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ABOUT META CINEMA FORUM AFRICA

African cinemagoers’ appetite has been growing exponentially and the market now faces a massive shortage of cinema venues. Africa’s film and audio-visual industries could create over 20 million jobs and contribute $20 billion to the continent’s combined GDP according to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. UNESCO also reported that Africa’s potential as a film powerhouse remains largely untapped, despite significant growth in production across the continent. While Nigeria alone produces around 2,500 films a year, there is only one cinema screen per 787,402 people in Africa, creating an unassailable opportunity for the exhibition companies to expand into this untapped market.

In light of this, we are organizing the META Cinema Forum –  Africa to bring the cinema stakeholders together to identify collaborative opportunities that can help in closing these gaps.

Furthermore, storytelling in Africa has been one of the most profound ways to communicate, teach values, life lessons, preserve history and traditional culture. Storytelling has also been deeply rooted in the African culture. Coming into the age of cinemas and technological advancements, African storytelling is taking shapes that are propagating beyond Africa. In addition, Africa hosts vibrant filmmakers from a variety of cultural backgrounds adding rich content to the market. Along with the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), the forum will host a content market – the ‘Africa Film Market’. The content market will focus on nurturing these filmmakers, providing them with a launchpad and providing worthy opportunities to the investors, producers and studios.

The forum is well-positioned to be the largest gathering of cinema investors in Africa as it is a collaborative effort between the National Film Authority of Ghana and the cinema convention organiser -the Great Minds Group.

Welcome message

The National Film Authority of Ghana is pleased to announce its partnership with Great Minds Group and together, we invite you to META Cinema Forum Africa – the largest gathering of cinema investors in Africa on the 21st & 22nd November 2022 in Ghana.

META Cinema Forum Africa will work to close the gap in Cinema Exhibition across African countries, and we use this opportunity to encourage film authorities, exhibitors, producers, studios, distributors, filmmakers, investors, suppliers, and governments to showcase their offerings at this exclusive gathering of cinema stakeholders.

As the headquarters of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA), Ghana is proud to be the cinema gateway opening the door for the continent in its strategic bid to the world of cinema investors, exhibitors, and builders. Africa remains the most underserved market in cinema Exhibition with less than 1700 screens to over 1.3 billion population on the continent. A vibrant cinema infrastructure will ease the distribution headache of the continent and encourage more investments into high-quality content.

As the CEO of the National Film Authority of Ghana, I made a pitch to the 470 plus investors at the META Cinema Forum in Dubai in 2021 and it is with pride that in 2022, we welcome the world of Cinema investors onto the African continent and into Ghana. I look forward to meeting you at the event.

JULIET YAA ASANTEWA ASANTE

Chief Executive Officer, The  National Film Authority, Ghana

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Speakers

Juliet Yaa Asantewa Asante
Chief Executive Officer,
The National Film Authority,
Ghana
Ben Murray Bruce
Founder,
Sliverbird Cinemas and Silverbird Film Distribution
Joy
Odiete
Chief Executive Officer,
Blue Pictures Entertainment
Moses Babatope
Co-founder, Group Deputy Managing Director/Managing Director FilmOne, The Filmhouse Group – Filmhouse Cinemas – FilmOne Entertainment
Funmi
Onuma
Country Manager,
Silverbird Cinemas
Kene
Mkparu
President & Chief Executive
Officer, KOMWORLD Limited
Jan
Runge
META Cinema Forum
Chairman & Advisor
Jude
Martins
Editor-In-Chief,
The Nigerian Box Office Yearbook & The Green Screen
Phakamisa George
Executive Manager, Trade, Investment and Innovation, Eastern Cape Development Corporation
Mark
White
General Manager,
Eomac
Oliver
Fegan
Chief Executive Officer,
usheru
Ueshitile Banana Shekupe
President,
Oruuano Namibian Artists Union
Opeyemi
Ajayi
Chairman,
Cinema Exhibition Association of Nigeria
John
Schreiner
Senior Vice President,
Theatre Development, EMEA, IMAX Corporation
John 
Sullivan
Founding Director,
The Big Picture

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Agenda

AGENDA

Day 1Monday, 21 November 2022
Second DayJanuary 6, 2020
DAY 1
08:00 Registration, refreshments, and networking
09:00 Opening remarks by Great Minds Group
09:05 Welcome address and opening remarks by conference chairman
Driving the fourth industrial revolution in MENA’s downstream sector
09:15 Opening keynote address: IR 4.0 – Transforming downstream sector of oil and gas industry in the region
09:30 Panel discussion: Implementing a successful and risk-free IT and OT convergence
  • Integrating OT and IT environments to improve information flow, visibility and decision making
  • Restructuring previously siloed IT and OT functions to manage and operate newly converged systems
  • Utilizing visualization and emerging technologies (such as digital twins) to mitigate key challenges of IT and OT convergence
  • Preventing the risk of breaches and attacks when integrating OT and IT systems
10:15 Case Study: Modernizing legacy facilities through digital transformation
  • Executing digitalization of legacy facilities while avoiding shutdowns and production downtime
  • Implementing an effective strategy for legacy system integration
  • Identifying the right hardware and software solutions to successfully digitalize your legacy systems
  • Overview of key best practices for legacy system upgrades
10:40 Industry Session
  • This session will highlight the latest technologies in the downstream sector digital transformation. The session consists of 15- minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.
Optimizing performance and productivity through technology
10:55 Case study: Advanced process control – A proven way to process optimization
  • Implementing automation with advanced process control (APC) to increase downstream competitiveness
  • Exploring how the inclusion of AI and ML-based APC can enhance productivity and safety
  • Improving stability and control in your operations
  • Using predictive control technology to predict future plants’ behavior
11:20 Networking coffee break
11:50 Case study: Robotics and intelligent automation for remote management
  • Identifying how intelligent automation can be successfully implemented across equipment and processes
  • Using intelligent automation and machine learning to detect, eliminate, and investigate cyber threats
  • Utilizing robotics and drones for an efficient remote asset surveillance and monitoring and enhanced safety
12:20 Industry sessions This session will highlight the latest technologies in the downstream sector digital transformation. The session consists of two 15-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful applications of innovative solutions.
  • Industry insight 1
  • Industry insight 2
12:50 Panel discussion: Fostering the adoption of cloud computing and data storage in the region
  • Overview of cloud computing and its role as a key enabler of digitalization
  • Assessing the latest technologies used to migrate to cloud and support operators with real-time data visualizations and insights
  • Discussing cloud-based eco-systems provide data from digital oilfields and help to connect processes and equipment via IOT
  • Utilizing hybrid cloud to increase operational agility and overcome data privacy challenges
13:35 Case Study: Digitalizing downstream maintenance to reduce operational cost and downtime
  • Tackling unpredicted downtime by implementing IoT-powered predictive maintenance (PDM) solutions
  • Exploring the best methods for implementing predictive maintenance plans to optimize plants
  • Identifying the latest technologies that can help in predicting and preventing machine failures (sensors, advanced analytics…etc.)
13:50 Closing remarks by conference chairman
14:00 Networking lunch and end of day one

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META Cinema FORUM AFRICA features

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2-Day International Exhibition
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Cocktail Reception
Daily Entertainment
Film Market
AWARDS
Premieres and Advanced Film Screenings

Who will attend the META Cinema Forum Africa?

The Africa Film Market (AFM) is a physical and online B2C and B2B film and music content marketplace for the African continent. It started as a physical marketplace in 2018 to provide a platform to buy, sell, invest and/or distribute content from filmmakers, musicians and other content developers in the film and film-music industries.
AFM matches and promotes content from filmmakers, musicians and other content developers with distributors’ and other sellers by promoting those content to them. Distributors and broadcasters all over the world can thus, search, screen, negotiate rights packages, etc. with filmmakers.
The online version of the Market, called, AFM Online will launch this year. The business of AFM Online is to provide a one-stop, easy and reliable marketplace for filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters, agents and investors to buy, sell, invest and/or distribute unique content from filmmakers, film musicians, and other content developers in the African film industry and beyond.
With AFM Online, negotiations and transactions are entirely online, and you get to decide how you want your transactions controlled, either by yourself or by AFM. We value originality and authentic storytelling by independent African filmmakers and film musicians. AFM provides the platform opportunities for such content to be displayed to investors and content buyers all over the globe.
The Africa Film Market (AFM) is a unique marketplace within the African continent and the World because of its dual approach: Providing a physical marketplace held annually during the Black Star International Film Festival and META Cinema Forum Africa in Ghana and then a 24/7 online marketplace.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Official Screen Partner
Severtson Screens
Cinema Fit-out Partner
Strategic Partner
Strategic Partner
ferco-seatings
Strategic Partner
Sharp NEC Display Solutions
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Organizing committee of the META Cinema Forum Africa

KOFI
ADINKRA
Head, Business Development & Marketing, National Film Authority, Ghana
SALLY ABA
OCRAN
Assistant Marketing Officer,
National Film Authority, Ghana
MICHELLE BURGESSON-DOVE
Assistant Business Development Officer, National Film Authority, Ghana
GYASIWA
ANSAH
Film/TV Production Manager, National Film Authority, Ghana
NHYIRABA YAW SOMPA OKYERE
Lawyer,
National Film Authority, Ghana
TRACY ZUWEIRA ABDUL WAHAB
Assistant Human Resource Officer, National Film Authority, Ghana
Leila
Masinaei
Managing Partner, Great Minds Event Management
Arvind
Shekar
Production Lead,
Great Minds Event Management
Liam
Varnai-Clarke
Marketing & Communications Director,
Great Minds Event Management
Bencily
Thomas
Head of Sales,
Great Minds Event Management

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