Friday, November 28, 2014

International judges for WGSA Muse Awards

With the deadline for entries for the 2nd WGSA Muse Awards around the corner, the Guild is extremely proud to announce that this year they have managed to secure five international judges for the final round of script evaluations. Together with a team of local experts which include writers, actors, directors, producers and industry critics, the international judges will select the nominees and final winners in their assigned categories.

“Last year we had two international judges – writer/producer and industry guru Larry Brody from the USA, and Thomas McLaughlin, the chairman of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland,” says Harriet Meier, chairperson of the Writers’ Guild of South Africa. “This year, during the AGM of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds and the subsequent World Conference of Screenwriters in Warsaw, Poland, Thomas raved about how much fun he had with the evaluations and that he wanted to be part of it again this year. As word spread, people started approaching us, which was really incredible.”

“There are some really big hitters amongst this year’s judges,” says Harriet. “Not only do they give the WGSA Muse Awards the credibility it deserves, but they also help to get our writers and our stories out there into the world.”

Apart from the WGSA Muse Awards, which will culminate in a spectacular prize giving ceremony in March next year, the Guild is also taking 16 writers from all over South Africa to NATPE in Miami, Florida, in January 2015, where they will pitch their stories to industry executives from around the world.

The following international judges have been confirmed for the 2014 WGSA Muse Awards:

Thomas McLaughlin – Ireland - Sitcom, radio drama, stage plays
Thomas was born in Belfast and studied acting at the Portland (Oregon) Conservatory Theatre. He is a prolific and award winning playwright with titles like Peasants” (Strathclyde Theatre, 1987, winner of a Bass Ireland Bursary), The Frontline Café (Belfast, Charabanc Theatre Company, 1991), Greatest Hits (Project Theatre, 1994, published in Greatest Hits, Dublin, New Island Press) and Iron May Sparkle (Charabanc Theatre Company, and London, Drill Hall, 1994) to his name. His radio plays include Fingertips (RTÉ and WDR, Germany, and 1990, Prix Futura winner for best new radio drama, 1991). He has written sketches and sitcom for television and is one of the principal writers of RTÉs long-running soap opera Fair City. He is the Chairman of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland.

Andrew S Walsh - UK – Animation
Andrew S. Walsh is an award-winning writer/director with credits across film, television, theatre, radio, animation and videogames. A man of many job titles, he has appeared as writer, director, speech designer, narrative designer, narrative producer, story consultant, script editor, motion capture director, camera director, voice director, story producer, story liner and story editor. To date he has worked on more than sixty videogames including Fable Legends, Prince of Persia, Harry Potter, Risen, XCom, Dirk Dagger and the Fallen Idol, Medieval II: Total War, SOCOM, LEGO City: Undercover, X3 Reunion, and the new Need for Speed : Most Wanted. He won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Videogames Award for Prince of Persia in 2009 and is the Treasurer of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

Lisa Holdsworth – UK – Drama
Lisa Holdsworth is originally from Leeds and has worked in television since she graduated. Lisa’s first commission was an episode of Fat Friends, which she devised herself and was shortlisted for a Best New Writer BAFTA. Since then, she has written an original play for Radio 4 and spent three years on the Emmerdale writing team. She left to write for the third series of the BBC’s police drama New Tricks and has contributed to the show ever since. She has also written on four series of Waterloo Road including a feature length series opener. She wrote two of the final series of Robin Hood, including the largely discussed ORIGINS episode. 

Julian Friedmann – UK – Drama
Julian Friedmann was born in South Africa in 1944 and moved to London in 1961. He is an agent who represents both book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up his own publishing company. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann. He has lectured all over the world on the business of scriptwriting and has published a book called How To Make Money Scriptwriting. He edited two volumes called Writing Long-running Television Series and created Europe’s leading scriptwriting magazine ScriptWriter, which became He is also co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Writing for Television.
He helped design PILOTS (an EU Media initiative to develop long-running television series) and the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University. In addition to being an agent, he also works as an Executive producer.

Carl Gottlieb – USA – Feature Film
Carl Gottlieb is best known as the co-writer of one of cinema's most beloved blockbusters, Jaws (1975). He also acted in the film as newspaperman Meadows, and co-wrote the first two sequels. His book on the making of JAWS, 'The Jaws Log' has been described by Bryan Singer as 'a little movie bible'. Carl's background is in comedy, and outside the Jaws series he wrote the comedies Which Way is Up (1977), The Jerk (1979), Caveman (1981) and Doctor Detroit (1983), the last two he also directed. He began writing comedy for TV, contributing to The Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Odd Couple. Gottlieb also co-wrote David Crosby’s two autobiographies, 1989's Long Time Gone and 2006's Since Then. He has been WGA-West Secretary-Treasurer since September 2011.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

South Africa issues Tax guide to film production incentives

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus21 November 2014

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a tax guide to the current income tax exemption for the receipts and accruals of income derived from the exploitation rights of a film.

Aimed at stimulating the production of films within the country, the incentive was previously contained under section 24F of the Income Tax Act. Section 24F, which was repealed with effect from December 12, 2013, provided an upfront deduction, or in some circumstances a deduction which was spread over 10 years, for certain production or post-production costs incurred by the taxpayer.

That incentive was replaced by the provisions of Section 12O, which now provides for the exemption from normal tax of income derived from the exploitation rights of approved films. Section 12O came into effect on January 1, 2012, and applies to all receipts and accruals of approved films if principal photography commenced on or after this date but before 1 January 2022.

The receipts and accruals of income are exempt if the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has approved the film as a local production or a co-production; if the income is received by or accrues to an investor; and only to the extent that the income is received or accrues within a 10-year period after the film's completion date. In addition, the tax exemption is limited to investors who acquired the exploitation rights before the completion date of the film.

The term "exploitation rights" is defined as the "the right to any receipts and accruals in respect of the use of; the right of use of; or the granting permission to use, any film to the extent that those receipts and accruals are wholly dependent on profits and losses in respect of the film."

The words "wholly dependent on profits and losses in respect of the film" indicate that the receipts and accruals must be dependent on the success of the film activity in respect of which the taxpayer undertook risk.

The NFVF has introduced a set of qualifying criteria, the South African Film Criteria, that are used to determine whether a film constitutes a local production or a co-production based on a point system.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Submit your project for the 7th Edition La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde

La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde has been created by the Institut français, in partnership with the International Organisation of la Francophonie to support talented new filmmakers from Southern and emerging countries. 

This professional programme has been developed in close association with the Festival de Cannes and the Marché du Film to invite ten filmmakers who are working on their first or second feature film. 

Accompanied by their producers, selected directors will receive personalised support adapted to their project and professional experience ; improve their market position and develop a professional network and find some French, European or international co-producers for their project.

  1. Directors must come from one of the eligible countries (list available on the website).
  2. The project must be the director’s 1st or 2nd feature-length film (fiction, documentary or animation)
  3. The project must have a local producer or a producer from one of the eligible countries who has produced a short- or feature-length film in the last five years
  4. Each director or production company may only submit one film project
  5. Co-producers may not apply but they must appear in the registration form
  6. The film’s provisional budget must be less than €3 million.

Follow the news on La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde facebook group! 

Flapping in the middle of nowhere by Hoang Diep Nguyen (La Fabrique 2012 - Vietnam) has received the Fedeora Award for Best Film at the Critics Week in Venice and and was selected in Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery). It will also be screened in A Window on Asian Cinema at the Busan International Film Festival. 

Mariam Khatchvani for Dede (La Fabrique 2014 – Georgia) and Gitanjali Rao (La Fabrique 2011 - India)  for her new project True Love Story have both received a production grant from the Doha Film Institute.

Midi Z (La Fabrique 2012 – Burma) will represent Taiwan at the Oscars with his new film Ice Poison (Bing Du). The film had been selected in Berlin (Panorama) last February. 

Marcela Esquivel Jimenez and Armando Capo Ramos (La Fabrique 2014 – Costa-Rica/Cuba) have received the best project award at the coproduction forum in San Sebastian.

Mattie Do (La Fabrique 2014 – Laos) has been selected to take part in the Toronto Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.

Fidaï, Damien Ounouri’s first documentary film (La Fabrique 2014 – Algeria) has been released in France on October 29.

The Cinémas du Monde Pavilion is organised by the Institut français in partnership with the International Organisation of La Francophonie and France Médias Monde – RFI, Monte Carlo Doualiya, France 24. 

Deadline is 8 December 2014.

Online registration :

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Afpro Connect Expo 2014 - changes in dates and venues

AFPRO Connect gears up to market SA production services to the world Top SA production services companies sign up to exhibit at trade show, now taking place on 25th & 26th November; high-impact panels taking shape.

Starts 8am Tuesday 25 November
Ends 7pm Wednesday 26 November

Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street
The OPEN, 20 Kruger Street
Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street

Due to ongoing building refurbishments at the Museum of African Design – we have decided to relocate the trade show component of AFPRO Connect to the more established Arts on Main venue at 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct.

This change of venue has necessitated a change of date, from Friday 14 & Saturday 15 November, to Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 November, which has been welcomed by 99.9% of our stakeholders, exhibitors, suppliers, panelists & ticket-holders.

We are pleased to report that all AFPRO Connect venues are now confirmed, with all relevant licences & permissions in place.

AFPRO Connect is the first trade show & conference programme geared towards boosting the number of films, television shows, commercials, corporate & NGO videos being shot in Africa with Africa.

The trade show will bring together established and emerging production companies, corporate marketing & brand managers, advertising, branding & PR agencies, event management companies, production services companies (e.g. crew, cast, catering, set design, special effects, post-production, etc) NGOs, animation companies and other organisations and individuals that play a continuing role in the production management ecosystem.

Don't miss your chance to meet over 60 world-class African production companies, discover new expert collaborators and partners,  and find out what's happening in African production today.

Meetings Delegates will be able to pre-schedule meetings with exhibitors, attend high-impact panel discussions, company presentations and gain preferential access to evening social networking events.

Selected Exhibitors:
  • Quizzical Pictures
  • Bladeworks
  • Mann Made Media
  • Your Girlfriend
  • Left Post-Production
  • White Heron Pictures
  • Dreamlights
  • Department of Trade & Industry
Selection of Panelists:
  • Ryan van Jaarsveld – 7 Different Kinds of Smoke [The Rise & Rise of Branded Entertainment]
  • Roger Smythe – Masters & Savant [Animation for Communication: Why it Makes Sense]
  • Doug de Villiers – Interbrand [Branding in Africa]
  • Chris Briggs – Red Dot Productions [Wealth of SA Production Services]
  • Tracey Williams – Refinery [DTI Production & Post-Production Incentives]
  • Stella Nwimo – Bedlam Productions UK [Selling African Screen Stories Internationally]
  • Hayleigh Evans – Propertuity [Shooting Maboneng]
  • Anne-Marie Hanna – Commpost Media [CSR & the Power of Video Communications]
  • Dan Jawitz – Fireworx Media [Meaningful Content for NGOs]
  • Mic Mann – Mann Made Media [Corporate Videos with more Impact]
Please click here to view the full Conference Programme timetable.

Selection of attending NGOs:
  • Reach for a Dream Foundation
  • African Leadership Academy
  • National SPCA
  • Legal Resources Centre
  • Food & Trees for Africa
  • Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Agency
  • Thusanani Children's Foundation
Education Institutions Exhibiting:
  • AFDA
  • Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking
  • Animation School - Johannesburg
  • LEARN 3D
  • Open Window Institute
  • Academy of Sound Engineering
Expected Total Attendance: 500 - 800

Further Benefits of Attending:

Series of short face-to-face meetings between SA corporates seeking marketing, staff training, CSR & event video production services. Also between SA documentary filmmakers and NGO's seeking to use video for future awareness and fund-raising campaigns.

A discounted 2-hour tour of Maboneng Precinct.
[Usual cost is R350pp, but has been reduced to R100pp for AFPRO Connect attendees].

Please click on the following link for an itinerary of the tour:

A number of social networking events will be taking place at various venues around Maboneng.

Holders of Meeting Delegate Passes receive preferential access to these.

ACCESS TO SHORT FILM SHOWCASE @ Bioscope Independent Cinema
SA'S best short film directors and producers showcase their work and discuss how their films were conceived and produced. This is an AFPRO Connect partnership with Independent Msanzi Short Film Festival.

SA's best music video producers and directors showcase their work and discuss how the ideas were conceived and produced.

Cost of Attendance:
  • Visitor's Pass: R1000 (access to Main Expo at MOAD, all panel discussions at OPEN, screenings at Bioscope + social networking events)
  • Meeting Delegate Pass: R3500 (all of the above, plus access to AFPRO Connect Meetings Organisation System + Business Speed-dating Sessions)
The online registration form for attendance at AFPRO Connect Expo 2014 can be found by clicking on this link.

Tickets can also be purchased via Webtickets at this link. Please try to register early as space is limited.

The AFPRO Connect Expo organisers will not be serving meals to attendees, but there are nearly 20 restaurants and eateries in Maboneng Precinct, enough to suit most tastes and budgets.

To view the options, please click on this link.

Transport & Parking:
Transport to and from AFPRO Connect Expo is your own responsibility. There is sufficient – free – on-street parking around Maboneng Precinct, with highly-trained security personnel on every corner.  

We look forward to meeting with you at AFPRO Connect Expo, and helping you to network effectively.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Joint application against the SABC and the Minister of Communication

2014-11-05 - SOS_ MMA and FXI Joint Press Statement - Joint application against the SABC_ the Minister of Communications and Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Copyright & A2K Issues - 4 November 2014

Intellectual Property:

Exceptions to Copyright : Guidance for Creators and Copyright Owners (UK)

Apply for a licence to use an orphan work (UK)

Open Access, A2k & Scholarly Communication:

Creative Commons South Africa – Guidelines for Licensors

Institutional journals as an alternative model for open access

Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service

State-of-art analysis of OA strategies to peer-review publications

2015 IFLA/ekz LIS Student Paper Award

The top 100 papers - Nature explores the most-cited research of all time.

When Shared Data Is Not Reproducible: Science Is Broken–But It Can Be Fixed

Conferences – Call for papers:

IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG) Satellite meeting
August 12, 2015, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
For more information, email Dr. Ismail Abdullahi at


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