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20 August 2009

Sichuan TV Festival

ENCOUNTERS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL and the DFA met with the representatives of the SICHUAN TV FESTIVAL in Cape Town to discuss how South African documentary films can become more visible at this prominent Asian Festival. The team from the SICHUAN TV FESTIVAL 2009 have expressed a great interest in accessing South African content made by South African filmmakers. It is their hope to grow and broaden the relationship between Chinese and South African documentary filmmakers as well as developing innovative storytelling techniques through documentary film.

The SICHUAN TV FESTIVAL (SCTVF) has been held successfully for nine sessions since 1991. The International "Gold Panda" Awards for Documentary is core to the Sichuan TV Festival. The competition features three categories:Anthropology, Society and Nature and Environment. Through the competition, the festival aims to bring together contemporary documentaries and filmmakers to advance and create a platform for Chinese and international filmmakers to communicate and cooperate. The competition aims to explore the diversity and development of culture and also has a strong interest in man and his environment.

The Festival has extended the deadline for DFA members and other South African filmmakers to 10 September 2009 to facilitate a strong African/ South African participation in the Festival.

More information about the 2009 Sichuan TV festival can be found on

International “Gold Panda” Awards for Documentary
2009 (10th) Sichuan TV Festival
November 6th - 8th,2009
Chengdu · Sichuan· China
Entry Deadline: 10 September 200

People to People Documentary Conference '09

Dear Documentarians

Following on the successful inauguration of the People to People International Documentary Conference in 2007, the biennial conference is scheduled in 2009 for 10, 11, 12 September.
About People to People

People to People arises from the need to deepen and develop the critical role of documentary in South Africa, Africa and the South.

The documentary conference has proven to uniquely extend the role of documentary film in engaging the interests and concerns of society. This conference intends to stimulate the promotion of the power of the genre in this part of the world.

The local context of People to People

The inaugural event occurred at a time of great hope and anticipation as the South African documentary industry seemed on the cusp of significant and sustainable growth. The conference programme reflected this sentiment and sessions evoked a dynamic response from delegates.

The conference organisers are certain that this year’s conference will inspire the same passion from participants even though the context for documentary is now radically different.

The global recession has amplified cracks in public broadcasting and decimated many potential sources of funding for the genre. At the same time the film industry is adapting to an ongoing revolution as various technologies reshape the way we think about the medium.

We operate, as in the old Chinese curse, in interesting times.

The documentary genre needs a new footing and this year’s conference aims to get the ball rolling through discussions on practical and viable solutions for the industry, led by industry practitioners.

Even though industry stimulus and salvation measures are a key focus of this year’s conference, attention has not been diverted from the craft we are determined to secure. Documentary film has the power to stimulate public dialogue, raise critical consciousness and make civil society a force to be reckoned with. Stories that represent the diversity of human experience have an obvious value and need to be cultivated, disseminated and preserved.

South African practitioners will be joined by a host of acclaimed international guests from the Middle-East, North America, Europe and elsewhere in Africa. Their experiences will offer delegates a holistic view of the genre in a global context.

Due to limited space prior registration is essential, book now to secure a place at South Africa's only dedicated documentary conference.