Africa’s best videos: www.africa.film
AFROSTREAM was our original bet! Long live afro films …
We dropped a few questions to Africa Dot Film about their videos selection curated by Africa’s best filmmakers. If you are eager to see what is the current state of African Film Industry, searching the Internet would feel like a biased waste of your energy.
A curated selection sounds good for our baby steps toward learning about Hoodllywood (sorry, we love that word and it is our official word for Afribean Film Industry, as the hood has no negative connotation with poverty or the ghetto in our safe platform).
When scrolling the Africa Dot Film website, you will have to click “RECOMMENDATION” below the play button of each video to have access to who chose the film, why , the comments and the film’s awards or availability in full on another platform.
INTERVIEW with Kevin KRIEDEMANN
Who are you?
My name is Kevin Kriedemann. I’ve worked with Africa’s top filmmakers for the past 15 years – half as a journalist, and editor, half as a publicist and marketer. I edited the South African film trade publications The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa and The Callsheet and also covered the African film industry for Variety, among others. Then I changed sides and started working in PR and marketing for the likes of Al Jazeera English, Encounters Documentary Festival and my current clients: Showmax, Triggerfish Animation, Egg Films, and Arcade Content, all of whom are market leaders in their respective sectors in South Africa.
What is Africa Dot Film?
Africa.film was soft-launched at the end of January 2018. It’s a website to watch the best African content, as chosen by Africa’s best filmmakers and the world’s top film festivals and websites.
So for example, we asked some of Africa’s top filmmakers in different categories to pick their favourite African films, and then we approached the filmmakers behind the films they selected and asked them to pick theirs. Our initial curators were Berlin Film Festival winner Rama Thiaw (documentaries); Venice Film Festival short film jury chair Teboho Mahlatsi (shorts); The Wound’s Oscar-shortlisted director John Trengrove (movies); TED Talks’ million views club alumnus Sisonke Msimang (talks); Lurzer’s Archive 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide alumnus Osborne Macharia (music videos); former Wild Talk Africa festival manager Shani van Straaten (nature); Shaamila Fataar (series), who’s responsible for local content at Showmax; and Cannes Lions Gold winner Siphiwe ‘SJ’ Myeza-Mhlambi (branded).
We’ve also added collections of all the winning African-linked films from top festivals like Berlin, Cannes, HotDocs and Sundance, as well as collections of African-linked content featured on Short of the Week or as a Vimeo Staff Pick, or which have over 100m views on YouTube. So the site is becoming a hall-of-fame for African content.
At the moment, some of that content is embedded into Africa.film via YouTube or Vimeo, and sometimes we just embed the trailers and point you to iTunes, or Netflix, or Prime Video, or Showmax, or Vimeo on Demand, to watch the full films or series.
One of the sad realisations in this process has been just how little of the amazing content that exists is actually available in Africa – you can’t even stream South Africa’s Oscar-winner Tsotsi in South Africa, for example – so we’re starting to act like a distributor and help get African content online through platforms like Vimeo on Demand.
What team is behind ADF?
I co-founded Africa.film with award-winning filmmaker Bryan Little. We have seed funding to get us to December 2018 at this stage.
ARID – The animation school
A boy and his bull companion travel across the arid African landscapes in search of a safe refuge. Within the beauty of surreal landscapes lurks dangers they’ll soon have to face. Arid was created by a team of six during their final year at The Animation School in Cape Town. Arid was the first South African student animation to make it into the official selection at the Annecy Animation Festival in 2016 and is the proud winner of two gold medals at The New York Festivals in 2016.
Official Selection – ANNECY Animation Festival 2016 – http://www.annecy.org/
World Gold Medal in Best Student Film – ARID
World Gold Medal in Shorts Films – ARID
South African Film and Television Awards nominee 2017 Director – Charl Van Der Merwe
Art Director – Jeremy Van Reenen Sets – Alexander Bain, Jeremy Van Reenen & Wisaal Abbas
Character Design – Jeremy Van Reenen, Alexander Bain, Nicholas Danks and Charl Van Der Merwe
Animation – Nicholas Danks & Charl Van Der Merwe
Camera – Nicholas Danks & Charl Van Der Merwe
Lighting – Ruan Rosslee, Nicholas Danks & Wisaal Abbas
VFX – Ruan Rosslee (Dust & Fire), Nicholas Danks (nCloth Simulation) & Jeremy Van Reenen (Fur)
Compositing – Wisaal Abbas & Ruan Rosslee
Music & Sound – Aret Lambrechts & Arthur Feder
Editing – Charl Van Der Merwe
Production – Benito Kok & The Animation School