Friday, May 15, 2009

DFA Short Doc Competition - My Town - Call for Entries

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Documentary Filmmakers Organisation (DFA)
Call for 3 minute mini-documentary


The town we come from/live in shapes who we are. We occupy its space, it occupies us. In this short 3 minute documentary competition, filmmakers, aspirant filmmakers, artists and students are invited to make a short 3 minute documentary titled “My Town”. You can interpret this brief any way you like – revisit your birthplace, explore your suburb or township and tell your story.

The 8 best films will be chosen by a selection panel appointed by the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA). These 8 films will screen at the Waterfront Nu Metro cinema as part of the Encounters documentary festival (as pre- main feature shorts). The 11th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will be held in Cape Town from the 2nd to the 19th July 2009.  One film will be selected as an overall winner by a panel of judges comprising of film as well as arts and broadcast practitioners. The winner will be announced at a function during the Encounters Documentary Festival in Cape Town.

Prizes still to be announced, so watch this SPACE! 

Films will be produced at own expense. The films produced remain the property of the filmmakers. The DFA will endeavor to negotiate broadcast and festival screenings with the filmmakers’ permission. Selected Filmmakers will benefit from on-screen credits and general media exposure through the project. All filmmakers who enter a film will receive a year’s free membership to the Documentary Filmmakers Association (July 2009 – June 2010). 

Delivery and Deadline:
Deliver 3 x copies of your film on DVD (DVD’s must be high quality and viewable on home dvd players)

Films must be delivered by 14:00 on 12 June 2009

Deliver to: 
7 Glynnville Terrace
Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
For Attention: THERESA MEYER

All films delivered must be accompanied with a signed MY TOWN competition entry form, which will be available for downloaded from the DFA website soon at:

For more information, please mail Miki Redelinghuys on