Hot on the heels of a hugely successful DISCOP Johannesburg, market organisers have 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 just outside Stone Town, Zanzibar.
DISCOP Zanzibar will take place alongside the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) that will run from the 7 to 15 of July for its 21st edition. 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 booming entertainment content marketplace rise from currently 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 general manager, and adds, “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.