DFA at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

The DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS’ ASSOCIATION of SOUTH AFRICA (DFA), in association with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has put together and official South African delegation, to represent the country during Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Documentary filmmakers will form part of this delegation and will be joined by members of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and other filmmakers who are funded by the DTI’s individual schemes or self-funded. They will be showcasing, networking and marketing their films.

Delegates include DFA Board members, Desmond Naidoo, Pat van Heerden, Enver Samuel and Obakeng Malope. Other filmmakers at the festival; Angus Whitty, Molatelo Mainetje, Isa-Lee Jacobson, Nqaba Ngoyi, Laurence Hamburger, Pascale Neuschäfer, Xoliswa Sithole, Mpho Montsho, Paul John Myburgh, Miki Redelinghuys, Sara Blecher, Joëlle Chesselet, Peter Goldsmid, Andrew King, Marc Schwinges, Lieza Louw and Mark Kaplan.

Thousands of people were expected to attend the UK’s largest documentary festival as it marks its 25th year. Sheffield Doc/Fest began in 1994 showing 42 films over two days to an audience of about 2,000. It has since grown to a six-day event screening more than 200 films that in 2017 attracted more than 39,000 people.

Award winning film, WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER by Shameela Seedat will screen at the festival on Sunday 10 June at the Showroom Cinema 1 and on Monday 11 June at the Yorkshire Building.


Explore how filmmakers from the African Continent are storytelling in new and innovative ways – at the Crucible Adelphi on Sunday 10 June @15:00. Documentary makers are devising new and innovative ways to tell stories using more affordable technology, widening access to new potential filmmakers. We explore how filmmakers from the African continent are storytelling in new and innovative ways, and broadening the audience appeal of non-fiction films. From made-for-mobile to branded content, and TV formats to features, meet the filmmakers that are working across different platforms, and with international collaborations and co-productions, which are transforming the way stories emerge from across Africa. Moderated by Pat van Heerden and participants Enver Samuel , Rita Ray , Molatelo Mainetje and Tulanana Bohela.


Enver Samuel, Desmond Naidoo, Pat van Heerden, Jonathan Kovel, Paul Myberg

Nqaba Ngoyi and Molatelo Mainetje

City tour with Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Obakeng Malope, Miki Redelinghuys and Marc Schwinges


As part of the preparation of the delegates, DFA offered the delegates and all other interested filmmakers an opportunity to join the Market Readiness Workshop held in Johannesburg and Cape Town


Why should I attend?

  • If you applied to previous markets and were not selected, this is your opportunity to strengthen your project for your next application.
  • Receive input into your story structure and approach from SA’s foremost documentary producers
  • Get tips on what sales materials you need to develop to support your pitch
  • Understand your options around co-productions and government rebates


Topics that are covered include:

  • Co-Productions, how to negotiate a successful market and explore international creative collaboration
  • Improving your story to strengthen your content presentation
  • Improving your marketing material for making a great impression
  • Improving your pitch, the theory around it, then practical pitching and feedback


Cape Town Market Readiness session led by Khalid Shamis 


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IOL article about the delegation here

EWN article about the delegation here