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.

14 January 2011

Visual Impact TV

Visual Impact TV is an online resource to help you brush up on your filming skills. Hopefully they produce more!

Another Year by Mike Leigh

Think of an eminent Jewish filmmaker whose comedy is often tinged with melancholy, who favours ensemble movies and who often uses the same actors. The description fits Woody Allen — and Mike Leigh.

The difference is that, while Allen now cranks out mostly mediocre comedies that get lots of media attention because of their Hollywood casts, the British-based Leigh continues to create small, sparkling gems. Case in point: his funny, heartbreaking Another Year, one of the standout movies at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Read the rest here.

The Good Pitch


The Good Pitch North America Tour is entering its third year with a new partner and a new venue, but the same ambitious goal; to fast-track effective, world-changing partnerships between documentary film and the brand, NGO, philanthropy and media sectors.

The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, are delighted to announce that the touring funding and networking forum the Good Pitch will be returning to New York City on May 20th 2011 hosted by the Ford Foundation at their midtown headquarters.

The Ford Foundation joins the Tides Foundation, the Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Impact Partners, Crosscurrents Foundation and a number of anonymous donors as supporters of the Good Pitch. Working Films continue to provide campaign development for the invited filmmakers.

Read more on the web site.

Support for Iranian Filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohamed Rasoulov

Both these filmmakers were at the Durban International Film Festival in 2010.

Please read the call for support and sign the petition.

We have just learnt, with great anger and concern, about the judgement of the Court of the Islamic Republic in Teheran, heavily condemning Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

The sentence: six years of imprisonment without remission, accompanied by a ban of twenty years on writing and making films, giving interviews to the press, leaving the territory, or communicating with foreign cultural organisations.

Another filmmaker, Mahamad Rasoulov, has been likewise sentenced to six years in prison. Jafar Panahi and Mahamad Rasoulov are going to join the many prisoners now rotting in jail in Iran in a state of total distress. Some are on hunger strikes, while others are gravely ill.

What does the Iranian government reproach Jafar Panahi with? Having conspired against his country and carried out a campaign hostile to the Iranian regime.

The truth is that Jafar Panahi is innocent and his only crime is wishing to continue to freely exercise his profession as a filmmaker in Iran. Over the last few months the Iranian government has put into place against him nothing short of a machine of war in order to destroy him, while locking him up to silence him.

Jafar Panahi is a renowned filmmaker and his films have been shown all over the world. Invited by the greatest film festivals in the world (Cannes, Venice,Berlin), he is today prevented from pursuing his work as a filmmaker. The heavy sentence inflicted upon Jafar deprives him of his freedom, while preventing him both physically and morally from carrying out his work as a filmmaker. Henceforth, he must remain silent, refrain from any and all contact with his fellow filmmakers both in Iran and anywhere else in the world.

Through this sentence inflicted upon Jafar Panahi, it is manifestly all of Iranian cinema which is targeted.

This sentence both revolts and scandalises us. So, let us call upon all filmmakers, actors and actresses, screenwriters and producers, all motion-picture professionals as well as every man and woman who loves freedom and for whom human rights are fundamental, to join us in demanding the lifting of this sentence.

Join the call alongside of:
le Festival de Cannes, la SACD, la Cinémathèque française, l'ARP, la Cinémathèque suisse, le Festival international du film de Locarno, le Forum des images, Positif, la SRF, les Cahiers du cinéma, Citéphilo (Lille), France culture, la Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematogafica di Venezia, Culturesfrance, la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Sarajevo Film Festival, Cinéma Gindou, Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, Centre Culturel Pouya.

48 Hour Film Project

We think that 48HFP filmmakers, the boldest and most creative in the world, are the best people to draw attention to the environmental challenges the world faces. To that end, we have created a new 48HFP competition: the 48 Go Green!

Read further here.

13 January 2011

14 Shortlisted for SABC Board

Fourteen nominees were shortlisted by MPs to fill four vacancies on the
SABC board left by a spate of resignations last year.

The 14 include academics Govin Reddy, also a board member of the Mail & Guardian; Mahavishnu Padayachee, the head of the school of development studies at KwaZulu-Natal University; Sadhasivan Perumal, an associate professor at the same university's school of management and a senior executive of state forestry company Safcol, and Unisa vice-chancellor David Mosoma.

Also nominated are Peter Druchen, head of DeafSA; Xoliswa Florence Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, Eskom's business support manager; Maureen Makole Manyama-Matome, Safcol's chief financial officer, and former SABC journalist Fawzia Moodley.

To read further click here.

Unhinged at The Bioscope

Unhinged: Surviving Jo'Burg will be showing at The Bioscope
DATE: 19 January 2011
TIME: 20h00

11 January 2011

Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

One of the hottest tickets at TIFF last year was Werner Herzog’s 3-D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams (is it Cave or Caves? I’ve seen it spelled both ways). The film explores the Chauvet Cave of Southern France, which contains the oldest cave art known to man, dated at approximately 32,000 years old. Herzog was given special access to the cave and was allowed to shoot using lights that don’t emit heat so as to avoid damaging the drawings.

Read more and watch the trailer here.

Mnet's Commissioning Protocol

Independent Communications Authority has published regulations on the Commissioning of Independently Produced South African Programming. In accordance with these regulations, M-Net is required to compile and maintain a “Commissioning Protocol for Independently Produced South African Programming”.

Read more here and download the protocol here.

Purchase the EDN Financing Guide 2011

The European Documentary Networks Financing Guide can be purchased without being a member. Read more here.

Creative Catalyst Fund

This is a rapid response fund, providing resources in the early stages of documentary projects, to shoot and edit a film trailer. The fund is open to filmmakers of any nationality and grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis.

These awards are open to emerging and established filmmakers working anywhere in the world.
We welcome one-off, creative documentary ideas of any length and subject, in any style and form, but we are particularly keen on ideas that speak to PUMA.Vision’s core values of Safe, Peace and Creative.

The call for applications is now open and will close at 6pm on March 2nd 2011. Please take a look at our Puma Catalyst Awards Film Directory to see previously funded developments.

Read further here.

The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011

The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 competition is now open, and this year a new video category has been introduced to further raise awareness of environmental and social issues.

Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) since 2007, the Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in amateur and professional environmental photography, and is one of the fastest growing competitions in the world – receiving entries from 97 countries in 2010.

EPOTY is open to professionals and amateurs of any age from anywhere in the world, and encourages entries that are creative, resonant and original. The competition is completely free to enter and copyright is retained by the entrant at all times.

The 2011 competition categories are:

· Mott MacDonald’s Changing Climates
· The Natural World
· The Underwater World
· Quality of Life
· A View From the Western World
· Building Our Future (New for 2011)
· The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 16 & Under 21)
· Video (New for 2011)

Winners receive cash prizes and all winning entries are displayed in the touring Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition.

See past winning entries, competition details and news coverage from 2010 at You can also watch a brief video of the 2010 Awards Ceremony. You can also keep up to date with any new developments by joining our Facebook group.

The competition will run until 31st July 2011, with judging taking place throughout August and September.

I hope you may be able to forward this email onto your contacts, encouraging them to enter via As I said, this is for professional and amateur photographers, so we actively encourage those with a general interest in the environment to enter as well. The competition is open until 5pm on 31st July 2011.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Emily Doyle
Marketing & Media Manager
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM),
15 John Street
London, WC1N 2EB
Tel: 020 7831 3110
Registered Charity No. 1043409

CIWEM is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world.

The Cradock Four on the Silver Screen

The award-winning feature documentary film The Cradock Four will hit the
silver screen in Johannesburg at The Bioscope during January 2011 at the
following dates and times:

Friday Jan 21st 8pm Opening Night
Sat 22nd 8pm
Mon 24th 8pm
Thursday 27th 8pm

Don't miss this emotional journey back to the 1980s.

3D Footage at Artbeats

Artbeats now has royalty-free stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage clips, with more being added every month. You'll also find a small selection of rights managed 3D clips, produced by other brands, in the Artbeats FootageHub.
These S3D images contain color and geometry adjustments, plus they have been aligned for optimum convergence. Upon purchase you will have access to both Right and Left versions of the clip as well as an HD Side by Side Stereo Pair. Artbeats also provides helpful metadata specific to each S3D clip. See each clips information page for more details.

China To Become World's Second Largest Film Market

China's movie box-office receipts topped the 10-billion-yuan ($1.49 billion) mark at the end of 2010, giving a much-needed boost to the country's film market that had been sluggish. by Tang Yuankai

Among the imported films, James Cameron's science fiction epic Avatar (in 2D, 3D and IMAX-3D) was the biggest box-office success. Since its release on January 4, 2010, it has grossed 1.38 billion yuan ($206 million) in China. Christopher Nolan's Inception, rapidly pulled in nearly 500 million yuan ($74.63 million).

Domestic films, including Feng Xiaogang's blockbuster Aftershock and Zhang Yimou's Under the Hawthorn Tree, were also big successes despite their relatively low production costs. The former brought in 670 million yuan ($100 million) and the latter exceeded 100 million yuan ($14.93 million).

In December last year, Feng and two other well-known directors—Chen Kaige and Jiang Wen—presented their newest works, helping box-office receipts to top the 10-billion-yuan ($1.49 billion) total for the year.

To read further, click here.

10 January 2011

Definition of A South African Film

From the IPO:

On the day the NFVF closed in December an invitation for interested parties to provide written comment on the “Definition of a South African Film” was published in their newsletter. Written submissions are due in on Friday 14th January 2011. As many of you were away over the holiday period, we have written to the NFVF to request an extension on the deadline for submissions. I will let you know the outcome of this, but in the meantime, the NFVF’s invitation to comment and supporting documentation is included in this email for your information, and if you would like to provide input, please let me know.

An extension has been granted until 14 February 2011.

6th Refugee Film Festival Submission

The Refugee Film Festival is open to all film genres (feature, animated, documentary, etc.) on the issues of refugees, internal displacement and statelessness, and/or films made by former/current refugees.
The festival aims to advocate and therefore, there is no competition.

No entry fees are due for submitting films, videos or new media projects. The festival organization must have received the completed submission forms together with a screener DVD before the deadline of April 30, 2011.

Accepted original formats are 35mm, Digibeta, DV cam and DVD.
Films are submitted with English commentary and/or English dialogue, or in the original version with English and/or Japanese subtitles.
Audio is accepted in any language.
Please indicate if your film has Japanese subtitles.

The submitted screener DVD will not be returned to the entrants.
After official selection for any Refugee Film Festival program, the festival has the right to use the publicity material (press books, posters, stills etc.) to promote the festival.

If the film is selected, all shipping costs and insurance to and from the festival office are the sender's responsibility. Films must be accompanied by return instructions. Carrier account number, or authorization for charges to be paid by addressee, or a stamped, self-addressed envelope, must be included.

Please send a screener DVD together with;
- The completed submission form
- Press kit (digital press kit if possible) including photos, film and production details, cast / crew list, biography / filmography of the film makers, list of awards received and film festivals, production note, press clipping, etc.
- Original flyers and posters (if available)
- Trailer DVD (if available)
to the following address:

Kirill Konin
+33617411080 (France)
Festival Founder
UNHCR Refugee Film Festival in Tokyo

Message from CFC CEO

I would like to start by wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous 2011.

My name is Denis Lillie. On 1st December 2010 I commenced my role as the new CEO/Film Commissioner based in our offices here in St Georges Mall, Cape Town.

I thought it appropriate to write to you outlining some of our plans for 2011 and to seek some guidance from the Membership.

Before I do that I would like to extend my thanks to my predecessor Laurence Mitchell for the work he did especially during the 2010 World Cup. Laurence and I worked very closely together on the World Cup during the last 5 years. My role as Project Director World Cup 2010 with the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works assisted the CFC in the development of the media centres throughout the Western Cape and the BBC studios at Somerset Hospital.

I would also like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Tahir Fayker and Vuyokazi Matu for the sterling work they did in holding the CFC together during the time between Laurence leaving and my arrival.

Since my arrival at the CFC I have received many questions ranging from “What does the CFC do?” to “What are your plans for the CFC?” and somewhere in between those questions there have been comments relating to certain sectors who are concerned that we are not representing them with sufficient vigour or responding to their needs appropriately.

Let me be clear. Amongst other things, my mandate is to assist the industry, promote the Western Cape as a Film Destination and to promote film in all of its forms as a future for job creation and economic development. This is what we do!

However, the CFC may not be addressing all of your concerns and issues in a way that you would like it to. I am therefore asking you all to make constructive suggestions as to what you would like to see from the CFC. What services do you need? How can we assist you more and where do you see our key strengths for promotion of the industry and The Western Cape as a destination?

Please forward your comments and suggestions (politely please) to before the end of January and we will compile those suggestions, review them, present them to the Board and advise you on how we will be implementing those that are appropriate within our mandate.

Let me briefly give you some news as to what we are doing in the short term:

You will soon be receiving a membership number. This is intended as a tracking and registering device to ensure we are managing our database and communications more effectively. It will also assist us in future developments in relation to your needs.

We will also be initiating a Help Desk through an e-mail address and dedicated phone line which will allow us to deal with and record any issues members may have in relation to elements such as Permits and Locations. You will be hearing more on this in the next few weeks.

We have recently been alerted to some potential issues relating to Members rights and their product. We are attempting to assist in this matter. Should you hear of any similar related matters which concern you, please contact us. This will be another matter to raise through the Help Desk referred to above.

Training and Education
We have recently met with local independent cinema operators and are hopeful that we will be able to incorporate some emerging filmmakers and student content into an occasional viewing with a main stream movie in a local cinema. More on this later in the month.

We are also hoping to establish a Master-class season. Please if you have a well-known and respected member of the media working on one of your projects, please let us know if there is an opportunity to arrange a Master-class with them. Did someone mention that Denzel Washington is coming to town? Is anyone able to approach him in this regard?

Locations and Permits
As you know, we experienced some resignations recently and are trying to address Permits and Location issues in a different way. We have developed a closer working relationship with the Permit Office but there are still some frustrations on both sides.

We are therefore adding a function to our web site which will be linked to the Help Desk. Once this becomes live (we hope within 2 weeks), the facility will exist for Members to mail in a concern or complaint which will then allow us to deal with it more efficiently and effectively and to formally record the concern for later analysis and review to avoid repetition in the future.

South Africa has recently hosted a successful World Cup which required road closures, policing, permits and many other matters relating to the broadcast and other media. With this in mind, it should not now be too difficult to resolve the problems encountered previously with a commercial or other shoot given what we have done in June and July of last year. Let us hear from you on your challenges and see if we can assist you in resolving them permanently.

We have met recently with PRASA and The City of Cape Town and have received some very encouraging news in relation to filming at the Cape Town station and Stadium. More on this next month.

Berlin Film Festival
I am travelling to the Berlin Film Festival next month. I will be travelling through London where I have planned meetings with the British Film Council, UK Film Treaty and London Film Festival organisers. I will also be meeting with representatives of the BBC and other production companies.

In Berlin the High Commission and the German Consulate are arranging various meetings for me with my counterpart Commissioners from Bavaria and elsewhere. I will also be meeting with funders.

Should you be attending the BFF, please let me know and we can attempt to meet up there and possibly share some of the meeting times.

As I stated at the beginning of this letter, we are here to assist but need to hear from you to ensure we are doing the right thing for you. Please don’t be shy and get in touch and let us have your thoughts.

I look forward to meeting you during the course of the year.

Yours sincerely
Denis Lillie
CEO/Film Commissioner
Cape Film Commission

09 January 2011


Submit to Meetmarket

MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest is a unique pitching initiative which uses online systems to match-make documentary and interactive media makers’ most innovative project ideas with UK and international decision makers for one-to-one meetings in a fully supportive environment.

Submit your project online, along with one-page treatments and a one-minute teaser clip, in advance of Doc/Fest, allowing decision makers to view your submissions of innovative documentary ideas. The application process is fully online. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 1ST

Selected projects have project information and trailer available on our (password protected) website for the buyers, funders, mentors and other executives to review before the MeetMarket.

From this, they select which projects they would like to discuss in one-to-one meetings at MeetMarket.

For detailed tips for applying, to see what we're looking for and how MeetMarket works, more information on MeetMarket 2010 and to see those who were selected to pitch, go here.

MeetMarket is for documentary, factual media, and interactive projects in development, production or post-production with international appeal. Projects do not need to have any financing already secured and can be at any stage from early development to near to rough cut. Producers can be from anywhere in the world and we welcome international submissions.

Projects can also be in any genre or format of documentary/factual, from factual entertainment through to art/installation documentaries. We especially welcome cross-platform projects (in 2010 we had 12 out of 64) and those seeking alternative funding/distribution strategies, and MeetMarket features many decision makers devoted to interactive media and the new world of factual funding, diostribution, and exhibition.


Applying to MeetMarket includes an administration fee of £15 plus VAT per project

The deadline for submissions is Friday April 1st and late applications will not be considered.

Please make sure you are logged in to your My Doc/Fest account before starting a MeetMarket submission.

You can only have one submission open at once - you need to complete and submit one project, and then start the next one. If you try to do 2 at once, the system will not work properly.

PLEASE NOTE, YOU WILL RECEIVE EMAIL CONFIRMATION OF YOUR MEETMARKET SUBMISSION WHEN IT IS COMPLETE - if you do not receive confirmation of your submission within 30 minutes of completing it, or have any queries about MeetMarket and the application process, please contact us

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