Thursday, August 11, 2016

“Alison - a story of monsters, miracles and hope” has arrived at Nu Metro cinemas



IT’S INSPIRATIONAL. IT’S UPLIFTING. IT’S TOUGH. IT’S TESTAMENT OF THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT. IT’S THE REMINDER OF THE GOOD PEOPLE THAT’S STILL OUT THERE. 


A South African film about Alison's miraculous survival after an unimaginably brutal attack and rape in 1994. 
For the trailer, click here.

Showing at Nu Metro cinemas Canal Walk, V&A, Clearwater, Emperors, Pavilion, Hyde Park, Walmer Park, Menlyn Park, Woodlands, and Welkom from 12 August 2016.

This film has won awards, sold out at festivals and is averaging 4 out of 5 stars from the country’s toughest and most well respected critics:

Nadia Romanos from 5FM Radio's 'Weekend Breakfast Show': 5/5 stars.

Leon van Nierop, RSG Fliekrubriek: 8/10
  
Marianna Malan, Die Burger Netwerk24: 4 stars
"Die keuse om die geweld en die gebeure self te onderspeel en die positiewe in die kollig te plaas maak van die rolprent meer as net ’n onvergeetlike ondervinding. Dit voel asof jy jou eie klein deeltjie van Alison se moed en deursettingsvermoë saamvat huis toe. Dis ’n rolprent oor ’n buitengewone vrou wat op ’n baie dapper manier aangepak en verfilm is. Wonderwerke is gelukkig nog deel van die lewe."


Theresa Smith, The Argus / IOL: 4 stars
"Alison has turned what she went through into a story she can use to hopefully change how other people live their lives – her message is that everyone has the potential to be the hero they need to be. The documentary is frank and chilling. Yet, it is also surprisingly warm and inspirational. It is not about the attack, it is about Alison the person and how she went on with life, and how she tries to help other people do the same."


Katie Reynolds review, The Callsheet:
"Uga Lisa Carlini draws out Alison’s emotional struggle as if drawing poison from a snakebite. We see Alison confront the tangible objects of her torture from that night, and discard them as if cleaning out the ghosts from your cupboard and setting them alight. Visceral testimonies from her doctors and friends place the viewer inside that dark period and we feel the things that they felt, even in some small measure. Masterful casting and an emphasis on progression are what make this film so much more than a gory retelling. Its understatement is its power, thanks to the almost spiritual connection between Alison and Uga.
Alison, to me, has done the unthinkable. She refused to be defined by what two monsters did to her body in 1994, but instead shows us that, through seemingly insurmountable odds, you can find your true purpose. And for Alison, this certainly isn’t the end."


Martie Bester,  Bioskoop:
"Uga Carlini, die vervaardiger, regisseur en skrywer van Alison het haar droom verwesenlik deur Botha se verhaal te vertel. En sy behartig dit goed met ’n deernis wat deurentyd soos ’n hartklop eie aan die rolpent bly. Daar kan sonder twyfel gesê word dat in ’n wêreld waar helde en heldinne uitgebeeld word as bonatuurlike wesens wat oor bomenslike en soms buitensporige kragte beskik, wat eienaardige grimering dra, in belaglike uitrustings die gereg dien, aan geboue vasplak of aan spinnerakke swaai en net tot aksie oorgaan begelei deur ’n “senutergende” klankbaan, hier uiteindelik twee ware heldinne van vlees en bloed na vore tree en die mens bemoedig om te glo dat die goeie wel oor die slegte kan seëvier – en nie net in superhero flieks nie. Deurlopend is Carlini se regie simpatiek sonder om bejammerend te wees, eerlik maar met deernis gevul en vertel sy Alison se verhaal met waardigheid en respek."


Joy Watson, Elle Magazine:
"The predominant message of the film is one of hope. It weaves together a story of how bad things can happen to good people. But the beauty of Alison’s story is about how she turns this power on itself. She fights back. If she is to die lying in the sand, then she will do so trying to write their names. Against all odds, she survives. She transforms her life, emerges out of the pain and ensuing depression and finds her passion in making a difference in the lives of others."

More about- and follow the movie on:
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/alisonmovie 
TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIvFTrJGWCY 
NEWSLETTER: http://alison.fanbridge.com
TWITTER: twitter.com/alisonthemovie 
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/alisonthemovie/ 

WEBSITE: www.alisonthemovie.com 

For more about the #butterflyrevolution click here.



Director / Producer “Alison”:
Uga Carlini

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

THE FIREBIRD takes wing in the States

Johannesburg-based MAAN Creative worked with stage producer Janni Younge on a theatre piece combining puppetry, dance and animation. After a sold-out Cape Town run at Artscape and the National Arts Festival, the production, commissioned by IMG Artists, is now on a US tour.

Watch a video about the animation of FIREBIRD: https://vimeo.com/176951620


In a burgeoning and competitive local animation landscape, Johannesburg-based studio MAAN Creative are carving out an intriguing niche as animators to the live theatre world.

Headed up by directors Michael Clark and Johan Scheepers, MAAN recently completed work on THE FIREBIRD, a visceral theatre experience combining puppetry, dance, and animation. Commissioned by LA’s IMG Artists, THE FIREBIRD is the brainchild of producer Janni Younge, formerly of the famous Handspring Puppet Company - renowned for their collaborations with artist William Kentridge, as well as their work on the West End blockbuster WAR HORSE.  

Having opened with a brief but highly successful run at Artscape in Cape Town, followed by sold-out performances at this year’s National Arts Festival, THE FIREBIRD has now embarked on its US tour.

The show has attracted shining reviews both locally and abroad: The Philadelphia Inquirer said of the performance at the Mann Centre: “It was a wonderful thing to feel risk in the air once again at the Mann - the essential element of art. And if the production errs, it does so by flirting with over-stimulation.”

Loosely inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s progressive 1910 ballet of the same name, THE FIREBIRD unfolds an abstract narrative drawing on South Africa’s recent history of freedom and conflict, while also evoking a deeper personal conflict between creativity and reason.  Themes of restraint and subjugation warring with freedom and self-expression are conveyed simultaneously by the dancers, the otherworldly animal puppets stalking the stage, and by MAAN’s animation sequences, projected on a huge white egg suspended over the action. The ambitious sensory smorgasbord climaxes with a great dragon looming over the stage, wings outspread, breathing fire. On the US leg of the tour, a live symphony orchestra performs Stravinsky’s score.

“This was a challenging, but very rewarding project which helped us realise we want to make this kind of work a focus for MAAN,” says Michael Clark, who was responsible for creating the over 70 original acrylic artworks that served as key frames for the animation. The sequences were then pieced together in Photoshop, TV Paint and After Effects.

“We enjoyed the artistic sensibility that the brief required of us,” says Clark. “We settled on a very painterly style, with a distinct tactile aesthetic. Rather than aiming for smooth animation, it was most important that our images were evocative and beautiful, and that they lived well with the hand-made aesthetic of the puppets.”

This is MAAN’s second collaboration with Younge, the first being OUROBOROUS, a production she staged as winner of The Standard Bank Young Artist for Drama in 2010.

The combination of animation and theatre is not a new one –  WAR HORSE used this conceit, among others – but Clark would like to see the potential of the medium released in new ways. “I think animation has yet to be fully explored or utilised as a medium on stage. It could add a new dimension to a ballet, a live music show, or a traditional play. It can be used to add information or context that is hard to get across through actors or set design, and because it’s completed beforehand, it provides an anchor point for the other variables of a live show.”

MAAN also does animation and motion graphics for advertising, channel branding, corporate AV’s and music videos. They are currently working on a short film for autism awareness entitled SAM THE HEDGEHOG. To get in touch, visit www.maan.co.za

Watch a video about the animation of FIREBIRD: https://vimeo.com/176951620





Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Moshito music conference and exhibition launched

MOSHITO 2016 LAUNCHES AT THE GROUNDS OF THE WOMEN’S PRISON AT CONSTITUTION HILL WITH THE THEME ‘CENSORED’ 

Johannesburg - The old Women’s Prison at Constitution Hill reverberated with a different kind of call when the 2016 Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition was launched on its grounds today.

Music industry practitioners and media took to the historic venue at the Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, a transit prison where awaiting-trial activists used to be held before being sent off to Robben Island or Pretoria to serve lengthy jail terms, to launch Moshito Music Conference 2016, appropriately themed ‘Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised’.

Revealing an exciting programme that includes intriguing conference topics, network sessions, music demo presentations and artists showcases, Moshito promises to live up to its brand promise of being Africa’s premier music market and event.

Having started off hosting less than five music markets, Moshito has experienced exponential growth attracting music industry experts, musicians, festival promoters, booking agents, music managers, record labels and exhibitors from over 15 local and international local music markets under one umbrella to network, discover talent and strike deals necessary to the growth of the creative industries.

There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics - 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, 1 music managers meeting, as well as demo and music showcases - Moshito 2016 is poised to be a place where music meets business and business meets music.
This is the third year in a row that the Moshito Board has chosen a theme that best reflects the historical developments of South Africa’s music heritage and artist expressions.

Addressing a packed Women’s Gaol Atrium at Constitution Hill, the Chairperson of Moshito Music Conference, Sipho Sithole said: “When the Board of Moshito decided on the theme ‘Censored’ at its last sitting in 2015, nobody could have predicted that the topic would be a driving a heated discussion in the media space at the same time as the launch of the conference.  Moshito’s decision regarding this year’s theme follows on what has become a tradition during the term of this board. In 2014 the theme was ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Liberation through Music’ and was followed by ‘From Kwela to Hop’ in 2015.”

Sithole explained that for the Moshito Board to choose the theme ‘Censored’, it had to look at those musicians and artistic voices who appropriated their message through songs and brought the plight of the marginalised people, much to the irritation of the State, to the attention of the world, to listen and take heed.

Quoting Plato, Sithole stated that it was not uncommon for the dominant class not to pay attention to the voices of the subordinate class because, as Plato stated in the book the Republic, “Any music innovation full of danger to the whole State, ought to be prohibited”.
It is no coincidence that this year’s Face of Moshito is Roger Lucey, who composed and performed songs with lyrics that were scathing on the apartheid government. This brought him to the attention of the apartheid regime’s Bureau of State Security.

Lucey, who is also SAMA 2016 Lifetime Achievement Recipient, is paired with Gigi LaMayne, the multi-award winning hip-hop chanteuse and top graduate of Wits University in Media Studies.

Also addressing the media was the Deputy Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture, Ms Monica Newton, who stated: 
“South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation. Given the challenges of youth unemployment, the creative sector, particularly the music sector has become an attractive value proposition for young people wanting to participate in the creative economy. Today, young people own music labels, music production facilities and have become the source for broadcasters and promoters looking for fresh music to be played on radio, television and performed in public spaces. Moshito therefore is the obvious platform for music practitioners who want to engage, network and grow their business. We remain committed to ensuring that Moshito continues to perform its mandate for the benefit of the music industry as a whole”.
Monica also stressed the need for the unity of the music sector and the development of sustainable and resilient development and enterprise models to ensure the growth of the sector.

Moshito will once again start this year’s conference with an Opening Concert on 7 September at M1 Studios, followed by the ‘Censored: Afro-World Music Concert on 8 September at the Joburg Theatre, the Beat Music Festival at Zone 6, Soweto, the Urban Street Festival in Melville on 10 September and an after party extravaganza at Ragga Night hosted by African Storm at Bassline, Newtown on Thursday night.

For more information, visit www.moshito.co.za.

You can also follow the conversation and engage on the following social media platforms:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/moshito.otswela.pele
Twitter: @moshito_music
Instagram: Moshito_conference
YouTube: Moshito



Friday, July 22, 2016

Nog meer rolprente by Silwerskermfees 2016

Silwerskermfees 2016: ’n Fees van rolprente

Die res van die rolprente wat vanjaar by die Silwerskermfees vertoon gaan word, asook die rolverdelings van die vyftien kortfilms wat hulle debuut by die fees maak, is pas bekend gemaak.

Vollengte rolprente wat vir die Silwerskerm-toekennings in aanmerking sal kom en dus deel van die kompetisie is, is:

Dis Koue Kos, Skat
Wanneer Clara Brand uitvind haar man, Bernard, is besig om haar te verkul met haar vriendin en kollega Anais, begin Clara ’n nuwe lewe in die Kaap saam met 
haar twee kinders. Die rolprent is gegrond op ’n boek deur Marita van der Vyver 
en het Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Deon Lotz, Elzabé Zietsman, Frank Opperman 
en Angelique Gerber in die rolverdeling. Die regisseur is Etienne Fourie.

Johnny is Nie Dood Nie
Christiaan Olwagen, ’n bekroonde dramaturg en teaterregisseur, maak sy debuut as filmregisseur met hierdie rolprent oor ’n groep studentevriende in die laat 1980’s in die tyd van die Voëlvry-beweging, militêre diensplig en die Grensoorlog. Rolanda Marais en Albert Pretorius is van die spelers in die rolverdeling.

Noem My Skollie
Vier tienerseuns, AB, Gimba, Gif en Shorty, woon op die Kaapse Vlakte en probeer hulle bes om die bendes van die area te vermy. Ná AB ’n traumatiese ondervinding het, besluit hulle egter om hulle eie bende te stig. ’n Paar jaar later word AB (Dann-Jacques Mouton) en Gimba (Gantane Kusch) in hegtenis geneem en tronk toe gestuur. AB gebruik sy talent as storieverteller om die ander gevangenes te vermaak, en wanneer hy vrygelaat word, wil hy sy meisie, Jenny (Tarryn Wyngaard), met sy skryftalent beïndruk. Die res van die bende oortuig hom egter om ’n laaste keer by hulle aan te sluit.

Die verhaal van Skollie is gegrond op die ware verhaal van John W Fredericks, 'n wêreldbekende draaiboekskrywer. Die fliek speel in die 1960’s af.

Sy Klink Soos Lente
Ben, ’n werktuigkundige, en Linda, ’n slim rooikop, se paaie kruis. Ben herken haar dadelik en weet dat sy sy baas se dogter is, maar sy weet nie wie hy is nie. Om haar te beïndruk, sê Ben vir Linda hy is in ’n band. Om die wit leuen waar te maak, begin hy saam met ’n paar van sy kollegas ’n band en skryf vir ’n battle of the bands-kompetisie in. Met Amalia Uys, Stiaan Smith, Bennie Fourie, Wilson Dunster, James Cunningham, Darren Kelfkens, Bouwer Bosch en Tina Kruger. Die regisseur is Corné van Rooyen.

Tess
Die rolprent is gegrond op die boek Whiplash en vertel die verhaal van Tess, 'n sekswerker, wat swanger raak en alles in haar vermoë moet doen om nie toe te laat dat haar verlede haar lewe verswelg nie. Met Christia Visser, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Quanita Adams en Greg Kriek.

Die dokumentêre rolprente wat vertoon gaan word en ook vir die toekennings in aanmerking kom, is:

Alison
Die verhaal van Alison Botha se skrikwekkende verkragting en brutale aanval in Desember 1994 en haar reis na oorlewing. Alison is ’n verhaal van dapperheid, krag en hoop.

Dorpstad: Unwrapping a Cool Capital
Twee argitekte van Pretoria het in 2014 hulle eie kuns-biennale geskep en mense van Pretoria geïnspireer om nuwe en opwindende kuns regoor die stad te skep.

I Made a Film That You Will Never See
’n Rolprent oor Michiel Kruger, wat ten spyte van die feit dat hy sy sig op 14 verloor het, verskeie sportrekords verbeter het.

Noboby’s Died Laughing
’n Dokumentêre rolprent oor die lewe en loopbaan van Pieter-Dirk Uys.

Op Pad
Die bekroonde joernalis Dana Snyman reis deur die land op soek na homself en op soek na hoop.

Portret: Lien Botha
’n Dokumentêre rolprent wat die kunstenaar Lien Botha binne die wyer Suid-Afrikaanse gemeenskap kontekstualiseer. In die proses word die verwantskap tussen kuns en die werklike lewe uitgewys en dit dien ook as getuigskrif van waar die idees in die werk ontstaan. Portret poog om visuele kuns vir die kyker te demistifiseer. Die kyker kry die geleentheid om die verstaan van die potensiaal van wat kuns kan wees, op ’n vermaaklike manier te ondersoek. Die titel, Portret, sinspeel nie net op die woord “portret” as ’n genre binne visuele kuns nie, maar suggereer ook ’n dieptestudie van ’n individu.

Die vyftien kortfilms wat gekies is om deel van vanjaar se fees te wees en dus ook vir die toekennings in aanmerking te kom, is:

Arts
Estelle red beseerde diere, maar sy verhouding met die plaaslike veearts neem ’n donker wending wanneer sy ma begin inmeng … Met Charlenè Brouwer, Elzette Maarschalk, Gustav Gerdener en Richard van der Westhuizen.

Beloofde Land
Lodewyk Mouton is die naïewe heerser van die diktatorskap Anskroepolis. Wanneer ’n groep sosialistiese rebelle by sy herehuis opdaag en dreig om hom te onttroon, word Lood met die realiteit van sy borrel-bestaan en die ellende van sy volk gekonfronteer. Met Schalk Bezuidenhout, June van Merch, Petro van den Heever, Mariechen Vosloo, Craig Mathys, Hannahmi Alfredo en Riaan Cruywagen.

Die Biker
’n Motorfietsryer kies die oop pad as ontvlugting. Het hy die regte pad gekies? Met Paul du Toit en Ian Roberts.

Die Bok
’n Verbitterde swanger vrou veg om haar roostuin te beskerm teen ’n bok terwyl haar huwelik verbrokkel. Met Christia Visser, Drikus Volschenk, Maurice Paige, Kay Smith en Jemima as die bok.

Die Muse
’n Naïewe jong verpleegster word as oppasser aangestel om na ’n briljante maar moeilike skrywer met Aspergersindroom om te sien. Maar, as ’n skrywer sukkel om leuens te vertel, hoe is hy veronderstel om stories op te maak? Met Marcus Muller, Candice Weber en Milan Murray.

En die wiele van die bus gaan om en om
Slapgat-busbestuurder Freddie Venter vervoer tien pasiënte van een inrigting vir geestesgestremdes na ’n ander … en dan verloor hy sy vrag. In die rolverdeling is André Stolz, Anchen du Plessis, Gemma Donnelly, Sandra Vaughn, Isabella Mostert, Percy Maobane, Pieter Grobbelaar, Lillian Dube, Christo Davids, David Mello, Chantal Herman, Hendrick Louw en Jeff Smith.

Hum
Thomas hoor die verlammende hum-klank al vir so lank dat hy skaars kan onthou wanneer dinge vir hom begin skeef loop het. Met die hulp van sy psigiater, dr. Swart, begin hy om sy verlede te ontleed sodat hy vir Jana, die liefde van sy lewe, kan terugwen ten spyte van die onafwendbare gedreun asook die gevoel dat hy konstant dopgehou word … Met Carel Nel, Cintaine Schutte, Deon Lotz, André Roothman, Milton Schorr, Benedikt Sebastian, Melanie Pack, Riaan Ellis, Eric Uys, Molly Brown, Benjamin Raubenheimer, Francois Coertze, Courtney Leshay Smith en Lizanne Peters.

Kolskoot
Fanus Niemand is toe iemand … Met Albert Pretorius, Cherie van der Merwe, Marie Pentz en Hannes Brummer.

Koue Voete
Moenie ’n misdadiger op sy skoene takseer nie. Met Kaz McFadden, Shareen Swart, Deon Coetzee, André Velts, Juanita de Villiers, Melinda Brink en Francois Viljoen.

Merk. Sny. Stoor.
Wanneer ’n psigologies versteurde man se traumatiese verlede sy hede beïnvloed, word ’n vreemdeling die slagoffer van sy eie trauma. Met Jacques Bessenger, Lilanie Prinsen, Suzi Swanepoel en Juan Lotz.

Onthou
Wanneer ’n jong, sorgelose hippie aansoek doen as verpleër by ’n streng, vol-nonsens bejaarde dame, is daar vanaf die eerste woordewisseling reeds spanning. Tog ontwikkel hulle ’n dieper vriendskapsverhouding en leer mekaar hoe om die ander onvoorwaardelik te aanvaar. Ouderdom is net ’n getal, maar hartsvriende bly deel van jou bestaan. Met Marga van Rooy en Phillip Schnetler.

Oom
Ná oom Johan Booysens ’n jong man langs die pad oplaai, besef hy hoe gevaarlik die pad kan wees as ’n mens nie jou geselskap ken nie. Met Pierre van Pletzen, Philippus Boshoff, Je-ani Swiegelaar, Anrich Herbst, Ansu Visser en Philicity Reeken.

Plankekoors
Daar’s ’n fyn lyn tussen opwinding en vrees. Dis net woorde. Jy’t ’n keuse. Veg of vlug? Met Antoinette Kellerman, Greta Pietersen, Joanie Combrink en Ludwig Binge.

Spoor(loos)
As ons maar net kon verdwyn. Met Fezile Mpela as Johnson en Pulane Sekepe as Juliet.

Vlees van my Vlees
Vyftien jaar ná ’n gruwelike motorongeluk vier ’n joviale man en sy kwadruplegiese vrou hulle twintigste huweliksherdenking. Ten spyte van die romanse en selflose liefde noop die frustrasies van haar gebrek hulle om die waarheid van hulle gebroke verhouding, verwyt, pyn en eie magteloosheid te trotseer. Met Erica Wessels en James Alexander.

kykNET het vanjaar ’n sestiende projek geïdentifiseer wat nog nie gereed is vir uitvoering nie, maar baie potensiaal toon. Die projek se skrywer gaan onder leiding van kykNET se bekwame opdraggewende vervaardigers die draaiboek verder ontwikkel en dit sal by volgende jaar se kortfilmprojek ingesluit word. Die titel van die film en die naam van die skrywer sal in Augustus by die Silwerskermfees bekend gemaak word.

Vollengte rolprente wat vertoon sal word, maar nie deel van die kompetisie is nie, is:

  • Eintlik Nogal Baie
  • Happiness is a Four-Letter Word
  • Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu
  • Vir Altyd
  • Wonder Boy for President
  • Die bestaande kortfilms op die fees is:
  • Daniel Munro
  • How to Kill a Girld Named Amanda
  • Scapegoat
  • Stukkend
  • The Discovery of Fire
  • The Great Gatsby: Redemption
  • The Man With the Heavy Leg
  • Transito

Webtuiste: www.kyknet.tv

Facebook: www.facebook.com/silwerskermfees

Twitter: @silwerskermfees #silwerskermfees2016

Instagram: @silwerskermfees2016

Vir media-navrae, kontak:
Ilza Roggeband by 0834482102 of ilza.roggeband@incontext.co.za




Web series festival

Filmmakers... Announcing the Web Series Festival Call for Entries!

Final Deadline: July 31st 2016

The 2nd Annual Web Series Festival Global offers $1000.00 CASH Grand Prize and Category Awards. 

Web Series Creators now have an opportunity to win $1000 Cash and Distribution (if needed). More than 20 individual categories, lot’s of chances to win. 

ALL entrants are considered for distribution. This is the recognition and high visibility YOU need to supercharge your career!

ENTER NOW: Web Series and Web Series scripts are accepted.

Celebrating Great Content in Web Series, Web Series Pilots, Web Series Scripts.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS - AUGUST 5TH 2016!


Digital Lab Africa 2016 calls for projects

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT before 31 August 2016

PITCH IT AT DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg (2-4 Nov 2016)

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. It is open to any professional or individual having an innovative project in 4 categories of multimedia production:

# Virtual reality # Web creation/transmedia # Video game (Serious game) # Digital music

More information on www.digilabafrica.com 

Deadline to submit your project: 31 August 2016

Digital Lab Africa is a new platform for African talent in multimedia, organised by the French Institute of South Africa, in partnership with DISCOP AFRICA and TRACE.

The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation and to make their project happen with the support of French leading companies in their field (studios, producers, broadcasters, distributors). The incubation ticket will include time of residence in France within digital clusters and a 3,000EUR cash prize.

The Web creation and Transmedia categories are dedicated to new ways of creating audio-visual material. They target the new generation of producers and relate to content that combines several media, and are intended to be viewed mainly online on smartphone, tablet and computer.

Web creation: this category targets all audio-visual material produced to be viewed online (first digital content) in a non-linear way. The category is open to innovative concepts and to any type of content: fiction, documentary, animation, reality shows, news, sport, entertainment, talk shows, debates, TV formats and magazine programmes (food, environment, lifestyle, culture, comedy, educational…).
Projects that aim to attract an audience, engage with it and retain it, and that can be formatted into episodes or thematic channels will be considered first. One-time broadcast/TV special are excluded from the web creation category.

Mentor of the winning project (web creation category): Lagardère Studios, leading audio-visual production group in Europe

Transmedia: all production/content which combines the use of various media (TV, Internet, mobile phones, radio, video games, social networks etc.) to offer a transmedia narrative experience, that may include some elements of interactivity and audience engagement. The project can consist of either creating a transmedia universe of an original television or cinema production, irrespective of the genre (documentary, series, animation), or a transmedia project developed directly for online consumption.

Examples: a web documentary or a web series including an interactive and participative element (involvement of the public via an app, a chat, social medias, video game…)

Mentor of the winning project (Transmedia category): ARTE, the European cultural channel and one of the leading web creation/transmedia content producers/broadcasters.

Virtual Reality: The virtual reality category is open to anyone producing content which offers an immersive experience to the public, on any type of support (computer, tablet, smartphone, virtual reality headset), using virtual reality technologies, 360° video, and 3D interactions. Examples: journalism report, fiction or documentary movie, musical clip, museum visit, video game...

Mentor of the winning project (virtual reality category): Okio-Studio, the French leading production house in virtual reality contents

Video Game (Serious Game): The video game category is open to all prototypes/concepts of Serious Game, learning games, edutainment games, simulation games, games which inform, engage and advertise for mobile application or full screen (computer, smartphone, TV, tablet...)

Examples: a News game on a current topic, a game which promotes a cause (health, education, environment, etc.), an advertising game to promote a film or event, an educational game to learn a language.


Mentor of the winning project (video game/serious game category): CCCP studio, one of the leading French video game studios specialising in serious games and multi-platforms games.

Digital Music: The digital music category is open to all projects which offer an innovative and enriching user experience using multimedia tools, solutions and content, based on one or several African artists, musical genres or African territories (e.g. Senegal rap or Congolese rumba). The project should be aimed at video or digital music platforms on the Internet or mobile telephone. 

Example: creating an app offering a multimedia world and an interactive community around an artist.

Mentors of the winning project (digital music category): BELIEVE DIGITAL, the leading digital distributor and services provider for independent artists & labels in the world
1D TOUCH, the first worldwide fair trade streaming platform dedicated to independent contents.

Contacts:
digilabafrica@gmail.com 
www.digilabafrica.com

MAKE IT HAPPEN thanks to the support of Digital Lab Africa partners


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Inktip: call for scripts and producers


Industry Professionals: 
Finding the script you need has never been easier. 

Finding good screenplays and professional writers is fast and easy on InkTip. 

Access is free to qualified producers, directors, agents, and managers.

Writers: 
Get your scripts in front of producers, agents, and managers today. 

Writers use InkTip every day to connect with industry professionals looking for writers to hire, scripts to produce and writers to represent. Whether you're breaking into the industry or are an established writer, InkTip can help you further your career.



Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts

Now in its 14th year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts through July 31, 2016 (Email Submission Date)

Award:
$300 + a professional reading and Q&A valued at $1,000.

For Guidelines and Application Form go to: http://www.newworksofmeritplaywritingcontest.com/ 




IPO Presents: a talk with producer duo Rolie and Khobi

Sessions are where you can frankly engage with industry heavyweights, over the state of South African filmmaking.

This month, in association with Glenfiddich, we are hosting an impressive producer-duo: Rolie Nikiwe and Khobi Ledwaba of Branded Soul Productions are behind hit TV shows such as Heist, Umtshato and e.tv Matatiele.

Join us for a free night out! Plenty wisdom, laughs, drinks, popcorn and zero censorship!

Date: Wednesday 27 July
Venue: Atlas Studios
Time: 7pm

#IPOPresentsRolieAndKhobi



A Watershed Day for the Independence and Credibility of SABC

Since 02 July 2016, the Campaign to Save Our SABC, which constitutes individuals, organisations and movements campaigning for social and economic justice for all has campaigned for and built up a broad front of activists committed to the independence and credibility of our national public broadcaster. 

From the very outset, we have been clear about our demands which include:


  1. The immediate and unconditional lifting of the suspension and dismissal of SABC journalists facing disciplinary action for being brave citizens and refusing to undermine the credibility and integrity of our SABC.
  2. That the SABC’s illegally revised editorial policies be scrapped.
  3. The immediate reversal of all downward editorial decisions premised on the unlawfully revised editorial policy.
  4. That Motsoeneng is sacked from the SABC, in keeping with the Public Protector’s recommendations and the Western Cape High Court’s judgment which found his appointment to be “irrational” and, therefore, unlawful in the first place.
  5. That the lame-duck and inquorate SABC Board that has enabled Motsoeneng’s reign of terror and patronage to be reconstituted on an urgent basis.
  6. That Faith Muthambi is sacked for her delinquency and collusion with Motsoeneng and the SABC Board in unlawfully revising the editorial policies and enabling the continued decay of the SABC.

Today, in a gold-star watershed for the integrity of the single largest mass communication medium in the country, the SABC, and the integrity of our constitutional democracy with it, the Helen Suzman Foundation successfully interdicted the SABC from proceeding with enforcing editorial directives including those which gave rise to the banning of visuals of the destruction of property where it occurs  in local government protests, as well as the banning of coverage that is critical of the ANC and the President of the Republic of South Africa. These directives were unlawful when they were issued in as much as they have come to be found by a court of law now.

Buttressing this great victory, the SABC is reported to have accordingly submitted a letter to ICASA, confirming that it will abide by the ruling and recommendations of the regulator's Complaints and Compliance Committee, and was adopted by Council on Monday 11 July 2016, confirming, once again as was done in the so-called "Nkandla" Constitutional Court judgment that the findings and recommendations of a Chapter 9 institution, such as ICASA is, are binding. It is regrettable that the SABC’s COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and Board Chairperson, Obert Maguvhe, took this long to come to this rational and principled conclusion after much huffing and puffing and blowing of hot steam.

These two victories, however, only address the third of our six simple demands towards the turn-around of our SABC which has been in the double crisis of credibility and corporate stability for no less than the last decade. 

Principally, we are mindful of the fact that the SABC 8 have been summarily dismissed by Motsoeneng, with the support of his delinquent Board, a power-hungry Minister of Communications and an equally delinquent Portfolio Committee on Communications in Parliament, have not yet been reinstated with immediate effect. Indeed, we are concerned about the continued climate of fear and terror, and culture of self-censorship that has gripped rank-and-file SABC workers by their throats. A climate and culture that was established by, and continues to be enforced by Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

We are emboldened by today’s powerful developments, and are unyielding in our commitment to see that our demands which are essential to turning the SABC around are met.

Issued by:

Sekoetlane Phamodi
National Coordinator, Save Our SABC Coalition (SOS Coalition)
+27 76 084 8077

William Bird
Executive Director, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)
+27 (82) 887 1370

Alex Mashilo
Spokesperson, South African Communist Party (SACP)
+27 (82) 9200308

Micah Reddy
National Media Freedom and Diversity Organiser, Right2Know Campaign
+27 83 297 3444


Hannes du Buisson
Broadcasting, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union
+27 82 920 8669

Tuwani Gumani
General Secretary, MWASA
+27 82 743 3867

[Blog editor note: The SABC has now responded that there will be no need to go to court over above mentioned matter of airing violence. And it is interesting that the SABC is under the impression that the SAPC supported their motion to ban visuals of violence.]



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cape Town locations workshop and pre-season briefing, 2016

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with Wesgro, the Commercial Producers Association (CPASA) and the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) invites you to the locations workshop and pre-season briefing.

Date: Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 August 2016
Time: 08:00 until 17:00
Venue: North Conference Room, Foyer A, 1st Floor, Cape Town StadiumParking available at Cape Town Stadium

RSVP: 
Michelle Jackson before Friday 12 August 2016 at Michelle.Jackson@capetown.gov.za

A light lunch will be served. Limited seats available, kindly RSVP to secure your seat.







Thursday, July 14, 2016

DISCOP 2016, 2 to 4 November - JOHANNESBURG









Mark your agenda for DISCOP Africa, Johannesburg (2-4 November) to welcome key broadcasters, pay-tv platforms, mobile networks, online operators, producers, global and domestic distributors, advertisers, influencers and investors driving multi-platform, multi-screen content business across Sub-Saharan Africa.

2500+ delegates that include 250+ exhibiting companies offering feature films, television, mobile and web programs, adaptation rights and packaged channels from all over the world are expected to attend.

A 50% discount is available for all MARKET BADGES until Friday 2 September, at which time we will launch our matchmaking program designed to help SELLERS, BUYERS and PRODUCERS schedule meetings.

The 3-day DISCOP AFRICA agenda will include: 

  • A market driven by deals and engineered to deliver meetings between content SELLERS, BUYERS and PRODUCERS.
  • A conference program featuring Africa's key players sharing insights on plans to transform the Continent's television, online and mobile spaces.
  • A pitching competition promoting original television and web projects to an audience of industry professionals seeking innovative concepts and fresh talent.
  • A series of workshops addressing issues that will help independent film, TV and web content producers succeed in today's media industry.
  • A program designed to preview upcoming TV and web shows presented by its actors, directors, writers and producers.

The event will take place across two floors at the  SANDTON CONVENTION CENTER conveniently located in the heart of Johannesburg's business district.

THE MARKET FLOOR: A 5,000 M2 ground-floor level, featuring exhibiting spaces, viewing boxes, regional umbrellas, and lounges. Qualified delegates will have access to the matchmaking lounge.

THE CO-PRO FLOOR: The 3,500 M2 second-floor level will display a vast array of tools and resources to designed to help independent producers navigate through production, co-production and distribution issues through discussions with relevant South African government agencies, industry associations, guilds/unions and key players in the industry.

For information about registering, click here.


For Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSAmembers:
You can register by requesting from-, and completing the registration form, and sending it back to the WGSA (admin@writersguildsa.org) to take advantage of the 50% discount available (the discounted price is $125) and students can get tickets at just R600 on all MARKET BADGE purchase (Except Non-exhibiting Sellers) until September 2nd, 2017. 

The WGSA will also host two workshops at DISCOP

  1. Funding 101 For African Writers
  2. Writers’ Rights: Don’t Sign Away Your Life

The WGSA has arranged for a WRITERS' PITCH ROOM to take place as well.  60 Ticket holders will be allowed to pitch at this occasion.