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.

24 February 2011

Call for Good Pitch Submissions

The People to People (P2P) International Documentary Conference supported by The Britdoc Foundation brings you the inaugural “Good Pitch X” a funding and networking forum like no other.

What is the Good Pitch?
An initiative of the Britdoc Foundation, The Good Pitch was first held in Oxford in 2008 and continues to build international momentum. The event is inspired by a belief that films are the best medium for bringing stories and issues to the widest possible audiences and inspire people to act.
The Good Pitch is a re-imagined pitching forum, which sees broadcasters and traditional film funders joined by foundations, charities and non-governmental organisations. Selected documentary projects are invited to “sit at the table” with participating organisations in order to develop relationships that are good for filmmakers and grant makers, good for films and good for society.

P2P Good Pitch X 2011 JHB SA
Inspired and supported by the Britdoc Foundations “Good Pitch” the inauguaral P2P Good Pitch X will take place during the 3rd People to People International Documentary Conference from the 12th to the 14th of September 2011 in Johannesburg South Africa. The event will match major grant makers working for social justice in the Southern African region with selected regional documentary projects that directly or indirectly promote their aims.

CALLS FOR ENTRY P2P Good Pitch X 2011 NOW OPEN- Deadline 31 May 2011
We encourage you to submit your project for P2P Good Pitch X if ...
You are a documentary filmmaker from the Southern African region with a great story that directly or indirectly raises important issues in the region and enhances understanding of them.
Your documentary project (any length) is in development or early production and has a producer attached.
Your film has the potential for an associated audience engagement campaign that seeks to effect behavioural change, policy change and/or promotes engagement with the issues raised in new and interesting ways.
Your film deals directly or indirectly with any of the following issues; human rights, socio-economic inequality, justice, race, gender or sexual preferences, education, freedom of expression, environmental issues, governance issues.

What to Submit
Synopsis (1 pg), Treatment (1 to 3 pg), Campaign/Distribution Plan (1 pg)
Budget and Finance Plan, Team Bios and Contact Details

P2P Good Pitch X 2011 is supported by The Britdoc foundation (concept originators) The National Film and Video Foundation, Afridoc, Commonwealth Foundation, Goethe Institut, Gauteng Film Office. Multi Agency Grants Initiative, Ford Foundation, Mzanzi Magic, SABC, IDC Motion Pictures Division, Steps International and Southern Africa, Durban International Film Festival, Documentary Filmmakers Association – South Africa.
For Further information contact

Looking for Videographer

My name is Alison Duke and I am a documentary filmmaker in Canada.

I got your contact from Bianca at Indigenous Film.

I am working on a documentary need a videographer to an upcoming debate.

It's happening this Sunday:

I've already inquired with the BBC producers about filming the actual debate and recording by 3rd parties is prohibited. What I would like to do is to get someone to shoot the establishing shot of the debate, and conduct stand up interviews with people arriving and after the event. I would also need them to interview Victor Mukasa (the subject of the documentary) who will be in attendance. Would you be able to help us with that? I am also planning a trip to South Africa in a month or two and would need production support when I arrive.

Alison Duke
Film and Video Productions
tel: (416) 420-4083
skype: dukealison

23 February 2011

Imagine Science Film Festival

Do you have a science film - there may be an opportunity here for you.

Call for Film Submission


Minority Rights Group International invites independent documentary filmmakers with experience in the NGO sector to tender for a festival/broadcast quality documentary film on how African-descendants are being adversely affected by conflict, land rights issues and resource extraction in Colombia.

To a brief decided in collaboration with MRG, you will produce, direct, shoot and edit a festival and mainstream broadcast quality documentary of about 20-30 minutes in length.

We are looking for a filmmaker to bring their unique combination of journalistic news-gathering and cinematic eye to cover an issue which is currently under-reported.

The documentary will differ from the usual NGO-commissioned film, in that it is not to be made about MRG’s work per se (i.e. you are not filming one of our projects to market MRG directly or for viewing by our funders), but instead about the issues faced by people we seek to support through our work. MRG is looking to produce a hard-hitting documentary that says something new about the issue, where your own creative input will be highly important.

Colombia has the second largest African descendant population in Latin America. Estimates of their numbers vary between 10.5 and 26%. African descendants are present in every major city in the country, although the majority live and traditionally hold communal titles to large areas of land in the Pacific and Atlantic coastal regions.

Despite government pronouncements touting improved national security, the 45-year-long internal armed conflict in Colombia continues to simmer and takes an increasingly heavy toll on African descendant communities, who are routinely caught in the crossfire between armed insurgents, illegal paramilitary groups and state forces.

Nearly 4.3 million people have been internally displaced in Colombia over the past two decades, between 200,000 and 300,000 per year. African descendants are disproportionately affected; human rights groups indicate that over 30 per cent (nearly 1.3 million) of those displaced are Afro-Colombians. Most flee to the already overcrowded slums on the outskirts of the country’s major cities, where they have scarce social support structures or means of subsisting.

Once these communities have been violently ousted from their fertile homelands, they find their land is then transformed by deforestation and elaborate infrastructure, such as highways and drainage canals, to make way for the cultivation of illicit crops such as coca and opium poppy, large-scale agro-business ventures, including palm oil plantations and beef cattle production or extractive industries, such as gold mining.

Despite the fact that Afro-Colombians have constitutionally protected rights to collective land titles and sustainable development, in reality the high level of impunity in the country and corruption in the justice system means that there is little meaningful regard for, or implementation of, those protections.
In order to assist in the preparatory research, we suggest the following sources:

Brief outline and purpose of the film:
The main purpose of the film is to bring to the forefront the situation faced by all too often invisible Afro-Colombian communities. It must illustrate how they are adversely affected by the internal armed conflict, international agro-business, bio-fuel cultivation and resource extraction, all of which lead them to be over-represented amongst the country’s internally displaced.
The filmmaker must choose an Afro-Colombian community affected by one or more of the above issues, and preferably a central character or family group from that same community, who will help the audience to understand this complex scenario. MRG has a strong commitment to expose how minority women often face multiple discrimination and would appreciate the film’s central character therefore being a woman.

The filmmaker must also highlight any positive stories – some communities have exposed links between paramilitary/state forces and agro-business or have succeeded in using the justice system to gain collective title to their lands.

The film must also look at how communities are affected by internal displacement. It should contrast rural life with urban survival faced by families forced to flee to city slums.

The filmmakers will work closely with MRG’s partners in Colombia, all of whom work closely with Afro-Colombian communities throughout the country in various capacities. They are Observatorio de Discriminacion Racial and Movimiento Nacional Cimmaron and AFROPA.
However, we leave it up to the film-maker to find the right balance between the general story and the current specific situations, as well as which particular issue they would wish to focus on.

Owing to the nature of the subject and context within which the filmmakers will be working (remote communities accessible only by river, tropical climate, security concerns for those appearing in the film and filmmakers, and potential necessity to interact with armed actors) MRG will apply the following criteria when short listing submissions:

At least one member of the team must have fluent Spanish and English
Experience of film making in a conflict zone, preferably in Colombia
Experience of film making in extreme environments
Experience of working with grass roots NGOs
Sensitivity to security concerns of both film crew and those appearing in the film

In depth knowledge of Colombia
Experience working with minority communities

Approximately € 18,000 is available for the film.

To apply:
Please send us:
1. An outline of your approach to the story, which should be around 500 – 800 words and include: any background you think might inform the story (three key points of what makes this newsworthy), issues you think should be covered or might arise for Afro-Colombians in the region, and how the story might be filmed and framed in terms of narrative, style and approach.

2. Your Filmmaker's CV

3. A proposed budget for the project to include pre-production, production and post-production, which includes all costs (travel, per diem etc). Also a schedule covering days needed to film for this length as well as an editing schedule.

4. Three copies of a showreel on DVD and/or links to your film work online, to be sent to: Carl Soderbergh, Director of Policy and Communications, Minority Rights Group International, 54 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT or by email to
The deadline for applications is 11 March 2011

The film is being produced as part of MRG’s Minority Voices Programme which is funded by the European Union.

Best Director for Documentary at SAFTAs

DFA member Rina Jooste won the Best Director for Documentary SAFTA 2011 Award for her film JAMMER AS EK SO BITTER IS.

Exploring the silent violence of peer pressure and its manifestations in South African schools, focusing on four teenage girls in white suburbia and how it impacts on their lives. The girls speak of the bullying, intimidation and harassment that has come to define their high school years. The need for teenagers to belong to a group often leads them to seek acceptance in dark places. The girls speak frankly about: sex, ‘initiation rituals’, self mutilation, drugs, binge drinking, the free availability of cell phone and Internet porn, videoed gang rape sequences viewed on cell phones in class, all of which are considered normal to their peers. The pain of being different has created feelings of powerlessness in these girls. All of them have had suicide fantasies with some having actually attempted to take their own lives. This documentary is a window into a world where positive role modelling is absent in a violent society where teens can access whatever they want with few consequences.

Co-Production Focus at MIPTV 2011

Paris, 21 February 2011 – Co-production is in the spotlight at MIPTV 2011, which runs 4-7 April in Cannes. With conferences, interviews, networking sessions, workshops, case studies and World Premiere TV Screenings, the co-production theme will run through numerous events at MIPTV and will be particularly developed during the Producers’ Forum, which takes place 4-5 April. After its successful launch in 2010, the Producers’ Forum is back at MIPTV this year, bringing together producers from around the world in a major gathering aimed at fostering production partnerships on an international scale. This year the Forum will pay particular attention to fiction co-production, during two days of conferences and networking sessions held around a new lounge area dedicated to Producers’ Forum meetings. On Monday 4 April, five case studies will unveil the inside story of co-producing high-end drama, with presentations by BBC Worldwide, Zentropa, Windmill Lane Entertainment, Muse Distribution International and Atlantique Productions. On the same day, two interview sessions will explore global coproduction strategies, notably regarding co-financing in a TV market that is increasingly fragmented. Participants include Screentime, ZDF Enterprises, Starz, CBC, Disney Channel EMEA and Fox Television Studios. As a MIPTV keynote speaker, the COO of Canal+, Rodolphe Belmer, will outline how co-production is key to ambitious international fiction for the French pay channel, and will present the upcoming series XIII and Borgia, both currently filming. And as a perfect example of the benefits of international co-production, the Irish-Canadian series Camelot will be showcased at the MIPTV World Premiere TV Screenings, followed by a Q&A with the programmme’s makers and stars, Joseph Fiennes (Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love) and Eva Green (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale). On Tuesday 5 April, workshops and networking sessions will spotlight co-production with Asia and Latin America. Participants at MIPTV will have the opportunity to meet some of the major players from these territories, reputed for producing quality programming on well-managed budgets with international financing, world-class talent and crew and universal subject matter. “Co-production is essential to making quality projects with international ambition, and MIPTV is the ideal place for producers from around the world to meet, develop relationships and reach co-production agreements for television drama” comments Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division at Reed MIDEM. “At this year’s Producers’ Forum, MIPTV is making a special effort to bring together leading international producers with their counterparts from Asia and Latin America, to facilitate co-productions with partners in these two vast continents which offer new opportunities.”

For more information on conferences at MIPTV, click here.

For more information on your MIPTV press accreditation, click here.

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21 February 2011

Curried Celluloid

Dear All,

Please find attached an invite to a screening of the film Iqbal, the first
event in our reprise of Curried Celluloid.

For those of you who don't know, this is (another) one of our efforts to organize different and smallscale activities in the City. It follows upon a small festival of arthouse and bollywood films organized by us in December in partnership with the guys who run this interesting and offbeat
independent theater in the Arts on Main area, called The Bioscope. Encouraged by the (relative) success of that, we're now hoping to make this a monthly effort.

Iqbal is the first of these. It takes place on March 3 at 8 PM at the Bioscope, and it features an offbeat film about cricket in India, which I think is pretty timely given the world cup in our part of the world...My good friend Professor Dilip Menon, who is the Mellon Chair at the Centre for
India Studies at Wits, will also speak a bit about the movie in particular and film art in India in general.

The idea is also to reach out to those who are interested in film art from elsewhere in the world, but are not able to access it because of mainstream films from Hollywood and of course, big budget Bollywood!

The programme itself will attempt to feature lesser known and offbeat films from India, with the odd Bollywood movie thrown in, with English subtitles, at the Bioscope. Films brought by the Consulate will be screened at no charge.

Curry is being organized (at cost, alas!) for those who want to make an evening of it, at the café next door to The Bioscope. So that is by way of additional incentive.

I hope to see you folks there. Please feel free to circulate this flyer to anyone you know who might be keen on what we hope will be an interesting evening.


Vikram Doraiswami
Consul General of India,

20 February 2011

Literature/ Book Suggestions for An Overview on Film and History

A request from member, Rina Jooste:

Hi All

I am enrolled for a Masters Degree in History at Stellenbosch University.
Theme: South African Prisoners of War during the Border War: selected case studies.

I submitted a 52-min documentary film in 2010 entitled: CAPTOR AND CAPTIVE - THE STORY OF DANGER ASHIPALA AND JOHAN VAN DER MESCHT that will be reviewed alongside the written thesis. The film revolves around Johan van der Mescht, a SADF conscript who was captured in 1978 during the Border War by SWAPO freedom fighter Danger Ashipala, and kept as a Prisoner of War in Angola for four and a half years before being exchanged for a Russian spy, Aleksei Koslov in 1982. The film chronicles the first meeting between Van der Mescht and Ashipala in 2009, and explores their respective experiences.

I only started working on the thesis part this year, and would really appreciate your help in suggestions of books / literature for background information, as follows:
The film is reviewed alongside the thesis, I will write an introductory chapter on the role of film in representing history and relate it directly to my experience of making a historical film and how the two mediums can work in tandem/support each other.

Hope you can suggest a few titles to start reading.

Thanks and best regards

Rina Jooste
Full Circle Productions
Cell: +27 83 629 0622
Fax: 086 518 3768

The NFVF Announces its New CEO

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) presented its 2009/2010 Annual Report to the Parliamentary Arts and Culture Portfolio Committee on Wednesday 16 February 2011 where it was commended for consistently maintaining unqualified audits for the ten years since it started its operations in 2001.

The outgoing CEO, who was appointed to the inaugural Council in 1999 and was appointed the first CEO in 2001, announced to the Committee that the presentation was his final one. He reported that the Council of the NFVF at its Council Meeting held on the 02 December 2010 had accepted the recommendations of the CEO Recruitment Committee and confirmed the appointment of the current Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Ms Karen Son as CEO from the 1st April 2011.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms TB Sunduza thanked Mr Mbalo for his sterling work of guiding the development of the film industry and for ensuring the stability and management of the public resources at the hands of the NFVF. She also welcomed Ms Son to the position and congratulated the Council for appointing a woman to the position.

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile was, on the 02 December 2010 informed on the decision of the Council to appoint the new CEO.

The NFVF is awaiting the appointment of the new Council. The term of the previous Council expired on the 31 January 2011. The process of appointing the new Council, which is managed by the Department of Arts and Culture, started with public interviews held between 31 January and 02 February. The Minister of Arts and Culture will make the decision soon from the list of 22 names as recommended by the panel of experts.

For media queries email Naomi Mokhele:

The original article may be read here.