About The DFA

Who We Are

And What We Do

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) was established to nurture and develop the interests of documentary filmmakers in South Africa.  The documentary film genre is unique.  It stimulates public discourse, reflects on social, political, cultural and current events, explores history, commemorates heritage and unearths the mysteries of the universe and the planet. Documentaries tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary people and communities – they celebrate, question, investigate and reflect. The most accessible genre of filmmaking, it is often marginalised by the broadcast industry and by other sectors / genres within the film and video production industry. The DFA aims to unify documentary filmmakers and gain recognition for the genre.

 

It remains the only association in South Africa with the sole purpose of assisting, protecting and promoting documentary filmmakers. The DFA is a key member of SASFED (The South African Screen Federation). Full SASFED Member Organisations include: A.S.A. – Animation South Africa / DFA – The Documentary Filmmakers Association / IPO – The Independent Producers Organisation / PMA – The Personal Managers’ Association / SAGA – South African Guild of Actors / SAGE – South African Guild of Editors / WGSA – Writers Guild of South Africa

 

The DFA is a registered Non Profit Organisation (NPO) that is solely dependent on fundraising. Its mandate is governed by a constitution and a board. All activities are executed by the board members and those they appoint to tasks.

 

Where It Started

Our Story

In July 2005 documentary filmmakers in Cape Town met at the Encounters International Documentary Festival and agreed unanimously to form a representative body. An interim voluntary committee drafted a mission statement and constitution. At a documentary filmmakers’ meeting in Johannesburg in August 2006, a national body was formed. The DFA held its first Annual General Meeting on 21 April 2007 where the constitution was unanimously accepted.

 

The DFA launched its new board at Encounters Film Festival on the 13th and 22nd of July 2007 in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Since then the DFA Board has responded to several industry issues, such as the DTI Rebate, started a bursary scheme for DFA membership, and initiated a communications strategy by web site, Facebook, and e-mail newsletters.

 

In order to assess progress and design more effective and efficient ways to execute its mandate, the 2008 board and some members attended a Strategy session on the 9th of January 2008.  On 22 January 2011, the board once again came together to assess its mandate.

Previous Boards

BOARD 2019- 2020

Chair: Antoinette Engel
Chair: Miki Redelinghuys
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Fiduciary: Pat van Heerden
Board member: Rehad Desai
Board member: Richard Gregory
Board member: Milly Takalani Mulaudzi
Board member: Desmond Naidoo
Board member: Enver Samuel
Board member: Xoliswa Sithole
Board member: Mumtaaz Mohamed-Peerbhay
Board member: Sandz Tshefu
Public Officer: Thea Aboud
Newsletter and PR: Liezel Vermeulen

BOARD 2018-2019

Chair: Desmond Naidoo
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Fiduciary: Pat van Heerden
Board member: Enver Samuel
Board member: Sylvia Vollenhoven
Board member: Mamokuena Makhena
Board member: Lauren Groenewald
Board member: Jacqueline Rainers-Setai
Board member: Obakeng Malope
Board member: Richard Gregory
Board member: Younus Salie
Public Officer: Thea Aboud
Newsletter and PR: Liezel Vermeulen

BOARD 2017-2018

Chair: Desmond Naidoo
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Fiduciary: Pat van Heerden
Board member: Enver Samuel
Board member: Sylvia Vollenhoven
Board member: Mamokuena Makhena
Board member: Lauren Groenewald
Board member: Jacqueline Rainers-Setai
Board member: Obakeng Malope
Board member: Richard Gregory
Board member: Younus Salie
Public Officer: Thea Aboud
Newsletter and PR: Liezel Vermeulen

BOARD 2016 – 2017

Chair: Lesedi Moche
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Board Member: Nadine Cloete
Board Member: Desmond Naidoo
Board Member: Enver Samuel
Board Member: Jolynn Minnaar
Board Member: Kgomotso Nkele
Board Member: Riaan Hendricks
Board Member: Zivia Desai Keiper
Board Member: Marc Schwinges
Fiduciary: Pat van Heerden
Administrator: Thea Aboud
DFA Newsletter: Liezel Vermeulen
Co-opted Tertiary Institutions: Lieza Louw, Liani Maasdorp

BOARD 2015 – 2016

Chair: Nadine Cloete
Co-Chair (Fiduciary): Pat van Heerden
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Secretary: Molatelo Mainetjie
Board Member: Desmond Naidoo
Board Member: Enver Samuel
Board Member: Jolynn Minnaar
Board Member: Kgomotso Nkele
Board Member: Lesedi Moche
Board Member: Riaan Hendricks
Administrator: Thea Aboud
DFA Newsletter: Liezel Vermeulen
Co-opted Tertiary Institutions: Lieza Louw, Liani Maasdorp

BOARD 2014 – 2015

Co-chair: Teboho Pietersen
Co-chair: Nadine Cloete
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Board member: Lieza Louw
Board member: Felix Seuffert
Board member: Kgomotso Matsunyane
Board member: Naashon Zalk
Board member: Molatelo Mainetje
Board member: Simphiwe Ngcobo
Board member: Kgomotso Nkele
Administrator: Thea Aboud

BOARD 2013 – 2014

Chair: Teboho Pietersen
Co-chair: Theresa Hill
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Secretary: Nadine Cloete
Board member: Lieza Louw
Board member: Neil Brandt
Board member: Ryley Grunenwald
Board member: Laddie Bosch
Board member: Arya Lalloo
Board member: Simon Wood
Administrator: Thea Aboud

BOARD 2012 – 2013

Chair: Odette Geldenhuys
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Deputy Treasurer: Sifiso Khanyile
Secretary: Candice Prinsloo
Transformation portfolio: Mayenzeke Baza
Board member: Ryley Grunenwald
Board member: Neil Brandt
Board member: Mark Kaplan
Board member: Teboho Pietersen
Board member: Jacqueline van Meygaarden
Administrator: Thea Aboud

BOARD 2011 – 2012

Co-chair Durban: Odette Geldenhuys
Co-chair Cape Town: Tina-Louise Smith
Deputy chair Johannesburg: Neil Brandt
Treasurer: Izette Mostert
Secretary: TinaShe Makwandwe
Board member: Ryley Grunenwald
Administrator: Thea Aboud

BOARD 2010 – 2011

Co-chair Cape Town: Lauren Groenewald
Co-chair Johannesburg: Matome Senyolo
Co-vice chair Durban: Odette Geldenhuys
Co-vice chair Johannesburg: Marc Schwinges
Treasurer: Pascal Schmitz
Secretary: Tina-Louise Smith
Youth portfolio: Dylan Valley
Board Member: Simon Taylor
Administrator: Thea Aboud

BOARD 2009 – 2010

Co-chair Johannesburg: Ingrid Gavshon
Co-chair Cape Town: Lauren Groenewald
Deputy Chair: Matome Senyolo
Deputy Chair: Llewellyn Roderick
Treasurer: Marc Schwinges
Co-secretary: Theresa Meyer
Co-secretary: Pascal Schmitz
Youth Portfolio: Dylan Valley
Regional Portfolio: Ayanda Mncwabe
Industry Liaison: Khalid Shamis

BOARD 2008 – 2009

Co-chair Johannesburg: Tula Dlamini
Co-chair Cape Town: Miki Redelinghuys
Treasurer: Michael Lee
Secretary: Catherine Muller