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Streaming service ‘Hissbox’ launches grant of $25,000

A brand-new streaming service Hissbox, launched 11th of September 2020. With a focus on ‘telling untold stories,’ the streaming service offers over 400 pieces of content including world-class originals, blockbuster films, series, documentaries and much more. According to the Nigerian born, Los Angeles based CEO Chinecherem...

Call to free filmmaker Hajooj Kuka

Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka with four other artists, have been jailed for two months. The artists were involved in an altercation in Khartoum in August, after authorities reportedly responded to noise complaints from neighbors during a theater rehearsal. Steven Markovitz, who produced both of Kuka’s...

Nominations for the DFA Board 2020/2021

In line with the DFA Constitution you are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting will take place on  15 September 2020 @15:00 -17:00. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic all attendees will be linked via ZOOM: You will receive a link to join 24...

Doc Impact Sessions at Durban FilmMart

Durban FilmMart SA (DFM),Centre for Film and Media Studies - UCT (CFMS) and ScreenCubator present The UCT Doc Impact Sessions! The 11th edition of the DFM is exclusively digital this year! You can learn from industry professionals, network and pitch your ideas to the market.Three...

5 Minutes with… Sivu Giba

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Sivu Giba from East London, Eastern Cape. I am a passionate Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder of SivuBuhle Media, a Multimedia and Documentary Film Production Company based in the Eastern Cape. What...

DFA Annual General Meeting 15 September 2020

In line with the DFA Constitution you are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting will take place on  15 September 2020 @15:00 -17:00. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic all attendees will be linked via ZOOM:You will receive a link to join 24 hours...

Life, Love, Rifts and Rage in the Time of Covid-19

The DFA is thrilled to LAUNCH the DFA Covid-19 Short Film Grant collection of short doc films under the title "Life, Love, Rifts and Rage in the Time of Covid-19" at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival! In view of the challenges faced by...

Funding in uncertain times

Please diarise: THE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT: Funding in uncertain times – what’s available and how to fund it. THU 27 AUG, 2pm – 4pm Funding a documentary film has never been an easy task, but Covid-19 has made this an even greater challenge. We invite...

Encounters Industry Events

Encounters Talks offer high quality industry discussions presented in partnership with Documentary Filmmakers Association, Wesgro, Swiss Films, DOK.fest Munich, Electric South, UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of the Western Cape Centre for Humanities Research and FNB. This year’s programme focuses on critical and...

5 Minutes with… Sihle Hlophe

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I’m a director/writer who has to produce from time to time. I’ve been in the industry for 11 years and I’ve written for popular TV shows such as “Lockdown”, “Scandal” and “Mutual Friends”....

2nd Wave of DSAC Covid Relief Funding

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa hosted a media briefing to update the nation on the criteria and the application process of the second wave of the COVID-19 Relief Fund on Monday, 17 August 2020. FIRST WAVE COVID-19 RELIEF FUND (STATUS)To date, the...

5 Minutes with… Tshililo waha Muzila

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Tshililo waha Muzila, born and bred in the little village of Mauluma in Nzhelele, Venda. I moved to JHB in the early 2000's to pursue a career in the film...

Call for Entries: Berlinale Talents 2021

Applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2021! Apply by September 1, 2020, 12:00 noon (CEST). Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we hope you’re healthy, in good spirits and pursuing your creative projects where possible. At Berlinale Talents, we’re working on creating a safe edition in...

5 Minutes with… Omelga Mthiyane

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?I am a storyteller, I have been making documentary film for the last 15 years. I am attracted to stories where there is potential for healing, where people take difficult journeys that might result...

NFVF Covid-19 Relief Fund

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry. In light of the national state of disaster declared by the Minister...

Applications now open for COVID-19 Film and TV Relief Fund

Starting today, members of South Africa’s creative community will be able to apply for the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund that has been set up with a R 8, 3 million donation by Netflix in collaboration with the South Africa Screen Federation (SASFED) and...

Encounters Short Film Line-Up Announced

Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival is speedily adapting to the “new normal” and will shortly complete the construction of the virtual cinema platform using Shift72.  We are aiming to have bookings open on 13th August, one  week before the Festival opens.  You will need to...

5 Minutes with… Jasyn Howes

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am a freelance director and cinematographer based in Cape Town. I work mostly in branded content, commercials and documentaries. What are you currently up to? I am currently working on my DFA short...

SA Hardship Fund Announced

Tshikululu Social Investments to administer the R8 million Netflix donation to help support the hardest hit below-the-line workers whose productions were suspended due to the pandemic Today, the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), announced the establishment of a COVID-19...

More exciting feature documentaries announced for Encounters 2020

The documentary features coming to the Encounters 2020 Documentary Film Festival have been announced, and they promise audiences some of the freshest content from the world’s great, as well as local up-and-coming, documentary filmmakers. Best of all the 2020 festival program will be making almost...

5 Minutes with Sandz Tshefu

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Sandiswa Tshefu, I am a video editor and film trainer. I have worked on both international and local feature films, documentaries and television shows since 2013. What are you currently up to?...