DISCOP has announced the details of next year’s inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar event that will take place from July 11 to 13, 2018 at the Verde Hotel in Zanzibar.
DISCOP Zanzibar will take place alongside the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) that will run from July 7 to 15, 2018, the 21st edition of the event. The partnership between ZIFF and DISCOP market organizers will see a larger focus on film within DISCOP Zanzibar, and also coincides with the announcement of two new categories of awards from ZIFF, Best TV Series and Best Web Series, reflecting the ever-increasing convergence of content across multiple platforms.
The launch of DISCOP Zanzibar is part of a regionalization process that will see the number of DISCOP markets aimed at sub-Saharan Africa’s entertainment content marketplace rise from the current two events a year, in Abidjan and Johannesburg, to four markets with the addition of Zanzibar and then Lagos as new DISCOP destinations.
“Noticeable business trends already point to how massive home-grown content consumption, intra-African trade and regional cooperation will be the dominant forces in shaping the Continent’s entertainment marketplace,” says Patrick Zuchowicki, DISCOP founder and GM: “Holding a DISCOP market specifically targeting the East African media industry is key to the development of our brand.”
Major distributors as well as independents will be welcome with equal attention and participations options priced to make them as accessible as possible. DISCOP Zanzibar will also include a market component driven by pre-arranged meetings between key players driving Eastern Africa’s entertainment content development, production and distribution ecosystems.
DISCOP Zanzibar will also host the sidebar NEXT GEN program, a permanent fixture of all DISCOP markets, featuring three stand-alone knowledge-transfer and pitching tracks: DISCOPRO, centred on regional and international coproduction opportunities; DISCORE, focused on the importance of music and sync deals within the content space; and DISCOMICS targeting the animation, special effects, comic books and video gaming sectors.
Ethiopia will be DISCOP Zanzibar’s Guest Country. With a population of 100 million-plus and a booming economy, Ethiopia is now one of the promising newcomers in Africa’s film, television and online industries.