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20 May 2011

The Rapture - Produced by the DFA

With the world coming to an end on Saturday and all, let's use this time to celebrate the one production we managed to produce:

Not really my cup of tea, but majority rules.

Okay, so you have to visit the youtube page to see that this was produced by the DFA.

MICT Seta Roadshow

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Dreaming in Kalumburu to show at DocLove

Dreaming in Kalumburu, a film by Michal Wozniak.

A group of young Aboriginal men are taken out of the bush to become boys again.
52 min.

Filmed in Kalumburu, Western Australia.

Screening at DocLove Night's at Don Pedro, Woodstock, Roodebloem Rd
Monday 23rd May
7 for 7.30 pm
Free entry
Limited seats

The SABC Wants More Money

THE SABC has asked Parliament for more money, warning that its cash flow problems and the cost of "migrating" from analogue to digital broadcasting would result in the corporation not being "financially sustainable".

But civil society bodies are asking for an economic modelling exercise of the SABC’s funding needs and new legislation stipulating that it be more transparent about how it spends its money.

SOS Support Public Broadcasting, a coalition of civil society organisations, said it was concerned there would be a repeat of the now-withdrawn Public Service Broadcast Bill, which proposed a 1% income tax to fund the SABC and community media, without any research into the SABC’s needs and whether the amount raised would satisfy those needs.

Parliament and the communications ministry are pressing the SABC to draw up and apply its turnaround strategy — a requirement that also affects its funding. When it presented its medium- term expenditure budget to the parliamentary portfolio committee recently, the SABC said that without additional funding from the government, it could not introduce digital terrestrial television as it did not have the money to fund it internally.

It said its cash flow was impeded by repayments of a R1bn Nedbank loan and the costs of programme, film and sports rights.

Even without digital migration, the SABC envisages continuing liquidity pressure over the next two years.

It requested permission from Parliament to discuss additional borrowing or the restructuring of its Nedbank loan.

The public broadcaster appealed to the government for R408m to fund digital migration. The Treasury has in the past turned down such requests.

With an expected loss of R203m for the 2010-011 financial year, the SABC’s financial officer, Lerato Nage, told Parliament recently : "SABC is not in a position to generate funding for digital terrestrial television."

The broadcaster said it had lost R60m in income because TV licence fees had not been increased, and that it was spending R190m to collect R910m in licence fees.

In a document to be sent to Communications Minister Roy Padayachee, SOS has asked that he investigate possible funding models rather than merely estimating the SABC’s needs.

SOS spokeswoman Kate Skinner said on Tuesday: "What is needed is an economic modelling exercise that looks at the concrete costs of SABC fulfilling its public mandate and the costs of digital migration and the new multichannel environment. The new legislation must emphasise transparent accounting, such as SABC reporting on the percentages its spends on different types of programming."

The SABC is funded 80% by advertising, 18% from licence fees and 2% from the state, but it told the government that the current funding model was not providing the money it needed to move forward.

Two models have been proposed, one that results in commercial radio, TV channels and some digital channels being sold off, leaving the SABC to manage only public service channels. The SABC would also be required to provide "universal programming" as well as educational and locally generated content.

The model supported by the Congress of South African Trade Unions and others is a mix of public — licence fees and subsidies — and commercial funds. Grants from the state should be introduced and targeted at special budget items such as operational costs (salaries), infrastructure, and specified programming, to ensure better control of funds.

There were concerns that the second model might lead to an increase in the SABC’s bureaucracy.
There was consensus that the cross-subsidisation model be done away with as it was not working. SABC 1 earned more in advertising than the commercial channel SABC 3.

Some SOS members are organisations representing independent film and documentary producers, who have queried the SABC’s local content percentages. They claim there was less local content than the SABC told its regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA.

Original article here.

Arterial Network SA Hosts Dynamic Dialogue Sessions

Arterial Network South Africa hosts dynamic dialogue sessions in Cape Town,
Jo’burg, Polokwane and Durban on Cultural Diversity & Dialogue Day
(May 21) and Africa Day (May 25).

The South African Chapter of leading pan-African culture organisation, the Arterial Network invites cultural leaders, thinkers and creative entrepreneurs to a series of dynamic Reading Group sessions in Jo’burg, Polokwane, Durban and Cape Town.

The Jo’burg Reading Group takes place at the Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, cnr Newport Street, Parkwood (above Zoo Lake) on Africa Day, Wednesday May 25 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Newly elected chairman and acclaimed producer and director, Rehad Desai will be the guest speaker. The topic for discussion is titled: Is turning plurality and diversity of voice into a reality in Africa a pipe dream, or an achievable goal?


In Durban on Africa Day, local artist and activist Doung Jahangeer will be exploring the concept of cultural diversity. He will be interrogating the meaning of 'cultural diversity', together with fellow artist Peter McKenzie, with particular focus on what he calls the “post-apartheid cultural space that is primarily the pavement”. Jahangeer will also be discussing the twin notions of 'united cultural diversity' and 'segregated cultural diversity' speak on the UN Convention on Cultural Diversity. The session takes place at the Centre for Creative arts on May 25 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.


In Polokwane, the Reading Group on May 25 is at 3pm at the Polokwane Art Museum and Gallery (Library Gardens, Van Rensburg St, Polokwane). The AN SA, the Limpopo Arts & Culture Association (LACA) and the Polokwane Art Museum & Gallery (PAMG) are collaborating to host this session. Secretary General on the LACA Board/Exco, Arlette Franks will give a brief introduction of Arterial Network SA and discuss localised issues that fall under the theme of Cultural Diversity.


In Cape Town on May 21, Cultural Diversity & Dialogue Day, Jeannette Unite will speak on cultural diversity and values in the context of her recent EARTHSCARS project. Mirjam Asmal-Dik will speak on the UN Convention on Cultural Diversity. The session will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm at The Gallery, Africa Centre, 44 Long Street.


Rehad Desai, Arterial Network South Africa Chair/Country Representative said: “The UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a document that governs and directs policy decisions which affect how artists in South Africa and the continent operate and exist.
“These Reading Group sessions have been created as spaces for rigorous dialogue and analysis of the impact and implications for the South African arts and culture landscape. Our intention is to empower cultural actors by increasing access to knowledge through participative processes which articulate and amplify issues and facilitate understanding. The aim is to devise collective solutions and ultimately influence policy direction through civic expression. We look forward to insightful and progressive outcomes from the Reading Group sessions”.

As part of the Arterial Network’s advocacy and knowledge management goals, all sessions will be moderated and packaged into a position statement which will be published through the Arterial Network newsletter and other partner channels throughout Africa.

The events are free of charge and open to the public.


Media contact: Suzy on 076 375 5675

Background information:
The UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is an international agreement which seeks to bring balance and fairness into international trade in cultural goods and services, aiming to protect less developed countries from trade agreements that may be inimical to the competitiveness of their cultural and creative industries. South Africa played a key role in the drafting of the Convention and is a signatory to the Convention. The Convention also encourages member states to invest in their cultural and creative industries, and to involve civil society in policymaking on cultural matters. The establishment of a Culture Fund to support the development of the cultural industries in the developing world is also contemplated in the Convention. 

Rehad Desai is a Producer/Director who runs his own company Uhuru Productions Following his return from exile in the UK Rehad worked as a trade union organiser, a health and safety/media officer for a chemical workers union and a Director of a HIV prevention NGO. In 1997 he completed his Masters Degree in Social History at the University of the Witwatersrand. Rehad then entered the TV and film industry as TV current affairs journalist, and soon after moved on to focused much of his energy on historical and socio-political documentary film. He has produced over 20 documentaries, many have been broadcast internationally, accepted into numerous festivals and been received with critical acclaim. In 2009-10 he produced a 13 part drama series for SABC He is Festival Director for the Tri –Continental Film Festival and Conference Director of the People to People International Documentary Conference. Rehad is a board member of the South African Screen Federation and Executive Comm. member of the Independent Producers Organisation. In 2011 he was elected as the Chairperson of the Arterial Network South Africa.
Doung Jahangeer is an artist and activist who specialises in urban interventions, concentrating on the multiplicitous nature of urban space and exploring the ingenious design solution that working class city dwellers produce in response to their environment. Together with Rike Sitas and Nontobeko Ntombela, Jahangeer is also the co-founder of the Dala art collective, an interdisciplinary collective which uses the transformative role of creativity to help build safer and more liveable cities
Mirjam Asmal-Dik operates as an independent curator/producer/advisor of contemporary art events, currently with mandate from !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre. Originally from the Netherlands, Mirjam completed a Bachelors degree in International Management before obtaining her Masters in the History of Art, specializing in Indian contemporary art, from the University of Amsterdam. In 2006 and 2009 she held the post of Managing Director of CAPE Africa Platform, producing large-scale biennale exhibitions in Cape Town.
Jeannette Unite has explored the industrial landscape in over twelve years of on-going travel and research. Her work is in collections such as largest law firm, Clifford Chance in Brussels, MTN, Development Bank, Old Mutual HQ, London, Anglo KUMBA and her Headgear exhibition was AngloGold Ashante’s Gold of Africa Galleries inaugural exhibition at the Turbine Hall Johannesburg. Unite’s awards include a Kellogg’s Foundation year scholarship, a public art commission for the Department of Science and Technology and she exhibited at the Tashkent Biennale in Uzbekistan in 2009 where she won an award for the most unique use of material. In September 2010 Unite was selected as one of four South African artists to participate in the Beijing Biennale. South Africa’s rich and contentious mining histories provide the point of departure for Jeannette Unite’s Earthscars.
About Arterial Network South Africa
Arterial Network is a continental network of artists, cultural activists, arts NGOs, cultural enterprises and others committed to developing African music, dance, theatre, literature, craft, design, visual art and film in their own right, and as means to contribute to democracy, human rights and development in Africa.
Arterial Network is administered by a Secretariat based in Cape Town, with regional secretariats in KZN and Jo’burg.
Arterial Network South Africa was formed on 20 August 2010 as a national centre of The Arterial Network Continental body which operates across Africa.
The Executive Committee of Arterial Network South Africa includes: Chairperson – Rehad Desai, Deputy Chairperson – Dianne Regisford-Gueye (with focus on Communications), Deputy Chairperson – Yvette Hardie (with focus on Organisation), Treasurer – Brian Heydenreich, Cultural Officer – Suzy Bell (with focus on cultural activism), Secretary - Arlette Franks
For more information and to become a member /membership is free: / Join our facebook page:

19 May 2011

Big Fish Advanced Filmmaking Course

The Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking will be running their first Cape Town based Advanced Filmmaking Course this year!

  • You have made at least one well received documentary film
  • Inserts may or may not be considered, depending on context
  • You will be available for two months in the second half of 2011 to craft a ten to twelve minute documentary film.

  • Email your cv to Big Fish: by 30 July 2011
  • List the documentary projects you have worked on and include any general industry recognition you have received in your email

  • If you are selected to attend the master course, you will be asked to research stories based on a few criteria for a brief, which are to be filmed in the Western Cape
  • There is a small amount available for research to successful candidates
  • You will develop your film idea from your research and pitch the idea to the Big Fish panel
  • If given the green light, you will be given a budget and two months to craft your ten minute character driven documentary film
  • If you are not given the green light immediately, and it is felt there is great potential in your pitch, you will be asked to resubmit
  • Throughout the filmmaking process you will be mentored by award winning and established documentary filmmaker, Liz Fish to ensure quality control, keep budgets on track, help with narrative structure or whatever other assistance candidates feel they need to improve the overall standard of their work.
  • You will have access to Big Fish camera and editing facilities over and above the budget

  • A ten to twelve minute film to your name
  • Extended skills development
  • The confidence to continue making your own films
  • Big Fish will submit your film to international film festivals
  • Become part of the Big Fish winning alumni
If you have any queries, contact Lisa Mini on 021 418 1737.

18 May 2011

The Writing Studio Workshops

•Find your voice as a writer and speak your mind! Find your purpose in writing and explore the endless possibilities you have to tell your story and express yourself. Are you guilty of spending more time talking about your writing, than actually sitting down and putting words to paper? If you find it difficult to start writing, not sure what medium to write for, or what to write, this motivational and inspirational introspective odyssey will empower you with the write skills. The Write Voice is a creative writing workshop that takes place on Tuesday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30 at The Writing Studio in Cape Town on May 31 and June 7, 14 and 21. Read more.

•A Weekend Workshop for screenwriters will take place in Johannesburg on June 11 and 12 from 9am until 5pm. This inspirational and motivational journey from page to screen offers aspirant screenwriters an opportunity to sharpen their storytelling skills. It focuses on the art of writing visual narrative and turning inspiration into big screen action. Read more.

•The Write Journey, a basic workshop for screenwriters takes place at The Writing Studio in Cape Town on Tuesday evenings from 5.30 until 8.30pm on June 28 and July 5, 12 and 19. Read more.

SAGE Editing Workshops for the Second Half of 2011

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17 May 2011

Eddie Mbalo Honoured by The Hollywood Reporter

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SAGE Sound Decisions

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16 May 2011

Clickboogie Looking for Films for Distribution

Of all the various titles Clickboogie was selling at this years miptv A Farm For Africa created a lot of interest. As there was such a good response to this particular title from my documentary buyers I'm looking for other 1 hour docs to package with it. If you have any docs that you think may work and are of international standard, I'll take a look and send them off. I deal with with global tv buyers everyday for more info on me check out

A Farm For Africa is the extraordinary story of how, against all the odds, a handful of white Zimbabwean farmers made a new life in Nigeria.
Violently evicted from their own farms by Robert Mugabe’s 2003 land reforms, the future for Zimbabwe's white farmers was bleak. However, unbeknown to them their plight was being monitored by another African politician. Five thousand miles away in West Africa, Nigerian State Governor Bukola Saraki was planning his own agricultural revolution. Governor Saraki dreamed of reigniting commercial agriculture in Nigeria and providing long term economic development for the people of Kwara State and across Nigeria. His first step was to offer land and seed capital to the White Africans to come and start again on the banks of the Niger by creating modern commercial farms from virgin bush. From scratch, and battling against bureaucracy, disease, non-existant infrastructure and a sceptical local population somehow they had to make it work....Produced by Mike Read TV (Ch4, BBC, ITV, Ch5)

Grigor Stewart (Managing Director)
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Green Point 8001 Cape Town
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15 May 2011

Take 3 Call for Submissions

Take 3, a new international series is calling for South African filmmakers to be featured in the programme. The premise of the show is based on the understanding that most independently made films do not have the benefit of a huge studio-backed promotional campaign, therefore the general public is largely unaware of the film and the film's title.

The series has created a vehicle to help bridge that promotional gap and bring these films to the public's attention.

There is a wealth of compelling filmmaking that goes on outside the studio system that never reaches a broader audience. Audiences rarely hear about these films so these independent film titles remain relatively unknown. TAKE 3 promises to give general audiences a chance to access, and, learn more about these films and filmmakers. The director interviews have more of a "bonus feature-DVD commentary" feel and quality … an actual "meet the director" look.

Criteria: Each episode of this new series will feature independent filmmakers/films with (1) great/exceptional storylines, (2) ethnically-diverse casting, (3)films currently available on DVD that had limited, or no theatrical release, (4) films that have gone Direct to DVD. (5) Films without benefit of major studio backing, and (6) films with one or two recognizably-well known actors in lead roles. (7) Also interested in films where either the Director, Producer, or Writer is a person of color or a woman.

The TAKE 3 series will be hosted by actor, Obba Babatundé (subject to his availability) and will preview, showcase, and promote the films of over 50 new and established filmmakers this season.

For submission details nad the rest of the article, click here.

NFVF's Cannes Line-up for 2011

14 May 2011: Keeping to its objectives of promoting South Africa as a premiere filmmaking destination and positioning it as a co-production partner of choice and providing support to local filmmakers, the NFVF will tonight present South African film projects to international buyers, sales agents, distributors festival programmes and financiers at the Rado Pladge.

Projects on the Line-Up include: Feature films :Makeba, Otelo Burning, Whiplash, Spoon, Retribution, Whale, Khabzela, Supermama, Saving Sunnyshore, De Jong and the Rustlers, Crossroads, Four Corners, Stockholm, Zululand, Tin of Paint, The Consequence, Zambezia, Zizi & Boondogle, Roepman, Documentaries :Surfing Soweto, Rebirth, Dear Mandela and Short Films: Dirty Laundry, Umkhungo. The Line-Up presentation will be followed by the South African networking event which has steadily become one of the most sought after invites at Cannes. The networking event provides an opportunity for South African delegates to network with key international decision makers. South Africa's DJ Switch will provide the guests with the best of home-brewed music.

Since the beginning of the Cannes festival, which is now on its fourth day, South African projects are proving to be a force to be reckoned with, attracting buyers from around the globe. High on the list of successful projects is Mukunda Michael Dewil's Vehicle 19, starring Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) who is also executive producer. The film has been sold to Optimum Releasing for the UK and Kinowelt for Germany (both arms of StudioCanal). Produced by Peter Safran and NFVF’s former head of New Ventures Ryan Haidarian, the film has also gone to Falcon in the Middle East. Vehicle 19 centres around an unsuspecting traveller in a foreign country who picks up the wrong rental car and becomes tangled in a web of corruption by the local police.

The rest of the article here.

Tri-Continental Call For Entries 2011

TCFF is South Africa’s only dedicated human rights film event. The festival attracts a large, diverse audience of film lovers, activists and socially conscious folk from all walks of life and social stratum. Film that promotes democratisation, deepens understanding, and affords those marginalised a substantive voice is more vital than ever in a rapidly transforming world. TCFF has played a significant role in creating a sustainable and continually growing audience for social justice cinema over the past nine years, through film selection that is nuanced, relevant, informative and well-balanced. Organisers will continue this tradition in 2011 with a programme that reflects global currents of change and action.

TCFF has extended its submissions deadline for African film entry to May 31st 2011. If you would like to submit a film for consideration please visit the festival website for application forms and delivery requirements.

TCFF 2011 will take place between the 9th and 25th of September 2011 in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Visit for further details.