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5 Minutes with… Gabriella Blumberg & Jordy Sank

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?   Hi, our names are Gabriella Blumberg (26) and Jordy Sank (28). We are both South African filmmakers committed to creating impactful documentaries and narrative video content that enlightens the world. Jordy set up...

My Octopus Teacher wins Best Documentary at the 2021 Baftas

The critically acclaimed South African documentary, My Octopus Teacher won in the Best Documentary category at the British Academy Film Awards held in London, last night, 11 April 2021. The EE Baftas took place the weekend of 10 and 11 April 2021 and were hosted...

IDFA restructures 2021 programme

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is launching a radically revamped program structure for 2021 with two main competitions upfront, complemented by a series of new awards “that celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking,” the festival said in statement released April 7. The major thrust...

Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically...

5 Minutes with… Neo Kgola

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Kastarine Kgola but I prefer being called Neo, I'm a 22 year old  from Orange Farm,  passionate about the power of authentic storytelling. I always want to do something that...

WHY PLASTIC? response to environmental crisis

Common interest in films reflecting everyday realities brought THE WHY Foundation and Odense International Film Festival (OFF) together in a new strong partnership. This collaboration aims to spark debates about the problem of plastic pollution through a unique competition of the festival: OFF21 - WHY...

Further Relief for South Africa’s Embattled Screen Sector

A number of donors, including Sony Pictures Entertainment (through the Sony Global Relief Fund), the National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation, have contributed towards a support fund established to provide direct financial relief for screen sector workers whose livelihoods are affected...

5 minutes with… Zwelibanzi Tshabalala

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am Zwelibanzi Tshabalala from Orange Farm Township, I’m a filmmaker and a self-taught portrait photographer.   What are you currently up to? Are there any exciting projects ongoing? I’m working on a documentary Ga Khunwana...

NEWF Decade Divemaster Storytelling Lab

Do you want to discover the miracle & wonder of Life Below Water? Are you a Woman with a passion for protecting our ocean? Apply now to become a NEWF Decade Divemaster Storytelling Fellow! The 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐅 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐀𝐁 is a 3-month fellowship advancing...

Encounters Rough Cut Lab

In partnership with Refinery Post & VFX, National Film and Video Foundation and South African Guild Of Editors (SAGE), we invite filmmakers to submit their films to the 3rd Encounters Rough Cut Lab, to be held from 29 May - 12 June 2021.RCL aims to...

5 Minutes with… Octavia Sonyane

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Octavia Sonyane, I'm 24 years old, I am a social justice activist filmmaker currently working at the William Kentridge Studio as a junior video editor and as a freelance assistant...

FWD-Doc Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility

The #FWDDocToolkit in association with Doc Society and supported by NetflixUK, offers the film industry a comprehensive guide to making documentary film more disabled-inclusive and accessible, both behind the camera and on-screen, and features an exclusive case study from BAFTA- and Oscar-shortlisted feature documentary Crip...

Ladima Film Academy 7 Introductory Online Courses Commence

On 18 February 2021, just under 70 women were joined by some of Africa’s most respected film industry practitioners for the official launch of the Ladima Film Academy https://ladima.africa/ladima-film-academy/. This gathering of women from 12 countries including Zimbabwe, The Central African Republic, Uganda, Gambia, Sierra...

5 minutes with… Berry Hahn

Tell us about yourself - who are you and what do you do? My name is Bérénice Hahn, but everyone calls me Berry. Originally from Antananarivo, Madagascar, I work in Cape Town at Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects, known as STEPS, a non-profit media company producing...

COVID-19 DSAC Relief Funding – 3rd Phase

As an intervention to aid the plight of practitioners affected by this pandemic that is taking lives and livelihoods, compromising the dignity of practitioners and preventing them from fully living out their passion within the arts, Minister Nathi Mthethwa has launched the 3rd phase of...

Encounters is open for entries!

The organisers of Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, Africa’s home of documentaries, are calling for feature, mid-length and short documentary film entries for the 2021 edition of the Festival. Following on the success of the Virtually Everywhere Festival in 2020, Encounters will be returning...

Durban FilmMart Institute 14th edition of Talents Durban

The DFMI in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, is proud to open the call for projects for the 14th edition of Talents Durban. Talents Durban, a project of the DFMI, will run alongside Africa’s premier co-production market and...

5 Minutes with… Charlene Houston

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am a spirit having a physical experience on Earth. I’m here as a person of mixed ancestry, drawing on cultures from near and far. I delight in sometimes being one thing or...

MyFrenchFilmFestival to Showcase 33 Titles

MyFrenchFilmFestival, an online film festival dedicated to French movies launched by the promotion org UniFrance, will showcase 33 titles, including a competitive lineup of 10 feature films and 10 shorts. Set to run Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, the 11th edition of the festival will collaborate...

5 minutes with … Mumtaaz Mahomed Peerbhay

• Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am a Muslim, businesswoman, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, soon to be wife and very passionate documentary filmmaker. Academically qualified with a triple major in Film, Drama and English Literature, from...

Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket and Arts Talent Market 2021

The MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums. Selected projects will have the opportunity to meet with international industry representatives among 300+ international funders, broadcasters, distributors, festival programmers and exhibitors. The MeetMarket is open to all documentary makers, local...