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DIFF Doc winners now qualify for Oscar consideration

Winners of the Best International Documentary and Best SA Documentary awards at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will now automatically qualify for Oscar consideration. The festival has been notified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of this inclusion, which effectively means that the...

IDFA DocLab Academy 2018

DocLab Academy is an international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media. This five-day program takes place from November 16 to 20 at De Brakke Grond and is part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Digital technology has become increasingly...

Sundance Documentary Fund

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. Recent projects include Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look...

DIFF announces films in competition

The 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place from 19 to 29 July, has announced its films and jury members for this year’s competition. Award categories are Best Feature Film, Best South African Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best SA Documentary, Best Short Film, Best...

Encounters Rough Cut Lab call for submissions

In partnership with Refinery Cape Town and the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE), the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival invites South African filmmakers to submit their films for the 2nd Encounters Rough Cut Lab to be held in Cape Town from Monday, 6 August...

DStv to celebrate Nelson Mandela centenary

In celebration of one hundred years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, DStv will add a tribute pop up channel. The Mandela 100 Tribute pop-up channel (DStv 199) will launch on his birthday, Wednesday 18 July, and will run for five days.  The channel will feature a mix...

Academy invites well-known African filmmakers to become members

South African documentary filmmaker and producer, Don Edkins, who is also the founder of Steps, is one of the Africans that were invited this week to become members of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation that votes on the Academy Awards. Don...

DocFilmSA call to join delegation to IDFA

The Documentary Filmmakers Association of South Africa (DFA) invites applications from filmmakers to attend IDFA 2018 as part of the DFA’s application to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Group Export Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS). The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam offers an independent and inspiring meeting place for audiences and...

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund (HDBI) offers grants in two separate categories Development and Production. Approximately four to 10 projects are awarded each year. All successful applications will be considered for the up to five mentorship program slots, and select applicants will be invited to apply to The...

Sisters of the Wilderness: journey into the wilderness​

Sisters of the Wilderness is a new South African social impact feature documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker, Karin Slater. Set in the oldest game park in Africa, the iconic Hluhluwe-uMfolozi Park - where the Southern White Rhino was saved from extinction - the film tells the story of...

Workshop: Film Sector as a Catalyst for Growth

The South African Cultural Observatory would like to extend an invitation to you, to attend a workshop:  THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FILM SECTOR AS A CATALYST FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SOUTH AFRICA: TOWARD A SOLLYWOOD . Please find the invitation attached. Date:     Friday 22nd June 2018 Time:     9:00am – 12:00pm (registration opens...

New titles to stream for free on AfriDocs

This month catch a range of new titles now available to stream for free, anytime, anywhere via AfriDocs.  Many of these films have never been available to stream before and reflect a range of stories from across Africa and beyond. The new film, Ethiopiques is...

DFA Delegation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

The DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS' ASSOCIATION of SOUTH AFRICA (DFA), in association with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has put together and official South African delegation, to represent the country during Sheffield Doc/Fest. Documentary filmmakers will form part of this delegation and will be joined by...

NFVF call for Marketing and Distribution

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for Marketing and Distribution cycle 1 funding applications for the 2018/19 financial year is now open for the following funding categories: Festival Hosting Marketing and Distribution Market and Festival Attendance Funding Individuals, companies and...

New Dimensions Lab Open for Entries

Now in its 3rd year, the New Dimensions Lab brings together diverse African artists to learn Virtual Reality (VR) storytelling from leading industry mentors. The Lab takes place over the course of a week at a private retreat where artists engage in discussions and workshops,...

Durban FilmMart Programme Announced

One of Africa’s premier film industry events, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), a joint programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has ramped up its offerings to delegates for its 9th edition, which takes place from July 20...

Big Fish moving back to the Mother City

The Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking has, as of July 2017, relocated all its training from Johannesburg to Cape Town’s Green Point campus. This after the school was established in Johannesburg in 2007. Funded by the European Union (EU), 150 students attending the school have...

Encounters faces closure

In its  20th year Encounters faces closure after the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) declined funding on opening night. After two applications the NFVF responded on 31 May, saying they will not be supporting the festival. “This is a call to action to all documentary fans,...

Zama Mkosi resigns as NFVF CEO

Zama Mkosi has resigned as CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) with immediate effect. Her resignation letter was submitted to the Chairperson of Council on 27 May 2018. The council has accepted the resignation and thanks Mkosi for the contribution she has...

Doc Tour Training Finalists Announced

Doc Tour 2018 is a one-day event organised by the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) of South Africa in collaboration with Encounters South African International Documentary Festival aimed at young professionals and emerging filmmakers developing projects for the first time. The training opportunity is designed to assist...