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.

24 June 2010

32nd Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film, 22-30 October 2010

Fiction shorts, documentaries, experimental, development grant: Don't forget—the closing date for entries is 10 July!

The closing date for the entry of short films (fiction), documentaries (minimum running time 50 min), experimental films and videos and the Development Grant is 10 July. We remind you that films must be entered online and that the Development Grant entry form can be downloaded from our website. Online registration, click here.

Participation is open to films completed since 1 January, 2009. The subject and handling of the films must contribute to the cinematic representation of the Mediterranean and the director must be from one of the states in the Mediterranean Basin, the Black Sea states, Portugal and Armenia.

Deadlines for registration:
  • Fiction shorts: 10 July 2010
  • Documentaries: 10 July 2010
  • Experimental: 10 July 2010
  • Development Grant: 10 July 2010
Conditions of participation: see Registration

For any information regarding these sections, please contact:
Note: the deadline for fiction features is 31 August 2010
Press relations

National press :
Dany de Seille
Tél. : +33 (0)6 08 91 57 14

International and local press :
Gaby Pouget
Tél : +33 (0)6 70 72 29 77

32e Cinemed - 22-30 octobre 2010
Festival international du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier
78, av. du Pirée - 34000 Montpellier - France
Tel. +33 (0)4 99 13 73 73 - Fax +33 (0)4 99 13 73 74

The 5th International Film Festival on Water


Bangalore Film Society, Arghyam, Svaraj- Society for Voluntary Action Revitalization and Justice, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College, USA (FLEFF), Mountainfilm in Telluride, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Charter of Human Responsibilities, Samvada, Karnataka Chalanachitra Akademi and Water Journeys- Campaign for Fundamental Right to Water are organizing the fifth edition of the largest international film festival on water- Voices from the Waters 2010.

2010 begins as a critical year not just for Voices from the Waters which completes five years of existence but for environmental consciousness on the whole, as the thoughts and concerns regarding the existence and well-being of our rivers and streams are now being voiced in the mainstream. Now more than ever, there is a call for awareness, dialogue and debate to inform the actions on which the survival of our lifeworlds depend. We are at an instant of much possibilities and hope. We are in search of the voices that will guide us to a critical departure from the current paradigms towards our vision of better futures.

Voices from the Waters 2010: The 5th International Film Festival on Water, the biggest, most dynamic and diverse platform of its kind invites you to be a part of the festival by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films on water and related issues.

If you have a film in under any of the following categories:
  • Water Scarcity,
  • The Dams and the Displaced,
  • Water Harvest,
  • Water Struggles/Conflicts,
  • Floods and Droughts,
  • Global Warming and Climate Change,
  • Impact of Deforestation on Water Bodies,
  • Water, Sanitation and Health,
  • River Pollution,
  • The Holistic Revival of Water Bodies,
  • Water and Life.
You can consider sending it to us. Please note that the categories are loosely conceived and your film does not have to necessarily adhere to them while focusing on the larger theme of water.


Entries to the Film Festival must include:
  1. DVD of the film (with English subtitles, if required)
  2. A completed and signed copy of the entry form
  3. Three high-resolution stills of the film (can be sent via email)
  4. A high-resolution photograph of the director (can be sent via email)
Promotional materials are welcome
There is no entry fee.
All submitted films will be subject to a selection process by eminent members of the festival jury.
Applicant must pay for shipment of films to Voices from the Waters.
Submitted films will not be returned but will be part of Voices from the Waters library, one of the largest resources in the world for films on water.

Voices from the Waters is conceived as a travelling film festival. The selected films after being premiered in Bangalore at the main event will be taken across to educational institutions, non governmental organizations, small towns and villages across India.

Last date for submissions: July 10th 2010

Bangalore Film Society
No.33/1-9, Thygaraja Layout
Jaibharath Nagar
M.S. Nagar P.O
Bangalore 560 033

Campaign for the fundamental right to water,
C/o No.33/1-9, Thyagaraj Layout,
Jai Bharath Nagar,
Maruthisevanagar P.O,
Bangalore-560 033.

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water" - Loran Eisley

22 June 2010


In November last year documentary filmmaker Miki Redelinghuys met with the Cascoland team in Amsterdam, who shared their ideas for a project in Mafikeng, the dusty capital of the North West province of South Africa. Inspired by the project, Cascoland In Mafikeng 2010, she went to Mafikeng in February 2010 to research a potential documentary about this.

In the process she met with Willie Reetsang from the Mmabana Cultural and proposed to combine the film-making process with a skills transfer to some of the Arts students from the Mmabana centre. Willie embraced the proposal with enthusiasm and his team selected a group of 12 students to attend a 3-day intensive documentary film-making workshop, which took place 5-7 June in the Mmabana Centre of Mafikeng. The workshop was presented by Plexus Films Producer/Director team Miki Redelinghuys and Lauren Groenewald, along with Filmmaker, Maciej Kwiecinski, and UCT Film Honours student, TinaShe Makwande.

The aim of the workshop was to demystify the art of documentary filmmaking, making the basic technology of filmmaking accessible to new filmmakers. Students were encouraged to broaden the way they think about documentary and some of them emerged inspired to try their hand at film-making.

The participants, who were mainly fourth year drama students, were tutored in the basic skills of conceptualising a story, filming, directing and editing documentary film. During the three days the students produced four short group films. They were responsible for shooting and directing the films and worked with the editor team to construct and edit the short narratives.

The outcome objective of the workshop was loosely built around the concept of the MY TOWN project launched by the Documentary Filmmakers Association in 2009. At the end of the workshop, the students pitched their ideas about a film that dealt with MY TOWN -MAFIKENG to the tutors.

The selected projects will be mentored by Maciej, Miki and TinaShe during the Cascoland project. The aim is to have three short films that reveal an insiders interpretation of MAFIKENG.

The students will have specific roles during the project from camera, director through to the script for the edit.

A student producer, Bontle Mafethe, was selected out of the group to oversee the project and focus on communications between the students and the mentors Tshenolo Nhlapo was selected from the group to work as trainee camera assistant and sound person with the camera crew.

To find out more about Cascoland visit

21 June 2010


Click here to open June 2010 RFP BOOK, you can also go to the SABC website –

Australian High Commission: Australia and South Africa to sign film co-production treaty on 18 June

(Click here to see file: Media release - Australia and South Africa sign film co-production agreement.pdf)


MEDIA RELEASE, 17 June 2010

Australia and South Africa to sign film co-production agreement

Australian and South African film-makers will have more opportunities to work together following the finalisation of a bilateral film co-production agreement between the two countries.

The treaty-level agreement will be signed at 11am on Friday 18 June 2010 by the Australian Minister for Sport, Youth, Early Childhood Education and Childcare, the Hon Kate Ellis MP, and the South African Minister for Arts and Culture, the Hon Lulama Xingwana.

The treaty aims to encourage film co-productions between Australian and South African film-makers by streamlining some of the administrative and funding issues around cooperation in film-making.

Practical benefits for film-makers are that projects approved as official co-productions under the treaty will be granted ‘national treatment’ by both countries meaning co-producers can access a range of funding and tax benefits; simplified immigration requirements for the entry of skilled personnel; and duty free importation of equipment for use in co-productions. Official co-productions will also be treated as ‘local content’ under domestic television broadcast quotas.

The agreement, once approved through each country’s respective parliamentary processes, will provide opportunities for Australian and South African film-makers to pool their creative and financial resources, facilitate cultural and creative exchange between the countries and increase the output of high-quality productions.

Minister Kate Ellis said “This film co-production agreement is a further example of the growing bilateral relationship between Australia and South Africa. Our two countries have long competed and cooperated in the sporting arena and I am delighted to see our connections are expanding in the cultural sphere as well.”

Australian and South African film-makers already are working together to great effect. An example of this is the Australian – South African joint production, The Team that Never Played – a film about apartheid era football players that never participated in the FIFA World Cup owing to sporting sanctions.

The Team that Never Played will premiere in South Africa at the official opening of the Africa on Screen and Soccer Film festivals on Thursday 24 June.

# Signing of Film Co-Production Treaty

Venue: Office of the Minister of Arts and Culture, Level 10, Kingsley Centre Corner Church and Beatrix Streets, Pretoria
Time: 11am on Friday 18 June

Please RSVP to Tsakani Sithole on 012 441 3606 or

# Premiere of The Team that Never Played

Venue: Sci Bono Discovery Centre Newtown, Johannesburg
Time: 6.30pm on Thursday 24 June

Please RSVP to Lara Preston on

For more information about the potential of the agreement for film-makers, please see the Screen Australia website –

For further information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Mr William Blomfield on +27 83 409 3619 or