Saturday, August 13, 2011


( August 10, 2011 -- International filmmaking takes a giant stride with the launch of, an international filmmakers’ network, dedicated to facilitating cross-border collaboration.

Based in London, UK, Screencoyote promotes cross-border and local collaboration as a way round the financial pressures faced by independent filmmakers. It is also a means by which filmmakers can gain newer cultural perspectives, and achieve real influence, locally and internationally.

“The aim is to link up filmmakers all over the world, so they can pool their skills and tools to make commanding films, with or without finance. This is the kind of thing filmmakers have been waiting for,” says Screencoyote’s founder, Ishmael Annobil, the Ghanaian filmmaker and journalist.

“The idea is simple-—if a filmmaker wishes to make a film in another town or country, but cannot afford to take crew and equipment along, he or she can simply elect fellow Screencoyote members over there to get the job done, on equitable terms,” Ishmael explains.

Through this simple strategy, Screencoyote aims to reverse the troubling trend of ‘survivalist’ collaborations that often lead to artistic insularity and short films.

To that end, Screencoyote offers free membership to anyone working in film and media industries, including writers, producers, directors, editors, Researchers, Writers, Script Doctors, lighting technicians, sound technicians, grips, gaffers, colourists, motion graphics artists, set designers, carpenters, composers, sound designers, location scouts, radio producers, film students and apprentices, runners, distributors, lawyers, accountants, translators, actors, casting agencies, film equipment companies, financiers, festivals, etc.

Screencoyote is a partnership between London-based film director and journalist Ishmael Annobil, Chennai-based web developer Prabhu Chandian, screenwriter and marketer Lucas LoBlack, and film editor Merethe Rosvold. The quartet is responsible for the day-to-day running of Screencoyote.

Additionally, every member, individual or organisation, is entitled to one free advert placement every 30 days; a policy designed to make sure every member is included, whatever their means or location.


Screencoyote underpins its progressive approach with a strict anti-exploitation policy. It does not publish any advert for ‘unpaid’ work. Instead, it stipulates three options for collaboration: ‘Paid’, ‘Deferred Pay’ and ‘Profit Share’. Furthermore, it insists on the signing of contracts and agreements before any collaboration.

Screencoyote is ready for membership registration now. Membership is totally free.




ISHMAEL FIIFI ANNOBIL is a poet, filmmaker, journalist and graphic designer. Born in Accra, Ghana, in 1958, he entered journalism after high school, working on the national newspaper, Daily Graphic, as a proofreader and freelance contributor. He emigrated to East Africa in the early eighties, living in Southern Sudan and Kenya, where he wrote, co-produced and performed the acclaimed multi-media show, Criers on the Thresholds of Reality, for the homeless (Nairobi 1983).

The show’s critical success won him an invitation to join Kenya’s premier publication Kenya Business Spotlight as a reporter-at-large, reporting on economics and the arts. He moved to Britain in the same year to represent the publication, but the impetuous politics of Kenya at the time would soon take an unhealthy interest in the magazine’s investigative bent, bringing its pioneering work to an abrupt end.

Annobil moved on to the deputy editorship of an African Diaspora publication, but he was soon disillusioned with its dire ethnocentricity and provincialism, and so he moved with his wife and children to Wales, where he founded the English language poetry festival, Iolo's Children, and Wales' first serious arts newspaper, Circa21.

Ishmael moved back to London in 1998. After a period of post-graduate studies, he pursued a freelance-editing career, till 2004, when he founded the international arts, culture and design journal, In 2006 he founded the international film collective, Stonedog Productions, for which he has produced, written and directed three art documentaries to date, namely, In the Presence of Awe: The Transvangarde; Kenji Yoshida - Artist of the Soul; and Strange Fruit - The Art of Fiona Foley.

He has also produced two major projects for Stonedog, namely Joji Hirota & Hiten Ryu Daiko, and Shamanisn -The Tributaries of the Baikal. He is currently producing four feature films he wrote for Stonedog Productions, namely, Cry For Me, Baby (dedicated to the British Jews), Salamander, The Symposium, Drosophila, and Icarus.

Ishmael’s own cross-border collaborations and effective revenue-share approach at Stonedog Productions inspired him to set up to help other filmmakers network and collaborat

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