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: www.docfilmsa.com Membership applications can be made through the website here.

27 August 2009

Documentary Films at Out in Africa Film Festival

Out in Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009 presents the following documentary films:

Chris and Don

Dirs: Guido Santi & Tina Mascara USA 2007 90min

When, in his late forties, upper class English world-renowned literary light Christopher Isherwood (Cabaret was based on his book Goodbye to Berlin) took up with fresh-faced 18-year-old Californian Don Bachardy many, even people celebrated for their liberal attitude, were shocked. Their love, however persisted, against expectation and the class and experience divide, to last 34 years until Isherwood’s death in 1986. The film truthfully explores the chronological progression of their relationship, revealing the ups and downs, the infidelities, as well as the character negotiations and unconscious imitation that happens in most marriages of this length. Told with poise and compassion through interviews, and using extraordinary archival footage and home movies that reveal Hollywood in its heyday, this gentle and beguiling film relates the depths of their enduring love.

NOMINATIONS: GLAAD Media Award 2009 - Oustanding Documentary; Gotham Awards 2008 - Best Documentary.

JHB Fri 4th / 7pm Mon 7th / 7.15pm Sat 12th / 6.15pm


Fig Trees

Dir: John Greyson Canada 2009 104min

A contemporary documentary / opera based on the activist lives of Zackie Achmat and Canadian Tim McCaskell, Greyson’s intense magnus opus is experimental theatre at its most formidable. Greyson’s film, with music by David Wall, takes a Derek Jarman-esque look at the history of the anti-retroviral wars. He borrows Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson (who together created the avant-garde opera Four Saints in Three Acts in 1934) and has them attempt to create a new opera around the lives of these two latter-day ‘saints’. The Victorian duo hunt for Achmat and McCaskell, tripping happily through genres, time, musical forms and cinematic devices, only to be ultimately confounded when neither Achmat nor McCaskell deign to do like all good saints and die. The tone is irreverent, even as the message and history of antiretroviral politics (through peppered interviews) is deadly serious. Indeed, the film will be remembered as much for its visual richness - the arresting montage, photography and use of text in shot - as for the music and story.

AWARDS: Berlin International Film Festival 2009 Teddy Award - Best Documentary

Toronto Inside Out L&G Film & Video Festival 2009 - Best Canadian Film/Video

* Greyson is a guest of the Festival, courtesy of the Canadian High Commission. He will conduct Q&As after screenings in Jozi and in CT.

JHB Sat 5th / 9pm + GUEST Wed 9th / 8.30pm + GUEST Fri 11th / 9pm


The Out in Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival takes place in:

Johannesburg : 03-13 Sept 2009 at Nu Metro Cinemas - Monte Casino

Cape Town : 10-20 Sept 2009 at Nu Metro Cinemas- V&A Waterfront

Ticket Prices: R36.00
Book online at www.numetro.co.za or call 086 11 00 220
Out in Africa may be contacted on 021 461 4027 or via email info@oia.co.za
Visit: www.oia.co.za

SABC Board Nominations

PC ON COMMUNICATIONS

Nominee/ Candidates

1.Gerbrand Bothma
2. Rafiq Rohan
3. Dyers Sam
4. Thembekile Solomon Ndlovu
5. Max Du Preez
6. Andrew George
7. Mohammed Bhabha
8. Ellen West
9. Phyllis Denis
10. Khotso Moses Khumalo
11. Udo Wolfgang
12. Joseph Peter Kgomo
13. Peter Bruno Emanual Druren
14. Pumlani John Myakayaka
15. Webster Kutsana Masvikwa
16. Mahlomula Ephraim Tebakang
17. Peter N. Ewang
18. Liesel Eiselen
19. Muhammed Fadel Hassen
20. Kenneth Harold
21. Neville Arnold Kerr Gabriel
22. Phillipa Mary Green
23. Moose Lance Merrick Gullabhai Burger
24. Sean James Bosman
25. Neil Hetheringthon
26. Ernest Jacobus Du Preez
27. David Hlahane
28. Jonathan D. Jansen
29. Ronald S. Dyers
30. Michael Lowis
31. Mahmood Mai Mia
32. Thembinkosi Shezi
33. Siphiwe Nodwele
34. Noluthando Gosa
35. Anke Keyser
36. Bheki Khumalo
37. Suzanne Christina Vos
38. Sam Shabalala
39. Erika Klopper
40. Busisiwe Cosby Mbhele
41. Malegapuru William Makgoba
42. Khehla Humphrey Kaizer Khoza
43. Hope Zinde
44. Nomusa Keninde
45. David John Leendertz
46. Lumkile Mkwalo
47. Sello Molefe
48. Goerge Mfundisi Mabalane
49. Merle Constance O’Brien
50. Motsehoa Brenda Madumise
51. Thamagana Maxwell Mojapelo
52. Govan Reddy
53. Letia Mamatedile Makabinyane
54. Pitika Ntuli
55. Gabrielle Thono Magomolo
56. Andile Milton Mbeki
57. Pearl Luci Nomvula Mathibela
58. Christom Y. Mkhize
59. Luka David Mosoma
60. Jane Schafer
61. Viwe Sidali
62. Odette Sonya Roper
63. Goodman Mpilo Simelane
64. Sibongile Shongwe
65. Ailsa Tulloch Muldermont
66. Tebogo Makgatho
67. Gordon Muller
68. Rajendra Kumar Singh
69. Thembela Ngcukaitobi
70. Mitesh Mohantal Patel
71. Paul Mpheleleng Ranyabu
72. Daniel C. A. Venter
73. William Rowland
74. Ian D. Ward
75. Matome Mahasha
76. Marimuthu Subramoney
77. David Harris Lewis
78. Cyprian Malangu Suli Mulenga
79. Celeste Mathews
80. Daniel Plaatjies
81. Dennis Bongani Mkhabela
82. Letebe Maisela
83. Shiela Onkaetso Mmusi
84. Christopher James Moerdyk
85. Bongani Richard Khumalo
86. Rendani Moses Ralinala
87. Lefadi Lucas Makibinyane
88. Rusty van Druten
89. Asodren Sean Moodley
90. Michael le Cordeur
91. Babalwa Ngonyama
92. Nonhlanhla Mabusela
93. Fredirick Johannes Kok
94. Leslie Mckenzie
95. Perumal Palium Pillay
96. Assah Hawu Mbatha
97. Haroum Moolla
98. Richard Harry Norsworthy
99. Jane Barrett
100. Mabutho Kid Sithole
101. Sybrand van der Spuy
102. Celilee Phathudi
103. Nonkosi princess Cetywayo
104. Ryland Fisher
105. Mohau Samuel Mphomela
106. Bangiso Mhlabeni
107. Peter Bayer
108. Len Konar
109. Ntebo Peri
110. Wolhuter Backer
111. Anton de Waal Albertz
112. Jeanette Minnie
113. Sikelelwa Magida
114. Philane Shangase
115. Nwabilorho Joseph Tshawane
116. Wendy van Rensburg
117. Kwanele Gumbi
118. Tina Jaxa
119. David Niddrie
120. Tumisang Reginald Kgaboesele
121. Seeng Catherine Ntsaba-Letele
122. Eric Ntlapo
123. Sithembele Khala
124. Jane Duncan
125. Solomon Bongani Ngubane
126. De Clerq Abraham Johannes
127. Adriaan Louis Riaan Theron
128. Willem Hendrik Weber
129. Clifford Gervase Saunders
130. Naeem Jeenah
131. Mohammed Moegsin Khan
132. David Zukile Rhadebe
133. John Matisson
134. Devandiren Pillay
135. Lumko Caesario
136. Neville Michael Woudberg
137. Nkanyane Makhanyingi Ernest
138. Mandla Mdludlu
139. Tselane Tambo
140. Douglas John Anderson
141. Mpho Phillip Chaka
142. Amanda Buzo-Gqoboka
143. Maishe Maponya
144. Magatho Anthony Mello
145. Conny Keseabetswe Seoposengwe
146. Martin Locke
147. Nkomotane Clifford Motsepe
148. Paul Msibi
149. Joseph Mandla Maseko
150. Zola Luxolo Fihahla
151. Pieter(Petrus Jacobs Andreas) Fourie
152. Evert van Wyk
153. Jack Howard Phalane
154. Gladstone Sandi Baai
155. Janine Moolman
156. Mava Dada
157. Mpho Tsedu
158. Michelle Tager
159. Morutse Edward Tsoane
160. Themba Ximba
161. Mofele Raylock Phokanoka
162. Mazibuko Kanyiso Jara
163. William Gumede
164. Mpumi Gaba
165. Bennitto Motitsoe
166. Lieza Louw
167. Wandile Gxabuza
168. Michael John McCoy
169. Nothemba Simelela
170. Mabogale Oscar Phasha
171. Zoleka Magaret Languza
172. Amrichand Nanackchand
173. Doug Anderson
174. Sembie Danana
175. Clement Mannya
176. Ndyebo Grootboom
177. Faisal Ismail Suliman
178. Elizabeth Mobentle Smith
179. Mbulaheni Obert Maguvhe
180. Thamagana Mojapelo
181. Clare Frances O’Neil
182. Phembelani Mphaphathi
183. Kendall Petersen
184. Vukile Charles Mehana
185. Gazi Paulos Msibi
186. Thobile Nokulunga Margerman
187. Lionel Jean Michel
188. Tsepo Abraham Mosito
189. Hellen Kentse Makgae
190. Tinyiko Samuel Maluleke
191. Khensani Tinyiko Makhobela
192. Omar Moosa
193. Desmond Golding
194. Devi Rajab
195. Lynette Steenveld
196. Isaac Shongwe
197. Barbara Masekela
198. Bulelwa Mfinyezi
199. Christina Landman
200. Danfred James Titus
201. Shadrack Bokaba
202. Van Zly Slabbert
203. Judi Nwokedi
204. Charlene Deacon
205. Glenn Masokoane
206. Baldwin Sipho Ngubane
207. Val Pauquet
208. Lumko Mtimde
209. Shaun Harry
210. Zoyisile Patrick Fefeza
211. Tanja Estella Bosch
212. Ahmed C. Bawa
213. Peter John Harris
214. Nomalanga Rinah Jacquelene Djoge
215. Feleng Lorraine Sekha
216. Cedric Sabelo Gina
217. William Gumede
218. Christopher James Moerdyk
219. Welcome Nzimande(late submission)
220. Zama Qambi(late submission)
221. Bewyn Enver Petersen(late submission)
222. Nikkie Van den Berg
223. Freek Robinson
224. Margot Liuyt
225. Amanda Strydom
226. Mimi Coertse
227. Mamphele Rampele
228. Tim Modise
229. Mark Shuttleworth
230. Johan Botha
231. Gcina Mhlophe
232. Crain Sondien
233. John Pedman
234. Dannie Jordaan
235. Karel Schoeman
236. Barry Ronge
237. Antjie Krogh

Out in Africa - Opening Night and Related Parties


OUT IN AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL

JHB - Nu Metro, Montecasino - 3rd to 13th September
CT - Nu Metro, V&A Waterfront - 10th to 20th September

For the first time in a long time, Opening Night tickets are being sold as a fund raising drive – R100 per ticket. Opening night in Jozi is on 3rd September at Nu Metro, Montecasino and in CT on 10th September at Nu Metro, V&A Waterfront. We are delighted that Pieter-Dirk Uys will be our Speaker at both these events. The festival opens with the 2007 Spanish feature Spinnin' (6 Billion Different People) by Eusebio Pastrana. This is the Spaniards at their wacky best – an exuberant award winning film set in Madrid.

PRE-FESTIVAL & CLOSING PARTIES IN JHB We have two parties for you - one pre-Festival (hosted by V2 Experience) and one end of Festival (hosted by Citrus Lounge and Clique Events). Details below:

JHB pre-festival party on 29th August:
Host: V2 EXPERIENCE

Price: R50

Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 9:00pm to 4am

Location: 38 Roger Street Selby (Lemon8) (Corn Webber and Roger Street)
Johannesburg Phone: 083 862 5157
Email: matlotlo@vulavala.co.za


V2 says Express Yourself this time: Come as your Favourite Celebrity or your Favourite Movie Star or just as you - a prize will be given to those who make the effort to look different. This event is inspired by a book by Russel Simmons "DO YOU" - Russell Simmons is one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years” - a “hip-hop pioneer” - his groundbreaking vision has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. Russell Simmons has been instrumental in bringing the powerful influence of hip-hop culture to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s. From producing and/or managing such early hip-hop artists as Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Whodini and the Beastie Boys to signing seminal luminaries like Jay Z, Foxy Brown and Ludacris, Simmons’ groundbreaking vision was crystallized with partner Rick Rubin in the creation of the seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984


Almost end of Festival Party: DON'T STOP DANCING TILL YOU REACH THE TOP ! Hosted by Citrus Lounge & Clique Events: See Picture

The Henley International Film Festival


THE-HIFF

The HIFF host an international documentary film festival in the UK and are seeking entries from Southern Africa for our 2010 event.

www.the-hiff.co.uk
richard@the-hiff.co.uk

"Documentary films to inspire audiences "

The 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture


The fourth World Summit on Arts and Culture, a project of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), will take place in Johannesburg from 22-25 September, hosted by the National Arts Council of South Africa. Mike van Graan, Programme Director for the Summit and Head of the Arterial Network’s Secretariat will write this weekly column in the build up to the Summit, raising some of the themes and provocative issues that will be debated at the event. With many on the Arterial Network database attending the World Summit, these columns will be sent to the database with the first four sent daily basis this week, after which they will be distributed weekly when they are published.


Two of the primary divides in the world today are poverty and culture. Culture has probably overtaken poverty as one of the greatest threats to global security. The recent debate about banning the burkha in France and the rise of nationalism in Europe generally, are responses to perceived threats from immigrant communities with a culture different to that of the status quo, and irrespective of even the middle class positions of many within the immigrant community. Similarly, while they share the misery of poverty, refugees from Somalia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and the under-classes of South Africa are divided by culture, accounting for the ongoing xenophobic violence.

In a post-9/11 world, and with the Cold War and its ideological divides now assigned to the scrapheap of history, culture is the primary global faultline.

The World Summit on Arts and Culture – held every three years in a different country – will be held in a so-called developing country, and in Africa, for the first time. The event provides a unique opportunity for policy makers, funding agencies, development organisations, artists’ networks, think tanks and multilateral cultural bodies to reflect on the state of the world and its implications for the arts over the ensuing few years.

Such a global gathering allows for key debates to be initiated, for visionary ideas to be launched and for networks to be consolidated so that the Summit is not be an end in itself, but a catalyst that will leave a lasting legacy for the global arts fraternity, and in this instance, for the African arts sector in particular.

South Africa has long been regarded as a microcosm of the world: wealthy elite on the one hand and a huge underclass burdened by poverty on the other, with the inherent tensions within and between these further layered by racial and cultural conflicts.

It is an appropriate time and place for a global gathering on the theme of the Summit: Meeting of Cultures: Creating Meaning through the Arts, a theme that resonates across a world that is increasingly divided by values, beliefs, religion, traditions and history – in short, by culture.

What do these cultural divides mean for the arts?

Music, theatre, dance, literature, film and the visual arts are seen by some policy makers and politicians as possible bridges between cultures, as safe, non-threatening points of entry into understanding “other” and as facilitators of “intercultural dialogue”.

Yet, the arts can also play a divisive role, reinforcing cultural faultlines as shown by the literature of Salman Rushdie or movies that spark protests by Christian groups or the drawings of a Danish cartoonist or exhibitions that depict religious icons as gay. What effect will the political imperative and the need for social cohesion across cultural divides have on the arts if they are burdened with facilitating intercultural dialogue? To help to make the world a safer place, are public authorities demanding “safe” art?

Many artists hate being – or feeling - conscripted for any cause, even ones they believe in. If they are to use their creative skills for “the public good”, then they want to choose to do this, or not. On the other hand, politicians, government officials, development agencies and public funding bodies often give the impression that when artists or arts projects are supported with public funds, it is legitimate to expect them to align their creative work with the “national interests”, as defined by those who inhabit political power at the time. In an increasingly security-conscious world in which culture is one of the roots of global tensions, is it acceptable for artists to be “conscripted” in the cause of building intercultural communities at local, national and international levels?

What would this mean for South Africa? What if the NAC makes available funds for artists to create art that rejects xenophobia and that affirms good relations with refugees from other African countries? This would be considered in the interests of the greater public good. But what if an artist decides to make an art work that calls for the country’s borders to be closed to foreigners in order for government first to address the needs of impoverished South Africans? Should the artist be prevented from receiving public funds to create this art because it is not consistent with “the national interests”?

For further information about the World Summit, see www.artsummit.org

EuroDoc 2010


NEW CALL FOR EURODOC 2010


If you are looking for in-depth analysis of a specific documentary film project, testing its appeal and potential abroad, advice and follow-up on complex budgeting and financing, legal and practical, business aspects of co-productions,
If you are looking for strong contacts in the field of docs throughout Europe & beyond, enter your project for EURODOC 2010 & JOIN THE NETWORK !

EURODOC is a training programme specifically designed for co-producing creative documentaries at the international level.
Producing documentaries requires increasingly more funding which is difficult to find at national level whatever the size of the country.
Today EURODOC is a strong & influent network, which gathers more than 525 professionals from 45 countries. It has become indispensable in enabling its members to cope with the rapid changes in the documentary sector.

Within a seven month period, 30 independent producers as well as Commissioning Executives from Europe and abroad*will have the opportunity to participate in a training cycle of 3 one-week sessions led by experienced tutors and experts who play an important part in the current audiovisual and documentary field.

In 2010, these 3 one-weeks sessions will be :
SESSION 1 – Development / march 2010 – SLOVENIA
SESSION 2 – Budgetisation, Financing, & Packaging / june 2010 – ROMANIA
SESSION 3 – Meeting the Commissioning Editors / september 2010 – HUNGARY

*NEW : EURODOC opens up to the World
Since 2009, we set up EURODOC International to welcome non-European professionals to the EURODOC workshops.
For 2010, 5 producers from ‘third countries’ will be selected to follow EURODOC International 2010, thanks to the support of the preparatory action MEDIA International & The Jan Vrijman Fund.

APPLICATION DEADLINE > November 9, 2009

For more information about EURODOC visit our website : www.eurodoc-net.com
Contact : Marie-Sophie Decout // Tel. +33 4 67 60 23 30 // eurodoc@wanadoo.fr

EURODOC
4 rue Astruc
34000 Montpellier
Tel : 33 (0) 4 67 60 23 30
Fax : 33 (0) 4 67 60 80 46

The EURODOC programme is supported by the MEDIA programme of the European Community, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Procirep (France) and the partners of the welcoming countries. The first session will be organized in Slovenia with the support of the Slovenian Film Fund. DocuMENTOR will bring together partners in order to welcome the second session of EURODOC 2010 in Timisoara. The third one will surely take place in Hungary.

26 August 2009

Researcher Position Available


Research call 30 July 2009


CONDOM USE ADVOCACY FILM

Fireworx Media

Outline:

Fireworx Media and the Sonke Gender Justice Network are making a film around condom use in Africa, to be filmed in South Africa, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

The main aim of the film is to inspire men to think more consciously about condom use, be enabled to recognize the challenges men face re condom use, recognize the need and stakes behind condoms, and to feel more confident about their own use and about talking more openly with other men about the importance of condoms.

While this is a film with a clear advocacy angle, the intention is also to explore the broader political dynamics of HIV/AIDS and masculinity in Africa, and to at least partly use elements of creative documentary (following characters or situations over time, strong stylistic orientation, visual storytelling, and so on) in its form.

We will be able to pay a professional salary over a period of six to eight weeks for a candidate that meets the following criteria:

- Very good command of spoken and written English (working knowledge of Swahili and South African languages - including Afrikaans - will be useful)

- Good interpersonal skills, empathy

- An understanding of creative documentary film (as opposed to journalism/educational film); experience in educational film may also be useful

- An understanding of how narrative operates in documentary film; an ability to translate the basic communicative requirements of the project into options for meaningful and filmically powerful character stories or situations and to identify and locate these

- Own transport and cell phone in South Africa; regular and easy access to email

- Ideally based in Cape Town, but could be Johannesburg

- Ability to comfortably elicit “male talk” (to entertain and explore potentially problematic points of view amongst research contacts)

- Ability to bring academic research into a filmmaking context

- Ability to judge “televisual” appropriateness of characters, situations and locations

- Ability to collate and integrate further research done by other partners on the project

- Professionalism, meticulousness

- Flexibility and willingness to travel to other countries and to work in potentially uncomfortable physical environments

- To start - beginning/middle September

Forward CV's to tapiwa@fireworxmedia.co.za

25 August 2009

The Henley International Film Festival looking for South African documentaries

THE-HIFF: Celebrating films that provoke debate, evoke emotions and inspire audiences. Films that reflect individual greatness, inspirational stories and ambitions, environmental and social responsibilities.

THE-HIFF is located at a number of screening venues in the beautiful historic town of Henley-on-Thames, England UK. Henley is also home to the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.

Through filmmaking - the festival hopes to engage audiences with truly remarkable films not often seen by the public.

Submissions now open and closes November, 





www.the-hiff.co.uk

Report on TVIEC in the Mail and Guardian

Coalition to protest at SABC's cutting local content

Television industry workers will protest this week against the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) planned R500-million cut of local content budgets, said the Television Industry Emergency Coalition (TVIEC) on Tuesday.

TVIEC said in a statement it would protest at the SABC's Radio Park on Thursday to send the message that a country without a platform for its stories to be told would lose its culture, as well as its power to educate and entertain.

Those taking part in the protest include the Independent Producers' Organisation, the South African Screen Federation, the Producers' Alliance, the Documentary Filmmakers' Association, the Writers' Guild of South Africa and the Creative Workers' Union, which form TVIEC.

"It is the job of the public broadcaster to promote our culture and our stories. We need a responsible SABC that will put together a muscular business plan and streamline its management," TVIEC said.

"We believe that an attempt to turn the SABC around by cutting its key product, programming, will cause irreparable damage to the independent production sector and to the SABC's credibility," it said.

TVIEC said writers and actors would take the lead in a visually powerful guerrilla action to also send "a stark and shocking" message to the SABC that the industry was becoming increasingly angry.

The organisation said the writers and actors were also increasingly desperate as thousands of skilled labourers were without work in an industry crucial to job creation and to the dissemination of South African culture, debate and identity.

Michael Lee, who has embarked on a hunger strike in protest at the SABC's slashing of local content, would also join the protest. Lee entered his 16th day of the strike on Tuesday and other activists were expected to join him. -- Sapa