Afriwood to participate in 2012 Ukrainian Content Market

updated on July 1, 2012
Zimbabwean director and film producer, Stephen Chigorimbo, has something up his sleeve to resuscitate Zimbabwean film industry. He intends to do it by distributing African film productions to all corners of the world with the help of Afriwood, an audio-visual marketing and distribution company. (See What some Zimbabweans know and
For the first time in the history of African-Ukrainian relations, Zimbabwe’s Afriwood will take part in the Kiev Media Week. For now, Afriwood is the only film distribution/production company from Africa and, in fact, the Southern Hemisphere to participate in the Ukrainian Content Market this coming September

those that don’t can learn from other nations’ film industries)

Chigorimbo set up Afriwood in 2010 capitalizing on almost 40 years of international experience in film and music industries. He is often part of international film events across the world, including FESPACO, film festivals in Cannes, Cairo and Harare, and Input. (See From Zimbabwe to Australia: Stephen Chigorimbo on the International Public Television event)
Up to 300,000 viewers in the Commonwealth of Independent States constitute an untapped market for African-produced films

Soon, up to 300,000 Russian-speakers in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will get a chance to experience Africa filmed by the continent’s talent. Explains Andy Kozlov, “In April, Afriwood partnered with the Kyiv-based Media Resources Management and will be in the Ukrainian capital this September as a seller at the 2012 Ukrainian Content Market. My task, as an Ukrainian with a knowledge of African film sector, is to facilitate contracts for the purchase of exhibition rights by TV channels from various regions of the Russian-speaking world. Concurrently, Afriwood intends to enter into partnerships with production studios in Ukraine and Russia to help co-produce films and TV programs both in CIS countries and on the African continent.” (See Ukrainian Media Content Market 2012 scheduled for September)

 Afriwood seeks to promote and distribute African movies in such a way that the producers make enough money to enable them to work on another production. (See On the winding roads of African film distribution)
 “Most of the documentaries that we have done were broadcast by either ZTV or SABC, Danish television [stations] or BBC,” says Chigorimbo. “If they put the money they own the rights. But now Afriwood has acquired the rights back so we will be able to distribute these productions in our own capacity.”
Afriwood is not the first African film company that intends to enter the Russian-speaking market. Last October, the first Nollywood film was co-produced in Ukraine. Starring Nigerian celebrity Omoni Oboli and Ukrainian actor Andrew Rozhen, Feathered Dreams is based on the true story of a Nigerian girl sent to study in Ukraine. (See Multikulti Ukraine)
Among the participants of the Kiev Media Week this year, there are two European subsidiaries of the Modern Times Group, a Swedish media company which has been gradually expanding into African TV markets of such countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, starting from Ghana in 2008.
List of Afriwood titles
1. THE GENTLEMAN – ZIMBABWE
LOBOLA/DOWRY – ZIMBABWE
2. INGXOXO – THE NEGOTIATION – SOUTH AFRICA
 3. YOU OWE ME – ZIMBABWE
4. THROUGH THE GLASS – NIGERIA
5. A SMALL TOWN CALLED DESCENT – SOUTH AFRICA
7. THE LONG NIGHT – ZIMBABWE
8. FOREIGN DEMONS – SOUTH AFRICA/NIGERIA
9. THINK – ZIMBABWE
10. MIND GAMES – GHANA
11. CHI CHI – ZIMBABWE
12. CHOICE – ZIMBABWE
13. DEPRAVED – ZIMBABWE
14. SORES OF EMMANUEL – ZIMBABWE
15. CRY OF LOVE – SOUTH AFRICA
16. THE ALGIERS MURDERS – SOUTH AFRICA

Afriwood founder Stephen Chigorimbo by Eastgate in downtown Harare

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One thought on “Afriwood to participate in 2012 Ukrainian Content Market”

  1. We were suppose to have Afriwood Audio and Visual Distribution Company in Zimbabwe a long time ago thank you Afriwood may God bless what ever business you do

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