In 2009 the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association, in collaboration with the Encounters Documentary Festival launched the MY TOWN short documentary competition. The completion was a big success and helped identify and build relationships with young filmmakers –amongst them the current vice –chair of the DFA Matome Senyole( Winner of the 2009 MY TOWN SHORT FILM COMPETITION) The short film competition is directed at filmmakers from across the country. The brief of the short film competition relates to how the town we come from or live in shapes who we are. In this short 3 minute documentary competition, filmmakers, aspirant filmmakers, artists and students are invited to make a short 3 minute documentary titled “My Town”. They can interpret this brief any filmic way. A judging panel of established industry professional selects 8 short films from the body of entries. In 2010 Clarence Hamilton from the NFVF, who served on the jury for the competition, had the following to say about the films:
“The entries were generally of a surprisingly high standard demonstrating great talent and potential to grow into film-makers with a real future ahead of them”
The completion has been run in conjunction with the ENCOUNTERS FILMFESTIVAL.
This provides a valuable platform for filmmakers to have their films screened on the big screen. In 2010 the DFA also partnered the Cape Town Community television, who screened the films, providing a broadcast platform for MY TOWN.
DFA MY TOWN has grown to be highlight on the documentary film calender. THE DFA believes this initiative is nurturing filmmakers and providing a platform to be creative, to be seen and to be awarded.