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.

06 February 2010




It will be held from the 26th until the 30th of April 2010 in the City of Ostrava House of Culture. The festival involves short films and documentaries aimed at all branches of industrial, agricultural, economic and civic pursuits of people and their connection with living environments and long-term sustainable development (Trvale Udržitelný Rozvoj).

For participation we are appealing to Czech and international filmmakers regardless of whether you are an association, organization or individual. If you have a film which falls within the given themes your participation will be heartily welcomed!

During the 2009 TUR festival films will be presented without regard to their number – filmmakers are able to enter more films if they wish!

More information about the preparations for the festival can be found at, where you can also find an application form, which is necessary to submit your documentary into the festival program.

We are looking forward to your hearing of your interest in presenting at TUR Ostrava 2009. Please send submitted films to our address:

Fabex Media s. r. o.

Kosmova 651/16

702 00 Ostrava – Privoz


The closing date for submissions is Monday 15th March 2010.

The films will be screened competitively. A five member panel comprised of experts in the field, from the Czech Republic and abroad, will honour the best films within a number of categories. The award ceremony will be held on Friday 30th April 2010, with the media, political representatives and partners of the festival also in attendance. The exact time and place of the award ceremony will be specified to the prizewinning filmmakers closer to the date.

Conditions for submitting your film into the festival:

1) Application form: can be found at the festival website

2) The film/documentary fulfills the following parameters:

Ø contents corresponds at least one of the festivals given themes;

Ø footage is approximately 10 – 60 minutes in length;

Ø year of production is between 2003 – 2009;

Ø if possible in MPEG2 PAL 720x576 (4:3/16:9) format, file type: video.mpg/video.m2p, or if need be on DVD in PAL format;

Ø minimum of 00:10” BLACK running time before the start of the film, and 00:10” after the end of the film;

Ø one copy will suffice.

3) In addition:

Ø If you have photographs illustrating your production (in electronic fortmat .jpg), please send them along as well. Photographs will be used to present your film on the festivals internet website, and in media informing the public about the festival and film screenings.

Ø If you don’t complete an annotation about your film (short introduction, subject, themes) in the internet application form, please send it in an envelope with the film. Again, this annotation will be used on the festival website and in the media.

Ø In case of your films victory, please ascribe a note (for example on the application form) whether you will be able to come to Ostrava to accept your award in person, or if need be entrust someone who can represent you at the award ceremony on 24th April 2009, and in doing so can assume your honourable function.

Ø On the package containing the requested materials please legibly include the keyword: TUR 2009.

For further questions please send an e-mail to

International film festival TUR Ostrava follows the traditions of another similar festival about our living environment – Ekofilms, which moved from Ostrava a number of years ago. Our festival TUR (Trvale Udržitelný Rozvoj) which means long-term sustainable development, would like to continue in its footprints. The themes surrounding environmental problems have been further enriched to include other aspects such as human relations and economic phenomena, and their impact on our lives.

In it’s almost six year existence, the TUR festival has become a firm component of the spring cultural program in Ostrava. It is held annually in the City of Ostrava House of Culture, but its ongoing growth has seen it expand to other locations. Last year film screenings also took place in settings such as Ostrava’s Mining Museum in Landek. For the sixth installment we have established many new partnerships including the Johann Palisa Observatory and Planetarium, Báňská Technical University Ostrava (VŠB – TU Ostrava) and the Silesia-Ostrava Castle. For the first time, the festival will also be able to screen in a number of surrounding cities.

Awaiting festival attendees is a selection of films and documentaries about the environment and its protection, with works not just from Czech but also international filmmakers. Viewers can thus compare how ecological problems are dealt with in other corners of the world. In addition to the four days of film screenings, as always there will be prepared an accompanying program for viewers. It will be include discussions with experienced experts from various fields, workshops and cultural performances.

TUR Ostrava 2009 is arranged by Fabex Media in association with the statutory City of Ostrava, the Moravia-Silesia Region, and the Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic. Entry to all festival events if entirely free of charge.


There is no a better place in Europe to submit your films and documentaries, that deal with all topics on sustainable development, than Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

After Prague and Brno, Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, and well known for three different reasons, all of them connected with environmental affairs:

Ø For decades, Ostrava was called the “Steel Heart of the Republic” because the coal and steel industry was concentrated in the city; but less respect was paid to environmental protection.

Ø Due to the contamination of air, water, and soil resources, Ostrava and its surroundings became a part of the heavily polluted “Black Triangle Region” located near the Czech, German and Polish borders.

Ø For several years, Ostrava has been successfully attempting to reestablish sound environments and economic prosperity for all citizens in the region.

Marcela Heříková – Festival Director, tel.: + 420 777 868 278


Patrik Šajtar – Festival Producer, tel.: + 420 777 890 275

Posted by Pascal Schmitz


Berlin - GERMANY
August 13 to 18, 2010

The 6th Annual GLOBIANS DOC FEST BERLIN presents a well-rounded program of documentaries exploring and promoting a global understanding of world and cultural topics including subcultures, traditions, religions, rural life, urban issues, the environment, globalization, technology, wildlife, nature, and the future over six days in Central Europe's film production hot spot, Berlin, Germany.

The Festival has been host to such celebrated documentaries and documentarians as WHEEL OF TIME from Werner Herzog, Lee Kazimir's MORE SHOES, BATEY MOSQUITO by Eduardo Miyar and Carmen Ballvé, IN THE MOMENT by Diogo Ueno, DAS HAUS AN DER STRASSE by Julian Weber, WELCOME TO MACINTOSH (European Premiere) by Josh Rizzo and Rob Baca, as well as all seven parts of THE WAR by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. After opening the 2006 Festival, 10 QUESTIONS FOR THE DALAI LAMA received three bids and later went on to a nationwide theatrical release.

Exberliner Magazine hails the Festival this way: "Red carpets, award ceremonies, and fashion critiques may be absent, but the Globians Film Festival's programme, intimacy, and authenticity more than make up for its lack of bombast."

February 17, 2010- Regular Deadline

With its casual and informal style, Globians Doc Fest Berlin feels more like a workshop and exclusive screening encounter where filmmakers can interact with their audience and peers instead of getting lost in a hectic festival schedule. Also choosing to be a non-competitive festival, Globians honors all official selections equally.

For the chance to have your documentary honored in this celebrated program, submit to Globians Doc Fest Berlin today!

Posted by Pascal Schmitz

05 February 2010

Public Nomination to Serve on the South African Broadcast Production Advisory Body

The Department of Communications today put out a Government Notice relating to Public Nomination to Serve on the South African Broadcast Production Advisory Body. We urge all to please nominate people, and you are welcome to make nominations suggestions via your origination to SASFED who can put such nominations forward for the industry. To read the Government notice, click here.


5 February 2010

  • 20 March: Save the date
  • Please help: Programme research

20 March 2010: Save the date

This is the first call to a meeting of all members of the TVIEC and all interested industry professionals in Johannesburg on the afternoon of 20 March 2010. The purpose of the meeting is to report back on TVIEC’s dealings with SABC and other stakeholders and to consolidate and find a unified voice for the year ahead.

Please take note of this crucial date and keep your diaries open.

Producers please help: Local programming research

The TVIEC has been monitoring SABC’s broadcast schedules to determine whether the broadcaster is meeting its ICASA-regulated local content mandates. This process is enormously difficult because we don’t have all the information required – such as whether a show was commissioned or sponsored or whether a show is in repeat etcetera. We need your help. Please can you take the time to review the attachment, looking out for areas highlighted in yellow. These are areas we are either guessing or have no information on. If this is your show, please can you send us the relevant details. Click here to download Excel file.

Charl: 082-6813680

This update 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 CWU (Creative Workers Union).

TVIEC Steering Committee: Charl Blignaut, Rehad Desai, Levern Engel, Harriet Gavshon, Stan Joseph, Desiree Markgraaf, Lodi Masetsela, Kgomotso Matsunyane, Marc Schwinges and Robbie Thorpe

Film Crew Central - New Networking Site

I wanted to introduce a new networking site to you… its called FilmCrewCentral and it’s a social networking site for anyone and everyone in the film industry.
Its free for anyone to join and really simple, once on, members can chat live to each other, post blogs and start forum discussions, meet other crew, find crew for their projects and even customise your own profile page..
Everyone should join whether you’re a director or a boom operator or a grip. Whether you’re a location scout or a make-up artist.
Please check out the site, I would love to have you and your crew on board.
Thank you so much for your valuable time.

Posted by Pascal


Miami, Florida - USA
May 28 to 30, 2010

In the Spotlight this week is the DOCMIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, celebrating the non-fiction genre during Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Doral, Florida, located in Miami-Dade County.

The Festival brings together emerging and established documentarians, students, and film and music enthusiasts in a truly bohemian, one-of-a-kind event. DocMiami serves up three days of cutting-edge documentary film screenings and caps off each night with lively music concert benefits, in celebration of the documentary genre. Funds raised during the concerts will benefit Brick by Brick for Tanzania, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools in the African nation challenged by unrest, drought, and the AIDS crisis.

Exhibiting doc-makers receive discounted resort accommodations at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, host to many DocMiami festivities, as well as special rates on golfing and spa services. The Festival presents awards in each category of entry, to be awarded at the Festival's awards gala hosted by Tito Puente, Jr. The 2010 Festival will also present a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award to honor Nicolás Guillén Landrián (EN UN BARRIO VIEJO), considered by many to be the most original Cuban documentary filmmaker of all time.

February 15, 2010 - Regular Deadline

Recognized by the City of Doral as a signature cultural event, DocMiami International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting the creative art form of documentary filmmaking and providing documentarians and emerging artists a forum in which to present their work in South Florida.

Taking place during Memorial Day weekend, DocMiami serves up a schedule packed with cultural activities. Benefit Concert Director Ivan Van Hernandez of Radio Caracol will join Tito Puente, Jr. in welcoming Melton Mustafa of the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival, Fito Espinola, the band Less Than Treason, Ivan Band, and other artists who will be performing at DocMiami. What's more, Director Lance Miccio of ROCK N ROLL MADE IN MEXICO produced by Fito De la Parra will be present for a special networking meet-and-greet event with exhibiting filmmakers.

DocMiami serves up an eclectic, lively celebration of the documentary genre in a unique, South Florida fashion. To present your documentary in Miami, submit to the DocMiami International Film Festival today!

Posted by Pascal

02 February 2010

BBC's "MyWorld" Global Short Documentary Competition - Call to Enter

The DFA was contacted last week by an associate producer at the BBC, for a new BBC short documentary competition called "My World". While shorter in length than our "My Town" competition, which will run later this year with Encounters, "My World" does offer great prises and exposure you those who enter. They asked us to get the word out to our DFA members and to people who follow the DFA blog.... so here it is:

MyWorld is global documentary competition open to anyone in the world to enter. They are looking for original, short (up to 2 mins) mini docs with the brief "My World". The project aims to find original stories from each continent, with compelling personal narratives. Their hope is to be able to create a vivid and compelling picture of life in the world today and have submissions from all sorts of people, not just film makers. In total 50 films will be broadcast internationally by the BBC and they have some great judges selecting the films to show - Cara Mertes from Sundance, Oscar winning producer Greg Sanderson (Man On Wire, The English Surgeon) from BBC Storyville and Mendisa Zitha from the Encounters Documentary Festival in addition to curators from Australia and Africa.

As well as the chance to be broadcast by the BBC, the director of the overall best film will receive HD camera equipment. BBC are all very excited about the competition which is a great opportunity for people to have their voice heard by people all over the world as well as fantastic opportunity for those interested in film making to get a platform for their work.

Their website is which has all the details of how to enter and a portal to upload films. They have also just launched a Twitter page:

The competition closes on 5 March

01 February 2010

The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival is pleased to announce that we are now open for submissions to our 2010 Festival!
The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival is the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States. The Mead Fest considers documentary films and videos (including shorts, experimental films, essay films, animation, and new media) only. Productions must have been completed within the last three years.
There are two ways of submitting your work to the Festival:
1. Mail us your film along with an entry form. All forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the web site at:
2. Submit your film through Without A Box at:
Entry Deadlines:
Early Deadline: March 31, 2010
Final Deadline: May 3, 2010
For more information on submission requirements and other details, please check out the guidelines and Mead FAQs on our website
Please pass this on to your colleagues, friends, neighbors, students, and resident filmmakers.
Don’t forget to join the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival group on Facebook to get updates about screenings and other Festival related events:
History of the Mead
Encompassing a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction, the Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, representing a range of issues and perspectives, and by the forums for discussion with filmmakers and speakers.

The Mead was founded by the American Museum of Natural History in 1977, in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead on her seventy-fifth birthday and her fiftieth year at the Museum. A film festival represented an especially apt form with which to celebrate Mead's life, as she was one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork. To this day, the Festival continues to extend Mead's vision of bringing important topics and viewpoints to a general public.

Organized by the Museum’s Public Programs Division in the Department of Education, the Festival is held each November and a Traveling Festival, which includes a selection of titles from the Festival, travels to museums, universities and theaters around the United States and abroad.

Free At Last Film Festival

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CAPE TOWN, 11 – 13 February & JOHANNESBURG, 11 February 2010
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Twenty years ago, after having spent 27 years behind bars, Nelson Mandela, the world’s most famous prisoner walked out of Victor Verster Prison near Paarl. Awe and disbelief was on the faces of many, expressions of overwhelming joy, people burst into the streets across the country, brandishing posters and flags banned for decades. Mandela has become an icon and moral authority of near universal appeal and South Africa a young democracy – reasons to celebrate this anniversary with some of the best films made about Mandela and the Anti-Apartheid movement, as well as raw footage that will transport audiences back to that hot Sunday in February 1990.

“By 3.30, I began to get restless, as we were already behind schedule. I told the members of the Reception Committee that my people had been waiting for me for twenty-seven years and I did not want to keep them waiting any longer (…).” (Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Little, Brown & Company, London, 1994, page 552 & 553)

For decades, news coming out of South Africa focused on forced removals, repressive, racist laws, massacres, raids, torture, imprisonment. Headlines filled with tales of violence and suffering: Sharpeville, Soweto, Steve Biko and Ruth First, Matthew Goniwe and David Webster, the State of Emergency, letter bombs and hit squads.

On 2 February 1990, at the opening of parliament, President FW de Klerk surprised not only his own cabinet but the world at large when he announced the unbanning of banned political organizations and the unconditional release of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela.
“At first I could not really make out what was going on in front of us, but when I was within 150 feet or so, I saw a tremendous commotion and a great crowd of people: hundreds of photographers and television cameras and newspeople as well as several thousands of well-wishers. I was astounded and a little bit alarmed. I had truly not expected such a scene; at most, I had imagined that there would be several dozen people, mainly the warders and their families (…).”
On 5 May 1962, together with Cecil Williams, a theatrical producer who had provided a front for Mandela to act as his driver, Mandela was arrested outside Howick, in Natal. Williams enabled Mandela to defy his banning order and travel the country. Initially, Mandela was arrested for leaving South Africa illegally and for incitement to strike but once most of the ANC leadership had been arrested at Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, he ended up being charged for sabotage, sharing the dock with Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Andrew Mlangeni, Elias Motsoaledi, Walter Sisulu and Raymond Mhlaba, facing the death sentence. Mandela, a lawyer by profession and skilled orator, turned the Rivonia Trial into a political trial, a platform from which he justified the ANC’s position and its shift to the armed struggle:

“I am the First Accused (…)During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Sent to Robben Island for life imprisonment like thousands of others, Mandela and his fellow prisoners endured harsh conditions, manual labour, ruthless warders and even torture. The apartheid government expected the world and South Africa to forget about the “Black Pimpernel” and his comrades. By the 1980s, however, Mandela had become the world’s most prominent prisoner, the focus of many “Release Mandela” campaigns and rallies. International pressure, the fall of the Berlin Wall, which ushered in the end of the bipolar world order, burning townships and more and more ungovernable areas in South Africa lead to secret “talks about talks” between the banned ANC and the Nats government, resulting in South Africa’s “glasnost”.

“Whithin twenty feet or so of the gate, the cameras started clicking, a noise that sounded like some great herd of metallic beasts. (…) It was a happy, if slightly disorienting, chaos. When a television crew thrust a long, dark and furry object at me, I recoiled slightly, wondering if it were some newfangled weapon developed while I was in prison. Winnie informed me that it was a microphone.”
After decades of being the international pariah, banned from political, economic, cultural and sporting arenas, South Africa suddenly became a beacon of hope, a symbol for people’s power.
“When I was among the crowd I raised my right fist, and there was a roar. I had not been able to do that for twenty-seven years and it gave me a surge of strength and joy. (…). As I finally walked through those gates to enter a car on the other side, I felt - even at the age of seventy-one - that my life was beginning anew. My ten thousand days of imprisonment were at last over."
Who is this man, the world was campaigning, picketing and waiting for? How did the liberation movements fight, mobilize and justify their struggle against oppression?
A unique selection of renowned local and international filmmakers and award-winning non-fiction films, as well as the raw historical footage of the day of Mandela’s release, take us back to one of the most significant historical events of the 20th century. They remind us of the pain, sacrifices, but also the joys, the indomitable spirit, the victories and the humanity that characterized the struggle.

The challenges facing South Africa remain significant two decades after Mandela’s long walk lead him out of jail – the reasons to celebrate, however, do too.
At a time where some miss the collective consciousness, the magic of the early 90s, the unity in purpose of the struggle years, and the electrifying mood, the excitement, the air filled with hope and possibilities, brotherhood and goodwill, these films provide insight and inspiration, allow audiences to take stock, draw parallels, reflect and debate, relieve South Africa’s “Zero Hour” and make sure that we never forget what it took. Amandla!

For media queries please contact:
Nathalie Rosa Bucher
0768 310 434 or 021 465 5805