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.

03 December 2010

GDP: The Human Side of the Canadian Economic Crisis

Another innovative web documentary project sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada. Explore here.

Why Poverty

From the team that brought us Why Democracy, we have the pertinent WHY POVERTY to look forward to. For more on this vast project, click here.

Air Fare Incentive for Filmmakers

To read the full press release click here.

02 December 2010

DFA Meets With Broadcasters


The broadcasting environment has been and is difficult terrain to navigate. Last week, on behalf of the DFA, I met with representatives from, MZANSI MAGIC, and SABC FACTUAL. The objective was to have frank conversations about how and where broadcasters are currently positioned with regards commissioning and acquiring documentary films specifically.

This is the introduction of Lauren's report. The full report will be mailed to DFA members.

My Movie of the Year

This is an extract from one of my personal blog posts:

In the first quarter of 2010 I was a film reader for the 12th Encounters Documentary Film Festival. What this meant was, although I was barely paid, I got to watch about fifty documentary films. Most of them were good and there was a fair number of brilliant films amongst them. My favourites include Housing by Federica di Giacomo, The Peddler by Lucas Marcheggiano, Eduardo de la Serna and Adriana Yurcovich, My Perestroika by Robin Hessman, Do Osadne by Marko Skop and Bottled Up by Luiza Faga. In no particular order, even though I have watched Housing three times already and enjoy it each time. None of my favourites made it into the Festival, but they are my favourites and well worth watching, I think.

To read the rest, click here.

01 December 2010

Lowering the DTI Rebate Threshold for Documentaries

Below is an excerpt from The Callsheet article:
In 2008 the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) introduced The South African Film and Television Production Incentive in an attempt to make the Large Budget Film and Television Production Rebate more accessible to local producers. To qualify for a 35% rebate of their total production budgets from the DTI, locally owned productions would have to weigh in with a minimum budget of R2.5 million instead of R25 million. This was the first time the rebate was made available to documentary producers.
The new incentives were heralded as a landmark for the local film industry by members of the industry task team that consulted with the dti. The task team recommended a lower threshold of R1.5 million because they were concerned that the minimum budget of R2.5 million would exclude documentary filmmakers and smaller production companies.

Read further here.

30 November 2010

Right 2 Know Western Cape Summit

To see the details of the event, click the image or visit the Facebook page.

Cinema Sports


South Cup South Africa vs. USA

South Africa Schedule

Dec 12, 2010

Sign up

Cinemasports kicks off the World Cup of youth filmmaking with USA versus South Africa December, 2010. Youth teams from USA and South Africa have 10 hours to complete a music video with a list of ingredients. Finished movies screen in USA and South Africa within hours of completion. Three time Oscar winner Walter Murch says: "Something emerges that's not contained in any of the films..."

  • Teams represent their neighborhood, media organization, or school in international competition. Team colors / mascot encouraged!
  • Youth experience a valuable cross-cultural bond that breaks down barriers with youth around the world and around the neighborhood.
  • Wider global publicity brings attention to youth and their media organization or school.

Cinemsports Youth Video Cup challenges teams to show the world their creativity and share a special experience with cultures accross the ocean and accross the tracks. Teams start at 9AM and complete their movie by 7pm that day. Finished music videos screen either that night (South Africa) or the next day (USA). Presented in conjuction with South African Youth International Film Festival (SAY IFF)

Any youth team can participate. Sign up through the link above. Contact with questions.

Note: South Africa schedule below. Follow this link for USA schedule.

Times listed in SAST (South African Standard Time UTC + 2hrs). South Africa completes movies and screens Sun Dec 12 (same day).

09:00 AM Filmmakers' Kickoff / Ingredients Announced

Uptown Theatres (outside)
Rink Street (at Pearson Street), Central Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, 6001 Youth Cup South Africa (vs USA)
Participation fee: Free

08:00 PM Public screening of finished movies

Uptown Theatres / South African Youth International Film Festival (SAY IFF)
Rink Street (at Pearson Street), Central Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, 6001 South Africa

Tickets: Free


South African Youth International Film Festival (SAY IFF)

The Factory (BAVC)

29 November 2010

Festival of Film

For its very first national edition, the Festival du Film Français in South Africa proposes a fresh programming of contemporary French movies selected by guest curator, Oliver Hermanus.

The talented “little prince” of South African cinema, who has attended Cinéfondation in Cannes in 2009, has been given “carte blanche” for the selection of movies which reflects the dynamism and the variety of contemporary French Cinema.

Highlights of the festival include the screenings of:

* Tournée (On Tour) directed by Mathieu Amalric, in the presence of Oliver Hermanus at the opening night. Mathieu Amalric is internationally known for his role in the last James Bond Munich directed by Steven Spielberg and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly directed by Julian Schnabel. Tournée received the Prize of the Best Director at the Cannes International Film Festival 2010.

* Des Hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) directed by Xavier Beauvois (courtesy of Videovision) in the presence of the director Xavier Beauvois. Des Hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) received the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival 2010 and was part of the official selection of the Annual Academy Awards.

* La Vénus Noire (Black Venus) directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, in the presence of the actor André Jacobs at the closing night. La Vénus Noire (Black Venus) was part of official selection of the Venice Film Festival 2010 and the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

During the festival, Oliver Hermanus will give an exceptional master class in each participating city based on his first feature film Shirley Adams (Best South African Film, Best Actress, Best First Feature Film at the Durban Film Festival).

The festival was born out of a desire to develop and share with the South African public the incredible wealth of French cinema and is addressed to cinema enthusiasts and Francophiles eager for alternative to multiplex cinemas programming.

The festival is co-organised by the French Institute of South Africa, the network of Alliances Francaises in South Africa and the Embassy of France in South Africa with the support of Unifrance, Culturesfrance, Credit Agricole, Accor group and the Region Ile de France.

For more information, please open the programme attached or visit

PD150 For Sale

Broadcast quality camera kit

Sony PD 150 camera (As new, perfect condition with PD 170 lens cover)

Camera microphone (detachable)

Camera Battery

New Manfrotto tripod in new carrybag

Telephoto lens extension

Mains cable and charger

Backpack style padded camera kit bag

R28 500,00

Contact: Roger Metcalfe | Hemisphere Productions | Cell 082 456 4233