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 October 2010

The Cradock Fours Screens in Johannesburg

DFA member, David Forbes', award-winning feature documentary film, The Cradock Four, is showing in cinemas in Johannesburg as part of the Tri-Continental Film Festival, and he would like to invite you to attend the screening tonight (Rosebank Cinema Nouveau) at 20h00.

The other screenings are detailed below. Please spread the word!

Fri 01 20:00 ROSEBANK NOUVEAU - Johannesburg
Thurs 07 18:15 ROSEBANK NOUVEAU - Johannesburg
Sat 09 20:30 The Bioscope ­ Indie Cinema, Johannesburg
Wed 13 20:00 BROOKLYN NOUVEAU - Pretoria
Wed 20 20:00 THE GATEWAY NOUVEAU - Durban

30 September 2010

IDFA Academy

The International Documetary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will be running the IDFA Academy alongside the screenings.

IDFA sent us a mail to encourage our members to apply to attend.

For more content information visit their website.

Practical information An IDFAcademy pass will cost €180 (including access to all events of the IDFA festival) or €160 (just for the IDFAcademy three day program and Industry Screenings). Applications for this year’s IDFAcademy close on 10 October and you can sign up by filling in the accreditation form, to apply you have to create a MyIDFA account.

Good luck!


Nowadays the potential of the internet stretches to documentary film funding. Simon Klose, former DFA member, has written from Sweden to say that he has raised funding for his latest documentary project, The Pirate Bay Away from the Keyboard, via Kickstarter.

Another online funding source that bypasses commissioning editors and goes straight to the audience would be IndieGoGo.

Now that South Africa has PayPal via FNB, we have the opportunity to use these platforms. Simon has confirmed that Kickstarter requires project applicants to have a US bank account. IndieGoGo, however, is open to everybody.

If you know of further sites we could list here, please send the URLs our way.

2010 World Congress of Science and Factual producers

Dresden, Germany • November 30-December 3, 2010

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot program that provides attendance support for documentary producers from regions beyond those of the event’s traditional delegate base. The WCSFP recognizes that regional infrastructure and production capacity limitations can prevent many producers from attending the Congress. The Emerging Markets Bursary Program aims to provide these producers with access to the event’s industry intelligence, professional development opportunities, and international community, thus assisting them in expanding their projects into new territories.

The Bursary offers established producers no-cost accreditation, travel and accommodation for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Dresden, Germany, from November 30 to December 3, with the additional benefits of guaranteed meetings and networking opportunities with the top producers and commissioning editors in the industry.

Bursary Benefits
• Full registration for the 2010 World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Dresden
• Travel and accommodation
• Formal introduction at the Congress’ opening plenary
• Guaranteed one-on-one meetings with commissioning editors at Speed Dating sessions
• Pre-arranged meetings with seasoned producers to help facilitate the most effective WCSFP experience

2010 Eligibility and Guidelines
• Applicants must be working in a country outside those of the WCSFP’s traditional delegate base (i.e. outside of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA)
• Applicants must be established producers working on science, history or other factual genres in their home territories who are looking to expand into multiple international markets

To apply for the program, candidates must send an email with the following documents to no later than October 15, 2010:
• A CV and short bio that indicates how long the applicant has been a professional producer
• One page application statement detailing the applicant’s involvement in science and/or factual production, including a description of his/her most recent project and his/her goals for attending Congress
• An electronic clip reel of recent projects (no longer than two minutes, and no larger than 300MB)
• A letter of support from a broadcaster in the applicant’s region

Applications deemed complete and eligible will be submitted to a Selection Committee made up of one member of the WCSFP Steering Committee, one member of the Board of Directors

28 September 2010

Publicity Workshop with Jonathan Rutter

This one happens in Cape Town and Johannesburg

: Friday 01 October 2010
Venue: NFVF, 87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg
Time: 12:00 to 16:00

* Angela van Schalkwyk (Screen Africa) interviews Jonathan Rutter on stage - 12:00 - 12:30pm.
* From unit to festival to release, the publicist role in the film production - 12:30 - 13:00pm
* Light Lunch - 13:00 - 13:30pm
* Publicity strategy, reaching your audience - 13:30 - 15:30pm
* Q&A and Networking - 15:30 - 16:00

Only 30 tickets available, RSVP by email to Carla Dias or call 011 483 0880 ext 209.

Date: Monday 04 October 2010
Venue: Alliance Francaise, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town
Time: 10:00 to 14:00

*Kevin Kriedeman (The Call Sheet) interviews Jonathan Rutter on stage - 10:00 - 10:30
*From unit to festival release: the publicist's role in the film production - 10:30 - 11:30
*Publicity strategy, reaching your audience - 11:30 - 13:00
*Light lunch, Q&A, Networking - 13:00 - 14:00


About Jonathan Rutter
Being a Founding Partner of and Director of Film for Premier PR, Jothanan Rutter's 17 years of expertise within the film industry includes publicity for films such as Lasse Holstrom's Chocolat and Douglas Mcgrath's Nickleby. He presents a wealth of international expertise within the realm of film publicity and PR. His expertise in publicity and driving distribution campaigns on top international platforms makes his knowledge of this environment and practice an integral part of developing South Africa's own content and distribution models.

27 September 2010

Finance and Distribution Workshops with Chris Roland

American Producer & Entertainment Industry Consultant Chris Roland is launching a series of unprecedented practical Financing & Distribution Workshops in Cape Town (15 on Orange Hotel Oct 15/16), Johannesburg (Melrose Arch Hotel Oct 22/23) and Durban (The Royal Hotel Oct 29/30).

Having raised and structured over $130 million worth of award winning productions, Chris is an expert in local & international content development, production, financing & distribution, with a focus on independent productions. His Real World Workshops are more than just theoretical lectures providing academic understanding, they are engaging and interactive practical work-flows detailing real world applications based on actual projects.

The workshops include two packed days covering local & international financing and distribution sources and structures, development funding, confidential resource material, co-productions, marketing, sales, contracts & agreements. Practical applications will be applied to actual delegate projects during the workshops. A contact list of local and international financiers and distributors is provided to all delegates attending the workshop.

When asked about revealing industry secrets and resources, Chris is decisive in his response. “I am a big believer in collaboration. Industries around the world flourish because they are unified. The more activity I stimulate through collaboration, such as the financing & distribution resources in the workshops, actually works to my advantage by helping to expand and grow the very industry I am supported by.”

The Workshops are designed for producers, filmmakers, production managers, financiers, facilities, film commissions, distributors, writers, directors, government agencies, lawyers and accountants, and present an opportunity to network with key industry decision makers.

The lifeblood of any project is the financing to produce it, and the distribution to get it to market. Access to these two areas is severely lacking, and the Financing & Distribution Workshops aim to close this gap. “At the conclusion of the workshops, delegates will have the tools, resources and confidence to move their projects from development into production.” Says Chris.

Lunch, craft, special give-aways, and a 45-minute one on one consultation with Mr. Roland is included in the workshop.

Chris has been involved in dozens of award winning film & TV content for the local & international market that have won or been nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe, Genie & SAFTA, including Darfur, Hotel Rwanda, Stander & Charlie Jade. He is currently producing the adventure series Hatari Dawn starring Sam Neill, and the comedy film Last African King starring Snoop Dogg. He is a regular speaker at conferences, markets & festivals, including IFF, MIPCOM, & Cannes Film Festival.

Seating is limited and advance booking is essential. For more information and bookings, email or call Lee-Ann Cotton on 082-855-2529.

Cape Film Commission Board Members

Unfortunately the DFA did not make it onto the board of the CFC. We will have to work even harder to have the voice of documentary filmmakers heard by the Cape Film Commission:

Corporate Seats

Carmen Amos - Velocity Films
Gavin Levy – Cape Town Productions

HDI Seat
Samuel Maneli – Imvusa Trading

Peter Currey – Sitewise

Training and Development Seat
Anita Kruger – City Varsity

Read more here.