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5 MINUTES WITH … MANDISA RALANE

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Mandisa Zitha. I am the Festival Director for Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. I returned to Encounters in 2018 after a stint away due to the demands of raising young children....

docLOVE February: THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN

Worlds collide on the frontline of climate change A film by Julia Dahr & Kisilu Musya Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm...

SAFTAs 2020: The nominees

The month of love hit a high note on Valentine’s Day, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation...

Durban FilmMart to become an Independent Institute

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film market, has announced that it will be established as an independent institute functioning as a Non-Profit Organisation ahead of its 11th edition in 2020. “This had always been part of the business plan of Durban FilmMart since its establishment in...

Encounters Project Development Programme 2020

Prospective and hopeful filmmakers-in-the-making are encouraged to submit a ONE page Proposal for a short documentary film (20 minutes maximum length). Successful candidates will be tutored in the art of documentary scriptwriting, preparing a budget and writing funding proposals. All submission details and requirements are...

DFM looking for African film projects

Submissions for documentary and feature film projects in development for the Durban FilmMart (DFM) close on 31 January 2020. The organisers are making a special call-out to documentary filmmakers who have projects to submit. “We invite documentary filmmakers to submit their projects no matter how early in...

5 Minutes with Tiny Mungwe

1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am a documentary producer for STEPS in Cape Town. STEPS is a non-profit production company working documentary, which also distributes documentary through the platform Afridocs.  2. What are you currently up to? Are there any...

Okavango to screen at the 2020 Sundance

Documentary Okavango: River of Dreamsby Botswana-based wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, has been selected to screen in the Documentary Premieres programme at the Sundance Film festival – set to take place from 23 January to 2 February 2020. Okavango is the first film from...

5 Minutes with Sylvia Vollenhoven

1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am an author, journalist, filmmaker, playwright and Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg. I get bored very, very easily so I take on as many projects as possible. Then I do lots...

SA doc selected for Sundance

From around 15,000 entries submitted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, a South African-made documentary has been selected to compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition in January 2020. While other documentaries about SA by international filmmakers have made...

NFVF Documentary Slate Proposals 2020

The National Film and Video Foundation (herein referred to as NFVF) is a statutory body set up by government to grow and develop the South African Film and Video industry. The NFVF would like to invite eligible production companies to...

Canada and SA renew co-development incentive

For the third year in a row, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, have renewed their dedicated incentive for the co-development of...