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.

23 September 2010

Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is around the corner, again... and we are very excited because there is a fabulous line up. And a fabulous array of programme covers - 8 of them - but the inside pages are all the same, so don't be confused.

So, the website is up and the programmes are printed and will be out in Nu Metro cinemas, The Bioscope, The Foxy On Broadway, Exclusive Books, bars and clubs shortly.
Visit the website regularly as we'll have updates on screenings and events.

News items are...

Clicks card holders are eligible for a maximum of 2 discounted cinema tickets per day. The Clicks price is R25 - plus points.
Half-price Wednesdays are open to all. Tickets are R20. Swipe your Clicks card and receive points.
Momentum policy holders are eligible for discounts, which are determined by the type of policy individuals hold.

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister read more here
Jozi: • Wed 20 7pm Bioscope • Wed 27 7pm Bioscope
CT • Wed 27 6.30pm Nu Metro V&A • Wed 3 6.30pm Nu Metro V&A
Clapham Junction read more here
Jozi • Wed 20 8.45pm Bioscope • Wed 27 9pm Bioscope
CT • Wed 27 8.15pm Nu Metro V&A • Wed 3 8.15pm Nu Metro V&A

Tickets for these screenings are only available through OIA and are not available at the cinemas or through any booking service. OIA will give preference to its 8333 paid-up members - those who donate a minimum annual sum of R240 to OIA. Once we have taken all those requests and if there are tickets left over, we shall open up bookings, but you will still have to contact Lisa Mini to book.

We have 2 parties in CT...

Friday 29th October is the Halloween Cin Party powered by Cintron, at Lazari's in Green Point. This event is intended to raise funds for CT Pride. Donations at the door. There will be various prizes for the 'Best Outfit', Most imaginative Costume' and for the 'Best Matched Couple'.

The Festival Grand Finale - sundowners at The Grand Cafe and Beach, Cape Town chicest hangout - is on Sunday 7 November between 4.30pm and 7pm. Delicious eats from The Grand's kitchen and cocktails will be served. This is an invite only event and priority will be given to Out In Africa's 8333 members - those who donate a minimum annual sum of R240 to OIA. If you want to be on the guests list, or guarantee your seat at any of the Free Screenings, become an 8333 member. Contact Lisa Mini for details.

An invitation-only Soirée for over 100 people, in honour of the Festival and hosted by the US Consul.

Festival Guest Luncheon for 30 or more at 6 Spin Street. Owner Robert Mulders is a long term sponsor of the Festival. Under his patronage we have had countless splendid meals at Rozenhof. This will be our first at Robert's new restaurant.

Best wishes
OIA Team

Durban Film Office Update

The last few months have been punctuated by a flurry of planning and excitement around the organisation and hosting of the inaugural Durban FilmMart, by the Durban Film Office (DFO) in partnership with the Durban International Film Festival

As I write, the FilmMart has just come to a highly successful close and we are thrilled with the feedback we have received from speakers, the industry and delegates alike.

We were privileged to have a line-up of excellent lead experts and speakers in Luciano Gloor, Mike Kelly, Leena Pasanen, Clare Downs and Hugh Melamdowitz, who presented master-classes, workshops and fora and covering topical, industry-related issues, such as financing and funding projects, managing rights in the digital age, pitching and packaging product, scriptwriting and marketing and distribution strategies.

Leading funders, financiers and producers from around the world gave generously of their time and expertise to the delegates in attendance.

While we are encouraged by the accolades and compliments we are enjoying about the DFM, it is the learnings from the experience that will really provide the impetus for what we hope is just the beginning of a successful co-production film market for years to come...

For the Durban Film Office, the Durban FilmMart is one of a set of strategic programmes geared at raising the bar when we look at how Durban engages with the global marketplace. The overarching vision of the Durban Film Office is for Durban filmmakers to be empowered to create high-quality content for local and international audiences, funded and distributed via multiple channels. Strategic partnerships are key to progress and success in realising this vision, and it was a heart-warming experience to receive the level of support and commitment from local and international role players in the lead up to the 2010 FilmMart event and in the forward planning for Durban FilmMart 2011.

We thank everybody who played a part in Durban's first FilmMart. From sponsors, to staff, to industry role-players, to our partners, the Durban International Film Festival. It was a collaborative team effort...the results of which...are speaking for themselves.

Till next time...

South Africa's Democracy at Risk

South Africa's democracy is at risk -- a draconian and unconstitutional new Secrecy Bill is in Parliament and a Media Tribunal could be endorsed by the ANC Council this week, muzzling the media and letting the security agencies operate without accountability.

Another online petition has been launched via the global advocacy organisation, Please follow this link to read further and sign the online petition.

A Fortunate Soldier on MNet

Nicky Crowther's documentary, A Fortunate Soldier, will be screened on MNet on Thursday 23rd September at 11h00 and 17h00. Please watch it on channel 107.

She apologises for not being able to submit a synopsis as she is travelling.

Cape Winelands Film Festival Call for Entries


The Cape Winelands Film Festival runs from the 16 - 26 March 2011

Please submit your documentaries: the completely free early bird deadline for completed entry forms, preview copies and support materials is Nov 15th, 2010. The second and final deadline is December 15th, 2010 for completed submissions and for those entries we will charge the entry fee of 50USD.

The 4th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 16–26 March, 2011, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, has launched its call for entries. Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries submissions are eagerly awaited.
* Features: Features are all fiction films more than 50 minutes of length

* Shorts: Shorts are all fiction films up to 15 minutes in length. However all fiction films between 16 to 49 minutes in length will also be considered under the shorts category.

* Animation: Animation are all non-live action films, including claymation, computer and standard animation; of all lengths

* Documentaries: Documentaries are all non-fiction films of all lengths

The Early Bird submission deadline is November 15th, 2010 and all entries till then are FREE. After that a normal 50 USD entry fee will be charged until the final deadline on 15th December 2010. Cape Winelands Film Festival 2011, presented by Films for Africa and the City of Cape Town, will screen approximately 250 films during the 10 day festival in Cape Town and the heart of South Africa’s wine region Stellenbosch. The film selections will be posted on the festival’s website in the second week of January 2011.

The 2010 festival received more than 450 submissions from all over the world, though only 250 Feature films, documentaries and short films could be selected. Films without domestic theatrical distribution and films from first-time feature directors are especially welcomed.

The films will compete for the following awards :
Grand Prix Jury Award.
Best Feature Film Award
Best South African Feature Film
Best Documentary Award
Best South African Documentary
Best Short Film Award
Best South African Short Film
Best Animation Award
IFG Inspiration Award ( First time feature film directors)

CWFF serves as a platform for the discovery of new and emerging talent and we are devoted to the nurturing and development of new filmmakers and their cinematic vision. The feature competition programs presents a special award for first time directors working with limited budgets, thus enabling the Festival’s mission to give exposure to emerging filmmaking talent.

CWFF also features workshops and writing competitions for screenplays.

Leon vd Merwe
Festival Director
Kind regards

Short Films Hub

A place for filmmakers to submit their short films. The shorter, the better ...

10 Full Scholarships for study at SAE Institute Cape Town

Through a philanthropic gesture from an individual abroad, SAE Institute Cape Town is able to offer 10 full scholarships to deserving/qualifying individuals. We received this fantastic information this morning.

These 10 grants will be divided between SAE's Audio and Digital Film Production courses. Successful candidates must have a Grade 12 or equivalent related experience in the respective industries based on a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment. These are full scholarships i.e. the successful applicants entire tuition fee will be covered.

The catch is: the course starts in the next two weeks.
The programmes are:
National Certificate in Audio Production
National Certificate in Digital Film Production

Applicants need to apply this week and will be notified no later than Monday 27 September 2010 if their submission is successful.

These programmes will require one year of full time study consisting of three 15-week trimesters.
Classes for this intake will take place in the evenings 17:00-20:00 (digital film production) and 16:00 - 19:00 (audio production), Monday to Thursdays.

If you know of anyone who might be interested and who qualifies to apply, please ask them to contact me soonest. Standard terms and conditions apply.

David Maclean
SAE Institute South Africa
Office: +27 - 21 - 469 3600

21 September 2010

What We Can Learn from Mad Men

A complex and interesting comparison of the British and US television landscapes by David Elstein:

The Adam Smith Institute published a paper last month by David Graham on replacing the BBC licence fee with a voluntary subscription. As part of our debate over Public Service Broadcasting we published a widely read, robust response by Steve Barnett, who defended the merits of public funding of broadcasting. His argument included certain assumptions about what his target (right-wing think tanks) is taken to believe. But if these assumptions are in part false (as I believe), one result is likely to be that the BBC fails to open itself up to vital creative and financial opportunities that could put an end to the steady decline of its influence in UK broadcasting.

Arguing with assumptions is quite demanding for readers, as these first have to be unpicked before they can be examined. In this case, there are two levels of assumptions, both tied up in Steve’s treatment of HBO (Home Box Office), the high-quality cable TV subsidiary of Time Warner. HBO has produced some outstanding content, so much so that its success challenges a traditional core defence of public service broadcasting: that only public subsidy through an institution like the BBC can ensure intelligent, accessible quality drama, which the market would otherwise fail to deliver to our screens. Why, then, does the US market-place create television drama that is so much better than the BBC’s? And why are Steve and the many who share his views in such strong denial of the facts about the US market, and their implications.

Read further ...

AVID Training

Rian is offering training in ow to work with AVID. Unfortunately, he hasn't said where he is based:

Orientation to Avid Interplay Environment - R750
Optimising Interplay (customised) - R1200
AVID Customised - (one - on - one) - R1200
AVID Advanced Tips and Techniques - R750
AVID as compositor - R750
AVID as Audio Editor - R750

Photoshop for AVID - R750
Photoshop Advanced (customised, one-on-one) - R1200

I am taking bookings three weeks in advance - if you are interested, or know someone who may be interested - please reply.

Thanks a million!

083 399 4431

20 September 2010

Audio Visual Heritage and the South African Liberation Struggle

Hi there

I am writing in connection with UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October 2010 in an attempt to reach all audio visual archivists and documentary film makers to help update the South African History Archive's 2009 archival audit report of video and film material dealing with the South African Liberation Struggle, currently available as a free download from the SAHA website.


Because of time and other constraints in conducting this audit, the report currently only details fairly sizeable collections but we would like to expand it to include individuals and smaller production companies that were not included in the first edition of this report.

Conducted in conjunction with the Visual History Archive at the University of Cape Town, the aim of this audit was to increase awareness of, and access to, audiovisual material relating to the liberation struggle in South Africa through identifying and listing archives, stock footage libraries and other repositories, both nationally and internationally, which currently house such materials.

If you would like to make suggestions for amendments or additions to the report, please contact Michal Singer as soon as possible (before 30 September 2010). Otherwise, please send this on to anyone who might be interested. The idea is to update the report in time for UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October 2010.
Best regards

Michal Singer
Support Officer
Struggles for Justice Programme
South African History Archive
PO Box 31719
Tel: +27 (0) 11 717 1941
Fax: +27 (0) 11 717 1964