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The 7th Annual Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference was held in Nairobi on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th May 2014 at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC). 

The theme of the event was “Afriwood Rising” and was aimed at provoking and encouraging Africa’s creative, media and technology industries into thinking and acting regionally with creative content and digital media as the focal point. It was noted that the Broadcast, Film and Music industries are increasingly developing synergies and merging through the power of electronic media.

The event was organised by African Information Technology Exhibitions and Conferences (AITEC) Africa. In attendance were various broadcasters, filmmakers, animators, musicians, computer game developers, policy-makers, journalists, researchers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and investors in the creative sector.

An analysis of the music industry was done with keen examination on how globalisation is affecting the industry and the challenges of cultural colonisation. The discussion also focused on regulatory and industry initiatives regarding intellectual property, broadcasting rights, licensing and the required legal framework towards the development of using the new technology to block piracy. Ms Helen Koki represented the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) in this discussion panel.

The event also paid special focus to animation, gaming and digital applications (apps) development sectors. According to Sean Moroney, Chairman of AITEC Africa and Director of BFMA, they expected that discussions with the gamers would be a springboard towards identifying and harnessing new and young talents in the circles of animation and technology.

During the African Media Business Exchange programme session, discussions were held on the new trends in Internet Protocol (IP) broadcasting targeting the journalists. Also incorporated in the event was the Filmmakers Pavilion with a package of workshops on film production and studio installation, lighting equipment and technology.