StarTimes has announced the launch of its first edition of the Pan-African Online Film Festival (PAOFF). Running on the payTV’s mobile app StarTimes ON, PAOFF is a quarterly online film awards competition, and is open to all local professional film and music video producers.
The payTV services provider has set several awards to encourage African local online film creation.
The new platform is fan’s voting system for all videos that are qualified for the awards competition, which will include favorite film ranking board, favorite short film ranking board, and favorite MV board.
All videos will be listed in the three boards based on their categories, and rank according to votes from StarTimes ON users.
The video voted number 1 one on each board will win the quarterly Best Film Award, Best Short Film Award and Best MV Award, whose producer will get US $1,500 in prize money.
“It is an online age and local online video content will be an important pillar of StarTimes ON’s content strategy,” said Ariel Wang, Operation Director of StarTimes ON.
She added: “That’s why we establish PAOFF awards and we sincerely hope the awards competition will encourage the development of local online video creation and see the rise of African online video industry.”
StarTimes ON, available for both Android and iOS devices, is an online video streaming service with 14 million users. StarTimes ON is dedicated to providing ultimate entertainment and enriched experience for African online users. It provides Live TV, VOD and short videos with covering news, sports, movies, series, music, entertainment, documentary, kids and religion.