Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sheffield Doc/Fest Doc/Dispatch Submissions - NOW OPEN

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

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

Submissions for Doc/Dispatch close on May 5th

For further information on Doc/Dispatch, please email


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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


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

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

-    To make KwaZulu-Natal province a film production centre


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


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

Please submit:

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

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

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

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

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

One Month Left to Enter the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

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



12 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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

Over the festival weekend filmmakers will participate in a series of workshops, discussions, conversations and engagements that will further their paths in creating world-class short films.

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

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

Information about the lab can be found directly online at:

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

SAFTAS 2017 call for entries

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


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


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

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

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

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

Closing date for applications: 23 September 2016

Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SOS National Coordinator

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

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


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


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


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


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

To apply:

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

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

For more information:

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


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Call for Training Facilitators in Film and television Training and Skills Development Programme

The Human Capital Development (HCD) Programme under Marketing and Industry Development is designed to develop skills in KwaZulu-Natal focussing on previously disadvantaged filmmakers across the value chain of film and television. 

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

The KZN Film Commission aims to enhance the economy by providing and encouraging opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to enter and participate in the film industry in the province. In so doing, it aims to contribute to an enabling environment to job creation.

A baseline study was conducted in 2015 highlighting the skills gap in the KZN industry. Key areas of focus is script writing, production, post production, SMME development focussing on youth and women.  Also under the Human Capital Development Programme is the External Bursary Scheme that supports students to study at tertiary institutions in and around the Province.  HCD is developing a targeted High Schools Outreach Programme for grade 12 learners to be oriented in Film and Television Industry career opportunities.  HCD is also working in partnership with the Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs on a 3 year incubator programme for Youth Filmmakers.

The KZN Film Commission is calling for experienced Film and Television Training Practitioners to facilitate skills development and training programmes. Please note that this is not an advertisement for permanent employment. The KZN Film Commission will select a group of Trainers who will be called upon as and when the need arises to assist with training of specific programmes.

  • Qualified Film and Television Training Practitioners with at least 5 years teaching/ training experience
  • Utilize a variety of training methodologies, techniques, concepts, learning tools and practices to ensure maximum effectiveness of training programmes
  • Proven track record of implementing training programmes
  • IT/Computer, Office, Administrative, and Project Management Skills
  • Travel as required and valid driver’s licence
  • Trainers will be matched with suitable training programmes. The KZNFC reserves the right to decide on a suitable match for a training project.
Preference will be given to people who have delivered accredited training programmes.

Please submit:
  1. A motivation (maximum 2 pages) as to why you should be considered to the Panel of Trainer.
  2. Your CV, detailed profile of training facilitated.
  3. Please indicate your area of expertise in the following categories of the Training in Script Development, Technical Production and Post-Production, Producing, Production Accounting, Marketing & Distribution.
Applications should be also be emailed to 

Closing date for applications: 16 September 2016. 

Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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


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."

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Director / Producer “Alison”:
Uga Carlini

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