We're a little late on this but you have about 1-1/2 weeks to put a 300-word abstract together.

Courtesy fo the Black Film Center/Archive:

This is the first call for papers for a two-day conference on changes in African film and television production and, of equal importance, the transformation of African film audiences in local and global contexts. African film production, distribution and consumption have been more noticeable in the West African region, as showcased by biennial exhibitions at the FESPACO festivals in Burkina Faso. Arguably, such festivals have encouraged a type of production that is admired by Europeans, but which is rarely available to, or appreciated widely by audiences in those productions’ countries of origin. Portuguese and Arab-speaking regions in Africa have also developed diverse and high quality film cultures, but their experiences need to be debated within a wider context. More recently, Anglophone regions, led by Nigeria, have developed popular commercial film models which have been enthusiastically received by African audiences. One could say that African film markets have been rapidly expanding, with many implications for film and policy makers, distributors and audiences.

The rest can be read HERE.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, June 8, 2012. Accepted applicants will be notified by Monday, June 18, 2012.

Abstracts should be 300 words long; email them to Helen Cohen, Events Administrator at:

The two day conference will take place on Saturday, November 10 and 11, 2012.

All the details you need to know HERE.