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.




Continued engagement with SABC

A further response to numerous questions from SASFED to the SABC:

I hope you [Harriet] are well. I [Maijang Mpherwane] must state upfront that we really appreciate the work that you and your colleagues in the industry does for the SABC and our partnership is very important to us. 

To answer your question [the general question was: what is SABC's present drama commissioning strategy?], our drama acquisition strategy remains the same across the three channels, i.e. continuously diversify the slate through the acquisition of new titles while re-commissioning successful ones. The release of the 2014 RFP (Request for TV Proposals) book was geared to address the need for new titles and though its delivery was delayed for some time, the organization has begun to issue out contracts against those briefs and so we will in the next 12 to 18 months be seeing new titles out of the RFP book on our schedules. 

The decision taken by the organization’s leadership to solely rely on unsolicited proposals as a means to get content onto the channels’ schedules means that we are open to the industry sharing with us any piece of content in any genre and that we shall put them on our schedules as long as the content teams feel they are compelling enough and that the proposed budgets are affordable and doable. This is irrespective of whether the proposed stories are short or long forms. 

We are prepared to engaging on any piece of content that can add value to our business, especially since the pronouncements made around the increased percentages of local content that needs to be on the schedules across all three channels.

Please see below for more specific responses to your questions:

Q: Are you still looking for telenovelas, soaps or series, and what is happening with the slots previously reserved for sitcom?

A: As expressed above. We are open to all types of dramas and other genres that the industry wants to propose to the SABC. The key thing is obviously to ensure that they respond to each of the channel’s positioning. The sitcom slots are still there across three channels and they are as follows:
S1: Mondays and Wednesday 19h30,
S2: Saturday and Sunday 19h00 as well as Wednesday 20h00
S3: Wednesday 21h00 and Friday 21h00

Q: What channel still has a shortfall and in which languages do you require submissions? 

A: All channels continue to be in need of fresh content, especially S3 which has experienced a quantum leap in the amount of local content on its schedules. From a channel perspective, the most important thing is to have content that resonates with audiences, one that speaks to the universe within which each channel lives and so language is a secondary tool we use to determine what content we place on which channel, especially as it pertains to S1 as well as S2 and this also applies to S3 to some degree, in the new dispensation. If you are able to give us authentic South African stories (rural and urban) that reflect ordinary people in incredible situations - exploring a broad range of settings, styles and tonality in line with each of the channels’ positioning, then you have a winner, irrespective of what language it is in.

Hope you find all in order.

Kind regards,
Mr. Maijang Mpherwane
General Manager: TV Channels

To contact the SABC, click here




WGSA MUSE AWARDS 2016: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS



MUSE AWARDS

AN AWARD FOR WRITERS BY WRITERS

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

ENTRIES:

PRODUCED and UNPRODUCED scripts will be accepted for the 2016 WGSA Muse Awards in eight different script categories:


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

IMPORTANT DATES: 

SUBMISSIONS:  
Closing date:  30 September 2016

JUDGING:
October to December 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS:
January 2017

WGSA MUSE AWARD CEREMONY:

11 February 2017, Roodepoort Theatre

How to submit:
Go to our website and follow the step-by-step instructions.

[Note from blog editor: one of the requirements for entering the WGSA Muse Awards is that you have to be a WGSA member. It's easy and affordable to join and there are a variety of categories; students, candidates (people whose work hasn't been produced yet), friends, professionals, corporations and pensioners. Membership also comes with loads of other benefits. Go to their website for more information: http://writersguildsa.org/membership]

GOOD NEWS for DFA and ASA Members
If you are a paid up member of either the DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association) and / or ASA (Animation South Africa), you may submit your entry. Instead of using a membership number, just enter DFA member or ASA member. Please note that your membership with DFA / ASA will be verified.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

9th JIFF call for various submissions





JIFF is the world’s fastest growing and now a prestigious Film Festival. And Jaipur is now the New Emerging Film Capital of India & the World!

You are invited to submit your Film, Documentary, Animation, Screenplay, Music, Song, Album, Dialogue, Film Poster and Live Performance and connect with the Indian and global film industry at the Jaipur International Film Festival-JIFF 2017 & Film Market, Co-Production Meets, Screenplay Festival, Conferences and Seminars, from January 7 to 11, 2017 in Pink City Jaipur.

Online submission facilities are available here.

Read more about their screenplay competition here.

You can visit their website for further details or feel free to ask via email or contact numbers +91-141-6500601, +91-8003937961.

PS: They encourage you to “follow” JIFF on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to read regular updates.




Monday, July 11, 2016

Filmmatic Call for Your Features, Shorts, Docs, and Webisodes



*Late Deadline Alert (7/15/16)! 

Call for Your Features, Shorts, Docs, and Webisodes!

You've worked hard on your film/video, and our staff and Judges are excited to view your work. The Competition is open to feature-length and short works, docs, pilots, web-series and music videos. 

Competition judging is broken down by 14 genre's. 

14 Winners, one Overall Winner, and 140 Finalists will all be named on August 31, 2016!

Prizes include Jungle Filmmaking Software, VideoBlocks memberships, VIP tickets to a Sundance Networking Event, Producer Exposure and more! 

Our Overall Winners will have both and East and West-Coast screening!

ALL entrants will receive a free trial account from VideoBlocks. Just use the PROMOCODE: "JUNGLESOFTWARE20" to SAVE 20% off your entry!






Friday, July 8, 2016

Women Making Film SA upcoming meet-up in Durban


During the 2016 Durban International Film Festival, women making films and television (both locally and internationally) came together to address common concerns, share experiences, support and inspire one another. 

Everyone in attendance supported the importance of working towards ensuring that women are given a voice in the industry, through organized action.

It was agreed that there will be different chapters of this organization in the making that would meet to work out a way to set up such an organization and begin to define what it should do. Other meetings will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town. See below for details.

All women working in the film and television sector are invited to attend the inaugural meetings in the various cities. 

DURBAN:
Date: Thursday, 14 July 2016
Time: 16h00 – 19h00
Venue: KZNSA Gallery on 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood

JOHANNESBURG:
Date: Thursday, 14 July 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: 21 Kei Road, Emmarentia

CAPE TOWN:
Date: Thursday, 14 July 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: Priest Post Production, 9 Queens Park Avenue, 7925 Cape Town, South Africa

RSVP: Tiny Mungwe, tmungwe@gmail.com

AGENDA:

A draft agenda to guide the proceedings is as follows:

  1. Compile of list of what everyone feels is needed from an organization like this.
  2. Try and expand the groups to include as many women as are interested – with a view to possible splitting groups up around shared interests if they get to big. get everyone to like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenMakingFilmsSA/
  3. Choose or elect if necessary one ( or max 2) people who will be the coordinators of the group. This job will include liaising with everyone nationally as well as planning all subsequent meetings and ensuring momentum isn’t lost.
  4. Allow time for networking, and problem solving around issues that are raised.
  5. Plan a time and venue for the next meeting Thursday 11th August.

Please feel free to submit any additional items for the agenda to Tiny Mungwe and these will be proposed at the beginning of the meeting.




Monday, July 4, 2016

First Ekurhuleni International Film Festival huge success


On the 23rd of June, the SABC / Ekurhuleni International Film Festival (EIFF) was officially launched at the O.R. Tambo Recreational Centre in the vibrant township of Wattville

The purpose of EIFF is to empower local and international filmmakers by providing them with vital filmmaking skills, creating networking opportunities with local and international broadcasters and promoting local businesses through the film industry and mainstream economic development across a variety of sectors in the economy.

As one of EIFF’s official partners, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) had a strong presence at the festival. On the first day, two of the guild’s representatives, Thea Aboud and Sihle Hlophe gave a workshop about copyright, IPO and the art of scriptwriting. The workshop was well received by all in attendance, especially emerging writers hoping to break into the industry. Many of the attendees expressed a desire to attend more WGSA workshops in future. A few other WGSA members attended the festival on the remaining two days and used the opportunity to promote the WGSA and its work. The WGSA is excited about its newly formed relationship with the EIFF and hopes to use this partnership as a means to expand its footprint in the Ekurhuleni district and protect, empower and develop performance writers in the district.    

The EIFF was established by Make It Happen Productions, Nghalamona Entertainment and Rhythm Cycle Projects in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.  

The festival ended on a high note with an awards ceremony where filmmakers from around the world were recognized for their talent and hard work. 

The WGSA looks forward to working in partnership with the EIFF in the foreseeable future and encourages writers to submit their produced work for the festival’s second edition in 2017.  WGSA is currently planning the World Conference of Screenwriters in Johannesburg in 2018 and intends to establish a collaboration with the EIFF for this event.