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: Membership applications can be made through the website here.

03 September 2008


Sea Point public pool: photo courtesy of Nick Marais Reyneke


This week, SEA POINT DAYS, a feature-length documentary film by Emmy award-winning South African filmmaker and DFA member Francois Verster, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival starting on 4th September. 

The documentary, produced by Lucinda Englehart and Neil Brandt of Luna Films, looks at life at Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade and at its municipal pools. SEA POINT DAYS not only celebrates this unusual and beautiful space, but also paints a deeply reflective picture of old white South Africa in transition and the frictions of a society in flux.

The film marks a stylistic departure for Verster, whose previous films include THE MOTHERS’ HOUSE, A LION’S TRAIL and WHEN THE WAR IS OVER. He describes it as his most personal film so far: “The film aims from a very personal perspective to give shape to some of the emotional contradictions of being South African at this point. Rather than working from a character or a number of characters’ point of view, it tries to integrate social, physical and perhaps spiritual elements within the area in different ways.” 

SEA POINT DAYS was funded by ITVS International, the Jan Vrijman Fund, the Visons Sud Est, the National Film and Video Foundation and Spier Films. The film has already been invited to other high profile festivals.

For further information please contact Neil Brandt ( or Lucinda Englehart (

Screening dates and times at the Toronto International Film Festival are;
Press and Industry Screenings: 

Thurs 4th Sept – Varsity 7 – 7pm
Tues 9th Sept – AMC 9 – 8.30pm

Public Screenings:
Sat 6th Sept – AMC 2 – 3.45pm (World Premiere)
Mon 8th Sept – Varsity VIP3 –2.30pm
Fri 12th Sept – Varsity 7 – 5.30pm



The National Film and Video Foundation has produced a co-production guidelines document. Please engage and give your feedback.

The purpose of this document is to give guidance on:

- Co-production treaty requirements
- The application process for an advance
- To set down an appeal process for projects that do not comply with treaty requirements. The advance and final ruling application forms have also been updated.

Once comments have been received, producers must take note of the new application forms that will be available on the NFVF's website.

The NFVF invites feedback from the local industry on their co-production guidelines document. Comments should be sent to Aifheli Dzebu before Friday 26 September 2008 at the following email address:

To download the guidelines document in PDF format go here


A reminder that the SABC will be announcing their factual genre briefs in Durban as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival:

Thursday 11th September 2008
13h00 for 13h30
Catalina (TheatreBIZ)
33 Vause Road

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