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Winners of the DFA docLOVE Citizen Journalist Awards

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) is pleased to announce the winners of the DFA docLOVE Citizen Journalist Awards. A big shout out to all the winners who each receive a R1000 cash prize and a year’s free membership to the DFA valued at R350. The...

Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme for AV Sector

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for the Presidential Employment Stimulus focused on the Audio-Visual Industry, is open. The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2020, 17h00.  #TogetherForTheArts The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the...

Call for Documentary Project: Life and Times of Solomon Thekiso Plaatjie

The National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, invites all eligible and reputable TIER 1 and 2 filmmakers ONLY (refer to the definition in our funding policy) to submit proposals reflecting on the life and legacy of Solomon Thekiso Plaatjie. In pursuance...

NEWF Short Films on DStv

A captivating array of impactful and punchy short films focussed around conservation, will be exclusively screened by People’sWeather (DStv Channel-180) in the festival component of the 2020 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers (NEWF) Congress which takes place from 25 to 30 October. The Congress, now in...

NFVF invite proposals for COVID19 docs

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for a collection of medium length documentary films on the impact of COVID-19 in South Africa, is open. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa face unprecedented challenges....

DFA docLOVE Covid-19 Citizen Journalist Awards

The Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) is calling on all filmmakers, Citizen Journalists, media activists and artivists who have created documentary content in South Africa relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to submit films for consideration for promotion on our docLOVE and other social media platforms. In view...

Canada-SA Co-Development Incentive for TV Projects 2020

The Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation to fund the co-development of eligible television projects between producers from Canada and South Africa. The Parties have partnered on this Incentive for a period...

KZNFC COVID Content Fund

The vision of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination. The Film Fund is designed to stimulate the economy in the film and TV Industry, and supporting industries. With the KZN...

Jozi Film Festival announces winners

The 9th annual Jozi Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday, September 20. Joburg’s longest-running multi-genre film festival, has, for the first time in eight years, taken place virtually while, at the same time, running with limited physical screenings at The Bioscope Independent Cinema.The...

Welcome to the 2020/2021 DFA Board

Thank you to all who attended the meeting held via Zoom and to those who voted, we are grateful to have you participating in our community. Please find a copy of the minutes of the meeting to download here: Minutes 2020 AGM Welcome and thank you...

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...

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...

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...