Triggerfish Wins Big at PERA
30 November 2015

Triggerfish Animation Studios, based in Cape Town,  recently won awards for Business of the Year and Business with Global Reach at the [Western Cape] Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) . competing against 300 businesses, it was also named Overall Winner.

Triggerfish was founded almost 20 years ago and has grown from a small 2-man operation to being South Africa’s top animation studio producing films that have been licensed in 150 countries and translated into 27 languages internationally. The studios now employ 85 people and have generated over R1 billion at box offices around the world.

Stuart Forrest, the original founder of Triggerfish and now CEO said “You can make a strong case that film has cultural benefits, like the role it plays in social cohesion. But we’re proof that there is also an economic case to be made, that South African films and TV series can travel globally and deliver a significant return on investment.”

But Triggerfish’s films have also done exceptionally well in South Africa. Their first major success, Adventures in Zambezia (2012), starred Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin and Samuel L. Jackson. The following year Khumba was released, starring Jake T. Austin, Anna Sophia Robb and Liam Neeson. The two movies are among the top five highest-grossing South African films of all time.

In collaboration with Magic Light Pictures (Oscar-nominated and Emmy winner) Triggerfish are currently developing Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes having just wrapped up Stick Man, a 26-minute BBC festive season special based on the popular children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

In 2015 Triggerfish created the Story Lab with the support of The Walt Disney Company and the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry). The purpose of the Lab is to source writers from throughout Africa and put them through an intensive and extensive training and development program.

The panel which is currently deciding on the final participants, out of 1378 applicants, includes Disney development executives from their London and LA offices, British director Peter Lord (Chicken Run and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), Kiel Murray (Cars) and Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King) from Hollywood. also on the panel are South Africa's Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau, screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson, and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

Next year the inaugural Story Lab will begin with a two week trip to California where participants will receive mentoring from studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters. Thereafter the development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

For more information visit

2015 International Emmy® Awards Winners Announced
25 November 2015

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 43rd International Emmy® Awards tonight at a Gala event attended by over 1000 international television professionals and hosted by Egyptian Comedian Bassem Youssef at the New York Hilton.

2 Special Awards and 10 Emmy statues were presented during the evening. Congratulations to Rehad Desai and all at Uhuru Media who won the first International Emmys for their South African production Miners Shot Down

French programs led the night with 3 Emmys in the Arts Programming, Drama Series and TV Movie/Mini-Series categories followed by Brazilian programs with 2 Emmys in the Comedy and Telenovela categories. 

Performances from Norway (Best Performance by an Actress), the Netherlands (Best Performance by an Actor), and programs from South Africa (Documentary), the United Kingdom (Non-Scripted Entertainment) and the United States (Non-English US Primetime Program), each won one Emmy.

Academy Award winning Actor and Producer Michael Douglas presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO of HBO.

Academy Award and Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern who currently stars as Lady Cora in Downton Abbey and the show's Emmy and BAFTA Award winning Executive Producer Gareth Neame presented the International Emmy Founders Award to Academy Award & Emmy Award Winner Julian Fellowes, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey.

"Television is a universal art form that transcends cultures, languages and borders," said International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner. "In light of recent terrible events, the International Academy is particularly proud to congratulate all of the winners- among which 3 from France- for shining a global spotlight on their cultural heritage with the Emmy."

43rd International Emmy® Awards Winners

Arts Programming
Illustre & Inconnu:

Comment Jacques Jaujard a Sauvé le Louvre
(The Man Who Saved the Louvre)
Ladybirds Films

Best Performance by an Actor
Maarten Heijmans
in Ramses
De Familie Film & TV / Avro

Best Performance by an Actress
Anneke von der Lippe
in Øyevitne (Eyewitness)
NRK / SVT / DR / YLE Fem / Nordvision Fund

Doce de Mãe
(Sweet Mother)
Globo / Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre

Miners Shot Down
Uhuru Productions
South Africa

Drama Series
Engrenages Saison 5
 (Spiral Season 5)
Canal + Creation Originale / Son et Lumière / BBC Four

Non-English U.S. Primetime Program
Arrepentidos - El Infierno de Montoya
Fox International Channels Latin America / National Geographic Channel / Fox Telecolombia
United States of America

Non-Scripted Entertainment
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
Burning Bright Productions / Brown Bread Productions / Sky 1
United Kingdom


TV Movie/Mini-Series
Soldat Blanc
(White Soldier)
Canal+ Creation Originale / Breakout Films

About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology.

The Academy's yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances, Kids programming and Digital. For more information go to

DIFF 2016: Call for Submissions
25 November 2015

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short-, Documentary- or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from the 16 to 26 June 2016. The 37th edition of the festival is organized with key partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, National Film and Video Foundation and other valued funders and partners.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, containing as always a special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

Only films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an ONLINE SCREENER. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online a In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 29 February 2016.

This year’s festival will feature a focus on the important issue of HIV and Aids within film; DIFF invites filmmakers with films on this subject to submit for consideration in this category.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme is made up of the 9th Talents Durban (17 to 21 June 2016), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 7th Durban FilmMart (17 to 20 June 2016), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information check out the festival Submission FAQs or visit: or email

Follow the festival on Twitter (@DIFFest) and on Facebook.

Enquiries can be directed to Mitchell Harper on Tel: (+27) 0312601650 or email:

The festival is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal and is supported by the KwaZulu–Natal Film Commission, EThekwini Municipality, the National Film and Video Foundation, the German Embassy, Goethe Institut, the Gauteng Film Commission and the Film and Publication Board.

CT Sport Recreation & Amenities Tariffs 2016/2017
25 November 2015

The City of Cape Town has released its tariffs for stadia, sport & recreation facilities, pools, halls, beaches & resorts for the 2016-2017 financial year.

These are circulated to the Film Industry, as per the City's undertaking at the Film Industry Briefing.

Click here to download the tariff schedules. 

CFC at the 2015 International Emmys in New York
24 November 2015

From the Cape Film Commission CEO:

Greetings from a crisp and sunny New York City where I am attending the World Television Festival and Annual International Emmy Gala Awards.

I am writing this mail whilst waiting for the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences November Board meeting to take place. I am accompanied in New York by the Cape Film Commission delegation of 11 semi-final judges, all of whom are members of the CFC. Our trip is kindly supported by the DTI. 

There is also a representative of the NFVF present together with two of their judges.

Most notably there are three programmes from South Africa featured as finalists here: Miners Shot Down, Masterchef South Africa and Puppet Nation ZA. Representatives of the production teams responsible for two of those productions are also here; Both Worlds and Uhuru Productions. We wish them all luck for the finals tomorrow.

With regard to the NFVF press release on this event at I feel it necessary to clarify an element of their press statement. The NFVF was not afforded the status of semi-final host due to being the "official representation of South African film industry". Many semi-final hosts around the world are broadcasters, production companies, studios and others.

The Cape Film Commission, who represent many municipalities in the Western Cape and our members across South Africa, has both hosted International Emmy semi-final judging and attended the event for the past 5 years.

The CEO of the CFC and some of our Members are official Members of the International Emmys. Being a Member entitles you to host a semi-final judging session. This year we hosted the judging for Documentary in the English Language In Knysna on 1 July 2015. We extend our thanks to the Mayor and Municipal Manager of Knysna for welcoming us there.

Our judges attending in New York are, in no particular order:

  • Louise McClelland
  • Thembi Mtshali
  • Melanie Chait
  • Heather Blumenthal
  • Marlow De Mart
  • Patrick Walton
  • Lesedi Moche
  • Naashon Zalk
  • Pat Van Heerden
  • Carolyn Carew
  • Chris Roland
  • Teboho Pietersen (unfortunately unable to travel with us to New York).

Good luck to all of the South African finalists for this evenings announcement of the winners. And we look forward to hosting a semi-final judging session in 2016.

Denis Lillie

City of Cape Town Festive Season Alerts
17 November 2015


The City of Cape Town would like to bring to film makers’ attention to the following alerts and arrangements for the coming festive season:

  • The annual influx of holiday-makers and tourists will impact on the availability of popular filming locations and roads;
  • Demands on the City’s Services will exacerbated by festive season, tourism- related and other public safety activities and initiatives - accordingly response times and availability of locations and city services such as traffic officers will be impacted;
  • Non-essential City Services are likely to be operating with skeleton staff over the festive season.

You are accordingly requested to submit permit requests through to the Cape Town Film Permit Office (CTFP O ) as early as possible. This will ensure adequate time for the CTFPO to obtain the necessary permissions for you.

1. Traffic Services
The availability of Traffic /Metro Police Officers may be curtailed due to national festive season road safety initiatives, e.g. Drive Alive Campaign, Safely Home Campaign, etc. – please submit all requests traffic assistance ASAP.

2. Filming on Roads
As in previous years, as directed by Provincial and City Traffic Authorities, no filming is permitted on all coastal roads and scenic drives for the period - 15 December 2015 – 15 January 2016. This limitation is due to the extremely high traffic volumes experienced along all coastal roads at this period, as well as increased festive season and tourism activities.

3. Beaches and Municipal Swimming/Tidal Pools
As in previous years, film–related activity on beaches will be severely curtailed due to the high volumes of beach-goers and beach-related activities. The same applies to tidal pools and all municipal swimming pools as well.

NB:Please ensure that all applications for permits for shooting over weekends are submitted well in advance. This will ensure the Film Office is in a position to facilitate the booking of locations in advance.

The availability of CBD locations, Traffic and other Enforcement services for filming and other events is likely to be severely constrained by the above. Please plan accordingly and contact the Film Permit Office to ascertain the availability of locations and Traffic Officers prior to submitting quotations/bids or committing to clients.

City of Cape Town High Season Office hours: Cape Town Film Permit Office:

  • Monday to Fridays: 07h30 – 17h00
  • Saturdays: 08h00 – 12h00 – (from 31 October)

Festive Season 2015/16: Office Hours

Please Note:New Film Permit Applications can only be processed during working hours.

The above information is subject to change. For more information please contact the Film Permit Office on Tel: 417 0599/4025, or email

eAcademy Leadership Training Workshop
17 November 2015

eAcademy Presents a Leadership Workshop in Cape Town and Johannesburg 


Money is tight. Budgets are being cut. Stress levels are high. Your team is not delivering. You feel like you are drowning, so it’s easy to let the emotions get to you and those around you. Take a deep breath, look around, and remind yourself of the leader you are and would like to become.

What leaders do and what they achieve seems to be a key focus in current literature on the topic of leadership. True leaders possess a strong and compelling vision that expresses what they want and what they value. Besides possessing vision, authentic leaders understand that they are fallible, they make mistakes and that they have weaknesses as well as strengths. They understand that being a leader is a process of ongoing development, change and learning. There are no quick and easy steps to achieving greatness – just the ongoing opportunity and challenge to increase one’s self-understanding and the world one lives in. So take charge, make a change, whether for personal or business. And turn your ship around!

Join Natalie Delport on our 3-day workshop where she will teach you how to work with and manage a diverse group of people, and how to lead by example and make effective changes.

Please note that eAcademy is offering a 20% discount to Cape Film Commission members. If you'd to join the CFC, click here to download the 2015 membership form. Please fill it out and email it to 

Workshop Outcomes
Situational leadership
Motivating employees
Delegating & effective communication
Understanding generational gaps
Managing for change
Dealing with emotions

Cape Town: 25—27 November 2015
Johannesburg: 6—10 December 2015

R6,800 per person VAT inc.

To book click here and scroll down to the eAcademy Leadership Training Booking Form to download it. Email to

For more information visit or contact the Academy on 011 537 6000 or at

Raindance Film Festival 2016 Call for Entries
17 November 2015

Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 24th edition that will take place from 21st September to 2nd October 2016 in central London.

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new independent cinema from the UK and around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery.


The Festival accepts feature films (over 45 min.), short films (under 45 min.), music videos (under 6 min) and web series [Raindance Web Fest] of all lengths and genres and is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking.\

Narrative Feature

  • Documentary Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Documentary Short
  • Animation Short
  • Music Video
  • LGBT (Feature)

Festival Strands

  • In Competition
  • Discovery
  • Documentaries
  • Official Selection
  • Raindance LGBT

Special Screenings

Status of Your Film

Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online. There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

Raindance accepts work-in-progress cuts but we will not accept subsequent cuts of more complete versions. Please send your film in the most complete and finished form possible to be reviewed.

How to Submit
Submissions are open via withoutabox or filmfreeway only.

Visit for more information.

eAcademy Media Mentors Networking Event 26 Novembe
16 November 2015

Do you have what it takes to be an eAcademy business partner? If you are an excellent trainer and/or you’d like to help out by mentoring a newcomer in need, eAcademy is holding a Media Mentors Networking event on 26 November 2015 from 16:30 – 20:00.

The venue is Garden Court Hotel, Nelson Mandela Boulevard. Please contact for more information.

Big Fish to Operate 4 Real Time Internet Channels
16 November 2015

Exciting times for Big Fish. We have recently been awarded a tender by the CSIR to operate four real time internet channels that will broadcast across online and mobile platforms at a lower data rate. This enables the further production and development of content made by our students and graduates on a range of social justice issues while also providing upskilling and training for a host of different professions.

Big Fish will now have its own ecosystem; we train through Big Fish, produce content through Little Pond and can now distribute through the online and mobile phone platforms, something truly innovative for any training institution. The channels come with a fully equipped broadcast studio which will increase our students’ access to live studio training.

If your organization could benefit from these platforms or you would like to get involved, please be in touch. We have access to the continent and immediate global reach.

Big Fish has been active in Africa and globally these last few months. Seven of our students’ films have been selected to be screened at the International Black Women’s Film festival in California in December. They are the only student films selected to be screened with professionals’ work from around the world. We are very proud of their achievements and of the guidance from our mentors and trainers. Also ten Big Fish students’ films were nominated in the best documentary category for the 2015 African Student Film Festival (ASFF) in Nigeria and ‘Black Wednesday’ a film about Steve Biko’s legacy, won first prize.

We continue to train both in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This year we have been funded by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; CSIR; Bertha Foundation; WCPG; MICTSETA; the Department of Arts and Culture; DG Murray Trust; DCAS; CFC and the HCI Foundation. We are always thrilled to have this ongoing support but as always costs are rising and we hope we will never have to drop standards so as always we are very appreciative of all contributions and always on the lookout for new possibilities. 

Little Pond Production Trust is active and currently working on a documentary feature for Just Films NY, Ford Foundation on education and on artisanal mining and gay asylum seekers for the Legal Resource Centre. 

Our venues are host to some key players in trying to transform society as we provide space for different companies and organizations to hold meetings, workshops and other events. Most recently the Writers’ Guild held a workshop at our Johannesburg Campus and we are currently home to an international delegation of trade unionists. Hivos continues to share our space and we have now been joined by Born Free Media. If you are in need of a venue or space short term or long term, perhaps we can be of assistance? 

WGSA presents: Advanced Formatting Workshop
11 November 2015

Advanced Formatting Workshop with Matthew Kalil

Formatting - we all know it's the thing that separates the professionals from the amateurs. In this course we learn not just HOW to format but WHY we format. Look beyond character and plot analysis into the deeper reaches of the craft of screenwriting. Learn how to transform the idea you have in your head into an effective BLUEPRINT that will make sure the entire production team is on YOUR PAGE and make sure that your vision reaches the screen as close to what you imagined as possible.

Learn how to use the white of the page. How a "--" can change the whole flow of your script. Learn "we see as we read" and how to control the reader of your script so that they are in the palm of your hand.

All with fairly basic screenwriting formatting, layout and writing hints and tips.

Please note: If participants have THEIR OWN SCRIPTS they must please bring the scripts along to the workshop as well as (ideally) their laptops or (if all else fails) a pen and paper! We will analyses existing scripts, write a scene together on the screen right then and there and then you will have time to make changes to your OWN script.

Leave the course with your craft notched up a few...notches.

DATE:  CAPE TOWN:  21 November 2015
TIME:  9h00 to 15h00
VENUE:  To be Announced

Bookings essential: Bookings close on 19 November at 12h00 

WGSA Student members - R50 
Members / Students with valid student card / Affiliated organisation:  R200
Non-Members:  R300 

To secure your booking:  Please pay the required cover charge to our bank:  
WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type:  Current

Please use your name and surname as reference / CT_21/11


Matthew has an MA in Screenwriting from the Northern Film School, Leeds, UK and has been teaching and writing screenplays for the last 15 years. He has written on various TV shows including the international Emmy Award winning, SOS.

His scripts and plays have received various funding and awards from institutes such as Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, The National Arts Council, The South African Screenwriting Institute and The National Film and Video Foundation.

He has held lecturing positions, and given guest lectures, at various institutions including the University of Cape Town, City Varsity, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, AFDA Film School and TISH at NYU, to name a few.

An Evening of Christopher Durang Short Plays
11 November 2015

In collaboration with Kalahari Film and Media, Michael Murphey, Heike Brunner and Katey Carson are pleased to announce the opening of

Funerals, Kidnappings, Swizzle Sticks and Other Distractions
An evening of Christopher Durang short plays

The Galloway Theatre from Thurs, 5th November 2015 at 20:00
to Sun, 6th December 2015 at 18:00

Five one-act plays by acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang, told with a unique directorial twist by Katey Carson. Kalahari Film and Media presents an evening of dark comedy featuring some of Broadway darling Christopher Durang's plays, produced by Michael Murphey and Heike Brunner.

Katey Carson directs award-winning films and documentaries, and her take on the catastrophically comedic texts that made Durang famous is a treat for Cape Town audiences. This is her theatre directing debut.

Durang's absurd characters in apparently ordinary situations are brought to life by Adrienne Pearce, Dylan Esbach, Danieyella Rodin, Mark Penwill, Caroline Midgley, Joe Vaz, Sipumzile Lucwaba, Roxanne Gabriels, Alistair Moulton-Black, Mark Sykes, Tamith Hattingh and Heike Brunner. They help audiences make sense of stories about a man at the traffic department, mourners at a funeral, how swizzle sticks can ruin a life and divorcees at dinner - good luck to them! 

The plays hold a larger-than-life mirror up to society and its unwritten codes - with titillating results. 

No previous theatre experience necessary - bring an open mind.

The details:
5 one-act plays, 1 director, 11 actors. 
Directed by Katey Carson. Produced by Michael Murphey and Heike Brunner

The dates:
5 November - 6 December 2015
Thurs, Fri & Sat: 8pm
29 November & 6 December
Sundays: 6pm

The venue:
The Galloway Theatre, Waterfront Theatre School,  Port Road, Cape Town (by the V&A)

R110, students/seniors R80
Bookings through TIXSA

FaceBook event page

The plays:
For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, Funeral Parlour, The Book of Leviticus Show, DMV Tyrant, Canker Sores and Other Distractions.

The cast:
Adrienne Pearce, Dylan Esbach, Danieyella Rodin, Mark Penwill, Caroline Midgley, Joe Vaz, Sipumzile Lucwaba, Roxanne Gabriels, Alistair Moulton-Black, Mark Sykes, Tammith Hattingh, Heike Brunner

shnit International Shortfilmfestival Winners
11 November 2015


Sunday 18th October saw shnit International Shortfilmfestival close in style as VIP guests, fans and filmmakers packed New York’s elegant rooftop event space The Skylark to celebrate the presentation of the festival’s International Awards in five categories and $100,000 in cash prizes.

Jury President, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher poured praise onto the nominees as he took to the stage to personally award three Jury category prizes, highlighting the depth and artistry of all of the nominees, noting that, "Together, these films represent one of the most remarkable collections of short films that I've ever seen," addressing a receptive audience during a low key, vibrant and frequently funny ceremony that also saw him in conversation with Festival Director Olivier van der Hoeven and host Sean Drummond.  

In addition to the Jury prizes, two international Audience Awards were presented.  PLAYGROUNDS voting took place over the official festival weekend in Bern, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose, and again during the shnit CINEMAS run in multiple cities around the world in the lead up to the Finale.  Each award represents a collective global vote.

The five winning filmmakers had flown in from all around the world and gave heartfelt acceptance speeches.  Each receives the coveted Flaming Faun trophy - designed and cast in bronze and 18 carat gold and mounted on a black slate foundation stone – as well as $20,000 in cash. 

A world’s worth of festival managers were present to see the winners awarded. In addition to the International Awards, Jury and Audience awards were presented in six of shnit’s eight host cities.

In a year that saw thousands of entries into the festival, shnit’s exponential growth continues and the festival continues to make its mark as one of the planet’s most exciting short film platforms.

Shnit will return in October 2016.

The Full List of Nominees and Winners:

shnit PLAYGROUNDS Award– Chosen by the Audience
DISSONANCE by Till Nowak, Germany
LOVE IS BLIND by Dan Hodgson, UK
WINNER: REALITY by Coralie Fargeat, France

shnit CINEMAS Award– Chosen by the Audience
LOVE IS BLIND by Dan Hodgson, UK
PERE by Lotfi Achour, Tunisia/France
WINNER: CONTRAPELO by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Mexico/USA

shnit JURY Award – Category up to 10 min
MY HONEYMOON by Eileen Hofer, Switzerland
GLEICHGEWICHT by Bernhard Wenger, Germany

shnit JURY Award – Category up to 20 min
CONTAPELO by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Mexico/USA
PRENDS MOI by Anais Barbeau-Lavalete and Andre Turpin, Quebec/Canada
WINNER: YUL ET LE SERPENT by Gabriel Harel, France

shnit JURY Award – Category up to 40 min
REALITY  by Coralie Fargeat, France
OH, LUCY! by Atsuko Hirayanagi, Japan/Singapore/USA
WINNER: ALLES WIRD GUT by Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria

Cape Town Film & TV Company Hiring
6 November 2015

A Cape Town based Film and Television production company is looking for  the following:

Hard working and motivated Production Assistant: This is for a studio shoot and only candidates with the relevant experience will be considered. This position is open between 23 November and 18 December 2015.

Location Sound: This is for a studio shoot. This position is open between 23 November and 18 December 2015. Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience
  • Proven track record with references

Junior Final Mix Engineer: This is a contract position for up to 3 days per week.  Duties include mixing, design, recording of voice overs, playing out to tape etc.  Requirements:

  • Qualification in sound engineering
  • At least 2 years experience
  • Proven track record with references

Interested applicants should send their CVs to Roxanne Harris at

Wavescape Film Festival 2015 Official Selections
5 November 2015

A record 10 African premieres of surfing and adventure films will be screened in Cape Town this December as part of the Wavescape Festival from 23 November to 13 December at venues around Cape Town. The festival, which is presented by Pick n Pay, has announced a bumper 2015 edition of its 12th annual festival, with 29 films - from short to feature length - officially selected.

An all-Africa night will be held this year, featuring films by local South African filmmakers, and Wavescape will also premiere Ocean Driven, starring local big wave surfer Chris Bertish, as well as No Regrets, the story of Ricky Basnett by Jason Hearn.

A common theme in the films for 2015, which include inspiring ocean stories from Chile to Norway and Iceland, explores the relationship between humans and nature where people are pushing the boundaries, from conquering icy cold water and mountain-high waves to exploring the most remote places on earth.


Clifton 4th Beach Film Night: 9pm, Saturday 5 December (free)
Indoor films: 8pm, 6-9 Dec, Brass Bell, Kalk Bay (R40, tickets at door)
Indoor films: 6pm and 8pm, 10-13 Dec, Labia Cinema, Cape Town (R45, tickets are available at

Other events taking place during the festival include the popular Artboard Project (artist-decorated surfboards exhibition and auction between 23 Nov and 1 Dec; Fish Fry surfboard market and fish braai contest on 28 November; Slide Night ocean talks evening on Tuesday 8 December; and Shortcuts Film Contest with winning films screened on 11 December.

Visit or call Shani on 083 509-5106
# WavescapeFestival
Twitter @WavescapeSA
Facebook WavescapeFestival

Sponsored by Pick n Pay, the 12th Wavescape Festival celebrates coastal culture and is a must-see for all ocean fans. Consisting of a film, conservation and art events, the festival focuses on coastal community-building and ocean sustainability. Supporting sponsors include Save Our Seas Foundation, WWF-SASSI, Jack Black Beer, Fast Company and Intrepid Explorer, with the Shortcuts Film Contest in collaboration with Red Bull Media House, and the Adventure Film Workshop presented by Wesgro Film and Media Promotion.

Short Cuts Film Contest: Sept 21 to Nov 30 on (free)
ArtBoard Project: 23 Nov to 1 Dec, exhibition at Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg (free)
Fish Fry: 3pm, Saturday 28 November, Bluebird Garage, Muizenberg (tickets at door)
Surfboard Charity Auction: 7pm, Tuesday 1 December at Tiger’s Milk (free)
Slide Night: 7pm, Tuesday 8 December at Centre for the Book (
TBC: Shortcuts Film Workshop (free to Adventure Filmmakers)

Exhibition (23rd Nov-1 Dec) and auction (7pm, Tues 1 Dec) at Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg with Rob van Vuuren. Artists are Andrew Whitehouse, Asha Zero, Beezy Bailey, Brett Murray, Chris Brehem, Conn Bertish, Jake Aikman, One Love Studio, Sanell Aggenbach

Surfboard market, shapers expo /demo, surf art and craft, fish braai contest, DJ Cath, and more.Sat 28 November at Bluebird Garage, Muizenberg (tickets at door R20 or R50 per board to sell)

10 ocean gurus. 10 salty tales, 1 Night. Tuesday 8 December: Centre for the Book, Cape Town (Tickets R100. Book at

1. Yodit Ekland - African surf brand Bantu Wax founder
2. Jean Tresfon - Marine photographer and conservation activist
3. Cobus Joubert - WaWa wooden craft brand founder 
4. Greg Bertish - Founder of The Little Optimist children's hospital charity 
5. Dr Sandy Thomalla - Ocean scientist on role of Southern Ocean in climate change 
6. Katja Rockstroh - Two Oceans Aquarium project to save turtles from plastic 
7. David Hurwitz - Veteran boat operator on Killer Whales: The Wolves of False Bay
8. Otto Whitehead - Adventurer and expert on concept of biophilia
9. Grant Spooner - Big wave safety co-ordinator and skipper
10 Caleb Swanepoel - Shark bite survivor

Adventure films entered from 21 Sept to 30 Nov on, with winners screened 11 December. Includes Adventure Film Workshop.

Wavescape is offering designers the chance to show off their epic salty skills by creating a one-of-a-kind design with a Surf or Ocean theme. The winner receives full entry to all the Festival’s events and other prizes. Closing date 15 November. More info:

REALNESS Screenwriters Residency Call for Entries
4 November 2015

Urucu Media, under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox, Durban Filmmart, Restless Talent Management, The French Institute in South Africa and Institute Français's Cinémas du Monde proudly presents REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

From June to August 2016, 5 screenwriters will be invited to attend a seven-week residency to develop a new draft of their original feature screenplays. The aim of REALNESS is to provide the necessary time, space and support to help the continent's best emerging writing talents hone their unique cinematic vision.

Week 1 The residency will kick off on 16 June 2016 with an introductory week at Durban Filmmart, Africa's top co-production market. Residents will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in films, attend seminars and present their projects to industry professionals for feedback. Each resident will prepare a public presentation of their project at the end of the week.

Week 2-6 Residents will be transported to the Nirox artists residency in  the Cradle of Humankind, where they will spend six weeks working in a tranquil and nurturing living environment. During the first week, top international script consultants will conduct workshops and one-on-one sessions with the residents. Thereafter, residents will work at their own pace, with ongoing support in the form of workgroups with fellow writers, curated film screenings, producer-led case studies and discussions with visiting industry speakers. 

Week 7 In the final week, residents will have a debriefing and follow up Skypesessions with their consultants. After leaving the residency, writers will be invited to submit a new draft of their screenplay by 30 September 2016. The most promising project to emerge from REALNESS will be invited and funded to participate in the prestigious La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes, 2017. 

REALNESS recognizes the real-life demands of most writers and that taking time to develop a screenplay is not always economically viable. To this end, residents will receive a stipend of R15 000 and all food and accommodation expenses will be covered for the duration of their stay. Please note that residents will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from the residency. We will assist in efforts to obtain sponsorship from country culture desks, embassies & other interested institutions.

While the residency will be conducted in English, REALNESS aims to accommodate non-English speaking participants by providing consultation in French and/or Portuguese where necessary.

Please note, the submission window is from 1 November 2015 - 31 January 2016 (or until 120 applications have been received, whichever comes first).

Applicants must submit ONE PDF dossier containing:
• a motivation for wanting to participate in REALNESS (1 page)
• a synopsis of the proposed feature project (1 page)
• a treatment of the proposed feature project (6 pages)
• a draft of the screenplay
• a writer's note of intention (1 page)
• a short biography (1 paragraph)
• two links to samples of previously produced work, uploaded to vimeo. If selected, residents will be required to donate one copy of their previous work to the Nirox film library. 

The call is open to screenwriters from across the African continent and selection will be based on artistic merit. REALNESS will hold no legal claim over the work once the residency is completed.

All submitted material must be in English. A committee appointed by Urucu and their partners will read the project entries and conduct interviews with a shortlist of candidates early in March. The REALNESS selection will be announced at an event hosted by the pavilion Les Cinemas du Monde in Cannes, 2016.

Please submit dossiers to

DTI Incentive Application Cut-Off Date 2015
4 November 2015

The South African Government, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), offers a package of incentives to promote its film production and post-production industry. The incentives are:

Every year the DTI Film & Television Incentive Programme Adjudication Committee  holds monthly meetings to assess applications for DTI film incentive packages. The last meeting for 2015 will be on November 26 and the cut-off date for submissions is November 6.

The first meeting in 2016 will be in February. The date, alongside that of every monthly meeting, will be released in early 2016. For more information visit

Wendy Mphahlele   +27 (12) 394 1876
Lehlohonolo Mokhosi  +27 (12) 394 5632

2015 Clio Key Art Awards Winners
4 November 2015

The best in entertainment marketing and advertising were celebrated at the 2015 Clio Key Art Awards gala, October 22nd, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  Hosted by Anthony Anderson, star of ABC Television’s Black-ish, the event attracted over 1200 professionals from the entertainment industry. The International winners were: 

AMC Networks International - London
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual
Horror Channel Anniversary Spot
Decade of Darkness
Gold Award

Berghs School of Communication
Stockholm, SWEDEN
Games: Student - Innovative
FIFA Fuel Mode
Silver Award

Cartoon Network Latin America
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual
Cartoon Network Latin America
Another Week on Cartoon
Silver Award

Create Advertising London
Theatrical: Audio/Visual Technique
Far From The Madding Crowd
Love - Composition
Bronze Award

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd
Singapore, SINGAPORE
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual Technique
Discovery Science
Strangest Weather On Earth
Finalist Award

Montreal, CANADA
Games: Audio/Visual
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Announcement Trailer
CGI Trailer
Silver Award

FOX International Channels Germany GmbH
Unterföhring, GERMANY
Television/Streaming: Digital Technique
The Walking Dead Season 5
FOX & Sky: The Walking Dead Scary Shelter
Silver Award

Television/Streaming: Innovative
The Walking Dead Season 5
FOX & Sky: The Walking Dead Scary Shelter
Silver Award

Television/Streaming: Social Media
The Walking Dead Season 5
FOX & Sky: The Walking Dead Scary Shelter
Finalist Award

FOX International Channels Spain, S.L.U.
Madrid, SPAIN
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual Technique
FOX Life Launch
Swap FOX Crime to FOX Life
Bronze Award

Foxtel Comedy Channel
Television/Streaming: Innovative
Bronze Award

Foxtel Management Pty Ltd/HISTORY Australia
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual
HISTORY Australia (Foxtel Management Pty Ltd)
70th Anniversary - Hiroshima + Nagasaki
Bronze Award

Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual Technique
HISTORY Australia (Foxtel Management Pty Ltd)
Tony Robinson's Tour of Duty
Finalist Award

Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Singapore, SINGAPORE
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual
Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte Ltd
HBO New Home of the Oscars Image Spot
Silver Award

Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual Technique
Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte Ltd
HBO Christmas ID
Gold Award

m/six Asia Pacific
Singapore, SINGAPORE
Theatrical: Out of Home
Marvel's Ant-Man
Heroes Don't Get Any Bigger
Bronze Award

MediaCorp Pte Ltd
Singapore, SINGAPORE
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual
Channel NewsAsia, MediaCorp Pte Ltd
Bring Back The Girls teaser
Silver Award

Phantom City Creative, Inc.
Toronto, CANADA
Theatrical: Print Technique
One Sheet
Gold Award

SKY Network Television NZ
Television/Streaming: Audio/Visual
Escape The Ordinary
Bronze Award

Games: Packaging
Assassin's Creed Unity Collector's Edition
Assassin's Creed
Gold Award

The Editpool
Home Entertainment: Audio/Visual Technique
Game Of Thrones
Gold Award

The Picture Production Company
Home Entertainment: Audio/Visual
:30 Action Quotes
Bronze Award

Home Entertainment: Audio/Visual
22 Jump Street
:20 - 22 Reasons To Own 22 Jump Street
Silver Award

Please visit to see the full list of winners. We hope you’ll consider entering your best advertising and marketing for television, movies, home entertainment or games from CAPE FILM COMMISSION next year in the Clio Key Art Awards. 

CFC Launches Eden Independent Film Festival
2 November 2015

Denis Lillie, Cape Film Commission CEO, speaking at the CFC’s launch of the Eden Independent Film Festival in George, said “I think a lot of it is making sure that we get productions that have some longevity. Films or commercials come in to town… for three or four days, or even up to twenty-one days. But if you can get more sustainable television programming here then you’ve got more opportunity of having sustainable jobs.

Pontsho Makhetha, General Manager of the SABC TV Content Hub said the SABC is looking for “producers that are up and coming from smaller places… producing fresh content, covering the whole of South Africa, [creating] content for us…”  

Click here to watch more.

Jans Rautenbach To Speak At The Writing Studio
31 October 2015

South Africa's most celebrated and controversial filmmaker Jans Rautenbach,  who is  honoured as the doyen of the South African film industry and has had a 30 year career in directing and producing movies, will be a guest speaker at The Writing Studio’s workshop for screenwriters at The Waterfront Theatre School and give writers some valuable tips on how to write a screenplay.

The workshop kicks off on Tuesday, November 3 from 6pm until 9pm and will take writers through the process of writing a screenplay and give them an opportunity to step behind the camera and call action!

The workshop is ideal for aspirant screenwriters who would like to sharpen their storytelling skills and explores the fine art of writing visual narrative, mastering the skill of plotting and structure, and developing and exploring ideas and characters. The writers will write a scene from their new screenplay and wear the hat of producer and director to film the scene on November 29.

The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, who is a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years.

Guest Speaker Jans Rautenbach began what could be considered South Africa's golden age of cinema, with the partners releasing King Hendrik (1965), Wild Season (1967), Die Kandidaat (1968) and their most controversial and thought provoking feature Katrina (1969) and his latest film Abraham marks his first film in 30 years.

The workshop will take place at The Waterfront Theatre School, Port Rd, Cape Town City Centre,on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 9pm on November 3, 10, 17 and 24, with scenes written during the workshop performed on Sunday, November 29 from 10am until 5pm.

Actors and filmmakers who would like to partcipate in the filmmaking process on November 29are welcome to contact the studio at more details.

For more information on the evening workshop for screenwriters at The Waterfront Theatre School, visit or email

30 October 2015

TMTv-SA, a dynamic stand-alone online channel aimed at shining a bright spotlight on the South African entertainment scene, will be DISCOP's media partner at this year’s event in Johannesburg in November. 

The channel is an inclusive platform designed to appeal to all South Africans,” says L. Christian Amougou, founder and executive producer of TMTv-SA. Their mission is to produce happy, positive TV and to “leave the reporting of bad news to other outlets.”

TMTv-SA, under the direction of Kimberleigh Stark (executive producer), will provide original programmes with home-grown talent that will encompass South Africa’s entertainment industry, business, money topics, Hollywood, and even a segment on South African lifestyles with actress Mary-Anne Jordaan.

Amougou explains, "With our TV format, we have placed the viewer in control. They get to watch TV where they want, when they want, and how they want because we are online and available on demand. We even go with viewers as they travel via our new mobile app."

"While You Weren`t Looking" Extended Screen Time
30 October 2015

While You Weren't Looking's on screen time has been extended at Ster Kinekor's Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank and V&A Waterfront for yet another week!

If you haven't yet seen this award winning film, don't miss the opportunity to see it this week! Spread the word to your partners, friends, neighbours and all social media circles.

Check the trailer here

Important Update on EIFF
29 October 2015

The Cape Film Commission would like to send out a huge thank-you to everyone who applied for a weekend pass for the Eden Independent Film Festival. The festival is now fully booked.

From a practical perspective, if you are attending the first night, please note that the Friday Opening Film screens at 7pm at Ster Kinekor Garden Route Mall. Please be there in good time at 6:30pm to enjoy the welcome speeches and don’t forget to buy your popcorn and drinks in good time to avoid the queues.

You will all need to collect your passes from the George Arts Theatre before the screening as they are needed to get access to the screening. Please don’t forget your ID to collect your pass.

The Saturday workshops at Eden Gemeente begin at 9:30 am, so please get there around 9:15am to secure a good seat.

The Sunday workshops and screenings begin at 10:00am so those who have tickets for the Sunday workshops, please arrive at 9:45am.

When collecting your pass you will be given a copy of the programme which includes details of the screenings and panellists. The programme includes a map which shows the location of the three venues.

Please note that we have made a change to the  Saturday programme due to me not taking into account that the UK were putting their clocks back last Sunday.

The Rugby World Cup Final kicks off at 6pm our time. This means that we have gained an extra hour on our schedule which we will use to screen an extra hour of the Best of the Shnit International Short Film Festival 2015 before the rugby. 

Many thanks to all the panellists for travelling to George and giving up their time to share their experiences with us, and to the National Lottery Commission for their funding and support together with thesupport from the George Municipality.

A big thanks also to the filmmakers, Shnit International Short Film Festival and the British Council for providing some wonderful content for us to enjoy and to the organisers of the 48Hr Film Project for adding some additional fun and pressure to our local filmmakers.

Additional thanks go to the Knysna Municipality and Eden District for their encouragement and assistance.

A special thanks to Value car hire for sponsoring the transport for the Locations Touron Sunday morning. Please note that this is now fully booked.

And last but not least, a huge thanks to the Cape Film Commission team for their support in putting this event together. This includes Nadeema, Colette and Lorraine. "They know what they did" said Denis Lillie, "and I really appreciate it!"

The CFC looks forward to seeing all of you who are coming along over the weekend. It will be a blast.

Thanks to DTI Team from Patrick Walton
21 October 2015

From Patrick to the DTI Team  

"Dear DTI team,

I would like to thank you for your on-going support. I was not able to go to MipCom this past year but it was because in part I had a production come in which came directly from the missions you have supported. I know you don’t always see the outcomes but here is a rough teaser from the production Test My Ride SA. We are preparing the proper teaser.

As a South African Producer I am proud to let you know that we have a stake in this project although we had no funds to contribute to it, only our professional expertise. Hope you enjoy.

I look forward to your continued support and commitment to industry and hope that other governing bodies follow in your footsteps really soon."

Patrick Walton Producer │1BIGDOOR t/a ShootAway Productions
Member International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


Penguin Films Looking For Producer’s Assistant
20 October 2015

Penguin Films is looking for a Producer’s Assistant in Cape Town (contract position).

Responsibilities: Responsibilities will be office management and administrative support to the producer during all stages of production, from development to post production.

Skills Required: The candidate must be highly organized and highly computer literate with Microsoft Office and Email (Outlook); Apple Mac. They must also have:

  • Strong admin skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and time management skills
  • Multi-tasking skills

Experience Required: Experience in an administrative position, such as personal assistant/ administrative assistant/ secretary/ office manager etc. is essential. Experience in the film and television industry is advantageous, but not essential.

Starting Date: Candidate must be available to start mid November 2015.

Remuneration: Remuneration will be dependent on experience.

Please email your CV with contactable references to: Closing date for applications: 22 October 2015

Jameson First Shot Open for Submissions
20 October 2015

Once again filmmakers from around the world get the chance to launch their careers in Hollywood in the Jameson First Shot short film competition, now open for submissions. Entrants living in the UK, Ireland, India, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Bulgaria, Kenya, Russia and the US are eligible.

The competition is all about giving talented filmmakers who don’t have the benefit of an uncle in the business a break—a first shot at the industry. Aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to be fearless; to write about what matters to them, tell the stories that they want to tell and, ultimately, make the film they want to make.

 “It’s not about where someone is,” said Spacey, “it’s about where they might get to in 10 years if they’re encouraged, nurtured and guided.”

Producer Dana Brunetti will be making the shorts alongside the winners. He said of the competition that “Hollywood doesn’t have a monopoly on talent and we want to see what the world has to offer.”

Each year writer/directors from around the world submit a short film script. Three winners work with Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions to make a short film with a Hollywood star in the leading role.

This year’s lead will be Maggie Gyllenhaal who is well known for her fearless choices—viz Donnie Darko and The Dark Knight—and her talent and versatility. She was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Crazy Heart and received Golden Globe film nominations for her leading roles in Secretary and Sherrybaby. She also won a SAG nomination and a Golden Globe for her performance as Nessa Stein in The Honourable Woman.

“Everybody knows when there’s a good script” she said,  “and it doesn’t matter if you’ve written one before or not; everybody wants to be a part of it! I find it very exciting to imagine that somebody might be thinking of something for me that I haven’t really considered. Or someone might see something in me that I haven’t really gotten in touch with.”

Click here to view Maggie talk about the competition and what she looks for in a script.

Competition rules, including length and theme, can be found on the Jameson First Shot website.

Durban FilmMart 2016 Call for Submissions
20 October 2015

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) has opened submissions for projects for the 7th edition, which will take place next year. The deadline for submissions has been shifted earlier to December 14, 2015 to allow for the selection committee to have more time to assess projects, and for more time to create opportunities for marketing and promotion of the projects and film-makers at the DFM.

Selected DFM projects will undergo a two-day packaging and mentoring programme followed by two days of one-on-one meetings with a panel of film financiers, buyers and distributors.

The programme is open to full length feature and documentary films with Africans in key creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders. A selection committee will review all submissions for consideration, and will select 10 fiction feature and 10 documentary feature projects that are in development to participate. African filmmakers, from writers to directors, are encouraged to submit their projects by 14 December 2015.

A joint project of Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the DFM aims to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production on the continent, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

The DFM has become an integral part of the fast-growing South African film industry and since its inception in 2010, has helped facilitate more than 90 African co-production projects, many of which have subsequently been produced as acclaimed films.

“We would like to encourage African film-makers to take advantage of the opportunity to submit their projects to the DFM, as we have seen how valuable the programme is to helping filmmakers get their projects off the ground.” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.

“The networking with film-makers from around the globe at the DFM also provides opportunities for film-makers to grow their networks further afield. Over the years we have seen many alumnis secure further funding grants for their films, and their works screened at film festivals around the world. It is really a great springboard for developing projects.”

Film-makers must note that all projects must have both a producer and director attached to them.

To find out more about the DFM 2016, project submission criteria and how to submit your project, please visit

For further enquires contact: or call   +27 31 311 4243

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival CT Winners
17 October 2015

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cape Town: WINNERS

shnit International Shortfilmfestival came to Cape Town’s biggest ever end on Sunday 11 October, as over 200 filmmakers and guests packed out three floors of the Cape Town Club to see the awarding of the Made In South Africa jury and audience awards 2015, as well as the premiering of this year’s Realtime films. Thirteen films competed this year for the National Awards, across fiction, documentary and experimental genres.

Made in South Africa Audience Award

Brett Williams and Hayden Phipps’ punchy, slick and haunting The Parcel opened the night, taking home the Made in South Africa Audience award. Nominees included Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute’s edge of the seat Nommer 37 and Thati Peele’s moving Lerato. Audience award voting was digital for the first time, courtesy a system developed by CT specialists Qurio and implemented in all shnit cities.

Made in South Africa Jury Prize

South African jurors Bridget Pickering and Ian Rijsdijk spoke on behalf of a jury that also included Sibs Shongwe –la Mer, praising all the films in competition and saying how hard it was to choose just one winner for this prize. Nominees, Simon Wood’s Orbis, Greg Bakker’s Windstil and Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call were then announced and screened to the receptive audience. 

Jury president Sharlto Copley couldn’t attend in person but made a surprise hologram appearance to announce the winner as Windstil. Copley praised all the nominees for their honesty and for bringing light and inspiration into a country that needs it. These are the kinds of voices that need to be supported and encouraged, he said.

He chose Windstil for how much it moved him and for its potential to move an international audience, and drew attention to Windstil’s powerful leading performance of Morne Visser as well as its topical subject matter in the light of the true life events that inspired the film.

Audience and Jury winners received shnit’s National Competition medallions 2015 and over R10,000’s worth of goods and services from Media Film Service and Moviemart. Both films will screen around the world in 2016 as part of the shnit National Winners programme package.

The Realtime Competition

The night ended with premiers of the Realttime competition films 2015. Filmmakers Thea Small, Willem Grobler and Bongani Vincent were each given 72 hours to produce a completed short film over the shnit festival weekend.

This year shnit partnered with the South African Film Orchestra and Atmosphere Film Audio collective to run the competition in two stages. In the first, South African composers were invited to submit scores inspired by one of three themes, Injustice, Retribution or Redemption. Three scores were then selected from 41 entries and one given to each of the three filmmakers as inspiration for their film. 

The South African Film Orchestra was present on Awards night, playing live alongside the premiering of the films, to a rapturous response. The winning film by audience vote, The Great Gatsby:Redemption, had the audience in stitchesand saw Grobler and producer Nicki Priem receive prizes to the value of R5000 from Exposure Gallery and Lensbaby. The composer competition was hailed as a great success and will continue into the future.

Biggest Ever Shnit

A shnit weekend that included a gigantic open-air Opening Night at the Castle of Good Hope, capacity outdoor screenings at the Company’s Garden Restaurant and at shnit’s long-standing home in Cape Town, The Labia Theatre, as well as engaged and intimate Stellenbosch screenings and the highly successful first ever industry-building Elements Film Lab, has been roundly praised as setting a new bar for the festival in SA and for its focus on developing the short film format and platforms for exhibition. 41 South African films in total were screened, and audience responses were hugely enthusiastic.

Thanks as always to all of shnit’s generous partners and sponsors, without whom nothing would be possible, most notably funding partners the National Film and Video Foundation and the Cape Film Commission through the National Lottery Development Fund. 

The festival’s exponential growth continues and shnit will return in 2016.

Triggerfish Story Lab Announces Shortlists
16 October 2015

Triggerfish Animation Studios has shortlisted 23 features and 12 TV series for the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, out of a whopping 1 378 entries from 30 countries across Africa. 


Triggerfish had planned to announce a shortlist of 10 features and 10 TV series, but increased this after being pleasantly surprised by both the quantity and quality of the entrants.


“These are stories that have a distinct voice and capture the humour, heart and global appeal that we are looking for,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish. 


Alongside a wealth of emerging talent, the shortlist includes top African creatives like Nnedi Okorafor, a World Fantasy Award winning novelist; Charlie Human, whose debut novel Apocalypse Now Now is currently being adapted by District 9’s Terri Tanchel; award-winning picture book author Alex Latimer; and multi-award-winning directors Donovan Marsh, Hanneke Schutte, Jenna Bass and Wanuri Kahui.


The shortlisted feature film entries are:

The Big Wild (Ian Pugh)

Born Flea (Andrew Phillips)

Bru and Boegie (Mike Scott)

The Camel Racer (Wanuri Kahui and Nnedi Okorafor)

The Crash (Julia Smuts Louw)

Dropped (Ian Tucker)

Elliot’s Journey (Judy Kibinge)

Fish Out of Water (Matthys Boshoff and Carina Stander)

The Legend of the Rain Queen (Hanneke Schutte)

The Life Factory (Howard James Fyvie)

Lights (Kay Carmichael)

The Little Five (Alex Latimer)

The Loneliest Satellite (Charlie Human)

Make Believe Maya (Nimrod Geva)

The Makers (Sheldon Bengston)

Molly and the Quarks (Donovan Marsh)

Mumbo Jumbo Bambinos (Mbuso Thulani Shiburi)

Paris in Africa (Yolanda Makalaza)

Paradox City (Greig Cameron)

True Colours (Bernard Bruwer)

The Wild Waste (Naseem Hoosen)

Witches Way (Jenna Bass and Chinelo Unwualo)

Zahrah the Windseeker (Wanuri Kahui and Nnedi Okorafor)


The shortlisted TV series are:

Chicken Core (Shina Ajulo)

Folklore (Andile Ngcizela)

Gullivan’s Loft (Jenny Verwoerd and Stephen van Wyk)

Herbert Smelly Pants (Denzil Lewis)
KC’s Super 4 (Malenga Mulendema)

Matchbox Monsters (Sue-Mari L. Sauer)

Ninja Princess (Marc Dey)

Onion Boy (Sarah Scrimgeour)

Sam and Sbu (Lori Reardon and John Reardon)

Sophie the Giantslayer (Kay Carmichael)

Uncanny Valley (Nicholas Rix and Moray Rhoda)

Wormholes (Lucy Heavens)


“It was great to see that 40% of our entries were by female writers, and there were a number of promising young writers as well as established authors and filmmakers, which made our final decisions very, very tough,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “Ultimately, the huge response that we received shows that there is a great desire for more African stories to be told, and we hope that the Triggerfish Story Lab will be able to kick-start this process.”

The shortlisted entries will attend workshops in Cape Town in November with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter, and Orion Ross, Vice President of Content – Animation, Digital and Acquisitions Disney Channels EMEA.

They will then make their final pitches to an expert panel that includes Peter Lord, the British director of international blockbusters like Chicken Run and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists; Hollywood writers Kiel Murray (Cars) and Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King); and a panel of development executives from both the London and Los Angeles offices of The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau, screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson, and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

In December 2015, Triggerfish will announce the final Story Lab participants, who will start the new year with a two week immersion trip, including mentoring from key studio and television executives, at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.

Triggerfish will be investing up to R44m over the next three years in The Story Lab, which was established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company. 

The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with leading Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

Animation has proven to be a successful medium for South African films to travel internationally, with Triggerfish’s films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba being distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into over 27 languages.

Triggerfish is hosting a public workshop with Pilar Alessandra on 2 November 2015 at AFDA Cape Town. Tickets are available for R290 per person on Quicket:

For more information about the Pilar Assandra workshop please visit our Workshops page.

For more information, keep an eye on


"Ayanda" Screening At International Film Festivals
14 October 2015

Ayanda, by award-winning director Sara Blecher, and co-produced by actress and producer Terry Pheto of Tsotsi fame is to be screened at a number of upcoming international film festivals. It is currently on circuit in South Africa.

The story is about a resolute 21-year-old, Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani) who has a talent for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love”. She takes on the task of saving her father’s failing auto garage, eight years after his death. She does everything in her power to hold onto his legacy, while confronting the ups and downs of her own life.

The film also stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje, with a star South African cast including Ntathi Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabola, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba and veteran star of stage and screen Vanessa Cooke.

In June Ayanda won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), following its screening in the World Fiction Competition, and also debuted there to rave reviews.

Subsequent to that, it was the opening night film of the 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) held in July this year. That was followed by a screening at the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) which is on now, until 9 October. 375 films from 70 countries are being screened.

From 7 to 18 October, Ayanda is screening at the 59th BFI London Film Festival—Britain’s  leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals—amongst films from 57 countries. BFI introduces the best new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience.

It will also be screened at the 14th annual Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) from 16 to 24 October. CAFF, the longest running African film festival in the United Kingdom, screens the best of contemporary African films, and has built a reputation as a high-profile and important cinematic, entertaining and educational event in Cambridge.

Ayanda producers are Real Eyes Films and Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Productions, with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Africa Magic, the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Gauteng film Commission.

Letters of Support for Work Visa Applications
9 October 2015

Further to requests for clarification on letters of support required for Work Visa applications from a South African Consulate overseas. Please note this clarification below from DHA:

“The directive issued, clearly stipulated that only members of CPA and NAAMA are affected. Any other production house that is not a member of CPA is not affected by the directive. They follow the ordinary process.”

AFDA Cape Town Graduation Ceremony
9 October 2015

AFDA is proud to host their annual Graduation Festival produced by Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban 3rd graduate and 4th post graduate students.

80 graduate productions from the respective campuses will exhibit; 51 live action short films, 7 animation short films, 9 pilot television episodes, 8 music performance shows and 5 stage theatre productions.

All the productions are assessed by industry professionals, AFDA learning staff members and most importantly the public. The graduation production constitutes 50% of the complete students assessment for the year. “This is a critical aspect of the AFDA learning system which encourages students to create market related and culturally relevant entertainment content.” says AFDA Co-Founder and CEO Bata Passchier

AFDA is also honoured to host The School of Art and Communications of Beijing University at this year’s festival. The Beijing University will screen three films at the AFDA Cape Town festival.

Click here to follow the progress of all AFDA 2015 productions: poster/trailer/EPK/BTS and join their Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Click here for AFDA’s Top 21 graduate films since 1994. 

Click here for all Experimental films from 2013-2015.

Dates and Venues for Cape Town's Ceremony 

FILM SCHOOL 28 November 2015 / Venue: Labia Theatre
TELEVISION SCHOOL 23-27 November 2015 / Venue: AFDA campus, 18 Lower Scott Rd
PERFORMANCE SCHOOL 23-27 November 2015 / Venue: AFDA campus, 18 Lower Scott Rd, Cape Town. Phone: +27 (0) 21 448 7600.  Email:

Directly after the Graduation Festival 2015 all the productions will be online and free for viewing.

43rd International Emmy® Awards Nominees
9 October 2015

The Cape Film Commission would like to congratulate Both Worlds, Quizzical Pictures/Lucky Bean Media and Uhuru Productions for making it to the 2015 International Emmy Awards Semi-Finals. We wish them all good luck at the Finals Awards night in New York in November where they will be supported by members of the Cape Film Commission who will be attending the event.

Note that Knysna, South Africa and the Cape Film Commission also received mentions in the statement from the International Academy in their release below.


Cannes/MIPCOM, October 5, 2015 - Nominations for the 2015 International Emmy® Awards were announced today by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a Press Conference at Mipcom. There are 40 nominees across 10 categories and 19 countries. The full list of Nominees follows this release. Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 23, 2015 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Nominees come from: Angola, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

"Every year, the international television community competes to be recognized for excellence on the International Emmy's global stage." said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "We congratulate the 2015 Nominees for their outstanding programs and performances."

In addition to the presentation of the International Emmy®  Awards for programming and performances, the Academy will present two special awards. Downton Abbey writer & creator, Julian Fellowes will receive the 2015 International Emmy® Founders Award. Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO, HBO will receive the 2015 International Emmy® Directorate Award.

This year's Gala partners are: Phoenix Satellite Television, TV Globo, Semba Communications, Dori Media Group, Ernst & Young, Deluxe, Mipcom, Sofitel Hotels and Variety.

2015 Semi-Final Judging Hosts were: Active TV, Michael McKay (Sydney, Australia); Aetios Productions, Fabienne Larouche & Michel Trudeau (Mont-Tremblant, Canada); Australian Children's Television Foundation, Bernadette O'Mahony (Melbourne, Australia); Beijing CTV Splendid Film and TV, Xiong Cheng (Beijing, PR China); Cape Film Commission, Denis Lillie (Knysna, South Africa); Cisneros Media, Marcello Coltro (Los Angeles, USA); Dori Media, Nadav Palti (Tel Aviv, Israel); DR TV, Piv Bernth (Copenhagen, Denmark); EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu (Lagos, Nigeria); Eurovision Americas, Bill Dunlop (Washington, DC, USA); Federation Entertainment, Steven Bawol (Paris, France); FFP New Media, Michael Smeaton (Berlin, Germany); Fuji Television, Takashi Nakamoto (Tokyo, Japan); Grupo Globo, Carlos Henrique Schroder (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil & New York, USA); HBO Latin America, Jonathan Baker (Miami, USA); Latina, Andres Badra (Lima, Peru); Light & Dark Film, Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat (Johannesburg, South Africa); MMC, Philip Borbely (Cologne, Germany); National Film & Video Foundation, Zama Mkosi (Johannesburg, South Africa); ORF-Enterprise, Beatrice Cox-Riesenfelder (Vienna, Austria); Pyramedia, Nashwa Al Ruwaini (Abu Dhabi, UAE); Quebecomm, Sylvain Parent-Bedard (Quebec, Canada); TV2 Denmark, Anette Romer & Katrine Vogelsang (Copenhagen, Denmark); TV France International, Xavier Gouyou-Beauchamps (Biarritz, France); Ziegler Films, Regina Ziegler & Tanja Ziegler (Berlin, Germany); Zodiak Kids Studios, Michael Carrington (Sheffield, UK)

43rd International Emmy® Awards Nominees:

Awards Ceremony to be held on November 23, 2015   

Arts Programming

  • Buenaventura No Me Dejes Mas  (Buenaventura, Don't Leave Me) - Caracol Televisión / Laberinto Cine y Televisión, Colombia
  • Illustre & Inconnu: Comment Jacques Jaujard a Sauvé le Louvre (The Man Who Saved the Louvre) - Ladybird Films, France
  • Messiah at the Foundling Hospital - Reef Television Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Trial of Chunhyyang - A Girl Prosecuted by Feudalism – KBS, South Korea

Best Performance by an Actor

  • Engin Akyurek in Kara Para Ask (Black Money Love) -Ay Yapim, Turkey
  • Emilio de Mello in Psi (Psy) - HBO Latin America, Brazil
  • Maarten Heijmans in Ramses - De Familie Film & TV, Netherlands
  • Rafe Spall in Black Mirror White Christmas - House of Tomorrow / Endemol Worldwide Distribution, UK

Best Performance by an Actress

  • Anneke von der Lippe in Øyevitne (Eyewitness) - NRK / SVT / DR / YLE Fem / Nordvision Fund, Norway
  • Fernanda Montenegro in Doce de Mãe - Globo TV, Brazil
  • Sheridan Smith in Cilla - ITV Studios/GroupM Entertainment, United Kingdom


  • Doce de Mae (Sweet Mother) - Globo TV, Brazil
  • Fais Pas Ci, Fais Pas Ca (Don't Do This, Don't Do That) - Elephant Story / France 2 / AB Distribution, France
  • Familia en Venta - Fox International Channels / Fox Telecolombia, Colombia
  • Puppet Nation ZA - Both Worlds, South Africa
  • Sensitive Skin - Rhombus Media / Baby Cow Productions / Bell Media's The Movie Network / Corus Entertainment's Movie Central / Tricon Films & Television Canada / Media Fund (CMF) / Rogers Cable Network Fund, Canada


  • Africa's Wild West - Stallions of the Namib Desert - Interspot Film / ORF / ARTE / NDR / ORF-Enterprise, Austria
  • Antes de que Nos Olviden (Before We Are Forgotten) - HBO Latin America, Mexico
  • Growing Up Down's - Maverick Television & Dartmouth Films, United Kingdom
  • Miners Shot Down - Uhuru Productions, South Africa

Drama Series

  • Engrenages (Spiral) - Son et Lumiere / Canal+ Creation originale, France
  • MOZU Season 1 - Night Cry of the MOZU - TBS Television / WOWOW / ROBOT, Japan
  • My Mad Fat Diary - Tiger Aspect Productions / Drama Republic, United Kingdom
  • Psi (Psy) - HBO Latin America, Brazil

Non-English U.S. Primetime Program

  • Arrepentidos U.S. - El Infierno de Montoya - National Geographic Channel / Fox Telecolombia, United States of America
  • El Mejor de los Peores - Fox International Channels / Fox Toma 1, United States of America
  • Narco Tec - Mazdoc / Zodiak Latino / Univision, United States of America
  • La Voz Kids - Talpa Media USA, Inc., Warner Horizon Television, United States of America

Non-Scripted Entertainment

  • 50 Ways to Kill your Mammy - Burning Bright Productions / Brown Bread Productions, United Kingdom
  • Barones de la Cerveza - National Geographic Channel Latin America / Nippur Media, Argentina 
  • Flying Doctors – Geronimo, Belgium
  • Master Chef South Africa - Quizzical Pictures / Lucky Bean Media, South Africa


  • Ciega a Citas (Date Blind) - Dori Media International / Rosstoc / Mediaset Espana / Big Bang Media / Cuatro, Spain
  • Império (Empire) - Globo TV, Brazil
  • Jikulumessu - Semba Comunicação, Angola
  • Mulheres (Women) - Plural Entertainment Portugal, Portugal

TV Movie/Mini-Series

  • La Celebración - Underground Producciones, Argentina
  • Common - LA Productions, United Kingdom
  • Soldat Blanc (White Soldier) - Breakout Films / Canal+ Creation originale, France
  • Storytelling of Hostages - WOWOW / Twins Japan, Japan

About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy's yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awardsat MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances, Kids programming and Digital. For more information go to

CFC Launches Eden Independent Film Festival
2 October 2015

The Cape Film Commission has announced the launch of the Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF), which will take place in the City of George from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The festival has an exciting line up of films and workshops highlighting the South African film industry and reflecting on the year of cultural exchange with the United Kingdom. It has also partnered up with the 48Hr Film Project and the Shnit International Short Film Festival to bring additional depth to the program and to further showcase local film production and South African short films.

EIFF workshops will include panel discussions and mentoring sessions featuring some of the best and most experienced film makers in South Africa together with high level  representatives of the SABC who will discuss and advise on what their expectations are from the local industry.

The final program can be downloaded from the EIFF website. Please note that although this is finalized, it is still subject to change.

As this is the first festival of what will hopefully be an annual event, the CFC is offering complimentary weekend passes to CFC members (one pass per member).

To attend, please email your ID number and CFC membership number to no later than Wednesday 7th October 2015. If you have forgotten your CFC membership number please email to request it.

If you’re not a CFC member and you wish to join, the application form can be downloaded from our downloads page. Please fill it out and fax or scan and email to Membership is free.

Seats for the Sunday morning workshop and local tour are limited, so please indicate on your email whether you would like to attend those events.

Passes are available for application until close of business on Wednesday 7th October and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have been successful in your application the CFC will notify you during the week of 11 October.

Passes can be collected from the George Arts Theatre from Monday 26th October 2015 during normal business hours.

The CFC is grateful for the support from the National Lottery Commission as the principal sponsors, the City of George and the British Council. The CFC also specifically thanks the Mayor of George and his Office for their support in organizing the festival together with officials from the Eden District and the George and Knysna Municipalities.

For more information about the EIFF, visit

Paw-Paw Films Looking for Participants
1 October 2015

Paw Paw Films is looking for your participation for their new docu-reality series for SABC 3! 

If you live in Cape Town and surrounds they are looking for:

  • People from all walks of life that are interested in the workings of the human mind for demonstrations focusing on amongst other elements: Phobias, Memory Expansion, Hypnosis.

  • They are also looking for Identical Twins.

Please email your details with a headshot to by no later than 1st October 2015 if you are interested in getting involved.


"Die Windpomp" ("The Windmill") Wins in NY
30 September 2015

The local Afrikaans favourite Die Windpomp (The Windmill) has won the Audience Award for Best Foreign film at the Long Beach international Film Festival in New York this weekend. This marks the film’s first award in the US, competing against over 50 internationally acclaimed films.

“I’m particularly delighted that Die Windpomp won this festival.” Says producer Chris Roland. “It means that it resonated for the discerning New York film critics and audience, not an easy crowd to please.” Adds producer Lee-Ann Cotton “An Afrikaans film to be chosen from so many excellent films from all over the world for such a prestigious festival as this, and to win it, this is a big deal!”

Written and directed by Etienne Fourie, Die Windpomp revolves around a summer romance between Hendri (Armand Greyling) and Margot (Leandie du Randt), two young people living in a retirement village, with an unexpected twist the audience does not see coming.

Die Windpomp has been raking in the awards since its release, including winning at Silwerskermfees and the SAFTA’s, as well as official selections at international film festivals in Australia, California and the UK. Die Windpomp screens next at the Southampton International Film Festival in the UK in October, and is being marketed to distributors and buyers at the American Film Market in November.

For more information on Die Windpomp, please visit

"While You Weren`t Looking" on Circuit 2 Oct
29 September 2015

While You Weren’t Looking, the first feature film produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which has been running for 21 years, will be released on Ster Kinekor's Cinema Nouveau circuit and Maponya Mall on Friday 2 October 2015. 

Beautifully shot on locations in and around Cape Town in 24 days, with a stellar South African cast and a line up of great local music, While You Weren’t Looking is the feature film directing debut of South African Film and Television Award winner Catherine Stewart (Creator of Mzanzi's trending The Road, Isibaya, The Lab, Home Affairs, Tsha Tsha and Jacob’s Cross). 

The film was funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with additional support from the Department of Trade and Industry and a small grant from The Other Foundation. 

While You Were Sleeping begins twenty years into the New South Africa as ageing academic looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on. He is now Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures. 

That story is woven together with another, of the affluent mixed-race lesbian couple Dez and Terri struggle to maintain their own desires and ambitions while reining in the rebellious instincts of their beautiful teenage daughter, Asanda. 

As Asanda falls for Shado, a girl from a different background, Dez and Terri must cope with their own hypocrisies and secrets, which threaten to unravel the seemingly perfect world they've crafted. 

The film has been screened around the world since April this year, with great success, showing at:

  • Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Insideout Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival
  • Out Film CT: Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Queer Zagreb
  • Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
  • Utah Film Center
  • Outfest: Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
  • Prairie Pride Film Festival
  • Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
  • North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Reel Affirmations
  • GLITCH Film Festival
  • Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival/Polari
  • Long Beach Q Film Festival
  • Cinema Queer Stockholm
  • Eau Queer Film Festival, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

From October to November this year it will show at:

  • Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 10/02/2015 – 10/10/2015
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival  10/08/2015 – 10/10/2015
  • Louisville LGBT Film Festival 10/16/2015 – 10/18/2015
  • Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival  10/17/2015 – 10/25/2015
  • LesGaiCineMad: Madrid Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 10/29/2015 – 11/15/2015

ELLABIE Pitched at Toulouse Cartoon Forum
29 September 2015

Ellabie, the first ever South African/Irish animated TV series co production,was pitched (by invitation) at the prestigious Cartoon Forum in Toulouse earlier this month. Ellabie was created by Wendy Spinks of Zeropoint Studios in Cape Town, who teamed up with Monster Entertainment from Ireland.

Cartoon Forum is a European pitching & co-production forum for animated TV projects. For 3 days, producers have 30 minutes to pitch their project to 850 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries.

The Forum has an excellent record. Started in 1990, it has enabled financing 2 billion Euros’ worth of financing for 594 series. An average of more than 1 in 3 projects pitched at the Forum secures financing and enters into production.

Ellabie is a bright and bubbly 7-year-old girl with an exciting secret – at the bottom of her garden, she and her friends have discovered an amazing Story Tree that comes to magical life in response to her incredible imagination! When she steps into the Story Tree with her best friends Mac and Lila – and of course her faithful companion Fred the Dog – they magically become the heroic lead characters in exciting and crazy adventures.

Whether they’re riding a racing frog to victory, exploring the castle moat in a clockwork submarine or stopping a giant runaway trifle from squelching the whole town in custard, there’s always something weird and wonderful going on!

Ellabie TV series (52 x 11') was created for a pre-school audience aged 4-5. Follow the Series on Facebook here.

Monster Entertainment (Ireland)

ZeroPoint Studios (South Africa)

Maintenance on CFC Offices until 5 October
24 September 2015

Essential maintenance is being carried out at the Cape Film Commission offices over the next two weeks.

This will mean that the phone lines are unmanned for that period, but we will still be available to assist you or address any queries on the following email addresses:

Should you need to contact us by phone, please use +27 (0) 766 325 548

Apologies for any inconvenience we will be back in the offices on 5th October 2015.

Elements Film Lab launches in Cape Town
21 September 2015

This year sees yet another exciting addition to the shnit International Short film festival weekend: the inaugural ELEMENTS SHORT FILM LAB.

The initiative runs concurrently to the shnit Expanded Talent Focus programme for Playground Cape Town in 2015 and takes place 8-10 October.

Over the festival weekend filmmakers will participate in a series of workshops, discussions, conversations and engagements that will further their paths in creating world-class short films. Panellists include among today’s most exciting storytellers and producers in South Africa, and this all-access workshop weekend promised to enlighten and inspire filmmakers from all levels of industry.

The first Elements Film Lab will be hosted at the historic Cape Town Club on Queen Victoria Street, a short walk from the festival hub at the Labia Theatre - the oldest independent theatre house in Cape Town. 

Tickets are available on a limited basis, and include a full weekend pass to shnit International Short film festival, lunch every day, and networking fuctions.  Events are scheduled to compliment the festival schedule--expanding skill sets in the day time, celebrating the art of the short every night. 

Prices, tickets and full line up available at and tickets can also be bought through Webtickets.  Concession tickets are available on a limited basis. Information available online.

For information, contact
More on shnit International Shortfilmfestival at

Cape Town TV is looking for a Production Manager
20 September 2015

Cape Town TV (CTV) is looking for a dynamic, committed individual to manage the production department at the channel. The candidate must have a minimum of eight years’ production experience and a good understanding of training in a television environment. They should also be passionate about community development and social change and have the ability to cope in an under-resourced, NGO environment. 

S/he will be able to manage CTV's production staff across studio and field productions, and in post-production. Applicants must be reliable, punctual and meticulous in administration in order to manage personnel and schedules effectively.


  • Identifying crew requirements and appoint crew to work on productions.
  • Co-ordination of shoots, including confirmation of bookings and crew / cast movement orders.
  • Co-ordination of post production activities.
  • Overseeing the production process and drawing up a production schedule with the producers for each show.
  • Ensuring each crew member has the equipment and information required to execute their role.
  • Ensuring that content is delivered to the Final Control Centre on time.
  • Ensuring the allocation of resources to in-house productions.
  • Provide the Finance Manager with a weekly cash flow in advance and ensure the petty cash is disbursed by the relevant co-ordinator.
  • Oversee Programme Co-ordinators to ensure petty cash is expended cost-effectively.
  • Trouble-shoot production problems as they arise.
  • Implement relevant policies and systems to ensure the smooth running of all in-house productions.Ensure all licenses and releases are obtained for CTV productions.
  • Oversee studio and production equipment booking systems.
  • Ensure that CTV is implementing health and safety guidelines on all productions.
  • Develop freelance and client databases.
  • Draw up budgets for in-house productions.
  • Work with the Sales department to quote on production services and other income-generating work.
  • Work with the training co-ordinator to ensure that sufficient interns and volunteers are recruited and trained to serve the production needs of the organisation.
  • Work with the Head of Technical Operations to ensure that productions receive the necessary technical support.

A contract of one year will be offered including a four month probationary period. Remuneration is in the range R14 000 – R18 000 per month, depending on the qualification or experience of the successful applicant. CTV does not cover relocation costs.

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae and covering letter highlighting their experience and details of three contactable referees on or before the 30 September 2015

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

Cape Town TV (CTV) is a non-profit, free-to-air community television channel operating in the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. CTV produces a range of in-house productions including news, current affairs, talk shows and magazine programmes. The channel encourages community participation in the production of content and provides on-the-job training for volunteers, NGOs and emerging producers. Website:

ZenHQ Calls for TVC Directors
19 September 2015

ZenHQ Films in Cape Town is now accepting reels from experienced TVC directors for representation in South Africa.

If you are a dynamic and passionate creative with a clear voice, and want to join one of South Africa’s most respected production companies, then ZenHQ would like to hear from you.

At ZenHQ Films you will receive the kind of support and collaboration directors only dream about. "WE LOVE & SUPPORT TALENT! To be considered you must have a reel that will blow us away. Sorry, no first timers."

Applicant Requirements: Send CV/bio and links to reels only.

Contact Person and Email:

Jobs at Xcon Films in Cape Town
18 September 2015

Xcon Films in Cape Town is calling for applications for the following jobs:

Art Director

An Art Director who will be the creative genius for the show. This person will be required to source props, manage the décor on set and conceptualize concepts for props and settings for different episodes. He/she must be able to build up props for the show from scratch if required to do so. Props for the show are very basic, consisting mostly of pictures, shapes, books, paintings and other crafts that must be made before the time to demonstrate what the presenter will be teaching the kids. Studio segments will be shot between 22 November 2015 and 18 December 2015. The Art director is required to come in for a week during Pre-Production in November to start the position.  

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience in Art Directing;
  • Proven track record with references;
  • Relevant qualification.

Researcher for a Children’s Programme

A researcher for a children's multi-faith program needed to join our team as of 1 September 2015 for a 3 month contract. Candidates should have basic experience in research and good writing skills and show an ability to conceptualize for television and children’s programming.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience in research;
  • Proven track record with references;
  • Journalism qualification.

Researcher for Islamic show

Researcher for an Islamic magazine style show needed to start immediately. Thorough knowledge of Islam and contacts within the Muslim community are essential to the post which will be a contract position. Candidates should have basic experience in research and good writing skills and show an ability to conceptualize for television and magazine style inserts.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience in research;
  • Proven track record with references;
  • Journalism qualification.

All applicants, please submit a CV to Roxanne Harris at

2015 WGSA Muse Awards Still Calling For Entries
17 September 2015

The Muse Awards, launched by the Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA), is the only award in the country that honours the South African Performance Writer exclusively and allows the local content production industry to celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and writing excellence of local writers. 

Since inception, the Awards have been gathering momentum and the 2015 WGSA Muse Awards have launched with a bigger, better list of categories. And the awards ceremony will be televised.

Entries will be accepted for the 2015 WGSA Muse Awards in eight different script categories and unproduced scripts may be entered in any genre this year. The categories are:

  1. Screen (Feature Film, Short Film)
  2. Television (Drama, Soap, Sitcom/Comedy)
  3. Documentary (Feature, Series, Short)
  4. Stage Play
  5. Radio Drama
  6. Animation (Feature, Series, Short)
  7. Games
  8. Web Series

A panel of independent judges will be looking for excellence in concept and theme, characterisation, genre, language and style, story and structure, pace, dialogue, and professional format and presentation.

Every nominee will receive a personalised Nomination Certificate, and each winner will receive a personalised Winner’s Certificate and a beautiful specially designed WGSA Muse Trophy.

The judging process will take place during November 2015 to middle February 2016, with the nominees announced at the end of February 2016. The award ceremony will be on Saturday, 2 April 2016 at the Soweto Theatre.

Entries close at midnight on Thursday, 15 October 2015.

All entries must be submitted online. The online entry system, competition rules and regulations, FAQ and entry details can be found on the WGSA website at

The WGSA is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO and is the only organised industry association in South Africa with the sole purpose of protecting, developing and empowering performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The WGSA is a key member of SASFED (The South African Screen Federation).

Email: /

Update on Eden Independent Film Festival in George
17 September 2015

The Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF), made possible by the Cape Film Commission (CFC), and sponsored by the NLDTF and George Municipality, will run in George for three days from 30 October to 1 November in George and is the second to be hosted by the CFC in conjunction with the George Municipality.

The festival will include workshops, screenings and will feature a day of discussions around the development of local and international TV programmes, animation and sound in film. Young filmmakers are invited to enter the 48Hr Film Project competition.

A special focus on short films will see the screening of the highlights from the 2015 Schnit Short Film Festival featuring South African and international filmmakers. Schnit was screened in May last year in George at the George Arts Theatre and this was followed by a panel discussion.

Agreement to Develop Local Film Industry in Garden Route

It is the stated aim by George Municipality and its neighbouring municipalities to develop the region as a film making area. Over the past two years, the Eden District has seen an increase in filming activities in the area with scenes in Born to Win, Knysna, Faan se Trein, Pad Na jou Hart and Klein Karoo shot in the area.

At a film workshop hosted by the Knysna Municipality on Friday 21 August, it was announced that an agreement is to be signed between George and the CFC, whereby the parties undertake to support and develop the local film industry throughout the Garden Route CFC. George Mayor Charles Standers is thrilled with the development of this festival. "The by-line for the Eden Independent Film Festival is 'projecting new images' and the City Council of George would like to see it become a world class gathering."

48Hr Film Project

Running parallel with and forming an integral part of the festival will be the 48Hr Film Project. This is an international competition where filmmakers compete to see who can make the best short film (5 to 7min long) within a 48-hour period - starting from the competition briefing and ending with a finished short film submission.

The winning short film will go up against the best short films selected from around the world at Filmapalooza 2016, as well as an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Court Métrage.

Entry to the competition is R1 200 with an early-bird entry fee of R1 000 and is open to everybody. Cape Film Commission CEO Denis Lillie said this week, "We would encourage aspirant and seasoned filmmakers to enter. By doing so, your short film will form a part of the Cape Town entrants, but with George being the local head office for briefing and submission of entries.

"Entrants will draw different genres from a hat and need to include the following a number of criteria in their short film submission as well as the following specific requirements as determined by the organisers: a prop item; a statement or line of dialogue; and two required characters (names provided)."

Once the film has been produced, there will be a screening in George of all the films produced by local filmmakers. These will be judged locally, with the winning film travelling to Cape Town as a part of the judging to take place there. The overall South African winner will have their short film screened at the international festival in Los Angeles as well as at Cannes in 2016.

For more information please visit

Embargo on CT CBD Filming on 20 September
10 September 2015


The City of Cape Town Film Permitting Office would like to advise of the following event that impact on the availability of city streets and locations, as well as availability of municipal officers.


The Cape Town Marathon, happening on Sunday, 20 September 2015 in around the Cape Town CBD, including the Atlantic Seaboard and as far afield as Rondebosch – Newlands, will result in many roads being temporarily closed and severely constrain the availability of municipal/traffic officers. 

A general embargo will be placed on any filming activity within the precinct/areas described above for the period 06h00 and 15h00 on Sunday 20 September 2015.

For more information on the above, please contact the CTFPO on Tel: 021 417 0599/2025 email:

Triggerfish Story Lab Update
10 September 2015

The Triggerfish Story Lab received a whopping 1 378 entries from storytellers and filmmakers from 30 countries across Africa and its diaspora, all eager to write the continent’s next animated blockbuster or hit TV series.

“When I told people I expected over 1 000 submissions from across Africa, everyone laughed at me. Ha! Now who’s laughing? Oh wait, I have to read all of these…” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish Animation Studios.  

After the international success of its first two feature films, Triggerfish established The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company. 

Industry experts will now evaluate the 1174 feature submissions and 204 TV series submissions. These experts include Peter Lord, the British director of international blockbusters like Chicken Run and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists; Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King); script consultant Karl Iglesias (Writing For Emotional Impact); and a panel of development executives from The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

"I’m honoured and delighted to be a small part of the Triggerfish Story Lab,” says Peter Lord, who co-founded Aardman Animations, the four-time Oscar-winning studio behind the likes of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. “I believe that it’s vitally important for every country and culture to tell its own stories. Much as we may enjoy Hollywood storytelling, it is not the only way; there are so many different stories to be told, and so many voices demanding to be heard. I look forward very much to immersing myself in authentic African storytelling."

The Triggerfish Story Lab specifically called for uplifting, family-friendly stories. Comedian David Kau, who also acts, writes, directs and produces for film and TV, says, “I’m looking forward to helping unearth new African talent in animation, and telling stories from Africa that will show the world that there's an Africa beyond the genocide, Aids, corruption and dictatorship that's the daily gospel of most news outlets about Africa."

Triggerfish will be investing up to R44m over the next three years in The Story Lab, which aims to give Africa’s most talented storytellers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors. Selected storytellers will potentially have their concepts developed into episodic TV content or an animated feature film for the global market.

The selected Story Lab participants will receive two weeks of mentoring with key studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California, as well as workshops in Cape Town with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with leading Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

Animation has proven to be a successful medium for South African films to travel internationally, with Triggerfish’s films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba being distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into over 27 languages.

“The overwhelming response we’ve received shows the depth of storytelling talent in Africa,” says Anthony. “Thanks to everyone who entered; we’ll be announcing a shortlist of about 20 storytellers in October 2015.”

Shortlisted storytellers will take part in workshops in November before making their final pitches, after which Triggerfish will announce the final Story Lab participants in December 2015. 

For more information, keep an eye on

Call for Location Scout/Fixer for Car Shoot
10 September 2015

The CFC has been approached by a South Korean production company who are planning a photo shoot in and around Cape Town for a car.

The producer has asked for a “person who can double up as a location scout (preferably car scout who is experienced with car commercials) and a fixer would be idealistic candidate for our shoot.”

The filming dates would be 10 to 18 days between Sep. 21st and Oct. 12th.

If you have good knowledge of Cape Town and the surrounding area and of car shoots, please email your CV to no later than Monday 14 September, clearly stating in the Subject box “ Car advert scout” with your CFC Membership number.

If you are not a member of the CFC you can take up free membership by downloading the application from downloads and submitting it with your CV.

Monster Entertainment Sign Up Jabu’s Jungle
9 September 2015

Monster Entertainment Signs Another Cape Town Animated Series

Monster Entertainment (UK) have signed up local production, Jabu’s Jungle, for international distribution. This is shortly after they reached 182 territories with another Cape Town series, Jungle Beat, made by Sunrise Productions.

The new season of Jungle Beat was sold to Boomerang and Cartoon Network EMEA in July, and Monster say this and the Jabu’s Jungle deal are a sign of the growth of the South African market. Jungle Beat has also been sold to major European networks including YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and VRT in Belgium as well as a raft of sales in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Brazil.

Jabu’s Jungle is a Pixcomm production, being made in Masiphumelele township and features a young boy’s interactions with his magic talking drum and the animals and wonders of Africa.

Writer/Director Roger Hawkins directed the continent’s first animated  feature, The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, and their first 3D feature, Lion of Judah. “It’s time for African stories to entertain children around the world. There is a niche for African children’s content that has not been filled due to lack of budgets – we have adapted our production model to compete with the rest of the world”.

Click here to watch the promo of Jabu’s Jungle.

Contact for additional info.

Xcon Films Looking for Production Coordinator
9 September 2015

Xcon Films in Cape Town is calling for applications for the position of Production Coordinator

They are looking for a young and energetic production coordinator who doesn’t take no for an answer. Applicants must have a valid driver’s licence, experience in coordinating and proven track record. This is a contract position to start 1 October 2015. 

Applicant Requirements: 

·  Qualification in production;

·  At least 2 years experience as a coordinator;

·  proven track record with references.

If you feel you meet the criteria and are interested in the position then please send your CV and a motivational letter to Roxanne Harris at

Please do not call. Qualified applicants will be contacted by email or telephone for an interview.

2015 Exporter of the Year Contest DEADLINE
9 September 2015

The Cape Chamber of Commerce 2015 Exporter of the Year Competition is still calling for entries but the deadline is on Friday 11 September. This prestigious competition honours companies that have added significantly to the Western Cape export achievements and:

  • make a positive contribution to their communities via their business endeavours;
  • have begun to employ more people;
  • are increasing their export turnover;
  • are looking to increase their export base;
  • are looking at creative and innovative ways to export into difficult markets and have notable achievements in the export field;
  • have been exporting for at least 3 years.

Previous finalists are Cape Film Commission members Triggerfish Animation (received an honourable mention in 2014) and The Asylum (winners of  the 2013 SA Maritime Safety Association design trophy).

CFC CEO Denis Lillie strongly encourages those who qualify to enter the competition as involvement means raising their local and international profile.

Again, the deadline is Friday, 11 September 2015. 

Call for Location Manager/Scout/Fixer
4 September 2015

The Cape Film Commission has been approached by the producer of a very successful French Reality TV show which is now in its’ 8th Season.


Season 8 will be shot entirely in and around Cape Town.


The Producer of the show will be in town in one weeks time and would like to work with a Location Manager/Scout/Fixer to assist in identifying a suitable “villa” to house the 10 stars of the show for 6 weeks and introduce her to various locations which will be used as part of the activities of the show.


Ideally English/French speaking, please note that you must be an experienced Location Manager/Scout/Fixer to be considered for the position and have a good knowledge of the Cape Town locations and general “scene” . 


If you are interested in becoming involved in the show, please send your CV to


Your email response MUST include a detailed CV with “Location Manager for French TV show” in the Subject line of your mail. You must also quote your CFC Membership number (available from if you have forgotten it). If these conditions are not adhered to we will be unable to consider your submission.


For Local Production companies to be considered as the local partner for this show, please follow the guidelines above and submit your companies details within a CV and have the Subject line of the email show  “Production Company for French TV show” and send it to quoting your CFC membership number.


Ideally you must be able to demonstrate a track record in international TV/reality shows although other experience will be taken into account if it is relevant.


The show will begin filming first week in January until end February 2016. The Locations Manager/Scout/Fixer is required from 10th September and interviews for the Production Company will also take place during that week. 

The deadline for submitting your details to the CFC is close of business on 8th September 2015.



2015 Silwerskermfees Award Winners
2 September 2015

Congratulations to the award winners at the Silwerskermfees recently held in Camps Bay, Cape Town! The festival, which creates exposure for for aspiring and established filmmakers plus the opportunity to dialogue,  was an enormous success. The winners are:

Best Film Vryslag
Best Director Wim Steytler - Crooked Rainbow
Best Actor Gerard Rudolf - Freestyle
Best Actress Martelize Kolver - From Off Line
Best Screenplay Stiaan Smith - Shedding
Audience Favorite Connections 
Best Film It's I , Anna - Niel Van Deventer
Best Director Sara Blecher - It's I , Anna  
Best Actor Morne Visser - It's I , Anna
Best Actress Shoki Mokgapa - Zinc
Best Original Soundtrack Chris Letcher - Zinc
Best Screenplay Brett Michael Innes - Zinc
Best Editing Nicholas Costaras & Brett Michael Innes - Zinc
Best Cinematography Fiction Trevor Calverley - Zinc
Audience Favourite Shooting Star

Best Existing Short Film Dearest Elle- Adam Heyns , Jenna Dunster & Lare Birk
Best Existing Documentary The Shore Break- Ryley Grunenwald & Odette Geldenhuys


2015 WGSA Muse Awards Call for Entries
2 September 2015

Call for Entries to the 2015 WGSA Muse Awards


Following the second very successful WGSA Muse Awards, which culminated in a highly acclaimed awards ceremony in April this year, the 2015 WGSA Muse Awards has launched with a bigger, better list of categories and a televised awards ceremony on Saturday, 2 April 2016. 

Entries will be accepted for the 2015 WGSA Muse Awards in eight different script categories:

1. SCREEN (Feature Film, Short Film)
2. TELEVISION (Drama, Soap, Sitcom/Comedy)
3. Documentary (Feature, Series, Short)
4. Stage Play
5. Radio Drama
6. Animation (Feature, Series, Short)
7. Games
8. Web Series

Unproduced Scripts may be entered in any genre.

A panel of independent judges will be looking for excellence in concept and theme, characterisation, genre, language and style, story and structure, pace, dialogue, and professional format and presentation. Every nominee will receive a personalised Nomination Certificate, and each winner will receive a personalised Winner’s Certificate and a beautiful specially designed WGSA Muse Trophy.

The judging process will take place during November 2015 to middle February 2016, with the nominees announced at the end of February 2016. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, 2 April 2016 at the Soweto Theatre.

All entries must be submitted online. The online entry system, competition rules and regulations, FAQ and entry details can be found on the WGSA website at

Entries close at midnight on Thursday, 15 October 2015.

The WGSA Muse Awards, launched by the Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA), is the only award in the country that honours the South African Performance Writer exclusively and allows the local content production industry to celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and writing excellence of local writers.

The WGSA is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO and is the only organised  industry association in South Africa with the sole purpose of protecting, developing and empowering performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The WGSA is a key member of SASFED (The South African Screen Federation).


shnit Realtime Calls for SA Composers
1 September 2015

shnit Realtime Calls for SA Composers - Enter Now

New, emerging and fresh film composers, shnit International Short film festival’s Realtime Competition and the South African Film Orchestra invites you to enter your unproduced scores into the Realtime Composer Film Score Competition. Stand a chance to have your score selected as one of three to be played live at shnit’s Closing Night 2015.

The South African Film Orchestra is the only dedicated media scoring ensemble on the Continent. This year they are giving three fresh SA composers the chance to have their original three-minute scores recorded and played live by the South African Film Orchestra at this year’s shnit International Shortfilmfestival.

Each year, shnit Realtime gives three filmmakers the chance to produce short films over the course of the shnit festival weekend. Three winning scores will be selected by a panel of composers, artists and filmmakers, and supplied to the Realtime competition filmmakers as inspiration, resulting in three final shorts crafted around each of the scores.

The films will premiere on the Closing Night of the festival, with the South African Film Orchestra as live accompaniment as the films screen!

Head to for rules, instructions and to ENTER NOW.

Entry is free. Closing date is September 15.

For a taste of the SA Film Orchestra in action, see

31 August 2015

Ending off Woman’s Month and moving into Heritage Month

As Woman’s Month concludes, the Shamanic Team created a film-poem to salute the women content creators in the film and TV industry and dedicated to Herstory and the heritage of the Cape Malayu people. The film-poem is a video installation from “Ancestral Omega – The Medora”. 

Click here to watch the film-poem.

Click here to watch the trailer to the team’s next documentary, “District Six – Rising from the Dust”
“May your Heritage Month be inspired by tolerance and understanding as we forge forward a collective understanding and peaceful common space.” - The Shamanic Team

The Shore Break Screened in Jozi & CT
28 August 2015

Multi-award winning documentary, The Shore Break, about the proposed titanium mine and tolled highway on the Wild Coast, will have cinema screenings in Jozi and Cape Town before its release as DVD and online. The film, followed by a Q & A with the editor Kerryn Assaizky, will show at The Bioscope in Johannesburg on the 28 August with daily screenings until 3 September. It will also show this weekend at Silwerskermfees in Camps Bay where it has been nominated for Best Documentary. 

The Shore Break, directed by Ryley Grunenwald, and co-produced with Odette Geldenhuys, premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam earlier this year.  Awards now include Best Feature Length Documentary at the 2015 International Environmental Film Festival in Paris, the Backsberg Audience Choice Award from Encounters, the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award and the overall Audience Award from DIFF.

Described by the jurors of the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award as a “powerful portrayal of a struggle within a local community regarding foreign mining rights in a pristine environment…(and) concisely and movingly uncovers this complex and urgent matter, which is still under investigation and in need of public support.”

“We are both delighted about these accolades, not only for ourselves but for the fact that these issues are being highlighted and the community’s challenges are made visible to an external environment other than the one in which they exist,” say Grunenwald and Geldenhuys, who will release the film as a DVD and on the Video on Demand platform Vimeo, as part of an endeavour to highlight the issues at play to a broader audience.

From September 4, the film will be distributed via direct sale of DVDs in South Africa via and will cost  R100 for individuals and R1000 for organisations, institutions and associations that require a wider range of screening rights.

The Shore Break will also be available throughout Africa for Video on Demand online rentals via or also from September 4. Pre-orders are available now.

To book for the Bioscope screenings go to:

To book for the film at Silwerskermfees go to

New Wave of South African Avant-Garde Films
28 August 2015

A  new wave of SA cinema is winning awards at film festivals across the world. Hot young film directors are turning inwards and finding a narrative on meaning and identity for the first free generation of post-Apartheid youth. 

Love the One You Love is talented Cape Town director Jenna Bass’s break-out feature film debut. Acclaimed for its “progressive and contemporary” depiction of love by the Hollywood Reporter, the film won Best Actress, Best South African Feature Film and Best Direction in a South African Feature Film at awards at the Durban International Film Festival in 2014. It has been nominated for the Ingmar Bergman Debut Award at the Goteborg International Film Festival and the Flash Forward Award at the Busan International Film Festival.

In a riot of colour accompanied by a pulsing and haunting soundtrack from Ross Dorkin of SAMA-winning band, Beatenberg, Love the One You Loveis set in Cape Town, and follows three characters who “start to suspect that there’s a conspiracy afoot to to keep them in—and out—of love.” The film, shot on a shoestring budget, is entirely improvised with stunning performances by Chi Mhendi (Terri—a Phone sex operator), Andile Nebulane (Sandile—a dog Handler} and Louw Venter (Eugene—a lonely IT technician).

Love the One You Love will show at the Labia and Bioscope from the 18th  September. Click here to watch the trailer.

Necktie Youth a story of sex, drugs and adolescent disconnect among the multi-racial elite of Joburg’s affluent Sandton. The cultural disorientation of a young and privileged clique is powerfully told by 23-year-old film director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer with monochromatic cinematography and a dream-soaked narrative groove that nods to the black-and-white style of the post-war European avant garde of Godard, Truffaut and Fellini. Necktie Youth swept awards and international acclaim in Berlin, New York and Sydney recently for its harrowing portrayal of middle class identity hidden behind the high walls of opulent mansions that, in a post-Apartheid society, is no longer solely about black and white. At the Durban International Film Festival this year the film won an award for best South African feature film and best director.

In a haze of drugs and economic privilege, two middle class guys, September (played by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer) and Jabz (Bonko Khoza) embark on a self-destructive bender driving across Joburg in a borrowed Jaguar. The film, which has been likened to Larry Clark’s Kids and the early work of African American filmmaker Spike Lee, has been described by one critic “as the first really distinctive cinematic voice to emerge from a generation of young South Africans to whom the country’s post-democratic history is largely a second-hand abstraction”.

Necktie Youth will show at Ster Kinekor and Independent Cinemas from the 25th of September. Click here to watch the trailer.

Both films are available on a limited VOD release.

Exporter of the Year 2015 Competition
28 August 2015

The Cape Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries into their 2015 Exporter of the Year Competition.

This prestigious competition honours companies that have added significantly to the Western Cape export achievements and:

  • make a positive contribution to their communities via their business endeavours;
  • have begun to employ more people;
  • are increasing their export turnover;
  • are looking to increase their export base;
  • are looking at creative and innovative ways to export into difficult markets and have notable achievements in the export field;
  • have been exporting for at least 3 years.

Previous finalists are Cape Film Commission members Triggerfish Animation (received an honourable mention in 2014) and The Asylum (winners of  the 2013 SA Maritime Safety Association design trophy).

CFC CEO Denis Lillie strongly encourages those who qualify to enter the competition as involvement means raising their local and international profile.

The competition closes on Friday 11 September 2015 with the Gala Awards Dinner taking place in Cape Town on Thursday 15 October 2015.

The application form can be downloaded from our Downloads page or from the Cape Chamber of Commerce website at


Jobs at X CON Films in Cape Town
24 August 2015

The following job opportunities are available at X CON Films in Cape Town. 


Dynamic person needed to oversee administration. Duties will include assisting the producers, interfacing with productions, reception and overall admin. Efficient, dedicated, hard working, computer literate, reliable and organized person needed.  If you are looking for challenging work in which you can learn about each process in film then send us your CV and motivation letter.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience in similar position
  • Proven track record with references

Send applications to Roxanne Harris at

Researcher in Cape Town CBD for a Children’s Programme

A researcher for a children's multi-faith program needed to join our team as of 1 September 2015 for a 3 month contract. Candidates should have basic experience in research and good writing skills and show an ability to conceptualize for television and children’s programming.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience in research
  • Proven track record with references
  • Journalism qualification

Send CV to Roxanne Harris at

Job Title: Researcher in Cape Town CBD for Islamic show

Researcher for an Islamic magazine style show needed to start immediately. Thorough knowledge of Islam and contacts within the Muslim community are essential to the post which will be a contract position. Candidates should have basic experience in research and good writing skills and show an ability to conceptualize for television and magazine style inserts.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience in research
  • Proven track record with references
  • Journalism qualification

Please send CV's to Roxanne Harris at

Returning the Remains - A Khoe Story 2
24 August 2015

Returning the Remains – A Khoe Story 2 screened on SABC 2 9pm on Sunday 23rd August.

Returning the Remains is the second instalment of the Khoe Story Docu-Trilogy, and is regarded by the filmmakers as the main body of work. This screening follows the screening of A Khoe Story 1Reclaiming the Mother Tongue, which aired on Sunday 16th August.

The series is self-funded and serves to bring to the foreground new knowledge about South Africa's Khoe and San peoples. Returning the Remains is the director, Weaam William’s quest to uncover South Africa’s unspoken genocide.

The trilogy is currently being used in high schools across the Western Cape to address gaps in the curriculum and lack of documented knowledge about the Khoe and San communities.

The series is available on DVD. For screening and sales enquiries please contact: 021 461 0495 or

Click here to watch the trailer

Click here to watch the trailer to our next documentary, District Six – Rising from the Dust


Silwerskermfees 2015 at Camps Bay
18 August 2015

The 2015 KykNET Silwerskermfees, celebrating its fifth year, will take place in Camps Bay again, from 26 to 29 August, showing short films, documentaries and full features, all of which were selected by a panel of judges, who will also judge the awards. Altogether 8 documentaries, 37 short films and 8 full features—7 of which will have their premiere at the festival.

15 short films will have their screening debut and some of the full feature films will have their premiere at the festival. Silwerskermfees is developing a reputation as the Cannes Film Festival of South Africa for Afrikaans screenwriters and film-makers.

Films that have won awards at the festival have often gone on to greater success with kykNET. The short film Buurtwag won best director (Jaco Smith) and best screenplay (Beer Adriaanse) in 2012 and has been developed into a TV-series for kykNET on 30 September. René van Rooyen won an award for her short film Nantes and is now directing a new series Getroud met Rugby. Bennie Fourie, who won in 2013 with Vuil Wasgoed, subsequently was a writer on Sterlopers and is now working on a screenplay for a new kykNET sitcom.

"Buurtwag is just one of the examples of the success," says Meiring. "The festival is an important platform for kykNET to find new ideas and concepts. René van Rooyen, a winner in 2012 for her short film Nantes, is the director of the new series of Getroud met Rugby. Corné van Rooyen’s film Hollywood in my Huis became a reality at the festival. Bennie Fourie, a winner last year for Vuil Wasgoed, is busy working on a screenplay for a new sitcom for kykNET. He was also a writer on Sterlopers under the guidance of Deon Opperman.

After winning 3 awards in 2013 for his short film Toevlug screenwriter Christiaan Olwagen is now writing his first feature, Johnny is nie Dood nie.

For more information go to

NFVF Calls for Entries to 10th Annual SAFTAs
17 August 2015

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the department of Arts and Culture, calls on all local production companies to submit their entries for the 10th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Applicants may submit their applications online at

Deadline Dates:

  • All entries except for Feature Films:  Friday the 18th of September 2015 at 16h00.
  • Feature Films:  Friday the 16th of October 2015.

The SAFTAs, managed under the custodianship of the NFVF, are an industry initiative governed by the SAFTAS committee and the body of industry representatives comprising of the broadcasters, SASFED and other key stakeholders.

The Awards honour, celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and excellence of South African Film and Television talent and productions, and serve to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry.

Basic Guidelines

  • TV fiction, non-fiction, student films and TV animation: only South African films and television programmes that have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast between the 1st of August 2014 and the 31st of July 2015 are eligible to enter.
  • Feature film and feature length animation: only South African films produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast between the 1st of January 2015 and the 31st of December 2015 are eligible to enter. Only productions that are entered will be eligible for consideration.

For complete rules and entry guidelines please click here.

Nominees will be announced in February 2016. The main awards ceremonies will be held in March 2016 where all winners will be announced and be presented with the official SAFTA Golden Horn trophy.

The Boers at the End of the World
16 August 2015

Documentary film, The Boers at the End of the World, to premiere at Silwerskermfees 

The Boers at the End of the World, a documentary feature film about a century-old community of Afrikaners in a remote region of Patagonia, will have its world premiere at Silwerskermfees later this month. The Afrikaans subtitled version will be released as Boere op die Aardsdrempel.

The film has its roots in the short film The Last Boers of Patagonia screened at the 2014 Encounters and Durban International Film Festivals, after which M-Net approached the documentary studio to help make the feature-length version a reality.

The Boers at the End of the World is about a 113-year-old community living in a remote part of southern Argentina that speaks Afrikaans. After the destruction of their farms during the second Anglo-Boer War, about 650 Boers sailed across the ocean to start a new life between 1902 and 1908. They headed into the arid heart of Patagonia where they found a land that reminded them of the Karoo.

Today, their children and grandchildren still endure in this harsh place. They speak archaic Afrikaans, bake melktert and sing Sarie Marais. But despite their fierce pride in their roots, their culture has been eroded over time and only a few dozen of the oldest individuals still speak their mother tongue. They struggle to keep their culture alive but are resigned to the knowledge that they are the last generation to speak the language in the region, and they will be gone in a decade or two.

"One of the toughest parts of this project has been the logistic" said producer Kelly Scott. "In the four trips we made over a year, we’ve taken over 40 flights and driven close on 6000km. Experiencing the landscape in all climate stages gave us a proper taste of what the early pioneers had to deal with—from baking heat, to howling wind, to dust storms, to snow!”

Said Director Richard Finn Gregory “We connected strongly with the families we met and there were some really tearful moments when they found out we were from South Africa. They were overjoyed at being able to speak Afrikaans with people who were going to tell their story and for us, hearing how badly many of them wanted to visit South Africa really struck a chord.”

To purchase tickets to the world premiere at Silwerskermfees on 28 August:

To watch the trailer:

To follow the film on Facebook:

To follow the film on Twitter:

88th Academy Awards Call for Foreign Language Film
11 August 2015

The 88th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) has opened a call for entry for Best Foreign Language Film Award, inviting South Africans to submit their feature films for consideration. Submissions must be made to the South African Selection Academy Committee through the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), which is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to make submissions on behalf of the South African Film industry. 

The closing date for submission is the 4th of September 2015. The South African Selection Academy Committee will choose one film as the country’s official submission for the Foreign Language Film Award. A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.


Films must have been released in South Africa for a period of at least seven consecutive days beginning no earlier than 1st of October 2014 and no later than 30th of September 2015. A film must be advertised and exploited during its eligibility run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry, and need not have been released in the United States.

Films that, in any version, receive a nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution before their first qualifying theatrical release will not be eligible for Academy Award consideration. Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:

  • Broadcast and cable television
  • DVD distribution
  • Internet transmission

The recording of the dialogue track as well as the completed film must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required.

The Academy will make the final determination in all questions of eligibility.

Foreign Language Film Award Guidelines:

The Academy uses the following guidelines to determine a film's eligibility in the Foreign Language Award category:

1.     Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be represented in at least two of these categories: a. Producer(s) b. Director(s) c. Writer(s)

2.     Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be represented in the majority in these categories: a. Cinematographer b. Editor c. Art Director or Production Designer (whichever title designates the senior designer) d. Costume Designer e. Music Composer f. Sound Mixer

3.     Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be significantly represented among the major roles in the cast.

The South African Academy Selection Committee, under the patronage of the NFVF, will select the SA films to be entered for consideration. Qualifying films from this initial judging phase will go forth to represent South Africa in the Academy's initial nomination phase for Best Foreign Language film.

Eligible films should be hand delivered to the NFVF not later than 04th September 2015 16:00, addressed to:

The South African Academy Awards Selection Committee c/o Lala Tuku

National Film and Video Foundation

87 Central Street Houghton 2198

Click the link below for Applications forms

Good Pitch 2 Call for Entries
10 August 2015

Good Pitch2 Kenya 2016 is calling for entries. The organisers are looking for six independent film teams from across the African continent ready to join the 2015/16 programme:

  • Films that tackle a significant national or global issue or have something important to show us about the world and ourselves;
  • Film teams who are looking for partnerships and funding to help their film create change around leading social and environmental issues;
  • Films that are currently in production and will be 60+ minutes in length when finished;
  • English-­speaking filmmakers who are citizens of an African country.

Deadline for entries is November 2nd, 2015.

Good Pitch is a project of BRITDOC in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Since 2009, Good Pitch has been bringing together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

The Good Pitch2 programme was developed in 2011 to enable regional organisations to host their own Good Pitch2 events. Good Pitch2 Kenya will be taking place in Nairobi in October 2016. It will present up to seven film-making teams to pitch their feature documentary and its associated audience engagement campaign in front of a live audience of funders and changemakers.

Selected teams will receive sustained mentorship and professional development over the course of a year. This will include two campaign development workshops, taking place right after project selection and again on the eve of the live event.

To find out more information and apply, go to:

Or visit

Judy Kibinge, Docubox:
Elise McCave, BRITDOC:

Acting For Film Course Level 3
10 August 2015

Nicola Hanekom (on right) with ACT Alumni Student Christia Visser at the Silwerskerm Festival.

18 August - 29 September
Tues & Thurs 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Coach: Nicola Hanekom

The level 3 course hones the technical skills required to act in front of a camera for film and television. The course culminates in the performance of a scene for filming.

Students who complete the course are encouraged to move on to Level 4, where they will partake in a film shoot to generate material for show-reel and promotional purposes. An essential course for those students wishing to enter the industry as a professional actor, level 4 will also include a lecture on the business of acting.

Many of our part time course students have gone on to enroll in our dynamic and popular 2 Year Acting for Film Program.

Each participant must bring to the first class one prepared ten line monologue.

tHE Course will cover the tools needed to further develop a performance on screen and the understanding of the technical aspects of film production

  • Film production, terms and conditions
  • Exploring shot size and angle
  • Economy of performance
  • Recap three ‘R’s and beats and actions
  • Status
  • Continuity
  • Understanding self
  • Need versus want
  • Alba emoting
  • Knowing what to expect on the set

Entry Requirements: Acting for Film – Level 2 / Equivalent in Industry Experience

Cost: R5995 (incl. all training material, certificate of completion and DVD of final filmed performance).
SAGA Members Pay R4950.


Call for Professional Photographers
9 August 2015

The Cape Film Commission has been approached by a major international Oil company who are looking for photographers for a project in South Africa. Their brief is:

“We are looking for photographers in or near Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

We would like the photographer(s) to be able to photograph all aspects of an event (to be disclosed at a later date) and show evidence of experience within this area.

The photographer(s) will need to:

  • Own a professional camera and preferably a Mac Laptop
  • Take general event photography
  • Photograph guest speakers – on stage
  • Have experience with varying lighting conditions (ability to shoot with and without flash)
  • Take meet and greet shots
  • Photograph group/teams with good directing ability – to position sitters etc.
  • Have editing experience with Photoshop skills to do basic corrections in post”

Please note that this call is only for professional photographers with a demonstrable track record.

If you are interested in being considered please email your current CV to indicating “Photographers needed” in the email Subject line together with your CFC membership number.


Cinema Club First Thursday of Every Month
5 August 2015


First Thursdays Cape Town adopts a Cinema experience! Starting this Thursday 06th Aug 2015 at 17h30. 


On the first Thursday of every month, the Cinema Club opens to offer you a refreshing collection of short films - screening every hour, on the hour from 17h30. Each month sees a new guest curator scouring the globe for a 30min visual feast to be screened in the plush, intimate Odeon Cinema at the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

Free Tickets. Free Popcorn. Free Drinks. Free Awesome.

Tickets : tickets are available on a first come first served basis from the Cinema Club desk. The Odeon Cinema can seat 28 people at a time, so seats are limited. Tickets are limited to two per person.

Screening times :

17h30 -> 18h30 : Screening no 1 Blue Wrist Band

18h30 -> 19h30 : Screening no 2 Pink Wrist Band

19h30 -> 20h30 : Screening no 3 Green Wrist Band

20h30 -> 21h30 : Screening no 4 Yellow Wrist Band

Running Time : Approx. 30mins

Location : Odeon Cinema, the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, Cnr Pepper Street & Loop Street, Cape Town

The Cinema Club Experience on First Thursdays is Presented by Stage 5 Films at the Odeon Cinema and hosted by the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa for First Thursdays Cape Town.


Die Windpomp Selected for Long Beach International
4 August 2015

Die Windpomp Heads To The USA, Again

The multiple award-winning and much loved Afrikaans fantasy love story Die Windpomp (The Windmill) has been selected into the Long Beach International Film Festival in New York. It will be screening amongst 50 internationally acclaimed films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards from September 24 – 27 2015.

Explains Producer Chris Roland of ZenHQ Films; “Die Windpomp screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The organizers of the Long Beach Fest saw the screening, and invited us to submit. We’re thrilled to have been accepted.”

Producer Lee-Ann Cotton adds: “This very special film is spreading quickly by word of mouth and is proving to be popular with the American viewers.”

Die Windpomp screened for the first time in the US at the Sonoma International Film Festival in California earlier this year. Like at Sonoma, it will screen under its English title The Windmill, a translation that raises eyebrows but sounded better than The Windpump!

Written and directed by Etienne Fourie, Die Windpomp revolves around a summer romance between Hendri (Armand Greyling) and Margot (Leandie du Randt), two young people living in a retirement village, with an unexpected twist. The film walked away with five KykNet Silwerskermfees awards in 2014: Best Film, Best Director (Etienne Fourie), Best Screenplay (Etienne Fourie), Best Original music (Johnny de Ridder) and Best Supporting Actress (Marga van Rooy).

Roland and Cotton are hoping for a win at Long Beach, which will add to bringing awareness to US audiences ahead of its US release. For more information on Die Windpomp, please visit: or

Ster-Kinekor`s Impossible Mission Challenge
3 August 2015

Can you match the impossible missions that Ethan Hunt and his team have to go through in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION?

Benji Dunn: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, are you okay to drive? A minute ago you were dead.

Ethan Hunt: What are you talking about?

Benji Dunn: This is not going to end well.


Isla Faust: You have to get through 12 feet of concrete and 70,000 gallons of pressurized water without any metal.

Ethan Hunt: No oxygen tanks


Benji Dunn: Important point: If you haven't opened that tank after two-and-a-half minutes, we're both dead.


Ethan and his team have to get through 12 feet of concrete and 70,000 gallons of water, in 180 seconds, with no oxygen tank!


Isla Faust: You want to bring down the Syndicate? It's impossible.


Mission impossible? That sounds familiar.

Have you got a ImpossibleMission? Ster-Kinekor has a challenge for you.


The reward? Golden tickets to and the red carpet experience at exclusive MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION gala premieres at Ster-Kinekor’s Cine Prestige theatres countrywide on Wed, 05 August.

To get a pair of Golden tickets you must accept or nominate someone to complete an ‘impossible mission’ -  crazy, funny, wild, a mouthful, out of this world - but it’s got to be done in true Ethan Hunt-style! Photograph or film your impossible mission and post to the Ster-Kinekor Facebook (Ster-Kinekor Theatres) or Twitter (@sterkinekor) page. The deadline is 04 August to complete and post the challenge

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opens nationally at all Ster-Kinekor sites onFriday, 07 August. But on Thursday, 06 August, there’ll be a special pre-screening at 20:00 at all cinema complexes – including its five awesome IMAX theatres and its luxurious Cine Prestige cinemas. Bookings are now open.

Synopsis – Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow; Jack Reacher), the film also stars Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, with Alec Baldwin as the head of the CIA.

View the trailer:

View an interview with TOM CRUISE about the film here:

The running time of the film is 130 minutes. The age restriction is still to be confirmed, but it is expected to carry a 10-12PG classification.

For more information on ImpossibleMission and the movie, visit Ster-Kinekor on Facebook (Ster-Kinekor Theatres) or Twitter (@sterkinekor). Download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates and to book tickets from your mobile. 


"JAB" Being Filmed In Cape Town
2 August 2015


Shooting began in Cape Town in July for JAB, a gritty, uplifting coming-of-age drama set in the world of competitive boxing, experienced through the eyes of Bee Sondlo, a young black woman from Langa. She is portrayed by newcomer Vanessa Ntlapo, a committed and talented actor who underwent rigorous training for the role.  


Bee Sondlo (19) lives in a working class home with her mother, Gladys, and disabled older brother, Mandla (23).  A low-key loner who tries to live her life honourably despite the financial hardships of life in an area riddled with crime, drugs and gangsterism, Bee’s private dedication to boxing is her only solace.  When the threat of losing her home forces her out of her shell, leaving her no other option but to fight for money, Bee surprises herself and others with the skill and ferocity of her boxing talent.  Her dramatic success sparks an unlikely journey towards the top in the seedy, dangerous world of professional fighting, where every fight in the ring is matched by her fight to keep her soul intact. 


“This is not a story about boxing or winning it’s about the courage to fight – in life and in the ring.”


JAB is Community Media Trust’s second drama series for SABC 1, Mzansi’s official storyteller. The first was Amaza which broadcast in 2014 and reached 7.5 million viewers. JAB was originally conceptualised by Producer / Director Lucilla Blankenberg and Screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson in 2008. Blankenberg trained as a kick-boxer for many years at the local Ottery Youth Centre, which is the main location for the series; she felt that the world of women’s boxing and the diverse and interesting characters it held made for good television.  Together the team created a proposal for a 13 part drama series, which finally got picked up by SABC 1 in 2014. 


Click here to watch the promo.


JAB is dedicated to Blankenberg’s late boxing coach, Conference Johnson and the character of the coach in JAB shares the same name as a memorial to the real Conference Johnson. 


Community Media Trust is making use of the local boxing community in Cape Town and local gyms to give the series authenticity. The series will be broadcast early in 2016.  


For more information, quotes, actor / director bios, photos, set visits or interview requests, please contact Meesha Aboo on 021 788 9163.  

SA Film The Endless River at Venice Film Festival
29 July 2015

THE ENDLESS RIVER - the first ever South African film to compete at the Venice Film Festival!

The Endless River, the third film by award-winning South African director, Oliver Hermanus, made history today when it was selected as the first ever South African film to compete for the top prize "The Golden Lion" award at the Venice International Film Festival. The lineup for Films at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September 2015) was announced at noon today at an official press conference at the Excelsior Hotel in Rome.

The Venice International Film Festival's main competition selection is considered, each year, to represent the greatest in cinematic achievement from around the world.  Hermanus, who also penned the screenplay, becomes the first ever South African director to be included in the illustrious competition which has formerly included some of the global entertainment industry's most celebrated movies. Last year Birdman, the 2014 Academy Award® Best Picture winner competed for the coveted Golden Lion prize.

Grand masters of cinema such as Jean Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders and Krzysztof Kieslowski have previously won "The Golden Lion". The Jury President for the 72nd edition of the festival is Mexican director and Academy Award® winner, Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men).

The Endless Riverstars South African actress, Crystal Donna Roberts, and French actor, Nicolas Duvauchelle. Set in the small town of Riviersonderend in the Overberg region, the human drama tells the story of a French expatriate and a small town waitress who form an unlikely bond after the brutal murder of his family on a farm. Crystal Donna Roberts, in her first leading role, will also be competing for the "Best Actress" prize at the festival - another South African first.

With The Endless River, Hermanus reunites with producers Didier Costet of Swift Productions in Paris; and Marvin Saven and Genevieve Hofmeyr of Moonlighting Films in Cape Town, who are the producing team of his multiple award-winning Skoonheid, which had its World Premiere in "Un Certain Regard" competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival where it garnered critical acclaim and world attention for the local filmmaker.

"We are thrilled about this prestigious selection... it is a great achievement for Oliver, the entire team and the broader South African industry," commented producer, Genevieve Hofmeyr. 

Other South African talent includes Denise Newman (who collaborated with Hermanus on his debut film, Shirley Adams), and Egoli veteran Darren Kelfkins. The creative production team includes Director of Photography, Chris Lotz, Production Designer, Franz Lewis, and Costume Designer, Reza Levy. Braam du Toit composes the original score. Hermanus also edited the film. The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provided local funding.

The Venice International Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world, and is regarded as the most distinguished. It is held on the Lido in Venice and is organised and hosted by La Biennale di Venezia. The film will be released on the South African theatrical circuit by Black Sheep FIlms.

Job Opportunities at X CON Films
21 July 2015

Job Title: Research internship in Cape Town CBD

We are looking for interns who are interested in learning how to research content for television shows. This position is a 3 month contract that offers a stipend. The position is to start immediately.

Applicant Requirements: Qualification in Journalism/ Media studies


Job Title: Production Coordinator in Cape Town CBD

We are looking for a young and energetic production coordinator who doesn’t take no for an answer. Applicants must have a valid drivers license, experience in coordinating and proven track record. This is a contract position to start 1 August 2015. 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Qualification in production;
  • At least 2 years experience as a coordinator;
  • Proven track record with references.


Job Title: Production Receptionist in Cape Town CBD

Dynamic person needed to oversee administration. Duties will include assisting the producers, interfacing with productions, reception and overall admin. Efficient, dedicated, hard working, computer literate, reliable and organized person needed.  If you are looking for challenging work in which you can learn about each process in film then send us your CV and motivation letter. 

Applicant Requirements: At least 2 years experience in similar position;Proven track record with




Cape Town TV (CTV) Needs Equipment Donations!
20 July 2015

Call for equipment donations!

Cape Town TV (CTV) is calling on production companies to donate unused or obsolete equipment to the station.

CTV is a non-profit, community broadcaster which is owned by the people of Cape Town through its membership base of 187 NGOs based in the Cape Town region. The channel aims to showcase local talent and address economic and social development through informative and educational programming.

The station needs the following types of equipment:

1.     Digital cameras (particularly those using mini-DV tapes)

2.     Tripods

3.     Lights

4.     DV VCR decks

5.     Computers

6.     Computer monitors

7.     Studio sets that can be recycled, including furniture

Any assistance in this regard will be appreciated and donors will be recognised on our website – see for the list of previous donors.

Contact Karen Thorne, Station Manager: CTV, at +2721 448 0448 or email Or visit our website


Qubeka, Mzanzi & Spier Films` Production Slate
20 July 2015


The Award winning Director and Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed OF GOOD REPORT (winner of 7 SAFTAs in 2014), Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Lwazi Manzi, have joined forces with Spier Films to develop and produce a number of new films through both Spier Films and a new joint venture called Mercurial Pictures.

Films include THE WHITE DEVIL, a supernatural thriller which Spier Films hopes to shoot in March next year in the UK; DEAD BY DAWN, a US set cop thriller to be financed and shot in South Africa in collaboration with Justin Cohen’s Picturescope. The screenplay is underway with writer Sean Drummond who previously received the Videovision 2013 Award for Best South African Film Project for his African Western FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES. And FIRST MAN, a Science Fiction odyssey selected for Locarno Open Doors 2014.

“We believe that Jahmil is one of the most interesting directors in South Africa at the moment,” says Spier Films MD Michael Auret. “And we have had an extremely positive and creatively exciting process working with him and with Lwazi Manzi who is an incredibly talented emerging producer, so it makes sense for us to develop a joint slate.”

Spier Films aims to work with more South African talent and use the strong combination of creative and strategic experience in this partnership to launch feature films into the international market.

Spier Films has also joined forces with director Vincent Moloi on his debut project TJOVITJO, the furiously energetic story of a township dance troupe, which has received support from the National Film & Video Foundation and the Hubert Bals Fund.

For more information contact Thembisa Cochrane, Spier Films on + 27 21 461 0925 or at

Spier Films internet Links

CFC Hosts 2015 Emmy Semi-final Judging in Knysna
20 July 2015

Cape Film Commission hosts semi-final judging of the International Emmys for 4th successive year

The Cape Film Commission hosted its’ fourth annual semi-final judging for a category of the International Academy of Film and Television (International Emmys) in Knysna, Western Cape, on July 1.

The category was Documentary and the judges were chosen from nominated members of the Cape Film Commission throughout South Africa. This year the screenings  included some exceptional documentaries which we were privileged to watch.

The event was hosted at the beautiful Simola Hotel, Country Club and Spa which provided excellent facilities for the event. Many thanks to Janus Schoeman and his team for the support they gave us.

We would particularly like to thank the Mayor of Knysna for hosting the guests and judges for a special dinner on the night of the judging and also to the Mayor of George for the support he has given to the Cape Film Commission through a recently signed Memorandum of Agreement  between the George Municipality and the Cape Film Commission for the CFC to assist in supporting and developing the film and television industry in the Garden Route. A special expression of thanks to Ilse Van Schalkwick from Knysna Economic Development for her work behind the scenes in helping us organise the event.

Last but not least a special thanks to Nathaniel Brendel the IE Director of Judging but an extra-special thanks to Jessica Franco who travelled to Knysna from New York to oversee the judging.

The event formed part of the Cape Film Commission initiative with George, Knysna and the Eden District to raise the profile of the region as a film and television programme making destination.

For further information contact Denis Lillie at

Eko Kids Film Initiative Call for Entries
16 July 2015

In March 2015, the Eco Kids Film Initiative screened many short films that were entered, and sourced locally and abroad over the course of seven days for children in Cape Town ranging from 3 – 17 years in age. During this week days we played host to many parents and children, schools and eco clubs.

In 2016, EKFI is once more affiliating with the South African Eco Film Festival and we are looking for submissions by media professionals, amateurs and children (see our competition page) alike.

Films submitted should be between 2 minutes and 15 minutes in length. We accept documentaries and narratives that are either live-action or animated. The films should be made with children in mind; not necessarily be about children.

There should be a strong environmental theme, which could be about a particular environmental issue, for example pollution, recycling, organic farming, health and wellbeing, conservation, wildlife, about the beauty of nature, or about a community, organisation or individual that is making a difference.

The guiding philosophy for the selection process is ‘earth action’ and ‘earth inspiration’. In other words, films should be by-or-about people and actions that can inspire kids to take action in their own communities and schools.

Screenings will be followed by a dynamic group session lead by a trained facilitator to enhance and reinforce the learning process. The selected films will be a creative mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated.

Although we endeavour and prefer to promote the local film and media sectors we do source films from the international arena.

Closing date: 31 December 2015

Rules & Terms

• The film festival is aimed at kids aged between 4 and 14 years of age.
• Films submitted should be between 2 minutes and 15 minutes in length.
• Films that have not been previously screened in South Africa will be given preference.
• Films submitted to EKFI should be made for, rather than be about, children.
• Content should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Films should preferably be either originally in English or dubbed into the English language. Foreign language films will need to have subtitles and provide an English script with time codes.
• Films can be either animation or live-action; documentary, or narrative. However, the content has to be aimed at children in the target age group with a strong environmental theme, and be entertaining and inspirational in character.

Criteria for non-acceptance:
• Excessive or gratuitous violence, nudity, or profanity.
• Content that advocates and supports racial, cultural, religious, or gender bias.
• Films may also be disqualified for technical or procedural reason.
• Films made prior to 1 January 2013 will not be considered for selection.

The person/company (the Entrant) submitting this production to the Eco Kids Film Initiative agrees that:
• The EKFI has the right to use video excerpts and photo stills from the film for publicity and promotional purposes, including on its webpage. By submitting an entry, permission is granted for its use in promotional materials.
• The entrant is legally authorized by the producer and distributor, or other rights’ owner to enter this film in the EKFI Festival. Once entered, submissions may not be withdrawn from participation in the Festival.
• Entrants must guarantee, should their entry be selected, that permission from the rights holder is secured for a maximum of three screenings at the 3rd annual Eco Kids Film Initiative 2016 at each different venue, and a further five additional screenings at schools or other outreach projects.


  1. Green heroes (7 – 14 years old) - Films about people and projects that are making a difference for the planet and are an inspiration to kids to do the same.
  2. Wild world (7 – 14 years old) - Educational films about wildlife and/or kids getting wild while taking care of the planet’s wild life and having fun doing it.
  3. Be the change (7 – 14 years old) - Films about kids that, whether on their own or as a group of friends, are creating change to protect and preserve the environment and raising awareness in the process. Films can also be educational or informative about actions that kids can take at home or school to make a difference.
  4. Small seeds hold great potential (4 – 7 years old) - Films especially for the very little ones to delight and ignite their curiosity in things living and green.
  5. Natural Connections (7 – 14 years old) - Children and nature go together like peas and carrots. Give them a dose of Vitamin N(ature) by showcasing the planet’s natural history and rich biodiversity.
  6. Food for thought (7 – 14 years old) - Films to create and raise awareness around just and sustainable food.
  7. Films by Kids (7 – 14 years old) - Kids from around the world are making films and telling stories about their environment and the environental challenges that are facing us all.

Submit your film: For more information, email the entry form, or submit your film via:

FilmFreeway: Eco Kids Film Initiative proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.

Walt Disney Supports Triggerfish Story Lab
16 July 2015

After the international success of its first two feature films, Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab in Cape Town with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company.

Triggerfish will be investing up to $3.5m over the next three years in The Story Lab, which aims to give Africa’s most talented storytellers and filmmakers the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s international network of mentors. Selected storytellers will potentially have their concepts developed into episodic TV content or an animated feature film for the global market.

Triggerfish is conducting a continent-wide search for storytellers [click the image at the top of the page to see their call-out]. These storytellers will be carefully selected, based not only on the creative and commercial merits of their concept, but also on their track record. 

The entries will be evaluated by a high-profile panel of both local and international experts, including British director and co-founder of Aardman Peter Lord (Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King) and script consultant Karl Iglesias (Writing For Emotional Impact), and a panel of development executives from The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

Shortlisted storytellers will take part in workshops with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

The selected Story Lab participants will also receive two weeks of mentoring with key studio and television executives at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.

“We are ready to bring a fresh voice to the world,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish. “We believe there is extraordinary talent in Africa and the Story Lab is the perfect way to partner with them.”

“We are excited to be supporting Triggerfish on this innovative project,” says Christine Service, senior vice president and country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We believe the Story Lab provides a unique opportunity to discover this continent’s next generation of storytellers.”

“The dti is committed to developing a pool of creative talent that can produce international quality animation production scripts,” says Nelly Molokoane from the dti’s Film and TV Incentives Unit, adding that the department is honoured to support projects that will contribute to job creation.

“The Story Lab will be a great catalyst for African creativity on the global stage,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “We look forward to opening up the Triggerfish production platform and our networks to the continent’s top creative talent."

The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

Animation has proven to be a successful medium for South African films to travel internationally, with Triggerfish’s filmsAdventures in Zambezia and Khumba being distributed in over 150 countries and dubbed into over 27 languages.

Applications are welcome from all writing and creative disciplines, not just experienced film and TV screenwriters. Applicants must be over 21 and either African citizens or permanent residents. Entries must be in English. Entries close31 August 2015.

Full guidelines and an online application form are available at  

Watch and embed the promo:

About Triggerfish Animation Studios: Established in 1996, Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town-based film and entertainment company. The studio has produced two feature films: Adventures in Zambezia(2012), starring Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin and Samuel L. Jackson, and Khumba (2013), starring Jake T. Austin, AnnaSophia Robb and Liam Neeson. The two movies are among the top five highest-grossing South African films of all time.

About The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $48.8 billion in its fiscal year 2014.

Talents Durban 2015 Participants
16 July 2015

The 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the participants of the 8th edition of Talents Durban, presented in cooperation with the Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Talents Durban, with its theme Start Motion, is a five day development programme of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers delivered by film professionals, academics and intellectuals. The Talents, who are selected through a rigorous application process, will also have the opportunity to attend screenings and events at the Festival. The programme is one of the 6 Talents International programmes. Others are in Lebanon, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan and Mexico.

40 filmmakers from 10 countries across the continent including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Zambia and Cameron will be in attendance.

The selected participants in Talents Durban are:

SOUTH AFRICA: Lucky Nhlanhla Cele, Karien Cherry, Joanne Corrigall, Polani Fourie, Benjamin Johnson, John Nyoka, Godisamang Khunou, Trent Kok, Makundi Lambani, Sheetal Megan, Theoline Maphutha, Francisca Meyer, Davashni Rajoo, Charne Simpson, Tendai Charles Tshuma, Amy Van Den Houten.  NIGERIA: Oluwakemi Adesoye, Isabella Akinseye, Kassim Braimah, Samantha Nell, Simphiwe Ngcobo, Temotope Ogun, Olawale Oluwadahunsi, Daniella Esua.  UGANDA: Ssenkumba Adnan, Daniel Ecwalu, (Nigeria), Andrew Kaggwa, Samson Ssenkaaba.  GHANA: Lawrence Agbetsise, Osei Owusu Banahene.  TUNISIA: Bentley Brown.  ZIMBABWE: Angeline Dimingo, Mehluli Hikwa.  RWANDA: Njata Joseph.  ZAMBIA: Joel Kapungwe.  CAMEROON: Agbor Obed.  KENYA: Ali Mwangola, Roselidah Obala, Kennedy Omoro, Mark Wambui.

Participants interact with over 600 delegates of DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum from July 17 to 20 at the festival. Selected participants get to be part of numerous project-oriented, hands on skills development programs. Practical development programmes within Talents Durban include Talent Press, Script Station and Doc Station.

Script Station, a script development programme for short films, pairs 4 writers with script editors who assist in clarifying story and getting to an advanced draft of their script. Participants this year are John Nyoka, Mark Wambui, Quwakemi Adesoye and Polani Fourie. The mentors are Tracey Dearham-Rainers and Karima Effendi.

Talent Press is presented in cooperation with Fipresci, an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world which lobbies for the promotion and development of film culture. The programme invites 4 critics to cover the films and events of the Durban International Film festival for online and print publication. The participatns, Andrew Kaggwa, Oluwale Oluwadahunsi, Isabella Akinseye and Kennedy Omoro, will be mentored by film writers/reviewers Sarah Dawson, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, Debashine Thangevelo and Shaibu Hussein.

DOC Station selects 3 documentary projects in development for coaching and mentoring towards participation in a public pitch at the DFM’s pitching forum, The African Pitch. Participants are Bentley Brown, Sheetal Megan and Tendayi Tshuma and the producer mentor is Odette Geldenhuys. Andy Jones, Jihan El Tahri and Khalo Matabane will give additional mentorship.

Talents Durban is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Goethe Institute SA, German Embassy in South Africa and Gauteng Film Commission. The 36th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (a special project of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the College of Humanities, Cheryl Potgieter). For more information about Talents Durban at the DIFF go to, or call Sandile Gumede on (031) 260 3586.

"Nommer 37" Wins Big at IMSFF
7 July 2015

On July 5 Cape Town’s Gambit Films won numerous awards at the 2015 IMSFF with their gritty thriller short film Nommer 37, produced and directed by Benjamin Overmeyer, Travis Taute and Nosipho Dumisa. The film's awards were:

  • Best Short Film
  • VIDI Choice Award
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling - Sade Barrows and Sadeeqa Martin
  • Best Editing of a Short Film - Simon Beesley  
  • Best Original Screenplay - Daryne Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute
  • Best Actress in a Short Film - Shamilla Miller  
  • Best Director of a Short Film - Travis Taute and Nosipho Dumisa  

The story is about a paraplegic, Randall Hendricks, crippled in childhood by gang warfare. In serious debt to a sadistic loan shark, the adult Randall spends his days watching his neighbours through binoculars. When he witnesses a powerful gangster commit murder he embarks on a dangerous path of blackmail. Filled with twists, turns and suspense this is a wild ride filled with action and fear that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. 

Click here to watch the trailer.

The Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival is a 4-day short film celebration. Held at the Atterbury Theatre at the Lynnbridge Mall in Pretoria, IMSFF 2015 screened up to 30 hours of short films from some of the most up-and-coming directors and producers in South Africa. 

The IMSFF was founded to showcase contemporary short film making, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative short content. The festival hopes to build an audience for short film and help aspiring filmmakers get a foot in the door of a rapidly growing industry. The short films are organized thematically, in hopes of representing the full range of the human experience as reflected by our chosen filmmakers. 

IMSFF has partnered with the Qabila Film Festival held annually in Cairo, Egypt. Qabila is one of the most growing festivals in the Middle East, and is considered the best independent film festival in Egypt, with over 500 submission from 60 countries around the world.

Mike Scott`s Moosebox
5 November 2014

Updates on some exciting news in the animation industry!

We're very proud to announce that the pilot for Mike Scott's "Moosebox" has been picked up by Nickelodeon for further development.

The 2D animation done in 8-bit style pixel animation was produced at Triggerfish Animation Studios after Mike Scott’s pitch was chosen as one of 10 shorts to be produced for Nickelodeon’s 2013 Global Animated Shorts Program. The 2 minute short was directed and animated by Mike at the studios and it has now been released online.

You can see the clip on vimeo here:

Negotiations are now underway with Nickelodeon for a long-format series of Moosebox.

For more information go to

shnit International Shortfilmfestival : THE WINNER
31 October 2014

shnit Cape Town came to a rousing end Sunday 12 October at The Labia Theatre, where Jury President Gavin Hood presented the Made in South Africa award to Tyron Janse van Vuuren for his confident and stylish character-study, Preparation.

Preparationwas also announced as the first ever South African Audience Award winner, making it the first double-winner in shnit Cape Town's history.

The Jury Award winner receives the newly introduced Faun Ring - a ticket into shnit's global winner's circle - as well as goods to the value of R8000 from Lensbaby and The Audience Award winner receives the Faun Ring, as well as goods to the value of R2000 from Exposure Gallery.

Audience favourite runner ups included true-life boxing pic The Road Warrior, directed by Brian Mitchell Jr, engaging documentary Across the Colour Bar directed by Luscious Dosi and produced by Vuks Ngcingwana and Daniel Zimbler's bittersweet tragicomedy Socks & Bonds.

The three Jury Nominees were favourably received by the excited crowd of filmmakers and fans. Aside from Preparation, Socks & Bonds was again a finalist, as was Roger Young's raw and insightful Keys, Money, Phone.

Juror Terence Neale was on hand to represent an A-list jury also comprised of Jenna Bass and Jahmil XT Qubeka. The jury had remarked on the difficulty of selecting just three nominees to be put forward the Jury President for his final decision. The overriding impression was that they had seen 'really engaging work by compelling Filmmakers one should be on the lookout for. If this is what Mzansi has to offer then the "future is bright".'

Gavin Hood made a surprise personal appearance to present the award for Best South African Film, as well as deliver a short impromptu speech that left the audience inspired and enthused. He stressed the importance of time and attention to detail, as well as the value of short films as a platform to experiment, to find a voice, and to make mistakes. 'There's only one thing harder than making your first feature film...' he noted light-heartedly, 'making your second feature film if your first bombs.'


The night also saw the World Premieres of two Real Time films 2014. Three home grown filmmakers, drawn from the city’s most exciting young talent, are invited to take part each year, each tasked with producing a 5 minute short film over the course of the festival week, in partnership with some of Cape Town’s premiere industry facilities.

All three films are filmed with the same equipment and each has just one day to film, one day to edit, and one day for sound design and mix, visual effects and colouring.

Kyle Lewis, Kofi Zwana and Jolynn Minnaar competed in friendly fashion this year, working from the inspiration point ‘Home – the Sarah Baartman story’. Sadly, for reasons beyond both his and the festival's control, Zwana was not able to complete his film, meaning that just two films made it all the way into competition.

Both Lewis' hauntingly beautiful Archit3ct and Minnaar's quirky but deeply touching Valma Veronica had the audience's rapt attention. The voting was extremely close, but it was Minnaar who came out on top, calling up her film's star, Basil Twine, to receive the award with her.

The Real Time winner receives goods to the value of R1500, courtesy of Lensbaby and Exposure

SHNIT 2014

With the shnit settling, the overwhelming response has been that shnit 2014 has been the best so far, with a number of sellout screenings and hugely positive responses to both the local and international shorts on show.

Thanks to the extremely hard-working team of volunteers, as well as to all the filmmakers and crowds who came out to support! Particular thanks to all the filmmakers who travelled to Cape Town from other parts of the country.

The festival is possible only through the support of our key venues The Labia Theatre and Pulp Cinema, our partners, collaborators and a special mention to our funders, notably the National Film and Video Foundation and the Cape Film Commission.

Festival Managers Sean Drummond and Alasdair McCulloch travel to New York October 15th to represent South Africa and the South African independent industry at shnit's Global Awards event. We wish them a shnit-hot time.

"Joe Bullet" selected for Berlinale 2015
16 October 2014

Since it's world premier at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in July this year, JOE BULLET has taken the world festival circuit by storm. 

In November, JOE BULLET will travel to New York City, where it will be showcased at this years “To Save and Project Film Preservation Festival” at the Museum of Modern Art on 8th and 13th November. 


In December, it will have its North African premiere at the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunsia and then it will make it’s way to Germany as part of Official Selection of the 65th Berlinale in February 2015. The Berlinale is one of the biggest and most attended film festival in the world. 


“To have our Legacy Initiative’s tent-pole project selected for these prestigious festival and to be recognized for our accomplishments in the restoration of this and many other “lost” film(s) by the international industry is an absolute honour”, says Benjamin Cowley, CEO Gravel Road Entertainment Group. “Special mention must go out to the incredible restoration team at Waterfront Film Studios, as well as the Gauteng Film Commission without whose support this would not have been possible. This is only the beginning for many African titles to come back from the past and getting them the recognition they deserve.” 


The film stars the late Ken Gampu, Cocky "Two Bull" and Abigail Kubeka, and was originally banned by the Apartheid government after it's second screening at the Eyethu Cinema in Soweto in 1973. The ban was appealed and later lifted, but sadly the producers never pursued another release, and through time the film disappeared and faded from memory. In mid 2013, the film's producer and writer Tonie van der Merwe brought the existence of one of only two 35mm prints to the attention of Mr Cowley, which led to the launch of Gravel Road's Legacy Initiative. "I am truly humbled by this recognition", says Mr van der Merwe. "I never in my wildest dreams thought that this would even be possible". Mr van der Merwe was one of the recipients of the prestigious Heroes and Legends Award at the 2nd Annual Simon “Mabhunu" Sabela Films Awards this year, for his achievements in film and his contribution in the production of hundreds of indigenous language films produced in South Africa during the ‘70s and ‘80s for black audiences. Most of these films, along with countless others produced by filmmakers of the time, simply disappeared, and through their (Gravel Road’s) Retro Afrika Bioscope label, Gravel Road is actively seeking these films out, restoring and releasing them for a new generation of audiences to enjoy.

Media Release - International Emmys in Cape Town
30 July 2014

CFC Hosts International Emmy Semi-Finals In Cape Town

Last week the Cape Film Commission hosted the semi-final judging of the International Emmy TV awards category for TV movie and mini-series in the English language.

The Cape Film Commission, in conjunction with its' advisory board members (the Independent Producers Organisations, Documentary Filmmakers Association and South African Screen Federation) and its membership nominated judges to be considered for the judging session. These judges were then reviewed by the International Emmys (International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the successful nominations were advised.

The judging took place over one day when approximately 8 hours of screen time was judged under the supervision of Jessica Franco from the Academy who had travelled from New York to oversee the event.

The submissions are viewed under strict guidelines by experienced jurors. The judging is confidential and placed in a sealed envelope that is then couriered to the International Emmy offices in New York where they are overseen by Ernst and Young.

The Cape Town jurors were (see above photograph) left to right:

Front row (seated): Vlokkie Gordon - Advantage Entertainment, Denis Lillie - Cape Film Commission, Patrick Walton - Shootaway Productions, Kaye Ann Williams - Paw Paw Films

Back row: Mark Engels - Blast Films, Roberta Durrant - Penguin Films, Thembi Mtshali-Jones - Spirit Sister Productions, Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat - Light and Dark Films, Jessica Franco - International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (International Emmys), Sara Blecher -  Cinga Productions, Chris Roland - Zen HQ Productions.

Denis Lillie (CEO of the Cape Film Commission), Roberta Durrant, Zaheer Goodman-Bayat and Patrick Walton are all Members of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Roberta is also currently the South African Ambassador for the International Emmys.

Denis Lillie comments "Traditionally the Cape Film Commission have partnered with the DTI to enable the jurors to attend the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York which coincides with the prestigious World Television Festival. The DTI is currently in the approval process for the jurors to attend this year.

Last year Cape Town and our jurors received high profile coverage as the president of the IEmmys, Mr Bruce Paisner, attended the judging in Cape Town. This led to many mentions of our City and our filming capabilities during the Gala weekend and the World Television Festival. Our juror/members also made many valuable connections with the international television industry. Many buyers and producers attend the gala and festival which means that attendance is invaluable from a trade and investment promotions perspective."

The Cape Film Commission would like to thank Tsogo Sun for allowing the use of one of their luxury suites at the Cape Sun hotel in Strand Street, the facilities and the food provided during the course of the day were exceptional.

"We are thankful for the continued support of Denis Lillie and the Cape Film Commission," said Jessica Franco, Emmy Judging Manager

Judging also took place in Johannesburg for two additional categories hosted by Light and Dark Films and the National Film and Video Foundation.

For further information contact: Denis Lillie at the CFC. Cell: 0766325548 or email:

SA Camera Drone Debate Hots Up
6 June 2014

The debate over the SACAA’s ban on camera drones is hotting up. Cape Talk host Kieno Kammies recently spoke to Cape Film Commission CEO Denis Lillie about it and the impact on the film industry here.

Kammies asked Lillie what he thought the SACAA’s motivation was for the ban, whether it was that they’re scared an accident might happen, or that they’re looking to get a bigger piece of the pie of a very lucrative industry.

Lillie didn’t believe the SACAA has a financial incentive. “I think it’s more about the safety and security issues and ensuring that operators are appropriately trained and that there’s professionalism around the industry” he said. But he pointed out that camera drones in filming have been in use for quite some time and that a number of film companies in South Africa have invested a lot in the equipment. Yet the issue has only raised its head now, which is puzzling.

The ban has taken the South African film industry by surprise and could be very damaging, especially to productions that have spent considerably to film in South Africa expecting to be able to use camera drones.

The latest potential casualty in the film industry is a military thriller starring Dame Helen Mirren and Colin Firth, both Oscar winners. It will be directed by producer/director/ writer Gavin Hood who wrote and directed Oscar winner Tsotsi and directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman and Ender’s Game  which has Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in supporting roles.

Ironically, the film is about drone warfare. It’s actually set in Nigeria but will be filmed in South Africa. The deal to film here was signed months ago.  

The SACAA recently released a press statement saying that it has “never issued any specific notice or regulation banning the use of unmanned aircraft systems” but that to date no UAS has been able to comply with the Regulations, which would seem to imply that they had no knowledge of anybody breaking those Regulations. Yet on 2 April by their own account they had “noticed an upsurge” in UAS activity so they issued a statement to the effect that anybody operating a UAS in SA civil aviation airspace is doing so illegally.

In Australia and Europe camera drones are allowed, provided certain conditions are adhered to. In the US, where UAS activity is generally banned, the US Federal Aviation Administration only granted exemptions to government agencies but is now considering exemptions for seven film and television productions seeking to use aerial drones in their work.

The film industry is not the only industry affected. Camera drones are also useful in agriculture, wildlife conservation, tourism, oil, gas and mining industries, search and rescue, amongst others.  

However, the Cape Film Commission has taken the lead in bringing the issue to resolution. Next week CFC CEO Denis Lillie will meet with the Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, the Ministry of Transport, the Department of Trade and Industry and representatives of various industries, including film, affected by the ban, to discuss a way forward. The SACAA has also been invited.

Hollywood`s Love Affair With Cape Town
5 June 2014

It was bound to happen. Hollywood has fallen love. With Cape Town, which is attracting a lot of attention these days from Hollywood production houses coming here to take advantage of the incredible diversity of locations and Cape Town's state of the art studios. And that has attracted the attention of the BBC who recently reported on it. See Cape Town: Hollywood’s hottest new destination for the full report.

Camera Drones Banned in SA
2 June 2014

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has banned with immediate effect the use of flying drones mounted with cameras, impacting heavily on the film industry here. Anyone caught using drones will be subject to a prison sentence of up to 10 years or a R50k fine. The SACAA issued the ban because there are no guidelines in South Africa regarding the use of camera drones.

Kabelo Ledwaba, SACAA communications manager said in a statement that until the guidelines have been finalized the SACAA would not confirm if it would grant concessions to any organizations.

Cape Town Film Commission CEO Denis Lillie said that "South Africa runs the risk of losing production activities to other areas that approve the use of camera drones. The ban will not only affect feature films, but also tourism promotion agencies often looking for aerial shots." TV series and documentaries will of course also be affected.

At a time when South Africa is increasingly marketing itself globally as a competitive film production destination, this is a serious setback, and as the film industry contributes significantly to South Africa’s economy and employment, the adverse affects could range far beyond any individual production.

Lillie has suggested that the SACAA adopt the same policy guidelines for drones as they have for model aircraft, which are similar to those of Europe and Australia. They are:

  • No auto pilot flying or night flying;
  • No flying over public property and roads without permission;
  • Flying only under 120m;
  • No flying within 4.2 nautical miles of an airport;
  • Flying only in line of sight of the operator (500m).

The Cape Film Commission has taken the lead in addressing the issue, to which end Denis Lillie has been in communication with the SACAA, the Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, the Ministry of Transport and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Lillie has also invited filmmakers to submit letters the CFC stating the importance of camera drones in filmmaking and how the ban will negatively affect this important industry.

Listen to Cape Talk Kieno Kammies interview Denis Lillie on the ban. Scroll down the podcasts to BAN ON CAMERA DRONES.

Better Living Challenge
22 May 2014

A project which the Cape Craft and Design Institute are managing and which is an official World Design Capital project.  The best 3 ideas stand to win a support award to the value of R500k each; and 3 student cash prizes of R40,000 each. Entries are open ( and close at midnight on 31 May 2014.

SA Film `The Salvation` in Cannes Gala Screening
9 May 2014

"The Salvation" Selected for Cannes Gala Screening

South African co-production “The Salvation” has been selected for a Gala Screening at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from 14 – 25 May this year.

The film is a classic Western set in 1870s America when a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.

Helmed by legendary Danish director Kristian Levring, the film stars European superstar Mads Mikkelsen who is supported by a formidably talented cast including Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Michael Raymond-James and Jonathan Pryce. South Africa’s Spier Films worked with renowned Danish production company Zentropa to set up this Danish-South African-UK co-production.

“We are very proud of this film and all the work and craftsmanship that was put in by South African crews,” says Spier Films producer Michael Auret.”This film is a testament to the high quality work that South African crews can achieve in all departments. It was a great privilege to work on a Western which was a childhood dream of many of us and we certainly learnt a lot from Kristian Levring’s approach ot making the film”

“The Salvation” was entirely shot near Johannesburg in 2013 and involved 4 months of construction and preparation followed by a 2 month shoot. The Gala screening will take place on 17th May. For more information contact Thembisa Cochrane of Spier Films at tel: + 27 21 461 0925


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Shnit International Shortfilmfestival 2014
6 May 2014

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival 2014 - Final Call for Entries. ONE MONTH TO GO!

We are deep into the submission process for our International Competition shnit OPEN 2014. We would be delighted to receive your short film! 
The submission deadline for the 12th edition of shnit International Shortfilmfestival is 1 June 2014. All South African films entered into International Competition are automatically considered for local SA competition categories.

Shnit 2014 takes place 8-12 October in Cape Town, Bern, Cairo, San Jose, Buenos Aires, Kyoto, and Bangkok, with Shnit CINEMA online 13-17 October. International winners will be awarded October 19 at 2014's Shnit FINALE in New York.

Digital screeners accepted (recommended) through Reelport, Withoutabox, Shortfilmdepot. Information, FAQ, Terms, and Online Entry Forms through

Registration Deadline: 1 June 2014
Films completed after: 1 June 2012
Max. running time: 40 minutes (including credits)
Genres and countries of production: all categories (inc doc, experimental)
Prize money: US$ 100,000 in 5 categories

For information, mail or

Stage 5 Films new film
1 April 2014

Stage 5 Films and Red Letter Day Picture in association with KykNet and Advantage Entertainment


Principal photography begins April 13th  in Cape Town on Afrikaans feature film ‘HOLLYWOOD IN MY HUIS’ for debut Writer and Director Corne van Rooyen.

The spirited, refreshing coming-of-age romantic comedy revolves around a teenage girl, Jana, a wallflower who lives in an impoverished neighborhood with her dysfunctional parents. After seeing Charlize Theron win the Oscar she decides there and then to change her destiny. Jana navigates the minefield that is family, friendship, peer pressure and a vivid teenage imagination to secure her own Hollywood red carpet moment at the upcoming Matric Dance.

Van Rooyen who directed the award winning short film of the same title wrote the feature length screenplay together with his wife Rene.

Dylan Voogt and Saskia Schiel of Stage 5 Films are producing together with the Van Rooyen’s Red Letter Day Pictures. Jan du Plessis of KykNet is executive producer alongside accomplished Producer Vlokkie Gordon with her new company Advantage Entertainment.

Two exciting newcomers will make their screen debuts in ‘Hollywood in my Huis’, with Christa Visser as Jana joined by Edwin van Der Walt as Frikkie, the boy next door. They are supported by accomplished local star actors; Louw (Semi-Soet, Die Laaste Tango) Venter and Nicola (Faan se Trein) Hanekom together with Leandie (Klein Karoo) Du Randt and Vilje (Binneland, Swartwater) Maritz and Radio/TV personality Elana Afrika rounds off (to name a few) the large and appealing cast of SA’s best talent.

Van Rooyen teams up with an accomplished creative team including; SAFTA Award-winning cinematographer Zenn van Zyl, Michelle Randall, Production Designer, fashion designer Julita de Wet doing wardrobe alongside SAFTA nominated Hair and Make-Up artist Julene Paton. Ben Ludik will be composing the soundtrack whilst Roshni Haraldsen, post-production supervisor for End Post will be editing the film. Gear is supplied by Media Film Services and online post production services by Searle Street Post.

Hollywood in my Huis is the first feature film to go into production from Stage 5 Films slate of five features and two documentary films.  The film will be distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution. 

`Miners Shot Down` wins awards
27 March 2014

Miners Shot Down Wins Camera Justitia Award

The documentary Miners Shot Down by Rehad Desai won the Camera Justitia Award at the Movies that Matter Festival 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The award was presented to South African filmmaker Rehad Desai at the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday March 26. Earlier this month the film won The Václav Havel Jury Award in Prague.

Miners Shot Downshows a reconstruction of the events surrounding the Marikana miners’ strike in August 2012, where poorly paid South-African employees of the British Lonmin mine went on a strike to peacefully call for higher wages. The documentary reconstructs the brutal police clampdown using unprecedented footage of the seven days leading up to the fatal event. The film is an emotional and moving tribute to the courage and resilience of people who used their fundamental rights to stand up for themselves, and who had to see their intransigence answered with lethal force.

The Movies that Matter Festival is the main Dutch film and debate festival on human rights and social justice. The festival in the international City of Peace and Justice  is an initiative by Amnesty International. The Camera Justitia section includes eight films and many masterclasses and debates highlighting the importance of justice, the rule of law and legal dilemmas and errors. This section is made possible by the Dutch vfonds. The full Camera Justitia programme can be found here.

The jury praised the film for its conceptually clever and very accessible approach, reporting on how the State – supported by a foreign multinational that has a stake in the matter – abruptly wields intense and deadly violence to put a stop to a situation that has become inconvenient.

During Rehad Desai’s attendance at the Movies that Matter Festival he participated in debates with experts on trade unions, culture and politics in present-day South Africa. Desai also joined the panel of a talk show about global economic inequality, gave a masterclass on filmmaking as part of the ESoDoc training programme  and took part in the jury of the other competition programme at the festival, A Matter of ACT.

As Desai had to leave the festival just before the award ceremony he thanked the jury in a video message and stated: “Winning the Camera Justitia Award will mean a lot to the tens of widows and to the hundreds of miners who still face charges. It is critically important for the campaign for justice that those charges are dropped, that the police are prosecuted.”

Václav Havel Jury Award

Earlier this month, Miners Shot Down won the The Václav Havel Jury Award at the international human rights documentary film festival One World in Prague. The Václav Havel Jury awards the prize to a film that makes an exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights. They also decided to award a Special Mention. The jury was selecting from 12 documentaries featured in the Right To Know category.

The Award for a documentary that made an exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights goes to Miners Shot Down directed by Rehad Desai (South Africa / 2014 / 85 min.).

“Using testimonies, live and archive footage of the tragic unfolding events the filmmaker tells the story through powerful images of miners' protest and the police response. The film manages to operate on a number of levels: it tells the tale of both individual struggle and tragedy, but also of the reality of life in the Rainbow nation, nearly 20 years after the end of apartheid, where old racial divisions are replaced or translated into dividing lines between rich and poor. The filmmaker leaves no stone unturned in documenting the existence of slavery and rampant capitalism which is corrupting the states' elites and undermining basic right,” explains the jury statement.

SAGE post production survey 2013
30 January 2014

The South African Guild of Editors is running a survey on post-production, and we'd love to have your response! The survey is open to all editors or producers working in the South African post-production industry, and should take roughly 10 minutes to fill in. Completing the survey enters you into a special prize draw! 

Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. If you choose to not enter the draw, your response will be anonymous. The survey does not ask you to directly state how much you earn or pay.  We'd love to hear any feedback you have on the survey or SAGE in general. Get in touch at 

A little more about SAGE

The South African Guild of Editors is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which represents film and video picture editors, assistant editors and sound editors. Since its inception in the early 90s, SAGE has become a recognised player in the film and television industry.

Ukhanyo Grade R Pupils’ Christmas Treat
10 December 2013

A Christmas Treat for Ukhanyo Grade R Pupils

On their final day of school the children of Grade R at Ukhanyo Primary School had a special treat courtesy of Sandy Kennedy, who had contacted Masicorp with a request to hold a Christmas party for the children to celebrate their year end, and the sports models of Ergosport Models – which is based in Cape Town and represents sport models, celebrities, full time professional athletes and professional stunt artists throughout South Africa.

As well as bringing along many of the their sports models, Sandy also arranged for the children to meet local celebrities Tamsyn Lee Brown from Good Hope FM and Liezel vd Weesthuizen from KFM.

Emma King – the toothfairy from SA Health Blog – was also present to give the children some tips on dental hygiene - good advice for the children before they tucked into a plateful of treats including delicious cup cakes provided by Ergosports model Lee-Ann Sharp.

SA Surfski Champion David Mocke explained how to paddle across the surface of the ocean. South African free dive champion and owner of the I am Water Foundation Hanli Prinsloo then showed them how to move like a fish under the water. There were gasps of awe – from the teachers as well – as she showed them all pictures of a shark. Even more gasps of awe greeted an impromptu somersault display by professional parkour, trickers and stuntmen Gerry and Kenji, who described themselves as being like Spiderman.

Each child got a gift pack with Spiderman, Barbie and Hello Kitty gift sets, and a teddy bear kindly donated by Lynette Kennedy, owner of Fred I Bear in Johannesburg. Then it was out onto the playground for everyone to enjoy a game of football organised by well known Sport Scientist, Dr Ross Tucker assisted by MMA Champion Kevin Pheko and EFC Professional MMA James le Roux, who also kindly donated some of their own school books to Ukhanyo.

Those who didn't join in the game were treated to being spun around in the air by Tamsyn and personal trainer Nina van der Heever who must have been nursing some tired muscles the following day! This was a fantastic end to the year for the Grade R pupils.

F.I.L.M. Call for 2014 Sallywood Interns
10 December 2013

F.I.L.M. is currently interviewingprospective interns for their 2014 Sallywood MICT SETA Internship

The 10-month internship – beginning early next year - provides tertiary education post-graduates in film & electronic media with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the film industry working on local and international productions and working in local production companies predominantly in the Western Cape.

Qualifying Criteria for the Internship

The 2014 Sallywood MictSeta Internship is designed to give primarily previously disadvantaged Film & Electronic Media tertiary education graduates the opportunity to extend their academic qualifications with structured workplace exposure and experiential learning opportunities in chosen occupational skills. The qualifying criteria for the 2014 Sallywood MictSeta Internship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be South African Citizens with a valid South African ID number;
  • In possession of a Matric Qualification AND a completed Degree/ National Diploma/ Certificate from a recognized South African Institute, preferably in film & electronic media;
  • Submission of a CV, Matric Certificate, Tertiary transcripts and/ or Degree;
  • Applicants may not have participated in previous Learnership or Internship programmes.

Interns will primarily comprise previously disadvantaged people but F.I.L.M. will be including other applicants too. Please e-mail Eddie Davids at indicating your interest and availability and attaching your CV with contact details.

NFVF Tribute to Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
10 December 2013

NFVF Statement on the passing of South Africa’s former president, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) learnt with great sadness of the passing of South Africa’s noble man, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Today the country and the world mourn this icon who taught the world the importance of reconciliation, unity, forgiveness and peace.

Madiba contributed immensily to the transformation of this country, a contribution that led to our people gaining a voice to speak freely and to tell the story of South Africa. Since his release from prison and subsequent election as the country’s first statesman, South Africa has been able to tell the world about Madiba, who strongly believed and stood for the realisation of human dignity.

Many stories have been told about his legacy; A Letter to Nelson Mandela, The Release of Mandela, The Long Walk to Freedom, being the most current celebrations of his life. To all the filmmakers, let us continue to celebrate and honour our former president through the telling of his story, honouring his memory and in the process ensuring that the world and future generations remember his life and are inspired to themselves live out all that Madiba stood for.

"In loss and grief story telling is a means of healing. We salute our filmmakers who had the foresight to capture the Nelson Mandela story in his lifetime, now more than ever that work will be our means of positive reflection and inspiration. As we bid Tata farewell, we salute the film industry for continuing to capture the nation's sentiments in moving pictures," said NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi.

Hamba Kahle Qhawe!

For more information contact Naomi Mokhele on

Road Closures In and Around the Grand Parade
6 December 2013

City advises of road closures in and around the Grand Parade

The City of Cape Town is doing its utmost to afford residents the opportunity to mourn the loss of former president Nelson Mandela in a dignified manner. During this time, City law enforcement services will ensure safety; the Solid Waste Management Department will keep Cape Town clean; and the Transport Department will do all it can to accommodate commuters. 

Crowds of mourners have already started gathering at the Grand Parade in the CBD, which will also play host to an inter-faith service this afternoon. To accommodate them, the City will implement some immediate road closures in the area. Any unauthorised vehicles parked in the immediate vicinity, i.e. Darling Street, Corporation Street, etc. will be required to move. 

It is anticipated that the Grand Parade will serve as a gathering space during this period of mourning. The roads listed below will be temporarily closed and/or restricted to vehicular traffic. Motorists are asked to please plan their trips accordingly. 

Affected road




Adderley Street

Bureau and Strand

Closed – deliveries permitted

07:00 – 22:00

Castle Street

Strand and Darling

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Church Street

Adderley and Burg

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Corporation Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

00:00 – 24:00

Longmarket and Caledon

Closed – resident and business access only

00:00 – 24:00

Darling Street

Adderley and Plein

Closed – deliveries permitted

07:00 – 22:00

Plein and Buitenkant

Road closed

00:00 – 24:00

Buitenkant and Tennant

Closed – resident and business access only

09:00 – 20:00

Hout Street

Burg and Adderley

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Longmarket Street

Burg and Plein

Closed – resident and business access only

07:00 – 22:00

Plein and Corporation

Closed – resident and business access only

00:00 – 24:00

Lower Plein Street

Strand and Darling

Road closed


Castle and Darling

Closed – deliveries permitted

00:00 – 24:00

Parade Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

00:00 – 24:00

Longmarket and Caledon

Closed – resident and business access only

00:00 – 24:00

Parliament Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Plein Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Sir Lowry Road

Tennant and Darling

Closed – resident and business access only

09:00 – 20:00

No parking will be permitted on the above roads during the indicated times. Access to and egress from parking garages will be allowed for permit-holders.

Detailed information is available from the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 or at For general information, please visit

“A Letter To Nelson Mandela” Wins IDFA Award
6 December 2013

Khalo Matabane’s A Letter To Nelson Mandela wins IDFA Special Jury Award

At the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane won a Special Jury Award for his 85 minute documentary A Letter to Nelson Mandela (South Africa / Germany).

The standards of this festival are rigorous. The IDFA has always focused on creative documentaries as an art form rather than simply journalism and chooses films that have been painstakingly designed and that express the personal vision of the maker. Where the journalist attempts to present reality as objectively as possible, the artist follows his or her own idea. Documentaries provide insights into the world around us; but they are also characterised primarily by artistic qualities: innovation, originality, professional skill, expressiveness and cultural/historical value.

Khalo Matabane and A Letter to Mandela

Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fantastical ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon of liberation Nelson Mandela was released from prison. 

In a personal odyssey involving an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, world leaders, intellectuals and artists such as Henry Kissinger, Albie Sachs, Ariel Dorfman, Nuruddin Farah, Pumla Gqola and the Dalai Lama, Matabane interrogates the meaning  of freedom, reconciliation and forgiveness in a world of conflict and inequality, weighing up equally his discussions with erudite scholars and survivors of apartheid like Charity Kondile who says, “I’m just an ordinary mother, I’m not in parliament, I’m just flesh."

In addition to the history of South Africa, topics covered include German reunification, the war in Iraq and the assassination of Salvador Allende. Matabane's letter offers a framework to the film, and the voice-over communicates the man's thoughts and emotions, from euphoria to disappointment.

The interviews are interspersed with historic images and portraits of Mandela. Peaceful interludes come in the form of contemplative, sometimes out-of-focus footage of landscapes, street scenes and water, and concrete details such as bolts and fences.

For more about the IDFA, visit their website at

SAFTA Ceremony to be on 5th and 6th of April 2014
6 December 2013

NFVF Announces SAFTA Ceremony Dates to be on 5th and 6th of April 2014

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has confirmed the dates - the 5th and 6th of April 2014 - of the 8th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) ceremony in Johannesburg where winners will be announced. Nominations will take place in February 2014 on a specific date that has yet to be confirmed.

SAFTAs are the primary stage for the recognition of excellence in the South African film and television industry, and the judges (selected from industry peers), who met for a briefing on 28 November, were very positive about and committed to the integrity and success of the awards.

“We are very honoured to have been entrusted with such responsibility and we can assure the industry as well as the SAFTAs committee that this is one responsibility we will carry with so much diligence," said Overall Judges Chairperson Jerry Mofokeng who is also the SAFTAs Lifetime Achievement award recipient. Roberta Durrant, who is also a SAFTAs Lifetime Achievement award recipient, joins Jerry Mofokeng as the Overall Judging Co-Chairperson

The SAFTAs are organized under the custodianship of the NFVF, the statutory body mandated to spearhead the development of the country's film industry. NFVF's CEO and SAFTAs Chairperson, Zama Mkosi, said she was very satisfied with progress so far on what promises to be a “prestigious industry showpiece.” She called on the industry and all South Africans to diarise the awards ceremony dates.

Mkosi also thanked the judges for their commitment to the SAFTAs and concluded “we understand the sacrifice they are putting in from their busy schedules, their contribution is highly appreciated."

Again, those dates are the 5th and 6th of April 2014.

For more information about the SAFTAs, contact Naomi Mokhele.

City of Cape Town Festive Season Operational Plan
22 November 2013

City of Cape Town Services Gear up for 2013/14 Festive Season

The City of Cape Town operational plan for the festive season will be in effect until early in 2014. Key highlights of the plan that might affect the film industry from 5 December 2013 to 14 January 2014. are:

Traffic Services

There will be a strong emphasis on public transport vehicles, with officers stationed at various public transport interchanges, including Joe Gqabi, Bellville/Parc Du Cap, Mfuleni, Langa, Dunoon, Cape Town Station, R27 and Epping. Vehicle checkpoints and speed checks will be set up in the vicinity of the interchanges.

Traffic Services will also be attending to a number of special events over the Festive Season including the traditional Minstrel events, as well as increased traffic deployment around all of the beaches within the city. Free vehicle safety checks will be conducted between 2 December 2013 and 20 December 2013, Monday to Friday from 10:00 until 14:00 at the following vehicle testing stations: Joe Gqabi, Bellrail, Brackenfell, Durbanville, Goodwood, Hillstar and Kuils River. Gallows Hill will be closed for maintenance.

Metro Police

Metro Police will be focusing primarily on driver and vehicle fitness, drunk driving, the enforcement of by-laws and the transportation and dealing of illegal narcotics. Patrols will also be conducted in the vicinity of places of entertainment, routes to and from major shopping centres, tourist attractions, and business and residential areas to combat property crimes and to ensure a visible presence along main routes to and from our popular beaches.

Sport, Recreation and Amenities

The Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has planned approximately 1500 holiday programmes which will run daily, from 5 December 2013 to 15 January 2014.The programmes will be presented at the City’s various recreational hubs, swimming pools, beaches, resorts and sports fields.

MyCiTi bus service

From 9 – 24 December 2013, all MyCiTi services will be extended by 30 minutes, except for the Airport route that will operate as per normal. On 31 December 2013, all services will be extended until 01:00 of the morning of 1 January 2014, except for the Airport service that will still operate as per normal. All timetables and route maps are available from, from the mobi-site at or by calling the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63. 


The Festive Season kicks off with a free public concert at the Grand Parade on Sunday 1 December 2013, followed by the switching on of the festive lights in Adderley Street later that evening.

The Cape Town Summer Market is open from Saturday 14 December to Monday 30 December 2013. The Langa Summer Market runs from 20 to 24 December 2013 in the Langa Quarter just off the N2.

The celebrated fan walk will come alive with Reconciliation Day festivities on Monday 16 December 2013.

Cape Town’s biggest New Year’s Eve party yet, and the final countdown to the city becoming the World Design Capital, takes place at the Grand Parade on Tuesday 31 December 2013. The bash starts at 18:00 and boasts a line-up of South Africa’s top DJs and dance artists including chart-topper Toya DeLazy and DJs Ready D and 5fm’s DJ Fresh.

The popular Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade will take place on Saturday 4 January 2014 in Darling Street in front of the City Hall. The date has been changed to accommodate Muslim residents and visitors who celebrate a holy night on Thursday 2 January 2014.

The third edition of the African Nations Championship 2014 (CHAN 2014), with matches scheduled for both the Cape Town and Athlone Stadiums, takes place from Saturday 11 January to Saturday 1 February 2014. The Mother City will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and be the home base for Bafana Bafana.

NHU Africa Calls for Proposal Submissions
22 November 2013

The Natural History Unit of Africa Calls for Film Proposal Submissions by 31st January 2014

The Natural History Unit of Africa (NHU Africa) is announcing the last call for submissions in 2013. Commissioning takes place throughout the year at NHU Africa, but producers submitting proposals for this call will be reviewed soonest.

All production companies, independent producers and filmmakers are invited to submit proposals before the deadline by 31 January 2014.  NHU Africa will review all proposals that meet the commissioning criteria (see brief below)

The NHU Africa is a commissioning body and production house that produces and commissions some of Africa's finest natural history and wildlife programming. All proposals submitted should adhere to the NHU Africa commissioning brief and include one or more of the following points: Human-Animal Interaction, Adventure/Exploration, The Natural World and Pure Animal Behaviour, Investigation of the Natural World.

Commissioning Editor of NHU Africa, Vyv Simson outlines what is most likely to make up a successful pitch;

"A successful pitch will contain some or all of the following: a strong story intriguingly told; engaging human and animal characters; a dramatic visual style; a sense of something we have not seen before; a fresh insight or approach to something we thought we'd seen before."

Commissioning Brief

NHU Africa is looking for strong, African based stories that speak to the connections between people, animals and the natural world.  Stories should be powerful, entertaining, unusual and dramatic – providing an insight into the natural world and our place within it. Furthermore we are looking for films which will appeal to International audiences rather than simply the South African domestic audience. We will commission both one off specials at 1 x 60 minutes and multi-part series with episode lengths of either 30 minutes or 60 minutes. We are particularly interested in the following themes:

Human and Animal interaction:

All films in this area need have strong characters both human and animal, developing story lines and an ability to tell us something new about the needs, desires and connections that drive human relationships with wild animals.

Adventure, Exploration or Journey of Discovery:

All submissions whether for series or single films need to be built around strong characters and have a strong sense of a quest or journey of discovery. 

The Natural World and Pure Animal:

Proposals in this area must tell strong, unusual and dramatic stories, have their focus on species in the wild.  This ranges from traditional behavior to behavior that has not been seen before, technical innovation and special access to remote areas.

Investigation of the Natural World:

Proposals in this area should focus on unusual, difficult or controversial subjects that deliver a genuine revelation.  We are not looking for news, current affairs proposals or thesis.

Every submission must include:

  • 1 page synopsis;
  • Treatment (2-4 pages);
  • Fully itemised budget in ZAR and US Dollars;
  • Key Creatives biographies;
  • Showreel of the presenter or character to be used in the program;
  • Screener or showreel, if any;
  • List of co-production, distribution or finance partners, if any already attached.

To view our current catalogue go to

Please submit your idea for commission or co-production to

CT Animation Studio Triggerfish Secures Funding
19 November 2013

Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase of development for a 5-film slate. The company also continues to explore additional financing options and the possible sale of a stake to a strategic partner. Two of the films announced to go into development include Here be Monsters and Seal Team (working titles).

“We have a number of exciting properties in the pipeline,” says head of development Anthony Silverston, “But we’re particularly excited by these two highly original and exciting high concept stories. And although both stories have an ocean setting, they couldn’t be more different!”

Here Be Monsters which was selected for the Creative Focus pitch at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival earlier this year is the next original story from writer Raffaella Delle Donne who worked on both of Triggerfish’s previous films. It tells the story of a boy and a sea monster and will be the company’s first foray into animating human characters.

Seal Team is an action-comedy that sees a group of Cape fur seals pitted against their natural enemies: the great white sharks of South Africa. The script is currently being written by Brian and Jason Cleveland of CMG who handled world sales on Triggerfish’s previous films.

“We had a good working relationship with the Clevelands on Zambezia and were impressed by their passion for the medium and for great stories,” says Triggerfish Producer Stuart Forrest. “So it was great when they came with this concept that is so close to home for us.  Our first reaction was – why didn’t we think of that?!”

Triggerfish aims to release one film a year starting in 2016 and although the stories so far have been set in Africa, the company has a global vision to create animated films with universal messages for all ages.

The development funding was secured from Business Partners’ Venture Fund - a specialist risk finance company for formal small to medium enterprises in South Africa and select African countries.

The funds will be used towards developing Triggerfish's slate of 5 animated feature films and to expand the studio’s digital department building on existing properties and exploring new ideas with apps and games.

Triggerfish CFO Jean-Michel Koenig who secured the deal says, “We are very pleased with the confidence Business Partners has placed in us as we look to invest further into our development slate.” 

Khumba is currently on circuit in South Africa, holding the number 1 spot for two weeks and will be rolling out throughout the rest of the world into 2014.

About Triggerfish Animation Studios:

Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town-based film and entertainment company bringing unique stories and original content to the world through family-friendly feature animation films. The studio has produced two feature films; Adventures in Zambezia (2012), starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Khumba (2013), starring Liam Neeson.

ZooZoo`s 15 million Likes: the CT connection
31 October 2013

Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai’s massively successful ZooZoo campaign for Vodafone India is in its fourth year and still going strong. Vodafone’s ZooZoo Facebook page recently reached 15 million Likes, the most followers of any Indian company.

Platypus Productions has collaborated with Nirvana Films’ Cannes Gold-winning director Prakash Varma on the ZooZoos from the start, handling both the shoots and the post-production in Cape Town. “At the outset, most people thought the ads were animated, but everything was actually shot in-camera,” says Platypus’ founder Ian Chuter.

The ads went viral on YouTube, where they have over 35 000 search results and too many views to count (we reached 20m). The cult campaign has also picked up a number of awards, including two Grand Prixs at The Abby Awards and two Golds at The Asia Marketing Effectiveness Awards.

For the most recent campaign, Ogilvy introduced an army of mini-Zoozoos, who were all animated, and who interacted with the original Zoozoo characters, who were shot live with real sets and props. Platypus worked closely with top Indian animator Vaibhav Kumaresh, as well as members of the Oscar-winning team of visual effects artists from Life of Pi. “We had to plan everything in perfect detail, since the live action was only one element of the choreography of the commercials. It was a real eye-opener to work with people of this calibre and a great experience collaborating so smoothly across continents,” says Ian. 

Platypus represents Varma in South Africa. “Varma’s been coming to South Africa to shoot for over a decade,” says Ian. “Nirvana is India’s top production company and Varma’s one of the top directors in the world, so we’re delighted to be able to offer him to local agencies.” Varma recently shot the hit Magic of Frooti commercial starring Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan, who The Los Angeles Times once called “the world’s biggest movie star.”



Founded in 1992, Platypus Productions is one of South Africa’s most versatile production companies, which represents award-winning directors Ian Chuter and Prakash Varma. In recent years, Platypus has won Gold at Cannes and Grand Prixs at both The Abby Awards and The Loerie Awards. For more information, visit

SA Flies High in newly formed aerobatic team
23 October 2013

6South Africans Selected to Fly in Red Bull Aerobatic Team of China

Six South African Pilots have been selected to fly in the newly formed Red Bull Aerobatic Team of China. The team, started by Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Wei, is flying four brand new XtremeAir XA42 aerobatic aircraft, painted in the Red Bull China colours. The team will be performing on the international air show circuit, starting in China, where they are currently based in Shenyang, which is the capital and largest city of Liaoning Province. 

Mark Hensman, accomplished SA Aerobatic Champion in 2006 and 2009, as well as Silver medallist for the South African team at both 2008 and 2010 Advanced World Aerobatic Championships, and leader of the team, said "We're very excited to be part of this newly formed team. Our team of seven pilots, 1 from China and 6 from South Africa, who are highly skilled and accomplished formation aerobatic pilots, will not only be representing Red Bull China but are also proud ambassadors of South Africa."

In addition to the launch of this team, local South African film maker, Hilton Mundy, will be filming a documentary, following the South African pilots as they form their team and fly these high performance aerobatic aircraft. A dedicated website has been built for the film, which includes full pilot bios and a sneak preview video of the launch of the team: Hilton was quoted saying, "This is a great opportunity to showcase some of South Africa's top aerobatic pilots in a film that will focus on the skill, commitment, discipline and adrenalin that these pilots undergo each time they strap themselves into the aircraft. It's going to be a high G force experience".

For more information on the team contact team manager Annie Boon.

 Cell: 082 902 8614
  Email  Follow the team on Facebook at:

First Year Short Film wins International Award
14 October 2013

The Director of “My Last Swim” Lesego Lediga was honoured with the Best Short Film Award at the Montreal International Black Film Festival. The awards ceremony was held in Montreal Canada recently. Lesego had been invited by the Festival, her trip to Canada was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the National Film & Video Foundation. 

Lesego is a first year student at the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking – Johannesburg Campus, the first year course in Film, Television and Video Production Operations is funded by Absa Bank.

‘My Last Swim’ directed by Lesego Lediga, is a moving account about child abuse. Films such as these are the result of Big Fish’s commitment to developing socially responsible South African filmmakers, the authentic voices of indigenous filmmakers.

Felix Wins Best Children`s Film Award
11 October 2013

Felix, the feel-good South African family film, has won the €7 500 award for Best Children’s Film at the 36th Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, which ended on Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany. Lucas, Germany’s premier children’s festival, received over 400 entries from across the globe. Four children joined industry experts on the jury to select Felix as the winning film.

“We get a multifaceted insight into South Africa today,” the jury said at Saturday’s award ceremony at the German Film Museum. “The film tells an entertaining and exciting story with ease, great actors and good music.”

In Felix, 14-year-old Felix Xaba (Hlayani Junior Mabasa) dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe (Linda Sokhulu) thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band (Royston Stoffels and Thapelo Mofokeng) to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

“We had two incredible screenings at Lucas, complete with ovations and whistles,” says director Roberta Durrant. “The audience absolutely loved the film but I didn’t expect to receive the main award as the competition was stiff.”

Felix, which also won the Audience Award at this year’s Durban International Film Festival, is currently screening at The Hamburg Film Festival in Germany.  Felix has already sold out its two upcoming screenings at the BFI London Film Festival, considered one of the best in the world, and will also screen at Vancouver International Film Festival in October 2013. Felix is a Penguin Films production for Sabido Productions, distributed by Crystal Brook Distribution. The DVD will be available in rental stores from 6 January 2014 and in retail stores from 20 January 2014.

For more information, visit or watch the trailer at

AFCI Locations Show Dates and New Venue
16 September 2013

New Venue and Dates announced for AFCI Locations Show!

The AFCI is excited to announce the venue and dates for Locations Show 2014:

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Los Angeles, California

After two years in downtown Los Angeles, Locations Show will move west to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, to be held March 27 – 29, 2014.  After a highly positive response to the additional third day in 2013, we are pleased to announce that this will be repeated in 2014.

Nestled between Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Century City is home to many industry firms and professionals, and Century Plaza is just a brief walk from Fox Studios, world-class shopping and restaurants, and is a short ride from the Santa Monica Pier, as well.

Based on the overwhelming number of film commissions at the 2013 Show who expressed a preference for spring dates, you will see that the Locations Show will be in March instead of June.  April, May and June are very busy conference and festival times and we expect moving to the beginning of this period will enhance the quantity and quality of both speakers and attendees, many of whom are exhausted by June.

Show Floor plan, 2014 booth prices and a simplified sharing policy will be announced Thursday, September 19th, 2013.  Stay tuned!

Exhibitor registration will open at 9 a.m. PDT on October 15th, 2013, just one month from now. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Thompson, Membership Manager, at or +1-323-461-2324.

We look forward to seeing you at Locations Show!

Association of Film Commissioners International
9595 Wilshire Blvd Ste 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

MINESH Selected for Venice Film Festival
11 September 2013

South African Short, MINESH, has been officially selected for the 70th Venice Film Festival.

Short film Minesh, written and directed by Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films, has been selected into the Orizzonti Short Films Competition of the 70th Venice Film Festival. The film highlights the psychological plight of children who are exposed to domestic violence. Shot in Kylemore, a small rural community outside of Stellenbosch, this 12minute film tells the story of Minesh (6), played by Tristan De La Cruz. When Minesh sees his father assaulting his mother, he is shocked, afraid and runs away.

Mineshis a South African‐German‐Danish co‐production, with Producers, Karl Baumgartner and Thanassis Karathanos of Pallas Film, (Germany), Peter Aalbæk Jensen of Zentropa Entertainment, (Denmark) and Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films, (South Africa).

Shalin Sirkar, formerly of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa completed a BA in Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of Kwa‐Zulu Natal and a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town before working as a production assistant and Producer in the local film industry. Minesh is her directorial debut and she is currently in development with 2 feature films, Paul and Home Sweet Home.

Minesh will have its World Premiere on the 6th of September at the Sala Perla on the Lido of Venice. For more information, contact

48 Hour Film Project
6 September 2013


More than 60,000 people on six continents will spend a wild, sleepless weekend this year creating short films at breakneck speed as part of The 48 Hour Film Project.  The 48 Hour Film Project brings together contestants from all walks of life fuelled by imagination, ingenuity, energy drinks and dreams of being the BEST FILMMAKER in the WORLD. 

The 2013 tour will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Paris, Beijing, Durban, Cape Town, Gaborone and over 100 other cities through 2013. The winning films will go on to represent their city at Filmapalooza in the USA in 2014, top films also stand a chance of screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival's short film corner! 

In a partnership sure to empower local film makers, the largest timed film competition in the world would like to announce M-Net Movies as the official media partner in bringing the 48 Hour Film Project to your screens.

The 48 Hour Film Project has attracted high-profile judges in cities throughout the years, including directors Akin Omotoso and Krijay Govender, film maker Norman Maake, actors Rapulana Seiphemo and Quanita Adams and casting director Moonyeen Lee to name a few. 

An expected 162 crews, totalling over 1,500 people will swarm Durban, Gaborone, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town to create a winning film.  “The 48 Hour Film Project has truly spread to all corners of the globe, proving that filmmakers anywhere can make a movie, especially if they're left with too little time to doubt themselves," said Langston, co-executive producer of The 48 Hour Film Project. 

Filmmaking teams begin at 7PM on a Friday and deliver a finished 4 to7 minute film by 7:30PM Sunday. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film/video in just one weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition. *CAPE TOWN, registration opens 6thAugust, please visit


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Bush TV content
28 August 2013

Bush TV, welcomes you to one of their shows, “Smart Live Mornings”. The show’s content is 100% shot on smart-phones with the interaction of their viewers. The content was shot at musical performances around Johannesburg, and includes Asa , The Soil, Zuluboy and Njabulo Seh featuring Wanda Baloyi and various artists, including Kelly Rowland, rehearsing for the 2010 World Cup .

On top of the musical performances, they also have information of interest to budding African film-makers in the form of MOFILM’s ( Guinness search for “MADE OF MORE” film-brief. They also have Zuluboy talking about his initiative to raise the stature of sign-language in South Africa called IFEELYA. Ben Sharpa, one of South Africa’s most-respected hip hop artists, tells them about his upcoming album, The Transition; 2012 & Beyond

Here is the link to the show . Upon watching the show, please do “subscribe” to the channel, that way they will be able to start streaming live as opposed to these pre-recorded shows - not that they have any qualms with them.

Viewers are encouraged to interact with the show, and send in video-clips of performances they attended. And if the organisers feel that the video is of quality, they will include it in the show as well as the sender’s information. Please do send videos (mp4 format) and feedback to .

Once again, Bush TV trailblazes…

Khumba at Toronto International Film Festival
21 August 2013


Cape Town-based Triggerfish partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest will soon be heading to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where the company’s second animated feature film Khumba will compete with some of the best international children’s films in the TIFF Kids programme.  This will also be the film’s North American premiere following its world premiere in France where Khumba was selected in competition at Annecy and its African launch at 2013 Durban International Film Festival last month.

Khumba follows the adventures of a young zebra born with only half his stripes. When his superstitious herd blame him for the sudden drought affecting the land, Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. On his daring quest across the Great Karoo desert, Khumba meets a host of quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2013 and continues to shine a spotlight on international children’s films.  The festival line-up consists of five family-friendly titles from around the world representing a diverse range of cultural perspectives.  The themes explored include courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance and are aimed at both young and young at heart festival goers.

The 5 films selected for TIFF Kids are: Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil, North American Premiere), Antboy (Ask Hasselbalch, Denmark, World Premiere), Khumba (Anthony Silverston, South Africa, North American Premiere), The World of Goopi and Bagha (Shilpa Ranade, India, World Premiere), Zip and Zap and The Marble GangI (Oskar Santos, Spain, World Premiere).

Khumba will be released in both English and Afrikaans by Indigenous Film Distribution in South Africa on October 25th and will then roll out through the rest of the world.

Triggerfish’s first animated film “Adventures in Zambezia” has released successfully across the world and opened widely in France this week as “Droles d’Oseaux”. So far the film has been sold in 40 territories with some still to be confirmed at Toronto.  Last week “Adventures in Zambezia” won the Best Children’s Feature at Anima Mundi in Rio, Brazil.

Bush TV online 16th August: 06:00 - 09:00
16 August 2013

As from Friday, the 16th of August,  from 06:00 - 09:00.we will be giving you the freshest and edutainest content you have yet seen. Friday will be our first stream and we WILL make mistakes, that's one of the ways to learn. After that we will come back on Monday, from then on the show will be on EVERY morning. Including weekends and public holidays.

Be among the first to experience this fresh-air of entertainment, empowerment, culture, arts, music, pro-Africa, interactive, pioneering, cross between radio, TV and internet... "Sparking the Imagination of the African Child".

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OIA Lottery Funding
8 August 2013

Congratulations to Out in Africa on their funding award from the National Lotteries Board. To avoid any confusion and for those of you who have submitted Lottery fund applications for film through the CFC this year, please note that the announcement by Out in Africa was in relation to their application in April 2011, so please be patient with our application.

The OIA team has asked us to put out this notice on their behalf:

“We submitted an application in April 2011 to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund  (NLDTF) to make a feature film and this has been successful.  We have just signed the contract for the amount of R5,999,756!   That's R244 short of R6m.   Andre Vorster has confirmed that he will give us the R244 to make up the R6,000,000 - thank you Andre!

We hasten to point out that this R6m is for a feature film and not for the Film Festival, so please, those of you who contribute, either through the 8333 or the MySchool initiative (have you got a MySchool or a MySchool-linked Woolworths card yet??), we still need your continued support to keep the Festival happening!”

They also put out a Call for Scriptwriters: “Out In Africa (OIA), producers of the South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, has received funding from The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for the purpose of making a full-length narrative feature film.

The intention is to develop and produce a three strand, interwoven script and film that relates and honours the lives of South African gays and lesbians and the multiplicity of their experience. 

This first Call is for scriptwriters. The production is an opportunity for talented ‘junior’ industry practitioners – three writers in particular. ‘Junior’ refers to those professionals who have the relevant filmmaking experience and have demonstrated ability in their chosen field, but who have not yet made a feature film. There will be a further Call for Producers and Directors. The film is to be shot and completed in 2014.

OIA invites interested writers to submit the following typed Word documents, in English:

  • A 2 page CV detailing relevant experience and referees who may be contacted by OIA.
  • A sample script for a short film (30mins max) that best represents your writing ability. It need not have a gay or lesbian theme although that would be preferable. 

Shortlisted writers will then be requested to submit a treatment for a 30min film along the lines of the Concept created by OIA. If the story is selected for production, they will be offered a development contract (from treatment to shooting script). They will be expected to attend a series of workshops in Cape Town in which the three stories will be developed to form a single feature film script.  

Deadline for submission is 4pm, Friday 30 August 2013.  No late submissions will be considered. Please send submissions to: Please ensure ‘Omnibus’ is in the subject line.

OIA is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender presentation. Please support them.

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