Trade Missions

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Applications
24 June 2014

Sundance Film Festival 22 January – 01 February 2015

Should you be interested, please send the completed application form (as attached) and required documentation to the CFC (address as below).

The application should include the documents listed below under 'DTI requirements' and should be hand delivered to the Cape Film Commission no later than 14h00 on Friday, 1st August 2014.

No latecomers will be considered.

Details for Submission of Applications

As per DTI guidelines, request for funding applies to Flights to and from festival only. Accommodation and Airport Transfers (only applicable if individuals travel within a group) and prospective delegates must be able to attend full festival dates.

Registration and Accreditation fees of festival to be determined upon approval from DTI. 

Please also note – only one representative per company allowed under the SSAS Programme.

DTI Requirements

  • Original, signed and completed copy of the DTI SSAS application form (attached) and relevant documentation
  • Complete project proposals including budgets, timelines and job opportunities
  • Project synopsis
  • Company profile. Companies must be in existence for more than one year and must be South African registered
  • Independent Film-makers (Sole Proprietors) must be in possession of a South African Identity Document
  • Biography or CV of person representing the company/travelling
  • Proposed aims, objective and outcomes for attending the festival
  • Marketing plan
  • Brochure /Showreel (complete with high resolution images)
  • Customs and Excise Certificate if exporting materials
  • Original Valid Tax clearance certificate
  • Copy of company registration certificate
  • Last financial year’s Audit Financial Statement or 3 months bank statement on a certified bank letterhead
  • Confirmation of bank details – original letter from bank verifying the bank details
  • Original certified copy of passport (certification not older than 3 months)

Applicants must be in possession of:

  • Valid Passport
  • Finance to pay for a valid visa
  • Finance to pay for travel insurance
  • Finance for Per Diems

Please read through the SSAS guidelines.

Applications must be enclosed in an envelope addressed to Denis Lillie and clearly marked with the name of your company and the festival you are applying for. Delivery of documents by hand/courier directly to the Cape Film Commission offices.

The address is as follows:

Denis Lillie
Cape Film Commission
Unit A3 Westlake Square
Westlake Drive
Westlake
7945



American Film Market (2014) Applications
3 June 2014

American Film Market (AFM) 05 – 12 November 2014

Following requests from many of our members, we are planning to organise a delegation to the AFM in November 2014.

This will be subject to funding approval from the DTI. We have approached the DTI three times already to enquire whether there are other organisations planning a similar delegation. To date they have not advised us otherwise, we are therefore proceeding on the basis that our application will be approved.

If you require any further information on the AFM, please visit their website at www.americanfilmmarket.com

As the DTI now requires applications to be with them minimum 4 months in advance, please complete the attached form with documents listed below under 'DTI requirements' and should be hand delivered to the Cape Film Commission no later than 14h00 on Friday, 13th June 2014. We are aware that it is short notice however we have had increased interest in the event during the course of the last few days.

No latecomers will be considered.

Details for Submission of Applications

As per DTI guidelines, request for funding applies to Flights to and from filmmarket, Accommodation and Airport Transfers (transfers applicable only if individuals travel within a group) and prospective delegates must be able to attend full filmmarket dates.

Registration and Accreditation fees of filmmarket to be determined upon approval from DTI.

Please also note – only one representative per company allowed under the SSAS Programme.

DTI Requirements

  • Original, signed and completed copy of the DTI SSAS application form (as attached) and relevant documentation
  • Complete project proposals including budgets, timelines and job opportunities
  • Project synopsis
  • Company profile. Companies must be in existence for more than one year and must be South African registered 
  • Independent Film-makers (Sole Proprietors) must be in possession of a South African Identity Document
  • Biography or CV of person representing the company/travelling
  • Proposed aims, objective and outcomes for attending the market
  • Marketing plan
  • Brochure /Show reel (complete with high resolution images)
  • Customs and Excise Certificate if exporting materials
  • Original Valid Tax clearance certificate
  • Copy of company registration certificate
  • Last financial year’s Audit Financial Statement or 3 months bank statement on a certified bank letterhead
  • Confirmation of bank details – original letter from bank verifying the bank details
  • Original certified copy of passport (certification not older than 3 months)

Applicants must be in possession of:

  • Valid Passport
  • Finance to pay for a valid visa
  • Finance to pay for travel insurance
  • Finance for Per Diems

Please read through the SSAS guidelines.

Applications must be enclosed in an envelope addressed to Denis Lillie and clearly marked “AFM application”. Delivery of documents by hand/courier directly to the Cape Film Commission offices.

The address is as follows:

To:

Denis Lillie
Cape Film Commission
Unit A3 Westlake Square
Westlake Drive
Westlake
7945



Applying for Future Trade Missions
30 January 2014

For those of you considering applying for future missions with the CFC, please note that we have been advised in the past few days that the DTI have changed their guidelines. We are now required to have a minimum of 10 delegates (Max 20) under the SSAS rules.

As we currently understand it, we must now apply at least 4 months ahead of any delegation for the funding. This has potentially put our MIPTV and Cannes film delegations at risk, they only let us know one week ago about the rule changes.

However, we are also engaging with them to extend the size of the delegations by including EMIA applications, by the CFC handling this process it should streamline the paperwork and make the application process simpler for you.

In the meantime we have arranged a meeting between the CFC and the DTI to clarify some of the changes to the guidelines.

Many of you are aware that the DTI have currently exhausted their 2013/14 funds and as a consequence trips organised by other organisations to events such as Berlinale  Hot Docs, MIPTV and others have been cancelled. We have appealed the decision-making process and are hopeful that the new guidelines will not affect the CFC Cannes Film delegation but let's wait and see.



Sundance 2014
29 January 2014

The CFC took a delegation of 12 Filmmakers from across South Africa to the 30th Sundance Film Festival (2014) in Park City, Utah, with the support of the DTI. The Festival is a

The CFC established a relationship with Sundance, which is a mix of workshops, teachings, interactive sessions and screenings of documentaries, features and shorts from all over the world, when CFC CEO Denis Lillie met up with their representatives at the Durban Film Mart in 2012. The relationship has proved fruitful and they could not have been more supportive and helpful towards our delegation during the planning of the trip and our time there.

Young Ones Premier

Our visit started late into the first week of the festival where Jake Paltrows' new film Young Ones premiered at the festival. Two of our delegates, CFC members Brigid Olen from Do Productions and Francois Verster from Undercurrent Films were invited to the premiere following our request to the producers for tickets. Our other delegates were unable to attend, as our flights did not connect us until after the premiere.

During the reception following the premier, Michael, Brigid and Francois met and chatted with Jakes sister Gwyneth Paltrow and his godfather, Steven Spielberg amongst others who were present at Sundance to support the film. Filmed entirely in South Africa, Young Ones was co-produced by CFC Member, Michael Aurett of Spier Films. Brigid is the co-owner of Do Productions, the local SA production company partner on the film and Francois is the Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker who was the producer/director of the 2008 SA film Sea Point Days.

South African indie band, ‘The Parlotones’, played at one of the local bars in Park City on the final Friday evening of the festival. Our delegates found their way into the show and spent much of the evening hanging out with the band. Also playing during the week were Damon Albarn and Pete Tong amongst a varied musical line up throughout the festival.

Filmmakers Lounge in Main Street

On our first Monday morning we wandered down to the Filmmakers Lounge in Main Street where we hung out with Filmmakers and festivalgoers from all over the world. We enjoyed an interactive session with Maggie Gyllenhaal and William H Macey. The discussion was one of the topics chosen to celebrate 30 years of Sundance "Failure", "it embraces failure as essential to risk taking, innovation and the creative process", and we came away feeling quite successful. 

Trip to Italy

This was followed on Tuesday morning by a very enjoyable and humorous interactive session with Michael Winterbottom, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan who were discussing their new film, The Trip to Italy that premiered at the festival. This is the sequel to their film The Trip that was originally commissioned by the BBC as a series.

Private Workshops, Q & A Sessions, Screenings

During the course of the week we attended a series of private workshops and Q&A sessions organised by the Cape Film Commission and chaired and put together by the Sundance team. This included sessions with Agents, Marketers, Producers, Documentary and Feature film writers and Directors, all of whom had projects in the festival together with the Sundance and Hot Docs documentary funding bodies.

Our delegates also attended many screenings during the course of the week. The Cape Film Commission arranged tickets to the screenings, usually the screenings were followed by a Q&A session with the Filmmakers.

We were all a bit overwhelmed by our experiences. Many of those we met were Sundance veterans and part of the Sundance extended family that had films featured in competition. Many had also passed through the Sundance Lab training programme at some stage of their career. The learning curve and experience passed on to our delegates was invaluable.

Park City

Park City itself is in an amazing location, surrounded by ski runs, the scenery is spectacular, the townsfolk are super friendly and helpful. Cars stop in the middle of the road to allow pedestrians to cross the street. Bus drivers take the time to ensure you are on the correct route and if not direct you to where you should be. The bus service is free of charge and efficient. I suspect this is a legacy of Park City hosting the Winter Olympics some years ago.

I cannot recommend the experience highly enough. Our delegates expressed their delight at being there. They all stated that it was the most rewarding festival they had attended. We are already making plans to attend in 2015. Our other delegates included representatives from Mirror Mountain Films, Be Phat Motel, Team Tarbaby Productions, Gambit Films, Zen HQ Productions, Noble Pictures, Light and Dark Films, NB Productions, Sinamatella Films and Azania Rising Productions.

Again, we would like to extend thanks to the DTI for their continued support. I would especially like to thank Sudeep, Heidi, Rhadi, Meredith, Carolyn and everybody else at Sundance for their help and for hosting a great event. Also, a special thanks to the people of Park City for making us feel so welcome.



 
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