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.

27 February 2009


By Tharwat 

PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FEST, PAThe Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is seeking submissions. Producers state: The Philadelphia Independent Film. ... tough, and raw; MusicDocumentaries: documentaries with a music concentration, all forms of music, experimental approaches encouraged; Real-time Documentaries; Special Features: do not fit in the typical genre-based model; Political Films: should raise legitimate political questions and/or provide information on ...

25 February 2009

Oscar winner has Salem roots

Documentarian wins for film of girl with cleft lip


February 24, 2009
Just being one of four nominated for an Oscar in the short-documentary category was a huge honor, said former Salem resident Megan Mylan — but "it sure was fun to win."
A day after accepting the Academy Award and operating on three hours of sleep, Mylan spoke about her win with the Statesman Journal from Los Angeles as she was about to catch a red-eye flight to New York City, where she now lives.

Her film, "Smile Pinki," tells the story of an Indian girl whose life changes dramatically after she undergoes surgery for a cleft lip. The child, now 8, attended the Oscar ceremony with Mylan, as did surgeon Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh and Mylan's family — father Jack, mother Irene, and sister Julie Mylan.

"I felt so clearly that it was not just a reward for my filmmaking but an acknowledgement of their humanity, their generosity and what Dr. Subodh did," said Mylan, 39. "It was all of us walking up there; I was representing everyone."

Mid-Valley residents will have a chance to get to know Mylan and her work better in late April. She expects to appear at the Salem Film Festival, she confirmed for the first time Monday.

"That's my plan, although life as a documentarian is never 100 percent certain," Mylan said.

Her mother, Irene Mylan, said post-Oscar parties had kept the family up late.

"We're too old to stay out until 4 in morning," she said a little ruefully earlier in the day.

Irene Mylan said she had just come from a photo shoot with Megan and Pinki, 8.

"(Pinki) only speaks Hindi, but we found a generous couple who translated for us," Irene Mylan said. "She's very poised for an 8-year-old and has an engaging personality."

Irene Mylan said her daughter accepted the Oscar while wearing a red dress of four-ply silk that had been designed by Megan's grandmother, Julia Principe Mylan, in the 1930s.

The grandmother died at 95 a few months ago and didn't get to see her granddaughter's moment of glory, Irene said.

Although the Mylan family moved to Texas after Megan finished elementary school, Jack and Irene Mylan kept their home in southeast Salem, and they return to visit each summer.

Jack was a longtime law professor at Willamette University until moving on to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He since has retired.

Irene still owns a consignment clothing business in Dallas.

Loretta Miles, the owner of Salem Cinema, had booked "Smile Pinki" for the Salem Film Festival, which will take place April 17-26. She was delighted to hear that Megan Mylan would be able to fit an appearance into her schedule.

Megan Mylan was a featured speaker at the 2006 Salem Film Festival, when she showed her film "Lost Boys of Sudan" and spoke before a crowded house at the Historic Elsinore Theatre.

"Megan has a very unique style of filmmaking, which comes across as passionate and compassionate," Miles said. or (503) 399-6699

Oscar winner has Salem roots

Local festival calls for independent film entries

By Amy Hotz

Published: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 7:50 a.m. 
Last Modified: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 11:33 a.m.

Now is the time to send in your submissions for the Cape Fear Independent Film Network's ninth annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival.

Short films on any genre, 41 minutes in length or less, are accepted.

Submissions must be made on NTSC DVD or VHS and sent by following instructions

The deadline is March 13 and the fee is $35.

The late deadline is March 27 with a $45 fee.

The extended deadline is April 3 for a $60 fee.

North Carolina residents and those who have made a film in North Carolina get $10 of any entry fee.

Wilmington and Cape Fear region filmmakers may submit out-of-competition works at no charge.

The Film Festival will be held May 1-3.

There will be a $1,000 grand prize for best short as well as individual category prizes.

For more information, go to or call 538-4468.

Call for Submissions: Brooklyn International Film Festival

Posted on February 24, 2009 by utdoccenter

The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF), is an International, competitive festival for and by independent film makers. BIFF mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent film makers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn.
CATEGORIES: Feature, Documentary, Short, Experimental, Animation
AWARDS: $80,000 in services, products, and cash.
FINAL DEADLINE: March 15, 2009 (posted by)
FILM FESTIVAL DATES: June 5-14, 2009


The Bronx Independent Film Festival is seeking submissions. Producers state: “The Bronx Independent Film Festival promotes the cultural and artistic vitality of The Bronx by celebrating its place in film history and the spirit and passion of the independent filmmaker.” Maggie Krupka, festival registrar. Festival runs June 17-20, 2009 in The Bronx, NY.

Seeking-Film Submissions: short films (30 minutes or less) and features (30 minutes or more), including narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental.

Send film submissions to BXFF/Bronx Stage & Film, PO Box 580-179, Bronx, NY 10458; include a synopsis. Regular deadline is March 31; late deadline is May 1. If your film is chosen for screening, you will be notified no later than June 1. To download an entry form, visit; for festival submission guidelines, visit For more info, visit Submission fees are as follows: $10 (shorts) and $20 (features) for regular deadline; $15 (shorts) and $30 (features) for late deadline. Make checks payable to The Bronx Stage & Film Company or pay online via PayPal. $1,000 awarded for Best Film (Narrative, Animation, or Experimental) and $1,000 awarded for Best Documentary.

24 February 2009

CINE Film Competition Call for Entries

We would like you and the members of the Documentary Filmmakers Association to know about our annual film competition, where we give awards to outstanding works in film, video and media art. This is a great chance for young and independent filmmakers to get their films out there and to be appreciated for their work.
We are currently accepting entries and would appreciate it if you could post this information on your website or your facebook wall:

CINE is now accepting entries for the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Film & Video Competition. For over fifty years, CINE has recognized excellence in film and video production. Many of the most prominent members of the film industry have received the CINE Golden Eagle Award, including Steven Spielberg, Ken Burns, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, Mira Nair, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, and many more.

You have until March 2, 2009 to submit your entry. For additional information and entry forms, visit

Contact: CINE

Phone: 202-785-1136 or E-Mail:

Thank you,

Mira-Sophie Potten