The DFA was established in 2007 to promote and protect the interests of doc filmmakers in South Africa. To contact the DFA, please use the contact form: here . The DFA website is at: www.docfilmsa.com Membership applications can be made through the website here.

29 February 2008

NEW_WORK

ZULU SURFRIDERS: A DOCUMENTARY BY SCRATCH THE SURFERS

SURF

Carlos & Andre

Evidence of South Africa’s shifting cultural identities can be seen on Kwa Zulu Natal’s shores with young Zulu surfers emerging as keen competitors. DFA member Carlos Francisco (above, left) has teamed up with Andre Cronje (above,right) to create a new documentary, ‘Zulu Surfriders’, that tells the story of a pair of second generation surfing twins, Cyril and Mishak Mqade, who have made a life for themselves through this sport. Having grown up in a small community where employment is scarce and education lacking, the film documents the twins’ journeys from their early endeavours to their present day successes. Cyril and Mishak are inspirational figures in their neighbourhood, teaching local youngsters to continue on the path of the ‘Zulu wave’. This film captures the lives of these brothers who, against all odds, have defied traditional taboos to bravely discover a new world.

‘Zulu Surfriders’ is entirely self-funded through Scratch the Surfers. Carlos, Andre and their co-collaborator Brennen Norjie felt drawn to tell the story of these two young men who have sought to change this historically white-dominated sport. To contact Carlos and Andre, please visit Carlos's blog: African Heart Beat Films.


ZULU SURFRIDERS (a promo) from Carlos Francisco on Vimeo


ZULU SURFRIDERS extra from Carlos Francisco on Vimeo.

grants

animal

ACE/SILVERDOCS GRANT NOW $25 000 US

ABOUT ACE
ACE (Animal Content in Entertainment) is a programme of The Humane Society of the United States and run by the group’s Hollywood office. Its mission is to support and encourage positive animal issues in television and film.

ABOUT THE GRANT
For a third year, SILVERDOCS is joining forces with ACE to offer a grant to filmmakers for the creation of a documentary of 40 minutes or more highlighting an animal issue. This year the grant has been increased to $25,000!

SILVERDOCS and ACE will select the top five or six proposals. These filmmakers will be provided a complimentary pass to attend SILVERDOCS and invited to pitch their projects to a distinguished panel of broadcasters and distribution executives in a closed session of the International Documentary Conference at the next SILVERDOCS, in June 2008. The winning pitch will be announced at the SILVERDOCS Sterling Awards Ceremony on June 21, 2008.

Along with the $25,000 grant, ACE will also consult with the winning filmmaker and assist with the promotion and distribution of the documentary – including an article in The Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) – All Animals Magazine (distribution: 600,000), promotion to the 10 million members of The HSUS, a featured
presence on HSUS and ACE websites, an announcement of the win in the HSUS monthly e-newsletter, a special Los Angeles screening of the film to HSUS donors, announcement of the grant at the nationally televised Genesis Awards, to which the filmmaker will also receive two VIP tickets.

The process includes three steps: submit a proposal, panel review, pitch session.

DEADLINES & IMPORTANT DATES:
Deadline: March 14, 2008
Notification date: May 16, 2008
SILVERDOCS: June 16-22, 2008

Interested? Download the guidelines for submission here.

Submission

silverdocs

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO SILVERDOCS - THE MOST TALKED ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DOC FEST IN THE UNITED STATES

SILVERDOCS
June 16 - 23, 2008
International Documentary Conference

SILVERDOCS is an international film festival celebrating the creative vision of independent filmmakers and the power of documentary to expand our world-view and enhance our understanding of the world around us. Entering its sixth year, SILVERDOCS has become the most talked about documentary festival in the United States.

SILVERDOCS provides business and creative connections among filmmakers, broadcasters, distributors and funders from both established and emerging media markets at the International Documentary Conference. The conference includes over 60 panels and workshops and is attended by over 650 filmmakers and guests from around the world. Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Al Gore delivered the keynote address in 2006, and speakers from every major documentary media outlet regularly participate. AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis delivered the 2007 keynote address.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS FRIDAY MARCH 7th 2008

To find out how to submit your film, click here


competition

intl.doc challenge

INTERNATIONAL DOC CHALLENGE

WHAT IS THE DOC CHALLENGE?
The International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmaking teams from around the world have just 5 days to make a short documentary film. The 3rd annual event will take place March 6-10, 2008 with the finalists premiering at Hot Docs in April 2008!

It is sponsored by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, the International Documentary Association, SILVERDOCS AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Documentary Organisation of Canada and Film Action Oregon.

THE PREMISE
Filmmaking teams have just five days to make a short documentary (4-7 mins). All creativity - research, writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack - must occur beginning Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 8 AM and ending Monday, March 10, 2008.

On Thursday, to make things interesting, each team is given the choice of 2 genres for its film, be it Biography, 1st Person, Historical, etc. In addition, all filmmakers will be given a broad theme (such as "Freedom") that must be addressed at some point in their film. To ensure the films were made within the required time frame, each team must prove the date the film was made by adding a time element to the film or credits (such as the main subject holding a newspaper.) Then the film must be sent to IDC Headquarters with a postmark no later than Monday. The top 12 films (determined by a panel of judges) will screen at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto where the Grand Prize Winner will be announced. After the premiere, their will be additional theatrical screenings in major cities, possible television exposure and eventually the top films will be available for viewing and voting on documentarychallenge.org.

Every documentary film completed within the IDC rules, and within the competition period, will be eligible for prizes and judging.

Don't think a good film can be made in 5 days? View the films from the 2006 International Documentary Challenge in the screening room.

There is still time to register your team! Click here to register your team now! There is a registration fee of R895. Registration is on a first come first served basis. The first 250 teams from around the world to register will be accepted into the event.

Final Registration Deadline: March 5, 2008 (4:00 p.m. Central Time USA)
Event Dates: March 6-10, 2008
Hot Docs Premiere of Finalists: April 2008

Further questions? Email: info@documentarychallenge.org

gadgets&gear

SACHTLER’S NEW F-CELL BATTERY

fsb cell

Sachtler has introduced the new F-Cell battery, supplying 8-hour power to new generation DV and HDV cameras while adding ballast weight for tripod or handheld operation. It's a 7.2V lithium-ion rechargable battery that fits
under the camera where the sliding plate (on bigger cameras) goes. Works with F2 or F6 heads. The extra weight helps with challenging pans and tilts on lightweight heads & cameras. Has "snap 'n go" attachments top and bottom to connect camera and tripod, and slides to improve balance of camera on head. Used with Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras, and can connect with optional adapter cables. Comes with F-Cell charger (90-250V, 50/60Hz input). The battery’s weight (0.65 kg / 1.4 lb) is positioned directly over the fluid head. This optimizes camera control, by acting neutrally when balancing the camera. The result is added stability and uniform, smooth camera pans. DFA member David Forbes, says: “As a working cameraman, I think this is VERY clever thinking, innovative design.” Check it out on www.sachtler.com

hot tips

docagora

DOCAGORA

WHAT IS DOCAGORA?
Conceived as a non-profit catalyst, DocAgora is a new, open initiative created by an association of international, independent docmakers, media producers and representatives from an array of organizations.

The DocAgora team believes we are facing a period of transformation where the international and local documentary communities and all the new financial, platform and content players need to be introduced to each other, while continuing a dialogue with documentary’s traditional commissioning editors, who work within organizations that are also adjusting to the new realities. The DocAgora team believes that this is a very exciting time. It’s a time to join forces and together identify new financing sources, create a new database and partnerships, explore new forms and models.

At IDFA 2007 Neil Sieling gave a talk about the possibilities and future of online technology and resources available to documentary filmmakers. A complete list of the links and some notes from the talk are available here:

USEFUL TEXTS ON FINANCIAL MODELS/INFORMATION
Getting Paid: Sites that Help Makers of Film and Video Make Money
Compiled by Scott Kirsner
www.scottkirsner.com/webvid/gettingpaid.htm
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The Future of Web Video: Opportunities for Producers, Entrepreneurs, Media Companies and Advertisers
By Scott Kirsner
stores.lulu.com/kirsner
(this costs $15 and you can get a hard copy or online iteration
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Maximizing Distribution
By Peter Broderick
Download pdf at www.peterbroderick.com/writing/writing.html
A useful text on how to self distribute works and make more money by using online tools and savvy target marketing instead of being entirely dependent upon distributors and sales agents.
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USEFUL BROADCASTERS / WEBCASTERS
Link TV
www.linktv.org/
www.linktvstore.org
www.linktv.org/mosaic
Neil helped launch Link TV in 1999 and it is one of the biggest and most accessible venues that present international documentaries. The license fees aren’t big, but a large percentage of Link’s programs are subtitled, works can be of varying lengths and subjects, and there is no censorship.

The Link Music Store is a good example of a new revenue generating enterprise. And the Mosaic series is an excellent example of how thousands of programs can be created for almost no money by aggregating news feeds from the Middle East.
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The Sundance Channel
www.sundancechannel.com/home/
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One World
us.oneworld.net
OneWorld is a solid aggregator of news and content from well over 1,000 human rights groups from around the world. Their website is a low cost sift of content form the member groups and OneWorld does a lot of interesting experiments in the online dissemination of information and also for documentaries.
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TRADITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES

The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund
www2.sundance.org/applications.html
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Independent Television Service
www.itvs.org/international
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FILMANTHROPY
Ted Leonsis on Filmanthropy
ted.aol.com/docs/Silverdocs_Presentation_files/v3_document.htm

( Leonsis is a very wealthy man who just put up $2 million for the documentary “Nanking” and is trying to facilitate the process of having more wealthy donors help fund and otherwise support worthy documentaries. The lecture is also useful for how he lays out a broader ranger of criteria for success and other motivations.)
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Participant Productions
www.participantproductions.com
Found by Jeffrey Skoll, a company that specializes in high-profile documentaries and dramatic features with a social mission.
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NEW REVENUE MODELS / BOTTOM UP

Revver
one.revver.com/revver
support.creativecommons.org/videos
www.beet.tv/2006/11/viral_video_and.html

Revver is a new peer-to-peer service that both helps deliver and track media across the internet. They add a “Revver tag” to any content and track the media anywhere. The primary application for now is an advertising model, but Revver could also be used to offer proof of audience impact to public funding institutions and other funders. The Coke/Mentos short made something like $40,000 on Revver, but that is the exception.

Revver also has relationships with other public purpose media groups, for example The Creative Commons.
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Global Giving
www.globalgiving.com
www.globalgiving.com/cb/newheroes
www.globalgiving.com/ggfilmfest.html

A new company that uses peer-to-peer tools to more directly connect individual donors to worthy projects in need of money. They call themselves “eBay for philanthropy.” While the model is currently focused on helping fund projects in poor countries, it will inevitably be turned toward funding media projects about these areas. They are already harvesting lots of video from the projects.
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Care2
www.care2.com

An aggregator of social issues groups that has over 7 million members. People can go to links connected to issues of their choice and make contributions or get more involved. There are many links that get thousands of contributions or tangible help each day.
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The Interra Project
www.interraproject.org

Neil helped found this group that is designed to connect the values of communities of members and cardholders to their everyday purposes. Dee Hock, the founder of Visa, was instrumental in the formation of this group.
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REDUCE COSTS OF PRODUCTION AND REACHING AUDIENCES

dotSUB
www.dotsub.com
This is the collaborative translation toolkit that Neil presented in München. Any program can be uploaded and easily subtitled into dozens of languages. The dotSUB system is easy to use and is modeled after the collaborative culture of Wikipedia. They also have a more professional translation/subtitling service for groups and programs with money. This service costs less than standard services.
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Center for Social Media
www.centerforsocialmedia.org

Neil work as the New Media Fellow for The Center for Social Media and it is a useful research group as well as a convener for gatherings on Fair Use and other copyright/intellectual property issues. The Fair Use work can help filmmakers reduce their costs for archival clips and other proprietary media. The New Deal 1.5 text was co-authored with the Independent Television Service and is a use snapshot of internet-based revenue practices to date.
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Creative Commons
creativecommons.org
http://support.creativecommons.org/videos

A good group for demystifying a lot of what goes on with rights. Their website has an excellent introduction for filmmakers wanting to have a particular rights relationship to anyone using their work and the process of generating a license can take mere minutes.
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Internet Archive
www.archive.org/index.php

An amazing resource that offers free streaming to those filmmakers willing to put their work in their system with a Creative Commons license. The Internet Archive was created by Brewster Kahle, who made hundreds of millions of dollars in online technologies and who is putting all of these resources into a noble mission of “universal access to public knowledge.”

Here are a few highlights from the Internet Archive:

The Wayback Machine, listed on the home page, is the only archive of past websites and has over 85 billion web pages. The Archive has almost 200,000 live music recordings, over 300,000 texts, and over 100,000 “moving image” works.
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Democracy Player / Miro
www.getdemocracy.com

Democracy Player, set to be called Miro Player with its next release, is an open-source video player that works for almost every type of video file. With an interface similar to iTunes, it also has a channel guide where you can set up automatic downloads of your favorite Web show. The download system greatly reduces the cost of delivery and can do full screen playback.
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NEW NETWORKS/DELIVERY PLATFORMS

Joost
www.joost.com
Created by ex-Kazaa and Skype founders, Joost is a new download service that features revenue sharing and tools for securing content. Joost already has lots of deals with major content providers. An advantage of Joost is that, unlike Google Video that requires hundreds of hours of content to do a deal, a Joost channel can be created with only 10 hours of programming.
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Jaman
www.jaman.com

A new online delivery service that features work from around the world, particularly programming that comes from the growing number of film festivals.
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Babelgum
www.babelgum.com

Babelgum is another online delivery service that feature shared revenues from advertising. The company recently signed a deal with over thirty distributors, mostly European, to present work from their catalogues. They also have a specific page targeting film directors and distributors at http://www.babelgum.com/contentowners/
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Open Student Television Network
www.ostn.tv

A new online network that has over 3 million students from around the world as its key audience. An example of the more narrowcasted channels proliferating on the internet.
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GROUPS/WEBSITES ON HOW TO AMPLIFY AND MEASURE AUDIENCE IMPACT

Participant Productions
www.participantproductions.com
participate.net
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Active Voice
www.activevoice.net
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Working Films
www.workingfilms.org
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USEFUL TOOLKITS FOR WEB-BASED MEDIA WORK

Mashable
www.mashable.com

A fairly amazing repository of free social networking tools and web media production help.
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USEFUL SITES FOR UPGRADING THE VISUAL STYLE OF WEBSITES

Infosthetics
www.infosthetics.com

Browse Goods
browsegoods.com
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USEFUL TEXTS ON “DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE” AND GREEN MEDIA

The Future of Independent Media
By Andrew Blau/Global Business Network
www.gbn.com/ArticleDisplayServlet.srv?aid=34045
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The Double Bottom Line Media Industry: An Investment Opportunity
A paper by The Investor’s Circle, sponsored by the Ford Foundation

www.investorscircle.net/index.php?tg=fileman&idx=get&inl=1&id=1&gr=Y&path=&file=DBL+Media+Finance+Summary.pdf
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Entertainment Industry: A Longer Look at The Long Tail
By Bear Stearns Equity Research

www.bearstearns.com
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Clay Shirky on Meganiches
www.wired.com

An excellent article on maximizing the value of increasingly sustainable “meganiches” between the usual mass/niche argument.
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Digital and Tangible: How DVDs Are Impacting Independent Media
By Neil Sieling

renewmedia.org

A little dated, but still helpful on the place of DVDs in media culture and how to make the most of the useful format that has had more staying power than many believed, given the onset of so many online delivery platforms.

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