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30 August 2010

DFA MY TOWN

Congratulations to all the DFA MY TOWN finalists who screened at Encounters Documentary Festival.

They are:

Reza Salie and Nicole Sarmiento - FASHION GAP
Wim Steytler - DIE TAKHAAR MET DIE BONDKAR
Anna Telford & Felix Seuffert - REFLECTIONS
Jane Kennedy - SENSUAL JOBURG
Moses Moletsane, Tsenolo Hhlapo & Bonthle Mafethe - GHOST CITY
Michael Cross & Alexander Sudheim - DEAD MOON
Franz Borman - JOZI'S VEINS
Leroux Schoeman - MY (CAPE) TOWN

Clarence Hamilton from the NFVF, who served on the jury for the competition, had the following to say about the films:

"The entries were generally of a surprisingly high standard demonstrating great talent and potential to grow into film-makers with a real future ahead of them"

On Saturday night, 28 Augusts, DFA hosted a special screening of the 8 finalists' films at THE LABIA cinema in Cape Town. The winners were announced at the Award Ceremony that followed.

There were 2 DFA MY TOWN awards:

REFLECTIONS BY Anna Telford & Felix Seuffert was awarded the DFA MY TOWN NFVF SPARK award
DIE TAKHAAR MET DIE BONDKAR by Wim Steytler was awarded the DFA MY TOWN cash prize

Both awards include a 320gig Lacie drive, kindly sponsored by the Visual Impact Group

The jury awarded a Special Mention to FASHION GAP by Reza Salie and Nicole Sarmiento. The filmmakers will receive 20 complimentary tickets to Encounters documentary festival 2011, courtesy of Encounters.

We wish to thank our prize sponsors, the National Film and Video Fund and the Visual Impact Group for supporting DFA MY TOWN, and making it possible to award prizes. We'd like to thank the Cape Film Commision who sponsored the cocktail function that followed the award ceremony. It afforded an opportunity for audience members to talk to the filmmakers, respond to the films and for us to get valuable feedback on the initiative.

We'd also like to thank Encounters Documentary Festival for again partnering with the DFA to present MY TOWN as part of their program. This provides a valuable platform for filmmakers to have their films screened on the big screen. This year we have also partnered the Cape Town Community television, who will screen the films, providing a broadcast platform for MY TOWN.

DFA MY TOWN has grown to be highlight on the documentary film calender. The competition is growing in that our entries were of a high standard this year and audience members who attended the screenings were enthusiastic about the films they saw. We believe this initiative is nurturing filmmakers and providing a platform to be creative, to be seen and to be awarded. We thank all filmmakers who entered and would like to encourage more filmmakers, new and established to get involved next year.


Till MY TOWN 2011,
Miki Redelinghuys
MY TOWN project co-ordinator

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