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Netflix Releases 10 Documentary Films and Series for Free on YouTube

Netflixhas unlocked a selection of educational documentary films and series — available now for free on YouTube — saying it’s a way to help teachers and students during the COVID-19 quarantine. The 10 titles include Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” covering the mass-incarceration of people of color...

National Geographic Society COVID-19 fund for journalists

In the most difficult of times, journalism can play several roles in supporting communities around the globe. It can disseminate critical information to keep people safe and informed, it can illuminate stories that bring us hope and remind us of our shared human experience, and...

NFVF Distribution and Marketing Funding Callout

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), would like to commend the industry for the good quality of applications received in the past fiscal and invite applicants to submit for Festival Hosting and Marketing and Distribution. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to...

Multichoice Talent Factory Online Masterclasses

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) is excited to launch a series of online masterclasses available on Africa’s creative network, the MTF portal! The masterclasses offer exclusive access to practical, industry expert-led skills workshops that afford film and television professionals the ability to interact and learn...

NFVF call for funding applications is open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for cycle 1 funding applications for the 2019/20 financial year is now open for the following funding categories: Production and Development Tiers 1, 2 & 3 -  Fiction Development (animation, feature films, short films,...

Talents Durban Call for Applications

Durban, South Africa. The Durban FilmMart has announced a new partnership with Talents Durban, as applications open for the 2020 edition. Talents Durban is a five-day talent development programme, which has been presented in Durban, South Africa for the past 12 years in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative...

SAGE/Encounters Rough Cut Lab

Documentary films present us with unique perspectives and insights into our worlds. The crafting of these films present unique challenges and encourage thoughtful insights into their making. The Rough Cut Lab (RCL) aims to support South African films in the late offline story stage with...

5 MINUTES WITH … MANDISA RALANE

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Mandisa Zitha. I am the Festival Director for Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. I returned to Encounters in 2018 after a stint away due to the demands of raising young children....

docLOVE February: THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN

Worlds collide on the frontline of climate change A film by Julia Dahr & Kisilu Musya Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm...

SAFTAs 2020: The nominees

The month of love hit a high note on Valentine’s Day, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation...

Durban FilmMart to become an Independent Institute

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film market, has announced that it will be established as an independent institute functioning as a Non-Profit Organisation ahead of its 11th edition in 2020. “This had always been part of the business plan of Durban FilmMart since its establishment in...

Encounters Project Development Programme 2020

Prospective and hopeful filmmakers-in-the-making are encouraged to submit a ONE page Proposal for a short documentary film (20 minutes maximum length). Successful candidates will be tutored in the art of documentary scriptwriting, preparing a budget and writing funding proposals. All submission details and requirements are...

DFM looking for African film projects

Submissions for documentary and feature film projects in development for the Durban FilmMart (DFM) close on 31 January 2020. The organisers are making a special call-out to documentary filmmakers who have projects to submit. “We invite documentary filmmakers to submit their projects no matter how early in...

5 Minutes with Tiny Mungwe

1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am a documentary producer for STEPS in Cape Town. STEPS is a non-profit production company working documentary, which also distributes documentary through the platform Afridocs.  2. What are you currently up to? Are there any...

Okavango to screen at the 2020 Sundance

Documentary Okavango: River of Dreamsby Botswana-based wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, has been selected to screen in the Documentary Premieres programme at the Sundance Film festival – set to take place from 23 January to 2 February 2020. Okavango is the first film from...

5 Minutes with Sylvia Vollenhoven

1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am an author, journalist, filmmaker, playwright and Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg. I get bored very, very easily so I take on as many projects as possible. Then I do lots...

SA doc selected for Sundance

From around 15,000 entries submitted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, a South African-made documentary has been selected to compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition in January 2020. While other documentaries about SA by international filmmakers have made...

NFVF Documentary Slate Proposals 2020

The National Film and Video Foundation (herein referred to as NFVF) is a statutory body set up by government to grow and develop the South African Film and Video industry. The NFVF would like to invite eligible production companies to...

Canada and SA renew co-development incentive

For the third year in a row, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, have renewed their dedicated incentive for the co-development of...

Adiaha Women’s Documentary Award

The Adiaha Award includes a $2000 cash component to be used on the director’s next film, as well as an invitation to attend the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund/ Colgone (Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln) in February 2021.   The...

5 MINUTES WITH PAT VAN HEERDEN…

I am Pat van Heerden, I was recently in Lisbon with colleagues from South Africa at a financing and pitching  for documentary funding workshop. Final pitching to commissioning editors in Portugal at Lisbon Docs Pitching Caught in traffic - a story about recidivism...