Friday, June 27, 2014

Register as producer with DISCOP

OUT IN AFRICA we would like you to invite you to register as a PRODUCER for DISCOP Africa 2014, Africa's #1 Film, TV content, thematic channels and adaptation rights market, with a 50% discount if you register by Thursday 10 July.

2000+ non-exhibiting and exhibiting delegates representing 1000+ international companies driving multiplatform content business and digital changes across Africa will be attending, including 500+ independent producers seeking co-production opportunities.

As a PRODUCER, you will be able to take part in the 2014 edition and parallel DISCOPRO program, a Pan-African pitching, mentoring and networking forum  designed to deliver the vital resources in development, co-production and distribution stages, critical for content production.

The program will put great emphasis on co-production initiatives between English and French-speaking Africa. Another large theme will be local sports content production, as this segment is largely under developed in Africa. 

The program will include:


The competitions will be centered on Formats, TV Series, Documentaries and Animation projects. Producers taking part in DISCOPRO will be invited to enter any, or all of the four competitions with one project per competition. For each category, a panel of 5 industry experts will choose 1 Winner and 1 Runner-Up to receive cash prizes, production guidance as well as complimentary access to next year's DISCOPRO.


DISCOPRO's two-track, bilingual program expands on the fundamentals of producing and distributing content. A series of 16 (sixteen) workshops has been designed for small groups of creative and business-minded producers. These 90-minute workshops will be lead by experts in the fields of marketing, law, production, distribution and business development. Topics and issues to be tackled in the program will include:

  1. Advertiser funded production models
  2. Cross-media storytelling
  3. Crowd funding
  4. Designing a worldwide, multiplatform sales strategy
  5. Introduction to sports content production
  6. New platforms, new approach to content rights
  7. Pros and cons of dubbing and subtitling
  8. Recipes for great cooking shows
  9. Respecting copyrights
  10. The adaptation of scripted series
  11. The art of pitching
  12. The basic of reporting for television news
  13. The development process
  14. Working with writers


Producers will be able to access online matchmaking services. They will also be able to request personalized assistance for the organization of their meetings with creators and commissioning, production and distribution executives. Producers will also have access to THE MEETING ZONE, a special area furnished with individual tables available for 30-minute meetings.

Early registration is recommended, not only to secure a 50% discount (you will pay US$325 instead of US$650), but also to have enough preparation time to plan and confirm qualified meetings.

You can register directly online and use the promo code DA50OFFPRODUCER or request a PDF of our NON-EXHIBITING DELEGATE registration form should you prefer to pay via bank transfer.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SOS Coalition supports Vavi’s Open Letter to the SABC

The SOS Coalition welcomes today’s open letter to the SABC Board by the General Secretary of Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi. 

In his letter, comrade Vavi enumerates the series of problems that have plagued the SABC since 2007 – many of which remain unsolved.

The Coalition stands in full support of the analysis of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union’s (BEMAWU), as articulated by comrade Vavi, today, on what needs to change in the SABC if it is to truly become a people’s broadcaster.

To read more about the letter click here.

Our press statement:
2014-06-24 Press Statement - SOS Coalition Backs COSATUs Call to Rescue the SABC from its Sorry State.pdf

Remuneration of Scriptwriters and the exploitation by producers and broadcasters

So, do you want to gossip a little? Or just get some answers? Here is your chance! Three potent and passionate people want to discuss screenwriters' rights, rates and contracts with you. As well as share first-hand experiences.

The inaugural Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival (IMSFF) in collaboration with WGSA will facilitate a discussion on: 
"Remuneration of Scriptwriters and the exploitation by producers & broadcasters."

Date: 27 June 2014
Time: 14:15 to 15:45
Place: Maxi-Cineplex Hatfield, Pretoria (click here for more info about the venue)

The discussion will be led by:

The Executive Officer of the WGSA, Thea Aboud, who has been with the guild since almost the start of the Guild some 5 years ago. She is a strong believer and fighter for the rights of all script-, screen, play- and multi-media writers. Her constant involvement in the industry not only in South Africa but also on an international level, makes her the perfect person to ask about writers' rates, the Copyright Act, contracts and SABC residuals among other things.

Craig McKinnon, a.k.a. Graigy Mack, is currently a "writer for hire" whereby copyrights are held by the producers and re-writes negotiated by percentages based on budgets. He has been commissioned via local and international producers with differing styles and formats of negotiations. But he is also predominantly a feature film writer who can affirm the importance and relevance of copyright protection. And he has extensive experience with the co-operative nature of writers and producers working together on script re-writes. A skill every writer should adopt.

Gerhard Ehlers started making short films while he was still in school. Very Steven Spielberg of him. After school he studied 'Motion Picture and Television Production' at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and graduated with a B-Tech degree in Screenwriting and Directing. Since then his work as screenwriter as well as director has won a number of awards; locally and overseas. And he has worked with names such as Katinka Heyns. His experience include a varied number of genres such as teenage television show, KykNet reality show, a sport show, short films and feature films. Currently he is working on his own feature film and has a thing or two to share about his experience with an independent producer he dealt with.

And the session will be facilitated by the WGSA's Pretoria representative: Yolanda Lindeque-Strauss who has been a member of the guild since 2010. She is a self-trained script- and screen writer who has done many WGSA workshops (among others) and has become an experienced, commissioned TV script writer. She now has many upcoming projects of her own. As a social network butterfly she hears and sees the questions and difficulties of writers daily; from want-to-be's to professionals, both local and in the rest of Africa. And therefore the perfect person to liaise between the presenters and attendees.

Entrance: R25 (payable at the Maxi's Cineplex)
RSVP to:

Calling filmmakers and animators around the world: tvebiomovies 2014 is open for proposals!

Filmmakers and animators across the planet are invited to submit creative and cutting edge treatments for one minute videos about the environment. YouTube users are the target and nine shortlisted entrants will receive funding to produce their films. 

tvebiomovies, now in its fifth year, is inviting proposals from amateur and established film-makers in three languages: French, Russian, and English. Entrants have a choice of three individual categories this year challenging them to think creatively about alternative energy, protecting the world’s natural environment, and bamboo and rattan and the vital roles these play in a sustainable future. 

All proposals will need to be submitted by the deadline of 25 August 2014. A judging panel will then pick the 9 best film ideas to go into production before uploading onto the tvebiomovies website in October. 

The shortlisted films will be screened in Pyeongchang, Korea during the Convention  on Biological Diversity’s COP 12 in October 2014. 

Finally the films in each category which attract the most YouTube views by 15 December will each receive a US$1,500 prize. 

“We’re looking for films that will engage global audiences with the environmental challenges we face today, throughout the world. We don’t mind how you tell your story–it can be animation, drama, documentary or music. Your proposals can be funny, angry, sad or straight reportage... all we ask is you send us a range of ideas that are new, exciting and pertinent. We want you to entertain and engage others,” says tve’s Matilda Mitchell, who runs the competition. 
“Last year we received 565 proposals from 71 countries – and we are aiming for even more this time,” says Cheryl Campbell, tve’s executive director. “For the past four years, with the generous backing of our donors, tvebiomovies has produced inspiring and engaging short films about a huge range of environmental challenges, which have been viewed more than 3.5 million times. We want this year’s films to live up to the standards set by our filmmakers to date – we are looking for surprising and original productions which engage a YouTube audience.”
To submit a proposal, log on to and choose one of three categories:

  1. The INBAR Prize for bamboo and rattan 
  2. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Renewable Energy Prize 
  3. The WWF-UK Prize for a World with a Future Proposals, which can be written in English, French or Russian, must be submitted by 23.00 GMT 25 August 2014. 

If your proposal is one of the nine shortlisted by the judges, you’ll need to get your film to us by 14 October 2014. The films in each category with the most YouTube views between16 October and 15 December will be awarded US$1,500. 

Visit to enter tvebiomovies 2014. 

For media enquiries, contact Matilda Mitchell on + 44 20 7147 7420 or at

46 Bloomsbury Street
London WC1B 3QJ
United Kingdom



tve is a collective name for Television for the Environment and Television Trust for the 
Environment. Television for the Environment is a company limited by guarantee, registered 
in England and Wales (registered office 46 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QJ, company
number 1811236) and a registered charity (charity number 326585). Television Trust for the Environment is a registered charity (charity number 326539).

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Inaugural Mzanzi Short Film Festival in Pretoria, Tshwane

The Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival (IMSFF) is only two weeks away from showcasing over a 100 short films in five days!

IMSFF is taking place from 25 - 29 June 2014 @ the MAXI-Cineplex in the Hatfield Plaza, Pretoria (South Africa) - a mere stone throw away from the Hatfield Gautrain Station.

Nominations in each category will only be announced on Friday 13 June and published on our website

The festival Programme will be available on their website in PDF (Download) from Thursday 12 June, and also available at the venue @ R2.00 each.

The Gala Awards is only by invitation. Should you wish to attend, you may send a formal request to

Tickets to screening sessions will be available at the venue from R25.00 per session or R70.00 for a day pass.

Workshops for IMSFF 2014:

Thursday 26th June 
14:15 to 15:50, MEDIA FILM SERVICE's Gideon Furst presents: Film Gimmicks & Cameras

16:20 to 17:55, Danie Bester & Sallas De Jager presents: How to be competitive in the film market today.

Friday 27th June
14:15 to 15:50, WRITERS' GUILD OF SOUTH AFRICA presents: Remuneration of Scriptwriters and the exploitation by producers & broadcasters.

16:20 to 17:55, MADROBOT presents: Product Placement as an alternative film funding route.

Saturday 28th June
14:05 to 15:40, OPENWINDOW's Christopher Pinto & Sean Viljoen presents: A 3D Animation Demonstration.

There are only 120 seats available per workshop. Avoid disappointment by coming early.


Remember to like us on FACEBOOK @

Jarrod de Jong
Festival Director
Cell: +27 79 659 9913 | Email:

16th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival Industry Events

16th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, 5-15 June 2014, Cape Town & Johannesburg


SCORING DOCUMENTARY: Composing Masterclass with Philip Miller and Ben Ludik

In the desperate marathon race of filmmaking, a documentary’s soundtrack may be its most compromised and underappreciated element. However, two of the most powerful local films in the Encounters 2014 programme, 'Miners Shot Down' and 'I, Afrikaner,' prove otherwise, with original scores by two of South Africa’s most eminent film composers: Philip Miller, collaborator of William Kentridge, and a composer of works for feature film, television and theatre; and Ben Ludik whose compositions can be heard in recent acclaimed local features 'Skoonheid' and 'Die Wonderwerker.' Chaired by Dr Ian Rijsdijk of the University of Cape Town’s Film department, this Master Class focuses on a scene-by-scene analysis of the inspiration, instrumentation and process of supporting the image with the power of music.

WHEN: Thursday, 12 June 17:30-19:30


WHERE: The Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, Hiding Campus, University of Cape Town (UCT,) Cape Town

This event is supported by the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, UCT

FINAL CUT FOR REAL: Creative Producing Master Class with Anne Köhncke

With a slate that includes Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, Cathedrals of Culture, Concerning Violence and The Human Scale, Final Cut For Real is one of the industry’s foremost production companies specializing in high-end, creative documentaries with auteur filmmakers. In her Master Class, company co-founder and producer, Anna Köhncke, will discuss how she collaborates with directors and works with her production team, tackling each project from different angles to get a film up and running, right through to launching it on the international market.

WHEN: Saturday 14 June 10:00 – 13:00


WHERE: Big Fish / The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Rd, Greenpoint, Cape Town

This event is supported by the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking


Al Jazeera Commissioning Editors will convey the Broadcasters’ vision for programming, commissioning guidelines and respond to questions from the Industry. The presentation will be followed by a cocktail event and networking.

Diarmuid Jeffreys
An award-winning journalist and television producer with 30 years’ experience in the media industry, Jeffreys has been an executive producer at Al Jazeera English since 2008.  Now based in Doha, he is responsible for its People & Power investigative current affairs programme and a range of other documentaries across the network.

Dominique Young
A senior producer based in Al Jazeera English’s bureau in London, Young commissions a wide range of documentaries on African and Middle Eastern subject matter, for broadcast in the channel’s flagship observational documentary strand, Witness, as well as other documentary seasons.

Al Jazeera English is an international news channel, with over sixty bureaux spanning six different continents. Established in 2006, it has continued to grow in reach and popularity due to its global coverage, especially from under-reported regions. The channel currently broadcasts to over 250m households across 130 countries. Its in-depth approach to journalism has won it numerous awards and plaudits over the years, including RTS News Channel of the Year 2012, Freesat Best News Channel, the Columbia Journalism Award, a DuPont award, and a George Polk award.

WHEN: Saturday 14 June 17:30 – 19:30

This e event is FREE, but please RSVP.

WHERE: 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Cape Town

This event is supported by the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.


Email: Asanda Mankayi,
Tel: (021) 465 4686
Payment for events at the door. Bursaries are available for Film Students and emerging filmmakers.
For more information on the full festival programme please visit:

African music film programme - 2015

Sauti za Busara is one of Africa's top music festivals, held every February in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It's organised by Busara Promotions, non-profit NGO.

Sauti za Busara is hugely popular with local audiences but also attracts visitors from all over the world. During the past 11 years their aim has been to showcase great and diverse music from the African Continent and diaspora. From 2015, the programme will also include music from the Arab World and Indian Ocean.

Sauti za Busara seeks a variety of long and short quality films on music from the African Continent and diaspora, Arab World and Indian Ocean. These may be music clips, documentaries, or recorded concerts.

Foreign language films should include English or Swahili subtitles. Your film will only be considered if we have received the completed application, including two DVD copies of the film before 30th November 2014.

For further information on Sauti za Busara including photo galleries, video highlights, media coverage and more, see

Monday, June 9, 2014

Encounters Documentary Film Festival - 5 to 15 June

For those of you who are not already aware, Africa’s top documentary festival is back!   Extraordinary films, Filmmaking Master Classes, Pitching Forum etc.

Through partnerships with funders and industry organisations, this years' programme includes an enlightening and engaging Industry programme. The Festival will host three master classes, the SAGE Editing Seminar, The Al Jazeera Pitching Forum and Presentation, the National Film and Video Foundation In Conversation and two panel discussions.  check out their website for further info here.

International highlights include:

  • Oscar nominee Cutie & The Boxer
  • Sundance Grand Jury Prizewinner Return to Homs and Audience Award winner The Green Prince
  • Oscar-winning Errol Morris’s documentary on Donald Rumsfeld
  • Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary by both The New York Film Critics Circle and The Los Angeles Film Critics Association

The 16th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will run from 6-15 June 2014 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, exposing audiences to a more diverse, complex, and surprising world than they could ever imagine.

Many of the international documentaries take you behind recent news headlines. In The Unknown Known, Oscar-winner Errol Morris uses declassified memos to guide former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld through a discussion of his controversial career under four different Republican presidents, shedding light on Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the War on Terror. Return to Homs, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, takes you to the frontlines in Syria, where two friends fight back against the army transforming their city into a ghost town. The Green Prince, winner of the Audience Award at Sundance, focuses on the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas, who agrees to spy for Israel.

Many of the documentaries explore contrasting responses to injustice.

Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements of Belarus focuses on a theatre group defying ‘Europe’s last dictatorship.’ Fuck For Forest documents an environmental NGO with an unusual fundraising strategy: they sell their homemade erotic films on the internet.

Concerning Violence is a call to arms, with Lauryn Hill narrating Frantz Fanon’s critique of the dehumanizing effects of colonization.

But there is also beauty in this year’s selection. The Oscar-nominated Cutie and The Boxer celebrates the challenges and richness of both marriage and art. The award-winning Finding Vivian Maier depicts a nanny who’s posthumous cache of 100 000 photographs has seen her hailed as one of the world’s most accomplished street photographers.

The award-winning My Name Is Salt is a tribute to the thousands of stubborn families who move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth for eight months every year, only for every monsoon to wash their salt fields away.

Other films defy simple categorization.

In Stories We Tell, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that in her family of storytellers, the truth depends on who's telling it. Her deeply personal documentary has won multiple awards, being named Best Non-Fiction Film by The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The New York Film Critics Circle and The National Board of Review.

12 O’Clock Boys is the stunt-filled story of a Baltimore dirt-bike gang who easily evade the hamstrung police, who must adhere to a no-chase policy to maintain public safety; it’s been described as ‘The Wire with wheelies.”

In The Perverts Guide to Ideology, superstar cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy.

The award-winning, visually-striking The Great Night explores night life and insomnia in Prague, studying the people who sleep by day andcome alive at night.

And The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard is the story of the three founders of the world’s biggest file sharing site, who built a business based on other people committing crimes.

Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival runs from 5-15 June 2014 at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront and The Labia in Cape Town and The Bioscope in Johannesburg.

Keep an eye on for updates, including the announcement of the selection of some of the biggest African-themed documentaries from the last year, as well as 10 world premieres of South African documentaries.

Encounters is made possible through the support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), National Film and Video Foundation South Africa (NFVF) , Bertha Foundation, Al Jazeera, Wesgro, City of Cape Town, The Times, BASA, Backsberg Estate Cellars and HCI Foundation.

The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act and regulations guide the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organizations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa¹s development.

Watch and embed the trailers:
Cutie and The Boxer:
Return To Homs:
The Unknown Known:
Finding Vivian Maier:
Stories We Tell:
Fuck For Forest:
My Name Is Salt:
12 O’Clock Boys:
The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard:
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology:
Concerning Violence:
Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements of Belarus:

For further information please contact:
Joy Sapieka 073 2125492 email:
Roxanne Blaise 082 339 9131 email:
Kevin Kriedemann 083 556 2346 email:

Monday, June 2, 2014

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) 2015 in Miami

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO ATTEND the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) 2015 in Miami

Dear WGSA Members and Performance Writers, 

Do you want to market your scripts to international players from around the world? If yes, NATPE is the global content marketplace for a digital world, and WGSA is taking twenty film and/or television performance writers to the Market and Conference in January 2015. You could be one of them!

NATPE is committed to being the destination for buyers and sellers. Evolving to meet the demands of a changing media landscape, NATPE delivers a first look at fresh content before MIP and the LA Screenings, giving industry leaders a jump-start on monetizing their projects. Now, in Miami, a major international attraction, NATPE is a catalyst in the content revolution - providing thousands of chances to make one good deal. If you're an industry player, you have to be at NATPE 2015.

NATPE provides extraordinary opportunities to listen and learn from leaders and legends in the media marketplace. With more than 50+ sessions over three days, NATPE packs the program with key attractions, topical discussions, nuts and bolts workshops, keynote addresses, special displays, events and awards programs – all focused on the content lifecycle.

The annual NATPE Market and Conference is the only American program market serving the worldwide television community. This affordable three-day market and conference is recognized throughout the world as a key media event.

If you buy, sell, develop, finance, advertise, market or license content; implement technology; exploit rights; or leverage media assets, the annual Conference and Exhibition is the best place to be for success today and growth tomorrow.

NATPE welcomes their guests to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort for the 2015 Market and Conference.  From January 20-22, 2015 the Fontainebleau is the EXCLUSIVE home for everything NATPE.  Dealmaking can happen everywhere in the lobby, at sessions and workshops, during luncheons and by the pool! Enjoy the elegance and modern luxury of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort.

You have the chance to attend NATPE 2015 as part of the WGSA’s application to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Group Export Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS). The DTI is doing great work to help emerging content writers promote their projects at some of the world’s top events. 

PLEASE NOTE that WGSA cannot guarantee that the DTI will approve the group application.

While some individuals may want to apply to the DTI directly, many writers are not in a position to cash-flow a trip and then be refunded later, as per the individual scheme. The advantage of the group scheme is that the DTI pays suppliers UP-FRONT for flights, transfers and accommodation (including breakfast and dinner). It also pays for the group’s stand at the market, the printing of brochures and the freighting of promotional materials.

The group scheme is predominantly for emerging writers (60%), but a smaller contingent of experienced writers will be accepted as well. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged applicants, especially those who have never attended an international film and script market before.

Closing date: 20 June 2014 for electronic applications
NO LATE APPLICATIONS will be considered.

Please do not mail or courier original applications until the WGSA Council has approved your email application.

All applicants must be prepared to join the WGSA if they are not yet members, and existing members must be paid up (please note that this also applies to candidates applying via the NFVF).  Membership fees can be requested from

A non-refundable, specially reduced application fee of R150 (normal price of the application fee is R350) is payable upon submission of application and proof of payment must be submitted with the application. Please include YOUR NAME AND SURNAME/NATPE as reference. Payments without a reference cannot be assigned and your application will be unsuccessful. 

All applications with proof of payment must be emailed to

Documents to be emailed along with Application:

  1. Duly completed and signed application form  - see below.
  2. Company profile as per guide on the application form if applicable – this can be done on the application form itself or separately, but must be in line with the guidelines set out on the application form. If you are a sole proprietor and not a company or cc, please attach a comprehensive CV.
  3. Proof of registration of the enterprise in the form of a CIPRO certificate if a CC or (Pty) Ltd, or a certified copy of your ID document in the case of a sole proprietor.
  4. Valid tax clearance certificate – at least valid until the end of the January 2015.
  5. A logline as well as a comprehensive synopsis or treatment of your project – at this point a copy or a link to the work is sufficient. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PROJECT IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. Works can be registered via the WGSA Script Registry. Please contact for more details.
  6. Audited Financial Statements or bank statements for at least three months, stamped by the bank.
  7. A valid copy of the passport of the delegate who will travel to NATPE, valid until at least end January 2015.

Once WGSA Council has approved the application, delegates are required to pay a non-refundable and specially reduced administration fee of R400 (normal price R650).  Proof of payment, identified by the NAME AND SURNAME/NATPE reference, must be emailed to At this stage, a full set of the ORIGINAL documentation as set out above has to be hand delivered or couriered, or mailed “counter to counter” to WGSA. 

Deliver original documents within the prescribed period (normally 7 days) to:
125-3rd STREET, LINDEN, JOHANNESBURG during business hours (8h00 to 17h00) or

Mail counter to counter to
P.O. Box 1330, Fontainebleau, 2032

All applicants will be informed by WGSA if our group application to DTI has been successful.