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.

23 October 2009

POWER REPORTING: THREE DAYS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS

Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 October

At Wits University, Education campus

Wits Journalism invites you to Power Reporting 2009, the African Investigative Journalism Conference.

For crime and court reporters and journalists, and anyone interested in how the SA justice systems works, the third day will highlight the new Wits Justice Project, which aims to use the skills of investigative journalists in getting people out of prison. Speakers will include:
  • Raphael Rowe, who spent 12 years in a British prison for a wrongful conviction and now reports for BBC Panorama about similar cases
  • Jim Nichol, a British criminal lawyer who has spent 20 years righting wrongful convictions
  • Jeremy Gordin, director of the Wits Justice Project.
On other days we will highlight sport and financial journalism with:

  • Andrew Jennings, author of Foul: The secret world of Fifa , tracking his investigation of corruption within the organisation (Monday).
  • Danny Schechter, author of Plunder: Investigating our Economic Calamity and the Sub-Prime Scandal on the crisis of financial journalism (Tuesday).
There are a range of hands-on courses and workshop:

Computer-assisted reporting
A series of hands-on computer lab classes, to improve your research skills, train you to find data and analyse it, to provide the facts you need to support stories.

Business and finance
Top financial journalists will teach you where to find company information, and once you’ve got it how to read it and use it in stories.

The right to know
Can’t find the facts? Find out how to use South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act.

Skills for investigative journalists
How to organise your investigation, work across borders, work undercover or embedded in your story.

The future of investigative journalism
With the pressure on budgets in print and broadcasting, who will pay for in-depth reporting? We look at alternative funding models, and how computers are shaping our investigative world.


This year, Wits Journalism has teamed up with the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) to become The African Investigative Journalism Conference, a part of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
For more information and registration forms visit our website: www.journalism.co.za/powerreporting
or email Nomfundo.engler@wits.ac.za
Cost: R2000 for the three days or R700 for one day (with a 10% discount for early booking)

Jim Nichol
is one of Britain’s leading criminal lawyers. For over 25 years he has specialised in investigating miscarriages of justice and obtaining the release of innocent people who have been wrongly sent to prison. Throughout he has worked in partnership with journalists many of whom have, as a result of their own commitment to right a wrong, provided decisive new evidence of innocence. He believes that as a consequence of campaigns in the media for the freeing of innocent prisoners, government, judges, and law makers are compelled to reform criminal procedures and provide safeguards for those arrested.

Raphael Rowe
was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit in 1988. He was just 19. Twelve years later the UK Court of Appeal quashed his convictions and he was freed. He went to work for the BBC, and became the first person of mixed race to report for it’s prestigious radio morning news programme. He now works for the BBCs flagship Panorama television programme. He investigated the murder of Jill Dando and cast doubts on the firearms forensic evidence used at the trial of Barry George, who was convicted of killing the BBC TV presenter. In August 2008, Barry George was acquitted at a retrial and freed

MARGARET RENN
Visiting Fellow, Investigative Journalism
Dept of Journalism, Wits University

Office: 011 717 4043
Cell: 07606 04815

Click here to download conference Schedule

From our friends at 'Women of the Sun'

WoS invite you to our Film Showcase
of some of the most beautiful short films by a new generation filmmakers, films/drama with quirky and refreshing screen plays

Date: Thursday 29th Oct
Venue: The Lab (Market theatre)
Free: Admission, food & Music

Be in the fore front of new talent, network with industry players, catch-up with old and new friends/colleagues... have fun.

We look forward to seeing you there!

From our friends at 'Women of the Sun'

A workshop on Broad-Based BEE (B-BBEE) for the film industry

Date: Friday, 30 October 2009
Venue: Atlas Studios
Time: 9am – 12:00pm
Cost: Women R 100.00, Men R 150.00 (incl. VAT)
RSVP: Thursday, 29 October 2009

It is no secret that many of the intended beneficiaries of B-BBEE are not accessing any gain from it, and barely know what the policy, and its potential benefits are. This workshop therefore aims to correct this showing these potential beneficiaries what the benefits of B-BBEE can be, and how to access them.

The Workshop
The format of the training covers the following topics:

  1. A brief introduction to B-BBEE and the seven elements of the scorecard
  2. How B-BBEE affects different size enterprises
  3. What is Enterprise Development?
  4. Who qualifies as an ED Beneficiary?
  5. What are the benefits?
  6. How to position yourself as an ED Beneficiary
  7. How to position yourself as a supplier of goods and services
  8. Getting a scorecard

About the Facilitators - Enterpriseroom
Enterpriseroom focuses on three main activities:

  • Helping smaller companies improve their businesses by developing strategies to access B-BBEE benefits, and matching them to the needs of our larger corporate clients. We call them our “Enterprise Promotion Partners” (Small, black-owned companies can be both qualifying enterprise development beneficiaries and B-BBEE suppliers, which becomes a huge incentive for large corporates to procure from them, and assist them in reducing their operational costs).
  • Working with large corporations in developing strategies for improvement of their B-BBEE Scorecard, with special emphasis on Preferential Procurement and Enterprise Development
  • Training of small black owned businesses on the benefits presented by the Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE, and coaching those businesses in repositioning themselves and approaching customers.

Booking Details
Preferably deposit to:
Women of the Sun
Bank: Nedbank,
Acc no. 1916 074804
Branch: Killarney
Alternatively Pay at the Door

RSVP - Eve Rantseli:
Tel/fax: +27 11 487 3036
Cell: +27 72 143 1825
Email: info@wos.org.za

This event is sponsored by:

Gauteng Film Commission and Enterpriseroom

22 October 2009

Reminder Call for Entries - Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010 - Deadline October 29


A MESSAGE FROM THE BERLINALE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET:

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for project submissions for the 7th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 14-16, 2010) is coming up soon: If you are looking for international partners for your project, we would be happy to receive your submission by next Thursday, October 29.

The project should be suitable for an international co-production, it should have at least 30% of the financing in place and the budget shall range between 1-10 million €. For detailed criteria, please see project requirements in the attached flyer. Furthermore, you will find the Submission Form attached, which is also available for download at www.efm-berlinale.de

We will start with our project selection soon, and will notify you at the latest by December 23, 2009, whether your project is selected.

The seventh Berlinale Co-Production Market will be held from Sunday to Tuesday, February 14-16, 2010, as part of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

It is a 2 ½-day service and networking platform designed for producers, financiers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasting and funding representatives who are actively participating in international co-productions.

At the Berlinale Co-Production Market, you have the opportunity to present your project –if it is selected- to interested co-production partners and financiers in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings. In addition, you can visit the framework programme, which offers opportunities to catch up on film financing and marketing news in Case Studies and Workshops, get first-hand information on co-production opportunities at the Country Tables, exchange experiences in Theme Talks and establish new and refresh existing contacts during informal Speed Matchings, cocktail receptions or while visiting the Producers’ Lounge.

In 2009, a total of 36 projects from 25 countries were presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. 500 industry professionals from all over the world attended the event and met in more than 1000 pre-arranged individual meetings.

If you have any questions regarding the project submission or if you want to participate in the Berlinale Co-Production Market without a project, as a potential co-producer for the selected projects, please do not hesitate to contact us

(Tel: +49-30-25920-517, e-mail: coproductionmarket@berlinale.de).

We are looking forward to receiving your project submission.

Best regards,

Your team of the Berlinale Co-Production Market
Sonja Heinen, Martina Bleis, Kathi Bildhauer & MĂ­riam Boixader
Berlinale Co-Production Market
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
ein Geschäftsbereich der
Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH
Potsdamer Strasse 5
10785 Berlin

Tel. +49.30.259 20.517
Fax +49.30.259 20.529

coproductionmarket@berlinale.de
www.efm-berlinale.de

20 October 2009

TVIEC Update - 20 October 2009

TVIEC UPDATE - 20 OCTOBER 2009

Report back: TVIEC meeting with ICASA
Report back: Industry meeting with DAC Minister
Report back: TVIEC meeting with IDC
Hunger Strike Continues
TVIEC report to Parliament
TVIEC lobby to government: Request for information
TVIEC research and legal: Call for funding

Dear fellow industry professionals

It’s been a while since our last update – not because there’s nothing to report, but because we’ve been so busy. In the past few weeks the TVIEC, IPO and SASFED have had a broad range of meetings with government and industry stakeholders. Our cause is being taken seriously, not least in the media. We are working on medium term goals to try and stabilise the industry and make some lasting changes.

In the short term, we are still in the grip of a crisis. Data collated from the industry indicates at least 60% unemployment and a growing number of companies are closing. Our only assurances are from the DOC, where the minister has appealed to government for a R230-million bail-out for the SABC to pay its debts, including those to producers with payments outstanding. Further, the SABC Interim Board has appealed to Treasury to underwrite a loan of R1.7-billion to ensure that the corporation gets back to business by December this year.

Report back: TVIEC meeting with ICASA

The TVIEC met with the South African communications regulator ICASA yesterday to gain clarity from ICASA on the monitoring of local content on SABC. The press release below pretty much sums up what went down.

19 October 2009 - PRESS RELEASE

TVIEC STATEMENT ON MEETING WITH ICASA

The TVIEC today met with a delegation from ICASA, including the Chair, Mr Paris Mashile, for over two hours. The primary purpose of the meeting was to gain clarity from ICASA on the monitoring of local content on SABC, especially given SABC’s current lack of new commissions and its reliance on repeat programming.

The TVIEC welcomes ICASA’s willingness to partner the industry on matters of regulation as well as the positive spirit of the meeting.

However, the TVIEC is alarmed at the lack of rigid monitoring of SABC compliance admitted by ICASA in the meeting. Presented with files of evidence about a lack of data accompanying SABC’s local content compliance reports for the past seven years, ICASA admitted that they have not had the requisite methodology in place to fully monitor SABC’s compliance claims.

ICASA stated that they are developing a new blueprint that will be able to accurately measure SABC’s compliance instead of just being reliant on SABC’s summaries and occasional spot checks. The new system will be open to imput from the television industry and the public, said ICASA.

While the TVIEC believes that ICASA intends to beef up its monitoring, the regulator was unable to explain why other broadcasters have in the past provided data to support their compliance summaries but the SABC never has.

Report back: Industry meeting with DAC Minister

The industry finally had an opportunity to meet with Ms Lulu Xingwana, Minister of the Department of Arts and Culture and we came away generally cautiously positive. The Minister put forward a fresh and honest attitude and had clearly done her homework about the industry. She admitted her department was largely dysfunctional and that it needs new blood. She went so far as to commit to an industry a meeting with the President.

In the course of the lengthy meeting, the Minister covered various issues: Sithengi; FRU; NFVF; SABC; Lottery; IP; stats and research. She seemed to agree in principal with our stance on most of the core issues and is keen to champion our cause. She called for SASFED to submit a written proposal to her within two weeks.

Report back: TVIEC meeting with IDC

The TVIEC has also been in lengthy meetings with the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation). We will be providing them with a forward-looking report on the industry (how to expand DTI and IDC initiatives in the industry) when presenting to them on the 29th of October. The goal is to discuss how to turn SA from a film-making destination to a film producing nation.
Hunger strike continues

The hunger strike action gained new impetus with the announcement two weeks ago that actor Sello Maake ka Ncube is the latest protestor to join. For updates, see the hunger action blog at: www.hungerprotest.wordpress.com

TVIEC lobby to government: Continued request for information

The TVIEC is meeting with many stakeholders about the crisis our industry is battling. These include the Department of Trade and Industry and also the parliamentary portfolio committee. We have an opportunity to present to parliament our request for distress funding for the industry so that we can all get back to work. Our presentation needs to include comprehensive data on the state of the industry.

Thank you to all of you who provided information on how the SABC crisis has affected your business. Those of you who haven’t, please respond now. If you are a freelancer, please just respond to questions 5 and 6 below.

1. How many people would your company normally employ in a good year?
Please try to use figures over the last three years. Please include in your answer:
a) The number of skilled artisans – crew, admin and cast
b) The remainder of your permanent and freelance employees. The broadest range of these, down to the last extra on your set and the last voice artist in your post-production facility. (Ie: If you had 300 extras in a drama, this counts as well as the person who takes care of the honeywagon – everyone counts. Every job makes a difference.)

2. How many people do you estimate will you employ in this year (Feb 2009 – Feb 2010)?

3. How many permanent staff do you normally employ?

4. How many permanent staff have you let go this year?

5. What percentage drop in turnover have you experienced this year?

6. If you are not contracted by SABC within the next 3 months, what are the consequences for your company?

Please mail your answers to: tvcrisis@gmail.com

TVIEC research and legal: Call for funding

The TVIEC is pursuing both legal advice as well as research into the broadcast industry. We are looking at options with regards pro bono action against the public broadcaster and we are researching the status of the broadcaster’s local content delivery. Thank you to all of you who have donated funds to this cause – but we continue to appeal for more funding. If each company affiliated to the TVIEC just donated R500, we would be able to meet our goals. If you can help, please mail tvcrisis@gmail.com.

OUR CONTACT: tvcrisis@gmail.com

This letter is written on behalf of the TVIEC (Television Industry Emergency Coalition) which consists of: IPO (Independent Producers Organization), SASFED (South African Screen Federation), TPA (The Producers Alliance), DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association), WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa) as well as the CWU (Creative Workers Union).

Exclusive Interview with the Minister of Arts and Culture from The Hollywood Reporter

Hi all

We are delighted to attach a link to an exclusive interview with Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulama Xingwana, during a recent trip to Los Angeles. The minister spoke with The Hollywood Reporter.

To see the clip, click HERE

19 October 2009

Meeting with ICASA 19 October 2009 Press Release

TVIEC STATEMENT ON MEETING WITH ICASA

The TVIEC today met with a delegation from ICASA, including the Chair, Mr Paris Mashile, for over two hours. The primary purpose of the meeting was to gain clarity from ICASA on the monitoring of local content on SABC, especially given SABC’s current lack of new commissions and its reliance on repeat programming.

The TVIEC welcomes ICASA’s willingness to partner the industry on matters of regulation as well as the positive spirit of the meeting.

However, the TVIEC is alarmed at the lack of rigid monitoring of SABC compliance admitted by ICASA in the meeting. Presented with files of evidence about a lack of data accompanying SABC’s local content compliance reports for the past seven years, ICASA admitted that they have not had the requisite methodology in place to fully monitor SABC’s compliance claims.

ICASA stated that they are developing a new blueprint that will be able to accurately measure SABC’s compliance instead of just being reliant on SABC’s summaries and occasional spot checks. The new system will be open to imput from the television industry and the public, said ICASA.

While the TVIEC believes that ICASA intends to beef up its monitoring, the regulator was unable to explain why other broadcasters have in the past provided data to support their compliance summaries but the SABC never has.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: tvcrisis@gmail.com
Charl: 082-6813680

This press release is written on behalf of the TVIEC (Television Industry Emergency Coalition) which consists of: IPO (Independent Producers Organization), SASFED (South African Screen Federation), TPA (The Producers Alliance), DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association), WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa) as well as the CWU (Creative Workers Union).

DAC Minister meeting minutes

To view the minutes of the meeting held with the DAC Minister, click here.