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.

28 October 2010

tve Puts out a Call for Commissions


tve is launching its second major environmental film initiative for YouTube filmmakers
and animators. tve’s biomovies competition offers the YouTube generation a say on
the world’s vanishing biodiversity.

“Two billion films are streamed on YouTube on an average day – mainly by young
people for who the future of the planet really does matter,” says Cheryl Campbell, tve’s
executive director.

“We’re looking for the sharpest, wittiest, most creative and thought-provoking minds on
the YouTube scene to give their take on one of the most important environmental issues
of all, and reach the audience who really needs to know about our common future.’”

tve’s biodiversity competition follows the enormous success of tve’s first YouTube
series A Million Views on Copenhagen. Its hilarious, provocative, dramatic and diverse
films on climate change, made by filmmakers around the world, attracted more than a
million YouTube views.

The competition is launched on 29 October at the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya,
Japan, with the screening of two films by YouTube cult filmmakers Eddsworld from
Britain and Killcure’s Varun Kannan from India. It will also be launched online on
Tuesday 26 October at

Contestants are asked to submit ideas in one of three categories – on our future, on
food and farming, and on forests – for a short, 2-3 minute film. A shortlist of twelve
will receive US$300 to produce their films, which will be broadcast on tve’s Inspiring
Change YouTube channel at

Then it’s over to the real judges – the YouTube viewing public – to decide who wins the
three prizes of US$1500.

tve’s biomovies competition is supported by our donors and supporters including
Azad Shivdasani, WWF-UK, Bioversity International and the Convention on Biological

To enter tve’s biomovies competition, visit

For media enquiries contact press officer Rachel Royce on +44 (0)20 7901 8830,
07974 316 662 or at

21 Elizabeth Street
London SW1W 9RP
United Kingdom

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tve is a collective name for Television for the Environment and Television Trust for the Environment.
Television for the Environment is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales
(registered office 21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP, company number 1811236) and a registered
charity (charity number 326585). Television Trust for the Environment is a registered charity (charity
number 326539).



Every South African filmmaker knows that finishing a film does not just mean letting go of the labour and love put into a product over an extended period of time, but more often than not, the long term artistic and financial reward as well. The moment a film changes hands from producer to distributor/broadcaster, the filmmaker loses control over any long-term income generated from it, and equally important, over the process of getting the film seen by a wide audience.

Nothing is wrong with a division of labour and financial transactions that allow filmmakers to do what they do best – making films – and distributors and broadcasters to focus on their part of the deal – buying a product they believe in and using their commitment and skills to bring it to an audience as large as possible.

Nowhere in the world is this process flawless and entirely fair, but in South Africa at this point in time, it can only be described as abnormal, abusive and a threat to the South African independent film industry. With very few exceptions, filmmakers eager to share their work with the world, are left with no other alternatives than to enter into agreements with distributors and broadcasters containing draconian terms and conditions that, to make things worse, are rarely designed to ensure that the films reach as many viewers as possible. A reflection of two tendencies that are permeating South Africa’s distribution landscape: the general lack of confidence in local film and the poor commitment to the local independent film industry.

On the 11th of November 2010 we invite YOU to a discussion with the aim of finding adequate and feasible solutions to the current distribution challenges, thus ensuring that the profession of filmmaking becomes sustainable and worthy of a country of South Africa’s calibre, and ultimately the survival and growth of a highly qualitative and efficient South African film industry that was built through 15 years of blood, sweat, tears and an equal amount of love and passion for the craft.

The aim of the November 11-initiative is that it will lead to the formation of an action-oriented network consisting exclusively of industry stakeholders who are able and willing to contribute actively in working towards clearly defined goals in order to transform the current unequal and destructive distribution landscape, either through individual unities agreeing on common strategies, or the formation of a unifying and resourceful body that can offer an alternative to existing distribution alternatives.

DATE & TIME: Thursday 11th of November 2010, 11 am
VENUE: The Auditorium of the Goethe Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
RSVP: Before November 10th at 5 pm to:

27 October 2010

Filmmakers Guide to South Africa

Film and Event Publishing who publish The Call Sheet have launched a new web site -

French to English Translator

Pierre Friquet (residing in South Africa) is available to translate your documentaries from English to French and in so doing, opening your films up to a new audience of potentially 700 million people.

So here I am as a translator for English-to-French for:
1. Subtitles
2. Synopsis,
3. Director’s statement
4. Biography
5. …

0,5 Rands per word so 250 Rands per page
100 Rands per hour for Transcript
150 Rands per hour for Subtitling

• I can facilitate the submission of films and documentaries for French festivals as they often require submissions in French. I need a week notice for any submission prior to the closing date.
• I also provide a list of film festivals and their deadlines in the (mentioned below) countries.
• I will do the subtitling either on the FCP source project or I create .srt file that can be blent to any exported file into one single file.

Let’s not forget that your documentary and feature films being translated to a language like French means an opening to 700 millions-people market of Francophone: Canada, Belgium, Luxemburg, a part of Switzerland, France of course, and the whole Western Africa with its 15 or more countries with a population understanding French (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Congo, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Mali, Tchad, Centrafrica, Djibouti, Gabon, Niger, Benin). TV and film festivals are what the platform of distributions.

Contact Pierre:

26 October 2010

Appointment of the SABC's Acting CEO

The Board of Directors at a meeting held on 25 October 2010, resolved to approve the reappointment of Mr. Robin Nicholson as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, until such time that the disciplinary matter against Mr. Mokoetle had been finalised.

The Board has expressed full confidence in Mr. Nicholson and his ability to lead the SABC at this time.

The Board further considered the finding in the disciplinary matter against Mr. Nicholson on charges of misconduct flowing from the report of the Auditor General.

Mr. Nicholson’s disciplinary hearing was chaired by Senior Counsel NA Cassim and the finding delivered on 9 December 2009. Mr. Nicholson was found guilty on two of the five charges. Mr. Nicholson was found not guilty on two out of the five charges and negligent on one of the five charges.

The finding was of having infringed the application of the procurement policy with regard to the manner in which Mr. Nicholson sought to retain existing service providers as well as the authorization of payments for such services before a valid contract was in place.

The Chairperson of the hearing could find no dishonesty on the part of Mr. Nicholson. Adv. Cassim found that he was a man of integrity and dedicated to the services of the SABC. The recommended sanction was that of a formal written warning to endure for a period of nine months.

The Board has accepted the finding of Adv. Cassim without reservation.

Issued By: Group Communications
Media Enquiries: Kaizer Kganyago 082 306 8888

25 October 2010

This Place Wants You Dead

Nominations to Fill SABC Board Vacancies

Dear Members

If you have any suggestions for nominations to the SABC Board, please send them to

Nominations are to be submitted with all supporting paperwork and acceptance of nomination letters by candidates by 15 November 2010.

The Portfolio Committee on Communications is inviting institutions and individuals to nominate suitable candidates to fill the four vacancies of non-executive members of the SABC Board.

Candidates will be eligible for nomination if they possess relevant qualifications, expertise and experience in the fields of:
• broadcasting policy and technology;
• broadcasting regulation;
• media law;
• business practice and finance;
• marketing and journalism;
• entertainment and education; and
• social and labour issues.
The candidates must also be committed to fairness, freedom of expression, openness and accountability.

Mr Vadi explained that the Committee will compile a shortlist of candidates, conduct interviews and present its findings to the National Assembly for recommendation to the President for final appointment.

Nominations will close on 15 November 2010.

Issued by the Parliamentary Communication Services.

Economic Unit

Call for Proposals for Durban FilmMart Project Manager
The Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival are calling for proposals for a project manager to manage, coordinate and implement the operational plans of the 2011 Durban FilmMart project. The project manager should have at least five (5) years experience in and knowledge of:
  • Film industry role-players and organizations
  • an understanding and a grasp of salient film-related issues;
  • Excellent communication skills
Contract term runs from 1 December 2010 to 31 August 2011. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 8 November 2010. For enquiries and to receive the proposal guidelines please contact: Musonda Chimba: +27 31 311 4248 OR at the Durban Film Office.

Rehad Desai

24 October 2010

Young loveLife filmmakers take to the streets of South Africa to film their documentaries

The loveLife Film Competition has finally reached the ‘lights, camera, action’ stage after a tough round of documentary pitches from the competition front-runners. Seven thought-provoking documentaries on how young people in South Africa deal with issues have been chosen and will be screened on SABC next year. With funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), loveLife, South Africa’s largest HIV/Aids prevention programme for young people – in partnership with Born Free Media and the SABC – has over the past two weeks used the facilities at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking in Milpark, Johannesburg, to help the young filmmakers fulfill their cinematography dreams.
The 28 film enthusiasts were chosen from 120 competition entrants and have been working in groups of four to complete the seven chosen documentaries. They pitched their documentary ideas to a panel of judges, who selected the most viable ones. Each group has a professional director, photography director, sound and production assistant. The groups are currently scattered around the country to shoot the footage for their documentaries and will return to Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking later this month to edit their shots.

Born Free Media Executive Producer, Carolyn Carew, says the selection process was difficult as there were potentially six other strong ideas. “We wanted to ensure that we had a story per province and that they work in terms of loveLife’s communication strategy and target audience for the Make YOUR Move campaign which is designed to encourage behaviour change and ultimately prevent the spread of HIV among young people.”
Scott Burnett, loveLife’s Youth Programmes Director, says the basic skills and professionalism instilled through the process of working on a film are things the trainees will keep with them for life, no matter which career they choose for themselves. “I have been blown away by the young filmmakers we have selected. I wish we could turn every story they have brought into a full-length feature film. The group is motivated, enthusiastic, and full of drive. I can see bright futures ahead for all of them.”
The Director for the documentary A World Within, Chumisa Ndakisa (20), says she is fortunate to be a part of this experience and is excited to return to the edit suite and work on the final product. “We are all grateful for the opportunity to be in this space and to have met such amazing people on this journey,” she says. The documentary is based on the lives of four young Hip Hop artists from different backgrounds who have a passion for music. The aim of the documentary is to unleash the interest around the poetry of music, culture and the challenges of the music industry.

Sithulile Mbayi (19) is the producer for the documentary iSitimela, which is about the experience of using trains in Johannesburg and how the different people and activities on it make it seem like a world in itself. “The concept is powerful and the fact that it was chosen as one of the seven documentaries means there is something special about it. I am kissing clouds of excitement and can’t wait to sit down and watch it with everyone else,” Mbayi added.
The remaining five documentaries are:
Jiva Majiva - takes a look at a tavern in a rural village in Limpopo which uses underaged children known as Jika Majika to dance and entertain the patrons in exchange for money and alcohol. This film explores the influence it has on the children and the village, and the ensuing lack of focus on their school work and plans for the future, as well as teenage pregnancies and the high rate of HIV/Aids in the village. The film will concentrate on the children, the community, the tavern owner and patrons, and the royal family who has been unable to control this.

United Mates of South Africa - is a documentary about the existence and infusion of diverse cultures in South Africa, particularly the Afro Chinese culture. Different ethnic groups, cultural upbringings and backgrounds are respected in South Africa and this will document the rainbow nation as a whole.

Where is the love? - is a documentary about breaking the cycle of teenage pregnancy by involving community leaders and role models. This will be shot in a contemporary way that intertwines dance, poetry and music throughout the documentary.

Driving force – takes a look at the journey of self-discovery of a boy becoming a man. The documentary is about one of the young filmmakers’ voyages through life after he was released from jail for robbery. It also takes a look at the life-long lessons learnt from the traditional circumcision school in the Eastern Cape.