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.

19 December 2009

DVD Nouveau Stellenbosch

Dear All

The DVD Nouveau shop in Stellenbosch would like to add some local documentaries to their shelves. They have a great selection of some of films seen at Encounters & other Documentary festivals but mostly overseas product.

Should you have any documentaries that you would like to make available, please contact Werner or Hannes on 021-883 2331 or ''

Check out their website by clicking HERE.


According to "The Intercom," SABC's internal communication - the new GCEO of the SABC has been announced as follows:

Johannesburg, 15 December 2009 -In line with the stated objectives to fill key vacant positions, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) today announces the appointment of Mr. Solly Mokoetle as the corporation’s Group Chief Executive Officer effective from 1st January 2010 for a five year period.

The previous SABC Board commenced the process of appointing a GCEO and short listed candidates for the position. For the sake of transparency the Interim Board of the SABC reopened the process by re-advertising the vacancy and extending the deadline for applications.
In line with the Articles of Association of the SABC, the Interim Board recommended Mr. Mokoetle to the Minister of Communications, General Siphiwe Nyanda, following an intensive interviewing process.

“The Interim Board is happy that this matter has been brought to finality since one of the main objectives of the Interim Board was to fill the key vacant positions in order to stabilise the corporation. The appointment of GCEO will go a long way in moving the organization forward.” said Ms. Irene Charnley, the Chairperson of the SABC Interim Board.

“The decision to appoint Mr. Mokoetle was based on his experience and a proven track record during the time the SABC was profitable, making him the most suitable candidate. The board is confident that his appointment will provide the required leadership to turn around the SABC while maintaining public broadcasting mandate” said Ms. Charnley.

Mr. Mokoetle is no newcomer to the SABC having served the corporation for twelve years. He started working at the SABC in 1994 as one of the team of executives who were assigned to transform the SABC from the state broadcaster to a true national public broadcaster. He also performed various leadership functions within the radio and television services and ended up as COO from 2001 until December 2006.

Media Enquiries
Kaizer Kganyago
SABC Spokesman
082 306 8888

New Board of the SABC

The President of the Republic, Mr Jacob Zuma today, in terms of section 13(1) of the Broadcasting Act 44 of 1999 (the Act) appointed, with effect from 10 January 2010, twelve non-executive members of the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as recommended by the National Assembly.
These are:

* Mr Cedric Sabelo Gina
* Ms Phillipa “Pippa” Green
* Mr Peter John Harris
* Ms Barbara Masekela
* Mr Magathe Mello
* Mr Nkotomane Motsepe
* Dr Baldwin “Ben’’ Ngubane
* Mr David Niddrie
* Ms Claire O’Neil
* Ms Felleng Sekha
* Ms Suzanne Vos
* Mr Desmond Golding

In terms of section 13(3) of the Act, the President has designated Dr Ben Ngubane as Chairperson of the Board and Ms Felleng Sekha as Deputy Chairperson of the SABC Board.
Dr Ngubane, a highly regarded former Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and former South African ambassador to Japan, will bring the necessary expertise and depth of experience required in a weighty position of this nature.
Ms Sekha brings extensive experience in the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, having served in various positions, including as chairperson of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and the National Telecommunications Forum. She was also actively involved in the Telecommunications Policy process leading to the enactment of the South African Telecommunications Act of 1996, which will assist the board in this era of convergence between telecommunications and broadcasting.
The President thanks Ms Irene Charnely and the entire interim Board for the excellent manner in which they have steered the SABC forward under challenging conditions, bringing about stability.
The President wishes the new Board members well in their task of strengthening the public broadcaster and to build an SABC that will efficiently and effectively execute the mandate of informing, educating and entertaining citizens and the world.

GFC arrangements for December / Jan

GFC arrangements for December / Jan:

Dear Industry Partners -

Kindly note that the GFC will be closing on the 18th of December 2009 and we will open again on the 4th of January 2010. All shoots taking place between 14 December 2009 and 11 January 2010 are requested to submit their permit applications to Rochelle Roscoe by no later than the 17th of December 2009. Note that we will not be able to assist with permit applications between 18 Dec – 10 January 2010 so it is essential that permit applications are submitted prior to our office closing.
For all location enquiries the industry can contact myself directly preferably by e-mail but they can also get hold of me on my cell at 083 455 9688.

We also would like to remind the industry that many of our location partners will be closing offices/ running on skeleton staff during the festive period, so urge all companies to confirm shoots as soon as possible. As the GFC will be on skeleton staff we unfortunately cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist with pitches and location enquiries during this period.
Key contacts are as follows:

December 2009:

Emergencies: Tumi Ntshingila: +27 (0) 83 447 7011 and
Permit applications: Rochelle Roscoe: +27 (0)11 833 0409 and
Location enquiries: Jacques Stoltz: +27 (0) 083 455 9688 and

From 11 January 2010:

Emergencies: Jacques Stoltz: +27 (0) 083 455 9688 and
Permit applications: Puisano Phatoli: +27 (0)11 833 0409 and
Location enquiries: Puisano Phatoli: +27 (0)11 833 0409 and
Should you need to get hold of Metro Police during this period the contacts are as follows:
Johannesburg Metro Police Department: Contact Gugu or Sibongile at 011 490 1587, fax: 011 490 1864 or
Tshwane Metro Police Department: Wynand at 012 358 6470, Fax: 086 624 0827 and e-mail WynandSc@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA
Mogale Metro Police Department: Elmarie at (011) 951 2000 and'
Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department: Tel: 011 999 8659 and Fax: 086 660 4435

Wishing you a happy and safe festive season.

Kind regards,

Jacques Stoltz
Senior Marketing Manager
Gauteng Film Commission
56 Main Street, Johannesburg, 2108, South Africa
P.O. Box 61601, Marshalltown, 2107
Tel: +27 (0) 11 833 0409
Fax: +27 (0) 11 833 0282 / (0) 86 505 5773
Cell: +27 (0) 83 455 9688



We would like to inform you that the International Documentary Festival on Disability EMOTION PICTURES has uploaded the 2010 call for entries at Please note that the entry deadline is 28th February 2010 and that all entries must be documentary films on disability with a production date after 1/1/2006. This year seven prizes will be presented, each one carrying a cash award.

For more information please visit our website or contact us directly at tel: +30 210 9098 245

Best wishes,

Anna Tsirba

Emotion Pictures Festival
Secretariat General of Communication-Secretariat General of Information
Office No 110
11 Fragoudi and Al. Pantou St.
Kallithea, 101 63, Athens
Tel: (+30) 210 - 9098245
Fax: (+30) 210 - 9098036

07 December 2009

SASFED Last Meeting of the Year on Public Service Broadcasting Bill

One last, important order of business for SASFED before the close of the year is the development of its positions on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill. The deadline for submissions on the Bill is 15 January 2010.

Among the provisions of the Bill are:

alignment of public broadcasting, including community television, to a developmental state;
establishment of a fund from personal income tax and its administration by the MDDA, including for use by commercial brocasters;
organisation of the public broadcaster into public, commercial and international divisions, and including regional services and specialist channels;
interventionist powers for the Minister;
establishment of a local content advisory body and an audience advisory council.

Please attend a SASFED discussion on these and other proposals to help formulate SASFED's positions.
The discussion will provide the basis for SASFED's submission to be drafted as early as possible in the new year.

DATE: Tuesday, 15 December

TIME: 13h30

VENUE: Atlas Studios

Please reply indicating whether you will be attending or not. Email

South African Film Industry Organisations Launch a Report and Film on Copyright Barriers to Documentary Film in South Africa.

South African Film Industry Organisations, including SASFED member organisations the DFA and WoS together with the American University Launch a Report and Film on Copyright Barriers to Documentary Film in South Africa.

Please click here for the attached press release issued by two of our member industry organisations who have been working together with the American University on Copyright issues. Some good news from a pro-active industry for a change, to end of the year.

06 December 2009

Civil society responds to the shift in deadline for submissions to 15 January 2010 on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill

SOS: Supporting Public Broadcasting, previously Save our SABC: Reclaiming our Public Broadcaster

Civil society responds to the shift in deadline for submissions to 15 January 2010 on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill

4 December 2009

The “Save our SABC” Campaign representing a number of trade unions including COSATU, COSATU affiliates CWU and CWUSA, FEDUSA and BEMAWU; independent producer organisations including the South African Screen Federation (SASFED); and a host of NGOs and CBOs including the Freedom of Expression Institute, Media Monitoring Africa, the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the National Community Radio Forum; as well as a number of academic and independent experts welcome the fact that the Department of Communications has shifted the deadlines for comment on the Bill from 7 December 2009 to 15 January 2010. However, we do note that this extension is over the Christmas period and this certainly significantly hampers our ability to research, debate and consult on the issues raised by the Bill. We had originally asked for an extension until the end of March 2010.

However, one sector will certainly benefit from the extension – the community media sector. This gives members of the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) representing 105 stations nation-wide and a 150 communication activists from civil society organisations an opportunity to gather in Upington, Northern Cape next week at the Media Mindblast conference to develop a shared response to the Bill.

The Coalition notes again that this Bill introduces fundamental policy shifts that seek to transform the landscape of broadcasting in the country. This potentially impacts on every citizen in South Africa either as a tax payer or as a viewer or listener of TV or radio. We reiterate that some of the fundamental policy shifts include:

1. The Bill aligns broadcasting to the “developmental goals of the Republic” and the developmental state. Previously broadcasting was aligned to the Constitution.

2. The Bill introduces fundamental shifts to the broadcasting funding environment. It calls for the scrapping of TV licence fees and for amendments to the Income Tax Act, 1962, to ensure that up to 1% of personal income tax is set aside for public broadcasting.

3. In terms of funding, it introduces a new Public Service Broadcasting Fund to be administered by the Media Development and Diversity Agency, requiring that the MDDA Act is amended. The Fund is mandated to finance a wide-ranging set of functions, including the public service division of the SABC (together with regional television and international broadcasting services), content development, community broadcasting services, and signal distribution. The MDDA at present funds small commercial and community media and is specifically barred from getting involved in editorial independence issues.

4. The Bill introduces far-reaching new powers for the Minister of Communications. The Minister can now issue directives to the SABC and community media on “any matter connected to public service broadcasting” if the entity is unable to “perform its functions as prescribed in this Act”.

5. Previously the SABC was split into two divisions – public and public-commercial. The SABC is now to be divided into three separate divisions – public, commercial and international.

6. Sentech has now been designated as the common signal distribution carrier, requiring amendments to the Electronic Communications Act, 2005.

7. Finally, and importantly, community media’s role has now been reconceptualised. A new Charter has been introduced for the community media sector specifying the ways in which the community media sector needs to be organised. Further, the Bill ensures community media forge partnerships with their local municipalities.

In light of these major policy shifts the Coalition still calls for a proper policy review process including a review of the Broadcasting White Paper, 1998. In line with sound law making practices we believe that the policy review process should proceed the drafting of new legislation.

The Coalition will certainly respond to the new deadline of the 15th of January but ideally we still believe that the deadline should be shifted to the very minimum to mid February 2010 to allow for a genuinely consultative process. We still believe the present process is unnecessarily rushed and we are still not certain as to the reasons. People can sign up on the Media Monitoring Africa website to call for a less rushed, proper policy review process on

Finally, we once again respectfully request access to the research done by the Department of Communications that informed the proposals in this Bill. We feel that this will better facilitate our understanding of the thinking behind the proposals put forward in the Bill.

For more information please contact:

Kate Skinner – (082) 926-6404
Tawana Kupe – (078) 459-6041
William Bird – (082) 887-1370

Call for Submissions: Jan Vrijman Fund

04 December 2009

Dear documentary filmmaker,
IDFA's Jan Vrijman Fund supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art.

Entry regulations
The deadline to submit a project for the first selection round of 2010 is 15 January 2010. Please note that the Fund has decided to change the deadlines and the regulations starting from 2010. For the new regulations, the online entry form and frequently asked questions please visit our website. Please note that there are different regulations and documents required for every category. All documents can be sent attached in an e-mail to

Submit with MyIDFA
In order to submit a project to the Jan Vrijman Fund, you need a MyIDFA user account. With this account you can submit projects to the Jan Vrijman Fund, as well as to IDFA, Docs for Sale and the FORUM. The Jan Vrijman Fund entry form will be available from 15 December. Login with your existing account or register for MyIDFA on the website.

For more information feel free to contact Jan Vrijman Fund producer Mélanie de Vocht at

05 December 2009

Jamaica looking for Co-Production Treaty with SA

DAC has received correspondence from the ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture in Jamaica, expressing interest in collaborating with South Africa in the area of film, and particularly initiating talks around the possibility of a co-production treaty with that country.

I would like to request SASFED/DFA through the considerable network of members and associates to put this out there and find out if anyone would know of any activity of interest happening in Jamaica re Film, and if South Africa could derive benefits from such a partnership with Jamaica.

Email the DFA with any suggestions or questions on

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We are aware of the diveristy of minorities in your country, that's why we propose you our services. So if you need some french voices for your spécifics recordings or that you simply want to add more voices in your voice list, just think about us !

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04 December 2009

Mexico International Film Festival

The Mexico International Film Festival is excited to announce our annual Call for Submissions for film and screenplay projects!

The festival will be held May 28th - May 30th, 2010 on the serene and beautiful Baja Coast of Mexico.

The MIFF is committed to bringing the best independent cinema from around the world to Mexico. In addition to screening compelling and diverse contemporary independent cinema, the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival will attract international filmmakers, producers, and artists from around the world.

The Mexico International Film Festival features premiere screenings, award ceremonies, seminars, a screenplay competition and, of course, gorgeous beaches, delicious food, incredible nightlife, and all that make Baja, Mexico one of the most unique and exotic vacation destinations in the world.
Awards are given in several categories including Feature, Documentary, Short, Animation, Music Video, Student, Direction, Acting and Screenwriting.

The Grand Jury Prize will be presented to the best film in competition as selected by a jury of industry professionals.

The prestigious Golden Palm awards will be presented to the best film in each of the main competitive categories along with Special Jury Prizes and the Award for the Best First-Time Filmmaker.

Filmmaker panels provide audience members and film-lovers the opportunity to learn from and directly engage some of the brightest independent filmmakers, writers and actors from around the world.

Interactive question and answer sessions, round-table discussions, and seminars explore the craft and creative process of cinema, as well as the business of making, financing, and distributing a film.

And be sure not to miss our unique opening night Filmmakers' Beach Party!
The Screenplay Competition for the Mexico International Film festival is now accepting entries in all screenplay genres and lengths!

Ten scripts will be recognized as Finalists in the Competition along with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners.

Cash prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Winners will have the opportunity to have their work forwarded to our talent management and agency partners. Finalists and Winners will be featured on our website and in our annual Press Release announcing the Winners of the Competition.

American Independents Competition
International Competition
World Cinema Competition
Documentary Competition
Short Film Competition
Best of Mexico
Student Filmmakers Competition
Music Video Competition
Animation Competition
Children's Film Competition
Screenplay Competition
Television Pilots

SA Première - "The Order Of Myths" and Workshop on the use of Copyrighted material in Documentary Film in South Africa with leading global experts.

Dear Friends of the DFA,

Apologies for those not in Gauteng next week, this event is unfortunately only Gauteng based.

The Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA), Women of the Sun (WoS), and American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Center for Social Media, American University, invite you to a special 2-day workshop and film screening focusing around the issue of expanding the utility of copyright “users’ rights” for documentary filmmaking.

Please see attached flyer for this film, and feel free to pass on this e-mail to others you feel may benefit.

More information and registration information at

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Gauteng Film Commission, the City of Johannesburg, Underdog and most recently the NFVF, this workshop will feature the launch of Untold Stories in South Africa: The Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Film, the final report of a year-long study of rights clearance and documentary film in South Africa.

The workshop will begin with a public screening and discussion with the director of The Order of Myths, a documentary that explores race, music and celebration at Alabama’s Mardi Gras, and which benefitted from a project in the U.S. working with filmmakers to understand users’ rights under copyright law. Click here to learn more about the film.

The following two days at, workshops will be conducted on how South African filmmakers can use and expand users’ rights under South Africa’s copyright law. All of the events are open to the public and FREE of charge for members of DFA, WoS and BFN. There is a minimal charge for others to attend the Workshops to cover catering. The Opening and film screening is FREE to all.

Thursday 10th December - 19h00 - 22h00
Film Screening and Discussion with Director: The Order of Myths
A Film by Margaret Brown

Venue: The Laager Theatre at the Market Theatre - Newtown
FREE to ALL including Drinks and Snacks

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December - Registration at 09h30 - Workshop form 10h00 - 17h30
Workshop Day 1: User’s Rights Under South Africa’s Copyright Law: What are They and How Can Filmmakers Use Them? Workshop Day 2: Expanding the Utility of Users’ Rights: Implementing the Recommendations of the Cape Town Workshop on Copyright Clearance and Free Expression, March 2009.

Venue: “SAB World Of Beer” Conference Venue – Newtown
FREE to DFA, WOS or BFN members and invited guests, a subsidised fee of R80 for others can be paid at entrance, includes lunch, and refreshments.


Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Author of Copyright Law (2006) and Director of the Fair Use and Public Media Project.
Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
Andrew Rens, Intellectual Property Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation, Legal Lead for Creative Commons South Africa, co-founder and director of The African Commons Project
Marc Schwinges, National Treasurer for the Documentary Filmmakers' Association, National Board Member and Head of Communications for the South African Screen Federation & Independent Producer - Underdog Productions
Eve Rantseli, Executive Officer: Women Of the Sun and Vice Chairperson: The South African Screen Federation
Margaret Brown, Independent Filmmaker from the USA
Freddy Ogterop, Visual History Archive, University of Cape Town, Author of Audiovisual Audit Report: The South African Liberation Struggle

Please RSVP ASAP by using the online registration form at: and don't miss out!

Note: This was pre-released to paid members on Monday this week, and to people who attended the March Workshops in Cape Town, apologies for duplication to these people, please RSVP urgently

02 December 2009

SASFED presentation at the NFVF Indaba

On Thursday the 26th of November 2009, SASFED Co-Chair - Kgomotso Matsunyane gave a presentation for SASFED at the NFVF Indaba, which was witnessed by the department of Arts and Culture, the NFVF and extensive members of the industry. The Power-Point given is attached here... and worth the read. A PDF version of the document can be found here.

27 November 2009

DFA Board Meeting Agendas

As part of an ongoing effort to keep our members up to date and in touch with what the DFA is doing it was decided at the previous board meeting in October to publish the agenda of every meeting so that our members can see what issues we are tackling and what our current activities are. You are welcome to email your comments or questions on any of the agenda items to and they will be included in the next board meetings review of the previous meetings minutes.

Here is a copy of November's agenda:

Tuesday 24 November 2009


Date: Tuesday 24th November 2009

Time: 14h00 – 17h00

Meeting will be linked via SKYPE


Cape Town – Plexus Films - 6 Vine Street, Gardens

Theresa Meyer: Co Secretary

Dylan Vally: Youth Portfolio

Additional Invited Members Cape Town:

Johannesburg – Underdog Boardroom, 92 3rd Ave, Melville

Marc Schwinges: Treasurer

Pascal Schmitz: Co-Secretary

Additional Invited Members Johannesburg:


Not present


Ingrid Gavshon: Co-Chair

Llewelyn Roderick: Deputy Chair - Cape Town

Matome Senyolo: Deputy Chair

Lauren Groenewald – Co-Chair


Ayanda Mncwabo: Regional Portfolio

Khalid Shamis: DFA & IPO liaison

Minute Taker CT –

Theresa Meyer

Linking Via Skype at will start exactly at 14h10. Please ensure you have already shared with


Timekeeper allocated.

  1. Welcome & Apologies - LG & MS – 2 min
  2. Review of previous board minutes / action points / updates / member comments or questions
    • DTI Rebate & DTI BBEEE Meeting in Cape Town
    • Ethiopian Film Festival
    • DocloveCapeTown & JHB
    • Membership Benefits Update
    • Non-Payment letter for members owed monies by SABC
    • Calendar of festivals and budget for DTI to sponsor trips
    • Research on SABC Local Content
    • DFA Facebook Group
    • DAC Ministers Meeting
    • Save our SABC/ Open Society Foundation Roundtable
    • SOS - Name change / NGO re-structure
    • South American filmmakers partnership
    • Department of Labour meeting with SASFED / IPO
    • Member Research
    • DFA Members Database status / Directory Lock Off
    • IPO status TPA migration push
    • TVIEC update
    • Regional Profile Update
    • Training & Educational Link & Profile
  3. NFVF market sponsorship subcommittee feedback
  4. DFA applying for funds from both the NFVF and Lottery
  5. DFA hosting a funding and distribution seminar
  6. NFVF Value charter
  7. DFA/WOS IP event on 11&12 December
  8. Feedback from Mrac Scwinges on Gauteng Film Friendly event
  9. Feedback from Marc Schwinges on presidential meeting with creative industry
  10. Feedback from Pascal Schmitz on WoS distribution and funding seminar
  11. Other business

25 November 2009



Johannesburg, 24 November 2009-The SABC is pleased to announce that the Government has approved its application for a Government Guarantee for R1.473 billion for the corporation.
The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan has stated that the Guarantee will be released in tranches, with a draw down of R1billion available immediately, and the release of the remaining R473 million dependent on the development of a detailed project plan by the SABC committing the public broadcaster to explicit revenue targets and cost cutting measures to enable effective oversight and monitoring of projections by Government. Minister Gordhan has highlighted that these undertakings should be captured in a Shareholder’s Compact to be signed by the new Board of the SABC and the Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda within three months of their appointment to facilitate oversight and monitoring.

The Chairperson of the Interim Board of the SABC says the granting of the Guarantee is evidence of the commitment by Government to public broadcasting in South Africa .

“I would like to thank both the Ministers of Communications and Finance for the support they have given the SABC to assist the Corporation in applying for the Guarantee. The Government Guarantee together with the October approval in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) of an additional R200m will enable the SABC to begin the turnaround to developing a vibrant and viable public broadcasting service responsive to the needs of all South Africans”.
“The SABC incurred a loss of over R900 million at the end of March this year and the application by the Corporation is aimed at both paying back creditors and implementing a turnaround strategy. As stated in Parliament recently, the SABC Interim Board has started the process of identifying cost cutting measures and putting inplace governance systems to guard against wasteful expenditure. It will be up to a new Board to develop in depth strategies to effect a turnaround.”


Media Enquries
Kaizer Kganyago
SABC Spokesperson
082 306 8888