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.

07 August 2009

Reise and Soetkyse Short Film Competition


4 August 2009


We are proud to announce a new South African short film competition: The Reise & Soetkyse Short Film Competition.

This competition is designed to offer both aspiring filmmakers and
established filmmakers the opportunity to create and showcase short films.

Films of no longer than 3 minutes in duration will be accepted. Films can be in any genre, but the only requirement is that the films submitted must have a travel theme.

Closing date for submissions is 18 September 2009.

The 8 best films will be short listed and will be shown on Reise & Soetkyse on kykNET in October and November 2009. Three finalists will be selected. These films will again be broadcast on 29 November and a winner will be announced.

First Prize R10 000

Second Prize R 7 500

Third prize R 5 000

For more information and entry forms contact or visit Tel +27-12-333-9891

A selection of films not making the final 8 will from time to time be broadcast on Reise & Soetkyse in 2010.

Eugene Botha: 083 289 0190

Executive Producer: Reise & Soetkyse

Anna Teichert: 083 417 7027

Executive Producer: Reise & Soetkyse

Environmental documentary about household waste to be shown at The Labia, CPT

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, a feature documentary about the environmental impact of the huge amount of rubbish we produce in our households every day, will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 16 August at 6:15pm, on Monday 17 August at 8:30pm and on Tuesday 18 August at 8:30pm.

Concerned for the future of his new baby boy Sebastian, writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. From the plastic bags they use to the water they drink out of bottles, from the air pollution they create when transporting the kids around to using lights at Christmas, the McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet.

"Household waste is a huge factor in the degradation of our environment. There is an unspoken and ongoing acceptance of extraneous packaging, for instance, mostly in the name of branding, resulting in tons and tons of garbage that we really can do without and this is visually portrayed in the film," Nisker explains.

"Society is tired of waiting for slow moving politicians and corporations to implement change, but the truth is we don't need to wait. From the bottom up, the time has come to change our own worlds starting at home and to send a message to the polluters that we have all chosen a green path. Viewing Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home empowers audiences to make those changes, now, by making simple lifestyle choices," says Nisker.

Everyday life under a microscope has never been so revealing. By the end of this trashy odyssey, you are truly inspired to revolutionise your lifestyle for the sake of future generations.

The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at 021 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by The Labia and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.

The Labia:
021 424 5927

While You Were Sleeping:
Andreas Sp├Ąth
084 772 1056

05 August 2009


Our industry is facing a bigger crisis than we ever imagined. The SABC’s turn-around strategy involves cutting their expenditure on local production by up to R500-million over the next year. As an industry we are facing our biggest challenge yet.

2008 RFP’s delayed, 2009 RFP’s frozen, re-commissions deferred, productions cancelled… The combination of the above is part of the proposed turn-around strategy being proposed and, as far as we aware, implemented.

This is an urgent call to all TVIEC members, production houses, actors, crew, post-producers, musicians and concerned members of the industry to join us for an emergency mass meeting of the TVIEC. We need to report back on our meetings with the communications minister, the minister’s task team, the interim SABC board and SABC management. Together we need to decide on our response to the crisis we are facing.

We also need you to bring any details you have of your company’s unsuccessful dealings with SABC on matters of insurance, asset registry and outstanding final payments.

Please drop everything and attend this crucial meeting – and forward this mail to anyone who might want to attend. Our future depends on it.


DATE: Thursday 6 August 2009

TIME: 4pm

VENUE: Atlas Studios, Milpark, Johannesburg (secure parking available)