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Netflix Hardship Fund

The South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) and in collaboration with Netflix,has  announced a third round of applications for funding towards the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund, providing relief to the hardest-hit workers in South Africa’s creative community....

Jozi Film Festival turns 10

The Jozi Film Festival (JFF) – aka “the little film festival that could” – is back for its 10th year from 1 to 10 October 2021, catering for those who love experiencing the magic of the cinema in person as well as those who prefer...

Netflix to support film school bursaries

On 16 September 2021, Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment streaming service,  announced a commitment of $400 000 USD (approx. R5.5 million) in the form of a grant and creation of scholarships to extend the support for Black representation in the Film & TV industry to...

KZN Film Commission PPE Funding

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 industry...

MultiChoice Talent Factory Class of 2022

MultiChoice Africa is excited to welcome the next generation of passionate young film creatives to the MTF Academy hubs in Nairobi, Lagos & Lusaka as part of the Class of 2022. After a 6-week selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East...

DFA Job Opportunity

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DFA PROGRAMME MANAGER   Position: Part-time (20 hours per week) Duration: 8 months Experience level: mid-senior experience level with a minimum of 5 years experience in production or education of documentary film   The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association would like to employ a programme manager. This person would be required...

Shining a spotlight on unsung community heroes

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in collaboration with the Department of Sports Arts and Culture (DSAC) would like to invite ALL filmmakers to submit proposals for short documentary and fiction films that highlight stories of contributions both past and present made by individuals...

eVOD launched: eMedia in big streaming venture with MTN

eMedia Investments, the holding company of e.tv, eNCA and Openview, has plunged headfirst into streaming, launching eVOD, a video-on-demand service, in partnership with MTN South Africa. eVOD offers free (advertising supported), subscription and transactional-based content, including television series and movies. Partner MTN is offering all...

Call for COVID 19 public health messaging

This call is issued by the SOS Coalition and supported by SASFED (South African Screen Federation), Health Justice Initiative, C19 People’s Coalition, People’s Vaccine Campaign, Media Monitoring Africa, Right to Know, the Independent Producers Organisation, Section 27, Open Secrets, and Freedom of Expression Institute. South Africa...

Nominations for the 2021/22 DFA Board

In line with the DFA Constitution you are reminded that the Annual General Meeting will take place on 4 August 2021 at 16:00 - 18:00 via Zoom. You will receive a link to join 24 hours before the meeting. If you cannot attend, you will still...

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...