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.

03 September 2011

DFA Board 2011 / 12 year

The new 2011/12 DFA Board as elected at the AGM on the 17th of August 2011, met for its first board meeting on Friday the 2nd of September. In this meeting the executive positions within the board were decided on as follows:

Co-Chairperson Cape Town: Tina-Louise Smith
Co-Chairperson Durban: Odette Geldenhuys

Co-Vice Chairs Johannesburg: Zulumathabo (Vusi) Zulu & Neil Brandt

Treasurer Cape Town: Izette Mostert

Secretary Cape Town: Tinashe Makwande

Additional Board Members:

Johannesburg: Ryley Grunenwald
Limpopo: Duncan Tshikovhi

The board is currently taking over all functions of the DFA, and its next board meeting is Wednesday the 5th of October 2011.

The board decided on offering the first ever DFA Honorary Membership in terms of the it's constitution to Marc Schwinges.

All DFA meetings are linked via Skype between the provinces.

02 September 2011

Hot Docs 2012 Open for Submissions

Film submissions to the Hot Docs 2012 official program are now being accepted. The guidelines below are subject to change without notice. The next edition of Hot Docs takes place April 26 to May 6, in Toronto, Canada.

Early-Bird Film Submission Deadline: December 2, 2011
Final Film Submission Deadline: January 13, 2012
Please consult the submissions FAQ page for additional information. Please note that submission guidelines for Hot Docs 2012 are subject to change without notice.

To read further and view the original post, visit the web site.

01 September 2011

People 2 People Special Rates for DFA Members

Early bird registration for the People2People Documentary Conference closes today, September 1st. Standard registration is now R350 for individual registration and R750 for company registration. This rate is applicable until the 6th of September only so book now!

Those who register after the 7th of September will pay the late registration fee of R500 for individual registration and R900 for companies.

Remember DFA members pay half price- so R175 if you book before the 7th of September!

31 August 2011

International Black Women's Film Festival

Welcome to the 10th International Black Women’s Film Festival!

I established this film festival in 2001 and presented the first festival in October 2002 in San Francisco, CA, and I am proud to present the tenth year of the festival! The festival is scheduled for July 20th and July 21st, 2012 in San Francisco!

I started this film festival as a way to celebrate Black women filmmakers from around the world and to show audiences that there are films about Black women that do not involve negative stereotyping, violence toward Black women, and that don’t show Black women being berated and exploited. The screenings showed Black women presented film through their filter which produced an entirely different outlook on the role of Black women and the roles of Black women.

Not all of the filmmakers are Black women. Some are directors who just happened to choose a Black women as a featured actress. The casting of some of these women were just natural choices of gifted actresses, but the act of casting them was sometimes unintentionally revolutionary and their image was not the usual Hollywood image of leading actresses.

I want to see you (or your film) at the 2012 festival!

To submit your film, visit the web site.

30 August 2011

Mogoeng Versus Sluts and Others

Mogoeng vs Sluts and Others
Posted on: 08-29-2011
Joining the dots between Judge Mogoeng, Slutwalkers and gay and lesbian people feels oddly uncomfortable. This discomfort has to do with what waits in the wings at the Constitutional Court should Mogoeng be appointed as Chief Justice. Some of Mogoeng’s past judgments and present associations are alarming to anyone committed to the ongoing struggles towards dignity, equality, and freedom for women and LGBT people. As active citizens we have a responsibility to ensure proper legal and social scrutiny of Mogoeng’s suitability to hold an office which is a key custodian of the Constitution.

In 2002, Mogoeng found that a man’s “girlfriend” had “provoked” him to tie her to the back of a car and drag her along a gravel road. This “provocation” was found by Mogoeng to be a mitigating factor in the accused’s actions, along with the fact that the woman did not suffer “serious injuries”. On the basis of this argument Mogoeng found that the initial two-year sentence was “too heavy, according to any standards”. Whose standards was Mogoeng upholding here? Certainly not the standard of “sluts”, aka women who claim their rights to bodily and sexual autonomy.

After a Canadian police officer reprimanded women to avoid dressing “like sluts” lest they be raped, SlutWalks erupted worldwide as a, spontaneous form of resistance to, among others, social discourses that blame women for the violence perpetrated against them by men. Slutwalk messages challenge the sexist mythologies that “how women behave” and “what they wear” justify violation of their bodies. In Mogoeng’s judgment in the aforementioned case, he used the notion of “women provoking male violence” to reduce the sentence.

Read the rest here.

JoBurg Fringe

this is our space for the 2011 Joburg Fringe: alleyway on Melle, between Juta and de Korte
in Braamfontein (see attachments)

our deadline for SUBMISSIONS for a stand on the Joburg Fringe is 1 week away!

DEADLINE for submissions: 2 Sept 2011.
SUBMIT WHAT?: 4 low res pics plus short cv plus short proposal.
CATALOGUE deadline: actually 2 Sept, extention 'till 9 Sept to accomodate newest work etc
SIZE: 16 meters square (larger costs more).
PRICE: R2000
CAN ONE SHARE A STAND? absolutely. just submit pics of each exhibitors work, cv etc.
JURY: Khwezi Gule, Matthew Krouse, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Joburg Fringe organizers.
CONFIRMATION to participate: we will let you know by Monday morning 5 September.
BOOTHS: space dividers and bright neon lighting supplied by Joburg Fringe.
SUPPORT: there will be 2 technicians supervising the setting up of the show, giving basic support.
SET UP: from 8am on Monday 19 September 2011 (closer the time we can see if Sunday 18 is an option) NB: Booths must be completely set up by 4pm on Wednesday 21 September.
HAMMER, NAILS, TAPE MEASURE, SPIRIT LEVEL, DRILL and other tools: bring your own.
OPENING: The 2011 Joburg Fringe opens to the public at 6pm on Wednesday 21 September. Opening night no entrance fee.
OPENING PARTY: will take place in the outdoor spaces (in the Alley which gives access to the Joburg Fringe as well as The Grove piazzetta and the Hotel Lamunu.)
AFTER PARTY: each booth will be issued with X coupons giving a free drink at Kitchener's Bar after 8pm on Wednesday 21 September.
21 Sept (Wednesday= Opening Evening) 6pm-8pm.
22 Sept (Thursday) 10am - 4pm
23 Sept (Friday) 10am - 4pm
24 Sept (Saturday) 9am - 4pm (this will be the 3rd Saturday of the fresh from the Biscuit Mill in C.T. Neighbourgoods Market at 73 Juta, down the alley way from us, and the place will be BUSY. Hence so early...)
25 Sept (Sunday) 10am - 2pm
ENTRANCE FEE: 22-24 Sept R20.00 a ticket.
FINISSAGE (that's French for a closing chill-out party) with voluntary AUCTION*: from 2:30, with beer and prego rolls.
*voluntary AUCTION: who ever is interested to have an artwork auctioned: half money goes to artist, other half to a Braamfontein charity.
DE-INSTALLATION: by Monday morning 26 September 11.30am latest!
SECURITY: is being arranged.
POWER: available, please bring cables, plugs, long extention cords etc
WHO MANS THE SPACE DURING THE JOBURG FRINGE ? you do. get a good stand-in or liaise with your booth-neighbour.
NEED MORE INFO? see blog posts or email us:

IPO Meets to Discuss SABC Issues

Dear Members of the IPO,

A reminder that the first of two IPO meetings to discuss the latest SABC issues will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 31st August at 2:30pm to 5:00pm at the offices of Curious Pictures, 41A Frost Avenue, Auckland Park.

All IPO members are welcome to attend.

The second meeting, in Cape Town, will take place on Monday 5th September at Waterfront Studios, 1 Port Road, V & A Waterfront from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Please RSVP to today if you have not done so already.

Digital Citizens' Indaba 6.0

The annual Digital Citizens' Indaba takes place in South Africa and is open to all citizens who try to empower themselves using digital media technologies.

DCI will explore the New World Order 2.0 through a series of panel discussions and workshops with experts, eye-witnesses and digital citizens while at the same time ensuring there’s enough time too for knowledge and skills exchange through socializing – as citizens should.

Registration for the Digital Citizens’ Indaba conference which will be taking place on the 19th September 2011, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre is open again and is for FREE.

Delegates will get full access to the conference, a conference pack (which includes the programme, access to exhibitions, lunch, dinner and teas for the duration of the conference). Please note that this offer excludes flights, accommodation, visa fees, and airport transfers, all of which are for delegates own payment.

To register follow this link:

We are looking forward to sharing this year’s DCI experience with you.

To explore the programme and more, visit their web site.

29 August 2011

Star Talent Vying for Production Deals at Strategic Partners 2011

Michael Auret (Black Butterflies, Master Harold and the Boys), Lance Samuels (The
Bang Bang Club, Lucky), Mevlut Akkaka (Five Minarets in New York, with Danny Glover
and Mohammad Ali), Australia's Sue Maslin (Japanese Story, Hunt Angels), and
Christina Piovesan (The Whistleblower, Amreeka) are among the producers attending
Strategic Partners 2011 - Canada's premier international co-production market
presented by the Atlantic Film Festival.

The ideal place to co-produce/co-venture with Canadians, Strategic Partners 2011
will draw delegates from around the world - with an emphasis on spotlight countries
United States, Australia and South Africa - to Halifax from Sept. 15 to 18.

"Strategic Partners has been instrumental in putting us into contact with producers
and projects that we would otherwise not have come across," says producer Gub Neal
(Cracker, Prime Suspect, Queer as Folk) of Artists Studio in London, UK.

Neal credits the event with sparking Combat Hospital, a UK-Canadian co-production
originally pitched to him at Strategic Partners 2009 - this summer's breakout TV
Participating projects looking for co-production partners at SP 2011 include:

Deadlocked, by Ecstasy Film of Toronto and producer Rob Heydon: a drama about a
mother-daughter relationship set amidst the turmoil of the Gaza strip, starring
Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren

Mythic, 13 x I hour from Australia's Odin's Eye Wendy Howell with William J.
MacDonald, Executive Producer (ROME, The Saint) as Executive Producer: Cinematic,
intelligent and exciting, Mythic brings the stories from shared literary history
kicking and screaming into the present. Little Red Riding Hood is both the girl and
the wolf, she is a werewolf ...

Natural Justice, by South Africa's Penguin Films and producer Roberta Durrant: the
story of a disenchanted Cape Town policewoman who joins forces with a shallow
playboy to unravel a horrific case of child trafficking

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, by Odd Sock Films of St. John's and producer Jill
Knox-Gosse (Grown Up Movie Star): an adaptation of Wayne Johnston's bestselling
novel based on the life of Joey Smallwood

Obsession, by Corona Pictures of London, UK and producer Richard Johns, and director
Thaddeus O'Sullivan: a tense psychological thriller about a Manhattan doctor who
makes a hostage of his wife's latest lover, starring Stellan Skarsgard and Ryan

Remembrance Man, by Cinegraphe Productions of Quebec City and producer Nicholas
Kinsey: a Western whodunit about a gravedigger watching for signs of the undead
during the cholera epidemic, starring Terence Stamp

There are no Soulmates, by unafilm of Berlin and producer Titus Kreyenberg: a
rom-com best described as Sleepless in Seattle meets Breakfast at Tiffany's, and
directed by prominent Polish director Agnieszka Holland

A Dream of Red Mansions, by Regina's Minds Eye Entertainment with director, BAFTA
award-winning Michael Radford: an epic tale of one courageous woman and two powerful
men caught in the turbulence surrounding the rise of Communism in China, starring
Ken Wantanabe and Joan Chen.

Delegates of this unique event - now in its 14th year - benefit from unparalleled
access to international co-production/co-venturing opportunities with industry
leaders and financiers through Strategic Partners' effective 1-2-1 meetings. One of
a kind in the world co-production markets as it focuses on feature film, television
fiction, and multi-platform projects, Strategic Partners business is all set against
the backdrop of the Atlantic Film Festival screenings and galas.

Strategic Partners is a production of the Atlantic Film Festival.

A top Canadian festival, the Atlantic Film Festival is held each September in
Halifax, Nova Scotia. Strong East Coast roots support a unique format for the
festival, with its distinctive focus on film and music. It is large enough to
attract the world's most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate
enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our
audiences and the industry. The AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere to
experience the best Atlantic, Canadian and international films, while showcasing
some of the best musical talent from around Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Film
Festival produces: Strategic Partners, ViewFinders: International Film Festival for
Youth, alFresco filmFesto, and Music & Image.

Organizers acknowledge the ongoing support provided to Strategic Partners by the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), International Business Development
Agreement (IBDA), Telefilm Canada, Shaw Media, Canada Media Fund, and Film Nova
Strategic Partners is the exclusive Canadian institutional partner of Australia/New
Zealand's MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) 37┬║South Market.

Read the original article here.

The Taiwan International Children's Film Festival

Greetings from Taiwan!

My name is Zooka. I am writing from 5th Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) which is a film festival especially dedicated to children under 12 years old. TICFF shows quality entertainment for children, while furthering children’s multicultural education and media literary.

We’re calling for entries now! The categories of the competition include fiction, animation, documentaries and TV programs. The winner of each category will win a USD 4,000 cash prize and a trophy. We sincerely hope that you will introduce great films to us.

To submit your work(s) to our competition, please fill out the entry form through our website.

After successfully submitting online, please print out and sign the "participation agreement" and send back us together with the preview DVD, addressed to:

Public Television Service, Taiwan
100, Lane 75, Sec 3, Kang Ning Rd. / Taipei 11486 Taiwan
Phone +886-2-2630-1116 / Fax +886-2-2630-1895

The submissions deadline is October 31, 2011. Entry fees are exempt.
More information about our festival can be found on our website

I’m looking forward to receive your entry forms and outstanding works!

Zooka Yung
Festival Coordinator, TICFF

TICFF (Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival)
Public Television Service, Taiwan
No. 100, Lane 75, Sec. 3, Kang Ning Rd., Taipei 11486, Taiwan
Email: ;

Film Apprentices Wanted

Two exciting filmmakers, Kel and Eline are coming to Cape Town to work on a project in late September 2011. Find out more about them here.

They are looking to work with a local filmmaker to work with, perhaps you or someone you know would be interested in getting involved! Please spread this to everyone you know who would like to get involved.

They work as a two-person documentary crew for TV, online media and commercial outlets. In addition, they show our work at art galleries and film festivals. Cross-platform distribution (for example: making an art piece and selling off leftover footage to a TV station) is one of their
strengths. They can offer one interested & motivated person the opportunity to accompany us on a shoot. While on the shoot, this person will learn real world filmmaking skills.

The individual they are seeking for this position should have a very strong interest in filmmaking, although extensive prior experience on shoots is not required. A knowledge of how to get around in Capetown is a plus, as is a drivers license. They will pay for travel, food and daily expenses for the couple of days that you’ll be working with them.

Here’s a preliminary schedule:

*Early to mid October-* Production (on-site research and shooting)

*Mid October to Early November- *Post-production (editing &

*Early November- *Installation and 1 day exhibition

If you’re keen to be a part of this interesting opportunity, drop Eline Jongsma and
Kel O'Neill an e-mail: and



REGISTRATION No. 258-11/160

JuLY 19, 2011


The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995, with member states across all continents, which aims to support sustainable democracy world-wide and assist in the development of institutions and the culture of democracy. At the interface between research, fieldwork and the donor community, International IDEA provides a forum for dialogue, builds networks of experts, develops training materials and provides strategic advice at the international, regional and national level, cooperating with a range of organizations.

The Institute now invites proposals from film makers (organizations or individuals) for producing at least two pilot films of a minimum of 15 minutes duration based on case studies submitted to International IDEA by field researchers and practitioners on ways in which groups that have previously been marginalized by the “dominant” culture or social/political structure have been able to overcome their marginalization to participate in decision making processes and gain acceptance by the dominant culture. Summaries of such case studies will be posted on International IDEA’s website on August 24, 2011. A detailed description of the assignment is provided in the Terms of Reference, available at

The Director’s cuts of the films produced will be submitted on December 2 2011 and, after feedback provided by International IDEA, final versions completed by December 22 2011. The maximum budget to be allocated for the project is €75,000. The agreed final budget allocation will be paid in two instalments. These include an initial payment of no more than 15% of the film maker’s budgeted fee, with the remaining amount to be paid upon the film’s completion. International IDEA will nevertheless provide advances on reimbursable expenses such as travel, accommodation, communications, consumables and supplies (see attached Annex A’s General Conditions for Contracts for Provision of Services)

The film maker will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Request for Proposals and accompanying Terms of Reference.

Interested film makers may obtain further information on the assignment by emailing the Project Manager, Julian Smith at

Film making proposal summaries of no more than 2,000 words together with CVs and examples of previous work must be delivered by hard copy or electronic mail to the address below by September 16, 2011. Late submissions will not be considered. Interviews with short listed film makers will take place in the week September 19-23. The successful tenderer will be selected and notified on September 23, 2011.

International IDEA
Str├Âmsborg, SE-103 34 Stockholm, Sweden
Attn: Julian Smith
Tel: +46-8-698 37 00
Fax: +46-8-20 24 22