The 8th annual Tri Continental Film Festival together with the Goethe-Institut and the SABC present the Tri-Continental Mini-Conference, 2010. This year’s sessions will focus on industry development across the film industry’s value-chain – from pitching to distribution and exhibition. The mini -conference will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, on the 1, 2 and 3rd of October 2010.
VENUE: GOETHE-INSTITUT AUDITORIUM
119 Jan Smuts Avenue
Parkwood, Johannesburg 2193
011 442 3232
FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER
FROM IDEAS TO INTENT- GETTING PROJECTS OFF THE GROUND
Report back from the four Southern African documentary projects that were part of the residency and pitching at Louma 2010, led by the South African Louma participants
The questions “So what’s it about?” and “Why do you want to tell this story” are intrinsically connected and dreaded by many filmmakers. In this interactive session, the panel will share information and experience on how to approach defining your story in order to generate interest and attract finance.
Louma 2010 was a unique opportunity that brought together professionals involved African documentary film. In Saint‐Louis (Senegal), numerous directors, producers, potential funders, buyers, distributors and publishers gathered for a week‐long conference dedicated to documentary films and film projects.
FRIDAY 01 OCTOBER
FILMS THAT ACT: What are the effects on the genre when social development is the priority?
Andy Spitz (We are No Where), Molly Blank (Where do I Stand) and Landon Van Soest (Good Fortune) interrogate the issues they confront when making films as a tool for social intervention.
SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER
BEYOND THE BOX (OFFICE): INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION
Panellists Darryl Els of independent cinema “The Bioscope”, Neil Brandt/Dan Jawitz of “Fireworx Marketing and Distribution” and Helen Kuun of the newly formed “Indigenous Films” discuss the fledgling independent distribution and exhibition sector in South Africa and the region.
The lack of a diverse and functional distribution sector has repercussions across the film value chain and significantly inhibits the building of a sustainable industry. The independent players, who’ve emerged to fill the gap, face both obstacles and opportunities.
SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER
VIDEO ON DEMAND: THE CENTRAL PLANK OF A DISTRIBUTION REVOLUTION OR A PUPPY PLAYING WITH THE BIG DOGS?
Enrico Chiesa - founder of Africafilms.tv. an EU media sponsored VOD site for African film discusses the viability of online distribution.
AfricaFilms.tv, a new VOD Platform, is funded by The ACP States and the UE to reinforce the African film sector. To help African rights-owners take hold of the digital distribution of their films, using VOD to extend their lifecycle and expand their reach to worldwide audiences. A non-exclusive platform, that also provides them with a set of business tools unprecedented on the market.”
SUNDAY 03 OCTOBER
EXCERPTS AND DISCUSSION:
THE QUESTION OF VOICE- DOCUMENTARY AS POINT OF VIEW
“Afrikaaps” director Dylan Valley and “Battle for Johannesburg” director Rehad Desai present excerpts from their films and discuss their different approaches to subjective representation. Moderated by Katerina Hedren.
Debates around the subjective presentation of “the real” have been inspired by the documentary form since its inception. The genre reflects these debates as the filmmaker’s perspective has become an intrinsic aspect of the narrative of many contemporary documentaries. Does a strong point of view necessitate a filmmaker putting themselves in the frame, or delivering a voice-over narration?
SUNDAY 03 OCTOBER
MEET AND GREET:
a) OBERHAUSEN FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR HILKE DOERING
Hilke Doering will present a brief overview of the renowned Oberhausen Experimental Film Festival, and invite young filmmakers to engage her about navigating the international festival and market circuit.
She will also be open to submissions of student/ young filmmakers work for festival consideration.
SCREENING AND DISCUSSION:
b) BETWEEN PLAY AND PAY: EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING TODAY
A screening of Jyoti Mistry’s “Yoni” and “We Remember Differently”
Followed by a discussion led by Jyoti Mistry
What defines mainstream vs. experimental film? Is “traditional” cinema in the process of redefinition? Are the boundaries between experimental film and mainstream models becoming less defined?
Booking is essential for further information contact
Arya Lalloo – email@example.com