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: www.docfilmsa.com Membership applications can be made through the website here.

10 July 2010

Doc Love Cape Town - Monday 12 July 2010

Obz CafĂ© Theatre and the Documentary Filmmaker’s Association present Doc Love, a showcase of thought-provoking and entertaining independent documentary film. The first documentary featured next week Monday, 12 July will be Maak It Aan directed by Nadine Cloete.

Maak It Aan is a short documentary about Cape Town based Afrikaans MC Jitzvinger a.k.a Quinton Goliath. The film follows this versatile artist as he travels to festival in South Africa and abroad passing the message of humanism, respect and solidarity. Jitzvinger reflects on social conditions as well as his views on culture.

The documentary is also a meditation on language and heritage, a topic that’s particularly interesting in the current resurgence of Afrikaans in the main stream music arena in the country.

Nadine Cloete will be in attendance. She did the documentary as part of her Honours project at the University of Cape Town and it went on to screen as several events including the 11th Encounters Film Festival and the Africa in the Picture Festival in the Netherlands last year. Cloete works as a director and production manager.

Doc Love will screen more documentaries every Monday, with titles including Kurt Orderson’s Prodigal Son ,Laura Meriläinen’s Next Door to Freedom and films from the IKON Series in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact 074 307 0150, 082 344 9421 or 078 573 0809.

08 July 2010

DFA Members Directory 2009/10 year.

DFA is proud to present its 66 page DFA Members Directory for 2009/10.

You can download a PDF of the directory here (3.5MB), which includes contact details and profiles for those of our members who gave us permission to publish their details (two members are unlisted and some details of specific members are not published at their request).

06 July 2010

SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, Previously Save Our SABC Campaign

ICASA INDEPENDENCE UNDERMINED BY NEW ICASA AMENDMENT BILL

5 JULY 2010

The SOS Campaign representing a number of trade unions (including Cosatu, Fedusa and Bemawu), a host of NGOs (including Media Monitoring Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute and Misa-SA), CBOs (including the Freedom of Expression Network), industry related bodies, academics and freedom of expression activists notes the vigour and commitment of the Department of Communications to find solutions to regulatory problems in the communications sector. However, SOS notes that - after a preliminary examination of the ICASA Amendment Bill - there are a number of problems in terms of its constitutionality. Further, there are a number of important process issues that are of major concern.

In terms of Constitutionality issues the Coalition notes that although the Bill includes proposals to ensure ICASA operates more efficiently which certainly should be welcomed, the Bill also includes a number of new clauses that could be constitutionally challenged. These clauses in particular relate to a set of proposed new powers for the Minister of Communications. These new powers include:
  • Removing the position of CEO of ICASA as accounting officer of the Authority and creating a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) position. In terms of the Public Finance Management Act, ICASA as a constitutional body used to report directly to Parliament through its CEO. It will now have to report through the Minister and Department.
  • ICASA must implement policy and policy directives issued by the Minister.
  • The Chairperson of Council must "perform such functions as the Minister may determine, subject to prior notification being given to Parliament".
  • The Minister will determine what roles councillors play on Council.
  • The evaluation of councillors will be conducted by a panel constituted by the Minister in consultation with Parliament. The panel must be chaired by the Minster or someone delegated by the Minister.
  • The Complaints and Compliance Committee members will be nominated by the Minister in consultation with Parliament.
Potentially this creates a situation where ICASA will be encouraged to operate as an extension of the Department of Communications. But this is totally at odds with South Africa’s Constitution and the country’s international obligations in terms of agreements such as the Windhoek Charter on Broadcasting in Africa, 2001 and the African Commission on Human and People’s rights, 2002. Also, these amendments are out of sync with internationally recognised best practice as regards broadcasting regulation. For instance the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights when dealing with regulatory bodies for broadcasting and telecommunications states that broadcasting and telecommunications must be regulated by a public authority “which is independent and protected against interference, particularly of a political or economic nature”.

Further to these constitutionality concerns, SOS notes once again the critical importance of the Department embarking on a substantive policy review process first before introducing new broadcasting and telecommunications legislation. This is an argument we raised very strongly previously in our comments on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill, 2009. We noted at that point, as we are noting once again, that the present policy in place i.e. the Broadcasting White Paper, 1998 is more than a decade out of date and riddled with gaps and contradictions.

Further, in the years since it was drafted the broadcasting and telecommunications sector has experienced paradigm-shattering technological changes. It is thus imperative that the Department revise the White Paper first and then move to the drafting of comprehensive, coherent legislation – both in terms of the Public Service Broadcasting Bill and in terms of this new ICASA Amendment Bill.

Finally, SOS notes that once again the Department, despite introducing very substantive legislative amendments that shift the very nature of independent regulation and broadcasting in the country, has given stakeholders a mere 30 days to comment. The Bill was published on 25 June and the deadline for written submissions has been set for 25 July. This time period is wholly inadequate and will in particular impact the effective participation of poorer, more marginalised civil society stakeholders. The Coalition thus urgently requests that the Department organise a number of provincial consultation sessions with stakeholders and shift the deadline for comment to the very earliest the end of August 2010 to ensure substantive, meaningful inputs.

Also, SOS once again requests, in terms of the Public Service Broadcasting Bill that the Department of Communications releases its research and motivations. This lack of information is severely hampering all stakeholders’ ability to meaningfully comment.

For more information please contact:

Kate Skinner – SOS Coordinator - 082-926-6404
William Bird – Executive Director Media Monitoring Africa – 082-887-1370
Patrick Craven – Spokesperson for Cosatu – 082-821-7456
Matankana Mothapo – Spokesperson Communications Workers Union – 082-759-0900

05 July 2010

CALLING ALL YOUNG FILM MAKERS

  • Have you got a great concept for a documentary?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your ideas and your talent?
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and loveLife are looking at developing young talent – 36 young film makers will be chosen to produce nine short documentaries showcasing South Africa Africa – our beautiful country, its diverse people, those with aspirations and those young people who are making their move. The stories will include those from both rural and urban settings and will be filmed across all provinces. Some stories may include the loveLife activities in and around the Y-Centres or what about experiencing a journey on the loveTrain? The ideas are endless... but we need yours.

Send us (before 17 July 2010):

  • A covering letter of motivation as to why you should be picked
  • Synopsis of your concept (1-3 pages)
  • Treatment of what your documentary will look like (2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of South African identity – entrants must be under the age of 25 years.
Winners will attend a workshop in August where they will receive skills in filmmaking and develop their concepts. This will be followed by the documentary productions during the months September to December 2010.
Send us your concept (as above) and your personal details (name, address, telephone number and ID number) to Born Free Media PO Box 291393 Melville 2109 or email tsholo@bornfreemedia.co.za or fax: 011 912 7755.

Film Festivals
  • Come join us during June and July at the 68 NLTDF/loveLife Fan Parks and watch a wide variety of films while waiting for the big games.
  • In September to celebrate heritage month (Heritage Day is on the 24th September) we will be screening for the first time in South Africa a documentary showcasing how loveLife youth and South African youth celebrated the world cup. The documentary will include ordinary yet remarkable stories of the fans, where they watched the games and what soccer means to them. See the pride and unity that sport can achieve and catch glimpses of loveLife sites – you may just get to see yourself on the big screens.
  • And to kick-off 2011 with a big bang the 9 documentaries produced by our budding young film makers will be screened across the 68 Festival sites.
To view article on the loveLife youth site click here.