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.

27 March 2010

SASFED supports termination of CNBC contract with Gauteng Film Commission

On the 11th of November 2010, SASFED sent a letter to the Chief Executive of the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) in which they expressed concern on a report they had received that 3 million US Dollars of the GFC's annual budget was committed to broadcaster CNBCA each year by way of a five year MOU, (signed by Paul Mashitile the former MEC for the Department of Economic Development) that has already been in place for two of these years. This alarmed SASFED since CNBCA does not act to promote local content production, especially in the independent production sector. SASFED called for this money to rather be made available to Gauteng based companies in the independent production sector, if they were to survive these tough times.

Recently the current MEC for for the Department of Economic Development, Firoz Caachalia , reported to a SASFED board member that contract with CNBCA has been cancelled, and went further to express the GFC would continue to enjoy government support.

SASFED is heartened that such a large budget, (reportedly half of the GFC's total annual budget) has now been freed up within the GFC to the benefit of the Gauteng based Industry. SASFED congratulates the GFC and the new MEC for negotiating the cancellation of this contract and looks forward to GFC re-doubling its efforts with the increased funds to assist in rebuilding the industry in the province. SASFED supports the development of provincial film commissions and offices, and is encouraged by provincial investment in this vital industry.

SASFED is The South African Screen Federation, representing the interest of film and television industry organisations as a collective federation.
Full SASFED Member Organisations: DFA - The Documentary Filmmakers Association / IPO - The Independent Producers Organisation / OSCA SA - The Official South African Casting Association / PMA - The Personal Managers' Association / SAGA - South African Guild of Actors / SAGE - South African Guild of Editors / WGSA - Writers Guild of South Africa / WIFTSA - Women in Film and Television SA / WOS - Women of the Sun

SASFED is also formally affiliated to: FEPACI - Pan African Federation of Film – Makers / SOS: Supporting Public Broadcasting / TVIEC - Television Industry Emergency Coalition

For more information please contact SASFED Communications - Marc Schwinges

26 March 2010

DocLove is back in Joburg!!!

Exciting news is that DocLove is back in Joburg and will be at home at the Bioscope independent cinema at Arts on Main. DocLove kicks off on Wednesday the 31st with fellow DFA member Adrian Loveland's "Unhinged - Surviving Joburg", a brilliant work in progress. What is DocLove again? Here's the blurb:

DocLove is a DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association) initiative to promote the genre of documentary and create a platform for aspiring documentary makers, docy-lovers and veteran documentary producers and directors to meet, view and discuss documentary films that are still works in progress. The screenings will be held regularly at the Bioscope at Arts on Main in down town Johannesburg and will be the ideal place to network for all those involved in the genre of documentary. The screenings will always follow a format of introducing the film and filmmaker, viewing the film which has to be a work in progress with at least one edit and mix to go,followed by a Q&A session where the audience can interact with the filmmaker and both learn from their experience as well as give constructive criticism on the film and finally socialising with fellow docy lovers at the very arthouse Bioscope venue. DFA members will have free entry to the screenings and filmmakers who wish to screen their films must be DFA members

Click here for details

Invitation to Oxfam International Workshop on Shooting Poverty & New Media Campaigning

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to an Oxfam International facilitated workshop on the use of film and new media in humanitarian campaigning. Please click here for attached invitation. The focus of this 2-hour workshop to be held both in Cape Town on 14 April and in Johannesburg on 16 April will be on:

  1. Shooting Poverty - A competition calling for film treatments that highlight the impact of arms trade and armed violence on development.
  2. New Media Campaigning - Oxfam is about to launch a new online platform aimed at enabling individuals, bloggers and organisations around the world to take action on a number of different humanitarian issues.

Should you wish to participate in the event, please contact Nolucky Nxasana of Oxfam Australia. Kindly send your RSVP, including a completed form (see invitation) to Nolucky at (or fax 0866468447) by Monday, 29th March 2010.

I plan to attend the afternoon session in Johannesburg on 16 April. While acknowledging that the topic on film/new media may not be of interest to everyone, we do hope to see some of you there! Please do feel free to circulate to your colleagues who may be interested.

Many thanks and kind regards,

25 March 2010

The DFA partnering with prestigious AFRICADOC - South Africa - Documentary Scriptwriting Residency has extended the entry date to the 6th April 2010

DFA is a supporter of the first South African Documentary Scriptwriting Residency in Johannesburg from the 12th till the 24th of April 2010.

AFRICADOC itself is however not a new venture in French Speaking Africa, and has a proud history of success. This is its first venture into an English Speaking Territory and DFA is thrilled to be associated with the program.

The aim of Africadoc is to develop, together with all African countries, a training network to meet the needs of a new generation of documentary filmmakers, and to set up a network of professionals working in the documentary world.

The Closing date has been moved to the 6th April: Applications including the filled in form and the required documents (see list on form) must be sent by email and before 6th of April 2010 – midnight.

To read more click here.

24 March 2010

From our friends at WoS - Last Thursday Showcase - tomorrow

It's that time of the month again and we look forward to seeing you there.

WoS Last Thursday Showcase
Brings you ‘DISCREET’ produced by ANEL ALEXANDER

Genre: Fiction (80min)
Time: 7:30pm
Date: 25 March 2010
Venue: The Lab (Market Theatre), Newtown
Q&A with Anel Alexander

Free Screening -Food provided - Cash bar

In a society that promotes sexual promiscuity and where true honesty is a rare commodity, Monique (a sex worker) and Thomas (the client) take the audience on a funny poignant and brutal journey of self-examination.

Honesty costs more…

‘This film ups the game with savvy dialogue considered performances and keen production values’ Tat Wolfen – Saturday Star

'…the director raises the bar for local film productions by turning in an elegant product...' Theresa Smith – The Star Tonight

SASFED Statement to welcome IPO as member

The SA Screen Federation (SASFED) on behalf of all its affiliates welcomes the decision by the Annual General Meeting of the Independent Producers' Organisation (IPO) on 23 March 2010 to seek full member affiliation to SASFED. The IPO is a leading industry constituent organisation and will add much value to a unified industry standpoint through SASFED. SASFED looks forward to a dynamic working relationship with IPO and it's other affiliate members.

(See previous release as to new IPO Board / Resolutions)

A release from AGM meeting on the 23/03/2010 - Results of Voting

The following e-mail received from the IPO administrator, and pictures from Marc Schwinges.

Dear Members,

It was good to see so many of you at the Annual General Meeting yesterday, many thanks for taking time out to attend.

The following people were voted on to the Executive Committee:

  1. Bridget Pickering
  2. Dan Jawitz
  3. Desiree Markgraaff
  4. Harriet Gavshon
  5. Levern Engel
  6. Lodi Matsetela
  7. Marvin Saven
  8. Portia Gumede
  9. Ramadan Suleman
  10. Rehad Desai
  11. Tendeka Matatu
  12. Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat

The voting results on the Special Resolutions were as follows:

  1. Name Change: The option of a name change of the IPO - The majority voted against this.
  2. Changes to the Constitution: 1 Seat on the Executive Committee reserved for an IPO member nominated and voted for by paid up Individual Members only and 1 seat on the Executive Committee reserved for an IPO member nominated and voted for by Producer Members in categories a-d (turnover below R10 million). All other seats to be nominated and voted for by all paid up members - The majority voted in favour of this.
  3. SASFED Relationship: To become a Full Member of the South African Screen Federation - The majority voted in favour of this.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting will follow.

Kind regards,

Dionne Cronin
Independent Producers' Organisation (IPO)

TVIEC Meeting Saturday 27 March 3pm Goethe Institute

Important General TVIEC Meeting This Saturday

This is a reminder about the TVIEC meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday 27 March at 3pm at the Goethe Institute (119 Jan Smuts Avenue).

TVIEC members and all interested industry professionals: Please come and get involved in the fight for a stronger industry.

The purpose of the meeting is to report back on the TVIEC’s dealings with SABC and other stakeholders and to receive input from the industry. We need to consolidate and find a unified voice for the many campaigns and lobbies we will be engaged in this year.

Please inform any industry professionals you think will be interested.

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).

23 March 2010

Iranian filmmakers receive the EDN Award 2010

EDN has announced that The EDN Award 2010 is presented to IRDFA – Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association. IRDFA receives the award for their outstanding contribution to the documentary culture.

EDN has chosen to honour IRDFA with the EDN Award 2010 to recognise the impressive work the organisation has done since it was founded in 1996. IRDFA has established a strong national organisation to unite the Iranian documentary sector and made sure that the documentary film as a genre and an art form has been recognised by public film and funding bodies. IRDFA has also worked strongly to help Iranian documentary filmmakers and their films to travel around the world as well as making documentary makers from around the world travel to Iran.

Read more at the EDN web site here