation experts on the latest news, trends and developlments in the Animation industry in East Africa
Moderated by Nick Wilson, Head of Projects, Africa Animation Network (AAN) (South Africa)

- Sayd Fuad, Founder, Tanzanian CGI Artists (Tanzania)
- Christina Bwana, Chief Product Officer, Ubongo (Tanzania)

01:00 pm – 01:45 pm | WORKSHOP : Telling the African Story

Low budget film production • Marketing your script • How to hook a producer • Collaborative writing

Presented by:

Jackline Emali, Secretary, Kenya Scriptwriters Guild (Kenya);

Cajetan Boy, Chairman, Kenya Scriptwriters Guild (Kenya);

Mildred Achoch, Lead Catalague Committee, Kenya Scriptwriters Guild (Kenya)

02:00 pm – 3:30 pm | PANEL DISCUSSION : Achieving Influence: Women and Film in Africa 

The Ladima Foundation will host a panel discussion with the aim of initiating a dialogue and developing tangible ways forward for women within the film and media industries in Africa. The discussions will include women from a diversity of backgrounds whose success and influence can be part of collectively building and strengthening the space that women occupy in the industries The essence of this panel is to develop a framework on how women in African Film can achieve influence through improving individual and collective competence and quality of output in the different fields of filmmaking and related areas.

Moderated by Edima Otuokon, Co-Founder, Ladima Foundation (Nigeria)


- Bikiya Graham Douglas, Actress, Singer, Entrepreneur and Founder, Beeta Universal Arts (Nigeria) - Biola Alabi, CEO, Biola Alabi Media (Nigeria)
- Theresa Hill, General Manager, STEPS and Acquisitions Manager, AfriDocs (South Africa)
- Dr. Mzuri Issa Ali, Director, TAMWA (Zanzibar

- Giselle Portenier, Award-winning Journalist and Filmmaker (Canada) - Farida Nyamachumbe, Filmaker and Producer (Zanzibar)

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm | PITCHING CONTEST : Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde

Annecy International Animated Film Festival and its Market, MIFA- the world’s top reference for animation films and industry, returns to Africa to scout for the best talents for Animation du Monde 2019.  

- Nick Wilson, Head of Projects, African Animation Network (South Africa)

- Christina Bwana, Chief Product Officer, Ubongo (Tanzania)
- Wangechi Muthui, Content Manager - East Africa, Cote Ouest (Kenya)

july 13 2018

09:30 am – 11:00 am | SCREENINGS : Fupitoons Animation Shorts

Presented by Africa Animation Network

In 2017 AAN partnered with cinema franchise, Ster-Kinekor and Cartoon Network to create the first “Made in Africa for Kids” animation short film festival which ran parallel to DISCOP Johannesburg. 114 short animated film submissions were received (from; Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso) with the very best content forming part of a 90 min screening. In 2018, FupiToons Festival is touring Africa (2 content markets and 3 comic conventions) with the first screening at DISCOP Abidjan!

11:30 am – 01:00 pm | PANEL DISCUSSION : The Growing Global Recognition of African Music and its Impact on Film, Television, Gaming and Advertising.

Panel discussion focused on the growing importance of original music produced in Africa in the success of Films & TV series that travels as well as gaming and advertising. Experts will also look at piracy and copyright issues this industry is facing. 

Moderated by Mike Strano, Founding Director, ONGEA! Africa (Kenya)


- Mpumi Philips, Music Supervisor & Publisher, Sheer Publishing Africa (South Africa) - Ramadhani Bukini, Operations Director, Cloud TV (Tanzania)
- Tamara Dawit, Producer & Music Manager, Gobez Media (Ethiopia)
- Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO, RISA (The Recording Industry of South Africa) (South Africa)

02:30 pm – 03:30 pm | WORKSHOP : be pitch perfect with music

Ever wondered how music is selected for Film & Television? How come your song is never chosen? How do I find Music Supervisors? What do I say or do when I find them? Learn the answers to all these questions and much more. Presented by Mpumi Philips, Music Supervisor & Publisher, Sheer Publishing Africa (South Africa)

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm | PITCH & MATCHMAKING SESSION : SynchConnect Pitch and Matchmaking

Producers have the opportunity to meet up with expert Music Supervisor to share their content for upcoming productions and get feedback and advice.