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.

02 July 2011


MEDIA RELEASE - Friday 1 July 2011

Australian High Commission celebrates NAIDOC week 2011 with a public
screening of short indigenous films

The Australian High Commission is proud to be celebrating NAIDOC week from

3-10 July 2011. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each

July to

celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by

Australians from all walks of life.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2011 is Change: the next step is ours. The

National NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions that


Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their

communities and beyond, or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider


or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field. In Canberra, the

Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, will launch a

new touring

indigenous art exhibition entitled Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in

Urban Australia, which will also be exhibited in Cape Town in February


The Australian High Commission in Pretoria will celebrate NAIDOC week with

a public screening of indigenous short films at the

Bioscope Independent Cinema, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, from 1-3pm on

Sunday 10 July. The screening will take place in conjunction with

Brainbow Productions’ Crash Cinema Movement. There is no need to pre-book

as tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information about the films which will be screened at the Bioscope

on 10 July, please contact Ms Mukundi Lambani, on 072 784 8777 or

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day

Observance Committee’.

This committee was once responsible for organising national activities

during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week


More information about NAIDOC week can be found at

For media enquiries please contact:

Natalie Mendelsohn, Third Secretary

Australian High Commission, Pretoria

Tel: 012 423 6183 Mobile: 083 409 3619 Email:

Good Planets are Hard to Find

Storytellers of the world were challenged to share their vision of a possible future in the POSSIBLE FUTURES FILM contest. Now it’s your turn to join in.

Vote for DFA filmmaker UGA CARLINI and team’s ‘GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND’. A vote for your planet. A vote for an incredibly dedicated and hard working filmmaking team. And an all South African story about one of South Africa’s most notorious and world famous environmentalists, Elizabeth Klarer.

A message from Beyond a Light Barrier. A warning from above. ‘Good planets are hard to find’. We are not the only ones who think so ...

Join us on the GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND journey here:

My Space:

All images by Micky Wiswedel.

30 June 2011

VANSA's Monthly Art Film Screenings

Vansa Western Cape announces the launch of a series of art-film evenings at the >>SPIN STREET GALLERY>. Scheduled for the last Thursday of every month, these evening events provide members with the opportunity to attend screenings of selected art house films and, simultaneously, to engage with fellow artists and art professionals from their region.

Not only will this provide a platform for education and discussion regarding pertinent developments in the art house film genre and, by extension, the fundamental relationship with their concomitant art movements; these events hope to contribute to fostering an enduring dialogue and community within the local Western Cape art scene.

These film screenings are FREE for all to attend. Please join us for a glass of wine at our inaugural event, screening of Man With a Movie Camera onThursday 30 June.

Spin Street Gallery
8 Spin Street
Cape Town

021 465 7895

Screenings start at 18h00, every last Thursday of each month

Our Winter lineup is as follows:
6pm Thursday 30 June –*Man With a Movie Camera* (directed by: Dziga Vertov)
6pm Thursday 28 July – *Vodka Lemon* (directed by: Hiner Saleem)
6pm Thursday 25 August – *You, Me and Everyone We Know* (directed by: Miranda July)

Spring Selection:
Our Spring selection will present locally produced short films and the proposed Summer selection will be devoted to artist's films. Please email us if you have any movies you'd like us to screen in the future.

Visit the web site for more.

Local Documentary Brief

You’ve seen them, you love them! Now invites independent producers from the Eastern
Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West
provinces to tell us a unique story about a dynamic person or group of people from your region.

A unique story about a dynamic person or group of people from your region
The proposals must deal with a topical aspect of the lives of people residing or working in the
relevant province. The topic chosen must hold appeal for a national audience.

Eligible Provinces
This invitation is restricted to producers who operate in the following provinces:
Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North

Sunday @ 18:30
Prime time but must be suitable for early prime time and daytime viewing

Target audience
Middle to upper income viewers and must have broad appeal

Language breakdown
English but at least 15% of the dialogue must be in languages other than English which are
unique to the province

23 (twenty three) minutes

R150 000

Further details at the web site - click on the Local Documentary Brief link .

29 June 2011

Classic Cinema at the Fugard Theatre

Please click the image to view the details.

CFC Research Tender

Please click the image to view the details.

Moving Things Open for Submissions

Out the Box Festival is calling for dynamic, creative stop-motion and puppetry films for the MOVING THINGS FILM FESTIVAL, which will take place from 3-11 September in Cape Town, South Africa.

Out The Box is South Africa's premier Puppetry and Visual Theatre Festival, and this will be the third year of this unique film festival and the sixth exciting year of Out the Box international festival.

Films will be screened at the Independent Labia Cinema on Orange Street in Gardens, Cape Town. Moving Things 2011 will host a number of workshops and master-classes with talented stop-motion animators.

If you are interested in submitting a film for Out the Box 2011, please download and complete an application form from:

Submit your application form via email to

Want more info? - Contact the festival office at + 27 21 462 5811 or visit

Limitations? - Only your imagination!

A MAXIMUM OF FIVE FILMS per artist will be considered.

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2011

Cape Winelands Film Festival Call For Entries

The 5th annual Cape Winelands Film Festival announced their "2012 Call For Entries" for all of its categories and genres including features, documentaries, shorts and animation. The Cape Winelands Film Festival will run from March 14th - 24th at the Oude Libertas Wine farm in Stellenbosch as well as various other venues like the Artscape and Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The Festival will be capped off by the annual prestigious Awards Gala on March 24th 2012.

"In these times, when funding for independent films is sparse and distribution acquisitions are tight, a festival run is more crucial than ever for the exhibition of promising cinematic works," said festival founder Leon van der Merwe, "We at the Cape Winelands Film Festival continue to provide an A-plus platform for burgeoning filmmakers to showcase their passion projects before their friends, film lovers, and the industry at large."

Early Bird Deadline Extended Late Deadline
1 October 2011 1 November 2011
Cost: Free Cost: USD50.00

Letters from the Sky

OPEN CALL FOR FILMS & PROPOSALS (South Africa & international)
experimental film, artist's film, video art, microcinema, animation, screen dance, video poetry

How does climate change affect your habitat? Participating artists should respond to the brief and the theme of evidence of climate change. In researching a personal but informed response to the topic, dialogue/collaboration with scientists is encouraged. Using film as a medium, the complex issues at hand should be transformed into dynamic but simple audiovisual experiences with both popular and critical merit. The work may not be longer than 4 minutes. Brevity is strongly encouraged.

Please e-mail a brief proposal of what you are planning to do (or documentation of existing work that fits the brief), along with any images and online links to relevant previous video works by July 302011. These proposals are to follow the format provided below.

Postmark deadline: 20 September 2011. Final video works must reach us no later than 30 September 2011. Entry forms will be sent to artists who have made it through the first round (proposals). The films will be screened in a mobile cinema in local communities and on the COPART Climate Train, travelling by rail through South Africa and resident at the COP17 global climate conference in Durban in November 2011. Thereafter, selections of the programme will travel to international film festivals.

A cash prize is intended for the top entry, as well as an artist's fee for all selected work by African
artists. These details will be finalized in August/September 2011. It is confirmed that the COPART climate train has been allocated a significant amount in government and corporate sponsorship. This call is an extension of the call for contributions to the climate train sent out by COPART in April 2011.

For queries and submissions, please contact the curator, Kai Lossgott ( /
+27 (0)721198300).
For more info, see

Curator's brief
Millions of people and animals will lose their habitat due to extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts or flooding. Daily, people around the world are observing evidence of climate change in plant, insect and animal life. 'Letters from the Sky' collects emotional data about your inner and outer climate, your home, values, and how that affects the environment we share. The earth is talking to us. Talk back. Send us your weather report from home.

Fueled by news media spectacle, we have entered an age of uncertainty. Collectively, through international media, we have seen a dramatic increase in droughts, floods, heatwaves, coastal storm surges, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Raw oil and nuclear radiation has leaked into the sea. These earth changes, while not all strictly linked to climate change, resound in our global awareness.

Many of us feel powerless about these situations. But it is not all bad news. Climate change is the
one social movement that touches all of us, regardless of ethnicity, gender, class, age or creed.
Climate change is the youth movement of the 21st century. Artists are asked to respond with their hopes, fears, dreams and nightmares. 'Letters from the Sky' seeks the problems, the evidence, the solutions. How does climate change impact on your home and your community, now and in the future?

Please ensure you submit the following for your brief proposal:
country, town:
creative objectives (what you wish to produce and how):
personal message (maximum 250 words, please be specific):
climate change in your local context:
film language:
(All languages are welcome, but English subtitles will be required.)
Links to online video previews (maximum 3 each)
for completed work relating to the theme:
for examples of previous work:
Any relevant images.

Please note that any soundtrack or music used in the final video must be original, or copyright
held/secured by the artist.

Selection process:
1. Call for brief written proposals/creative treatment (deadline July 30 2011). Feedback will be
provided on successful proposals.
2. Submission of films & final selection (deadline 20 September 2011). The first screenings will be in
November 2011.

28 June 2011

Durban International Film Festival Full Programme

Media Release

Great Line-up at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival

The 32nd Durban International Film Festival, supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other valued funders and partners, kicks off on 21 July with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher. Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot film tells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this convincing fulfilment of local filmmaking potential.

Between the 21st and 31st of July, the festival will be crammed with great films from around the world. Skoonheid, Oliver Hermanus’s groundbreaking film that caused a stir at the recent Cannes film festival, will have its first South African screening at the festival. DIFF will also present the World Premieres of Charlie Vundla’s noir film How To Steal 2 Million, John Barker’s thrilling heist flick 31 Million Reasons, Faith Isiakpere’s crime drama The Algiers Murders, Eldorado by new talents Shaldon Ferris and Lorreal Ferris, the hilarious comedy Taka Takata by Damir Radonic, and The Dream by Zuko Nodada. Making their African Premieres are Mukunda Michael Dewil’s psychological thriller Retribution and Paula van der Oest’s moving film about Ingrid Jonker, Black Butterflies.

DIFF 2011 includes the African Premiere of the year’s most anticipated film – Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, which just won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Other highlights include Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, which will close the festival, Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Elena, Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad 2 – The Enemy Within, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, Michel Ocelot’s Tales Of The Night, SJ Clarkson’s Toast, Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

African cinema will also be well-represented by Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s striking and unique Viva Riva!, Nigerian director Andrew Donsunmu’s visually beautiful Restless City, Justin Chadwick’s uplifting Kenya-set film The First Grader, and Ebrahim El Batout’s Hawi which first appeared in Durban as a project at the inaugural Durban FilmMart in 2010.

DIFF will focus on two national cinemas this year: India and Canada. Six films from the great Indian master Satyajit Ray will be presented, alongside daring new works by talented new Indian filmmakers. Leena Manimekelai will present the World Premiere of her film The Dead Sea and other Indian films include Onir’s I Am, Sanjoy Nag’s Memories In March, Kaushik Mukherjee’s Bengali hip hop film Asshole, and Aamir Bashir’s Autumn.

In a very strong year for Canadian cinema, DIFF will present Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated Incendies, the gritty drama Jo For Jonathan, Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Small Town Murder Songs, Xavier Dolan’s ravishing Heartbeats, and the quirky Familiar Ground by Stephane Lafleur. Canadian documentaries include Barry Steven’s Prosecutor, a fascinating look at the International Criminal Court, and Shannon Walsh’s St. Henri, The 26th Of August.

Germany is also well-represented at DIFF 2011 with Tom Tykwer’s Three, Pia Marais’ At Ellen’s Age, Ulrich Kohler’s Sleeping Sickness and the stunning documentary El Bulli – Cooking In Progress by Gereon Wetzel.

Local stories in the powerful documentary line-up include World Premieres such as Ryley Grunewald’s The Dawn of a New Day where healing is shown as being more than skin deep, Mickey Dube’s Sobukwe, A Great Soul about one of this country’s most influential, but unsung, heroes, the Keith Jones/Deon Maas music revolution collaboration Punk In Africa, and the Dara Kell/Chris Nizza collaboration Dear Mandela about innovative leadership emerging in informal settlements. Not to be missed, DIFF will present the African premiere of Mama Africa, the inspirational film about Miriam Makeba.

With the COP conference on climate change taking place in Durban later in the year, an exceptional range of conscientising environmental films is included in this year’s Eco-Lens focus. There is heated Irish village resistance to Shell in The Pipe; Blood in the Mobile shows how frightening mining conditions in the DRC produce material for our cellphones; and, fresh from Cannes, The Big Fix exposes corruption and cover-ups surrounding the Mexican Gulf oil spill. Countdown to Zero (by Lucy Walker whose Waste Land won big awards in 2010) is about nuclear weapons and challenges to disarmament, while Into Eternity covers nuclear waste storage. Eco-Pirate- the Story of Paul Watson is about this legendary defender of our oceans and its creatures (Paul Watson will attend the festival).

The riveting Sing Your Song is the story of Harry Belafonte from his music and film career to his involvement in civil rights and anti-apartheid movements. A special highlight will be Leonard Retel-Helmrich’s tracking of an Indonesian family in Position Among the Stars. This masterful film won top awards at both Sundance and IDFA.

Look out also for King Naki, a beautiful story of struggle and achievement set around horse-racing in the rural Transkei, the Cape Town film The Imam and I , and the Durban-shot Street Kids United.

The global financial meltdown is the focus of the 2011 Academy Award winning Inside Job, while John Pilger’s biting The War You Don’t See is a timely investigation into the media’s role in war. Other documentaries cover Bollywood, Robert Mugabe, the Black Power movement in America, organic agriculture, paraplegic musicians in Kinshasa, and West Indian cricket. Packages of short documentaries and short films are also on offer.

Opening with an outdoor screening on the beachfront on 24th July, DIFF will host the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival for the 7th consecutive year – a six-day blast of red-hot wave action, surf stories and groundbreaking cinematography.

DIFF has become a valued meeting point for filmmakers and industry professionals, local and international, and the seminar and workshop programme is populated with leading experts offering insight and debate on a range of relevant issues. Talent Campus Durban is an intensive five-day programme bringing together nearly 50 African filmmakers from 16 countries on the continent. Durban FilmMart, a partnership with the Durban Film Office, not only facilitates opportunities for African projects selected for meetings with international financiers and potential co-producers, but also provides a seminar and master class programme for registered DFM delegates. 2011 marks the 10th year of DIFF’s partnership with University of KwaZulu-Natal’s AV unit who run the workshop programme for first-time filmmakers from community organizations. There are also a number of presentations by the National Film and Video Foundation.

Special events running conjunctively with DIFF include an exhibition of Bollywood paintings by Ranjit Dahiya, organized in association with Alliance Francaise, and performances by Grammy-nominated Debashish Bhattacharya, a leading exponent of the chaturangui (Indian slide-guitar).

Festival screenings will take place at Nu Metro Cinecentre Suncoast, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Ekhaya KwaMashu, The Royal Hotel, Luthuli Museum (Groutville) and other venues.

For film synopses, screening schedules and programme details on the 32nd Durban International Film Festival visit

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City Of Durban, German Embassy of South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation and a range of other valued partners.

DFA My Town Short Film Competition Winners

The DFA MY TOWN winners were announced at the Encounters Documentary Festival, during an award ceremony sponsored by the Cape Film Commission on Saturday, 25 June.
The award ceremony was followed by a great party at DADDY COOL in Long Street, where everyone got together and celebrated our efforts.

The DFA MY TOWN NFVF SPARK AWARD went to Le Roux Schoeman for his 3-minute documentary, ZINE DINE, FATBOY & BOKKOM. The short film paints a moving portrait of fishing boats on the West Coast and the significance of their names to their owners.

The DFA MY TOWN CASH PRIZE, was awarded to WALK TO TOWN, a quirky story of 2 women from Walmer Estate who decide to walk to town everyday in an attempt to stay healthy. Their walk takes them past the empty land that once was District Six, a poignant reminder of a shameful past, brought home in a light-hearted, humorous manner. The film was a collaborative work by Anna Goldman, John Edwards, Renee Roussouw and Gillian Benjamin.

Congratulations to our winners and finalists!

Thank you to all the filmmakers who entered. Please remember to sign up as DFA members. By virtue of entering MY TOWN, you are eligible for a year's free membership

A special thanks to our sponsors and partners, The Cape Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation, Encounters Documentary Festival and Cape Town Community Television. Thanks to all the people who volunteered their time and effort to make DFA MY TOWN happen and to our judging panel for their time and expertise: Mandisa Zitha, Azanie Muendane, Malika Ndlovu and Karin Slater.

Miki Redelinghuys

International Poetry Festival Focus on Africa


Poetry Africa and the Centre for Creative Arts (University of
KwaZulu-Natal) are facilitating the participation of a contingent of
African poets and musicians for South America’s legendary Poetry
Festival in Medellín, Columbia. Please see following press release
issued by the International Poetry Festival of Medellín.

Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott
within the framework of the World Poetry Meeting in Medellín

With 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature Derek Walcott attending alongside
a significant delegation of African poets and singers, there will open,
in 10 days’ time, the XXI International Poetry Festival of Medellín,
convened and organized by the Prometeo poetry magazine, with the
participation of over 90 poets from 50 countries of all the continents.
It will pay homage to the Spirit of Origin and to African poetry, as it
was in the black continent where the human legend arose, and where the
winged hearts of its griots breathed poetry into the heart of the
species. During its twenty-first issue, the International Poetry
Festival of Medellín will celebrate its homage to the spirit of Africa

Within the context of the XXI International Poetry Festival of Medellin
there will take place the World Meeting of International Poetry Festival
Directors, with the support of the Nuestra América Network of
International Poetry Festivals and of the International Federation of
Poetry Festivals.

The Festival will take place from July 2nd to 9th, 2011, in a country
burdened with a painful history of over five decades of conflict, as
recently acknowledged by its president Juan Manuel Santos. Poetry is the
ambrosia feeding the spirits of our youth in a time of desolation, and
it is the flame that rises to light the way to the future in a new
country of reconciliation and understanding, of dignity, beauty and

The XXI International Poetry Festival of Medellin will include 164 free
events for the public in general, and is sponsored by the Medellin City
Hall, the Medellín Council, the Ministry of Culture, Hivos, the Spanish
Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), state-owned
companies of Medellín, Poetry Africa, Confiar Caja Cooperativa, the
Swiss Embassy, the Caipirinha Foundation, EAFIT, TeleMedellín and

The African delegation, with collaboration of Peter Rorvik (Poetry
Africa, Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal), shall
consist of the popular singers Madosini Latozi Mpahleni, Chiwoniso
Maraire and Tania Tomé (Mozambique), and the poets Werewere Liking
(Cameroon), Haji Gora Haji (Zanzibar), Shailja Patel (Kenya), Antonio
Gonçalves (Angola), Lebogang Mashile, Pitika Ntuli, Iain Ewok Robinson
(South Africa) and Rachid Boudjedra (Algeria).

The attendance of musician Pedro Espi-Sanchis (South Africa-Spain) has
also been confirmed.

Ten Asian poets will be in Medellín in 2011: Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi
(Myanmar), Amir Or (Israel), Jidi Majia (Popular Republic of China),
Ban'ya Natsuishi (Japan), Zahreef Ahmed (Kashmir), Rira Abbasi (Iran),
Hadaa Sendoo (Mongolia), Zakaria Mohammed (Palestine), Ataol Behramoglu
(Turkey) and Kamran Mir Hazar (Afghanistan).

Poets from twelve European countries will read their poems in this new
edition of the Festival, headed by the Dutchman Cees Nooteboom, Julian
Heun (Germany), Fernando Valverde, Elena Medel, Anna Aguilar-Amat, Tomàs
Arias, J. M. Calleja, Pedro Enríquez, Kirmen Uribe (Spain), Agneta Falk
(Sweden), Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Lello Voce, Carlo Bordini,
Giovanna Mulas (Italy), Christian Ide Hintze (Austria), Sigurbjörg
Thrastardóttir (Iceland), Niillas Holmberg (Finland, Sami nation), Endre
Ruset (Norway), Raphael Urweider (Switzerland) and Iryna Vikyrchak

Guests will be also joined by Australian Philip Hammial, American Jack
Hirschmann, and Latin Americans Thiago de Mello (Brazil), Marco Antonio
Campos, Aarón Rueda, Mariana Hernández, Sixto Cabrera, Roberto Arismendi
(Mexico), Gabriel Impaglione (Argentina), Alex Pausides, Aitana Alberti,
Waldo Leyva, Magia López (Cuba), Julio Mitjans Cabrera, winner of the La
Gaceta - Prometeo Prize (Cuba), Rodolfo Häsler (Cuba-Spain), Marvin
García (Guatemala), Louis-Philippe Dalembert (Haiti), José Mármol
(Dominican Republic), Kwame Dawes (Ghana-Jamaica), Lucy Cristina Chau
(Panama), Carmen Ollé (Peru), Faumelisa Manquepillán (Mapuche nation,
Chile), José María Memet (Chile), Rodolfo Dada (Costa Rica) and Otoniel
Guevara (El Salvador).

Over a thousand poets from 156 nations have already taken part in the
Festival, and poets from Afghanistan, Myanmar and Zanzibar will attend
for the first time

The World Meeting of International Poetry Festival Directors will
address issues such as Peace and reconstruction of the human spirit,
Interconnection and recovery of nature, Unity of the human spirit and
cultural diversity of peoples, Material indigence and spiritual riches
and Actions for the globalization of poetry, and attendance has been
confirmed by representatives of 35 international poetry festivals:
Krytia (India), Teheran (Iran), Tokyo (Japan), Smyrna (Turkey), Qinghai
(Popular Republic of China), Tel Aviv (Israel), Durban (South Africa),
Rotterdam (Netherlands), Struga (Macedonia), Paris (France), Granada
(Spain), Berlin and Bremen (Germany), Rome (Italy), Kiev (Ukraine), Oslo
(Norway), Palabra en el Mundo (Argentina/Italy), San Francisco (United
States), Trois-Rivières (Canada), Tabasco and Veracruz (Mexico), Santo
Domingo (Dominican Republic), Havana (Cuba), Santiago de Chile (Chile),
City of Panama (Panama), Medellín, Bogotá, Pereira and Pasto (Colombia),
Quetzaltenango (Guatemala), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Valparaíso (Chile),
San José (Costa Rica) and San Salvador (El Salvador).

It is expected that this Meeting will give rise to the bases for the
creation of a World Network of Poetry Projects and Festivals.

There shall also take place the XV Poetry School of Medellin, which
will hold 29 activities between courses, workshops and conferences, with
free registration, which last year enabled the enrolment of hundreds of
youths. A cycle of seven feature-length African films will also be
shown, and a celebration held for the premiere of the documentary
Resistance Cultures, directed by the Korean Iara Lee.

See for more details.

Movies that Matter Funding

If you're starting a film festival, this site is for you. Find out more about what kinds of film festivals they fund here.

South Africa's Next Top Filmmaker

Are you interested in broadcast television? Would you like the opportunity to work for one of South Africa's top production companies, learning from the best in broadcast television for one year?

Entries for SA's Next Top Filmmaker 2011 close on the 30th June 2011 @ 17h00. We really got off to a roaring start with a positive deluge of entries and a very well attended workshop held at AFDA on 4th June 2011. Were very privileged to have some exceptional guest speakers including Brent Quinn, head writer of Intersexions with his protégée Zee Ntuli, Brett Lotriet Best, acclaimed director of such hits as "Show Me The Mommy", "High School Musical" and "SA's Biggest Loser" and John Trengrove, director of the much admired "Hopeville" movie.

Attendees were given some important tips and advice on the subject of scriptwriting, putting together a treatment and creating a shotlist. Our guest speakers were most generous with their time and expertise and happily answered questions and dispensed advice. Don't worry if you missed it though as the videos of the workshop are up on our facebook page for those who would like to see what was discussed.

Entry forms and more information can be found on

Winners will receive a one-year internship at Curious Pictures in Auckland Park as well as exposure to the industry at large.

Entrants may enter individually or in teams of two and will be required to submit a script, treatment, storyboard and/or shot list for a three-minute film.

The top five entries will get the opportunity to produce their film under the mentorship of the Curious Pictures team. Camera, lighting and sound equipment will be sponsored by Digitalfilm.

The offline edits will be done at General Post and Aces Up and the online at The Bladeworks in Bryanston. Final mix for the five finalists will be sponsored by Warren Birley of Fine Tune Audio in Bryanston.

For more information please go to or

Original post here.

27 June 2011

Short and Sweet, Cape Town

Short & Sweet in Association with Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky brings London’s only weekly short film evening to Cape Town!
We are very excited to be hosting this event at the amazing Dream Factory, 10 Orphan Street (located between Bree and Loop Street).

Google map.

Short & Sweet Cape Town will run for 5 weeks. Launching on 28 June and every Tuesday in July!
Doors open at 18h00
Films start at 19h30
Entry: R20

Short & Sweet will run for 5 weeks over winter.
1st Screening 28 June
2nd screening 05 July
3rd screening 12 July
4th screening 19 July
5th screening 26 July

Each week we will screen a selection of the finest short films, music videos and short animations from around the globe: old films, new films, from established directors to film makers who are completely undiscovered. You are guaranteed to be taken on a journey.

To submit a short film, music video or short animation no longer than 15 minutes, please send a link to:

Look forward to seeing you all there Saffas!

Visit the web site here.