Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blingola Filmmaker Project 2013/14

The National Film and Video Foundation calls for female filmmakers to apply for an opportunity to be considered for the Blingola Filmmaker Project 2013/14

The concept for the Female Only Filmmaker Project is a valuable intervention by the National Film and Video Foundation, to provide recent female entrants into the industry, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women. 

Successful applicants will be guided in the development of their stories into a 24-27minute script over a period of 5 months.

Ten shortlisted submissions will go through a development process in preparation for the production of the films, which will be shot over a five-week period. However only 6 of the scripts will be selected to go into production in 2014.

The development process will include 3 x 3 day workshops between the month of June and early August 2014 with facilitators and mentors, working on developing the script with writers. During this process, each director will also be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.

Finally, a special premiere of three of the best completed films as chosen by their peers will be held at a suitable venue to be confirmed with the cast, crew and creative personnel as well as NFVF council and staff.

In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have worked in the industry for at least two years.
  2. Have worked in one or more departments including (but not exclusive to): writing, directing, editing, cinematography,  producing, Assistant director, Production Managers and actresses.
  3. Be a Historically Disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.
  4. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 8 months to complete the programme.

Eligible candidates for the project must:

  1. Have a strong written concept for a half hour (approx. 26 minutes) stand alone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with at least 5 other projects.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including software, formatting, scheduling and editing.
  3. Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the same objective.
  4. Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules.
  5. Have a showreel that demonstrates their creative abilities.
  6. Have written, directed, photographed or edited two or more short films, documentaries or commercials.

Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposal in person.

“Negotiating Spaces”

The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series, and order to achieve this, we have put forward a theme around which writers can submit their story idea.

In an effort to avoid stereotypical and clichéd themes usually associated with women films, we want to explore current themes that resonate with modern day African women, themes that explore the values and expectations of modern African women today.

How do women negotiate their position as mothers, wives, daughters, career women and professionals, girls etc. – in an ever-changing society? The pressures and expectation imposed by society on women requires them to continuously negotiate and navigate their place and position and within their own personal desires. Our proposed theme is thus: “Negotiating Spaces”

Themes such as:

  • Family (responsibility and expectation);
  • Taboos (cross cultural);
  • Love
  • Life lessons (lived experiences and how they mold us);
  • The heroine inside and outside the family etc.
  • These are just some of the themes that can be explored with this theme. We believe there is a multitude of stories that can come out, but the ultimate goal is to make stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a female perspective and stories that we can recognize ourselves in.

All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in hard copy triplicate for consideration:

  1. Narrative treatment for one 26 min film including character bible, detailed synopsis, major turning point document.

  2. CV and copy of ID document.
  3. Show-reel

6 JUNE 2014 

All applications must be submitted as hard copies to the National Film and Video Offices, by the closing date.

All enquiries must be directed to:
BONGIWE SELANE – 083 2607929
Or email bongiwe@blingola.co.za




Monday, May 26, 2014

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting statement on the President’s Cabinet announcement

2014-05-26 - Press Statement - Ministerial Instability and ICT fragmentation offer South Africa no good story to tell.pdf

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FEPACI Secretary General hands over to successor

Press Release by SADC Regional Office.pdf

Monday, May 19, 2014

OUT IN AFRICA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: CINEMA NOUVEAU Rosebank and V&A Waterfront

28 May to 1 June  - Bookings open 19 May - click here for website

The 21st Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens on Wednesday 28 May at Cinema Nouveau (Rosebank Jozi and V&A CT) with a selection of four exceptional features and two documentaries bound to spark debate. The Festival runs until Sunday 1 June.

Festival guest Jan Soldat will present his unusual and extraordinary documentaries Weekend in Germany and The Incomplete at all screenings in both Jozi and CT. Soldat travels courtesy of the Goethe Institut.

Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, will open the Festival. The film and refreshments on the night are courtesy of Cinema Nouveau.

The Festival is supported by the National Film & Video Foundation, the Goethe Institut, Graton Guest House, 6 Spin Street Restaurant, loyal 8333 members, the 700 MySchool contributors and our advertisers.    We would also like to thank Carolina Meyer of City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts, for our programme cover design. 

Boy Meets Girl    / Dir:  Eric Schaeffer / 2014 / USA / 95min
Schaeffer’s film is a poignant, sexy, romantic coming of age comedy about three twenty year-olds.   A smart script, this is a sex/human positive modern fable and identification with its story crosses all gender and sexual orientation lines.

Concussion  /  Dir:  Stacie Passon / USA / 2013 / 97min
A suburban lesbian housewife pushing 40 suffers a blow to the head that unleashes her latent sexuality, and sends her on an erotic journey that gives birth to a secret second life.  Winner of the Teddy Jury Award at the Berlinale, it is palpably sensual and deliciously contained.

AWARDS:  Berlin International Film Festival 2013 – Won Teddy Jury Award; San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2013 – won Best First Feature – Special Mention

Kill Your Darlings / Dir: John Krokidas / USA / 2013 / 104min
Daniel Radcliffe is Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat-er William S. Burroughs.

AWARDS:  Cork International Film Festival 2013 – won UCC Film, Academy Student Jury Award; Hamptons International Film Festival – won Breakthrough Performer; Palm Springs Interntional Film Festival 2013 – won Directors to Watch

Stranger by the Lake / Dir:  Alain Guiraudie / France / 2013 / 101min
Winner of the 2013 Cannes Un Certain Regard Best Directing award, Stranger by the Lake is a candid and absorbing portrait of passion and murder at a secluded lakeside cruising spot. This stunning, minimalist erotic thriller explores how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions.

AWARDS:  Cannes Film Festival 2013 – won Queer Palm & Un Certain Regard, Regard – Directing Prize; César Awards, France 214 – won César & Most Promising Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Sound; Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013 – won Special Mention

Weekend in Germany (Ein Wochenende in Deutschland)  2013 / Germany / 25min + The Incomplete (Der Unfertige) 2013 / Germany / 48min   / Dir:  Jan Soldat
With unprecedented access, intimacy and humanity, without flinching or judging, Soldat invites us behind closed doors and into the meeting place of our deepest fears and desires. 

A provocative, outrageous and touching documentary double-bill!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Professional Development and Short Courses in Film at Arts University Bournemouth

The Arts University Bournemouth specialises in providing individuals and groups with a range of professional tailored training options designed, developed and delivered to your specific requirements. Bespoke learning has the added advantage of incorporating a client’s corporate needs and requirements when they make a change to their equipment, processes, services or staff.

For more information contact:

Johanna Ellis (South Africa) email: jellis@aub.ac.uk
Claire McIntyre (United Kingdom) email: cmcintyre@aub.ac.uk


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two night film screenings of Alternative indian films at the Bioscope, Johannesburg

Cinema of Prayoga is a conceptual framework that locates the history of experimental film in India within an ancient history of pre-modern tradition of innovation, of prayoga. It is a theory of filmic practice, which challenges the dominant forms of filmic expression in contemporary India, including the all-pervading contemporary Bollywood or the social realism of Indian New Wave.

The screenings are an introduction of Indian experimental cinéma to a South African audience through the theory of Cinéma Prayoga of the Indian film philosopher Amrit Gangar.

For two nights screenings will show short films, documentaries and feature films that exposes his unique view on filmmaking by conjuring the term ‘Prayoga’ from Indian philosophical thought. 

31 May, 3:00 -7:00 pm
Conference on the filmmaking practice and theory of Cinéma of Prayoga initiated by Amrit Gangar

31 May, 8 pm
MOUNT SONG, Shambhavi Kaul, 10 min
BETWEEN THE WAVES, Tejal Shah, 26 min
SIDDHESHWARI, Mani Kaul, 92 min

1 June, 7 pm
BLOOD EARTH, Kush Badhwar, 40 min
IN THE NAME OF A RIVER, Anup Singh, 90 min

About The Bioscope and to book go to: http://www.thebioscope.co.za/about/ 
And for more about The Bioscope also go to their Facebook page.

For more information contact Pierre Friquet: mail@pierrefriquet.net
About Pierre: http://www.pierrefriquet.net/

Monday, May 5, 2014

World Press Freedom Day - A big SOS thank you


Thank you to all of you who made it as well as sent messages of support to our Press Freedom Protest outside the SABC, yesterday.

We succeeded in drawing some media attention both at home and abroad as well as in simply reinvigorating ourselves and each other in our activism for a truly free and democratic society.

A special thank you to all who helped in the organisation of the protest. We managed to pull of a successful demonstration under a great deal of pressure and limitations. Salute!

Find pictures from the protest here and here.

Continue and follow up on the #PressFreedom discussion on twitter and Facebook using the hashtag as well as by liking and visiting the Facebook page.

Continue to share our press statement with friends.

A luta continua, vitória é certa!
Sekoetlane Jacob Phamodi
Coordinator – SOS: Support Public Broadcasting
076 084 8077

Friday, May 2, 2014

ASFF 2014: One Month To Go For Submissions

ASFF presents a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers amongst your network at South African Screen Federation to showcase their short films to new audiences and engage with leading industry professionals. Last year’s festival screened 300 films from 36 countries across the world. We are really keen to engage further with filmmakers in South Africa.

There is one month to go to enter ASFF 2014, one of the largest and most exciting short film festivals in the UK. ASFF offers both emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to engage with new, international audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today.

Prizes include screenings at ASFF; £750 Festival Winner; £250 People’s Choice Award; Best Category Awards; screenings at a number of other major UK festivals; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine and on the ASFF blog. The time limit is 30 minutes and categories for entry are: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller.

ASFF 2014 takes place in 15 unique and iconic locations across the city of York spanning medieval halls, contemporary art spaces and cinemas during the weekend of 6 – 9 November. Alongside screenings, there will be a dynamic series of industry-led masterclasses, hosted networking sessions, panel discussions and parties presenting opportunities to engage with representatives from leading film organisations such as BAFTA, Film 4, Warp Films, Raindance, Film London, Sheffield Doc/Fest and more.

Entry is £15 and the deadline is 31 May

For more information and to enter visit www.asff.co.uk/submit

CLICK HERE to view last year’s ASFF Trailer.

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