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.

05 August 2011

Invitation to Redi Tlhabi's TV Show

You are invited to join us in the audience for the taping of Redi Tlhabi's TV show next Saturday 13th August from 11am - 2pm in Randburg, Johannesburg.

In honour of Women's Month, City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee and Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela talk to Redi about speaking truth to power. Patricia de Lille and Thandi Modise are also invited.

Orlando Pirates player Benni McCarthy talks about his return to the soccer pitch in South Africa and his experiences overseas.

Popular sexologist and counsellor Dr Eve gives Redi and her guests some advice on communication and lovemaking between South African couples. Is it really true that women are from Venus and men are from Mars? Feel free to ask Dr Eve a question.

Seats in the audience are free, and you can ask questions and interact with Redi and her guests. Places are limited so let us know now if you'd like to attend and how many seats you want. Send an email to Namhla Godlo ( Limit of 3 seats per email. Please be sure to send us names and cellphone numbers for yourself and anyone else who would like to attend.

Warn regards
Ben Cashdan
Producer "Redi" (on Mzansi - DSTV Channel 107)

04 August 2011

Crafting the Visual Style in the Online

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DFA AGM 2011 Venues

The venues for our AGM on 17 August 2011 @ 14h00:

Pro Bono.Org
7th Floor Tower A
Salisbury Centre
347 Dr Pixley ka Seme Street (old West Street)

[complimentary coffee and refreshments provided]

Please check directions with Odette Geldenhuys if you need to:

125 Third Street

Please call Thea on 082 575 6901 if you are lost

Waterfront Post
1 Port Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town

Please call 021 409 2000 for directions if you need to

International Images Festival for Women 2011

The theme for this year’s festival, Women With Goals reflects the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals (M.D.Gs). As women cannot be removed from the development equation and are not only limited to goal number 3, the theme explores the goals women set for themselves and for society, challenges they come across and gaps that need bridging as far as those goals are concerned.

Questions we are asking are, can women achieve these goals, what prevents them from achieving these goals, how these obstacles can be overcome and how society reacts to gains made by women.

Finally, the theme celebrates the success stories of those women who have set and attained their goals as an encouragement and challenge to other women to take action. These are women who do not believe in lip service but believe in walking the talk.

While the film should have all the attributes of good cinema, including good production values and engagement values, it should also show some analysis of the woman or women featured. Production date is irrelevant, but the film must have a woman in leading role.

Should you wish to participate but not be in a position to make a recommendation concerning a film, IIFF would be happy to undertake a search and provide a film to be approved by your mission. IIFF would only ask that the mission covers the costs of bringing the film to Zimbabwe and returning it to its origin.

35 millimetre feature films are automatically admitted into the main competition. The awards are especially designed by famous Zimbabwean artiste Glen Cable, popularly known in the arts circle as Funkie Loader whose depictions of women in iron appear to leap and embrace the world in exuberance. Betacam SP and DVD features, shorts and documentaries are also programmed in other categories.

To ensure that your film receives the audience it deserves, and for inclusion in the festival catalogue, we request you to send as soon as possible a press kit which should include a short synopsis, technical details, major cast and crew list and stills from the film. To raise the profile of your entry further, posters would be appreciated.

Finally, all diplomatic missions sponsoring films are mentioned in our catalogue. All missions and organizations supporting the festival in cash or additional kind are acknowledged with their logo in our catalogue and any other publications that may be produced from time to time.

The festival is scheduled for November 18 to 25, 2011 in Harare and December 1 to 3 Bulawayo.

In addition to sponsored films, we are also appealing for donations in cash or kind to continue the success of the festival. Our budget itemises the areas in which contributions may be made in cash or kind. This budget will be sent to you upon request should you be interested in contributing beyond the sponsorship of a film.

Please send enquiries to:
The Festival Director, IIFF, Box BW 1550, Borrowdale, Harare.
Tel: 04 - 862355, cell: 0712 401 104/ 0712512552, email:

Guidelines and application forms sent to DFA members via the newsletter. is Live

The DFA is excited about a new VOD distribution platform for content from the continent. AFRICA and the DFA have engaged on this project for more than a year and we are pleased the project is now at a point where filmmakers who wish to have an online outlet for their films can engage with AFRICA

AFTV is a VOD (video-on-demand) platform devoted to films from and about Africa and the diaspora. It is available worldwide, targeting mainly diaspora and black culture fans.

Please see a break down of their approach on their web site.

Feel free to contact for further information.

WGSA Workshop


Dear WGSA Members, -Fans and –Friends

You are hereby invited to attend the WGSA workshop on 13 August 2011, 9h00 for 9h30, at AFDA, 41 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg. (Map attached)

The WGSA is proud to announce a special workshop for writers and film makers on “How to Make a Successful South African Movie”. Headlining the workshop is veteran South African producer and executive producer André Scholtz, who is renowned for producing many of the extremely successful Leon Schuster movies, among them “You must be Joking”, “Sweet’nShort”, “Oh Shucks, it’s Schuster”, “Oh Schucks, here comes Untag” and “Panic Mechanic” to “Oh Shucks, I’m Gatvol”, which he co-produced with Schuster. Among his latest releases are “Rainbow Skellums”, Angus Buchan’s “Ordinary People” and “Ek joke net”, which he executive produced for the Film Factory.

He will be joined by Samuel Frauenstein of Phoenix Rising Media, who will give a presentation on product placement and how it works in South African. Product placement is an indirect way of advertising often already selected at script stage, which allows marketers to place promotional ads for real commercial products and services in feature films, television programmes or other media. The money paid for this advertising can then be used by the producers as part finance for their film or TV programme.

As crowning glory to an already fantastic workshop, André Scholtz has agreed to an open pitching session, where writers will be given the opportunity to pitch their movie ideas directly to him. Every writer will have up to 10 minutes in an open forum to promote and possibly sell their projects. While André’s preference lies with Afrikaans comedy, he is happy to consider any South African high concepts ideas which can be made on a reasonable budget.

Writers who wish to participate in the pitching session are requested to book their time by emailing our administrator Thea with their name and contact details, as well as the title and genre of the project to be pitched. Every pitch must be accompanied by two copies of a leave-behind – a one page synopsis of the project which also bears the writer’s full contact details. If there is interest in the pitch, WGSA will assist their members in concluding a possible deal.

The WGSA strongly advises all participants to protect their copyright by registering their projects with a reputable company or mailing a sealed, registered copy to themselves before they do a public pitch, as WGSA cannot be held responsible for any breach of copyright in a public forum.

Bookings are essential and close on the 11th of August 2011.
To reserve your place, send an email to
Payments can be made at our offices or direct transfer to the WGSA bank account (internet or cash payments).
WGSA members – R150.00 per person, and Non-Members pay R300.00.

WGSA banking details:

WGSA-General Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Account No: 203745612
Please use your name and surname as reference

Kind Regards,

EJ (Thea) Aboud
Writers' Guild of South Africa

Mobile: 082 575 6901
Office: 011 888 4349
Email: /
Office Address: 125 3rd Street, Linden
NPO registration: 081-261

Out In Africa Back With Award-winning Lineup In August

The 18th and 2/3rds edition of Out In Africa (OIA) returns to Nu Metro Hyde Park and V&A Waterfront from 12-21 August 2011.

The lineup, drawn from fourteen countries, includes six feature films, four documentaries and nine short films.

This year’s selection showcases the challenges that still face the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

Getting Out, co-directed by Alexandra Chapman, Chris Dolan, and Daniel Neumann, is an epic documentary about three gay Africans seeking asylum because of the persecution they’ve experienced. Sadly, neither South Africa nor Europe turn out to be GLBT sanctuaries either.

In Waited For, Nerina Penzhorn’s touching documentary about adoption in South Africa, her mixed race, lesbian couple is told clearly that they’re last in line after heterosexual, same race, same religion parents.

But just as importantly, the festival is a celebration.

Glitterboys and Ganglands peeks behind the pink veil preparations for Miss Gay Western Cape. Directed by Arthur C. Clarke winning novelist Lauren Beukes (Zoo City), Glitterboys had extra screenings added during its sell-out run at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.

Sheldon Larry’s Leave It On the Floor has even more outrageous costumes than Glitterboys . The Hollywood Reporter called his musical love story “a good-hearted joy ride,” saying it “illustrates the possibilities” of musicals and predicting “cult status.” Beyonce’s musical director Kim Burse and Michael Jackson’s choreographer Frank Gaston Jr. deliver some electrifying action and a crop of new queer musical anthems.

This year’s selection can compete with any other festival on quality; a number of the films are stacking up accolades.

Weekend, directed by Britain’s Andrew Haigh, was the buzz film at America’s SXSW festival, where it earned extra screenings and won the audience award for Emerging Visions. The Guardian called Weekend a ”deftly played and beautifully paced little romance.”

We Were Here, directed by Bill Weber and David Weissman, chronicles the beginnings of the HIV/Aids pandemic in San Francisco in the USA in the ‘80s. The New York Times called it the most “heartbreaking and inspiring” cinematic exploration of the AIDS crisis yet.

Jon Garano and Jose Maria Goenaga’s For 80 Days is an exquisite story of second chances about two sexagenarians who meet over the hospital beds of their sick relations and rekindle a relationship after 50 years. Variety called it “a winner.”

Kareem J. Mortimer’s Children of God, a tale of forbidden love and an exploration of the influence of conservative Christianity’s influence in The Bahamas, has already won 11 international awards.

Jonathan Lisecki’s Gayby, a comedy short about a straight woman who wants to have a baby with her gay ex-college housemate, is on six prizes so far.

And Laura Neri was named best director at The LA Femme Film Festival last year for Kill The Habit, an offbeat black comedy about three women trying to get rid of the body of a dead drug dealer.

Of course, since all OIA films have an 18-age restriction regardless of content, there has to be one which earns it: François Sagat, a famous French porn star, takes a serious role in Man At Bath, a revealing (in all ways) look at the end of a relationship and the two men's different ways of coping.

Tickets are R47 in Jozi and R42 in CT - but there are lots of concessions available - Clicks, Metropolitan, OAPs and half-price Wednesdays. 

Out in Africa is made possible through support from Atlantic Philanthropies, The National Lottery, The National Film and Video Foundation, The Times, the British Council, and 6 Spin Street Restaurant. For more information, visit

More Winners at the Durban FilmMart

The two-year-old Durban Film Mart (DFM) has “Africa meet World” as its marketing slogan, and it couldn’t be better suited to the project.

The DFM is a joint initiative between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival. It is aimed at building networks among emerging African filmmakers and industry giants, from South Africa and abroad.

Over four days at the beginning of the film festival, DFM workshops and discussion sessions saw up-and-coming filmmakers and workers get the opportunity to rub shoulders, seek advice and market their projects to industry giants such as Video Vision Entertainment, a local company, and Puma.Creative, a joint project between Puma and the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation, as well as Cinemart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Hubert Bals Fund.

Speaking at the DFM awards ceremony on Monday, Toni Monty, the acting chief executive of the Durban Film Office, said it was the first time the DFM had made such significant strides in promoting African film to the world.

“It has been easy for young people and start-ups to approach people and ask them for advice and essentially try to pitch themselves,” she said.

Peter Rorvik, director of the film festival, thanked all the financiers and participants for their commitment and said the festival organisers hoped to see more African films made and distributed.

The 2011 DFM winners included 69 Messaha Square, directed by Ayten Amin and produced by Wael Omar, James Taylor’s and Donald Mugisha’s Boda Boda Thieves, David Max-Brown’s and Lyle Lewis’s This Boy, Joel Karekezi’s Imbabazi (The Pardon), Homage to the Buddha, directed and produced by Nicole Schafer, and Ndiyindoda (I am a man), directed by Mayenzeke Baza and produced by Bryony Roughton. For all the DFM award winners, see

Before the DFM awards were handed out, Puma.Creative announced the five finalists for their 2011 Puma.Creative Impact Award, for which entries opened in January and closed in April. The finalists for this e500 000 (R4.8 million) award will be judged on their documentary films’ impact on society.

Beadie Finzi, founding director of the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation, said the five films had covered topics ranging from the environment to social justice and global conflict, and that all five had been found to have enlightened and inspired viewers about global concerns.

The winner will be announced in London later this year.

Original article and image found here.

48 Hour Film Project


The time has finally arrived for the Johannesburg 48HFP Meet & Greet and Workshop weekend!

We’ll start on Saturday with an information session so you can meet the 48 hour team, go through the rules and regulations and ask any questions. This is also a great opportunity to meet other filmmakers (competitors from other teams) and to find crew members to complete your teams. If you’re looking to join a 48 hour film project team, this is a great way to market yourself to registered teams. We’ll also hear from previous participants who took movie making to the next level and screen some of last year’s top films. We’ll end off the day with a word from our judges and some great team building games to prepare you for the exhilarating weekend of film making ahead, with some great prizes courtesy of the GFC.

On Sunday, you have the option of attending our Free Film Making Workshops, which will cover the basics of producing a short film in 48 hours! These will cover disciplines such as producing, writing, directing, editing, cinematography, sound and performance. And will be hosted by motivated industry professionals such as Isidingo actress Hlubi Mboya on performance, Rosie Motene on producing and director Adze Ugah of Zone 14, Jacob’s Cross and Society fame. This year we’ve paired the lecturers with previous participants to give you the inside scoop on producing a film in just 48 hours!

More info on the events below;

Meet & Greet
Date: Saturday, August 6th
Time:10:30 for 11:00am
Place: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Ave Entrance on New Port Road Parkwood 219
Notes: Looking to join a crew, more information or just want to suss out the competition? Join us for our meet & greet where you'll get to meet the producers, previous participants, find a team and ask any questions about this year's 48HFP Johannesburg!

Filmmaking Workshops
Date: Sunday, August 7th
Time: 9:30 for 10am
Place: Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Ave Entrance on New Port Road Parkwood 219
Notes: Join our free filmmaking workshops hosted by prominent industry professionals and get the inside scoop on how to make a film in 48 hours!

Directions from Pretoria
From M1 South towards Johannesburg, take the Glenhove off-ramp Turn right Cross over Oxford Road into Bolten Road (before the crossover,Mc donalds is situated on the right) Proceed straight ahead Turn left into Jan Smuts Ave at third set of robots Landmarks : Take away shops to the left, Goodman Gallery to the right After 1st set of traffic lights look out for the Goethe Institut , turn right into Newport Road (big sign and 2 flags)

Directions from Johannesburg
Proceed all the way down Jan Smuts Ave (north) Cross set traffic lights (Zoo on the right) Proceed straight ahead Turn left into Newport Rd Goethe Institut situated on the left with entrance in Newport Rd

These events are open to absolutely anyone, we encourage producers and crew members to be there to represent their teams.

See you on Saturday!

Yours sincerely

Mukundi Lambani

Johannesburg Producer

48 Hour Film Project
+27727848777 / +27722155174

01 August 2011

Investigating a Sustainable Model for Implementing Community Television in South Africa

The Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (SPI) on behalf of the
Department of Communications (DoC) is conducting research with the
title: Investigating a Sustainable Model for Implementing Community
Television in South Africa. The objectives of the research are: To
consider various business models, examine the suitability of the
existing licensing framework, determine ways in which the DoC can
build investment into the sector and propose a sustainable and viable
model for implementing community television. This mailing list is set
up to allow you access to the online questionnaire. We are inviting
you, the stakeholder to please complete the survey and ensure that
your views are acknowledged, your contribution is valuable to the
purpose of this study.

You can find the survey here:

Initiative for Motion Pictures Within the African Continent

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DIFF 2011 Award Winners

Press Release

Award-winners at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival

The 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film on Satruday night (30 July 2011)

Winner of the Best Feature Film award, ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi, was lauded by the International Jury as a “masterpiece” with “astonishing performances from the ensemble cast”. The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R50 000.

Receiving a cash prize of R25 000, the Best South African Feature Film was awarded to ‘Skoonheid’ (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus. The jury commended the film as revealing a director on a “remarkable trajectory”, praising the film’s “subtlety, control and knowledge of film history” and one which “tells a complex South African story with universal appeal”.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, with a prize of € 2,500, went to ‘Sobukwe, A Great Soul’ (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube.

A R20 000 prize for Best First Feature Film was awarded to Matthew Gordon for ‘The Dynamiter’ (USA).

The full list of awards are:

· Best Film: ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi

· Best South African Feature: ‘Skoonheid’ (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus

· Best First Feature: ‘The Dynamiter’ (USA), directed by Matthew Gordon

· Best Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev for ‘Elena’ (Russia)

· Best Actress: Nadezhda Markina in ‘Elena’ (Russia)

· Best Actor: William Patrick Ruffin in ‘The Dynamiter’ (USA)

· Best Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman for ‘Elena’ (Russia)

· Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi for ‘Nader and Simin, A Separation’ (Iran)

· Special Mention Feature Film: ‘Skoonheid’ (South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus

· Special Mention South African Feature Film: ‘Eldorado’ (South Africa), directed by Shaldon Ferris and Lorreal Ferris

· Best Documentary: ‘Position Among the Stars’ (Stand van de Sterren) (The Netherlands), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich

· Best South African Documentary: ‘Dear Mandela' (South Africa/USA), directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza

· Best Short Film: ‘Dirty Laundry’ (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott

· Best South African Short Film: ‘Dirty Laundry’ (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott

· Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: ‘Sobukwe, A Great Soul’ (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube

· DIFF Wavescape Surf Film Festival Audience Award: ‘A Deeper Shade Of Blue’ (Australia) directed by Jack McCoy

· DIFF Documentary Audience Award: ‘Fire in Babylon’ (United Kingdom), directed by Stevan Riley

· DIFF Feature Film Audience Award: ‘The First Grader’ (Kenya,United Kingdom,South Africa), directed by Justin Chadwick

Sunday (31 July 2011) was the last day of the festival with film screenings at NuMetro CineCentre (Suncoast), Ster-Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Noveau Gateway, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre (KwaMashu), and the Royal Hotel.

The 32nd Durban International Film Festival was 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, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.