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.

27 May 2011

DOC's New DG

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has named Maboko Rosey Sekese as director-general of the Department of Communications (DOC).
Her appointment is effective from 1 June for a period of five years. Sekese has been working at the department as deputy DG of ICT infrastructure development since 2006.
She is responsible for five chief directorates, which are 2010 telecommunications and broadcasting, information technology, radio and satellite communications, ICT infrastructure and applications, and ICT security.

The DOC says Sekese possesses the relevant qualifications, skills, capabilities and experience required for the position.

“One of her key highlights was the delivery of the Fifa 2010 World Cup information and communications technology guarantees where she was the champion of the project, providing strategic leadership, and programme management.”

Sekese has a technical engineering background, having worked for Denel as a group manager for IT and as a senior engineer at Telkom, where she was responsible for the planning of public IP and ATM networks.

Best brain
The minister is satisfied that a rigorous evaluation process was followed in the appointment of Sekese as the DG. The department previously said the delay in making the DG appointment was because it needed to find the “best brains in the market”. It had planned to have the position filled by the end of March, and when that did not occur, by the end of April.

DOC spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso previously said it was quite an involved process. He noted it takes quite some time to fill such a top-level position, because it needs to be a highly skilled individual. The DOC is dealing with major projects like the digital migration process, and needs to get someone who possesses the right skills to deal with these initiatives.
“It's just a matter of making sure we get the best brains in the market. We need to make sure we get the best head of department to serve government and industry,” says the spokesperson.

The previous DG, Mamodupi Mohlala, was fired by former minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

Original article here.

IPO Executive Committee 2011

At the Annual General Meeting of the IPO in Johannesburg and Cape Town yesterday, the following members were elected to the Executive Committee:

Bongiwe Selane
Brigid Olen
Dan Jawitz
Desiree Markgraaff
Harriet Gavshon
Helena Spring
Kevin Fleischer
Marvin Saven
Mfundi Vundla
Ramadan Suleman
Roberta Durrant
Sivan Pillay

Congratulations to all!

IPO members also voted on a proposal that the IPO Constitution be reviewed by way of a Sub-Committee convened and tasked to do this, and the majority voted in favour of this.

More feedback after the first meeting of the Executive Committee!

Best regards,

Dionne Cronin
Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO)
Sasani Studios
2 Johannesburg Road
Highlands North
Tel 011 719 4000

Office Space Available in Braamfontein

Office Space to Rent in centrally located Braamfontein Johannesburg - Fireworx Media, Juta Street, Johannesburg has floor space, edit suite and boardroom to rent with telephone, internet and fax available. Suitable for short to medium term agreements, so ideally suited for a production or small outfit looking for a temporary home.

Please contact Loreley on 011 403 4934 or 083 261 6731.

26 May 2011

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25 May 2011

International Nort South Media Forum

Dear Friends of the Forum,

We are pleased to announce that from the 10th to 14th October 2011, the International North South Media Forum will hold its 27th edition at International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

Each year the International North South Media Forum brings together experts from the sectors of the media, finance, development and politics. Each edition analyses a topic that holds an important stake for the future. For our 2011 edition we have chosen the theme Is The World Shifting ? – The BRICS: Power and Limits.

For our 2011 edition, we will propose a wide range of activities to achieve a better understanding of the different problems and issues at stake:

A. Several screening rooms
B. Broadcasted roundtables
C. Television and radio programs
D. An exhibition
E. Special evenings
F. Two international film competitions on the year's theme
G. An international competition for written contributions

50 documentaries will be pre-selected by professionals and shown to the public, either in the Competition or in the Panorama section. The winner of the international competition will be awarded the "Grand Prix de Genève" (7000 Euros). Exceptionally for its 2011 edition, the INSMF will award a “Prix des 27 ans du FIMNS” (7000 Euros) to the best production in the history of the INSMF. Registration for the competition is now open (find entry form and rules on and the entry deadline (for televisions and independents) is the 30th of June 2011. Films have to be in relation with this year’s theme and must have been released after the 1st of January 2009.

Finally, an ad hoc jury will award the " Prix Mirabaud " to a major written contribution (7000 Euros).

The International North South Media Forum of Geneva is mainly organized with the commitment of a number of partners, including: The Swiss French Television, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, The International Organization of French-Speaking Countries, the Canton and the City of Geneva, and other foundations interested in creating a platform for international discussions and debates in Geneva.

Debates, colloquiums, symposiums, broadcasted conferences, and special evenings with themes are underway. Information on these events will soon be available on the North South website

Do not hesitate to contact us should you wish further information.

Jean-Philippe Rapp Director of the Forum
Franck Simond General Secretary

Forum International Médias Nord Sud
c/o RTS, 20
Quai Ernest Ansermet 1211
Genève 8
Tél. +41 22 320 11 72
fax. +41 22 328 94 10

Women and Girls Lead at ITVS

Women and girls everywhere are stepping into leadership roles, working to improve their communities, and innovating in science, the arts, business, and governance. Yet there is still much to do to deliver on the promise of equal access, freedom, and opportunity for women and girls worldwide. Women and Girls Lead is a strategic media initiative to support and sustain a growing movement to empower them, their communities, and future generations.

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24 May 2011

Cape Town Film Permit Office Moves

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Mpumalanga Film Initiative


Mpumalanga Creative Art Forum launch
9th June 2011
Ehlanzeni District Municipal Conference Centre, Next to ABSA Square, Mbombela.

History of the MCAF

In July 2010, creative art industry stakeholders in Mpumalanga met under the auspices of DEDET`s Film and Video Indaba to discuss the film and video office establishment in the province and the formation of a stakeholder representative body was highlighted. It was unanimously agreed that there is a need for a stakeholder representative association,. Umndeni Multimedia Productions and a small team volunteered as an interim Coordinating Committee for extensive consultation within the industry and draft a constitution. This process culminated to and necessitated the convening of the MCAF launch on the 9th of June 2011.

The MCAF is motivated by lack of professional films produced by Mpumalangians. Some featured films done in Mpumalanga are all directed or dominated by foreign creative teams. MCAF believes that there is a lot of talent in Mpumalanga, lot of dynamic & creative writers/ directors are ready to make the difference within the local film industry.

We are here to provide a platform for best locally directed films that can compete with international productions. MCAF is the turning point with our local young people being recognized internationally. Mpumalanga youth, like Sfiso a most dynamic, professional and universal minded young individual who had participated in other international initiatives in New Delhi, India loaded with fresh and vibrant ideas and technical know-how will boost this industry in the province.


MCAF was established to nurture and develop the interests of creative people in Mpumalanga. MCAF is unique in that it can stimulate public discourse; reflect on social, political, cultural and current events in a very immediate way. It can explore history, commemorate heritage and unearth the mysteries of the universe. MCAF tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary people/communities – they celebrate, question, investigate and reflect.

The MCAF aims to create a unified voice for Mpumalanga creative people and gain recognition in South Africa. The association will address the specific needs of our industry role players and network with related industry bodies in the interests of members.


The meeting is opened to all involved camera operators, sound operators, VT operators, editors, directors, producers, technicians, VT directors, floor managers, boom operators, presenters, makeup artists, statisticians, cable pullers, media accountants, media marketers, screenwriters, script editors, video editors, digital media programmers, administrators, actors, photographers, music artists, videographers, video mixers, music producers, graphic designers, stage designers, décor`, multimedia hard/software suppliers, digital signage operators, print media, advertising, cultural heritage, visual arts, printing, packaging, publishing, sound engineers, digital advert designers etc.


Date: 9th June 2011
Time: 08h00
Venue: Ehlanzeni District Municipality - Conference Centre




1. Opening Welcome: (Ehlanzeni Executive Mayor)
2. Presentations: (UMP/ DEDET/IDC, NYDA, SABCTV)
3. Messages of Support: (IDC/SEDA/DTI/SABCTV, NFVF, DCSR, M/Choice/DFA, SASWA)
4. Discussions: All
5. Way forward: All
6. Elections: DEDET, Mr. Bheki Mkhabela


Please confirm your attendance by using one of the following methods:

Tel: 013 253 1748
Fax: 086 653 5458
MMS/SMS: 073 146 0794
Contact: Fenter Khumalo

RSVP on or before the 3 June 2011.

Killing of the Imam Premiers at Encounters 2011

Imam and I World premiere at Encounters Film Festival

Imam and I is the debut feature length documentary by independent South African filmmaker Khalid Shamis and will be premiering at this year’s Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in June in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Imam and I is a fascinating and detailed personal journey through the life, death and legacy of little known apartheid struggle hero Imam Abdullah Haron. The film is an intricate blend of archive, animation and live action interwoven with recollections and stories of those closest to the Imam.

Khalid, the filmmaker who is also the Imam’s grandson, paints a portrait of the Imam as a family figure through all the myth that surrounded his death and legacy.

Imam Abdullah Haron was one of the only voices from the Muslim community of Cape Town to stand up against the injustices of Apartheid during the 50s and 60s. For this he was incarcerated and killed in detention in Cape Town on September the 27th, 1969.

The filmmaker explores questions of identity, memory, betrayal and sacrifice as well as the role of the Islamic community of the Cape during apartheid’s ‘dark days’.

Imam and I intimately reveals the traumatic effects the Imam’s family suffered after his demise. It is a brave attempt of the filmmaker to understand himself, whilst laying testament to a past that, for a long while, had remained forgotten.

“The film casts a magical spell on you by pulling you deeper and deeper into the world of the Imam and his family, into the inside of a unique closely knit black community which very little has been written about never mind filmed, a remarkable feat which bears testimony to the determination of the filmmaker, whom has spent the last six years on this project.”
Rehad Desai – filmmaker

The Encounters screenings are:

Cape Town - Waterfront
Saturday 18th June at 18.00 - Q&A. Filmmaker in attendance
Thursday 23rd June at 20.30

Johannesburg - Bioscope
Tuesday 21st June at 20.00 - Q&A. Filmmaker in attendance

Contact: Nawaal Deane,
PR for tubafilms

For telephonic interviews: Khalid Shamis
(June 1st to 15th) Mozambique cell: +258 820267850
(June 16th to 21st) South Africa cell: +27 837000149

100 Photos for Hope

Please help support the 100 000 PHOTOS FOR HOPE initiative. Photographers can participate by donating images for sale and auction at the event - see facebook for event details and sponsor info - the address for delivery is The Sunflower Fund – Gauteng, Postnet Suite 145, Private Bag X9976, Sandton, 2146 Johannesburg, South Africa

Non photographers can assist by getting to the event and inviting as many friends to attend as possible.

Of course all proceeds go directly to the charity.


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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

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Short term Mentorship on Travel Documentary Series

Short Terms Regional Mentorship Opportunity for Travel Documentary

Established Documentary Production Company, Underdog Productions via its special purpose company Hound Films are looking for a selection of regionally based people to fill EIGHT remaining short term mentorship positions as part of its "Puppy Project" on a new Television Documentary show. The series entitled Rough or Smooth is also being produced in Afrikaans as Rof of Spog, and is an adventurous and sophisticated 13 part documentary series exploring Southern Africa and its history, geography, traditions and cultures. Well known TV personalities and old friends, Paul Du Toit (preferring the rough and adventurous side of life) and Terence Bridgett (preferring a smoother luxurious experience) guide audiences on a journey to some of the most remarkable and eclectic places and show the very different sides to the same destinations.

We are looking for one person in each of the following locations (some of which are in neighbouring countries):

Tzaneen (Limpopo) 2-6 July 2011
Kruger Park Area (Mpumalanga) 6-10 July 2011
Clarens & Afriski (Free State / Lesotho) 6-10 August 2011
Garden Route (Knysna) 1-4 October 2011
Cederberg (Ceries to Bushmans Kloof) 6-9 October 2011
Namibia (Swakopmund) 16-20 December 2011
Mozambique (Maputo) 07-11 January 2012
Kosi Bay (KZN) 12-15 January 2012

We are looking for a young (18-up), enthusiastic and passionate person who is located in each of these areas and preferably someone who is interested in the Film and Television industry and is looking to learn and experience being on a small but professional TV Documentary set. They will be required to know the area well, and will be required to help on set as an assistant/runner. They will be paid a minimal fee to cover their transport etc, and will be provided with meals while on set.

The person will be required to meet the crew at the call times given, some of which might be early, and the team may wrap up late. Therefore they must have their own reliable transport to and from location or the hotel where the rest of the team are staying. They do not need to have experience in the production field but must have the desire to learn as this opportunity will be a great experience for them.

For those who are interested please contact:
Marc Schwinges (Producer)
Tel: +27 11 483 8803