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.

03 September 2009

SABC Board Members - Nominees Shortlist

SASFED is pleased that the following individuals have been selected from those names submitted by SASFED and are now on the shortlist for the SABC Board:

Barbra Masekela
David Niddrie
David Lewis
Ben Ngubane
Suzanne Vos

The full list of individuals selected for the shortlist of the SABC Board member nominees are:


1. Barrett, Jane
2. Cetwayo, Princess Nonkosi
3. Danana, Sembie
4. Du Preez, Max
5. Fihlani, Zola Luxolo
6. Gina, Cedric Sabelo
7. Golding, Desmond Khalid
8. Green, Philippa Mary
9. Gumede, William Mervin
10. Harris, Peter John
11. Herold, Kenneth
12. Khumalo, Khotso Moses
13. Lewis, David Harris
14. Louis, Michael
15. MakgathoMello, Tebogo
16. Masekela, Barbara Joyce Mosima
17. Masoma, David
18. Matisonn, John
19. Mbeki, Andile Milton
20. Mmusi, Sheila Onkaetse
21. Moolla, Haroun
22. Motsepe, Nkomotane Clifford
23. Ngubane, Baldwin Sipho (Ben)
24. Niddrie, David Clephane
25. O’Neil, Clare Frances
26. Peri, Ntebo
27. Shongwe, Sibongile
28. Tambo, Tselane
29. Titus, Danfred James
30. van zyl Slabbert, Frederick
31. Vos, Suzanne Christina

Call for Entries - Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid

A message from Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid

We are writing you just to remind that our call for entries to the next Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid is still running, and that its deadline is approaching (September 5 and September 15). Any individual or organization can submit film, video and multimedia works.

The next Rencontres Internationales will take place in Paris from Novembre 30 to December 9, 2009, at the Centre Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume and other venues. It will propose during 10 days a film, video and multimedia programme, and a forum for artists, filmmakers, audiences and professionals.

PLEASE FORWARD and spread out this information through your networks to reach creative organizations, art communities, production organizations, artists and filmmakers.

Best wishes
The festival' staff




The call for entries for the next Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid is open until September 5 and 15, 2009.

To enter - click here.

The next Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid will take place in Paris from November 30 to December 9 at the Centre Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume national museum and other venues. The same programme will be presented in Madrid in April 2010 and in Berlin in July 2010.
Those three events will feature an international programming focusing on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers recognized on the international scene along with young artists and filmmakers.

ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION CAN SUBMIT ONE OR SEVERAL WORKS. THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OPEN TO FILM, VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA WORKS, without any restrictions for length or genre. Submissions are free, regardless of geographical origin.

• FILMS AND VIDEOS - any film and video format
* Video / Experimental video
* Fiction, exp. fiction / Short, middle and full length
* Documentary, exp. documentary
* Experimental film
* Animation

* Video installation, multimedia installation * Net art * Multimedia concert, multimedia performance

You may choose between two types of registration:
• Until September 5, 2009: Entry form to use with regular mail
• Until September 15, 2009: 100% online entry form with video upload

PLEASE FORWARD this information to creative organizations, art networks, production organizations, artists and filmmakers you are in contact with.

The 'Rencontres Internationales' offers more than a simple presentation of the works. It introduces an intercultural forum gathering various guests from all over the world - artists and filmmakers, institutions and emerging organizations - to testify to their reflections and their experiences, but also to artistic and cultural contexts that are often undergoing deep changes.
The 'Rencontres Internationales' reflects specificities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art, explores emerging media art practices and their critical purposes, and makes possible a necessary time when points of view meet and are exchanged.
The event aims at presenting works to a broad audience, at creating circulations between different art practices and between different audiences, as well as creating new exchanges between artists, filmmakers and professionals.
It seeks to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary culture of image via a compelling program opened to everyone..

In 2007, the Rencontres Internationales, which initially took place in Paris and Berlin, opened up to a third city: Madrid. This event now constitutes a unique artistic and cultural platform in Europe for artists, professional networks and various audiences.
The venues in the three cities are in particular in Paris the Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume national museum, in Berlin the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and in Madrid the Reina Sofia National museum, the auditorium of the Ministry for Culture, the Tabacalera - futur national centre for visual arts, the Spanish Cinematheque, the CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo de la Comunidad de Madrid.


Opening on Monday, November 30
from 8PM at the Centre Pompidou - Cinema 1
Presentation, screening, cocktail

02 September 2009

SOS: Release the names of the Nominees Chairman Vadi



2 September 2009

The extension by Parliament of the nomination period appears to have achieved what the SOS had argued for - a plethora of well-qualified nominees, which can only be called an embarrassment of riches. It proves that maximum public participation is the way to practice democracy and to get the right people for public institutions.

It is now imperative to practice the principles of maximum transparency. SOS calls upon the Portfolio Committee on Communications to release the full list of nominees and those who nominated them as is done by institutions such as the Judicial Services Commission. It is also important for Parliament to say whether all nominees are eligible and have accepted nomination. To release the names is to practice maximum public participation at every stage of the process. We reiterate that the best way to avoid the debacle of the last process is to be open and transparent as a way of safeguarding against manipulation.

We further call upon the Portfolio Committee to release the reasons for short listing specific individuals and enable the media to cover live or through recording the interviews of the short listed candidates. Again maximum transparency should apply in the interview process and the reasons for selecting particular candidates should be released for public comment before names are forwarded to the National Assembly.

For more information please contact:

Prof Tawana Kupe – Dean of the Faculty Wits University – (078) 459-6041
Kate Skinner – SOS Coordinator – (082) 926-6404

Producer enters 4th week of Hunger Strike - Others to join!

Johannesburg, 31 Sept 2009

Producer/director Michael Lee has entered the fourth week of his hunger protest in support of local content, continuing to demand that the SABC revoke its proposal to cut local content by half a billion rand next year, and instead work in collaboration with stakeholders to find a way out of its crisis.

Lee says his conviction about the SABC was solidified during production of his documentary film State of Emergency? during July. “The film is about South African film and society over the last 30 years, and how film reflects the nation's efforts to go beyond struggle and establish a new identity.”

“One of the things I've learned along the way is that the SABC's problems go right back to the beginning. The SABC is an inhumane institution, and almost always has been. Their actions, as well as the public statements of Kaizer Kganyago and others, shows very clearly that all this noise they've been making about telling African stories, Vuka Sizwe, and so on, is a bunch of empty rhetoric. In reality, they don't care about the audience, they don't care about the public or the country, and they certainly don't care about the people who provide the content that is supposed to build the nation's voice.”

Lee adds: “Kganyago's statement in the paper last Friday after our protest is a perfect case in point, where he says that we are trying to dictate to them. That's exactly their attitude – they see all efforts at dialogue as dictating, which is what has brought us to this place. The SABC behaves like they are superior to everyone else, willing at best to receive input, then process it like in a black box and come up with their response, take it or leave it. They run themselves like a mini Enron up on the hill – except on public money. They think they know best and yet clearly the evidence shows they don't! It's cruel, arrogant, and foolish – and yet these overpaid fools are trashing people's livelihoods and identities.”

“All we are asking,” Lee adds, “is that they work together with us – the creative industry – their providers - and the public, their audience – to get out of this crisis in a way that works for everyone and does not destroy what all of us, including the SABC, have worked so hard to build. To keep South African television growing, alive, and vibrant. Yet still, they refuse to engage in any real partnership.”

“Hunger protests have always been used as a non-violent way to bring attention to injustice. In the 1900s they began to focus against tyrannical, insensitive governments. More than anything, if people get one message from my action, it is that this unilateral, dictatorial approach from a supposedly public broadcaster is unacceptable, long-standing, and must be stopped.”

Meanwhile, several others are joining the hunger protest today, including:

- Gwen Britz a top recruitment consultant in the media industry, who states that for every one person unemployed, 12 people are directly affected. For example if 150 people lose their jobs from just one local production, 1800 people are directly affected. “It is inhumane,” Britz echoes Lee, “that the public broadcaster is willing to impact so negatively on so many lives and the economy.”

- Thabiso Mafane, aspiring young TV writer and researcher, who worked with Lee at Mahala Media. “Like everyone else,” Mafane states, “I'm gatvol of the repeats on SABC, the state the industry is in because of them, and I intend to show them we are really serious that they should pick their socks up.”

- Ingi Brough, former drummer of renowned first South African all-girl band Clout, and currently a marketing, media, and advertising consultant, who says: “I was totally disgusted when I saw someone else has put together the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, outside of Africa. That should be us. If we're not careful, everyone else will be telling our stories, like it was in the past.”

All four of the protestors continue to invite others, industry and audience alike, to join and bring further pressure on the broadcaster to begin to behave themselves like the public servants they actually are.

Lee, who has lost 11 kg, adds: “Gandhi held 17 hunger protests during his life, and none were longer than 21 days. I'm on 22 days. So I guess I'm holding out pretty well. But I am beginning to get hungry finally. For the first time since the first couple days, I don't really feel so lekker. But I'm still going.”

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Please note: SASFED does not formally approve of Mr. Lee's hunger strike past 21 days for safety reasons. We feel it most unfortunate that Mr. Lee has found it necessary to continue in his protest, a clear sign of the desperation of our industry's current situation. SASFED will continue to offer any support it can to Mr. Lee and others joining this protest, but will continue to insist he and any others have sufficient medical supervision.

For more information please contact SASFED spokesperson Marc Schwinges at (083) 901 2000 or

01 September 2009

Call for Applications for Discretionary Grants

The MAPPP-SETA is calling for Discretionary Grants applications from its constituents for the following:

• Apprenticeships
• Adult Basic Education & Training (ABET)
• New Venture Creation Skills Programmes
• New Venture Creation Mentorship
• Institutes of Sectoral/Occupational Excellence (ISOE’s)
• Assessor and Moderator Training
• Skills Development Facilitator Training

Accredited training providers and employers, operating in the MAPPP sectors are invited to apply.

For the full advert please click here.