Doc Tour Training and Knowledge Share at Encounters

Doc Tour Training and Knowledge Share at Encounters

Doc Tour 2018 is a one-day event in collaboration with Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. It is aimed at young professionals and seasoned filmmakers. In the morning is a training workshop and, in the afternoon, a general forum will address crucial issues in the industry.

We are inviting less experienced filmmakers to submit their ideas for Doc Tour 2018. A maximum of 10 filmmakers, in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, will be selected for this training workshop.

Saturday 2 June 8am – 1pm Goethe Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
Saturday 9 June 8am – 1pm Invest SA, 46 St George’s Mall, Cape Town

Renowned trainers Nadine CloeteJonathan CummingKethiwe NgcoboFrancois Verster and Sylvia Vollenhoven will work with you so that your ideas are ready to be presented and pitched at forums around the world.

The topics to be addressed in the half-day training session include:
– Getting your idea or concept market-ready for buyers, funders and broadcasters
– Storytelling that appeals to international audiences
– Budgets and finance plans

Every year the DFA is supported by the SA government’s Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) SASS scheme to lead delegations of filmmakers to major documentary markets and festivals around the world. In recent years the DFA has sent delegations to Visions du Réel (Switzerland), IDFA (the Netherlands), Hot Docs (Canada) among others. In June this year a DFA group will attend the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK.

We are inviting less experienced filmmakers to submit their ideas for Doc Tour 2018. This opportunity is designed to assist filmmakers who would like to prepare their documentary projects that are in development or production phase to be better prepared to apply for these dti-supported group missions. When applying to be part of a future DFA delegation Doc Tour workshop participants will be given priority.


Co-ordinator of the Training Workshops in both cities is DFA Board Member Sylvia Vollenhoven, a Knight International Journalism Fellow and winner of the Mbokodo Award for Literature. Nominee 2016 SAFTA for Best Director & Best Documentary. Winner of the Nordic Publicistklubben Prize for Journalism. SA Producer for the BBC 2-part mini-series Mandela the Living Legend. She produced and directed the documentary series Striking a Chord that told the stories of iconic South Africans via the music that shaped their lives.


Nadine Cloete is an independent filmmaker. Her work focuses on identity, heritage and history. She has directed on various SABC shows and has made two short documentaries: Net Een Elim (Only One Elim) / My Hood series; Miseducation / Why Poverty series. Miseducation premiered on the New York Times Op-Doc site and at IDFA. Cloete’s coverage of #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall were part of the #theopening exhibition in 2015. Action Kommandant: the Story of Ashley Kriel is her first feature documentary.

Francois Verster is an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker. His films generally follow observational approaches to social issues and have all won local and international awards. These include The Dream of Shahrazad (2014), Sea Point Pays (2009), The Mothers’ House (2006), A Lion’s Trail (2002) and When The War Is Over (2002). Recently he produced, filmed and edited Shameela Seedat’s Whispering Truth To Power (2018) which won the Special Jury prize at Hot Docs.


Kethiwe Ngcobo is the Managing Director of Fuzebox and former head of the Drama Genre for the SABC. She has produced several drama series and three feature films. Her work as creative producer is very well regarded internationally. She is an award-winning filmmaker. As head of drama many of the series that were commissioned received international awards and critical acclaim. She is passionate about creating content that speaks of and about Africa authentically and aims to be an innovator of creatively led, ‘out- of-the box’ content that is internationally benchmarked.

Jonathan Cumming is a Story Producer, Script Advisor & Writer. He has been writing for fact-based television and film projects for some 16 years. His work has included series structures and scripts for productions seen on National Geographic, Discovery Channel USA, Animal Planet USA, BBC Natural World, and PBS (USA), among other players in global television. He has a doctorate in English Literature from Wits University and serves regularly as an external examiner for Wits’s School of Film & Television.


Doc Tour 2018 Knowledge Share

Following the half-day workshop for young filmmakers we will have an industry session to address crucial issues that affect filmmakers.  The Forum will address the following critical Issues:
1. Doc funding, film incentives and rebates with a specific focus on the NFVF support, IDC funding and DTI incentives.
2. Co-Productions at home and abroad
3. Impact Producing, Outreach & Marketing
4. Case Studies of Docs that Travel

Here is the programme for the afternoon:

Saturday 2 June          2pm – 5pm       Goethe Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood.
Moderator: Jacqui Setai

14:00 – 15:00                Funding and Co-production
Rehad Desai, Obakeng Malope

15:00 – 16:00                Storytelling for a global audience
Jonathan Cumming

16:00 – 17: 00               The SA Broadcasting Terrain
John Matisonn

17:00+                          Cocktail hosted by Goethe Institut                      

Saturday 9 June     2pm – 5pm     Invest SA, 46 St George’s Mall, Cape Town.
Moderator: Lauren Groenewald

14:00-14:45pm      Funding and Co-production
Liezel Vermeulen, Steven Markowitz

14:45-  15:30pm      Case studies of docs that travel
Whispering Truth to Power: Francois Verster
Keeper of the Kumm: Sylvia Vollenhoven

15:30- 16:00pm     Tea break and networking

16:00 -17:00pm      Social Impact Filmmaking
Don Edkins and Liani Maasdorp

Contacts: Sylvia Vollenhoven 
or Liezel Vermeulen

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