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.

05 December 2009

Jamaica looking for Co-Production Treaty with SA

DAC has received correspondence from the ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture in Jamaica, expressing interest in collaborating with South Africa in the area of film, and particularly initiating talks around the possibility of a co-production treaty with that country.

I would like to request SASFED/DFA through the considerable network of members and associates to put this out there and find out if anyone would know of any activity of interest happening in Jamaica re Film, and if South Africa could derive benefits from such a partnership with Jamaica.

Email the DFA with any suggestions or questions on

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04 December 2009

Mexico International Film Festival

The Mexico International Film Festival is excited to announce our annual Call for Submissions for film and screenplay projects!

The festival will be held May 28th - May 30th, 2010 on the serene and beautiful Baja Coast of Mexico.

The MIFF is committed to bringing the best independent cinema from around the world to Mexico. In addition to screening compelling and diverse contemporary independent cinema, the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival will attract international filmmakers, producers, and artists from around the world.

The Mexico International Film Festival features premiere screenings, award ceremonies, seminars, a screenplay competition and, of course, gorgeous beaches, delicious food, incredible nightlife, and all that make Baja, Mexico one of the most unique and exotic vacation destinations in the world.
Awards are given in several categories including Feature, Documentary, Short, Animation, Music Video, Student, Direction, Acting and Screenwriting.

The Grand Jury Prize will be presented to the best film in competition as selected by a jury of industry professionals.

The prestigious Golden Palm awards will be presented to the best film in each of the main competitive categories along with Special Jury Prizes and the Award for the Best First-Time Filmmaker.

Filmmaker panels provide audience members and film-lovers the opportunity to learn from and directly engage some of the brightest independent filmmakers, writers and actors from around the world.

Interactive question and answer sessions, round-table discussions, and seminars explore the craft and creative process of cinema, as well as the business of making, financing, and distributing a film.

And be sure not to miss our unique opening night Filmmakers' Beach Party!
The Screenplay Competition for the Mexico International Film festival is now accepting entries in all screenplay genres and lengths!

Ten scripts will be recognized as Finalists in the Competition along with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners.

Cash prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Winners will have the opportunity to have their work forwarded to our talent management and agency partners. Finalists and Winners will be featured on our website and in our annual Press Release announcing the Winners of the Competition.

American Independents Competition
International Competition
World Cinema Competition
Documentary Competition
Short Film Competition
Best of Mexico
Student Filmmakers Competition
Music Video Competition
Animation Competition
Children's Film Competition
Screenplay Competition
Television Pilots

SA Première - "The Order Of Myths" and Workshop on the use of Copyrighted material in Documentary Film in South Africa with leading global experts.

Dear Friends of the DFA,

Apologies for those not in Gauteng next week, this event is unfortunately only Gauteng based.

The Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA), Women of the Sun (WoS), and American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Center for Social Media, American University, invite you to a special 2-day workshop and film screening focusing around the issue of expanding the utility of copyright “users’ rights” for documentary filmmaking.

Please see attached flyer for this film, and feel free to pass on this e-mail to others you feel may benefit.

More information and registration information at

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Gauteng Film Commission, the City of Johannesburg, Underdog and most recently the NFVF, this workshop will feature the launch of Untold Stories in South Africa: The Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Film, the final report of a year-long study of rights clearance and documentary film in South Africa.

The workshop will begin with a public screening and discussion with the director of The Order of Myths, a documentary that explores race, music and celebration at Alabama’s Mardi Gras, and which benefitted from a project in the U.S. working with filmmakers to understand users’ rights under copyright law. Click here to learn more about the film.

The following two days at, workshops will be conducted on how South African filmmakers can use and expand users’ rights under South Africa’s copyright law. All of the events are open to the public and FREE of charge for members of DFA, WoS and BFN. There is a minimal charge for others to attend the Workshops to cover catering. The Opening and film screening is FREE to all.

Thursday 10th December - 19h00 - 22h00
Film Screening and Discussion with Director: The Order of Myths
A Film by Margaret Brown

Venue: The Laager Theatre at the Market Theatre - Newtown
FREE to ALL including Drinks and Snacks

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December - Registration at 09h30 - Workshop form 10h00 - 17h30
Workshop Day 1: User’s Rights Under South Africa’s Copyright Law: What are They and How Can Filmmakers Use Them? Workshop Day 2: Expanding the Utility of Users’ Rights: Implementing the Recommendations of the Cape Town Workshop on Copyright Clearance and Free Expression, March 2009.

Venue: “SAB World Of Beer” Conference Venue – Newtown
FREE to DFA, WOS or BFN members and invited guests, a subsidised fee of R80 for others can be paid at entrance, includes lunch, and refreshments.


Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Author of Copyright Law (2006) and Director of the Fair Use and Public Media Project.
Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
Andrew Rens, Intellectual Property Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation, Legal Lead for Creative Commons South Africa, co-founder and director of The African Commons Project
Marc Schwinges, National Treasurer for the Documentary Filmmakers' Association, National Board Member and Head of Communications for the South African Screen Federation & Independent Producer - Underdog Productions
Eve Rantseli, Executive Officer: Women Of the Sun and Vice Chairperson: The South African Screen Federation
Margaret Brown, Independent Filmmaker from the USA
Freddy Ogterop, Visual History Archive, University of Cape Town, Author of Audiovisual Audit Report: The South African Liberation Struggle

Please RSVP ASAP by using the online registration form at: and don't miss out!

Note: This was pre-released to paid members on Monday this week, and to people who attended the March Workshops in Cape Town, apologies for duplication to these people, please RSVP urgently

02 December 2009

SASFED presentation at the NFVF Indaba

On Thursday the 26th of November 2009, SASFED Co-Chair - Kgomotso Matsunyane gave a presentation for SASFED at the NFVF Indaba, which was witnessed by the department of Arts and Culture, the NFVF and extensive members of the industry. The Power-Point given is attached here... and worth the read. A PDF version of the document can be found here.