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.

25 January 2008


In co-operation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) the Berlin International Film Festival has set up the World Cinema Fund to support filmmakers from transition countries.

The aim of the World Cinema Fund is to help the realisation of films which otherwise could not be produced, i.e. feature films and creative feature-length documentaries with a strong cultural identity. Another important goal is to strengthen the profile of these films in German cinemas.

The World Cinema Fund has an annual budget of about 500,000 Euros at its disposal and provides support in the fields of production and distribution. The maximum amount which can be granted to a film for production is 100,000 Euros. In order to receive such funds, a German partner is required. However, the film does not necessarily have to be a co-production.

Deadline for production funding: March 13th 2008

Download application forms here.

Read more about the WORLD CINEMA FUND here.


25-29 July 2008 at the 29th Durban International Film Festival (23 July - 3 August 2008)

The 29th Durban International Film Festival (23rd July to 3 August 2008) is proud to announce the first edition of Talent Campus Durban held in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus from 25 to 29 July 2008.

Talent Campus Durban is an intensive 5-day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by film professionals and academics. Filmmakers will benefit from both theoretical and practical approaches that will enhance their cinematographic experience. The Talent Campus Durban theme Producing African Cinema for a New World will focus the activities towards the development of new projects and ideas.

In February every year, the Berlin International Film Festival organises the Berlinale Talent Campus, which brings together hundreds of young filmmakers from all over the world. Since 2003, Talent Campus events have been held in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, South Africa and Ukraine.

Talent Campus Durban invites young filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in these workshops and seminars, which take place in Durban, South Africa, over five days. In addition to specific activities offered by the Campus, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 29th Durban International Film Festival.

Deadline for application: 17 March 2008

Full Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from:

For further details:
Phone: +27 (0)31 260 2506/1367
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 3074

The Durban Talent Campus is a partnership project between the Durban International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by The German Embassy in South Africa and the Goethe Institute South Africa.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with principle funding and support from the National Film & Video Foundation, Department of Economic Development - KwaZulu-Natal, HIVOS, Stichting Doen, Royal Netherlands Embassy and City of Durban.

24 January 2008


Call for Entries to the

Johannesburg 19 June – 29 June 2008
Cape Town 3 July – 13 July 2008

The organisers of ENCOUNTERS, the annual South African International Documentary Festival, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2008 the 10th edition of the festival.

ENCOUNTERS will show a selection of documentary films from around the world, with a particular focus on South African work. The festival will screen South African Premières only.

Filmmakers must guarantee, should their films be selected, that permission from the rights holder are secured for a minimum of six screenings at this Festival. The deadline for submissions is Friday the 14th March 2008.
The entry form can be obtained from the ENCOUNTERS WEBSITE and must be submitted with the DVD PAL screener.

Encounters is the only South African distributor dedicated to distributing documentaries to the South African public. Encounters promotes and sells films to television, through DVDs and in cinemas.

For additional information feel free to contact Nazeer Ahmed at:

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Cape Town-based Don Edkins of Steps International is executive producer on the inspired and far-reaching Why Democracy? project comprising of ten one-hour films and 18 short films. These films focus on issues relevant to contemporary democracy and are broadcast internationally. This week, the Why Democracy? film "Taxi to the Dark Side" was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. This is a fantastic achievement for filmmaker Alex Gibney, Don and the Why Democracy? team of financiers, commissioning editors and broadcasters. The wonderful "Please Vote For Me" about a group of Chinese school children voting for their class monitor made the Oscar shortlist. Last year, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival screened both of these films.

ABOUT THIS FILM (courtesy of the Why Democracy? site):
Over one hundred prisoners have died in suspicious circumstances in U.S. custody during the "war on terror". Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at one case: an Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar who was considered an honest and kind man by the people of his rustic village. So when he was detained by the U.S military one afternoon, after picking up three passengers, denizens wondered why this man was randomly chosen to be held in prison, and, especially, without trial? Five days after his arrest Dilawar died in his Bagram prison cell. His death came within a week of another death of a detainee at Bagram. The conclusion, with autopsy evidence, was that the former taxi driver and the detainee who passed away before him, had died due to sustained injuries inflicted at the prison by U.S. soldiers. The documentary, by award-winning producer Alex Gibney, carefully develops the last weeks of Dilawar’s life and shows how decisions taken at the pinnacle of power in the Bush Administration led directly to Dilawar’s brutal death. The film documents how Rumsfeld, together with the White House legal team, were able to convince Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive exploration of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

To read more about Taxi to the Dark Side, please visit the film's website


CNN is seeking a strong, experienced Africa-based producer / director / digital video D.O.P. to shoot assignments in Africa. Travel is required and the first stint will be in Senegal. If you are interested, please email the DFA as soon as possible for further details:



The DFA would like to petition the NFVF to send a delegation of local documentary filmmakers to the Toronto Documentary Festival that happens in conjunction with the HotDocs pitching forum and film market.

If you are a DFA member and you have a one-off documentary project that you believe will have international appeal, please contact the DFA as soon as possible:

Please provide the following information:
- The name of your film.
- A 100-200 word synopsis, i.e what your film is about.
- What stage is the project in? Development? Have you shot any material?
- The film's language/s.
-Whether you have any funding (local or foreign) attached to the project or whether it is self-funded.

We would like to move on this as soon as possible, so please respond with haste.

Please visit the HotDocs website to familiarise yourself with the kinds of project that make it to the market:

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock of 'Super Size Me' fame has turned his attention to tracking down the arch-villain of the West: Osama Bin Laden. Spurlock's film premiered at Sundance this week.

The following commentary on the hype surrounding "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden" appears courtesy of Erik Davis who posted it on the Cinematical blog.

" Out of the initial, pre-Sundance buzzed-about films, I'd have to say Morgan Spurlock's Where in the World is Osama is the one flick everyone is talking about. Spurlock, as you know, is the filmmaker behind the hit documentary Super Size Me, where he documented himself eating McDonalds (and only McDonalds) for 30 days straight. Now Spurlock is back with his second feature-length doc, and it apparently follows the man to the Middle East in search of the elusive Osama Bin Laden. Earlier in the year, 15 minutes of footage was shown to an elite group of buyers at the Berlin Film Fest, and it was all anyone was talking about for a few days. Just recently, the film's DP, Daniel Marricone, went on record saying Spurlock "definitely got the holy grail" with regards to the film, prompting the entire internet community to ask: So, is it possible that Spurlock actually found Osama?

Well, with the film's official Sundance premiere only a few days away, the big secret might have been revealed. Slashfilm received an email from someone in Utah who claims to have seen the film, and they go on to spoil exactly what happens at the very end. Of course, we cannot confirm this information to be accurate, but it definitely seems in line with everything we've heard about the doc thus far. Don't worry, I won't ruin it for you, but I will give away the premise (spoilers ahead): Apparently, Spurlock's girlfriend is pregnant and giving birth in 8 weeks. So, in an attempt to make the world a safer place before his child is born, he decides to head out to the Middle East and track down the world's most well-known terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. Does he find him? Head on over to Slashfilm to find out that answer, or don't and wait for our review from Sundance next week."