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.

18 November 2009

Seminar: Alternative funding methods

Hi All

Please take note of the seminar on offer:

Date: Monday 23rd November 2009 Venue: Atlas Studios
Time: 9:45am for 10am – 2pm Cost: Women R 100, Men R 200
RSVP: or 072 143 1825

This seminar will demonstrate that the SABC decrease in local productions (Crisis) does not spell the end of filmmaking for producers - It's not all doom and gloom and in fact, there may be some hope. It is possible to make films without the contribution of the SABC. Even where the SABC is the corner stone financier, filmmakers need to know how to bring more value into their productions.
This Seminar will also be helpful in preparing producers for the upcoming NFVF Film Indaba, for them to be able to ask the right questions to the various financiers and stakeholders and ensure that they get the most out of that event.

The aim for this seminar is to introduce new producers to fundraising:
sensitise producers to possibilities of alternative financial/funding models,
show ways to make filmmaking a sustainable business,
provide information that producers can put to use immediately

This seminar will cover:
  • How and what is required to access other government funding i.e. NFVF, DTI, IDC, and SARS 24F – by Kevin Fleischer
  • What international funding is available and how to access it - How to use film festivals and Markets most effectively - by Dezi Rorich
  • Sponsorship - how you go about acquiring it, at which stage of the production, and how that works with the different broadcasters – by Preean Armugan
  • Other funding models – by Batana Vundla and Ziggy Homayer of Joziewood
Helen Kuun will chair the seminar and will also talk about:
  • the different distribution deals and how they may contribute to the funding of the film
  • ways/models of distribution and the impact on your the revenue (potential) of the film.

Kevin’ is an Emmy-award nominated producer whose career has mixed creative and financial. He worked in Corporate Finance in New York and London. He has been involved in media, telecommunications, IT, fine arts and venture capital. He helped manage two TV production companies (Newsforce and what is now ‘Bomb’). He is the Consigliere on Stepping Stone films ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Paradise Lost’, and advises the IPO and government on policy in the film and TV production industry.

Helen has been spearheading local films as head of distribution for Ster-Kinekor for many years having released dozens of local feature films. This year she started her own distribution company to specialise in the distribution of South African films. If there is anyone who knows about South African film and South African Audiences and how to match the two to get the most bums on cinema seats or eyeballs at the television, it is Helen Kuun.

Dezi’s extensive experience span over 20 years in the industry in the marketing of South African Producers and productions internationally. She worked with video vision and now through her highly successful company Metal Moon)

Joziewood films was formed in December 2008 by Ziggy Hofmeyr, Charles
Vundla and Batana Vundla. Joziewood is a low-budget feature film
producing company. To date Joziewood films has produced three full-length feature films; The List,Friends and Need & 011.

Booking Details
Bank: Nedbank,
Acc no. 1916 074804
Branch: Killarney
Alternatively, pay at the door

17 November 2009

Looking for a Documentary

A DFA member named Naashon Zalk is trying to find a copy of the documentary “Hoop Dreams”. If anybody has any information in this regard, please contact them on the contacts below:

tel: +27(0)21.422.4196
cell: +27(0)84.869.3935
fax: +27(0)86.624.4115


12-29 August 2010

The organisers of ENCOUNTERS, the annual South African International Documentary Festival, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2010 the 12th edition of the festival.

ENCOUNTERS will show a selection of documentary films from around the world, with a particular focus on South African work.

Filmmakers must guarantee, should their film be selected, that permission from the rights holder are secured for a minimum of six screenings at this Festival.
The deadline for submissions is 31st March 2010

Encounters is the only South African distributor dedicated to distributing documentaries to the South African public. Encounters promote and sell films to television, through DVDs and in cinemas.

For additional information feel free to contact Nazeer Ahmed at

Best regards,
The Encounters Team
Tel: +27 21 465 4686
Fax: +27 21 461 6964

The South African History Archive and PIJIP

"The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to recapturing lost and neglected histories, documenting past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. SAHA’s central mission is to bring South African history out of the archives and into schools, universities and communities in new and innovative ways. SAHA is also dedicated to using South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act in order to extend the boundaries of freedom of information in South Africa and to build up an archive of materials released under the Act for public use." Click here for more.

As many DFA members will know, the DFA has been involved with the Center for Social Media at the American University in Washington DC – in collaboration with the Black Filmmakers Network in South Africa on an initiative looking at copyright, fair dealing and documentary filmmakers.

SAHA has just recently released the Audiovisual Audit Report: The South African Liberation Struggle. "Conducted in early 2009, this audit of video and film material dealing with the South African Liberation Struggle was undertaken on behalf of SAHA, with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies and professional support from the Visual History Archive at the University of Cape Town. The aim of this audit was to increase awareness of, and access to, audiovisual material relating to the liberation struggle in South Africa through identifying and listing archives, stock footage libraries and other repositories, both nationally and internationally, which currently house such materials. A brief overview of the holdings of each repository is included, along with contact details and links to related finding aids, where available. Because of time and other constraints in conducting this audit, the report details fairly sizeable collections only. There are many individuals and production companies that have made one or two films on subjects related to the anti-apartheid struggle, but may not been listed in this report as they do not necessarily own source material that can be made available to others. This report should be seen as a work-in-progress, to which additional information can be added and for which the existing information can be refined."

This audit report makes mention of the work being done by PIJIP. It is yet another example of how invaluable FAIR USE will be to the documentary filmmaker and ALL documentary should be supporting the work being done.

16 November 2009

President Zuma to address the plight of the local creative artists

President Jacob Zuma will meet with musicians and actors to discuss their role and contribution to social cohesion and nation building, as well as report back on issues they raised during his first meeting with them in 2008.
The President will meet primarily with musicians and actors, at the Sandton Convention Centre on 17 November 2009 10:00. He will be fulfilling a promise made during the response to the State of the Nation address that government would meet with the creative industry sector to discuss issues affecting them.

Issues of concern to the artists relate to broadcasting content, intellectual property rights, industry unity, anti-piracy, tax education and participation in 2010 FIFA World Cup activities.

The President is scheduled to be accompanied by the following Ministers:

• Ministers in the Presidency Trevor Manuel and Collins Chabane
• Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana and Deputy Minister Paul Mashatile
• Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan
• Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande
• Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe
• Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies
• Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda.
• Premier of Gauteng, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane.

Please RSVP with Jonas Mashigo at

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SASFED Communications - Marc Schwinges

SASFED is The South African Screen Federation, representing the interest of most film and television industry organisations as a collective federation.

Non Profit Organisation - NPO 52-633
Tel No: 083-901-2000 (Not a cell)
Fax No: 0866261744

The Writer's Guild of South Africa are looking for an administrator


The Writer’s Guild of South Africa is an organisation to support, promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of writers for TV, film, radio, theatre, books, online and video games across South Africa.

The WGSA seeks a polished, articulate, and detail-oriented Administrator. This individual must be highly proactive, quick to anticipate organisational needs, and should seek opportunities to provide funding suppourt to the guild.


Core administrative function: to run the organisation and its daily activities.

updating the database, and email list.
Sending out the newsletter and job alerts,
responding to standard queries from writers and producers and forwarding them to the correct person if they require more than the standard information.
Perform follow-up calls and/or written correspondences to incoming requests from partners and stakeholders for information, assistance, referrals, etc., including those coming through the website
Maintain up-to-date government and organisations contact list
Provide cradle-to-grave meeting planning coordination and support
Communicate actively and frequently on status of assignments; brief board weekly on tasks and progress
creating and maintaining filing systems, archiving: organising and storing paperwork, documents and computer-based information. Taking minutes of meetings.
maintain presentations, spreadsheets and databases;
devising and maintaining office systems;
Management duties include

Set up protocol structures for the organization, so that people understand due process.
Set up and run the workshops (including booking the speakers, confirming the venue, arranging catering, arranging travel and accommodation for the overseas guests, printing, notifying membership of workshops, organising volunteers for the workshops to meet, greet and lobby, marketing the workshops to the industry and the industry media and informing the various film schools of the workshops as well)
Set up the volunteer system.
Set up the lobbying group and supply information regarding the structure of the organization.
Establish and maintain positive partnerships with various organisations and departments such as the Department of Arts and Culture, the Department of Labour, Unions, SASFED, the South African Bar Association, and the IPO.
Nurture strategic relations with international and regional stakeholders, such as International and African writers organisations.
Set up a mentorship program
Contribute to the WGSA’s strategic planning.

Finance and fundraising

Set up the financial structure for the running of the organization.
Invoice members;
look after budgets;
facilitate compliance with fundraising constraints and regulations, financial reporting requirements, tax regulations, and legislation.

The ideal applicant will be

Highly organized, dynamic and motivated; A solution orientated person with excellent organisational skills who can formulate and implement strategic plans;
Have strong interpersonal, problem solving, analytical and negotiating skills.
Be able to prioritise and handle a diverse and heavy workload.
Have empathy with organisational goals.
Have a good understanding of organizational running
Have knowledge and proficiency with a variety of office equipment an software applications, including PC, scanner, printer, fax, MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, Power Point, and Outlook. Good Excel skills, to set up a specific macro structure for running the various departments are an asset.
Own transport would be an asset
Patience & a sense of humour are essential!
Ability to make a 6-month commitment.
To apply

Applications should be sent by Monday 23rd of November 2009, by e-mail to with the following documents:
• A motivating letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• The contact details of two referees