Monday, June 1, 2020


 The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with the DW Akademie, is excited to announce a short-film competition aimed at African women during the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown.

The competition is open to African women content creators and filmmakers of any age or experience level, currently living in Africa. The competition aims to encourage women to share their stories as we create a living document of a time and place – of the specific circumstances that women in Africa currently find themselves, under various degrees of lock-down, through the limitations on movement, opportunity, and often, basic freedoms.

The impact of Covid-19 across the globe, and especially in Africa, is felt more by the vulnerable in society. In many African countries women’s opportunities and access to opportunities are limited, and the economic and social impact of Covid-19 is, in many cases, impacting women harder and in different ways than their male counterparts. There are issues affecting woman such as domestic violence, altered access to opportunities, increased burden of care, and many others.

This film competition invites women to share these experiences – be they challenging, positive or simply questioning. The stories should be honest, personal, and specifically related to the current COVID-19 situation. Entries across genres are welcome, from animation and fiction, to documentary or interview style – just as long as the content is 2 minutes or shorter.

Entry is FREE and women will need to register on the Ladima Foundation’s newly revamped A-List in order to enter:  

Ten winning films will be selected by a jury and then streamed on the Ladima website along with other partner websites. Each winning filmmaker will also receive 500 EURO as well as access to a year’s worth of educational and inspirational webinars on the USA’s Women Make Movies platform,,valued at approximately $500.


The organizers of last year’s successful Knysna Film Festival have rebranded the festival to GRIFF – Garden Route International Film Festival. ‘In light of the current Covid19 pandemic we had to change our concept for the short term to ensure the festival goes ahead. To this end we are bringing back Drive-ins to the Garden Route and also taking the festival Online as a Virtual Festival’ says Patrick Walton GRIFF Festival Director.  

The organizers have already completed a recce of suitable locations in Riversdale, Mosselbay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Calitzdorp, Ladysmith and Oudtshoorn.

The organizers are taking this two-tier approach in order to ensure that the festival goes ahead in a Virtual environment and physical space. If Covid19 levels disrupt plans for the Drive-ins, postponement is easy with all the necessary planning already in place.

The Drive-in Cinemas will feature a double bill for two nights in each town. A film in competition and an ‘Oldy but a goodie’ will be screened each night. Organizers anticipate that due to the limited number of cars allowed under gathering restrictions, tickets will be a sought-after commodity.

Post festival, the organizers anticipate continuing with the drive-ins, creating an opportunity for individuals to create a business around the concept. ‘We have the equipment and infrastructure, so we want it out there for audiences to enjoy and take advantage of long after the festival finishes.’ says Festival Coordinator Shianne Maritz.

Safety remains the number one priority so audiences will enjoy films from the comfort of their own cars. Depending on the level of Covid19 over the festival dates, there may also be some additional nostalgic services on offer.  The organizers showed their creative and innovative thinking with the film festival last year and are intent on stepping things up a gear this year.

Tickets will go on sale a month prior to the event and depending on the venue and restrictions at the time, up to 60 cars per venue are anticipated.

We want people to enjoy this form of socializing and remember the hey-days of the drive-in experience and share that as a family.  More information will be available on the festival website and Facebook page as planning continues. The Virtual film festival is scheduled for 21st September 2020 to 11th October 2020.

For more information or images please contact GRIFF Festival Director Patrick Walton

Friday, May 29, 2020


You are cordially invited to attend our 2-day Legal Workshop Webinar on 3 & 4 June 2020.

Emerging film producers legal workshop

Wesgro Film and Media Promotion, in collaboration with Film Cape Town and Irish MacLeod Inc, has put together a legal workshop for emerging producers/SMME’s intended to fill the knowledge gaps that exist within the industry.

When it comes to growing the local industry, and so driving economic development, one must ask; Are local filmmakers fully prepared and skilled to pitch and fundraise on global platforms? Are the Film SMME’s growing sustainable businesses?

In light of these challenges, Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion team has started facilitating various workshops aimed at helping Film SMME’s and Emerging Independent Producers better understand the South African and Global “Film Business” landscape.


Independent filmmakers and emerging producers looking to grow their business and expand into the global market.


Irish Macleod has proposed a programme for a two-day workshop, covering the following topics:

DATE:    3 June 2020
TIME:    10h00 - 12h30
DAY 1:   Funding and Financing of Films | Sales and Distribution

DATE:    4 June 2020
TIME:    10h00 - 12h30
DAY 2:  Company Formation | Special Purpose Vehicles | Chain of Title | Copyright | Production Legals | COVID-19 and productions

Kindly click this link to register:

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Please note that all script registrations done on the WGSA Script registry before 1 June 2017 has now expired and will be destroyed.  

In order to  ensure your work remains protected, please re-register here

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


26 May 2020

Following Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s announcement of a R150 Million Relief Fund to assist artists, athletes, technical personnel and the core ecosystem of the sector, adjudication panels were immediately appointed for both the sport and arts and culture sector. The deadline for application of the Relief Fund was 6 April 2020.

The other part of this fund was open to proposals for livestreaming the work of creatives and athletes, particularly, intergenerational cooperation between younger artists and legends. Both processes (the Relief Fund adjudication as well as the tender application process for service providers) were mutually exclusive.

Artists were provided with the amounts that they requested but the maximum amount given to each artist is R20, 000. Those who requested less than R 20,000 were given the amounts they specifically requested. These include artists who have appealed and were considered favourably.

Issued by the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture

Media Enquiries:
Masechaba Khumalo: Spokesperson (Minister),
Tel: 066 380 7408 | Email:

Mr Mickey Modisane: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport)
Tel: 082 992 0101 | Email:

Ms Zimasa Velaphi: Marketing and Communications (Arts and Culture)
Tel: 072 172 8925 | Email:

Please follow the link below for the list of artists who have received funding to date:


Opportunity Description
Call for proposals
Start of submission: 12/08/2020
Submission Closing: 12/10/2020
Global budget: 10000 Dollars US
Date of results: 30/11/2020
Date of allocations notification: 15/12/2020
Date of contracts signature: 30/12/2020

Lot 1 : Performing arts
  • The projects involved in this call are activities and projects of creation, production and dissemination of works and capacity building in the field of the performing arts.
    The current call concerns the following performing arts: music, dance and theater.
Lot 2 : Visual arts
  • The projects involved in this call are activities and projects of creation, production and dissemination of works and capacity building in the field of visual arts.
  • This call concerns traditional visual arts, photography, digital art, decorative arts (textile art, design, marquetry…) as well as all pre-production, production, post-production, dissemination and distribution concerning the following cinematographic and audiovisual disciplines:
  • Fiction/animation (short films, medium-length films, feature films or series);
  • Documentaries (unitary or series);
  • Art videos.
This call covers all countries of the African continent.

For any request made in this call, the maximum budget is US $ 10,000. Projects must be completed for a period not exceeding 18 months. ACF does not grant mobility grants. However, travel expenses can be covered when they are part of the implementation of a project.

Application selection procedure is in five (05) steps:
  • Registration and filing of files ;
  • Registration and filing of files ;
  • Administrative review of applications ;
  • Evaluation by the award committee (Jury) ;
  • Approval of the list of selected projects ;
  • Approval of allocation of funds.
Applications are evaluated by an independent award committee composed of professionals working in the African cultural sector and knowing the artistic realities in the different African regions.

The committee evaluates the applications according to four (04) criteria:
  • The originality/innovation/creativity of the project or concept;
  • The technical quality of the file;
  • The financial quality of the project;
  • The relevance/sustainability of the project or concept in relation to the African or regional context.
The Fund will sign a contract with the grant beneficiary that will include information on the activities to be carried out, the value of the contract, payment terms and reports.

The approved projects are funded in two (02) installments:
  • 80% of the grant, when signing the contract (pre-financing);
  • 20% of the grant, at the end of the project and upon presentation and approval of the reports (balance).
ACF is not obliged to cover the total amount of the requested grant.

How to Apply:

The applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment of receipt email once the application has been received. Applicants are invited to provide all requested documents, ACF will not contact applicants if part of their application is incomplete.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The results will be posted on ACF’s website and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).



Dear Film Industry Stakeholder

The COVID-19 coronavirus had forced us to put down our cameras and close our sets for the protection of human lives. Many of our brilliant scripts, concepts and finished projects had to be shelved because the entire world has ground to a halt. We now have an opportunity to pick up where we left off with some of our work.

With National Government allowing the film industry to resume work under level 4, the City of Cape Town has resumed its permit processing. The Film Permit Office has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), in line with the Disaster Management Act regulations, to ensure all film workplaces are safe and curb any spread of the virus.

It is our collective responsibility, as we all go back to work, to ensure that we adhere to the protocols as well as all other applicable regulations in terms of hygiene on set to safeguard ours and the health of all those in production workplaces.

Good luck and stay safe!
Film Cape Town

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for Virtual Festivals and Markets Attendance is now open for festivals taking place in June 2020. These festivals include the Cannes International Film Festival and Annecy/MIFA.

Individuals may submit funding applications to the NFVF for any of the above funding categories. Specific conditions are applicable for each funding category, and applicants need to take careful note of these conditions before applying.

Opening date for submissions:  Submission Date: 19 May 2020
Closing date for submissions:    Submission Date: 26 May 2020

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link: 

Important notice
Please take note of the following disclaimers:

  1. The festival attendance grant will only cover festival registration, data and other relevant items.
  2. Tier yourself accordingly
  3. Carefully read the definitions of the sub-categories before selecting
  4. It is advisable that the main applicant applies instead of using a 3rd party to apply on their behalf
  5. Only certified documents will be accepted. (NOT OLDER THAN 6 MONTHS, WITH A DATED STAMP)
  6. Only valid documents will be allowed (NOT EXPIRED)
  7. Applications which do not meet compliance will be disqualified

Tier breakdown:

Tier 1: Experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing 3-5 theatrically released feature films.

Tier 2: Filmmakers with limited experience but who have developed and produced 1-2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, 2-3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

Tier 3: New entrants into the industry, particularly recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. This intervention is geared towards first time filmmakers having a “calling card” in the film industry. This tier is only eligible for short film funding.

Please note that no late applications will be accepted.

For any queries regarding applications please contact:
Thandekile Hlatshwayo
Applications Officer




The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is pleased to announce a student mentorship programme, in association with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market in France, to promote and nurture emerging talent in the field of animation.

The programme consists of leading a delegation of animation content creators to attend the online Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market. Delegates will participate in activities to expose them to this sector of the film industry.

Activities will include pitching workshops, pitching sessions, masterclasses and workshops on the business of animation.

The National Film and Video Foundation is awarding students an opportunity to participate in this programme that aims to promote animation as a career within South Africa. We are looking for students who are passionate about animation and who can conceptualize original and authentic drawings to create animation content.

This opportunity is open to all students within South Africa, who are pursuing animation as a career at an accredited tertiary institution.


Interested students are requested to do a character design of the main character featured in any South African film and submit that via email to by 03 June 2020.

Winners will be selected based on:
1.    Originality and creativity of the artwork.
2.    The design interpretation of the character from live-action film into animation.

Selected students will have online access to the festival screenings, work in progress sessions, masterclasses, making off and MIFA campus. The MIFA Campus is an exciting opportunity for students and professionals from around the world to meet with recruiters, attend various master-classes and discuss initiatives and schemes in the animation industry.


  1. Applicant must be final year student, and proof of registration must be attached.
  2. Applicant must be a SA citizen or permanent resident of South Africa


1.    An artwork (character design) and the name of the movie
2.    Proof of registration
3.    ID Copy

Closing date:  03 June 2020
Contact details: 011 483 0880


Sunday, May 24, 2020



Date: 23 May 2020


It has been brought to the attention of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture that there is a group of individuals who call themselves “The Campaign ZA”, who are using fraudulent means to attain personal information from artists.

The group have circulated messages via WatsApp and other platforms, with false claims that “Government has agreed to pay all creatives a stipend for 3-6 months during this lockdown period” and they are calling on creatives to email, amongst other things, their ID numbers and banking details to the following address:  

Please be aware that this is a scam.

Fraud is a punishable offense by law and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture would like to issue a stern warning to individuals or groups who spread false information to deliberately mislead people.


Issued by the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture

Media Enquiries:

Masechaba Khumalo: Spokesperson (Minister),
Tel: 066 380 7408 | Email:

Mr Mickey Modisane: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport)
Tel: 082 992 0101 | Email:  

Ms Zimasa Velaphi: Marketing and Communications (Arts and Culture)
Tel: 072 172 8925 | Email:

Friday, May 22, 2020


More than R25 000 in prizes up for grabs!!! Send us your inspiring story and WIN a Prize

COVID-19 Stories of Hope: Not all is gloom

South Africa is standing together to fight COVID-19. Amidst proliferating misinformation and increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) is partnering with local media to bring hope to the communities through inspirational stories from front line workers and those that have recovered from COVID-19. These hopeful stories will present a snapshot of what positive acts of love for the country our frontline workers do every day and bring to life the ways in which people are supporting each other as well as how individuals find new ways of making their lives better through these challenging time. So: Do you live or work in the Eastern Cape or Western Cape

1.       Are you an educator (teacher) going the extra mile to ensure that your students continue to learn using methods that respect social distancing?
2.       Are you a health-worker, who wakes up each day and goes to work a ta hospital? Tell us about how you bring smiles to your 3. patients, stay positive and passionate during these difficult times.
3.       Are you in the frontline of delivering essential supplies as an employee, who has been working day and night since Level Five? Talk to us.
4.       If you work as a law enforcement official, (police, military etc.), working to enforce the regulations as published by Government we would like to hear from you.
5.       Finally, we would like to hear stories from those of you that have recovered from COVID-19. Sharing your story will give many South Africans hope. What support structure did you have as you faced Covid-19? What message do you have for the rest of South Africans on staying positive following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis?

If you fall under one of the five (5) categories above, we would love to hear from you. One story per category will be selected as the winning story for a prize per province.

1st Prize (x10)                   2nd Prize (x10)         3rd Prize (x10)
R1000.00                        R500.00                   R250.00

Please submit your stories by Friday the 5th of June 2020 as follows to:

·       Must qualify in one of the above 5 categories from Western Cape or Eastern Cape
·       Story of Hope – Maximum pages: 2 (Two)Winning stories to form e-book!
·       Language: All South African languages welcome (translation will be done for the judges)
·       Pictures: Please include one picture that relates to your story, if possible.

This initiative is brought to you by the National Department of Health in partnership with the Centre for Communication Impact, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D).


Thursday, May 21, 2020


Dear Colleagues

Please see link to the COVID-19 level 4 information document developed by SASFED. Level  4 regulations, COVID-19 contact information and relief funds currently available, here:   


SASFED has collated the applicable COVID-19 regulations to the best of its ability but cannot be held liable for any losses or claims which may arise as a result of the SASFED's failure to include or add regulations to the database. For the avoidance of doubt, each producer and/or member of the public is responsible for checking that it is compliant with the various COVID-19 regulations and for obtaining its own legal advice in respect of the measures to be taken to ensure compliance.



The State of Disaster and the national lockdown declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa, means that as a public entity, we need to do all that we can to combat the spread of Covid-19 while also endeavoring to ensure that operations continue under somewhat difficult circumstances. With the lockdown still in effect, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission has revised the funding schedule in the financial year 2020/21. The revised schedule for funding will be as follows:

Cycle One:
Opens – 18 May 2020
Closes – 30 June 2020

In a bid to ensure that filmmakers are still able to access the Film Fund during the lockdown, applications can now be emailed to This will allow applicants to apply with the most minimum amount of movement and interaction with others.

Applicants are requested to visit our website on and download the recent application forms to ensure that all the required documents are submitted.

*Only KZN applicants can access development funding.

Applicants for Made for TV (micro-budget) movies need not apply according to these dates. A special call is announced for this category of funding annually.

The turnaround time for an application for funding is 3 months from the closing date of the call, this is to afford the internal team and external evaluator’s ample time to review and evaluate projects.

For enquiries email and refer to the Funding Overview for more information.

*All directions in respect of health protocols must be adhered to as per regulation 16(6).



The Africa’s premier documentary festival, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, has been postponed. The festival, now in its 22nd year, was due to run in June, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be postponed until August or September 2020.

Encounters Festival Director Mandisa Zitha said, “The Board and the Organising Team have delayed the decision to postpone the festival for as long as they could, however it is clearly not possible to hold the event in June as planned”.

She continued, “We have paid careful attention to responses by our international counterparts in applying innovative online programmes and we are exploring plans to deliver some programmes to our constituency in a similar way. Our commitment is to honor the excellent films programmed with a platform that promotes them to an engaged local audience and allows for conversations to happen around the topics chosen. The safety of our patrons is paramount hence the decision to adopt appropriate online platforms.”

The Encounters Festival also features workshops, industry master classes and discussions. As part of this the South African Guild Of Editors (SAGE) / Encounters Rough Cut Lab has also been postponed. The Lab offers professional support and mentoring for three documentary projects which are in the “rough cut” phase. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5 June 2020.

Renowned for its contemporary and cosmopolitan programme, the Encounters Festival features both South African and world premières, as well as award-winning work fresh from the international documentary circuit. It is one of the oldest festivals on the continent, and actively supports and promotes local and African films, filmmakers and festivals to an international market.
While the film programme for 2020 has yet to be finalised, several acclaimed documentaries will have their African premieres at the festival and a number of international documentary winners have been confirmed. The full list will be announced on May 30th.


Joy Sapieka and Associates
Tel: +27 (0)73 212 5492 (SA)
Tel: +44 (0)7818 636 278(UK)


Message to Producers from the IPO

Join us on a drive to free-up library content locked up under license in order to package a globally relevant slate to secure much needed funds for each owner and the industry as a whole.

We are living in unprecedented times, with no clear path or certainty around how quickly it will be possible for the South African production sector to return to pre-COVID levels of activity.

If we stand any chance of coming out of the other side of this with our creative economy still intact, it will require a new out-of-the-box collective thinking not only within the production sector but by society as a whole.

To this effect, the IPO has been working hard to identify sources of financial support for both production companies and individuals who form part of the film & TV industry value chain. From our experience to date, it is not always easy to access government funding even though the IPO working together with SASFED is working hard to find solutions to the bottlenecks.

It therefore falls on all of us to think as laterally as possible in order to generate revenue during this challenging time. To this end, please find below a broad outline of the SOUTH AFRICAN SLATE initiative.


Due to the global shut-down of Film / TV production, we as producers may be limited in our ability to generate revenue from our current slate of projects.

However, as a collective, we do have a deep library of historic content that could possibly be monetised in the current climate. If this content is aggregated, it may be possible to license it as a sizeable slate to international streamers associated platforms and earn much needed revenue for the industry. There is no question that as the world hunkers down, the demand for content is higher than ever, so the interest in an aggregated slate should be high.

Following the above, the Exco is reaching out to members in order to ascertain whether they would be willing to apply any of their content towards the Slate. Further details are provided below.
Slate Objective and mechanics

The objective is not to profiteer, but to rather create an aggregated fund that would be benefit industry as follows:
  1. 50% of net proceeds to Slate producers, on an equal basis; and
  2. 50% of net proceeds to be paid into a fund for the benefit of the sector especially including freelance cast / crew who have been hit by the lock-down. [(Please refer to the mechanism for this below)
For example, if the slate generates net revenue of $300k and 15 members contribute their content, $150k would go to the fund for crew / cast and the other $150k would be split into $10k payments to the 15 producers.

The Slate would be represented by a seasoned sales agent (either Indigenous or AAA, or the two working in strategic collaboration with each other) and we would ask that their fee be kept very low. We have had preliminary discussions with Indigenous and they are very keen to be part of this initiative.


There are certainly obstacles / barriers to success of the Slate, not least of which is the untangling of which rights are available for each title that is put forward by the members, and how easy it will be to remove any encumbrances. Indigenous confirmed that they will do legal due diligence on each title in order to ensure that as many titles as possible can form part of the Slate. It may also be necessary to approach lenders / broadcasters / distributors who hold rights and appeal to them to free up such rights for the benefit of the Slate. Sales agents negotiating on behalf of a slate of films with the CEO of local partners, means that we can probably cut through red-tape with greater speed than producers trying to negotiate individually.

In order for the Slate to be as streamlined as possible, the initial thinking is that the Slate will be aimed at the North American SVOD and AVOD markets, as opposed to multiple territories that may already be tied up across many titles within the Slate. That said, we will further explore the most appropriate strategy in consultation with the sales team as a more nuanced multi-territory approach may be appropriate depending on the rights architecture of the slate that is put forward by the producing community, ie, you.
There are also challenges re: delivery requirements, which may be more onerous than historic / traditional requirements.  However, initial discussions with Indigenous suggest that gaps in delivery materials can be plugged for around $600 – $1,000 per title, which can be absorbed within the aggregate license value.

The Feel-Good Factor

This will certainly be an initiative with heart, as a significant portion of the funds will be allocated to the urgent needs of the freelance community that have mostly fallen between the cracks and are such an important part of the local industry.

The IPO working together with the NFVF and SASFED are in advanced discussions around setting up a fund for the sector which will include Freelancers. All due revenue would flow into this fund to supplement it so will form part of a national effort and be 100% transparent and be available to all industry, regardless if you are a member of the IPO or not.

We therefore feel that this positive spin could allow us to leverage a better deal with the streamers. Furthermore, as opposed to coming to the table with cap in hand and with begging bowl raised, we are putting a different perspective on things – rather than just asking for an industry bail-out, we are doing our part to use existing IP to seek to generate funds through innovation and through leveraging our combined assets.  We are therefore optimistic that streamers and associated platforms will react positively to the offering and that other stakeholders will come to the party as this represents a do-it-yourself entrepreneurial spirit and gives SA producers agency.

We recognise that by contributing their content towards the Slate, producers may be prejudicing themselves. However, it may be that in this particular case, 1 + 1 = 3 i.e. the aggregate value of the Slate could outweigh the benefit of going it alone. We have already informally canvassed some IPO members, and it seems as if the appetite for the slate project exists and a number of projects have already been put forward for consideration, so we are hoping we can easily reach a point of critical mass to make the exercise worthwhile.

We will also explore whether it is possible for the crew / cast contribution to be done through a S18A mechanism, which would trigger tax deductions for Slate Members.

Next steps

The Slate only makes sense if the number of titles is sufficient. To this, before we take any further steps, please could you revert re the following:
  • Are you interested in being part of this Slate initiative?
  • If so, please can you provide us with an indication of:
  • project title,
  • rights that are currently available,
  • any specifics that we need to be aware of (e.g. a IDC tie-up that needs to be managed before the titles can be included in the Slate).
Please email and we will respond directly to discuss in more detail, or better yet send details on your projects so we can start assessing interest. Please use SA SLATE as your subject heading.

It is important to note that this initiative is NOT limited to IPO members, and we are willing to review projects from across the board for inclusion into the slate, and the benefits of the proceeds are to be opened up to the entire industry and not only IPO members.  Once we have collated feedback from the members, we will engage stakeholders, sales agents and platforms to assess as to whether the initiative is viable and what we see as the next steps.

Should you have any questions in the interim, we are available to discuss at your convenience.