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.

01 April 2010

IKON EPISODE 4 - this Sunday, 4th April - SABC 2 @ 21:00

Dear filmmakers, production team and other stakeholders in Ikon,

Today, the 31st of March we delivered the final 3 episodes of Ikon to the SABC. It's been an amazing process - 10 intensive weeks to pull this project finally together, thank you all and congratulations to the filmmakers for their national screenings.
Find attached the next episode's line up. Episode 5 & 6 will be available next week and please check the website and fb fan page for updates. If you see any errors or omissions feel free to ad or write us and we will amend accordingly.

Enjoy the long weekend,

The Ikon team.

31 March 2010

Encounters call for entries submissions deadline extended to 14th April 2010


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 is secured for a minimum of four screenings at this Festival.
The deadline for submissions is 14th April 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

30 March 2010

The Killing of the Imam - Short animated film screening on SABC 2

In 1969, Imam Abdullah Haron was incarcerated and killed In detention under the terrorism act of 1967 in Cape Town, South Africa. His was one of the early deaths in detention during Apartheid’s dark days.

During the 60s Imam Haron became more active and began traveling abroad to raise funds for impoverished families back home. It was during this period that the notorious security police began to keep and eye on him.

This short film forms part of a feature length documentary on the Imam (due August 2010) and mixes animation, documentary and archive to look at the last few years of the Imam's life and death, told through the eyes and imagination of a young boy.

This film is part of the Ikon South Africa 2010 "Sign of the times" series. In 1969, Imam Abdullah Haron was incarcerated and killed In detention under the terrorism act of 1967 in Cape Town, South Africa. His was one of the early deaths in detention during Apartheid’s dark days.

Khalid is a member of the DFA as well as a SASFED board member.

DOC LOVE Screening - Unhinged - Surviving Jo'burg

Here is the new flyer for this Wednesday's DocLove screening. Please try and support the re-launch of this event so that we can make this a regular feature.

Please RSVP as we need to arrange the seating and catering. There will be a free cocktail party at "Love Jozi" before the screening. Enjoy!

29 March 2010

Cape Winelands Film Festival Awards 2010

At the Awards celebration of the Cape Winelands Film Festival on 27 March 2010 the following Awards were presented by the International Film Festival Jury.


Special Mention
Dance Macabre – Dir. Pedro Pirez

Best Short Film
Hammerhead – Dir. Sam Donovan

Best South African Short Film
Filho / Hidden Places - Dir Jamie Beron


Special Mention
Kentridge and Dumas in Conversation
Dir Catherine Meyburgh

Best Documentary
War Against the Weak – Dir Justin Strawhand


International Film Guide Inspiration Award
The Other Bank – Dir. George Ovashili

Best South African Feature Award
Gugu and Andile - Dir. Minky Schlesinger

Grand Prix Award
Eyes Wide Open - Dir. Haim Tabakman

Special Mention
  1. Denise Newman for her searing performance in the title role of Oliver Hermanus’ Shirley Adams. She offers a moving account of a life that lies behind news stories about gang violence. Shirley Adams’ heroism is not the stuff of Hollywood filmmaking. There is no crusade against gun culture or a successful battle to stop the violence that is tearing communities apart. Her bravery lies in facing each day with the determination to survive it. Denise Newman presents us with the real face of motherhood; with the smallest of gestures that underpin her anguish and pain, she captures the spirit of a woman who will go to any lengths for her child and whose resilience knows no bounds.
  2. Heikki Nousiainen for conveying the frailty of age, in his role as a priest desperate to finding meaning, in Klaus Härö’s Letters to Father Jacob. When a blind priest opens his doors to an ex-convict, peace returns to his life as he can continue his communication with the outside world through letters to his parishioners. Heikki Nousiainen’s quiet performance subtly details the everyday existence of this private man who, as he comes to the end of his life, wants nothing more than to serve his god. It is a performance of grace and humility that befits such an involving story.

Master Harold…and the Boys - Dir Lonny Price