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Encounters 2020

4 - 14 June 2020 Cape Town & Johannesburg www.encounters.co.za   The organisers of Encounters are calling for feature, mid-length and short documentary film entries for the 2020 edition of the Festival.  Encounters will deliver a line-up of riveting documentaries from around...

5 MINUTES WITH… WEAAM WILLIAMS

My name is Weaam Williams, I am a screenwriter and director. 1. Tell us about yourself - who are you and what do you do? I was once a performance poet and hip-hop MC aka  MC Desert Blossom. This is really before I became a filmmaker...

docLOVE October: Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg

The Documentary Filmmakers' Association is pleased to announce that the DocLOVE inititiave will reignite in Johannesburg and continues in Durban and Cape Town. Our screenings will be followed by a discussion and the opportunity to meet other filmmakers and attendance at all screenings...

5 MINUTES WITH… TESSA BARLIN

My name is Tessa Barlin and I am currently a freelance filmmaker, focusing on environmental documentaries. I mainly work as a camera operator but I have recently started directing my own films too. 1. Tell us about yourself –...

docLOVE Sept: The Yes Men

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can’t take “no” for an answer. They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but...

Commemorating Ahmed Timol through film

On 27 October 1971 Ahmed Timol, a 29-year-old Roodepoort school teacher and political activist supposedly committed suicide by jumping out of the 10th floor of the former John Vorster Square Police Station (now Johannesburg Police Station). The original sham of an...

Mini-INPUT Johannesburg

24 & 25 October 2019 – AFDA Johannesburg The Mini-INPUT will be showcasing productions screened and discussed at the INPUT 2019 conference which was held in Bangkok in May 2019. More than 400 delegates (all TV professionals) gathered in Bangkok to discuss and showcase the state...

SAFTA’s call for Overall Judging Chairpersons Nominations

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and custodian of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA’s) extends a call to the South African Film and Television industry to nominate two individuals who will...

5 MINUTES WITH … NICOLE SCHAFER

I’m Nicole Schafer. I’m a documentary filmmaker based in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. 1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I’ve just released my first feature documentary “Buddha in Africa”, that follows a Malawian teenager in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, caught...

docLOVE Call for 2020 Films

The Documentary Filmmakers' Association docLOVE screenings launched their 2019 season with the with award-winning filmmaker, Rehad Desai's SAFTA-winning, Everything Must Fall in February 2019. Other films this year have included DFA members’ films such as Enver Samuel’s Someone to Blame: The Ahmed...

5 MINUTES WITH … CATHERINE MEYBURGH

My name is Catherine Meyburgh and I am currently working on an impact campaign on our documentary Dying For Gold. 1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I have worked in the film industry, opera and theatre for over 30...

NFVF call for funding applications is open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for cycle 2 funding applications for the 2019/20 financial year is now open. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), would like to commend the industry...

5 MINUTES WITH … NEIL SHAW

My name is Neil Shaw and I am currently (volunteer) teaching a semester of documentary filmmaking at the ANKAA migrant skills centre in Athens, Greece. 1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? I am a video journalist...

Thuli Madonsela doc arrives on Showmax

Whispering Truth To Power, Shameela Seedat's documentary about Thuli Madonsela's last year as South Africa's public protector, is now streaming first on Showmax. A perfect fit for Women's Day, the acclaimed documentary won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs, North America's most important documentary...

docLOVE expands to KZN

Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with docLOVE presents a Documentary Screening: JOZI GOLDA Human Catastrophe, A Toxic City, An Unlikely ActivistThe story about the gold mining industry in Johannesburg and the radioactive waste left behind. The mines of Johannesburg have produced...

DocLOVE August: Buddha in Africa

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A SCREENING OF BUDDHA IN AFRICA Enock Alu, a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, feels torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts...

5 MINUTES WITH … FRANCOIS VERSTER

1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do? My name is Francois Verster.  I am a documentary filmmaker, cameraperson, editor and consultant, and I also teach documentary filmmaking. Shooting on GIRL, TAKEN  I am currently producing and filming Shameela Seedat’s AFRICAN...

Durban FilmMart Announces Finance Forum Finalists

The Durban FilmMart, which celebrates its 10th edition this year from 19 to 22 July, during the 40th Durban International Film Festival, has announced the 2019 fiction feature films and documentaries projects from Africa, that have selected to pitch at the...

docLOVE May/June – “An Insignificant Man”

Invitation: docLOVE May/June - AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN by Khusboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla A  non-fiction  drama  chronicling  the  most  outrageous  political  debut  in  the  largest democracy  in  the  world,  “An Insignificant  Man"  follows  Arvind  Kejriwal  and  his  insurgent party  as  they  ...

Encounters Opening Night Film Announced

The 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has announced the opening night film as well as a host of the most talked about non-fiction films from the past year. Fresh from the world’s leading festivals, Encounters has secured the rights to screen 2019’s...