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NFVF invites nominations for Oscars selection committee

Invitation for South African film practitioners to participate as jury members for the 93rd  Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) for International Feature Film category The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is officially recognized by the Academy...

5 Minutes with DFA Member Mpho Mabodimo

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Edwin D. Mabodimo Mphaga born and raised in Tafelkop, Limpopo. I am a father and I identify myself as a Poet, Photographer and a Filmmaker, I studied film and television...

First Encounters Line-up Announced

The new multi-platform Encounters International South African Documentary Festival is bringing you some of the globe’s greatest award-winning documentaries, available virtually. Long-awaited political documentaries and an eye-opening look into the world of one of the  most mysterious artists are just a few of the exciting releases...

5 Minutes with Nikki Comninos

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am an editor and sometimes director, I have worked across many genres but documentary is my firm fave. I also have one toe in academica and completed my Ph.D. focusing on home video,...

TRIBUO: New support fund for the arts

The performing arts have been hit hard by the Covid pandemic. The local industry has ground to a halt with the ban on public gatherings, the closing of theatres and entertainment centres and the cancellation of various arts festivals. The arts industry in South Africa...

Virtual 22nd Encounters Doccie Fest

The 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will be held online and at selected cinemas in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 20 to 30 August 2020. This year, the festival will be freely available - for viewing on virtual platforms - to South Africans...

Durban FilmMart Institute Announces Board

The Durban FilmMart Institute, the independent NPO which will now present the Durban FilmMart, Africa’s premiere film industry market, has announced the appointment of its inaugural board as it prepares for the 2020 online edition from 4 to 13 September. The board comprises five representatives of...

DFA Membership Subscriptions

Recognizing the financial pressure caused by Covid-19, we are offering a membership fee waiver of at least 3 months. If you have managed to continue working and you would like to make payment now, please do so. However no memberships will be terminated for lack...

Ladima Foundation Short Film Call

The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with the DW Akademie, is excited to announce a short-film competition aimed at African women during the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown. The competition is open to African women content creators and filmmakers of any age or experience level, currently...

Bell Pottinger documentary first trailer

INFLUENCE, the feature-length documentary film charting the rise and fall of the infamous London-based PR firm Bell Pottinger, has released its first trailer ahead of the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada (May) and Doc Edge New Zealand (June). INFLUENCE serves as a terrifying...

DFA announces COVID-19 Short Film Grant

The DFA is excited to announce a grant for emerging and established documentary filmmakers to produce a short film on the theme of “Life, Love, Rifts and Rage in the time of Covid-19”. In view of the challenges faced by our industry the DFA board has...

Western Cape Provincial COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) has developed relief options for the cultural, creative and sports industries. The options focus on the Business Continuity and Recovery phases of the fight against COVID-19. It also focuses on two of the three pillars...

Opportunity to participate in an upcoming film about COVID-19

Connect4Climate would like to alert you to an opportunity to  participate in an upcoming film about COVID 19 being produced by Grain Media for international release since it may offer you  the chance to explore and illustrate connections between coronavirus and climate and the potential...

Screen Sector Safety Protocols & Production documents

The South African Government has permitted filming under level 4 regulations from 4 May 2020, however, there are certain restrictions that have been put in place. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it the requirement for a new work protocol to mitigate the impact of...

Durban FilmMart Moves Online for its 2020 Edition

Africa’s premier film industry event, the Durban FilmMart, will move online for its 2020 edition. The event, which was planned for the last week in July will now have new dates in August, and will be hosted as a virtual summit still incorporating most of...

Sunny Side of the Doc Connected Edition

In response to the massive disruption brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of keeping the documentary community’s activities alive, the 2020 edition of Sunny Side of the Doc will move to an exclusively online format for the very first time, taking place...

5 Minutes with Richard Gregory

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I’m a documentary filmmaker, in a pretty general sense. I direct, I shoot, I edit, I produce - but I prefer to focus on the first two of those activities. I’ve been working...

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...