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14 October 2010

Responsive Film Design

A web designer shares his thoughts on aspect ratio in filmmaking. This may be an interesting avenue to explore in terms of the future of filmmaking. Or maybe not.

13 October 2010

Tri Continental Film Festival Inreach in Cape Town

The festival plans an Inreach component this year, which means we are trying to bring in audiences that usually do not have access to the V&A Cinema spaces, but who may be interested in particular themes and films that is showing at this year's festival. Discussions and debates are given a platform after films have been screened and we hope that this year's audience interaction will be as vibrant and engaging as ever.

If you know of activists, ngos, npos, community based organisations and individuals that you would like to suggest be invited and contacted by the Cape Town Inreach team please feel free to contact myself or Ferdi.. You will find our details below.

Please check out for more information.

Hope to see you at this year's festival!

Further Funding Opportunities

DFA Members!

Please visit the Tribeca Film Institute's blog to find out about further funding opportunities.

Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) proudly announces the new TFI Documentary Fund, presented by HBO, which will provide more than $100,000 in fellowships and grants for engaging, character-driven documentaries. As the not-for-profit Institute enters its tenth year, it will award more than $500,000 in filmmaker support grants throughout 2011.

The TFI Documentary Fund was created to further the development of character-driven documentaries. The Fund will arrange one-on-one meetings with key HBO Documentary Film executives, in addition to providing financial support, supervision and guidance from TFI and HBO, to select filmmakers developing artistically significant and engaging feature-length documentaries that emphasize character.

Through the generous support of HBO, three fellowships will be awarded to films in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production: $50,000 will be awarded to an emerging filmmaker in production on his or her first feature-length documentary under The TFI/HBO “Documentary Screen Test” Fellowship; The TFI/HBO “House I Live In” Fellowship will award $25,000 towards the completion of a documentary focused on the filmmaker’s personal story; and a $25,000 TFI/HBO “Outside Looking In” Fellowship will be granted to support an extraordinary character-driven story, which aims to take audiences into someone else's world.

Recipients will be announced at the annual TFI Awards held during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Please read the rules and regulations for applicants here.

Photo and Film Expo

The show is upon us! 
Following on the success of our inaugural event in 2009, the 2010 PHOTO & FILM EXPO now has more exhibition stalls, double the number of workshops and a full representation of the industry.
We’ve listened to your compliments and suggestions and put together an event with even more great deals, latest product launches and prizes worth well over half a Million Rand.

Media Morning

At the request of the media (and partly due to the fact we couldn’t fit our hectic program into three days) we are opening the show a day earlier. The show will therefor open on Thursday the 14th October and free access will be granted to accredited and invited media attendees between 9am & noon (accreditation is available to mainstream publications, radio and television) - this gives members of the media a chance to get the word out about the show before the weekend starts.

Weekend Passes

For those of you who can’t get too much of a good thing we will have ‘weekend’ passes available for purchase at the door, the price of these passes remains unchanged at R200 despite the extra day and bonus activities (valid from Thursday till Sunday). These tickets are limited and sales open first thing on Thursday morning - at the door.


In addition to the brand new unique workshop line-up by South African industry leaders, we also have international presenters. Stay tuned to to download the full workshop program consisting of well over 30 presentations and as many product demonstrations during the course of the event.
Workshops are all free to attendees (ticket prices are unchanged at R80 for adults and R40 for teens), and cover a full range of topics to cater to the entire industry.
This year workshops will cater to beginner, intermediate and advanced audiences.

Read the rest on their web site.

Out in Africa Opening Night Speakers

Jozi: Thu 14 – Sun 21 October
Hyde Park Nu Metro and downtown at The Bioscope

CT: Thu 21 October – Sun 7 November
V&A Nu Metro, and in the heart of the city at The Foxy On Broadway, 44 Long Street.

Denis Goldberg, a civil engineering graduate of UCT, became the technical officer of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961. In 1964 at age 31, Goldberg was sentenced to four life terms at the end of the Rivonia Treason Trial. Others in the dock included Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada.

In 1985 at age 52, after 22 years in the notorious Pretoria Central prison, Goldberg was released and went into exile in London where he continued to work for the ANC. His memoir, The Mission - A life for freedom in South Africa, was published recently.

It is an honour for Out In Africa to welcome a man of passion and compassion to open the Festival in Cape Town on Thursday 21 October in Cape Town.

In Johannesburg, on Thursday 14 October the Festival will be opened by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Director of the Legal Resources Centre’s Constitutional Litigation Unit and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Ngcukaitobi is an advocate with qualifications in law and politics from the Universities of Transkei (BA-LLB), Rhodes (LLM) and the London School of Economics (LLM). He writes regularly for academic journals on the questions of human rights, labour law and administrative law. He has served as a clerk at the Constitutional Court and is a former partner of Bowman Gilfillan.

Denis Goldberg was the guest speaker at the launch of CASAC on 16 September 2010 at the Lilliesleaf Farm, famous for the raid that led to the Rivonia Treason Trial.

Difficult Love at Out in Africa

Out In Africa is please to announce a late entry to our festival: the local film, Difficult Love, is an intimate portrait of the sometimes infamous lesbian photographer, Zanele Muholi, an unapologetic chronicler of her community, amongst the most hidden and threatened in our country. Muholi is disarming and very articulate about the purpose of her work. Muholi will attend both screenings of the film.

Plus Camerimage Calls for Documentary Submissions

We would like to remind you about the end of the selection process for the Documentary Films Competition of the 18th Edition of Plus Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography. The competition is held under the patronage of Discovery Networks Central Europe.

Until October 15th, 2010 you can still submit your documentary films through our online Documentary Films Competition Entry . Using the same entry form you may submit your film to one of two independent categories:
• Short Films - up to 60 minutes running time
• Feature Length Films - more than 60 minutes running time

Please be advised that documentary student etudes are not eligible for the Student Etues Competition. Documentary student etudes compete with senior filmmakers’ documentaries. They should therefore be submitted to the Documentary Films Competition.

Contact Person:
Dariusz Wyczolkowski
e-mail: doc (at)
tel.: +48 (56) 62 100 19 w. 123

Tumult Foundation
"Documentary Films Competition"
Rynek Nowomiejski 28
87-100 Torun, Poland

The authors, producers and distributors are invited to submit the films to the selection. We kindly request the submitters to read the Rules and regulations, fill in the Entry Form and to send us the required materials until October 15th, 2010.

The Festival will be held in the city of Bydgoszcz from the 27th Nov through 4th Dec.
More information about Bydgoszcz can be found here: or

12 October 2010

Nominations for NFVF Councillor Positions

Dear Members,

This is your chance to make a make a difference!

Please click here to find the request for nominations for the new NFVF Council members released in the press last week by the Department of Communications. The Council will consist of between nine and fourteen members.

Nominees should have special knowledge or experience in the film and video industry, or specialist skills which are not directly related to the film and video industry but which would be beneficial to the Council, such as legal knowledge, knowledge of marketing, liaison and fundraising.

Nominees will be interviewed in public. Any member of the public may object in writing to any nomination of any person. The members will be appointed by the Minister.

The closing date for nominations is 2 November 2010.

The IPO is co-ordinating nominations for it's members and asks their members to please send nominations by Friday 22nd October so that they can create a shortlist of nominees and prepare all of the required paperwork.

SOS press statement on SABC Crisis issues

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition

SOS notes with increasing alarm the deteriorating situation at the SABC

12 October 2010

The "SOS: Support Public Broadcasting" Coalition representing a number of trade unions including COSATU, COSATU affiliates CWU and CWUSA, FEDUSA and BEMAWU; independent film and TV production sector organisations including the South African Screen Federation (SASFED); and a host of NGOs and CBOs including the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA); as well as a number of academics and freedom of expression activists note the deteriorating situation at the SABC with ever increasing alarm. We note the possibility that the Board may again collapse.

Newspaper reports over the weekend and Monday morning have stated that Board members are asking the Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda to amend the SABC's articles of association so that an acting CEO can be chosen from outside the organisation. At the moment the acting CEO is Robin Nicholson, an internal executive. Previously newspapers had quoted the Minister stating that he was concerned about the appointment of Mr Nicholson (the current Chief Financial Officer).

SOS does not hold any particular brief for Mr Nicholson but the Coalition believes that the decision to review the SABC's Articles of Association ostensibly to allow for the appointment of an external candidate is flawed on a number of grounds. First, we believe that the reversal of the Board's initial decision to appoint Mr. Nicholson is creating further instability at the SABC. A situation the institution can ill afford.

Second, it gives the impression that the Board did not consider the impact of this reported latest decision but rather responded to shareholder pressure (in contravention of corporate governance principles). If it did, it calls into question whether or not Board members sufficiently applied their minds when taking the initial decision.

Third, although we believe that the Articles of Association should be reviewed to bring them in line with constitutional principles and the new Company Act and King Codes among others, we are concerned that the latest Board proposal seems to indicate a piece meal approach to the Articles rather than the necessary thorough, open and comprehensive review clearly required. The impression that is being created is that these revisions are haphazard and being driven by outside pressures rather than genuine inside requirements. We fear this will bring the SABC's reputation into further disrepute.

SOS believes that the Articles of Association need to strengthen the SABC's institutional autonomy so as to prevent Ministerial intervention in the operations of the SABC, a key safeguard for editorial and programming independence. Further, SOS believes that this should be part of a broader review of broadcasting policy and legislation in the country.

Finally, we would like to emphasise that we believe that these recent problems with the Board are all symptoms of a deeper malaise caused by a failure of oversight by Parliament and appropriate oversight by the Executive which is ultimately affecting audiences' right to be informed.

Crises first emerged close to five months ago in May this year when the Board called on Parliament to consider an apparent breach of the law by some members in unilaterally appointing a Head of News. These issues have yet to be discussed in Parliament, though the Portfolio Committee is saying that it will resume a public hearing on the matters on 19th October 2010. This is long overdue and at least three Board members have resigned over the period reportedly due to the lack of decisive oversight and leadership. According to media reports others are considering resigning as well.

The lack of clear oversight is further evidenced by the fact that Parliament has yet to initiate a process to replace resigned Board members. Board member Barbara Masekela resigned in July 2010 and Magatho Mello in early August. Members have a three month notice period in which Parliament is mandated to replace them. It appears that Ms. Masekela's notice period is almost over.

It is clear from a range of reports (including the SABC's annual reports, the Auditor General report and others) that the crisis facing the SABC will require a concerted effort to resolve. A Board can only deliver on this and ensure audiences can have access to meaningful content if they are given the necessary support to act decisively and then held accountable for meeting their mandate.

The ongoing challenges faced by the SABC make it urgent that the role of the oversight structures is reviewed as well in their handling of the various crises at the SABC.

For more information:

Kate Skinner – SOS Coordinator – (082) 926-6404
Matankana Mothapo – Spokesperson Communications Workers Union – (082) 759-0900
William Bird – Director Media Monitoring Africa – (082) 887-1370