Wednesday, December 5, 2018



For Immediate Release

SASFED (South African Screen Federation) is the national federation of independent film, television and audiovisual content industry organisations in South Africa. SASFED represents a broad spectrum of industry players, via affiliates representing several thousand individual members and hundreds of member companies employing up to a hundred staff.  SASFED as such represents an industry which has been severely damaged by the ongoing financial crisis at the SABC and will continue to be further damaged if the SABC is left to literally dwindle into the abyss.

We are convinced that the SABC can be a viable independent public broadcaster with an independent board and a good management team. However none of this is possible without the SABC being able to access a loan to dig itself out of the present crisis. Besides our concern for workers at the SABC, we are deeply concerned about our industry - we have already cut staff, lost companies and some have still not been paid revenues owed to them by the public broadcaster. It is clear to the entire media eco-system that the present crisis needs first to be averted before serious work can be put into turning the institution around.

We would like to make a call to all the present stakeholders to avert the crisis - to stop the tide of resignations, the impasse, the infighting and re-enter into a working relationship to save our national broadcaster.

It is with dire concern for our industry that we align ourselves with the following statements released by SOS Coalition and the Media Monitoring Africa.

Herewith Excerpts: 

First – the Board cannot be allowed to become inquorate and unable to operate: It needs stability not another interim/final Board circus – which would be the fourth in just over a decade.

Second – the National Treasury, together with the President must immediately provide the SABC with a government guarantee – which we stress is not a bailout, it is a guarantee, giving the SABC’s lenders and creditors a measure of comfort that the Board and management has political support.

Third –  given the tension and uncertainty that this has raised, we call on the SABC Board to withdraw the section 189 Notice with immediate effect. The withdrawal does not have to be indefinite. But we recognise that temperatures are such across the political spectrum that this is not serving the public interest at this time. 

End Quote.

SASFED calls on all stakeholders to come back to the table to immediately avert the collapse and support the SABC to rebuild this institution that is in the public interest. 

SASFED Co-Chairs

Lwazi Manzi & Pat van Heerden

Pat van Heerden:  083 258 3226

Thursday, November 15, 2018

SABC Invites you to attend the Information Sharing Road Shows


Invites you to attend the Information Sharing Road Shows

Industry Development will present

·         SABC Producer Terms of Trade

·         Digital Delivery System

·         Digital Music Tracking System

·         Commissioning Protocols

Johannesburg:      Friday, 16th November 2018             09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Radio Park, Auckland Park

Cape Town:           Monday, 19th November 2018         09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Cape Town

Port Elizabeth       Tuesday, 20th November 2018          09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Port Elizabeth

Durban                   Friday, 23rd November 2018             09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Durban

Bloemfontein        Tuesday, 27th November 2018          09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Bloemfontein

Kimberley              Wednesday, 28th November 2018         09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Kimberley

Mahikeng              Monday, 3rd December 2018            09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Mahikeng

Polokwane            Wednesday, 5th December 2018      09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Polokwane

Nelspruit                Tuesday, 11th December 2018          09h00 – 14h00                     SABC Offices, Nelspruit

From More Information Please Contact:

Nirvana Singh    011 714 7499

Blessed Katiyo       011 714 6855

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sheffield Doc/Fest Doc/Dispatch Submissions - NOW OPEN

Sheffield Doc/Fest is pleased to announce that submissions for Doc/Dispatch are now open - 

Doc/Dispatch is a brand new initiative designed to reach out to producers and filmmakers of topical, urgent and fast turnaround stories from around the world. This initiative will provide market and screening opportunities within this years festival (June 9-14). 

Submissions for Doc/Dispatch close on May 5th

For further information on Doc/Dispatch, please email


We have the pleasure of inviting you to join us in Cape Town for the SAGA Regional General Meeting and in Johannesburg for the SAGA Annual General Meeting.

All actors, performing arts students and other creative industry members are welcome to attend both meetings. 

DATE     Monday, 8 May 2017
TIME      18H30 for 19H00 - 21H00
VENUE, Joburg Theatre, 163 Boulevard (previously Loveday Street), Braamfontein, Johannesburg
RSVP     Corine Broomberg at

Keynote Speaker: Justice Zak Yacoob
Zak Yacoob (born 3 March 1948) is an anti-apartheid activist and a former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  He was appointed to the bench in 1988 by Nelson Mandela.  He briefly served as Acting Deputy Chief Justice during the long-term leave of Dikgang Moseneke.  

Although Justice Yacoob retired in 2012, he is highly respected as a man who contributed enormously to the justice system of this country.  

At his farewell ceremony, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng described Zak Yacoob as one of South Africa’s treasured blessings, saying he defied all ohs, stereotypes and prejudices.

DATE      Saturday, 6 May 2017
TIME      11H00 for 11H30 - 14H00
VENUE  CityVarsity, 18 Roeland Street, Cape Town
RSVP     Corine Broomberg at

Keynote Speaker: Mandisi Sindo
Mandisi Sindo  (known locally as Dr Sindi) is an actor, writer, director, and a site specific work creator. He is a founder and an Artistic Director of a Cape Town based non profit company “Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre – T3”. In September last year (2016) Mandisi was part of an international symposium hosted by Ghent University in Belgium: "Postdramatic and Postnarrative Modes of Coping with Trauma” 

Mandisi began pursuing his passion for theatre at age of 11 years old in primary school, and views the teaching of drama as "his calling"  to teach those who are not getting the formal classroom education. Mandisi obtained his Diploma in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town in 2011, where he majored in Community Theatremaking, Contemporary Theatre and Acting. He has written and directed several works for Infecting The City Festivals in Cape Town and Mbombela, and served as the Outreach Director and Theatre Field Worker for the Baxter Theatre Zabalaza Festival.  

Passionate about helping young people gain the necessary skills for tertiary-level education, Mandisi is also the Creative Director and a visionary driving force behind the Makukhanye Art Room, described as a "Shack Theatre" based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. He has just returned from a fund-raising excursion to Switzerland, gathering resources to transform the space from Shack to Theatre. 
Kind regards 
Corine Broomberg| SAGA Executive Administrator
Cell: 072-401-2718 | E-mail:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Invitation to apply for KZN Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme: 2017/8


Invitation to apply for KZN Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme: 2017/8 

The KwaZulu-Natal Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme is an initiative of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs in partnership with KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. This initiative was set to reinforceKwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s main objective: 

-    To make KwaZulu-Natal province a film production centre


The KwaZulu-Natal Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme office, herewith,invites youth owned KwaZulu-Natal film and television SMMEs to apply for the 2017/8incubation plug-in.


-    The SMMEs must be registered with CIPC and be compliant with SARS.
-    The SMMEs must be based in KwaZulu-Natal.
-    The SMMEs must specialise in scarce skills in the film and televisionindustry.
-    Preference, but not a guarantee for admission to enroll for the programme,will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals, youth, women, andpeople witdisabilities.

Please submit:

-    motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) as to why and what makes your skills scarce in the film and television industry.
-    Detailed CV of yourself, the SMME profile and CIPC registration documents.

Successful applicants will be contracted for the incubator programme commencing in 2017, ending on 31 March 2018.

Please note that if you have applied before, no need to re-apply.  This is an extension.

Applications should be emailed to:
Closing date: 14 May 2017
Correspondence will be limited to successfulcandidates.
For more information, call our offices on (031) 325 0200

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

One Month Left to Enter the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

There is now one month left to enter the seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are looking for emerging and established filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward. ASFF is an international competition, accepting films from across the world in 11 genres.
It would be great if you could share this call for entries with your audiences at South African Screen Federation in the lead up to the submissions deadline on 31 May.
Please find some copy and suggested tweets below. You can download images and credits here.
The seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival is open for entries until 31 May 2017. ASFF provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience, and is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward.
Jury members for 2017 include Jane Roscoe (Director, The London Film School), Matimba Kabalika (Talent Development Manager, BFI NET.WORK), Philip Ilson (Director, London Short Film Festival), Robbie Gibbon (Editor, The TripThe Casual Vacancy and Doctor Who) amongst many others (
Prizes include:
·       Screenings at ASFF 2017 (8-12 November in York)
·       Awards for Festival Winner (£1,000), Best Film in each category, and People’s Choice
·       The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000)
·       Opportunities for further exposure through Aesthetica and its online channels
ASFF accepts all genres: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. Running times up to 30 minutes.
To enter, visit
Deadline 31 May 2017.
One month left to enter @ASFFest 2017: the festival is looking for innovative filmmakers working in all
The @ASFFest 2017 Jury has been announced: these #film industry experts will be selecting Award Winners at #ASFF2017
Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Best wishes
Marketing Coordinator
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
YO23 1WL
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016



12 OCTOBER 2016

The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) is a representative, national organisation of independent South African film, television and video producers constituted to represent, protect and promote the interests and needs of producers. It represents about eighty percent of working producers in South Africa.

Many of the producers of SABC content are Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) members and are concerned by governance problems at the SABC and what this means for the sustainability of the industry as a whole.

The Independent Producers’ Organisation of South Africa (IPO) notes the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications’ sanction of the SABC Board for its ill governance of the public broadcaster and for its circumvention of the findings of the Public Protector and the Western Cape High Court against the Chief Operating Officer, and notes its call for the resignation of the Board and for a parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the Board.

The IPO supports the stance of the Portfolio Committee, however it calls for a broader, stakeholder inclusive public enquiry, into the SABC. This enquiry should include:

  • the SABC’s persistent crises of governance, management, funding, policy, programming and operations;
  • and key requirements for the public broadcaster to effectively fulfil its mandate.

The current crisis surrounding the SABC Board is not new. It is one that South Africa has experienced before. It points to the problems of the SABC as systemic, needing to be addressed beyond the failings of the present Board and senior management.

The IPO believes the Board of the SABC should not be appointed through a process that involves only party political representatives. Procedures for the appointment of the Board should include non-party political role players too, including public broadcast industry stakeholders, constituted as an independent statutory panel. This is vital for the appointment of Board members who would be accountable to an optimally shared vision of the public broadcaster and its values, and mitigate the politicised appointment of the Board, one underlying factor for the failings of successive Boards of the SABC.

The IPO calls for members of the SABC Board to be judged for appointment against and sworn to the following:

  • commitment and accountability to a renewed, optimally-shared vision of public broadcasting services;
  • appreciation of the dynamic, full spectrum role of public television in society and an overriding commitment to public service and the public interest;
  • resolute independence from untoward state, party-political and civil constituency interests;
  • a bold commitment to free and diverse expression;
  • commitment to consultation and appropriate co-determination with stakeholder interests;
  • unquestioned commitment to local content and independent commissioning regulations, and respective policy that is transparent, fair and of integrity;
  • commitment to conducive terms of trade with the independent production sector, including money for value and just property rights recognition;
  • commitment to a bold, dynamic and visionary commissioning structure; 
  • impeccable governance competencies;
  • ability to effect a credible, competent and responsive management and operational structure.

The independent production sector is an essential public broadcast stakeholder, critical to the fulfilment of the mandate of the public broadcaster. We are at the coalface of the crises continually besetting the public broadcaster to the detriment of society and the viewing public. This must now be decisively addressed through a fundamental stakeholder inclusive review and overhaul of the SABC.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Elements Film Lab is an initiative of the shnit Expanded Talent Focus programme for Playground Cape Town in 2016. 

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.

Tickets are on sale via web tickets for R300 per person (including lunch and coffee at Truth Coffee). Ticket sales will close Monday 3rd October 2016.

We are very excited about this year’s lab. It is really a jam packed day full of exciting speakers who are currently engaged in very relevant and diverse content within the South African Film Industry.

Information about the lab can be found directly online at:

A talk with Basil Ford from the IDC: 28 September 2016

SAFTAS 2017 call for entries

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


The KZN Film Commission and the Maxum Media Accelerator (“MMA”), a television and film entrepreneurship acceleration programme that identifies, develops and supports SMME Development, herewith invite KZN film and television companies to apply for the 2016/7 film and television acceleration programme.


The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is an entity established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Act, 2010. The Commission has been set up with its main vision being to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination. 

The KZN Film Commission aims to enhance the economy by providing and encouraging opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to enter and participate in the film industry in the province. In so doing, it aims to contribute to an enabling environment to job creation.
The Human Capital Development (HCD) Programme under Marketing and Industry Development is designed to develop skills in KwaZulu Natal focussing on previously disadvantaged filmmakers across the value chain of film and television. A baseline study was conducted in 2015 highlighting the skills gap in the KZN industry. Key areas of focus is script writing, production, post production, SMME development focussing on youth and women.

  • The company must be a registered entity with CIPRO and SARS
  • The company must be based and operational in KZN
  • The company must be focused on business in the film and television industries
  • Preference will be given to Previously Disadvantaged Individuals, Youth, Women, People with Disabilities

Please submit:
  1. A motivation (maximum 2 pages) as to why you should be considered to join the programme
  2. Detailed CV of yourself, the company and CIPRO registration documents.
All applicants will receive, fill in and return a Company Information Sheet that will allow a selection panel representing the KZN Film Commission and the MMA to assess the growth potential of the company. Successful applicants for the 2016/7 MMA programme will be contracted for the acceleration programme commencing during September 2016. Applications should be also be emailed to

Closing date for applications: 23 September 2016

Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates.

For more information visit our website on or call our offices on (031) 325 0200.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SOS National Coordinator

SOS is looking for a National Coordinator to commence work as soon as possible on a one year contract, renewable annually based on availability of funding.

SOS: Support Public Broadcasting is a Coalition which aims to address the ongoing crisis in public and community broadcasting in South Africa to ensure the broadcast of quality, diverse, citizen-orientated programming committed to the deepening of South Africa’s Constitution.


The successful candidate will be responsible for strategic leadership; planning, budgeting and fundraising; representing the Coalition in the public domain; organisational development and governance (including human resource management); and programme management.


  1. Commitment to and understanding of democracy and social justice.
  2. A minimum of five years activist and/or organisational experience.
  3. Experience in budgeting, fundraising and building and maintaining donor relationships.
  4. Excellent communication skills.
  5. Excellent people management skills.
  6. Ability to self-manage, multi-task, pay attention to detail, plan and implement efficiently, and work under pressure.
  7. Excellent computer skills (MS Office suite).
  8. Ability to speak one or more indigenous South African languages.


  • A University degree in one of the following fields: development, humanities, journalism and media studies, law. Honours degree preferable.
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector at a similar level.
  • Firm understanding of broadcasting and media sector.


The Coalition offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply:

Please submit a CV not exceeding five pages AND a motivation letter to Kerry Barton-Hobbs at by close of business on Wednesday 21 September 2016. Late applications will only be accepted at the discretion of the organisation.

SOS is firmly committed to developing young, Black and women’s leadership in the civil society sector, and Black women are especially encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified via email or telephone by no later than Friday 23 September 2016.

For more information:

About the position: SOS Chair, Thandi Smith (e-mail:
About the SOS Coalition: