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Durban FilmMart postpones 2021 edition to August

In the wake of the ongoing unrest, violence and widespread destruction of property taking place in parts of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days, the Durban FilmMart has postponed the virtual event that was meant to run from July 16 to 25....

Netherlands, SA Launch Thuthuka Co-Development Fund

The Netherlands and South Africa launched a new co-development fund July 10 in Cannes. The two countries signed a co-production treaty in 2015, and are looking to build on that through stronger collaboration. The SA-NL Thuthuka Fund will provide selective script and co-development support for feature...

Encounters Programmers’ Choice Awards

The winners of the Programmer's Choice Awards were announced at the 2021 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival recently. “It was an exceedingly difficult decision to select the winners for the Programmer’s Choice Awards. This year, we were spoiled for choice with a wide range...

DFA DocShare at Encounters

The launch of docSHARE was titled Get your film out there! An interactive panel discussion about distribution strategy where the film teams from I. Mary,  The Colonel’s Stray Dogs and I am Here shared their distribution strategies. DFA Board member Sivu Giba hosted the powerhouse panel. Watch the Recording...

Level 4 Adjustment of 27 June 2021

Please familiarise yourselves with the Gazetted Adjustments to Level 4 linked below as well as the special permissions for travel templates that are included in that document. We also include the SASFED June 2021 Guidelines and SA Guild of Editors Protocols for your reference. Stay safe...

ICYMI: Links to Encounters webinars

UCT OPEN SESSION: MURDER IN PARIS The UCT / Sunshine Cinema Film Impact Screening Facilitator short course hosts a panel discussion with the Murder in Paris impact team. We’ll dive into the film’s impact goals, change dynamics, and impact strategy design and hear about the impact...

DFA #docCHAT with NETFLIX

DFA’s docCHAT with Netflix: Online Distribution with the Netflix Africa team unpacked the process, opportunities and considerations of pitching and making factual content for the streamer. DFA Treasurer Izette Mostert hosted the conversation. Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 208 million paid memberships in...

Zinder Awarded Adiaha Award at Encounters

The Ladima Foundation has awarded the The Adiaha Award 2021 for Best Documentary Film by an African Woman to Zinder, a powerful film by filmmaker by Aicha Macky. The jury also awarded a Special Mention to Faya Dayi by Jessica Beshir.  The award was presented at...

STEPS Premieres feature films of Generation Africa

STEPS presents the first two feature films in their latest collection, Generation Africa, to African audiences at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in June and at the Durban International Film Festival in July.  STEPS is a Cape Town-based media company that works with...

DFA Sessions at Encounters

DFA docSHARE presents: Get your film out there! An interactive panel discussion about distribution strategy 18 June 2021 at 11:00 - 12:30     REGISTER HERE DFA invites you to the launch of docSHARE - an interactive learning session where the film teams from I. Mary,  The Colonel’s Stray Dogs and...

Encounters Talks: The Future of the Documentary Industry

From 10-20 June 2021, the festival brings a slate of meaningful documentaries about humanity, creativity, activism, investigation and revelation, accompanied by live webinars, debates, Q&As and the opportunity to virtually meet directors locally and from around the world. Fostering Vital Conversations Encounters Talks provides a space for...

NFVF Call for International Bursaries Applications

The National Film and Video Foundation would like to invite eligible applicants to apply for International Bursaries in Film and Television Post Graduate Studies. The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film & TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support...

‘Disrupt! The Shape of Stories to Come’

Africa’s premier film industry event, the Durban FilmMart, is embracing the disrupting effect the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the film industry when the event kicks off virtually in July.  Under the theme, ‘Disrupt! The shape of stories to come’, the 12th edition of the...

UCT Sunshine Cinema Film Impact Screening Facilitator Short Course

Encounters South African International Film Festival presents one week of exclusive, free access to the brand new online UCT certificate short course UCT Sunshine Cinema Film Impact Screening Facilitator Short Course Do you make films about social issues? Are you an aspiring impact producer or screening...

SA & African Films Come To Encounters

From the mysterious assassination of a South African icon, to an animated documentary of one of Sea Point’s legendary figures, as well as activists, miners, circuses and athletes, the 2021 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival once again brings audiences closer to the very best...

Encounters is back, announces first films in the lineup

Following on from its hugely successful virtual festival in 2020 — a year that will surely go down as one of cinematic history’s most challenging — the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will once again be coming to screens ‘virtually everywhere’ for its 2021...

What I’ve been watching: Morgan Morris

Film: MAYOR Director: David Osit Year: 2020 ‘MAYOR’ is almost the antithesis to ‘What Walaa Wants’, the 2018 doccie on a strong-minded young woman trying to forge her own path – in the face of her family’s objections – in a refugee camp on the West Bank. If...

The Colonel’s Stray Dogs

The DFA warmly congratulates Khalid Shamis whose tour de force The Colonel’s Stray Dogs will premiere at Hot Docs this week on the 29 April 2021.   Synopsis For over 40 years Ashur Shamis was a member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and Colonel Gadaffi’s enemy number one...

Farewell Milly Takalani Mulaudzi

It is with shock and deep sadness that the DFA board learned this morning of Milly Takalani Mulaudzi's sudden passing. Milly was an integral part of the DFA board since 2019 and last year her exemplary leadership as the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) co-chair...

Opportunity: Film Festival Curator

The Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education is seeking to contract someone experienced with African film to curate and run a two-day African Film Festival towards the end of May. This is a short-term contract for the month of May. The intention of the festival is...