Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Three local films accepted into Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016!

South Africans have done it again!

Local animation studios have been on tenterhooks for the last few weeks, waiting to find out if their work has been accepted into the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, arguably the world’s most prestigious animation calendar event.

Annecy provides opportunities to showcase promising projects at all stages of production, and in past years South Africa has been honoured to have a variety of concepts in development accepted into the market’s highly competitive pitching forums. But the real accolades are reserved for the completed films screened as part of Annecy’s “official selection”, and with no fewer than three films accepted into competition in various categories this year, South Africa has demonstrated its coming of age in the global industry in no uncertain terms.

First and foremost is STICK MAN, the half-hour Christmas Special created by Triggerfish Animation and UK’s Magic Light Pictures for the BBC. Screened on Christmas Day in the UK, this stop-motion-style 3D piece is based on the well-loved children’s book by Julia Donaldson

“The Triggerfish team are thrilled that STICK MAN is following the tradition of the previous Magic Light films in being selected for Annecy,” said South African co-director Daniel Snaddon, who helmed the project along with London-based director Jeroen Jaspaert. “It's a huge honour to be screened alongside entries from Cartoon Network, Dreamworks and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (ROBOT CHICKEN) to name a few,” he adds. It’s an unusually crowded field for STICK MAN, which will go head to head with 25 other entries in the Best TV Film category.

In the Graduation Film category, a short entitled ARID has made industry history as the first African student film to be invited into Annecy. Created at Cape Town’s Animation School and directed by Charl van der Merwe, the short tells an evocative tale of a boy and a mysterious bull on a journey in the wilderness. The team were “quite amazed” to hear the news, says Van der Merwe, although he reveals that they had hoped for a good international reaction given the hard work they put into developing a unique African look. “Locally people are used to seeing something African, but it’s new and exotic overseas,” he says – a sentiment that will give hope to many future entrants from our continent.

Lastly, there’s Naomi van Niekerk’s stop-motion short, ’n GEWONE BLOU MAANDAGOGGEND (An Ordinary Blue Monday Morning). Inspired by the poem of the same name by Ronelda Kamfer, the film was created for the Filmverse project, which invites local animators to give visual life to well-loved Afrikaans poems. Created out of sand manipulated by hand and brush on a lightbox, this unusual film is competing in the Short Film category.  “I am very excited and a little overwhelmed,” says Van Niekerk, who studied puppetry in France before founding her multimedia studio, Dryfsand, together with composer Arnaud van Vliet. “Getting into Annecy has been a distant dream and the fact that the first film I’ve made is accepted is a big surprise!”

All three local directors hope to represent their projects in person at Annecy later this year.

Animation SA is thrilled to support these three unique films as they embark on new adventures on the international stage.

For the Annecy Festival Programme click here.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

South African Guild of Editors announces new rates

SAGE has published an annual rate card of recommended salaries for editors for the last 14 years. Though focussed on freelance editors, this rate card can also be used as a starting point for full-time employment negotiations.

Rates and conditions should be considered negotiable; this is a guideline, not a rigid set of rules. We encourage editors and producers alike to read our pre-employment checklist and the what to expect from an editor document.

The card represents a broad spread of possible rates. If the rates seem extraordinarily low or high, consider that these are intended to cover a wide range of job types, genres, durations, locations, funding models, conditions, and potential profit participation. Providing a useful guide to all these variables is highly challenging, so we have elected to use broad categories instead.

You can download the rate card as a PDF.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 – Jury and New Award Announced

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is currently open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their films to an international audience. ASFF is also delighted to announce the Jury for 2016 and a New Award for Best Screenplay.

BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which is currently open for entries, is delighted to announce the new Jury for 2016, including film-world professionals whose expertise span film production, directing, editing, TV, music, and more.

ASFF 2016 Jury includes:

View the complete Jury:

The Jury will cast their vote for the Festival Winner from the 11 films that win the Best of Category Awards. It is a fantastic accolade for the winning filmmaker and they will also receive £750 prize money.

ASFF has teamed up with the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University to present a new Award for Best Screenplay. Films that are in the 2016 Official Selection are eligible for this award.

To see the full list of ASFF 2016 Awards, visit

ASFF 2016 is now open for entries. Deadline 31 May 2016. 

For submission guidelines and to enter, visit

View the ASFF 2015 Highlights Film
Follow @ASFFest

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) supports the Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) in honouring outstanding scriptwriting at this year’s WGSA Muse Awards taking place on 2 April 2016 at the Soweto Theatre. 

At the illustrious event, luminaries of local film, television, radio, stage and new media will gather to recognize and celebrate that crucial, but often forgotten, player in South Africa's film and television industry, the performance writer.

The GFC will sponsor one of the new categories, the Top Gauteng Writer. This award will go to the Gauteng-based writer who obtains the single highest score in any category. 

According to the GFC CEO Andile Mbeki, initiatives such as the WGSA Muse Awards are positive for the growth and skills development of the Film & TV industry. He also added that the GFC is proud to play a meaningful role in the support of initiatives by industry associations such as the WGSA and the nurturing of talent within the Gauteng Film & TV industry.

“We’re so excited about this brand new category,” said Theoline Maphutha the chairperson of the Writers’ Guild of South Africa, “It will give Gauteng writers even more reason to be part of the WGSA Muse Awards. We’d like to thank the GFC for the initiative and support. We hope this will encourage more provinces to follow suit.”

The support of the Gauteng Film & TV industry is a cornerstone of the GFC’s mandate.

This year’s finalists for the Top Gauteng Writer are:

  • Graham Hickson: Nokia Kid
  • Thandi Brewer: The Chemo Club
  • Tshepo (Ty) Skosana: Touched  

For more information contact:
Siyabonga Mngoma
Tel: +27 83 346 7161

Friday, March 11, 2016

Africa XP is hiring

Are you a young talented Editor, looking to get your foot in the industry? Do you have the passion and drive for TV?

We’re looking for a junior editor with After Effects knowledge to join our creative team.

In order for you to be eligible, you must have the following attributes:

  1. Basic knowledge of Adobe Premier Pro
  2. Knowledge of After Effects 
  3. Enthusiastic about editing 
  4. Open to learning new skills
  5. Punctual and deadline driven
  6. This position is Cape Town based.

If we've basically described you, then send your CV to 

For more information contact:
Mumtaaz Mahomed Peerbhay
Production Manager
Tel: +27 11 234 8104 
Fax: +27 11 886 3916
Mobile: +27 832 578 995

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Brought to you by SAGA and Presented by Carly Graeme

Auditioning for Musical Theatre shows is an art form 

There are people who audition brilliantly and then don’t necessarily deliver the goods when it’s show time. Then there are people who struggle with auditions and often feel they are overlooked, in spite of their skill set and talent. It is vital to know how you present yourself at an audition and how to change that according to the needs of the casting panel.

In this audition workshop we will cover:

  1. Breaking down the brief and choosing your role
  2. Finding and preparing appropriate audition material
  3. Audition etiquette: your CV and photo, what to wear, how to behave
  4. Knowing your weaknesses and how to disguise them
  5. Knowing your strengths and where to display them
  6. What you don’t know is happening on the other side of the table in terms of casting choices
  7. Callbacks 

Prepare and bring a ballad and an uptempo song that shows off your strong points so we can analyze where you can improve and where you should be highlighting yourself.  

DATE: Saturday 19 March 2016
TIME: 09H30 for 10H00 until 14H00
VENUE: AFDA, Johannesburg
COST: Free for SAGA members. Non-members pay R130.00.

RSVP: Corine Broomberg at by Thursday 17 March 2016.

Deadline looming for entering the Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Save the date – ALISON coming to theatres for Women’s Month in August 2016


In December 1994, two men raped, stabbed and disemboweled Alison Botha after they abducted her from outside her home. But Alison defied death. Twenty years later the much-anticipated hybrid feature documentary, ALISON, has secured a theatrical release with Black Sheep Films distribution company. 

Alison was also the first ever South African to publicly speak out about being raped, and has become a much-loved motivational speaker in the years that followed. Her book, "I have life", that was published by Penguin SA in 1998, has remained on the Penguin SA bestsellers list and was translated into seven different languages. 

The documentary chronicles a lot more than what we think we might already know about this remarkable woman and story, as it’s been more than 20 years since the attack.

ALISON is a triumphant, deeply personal film with contemporary, real-life fairytale undertones. This is her tale about being her own hero, on her terms, fairy gardens and all. It shows how trauma is ongoing, forever lurking in the shadows, ready to show itself at any given moment and devour you all over again, and one woman’s fight to keep it at bay. 

It’s a tale of monsters, miracles and hope. 

An innovative make-a-difference outreach campaign, The Safe Room, is planned to coincide with the life of the film. 
“It’s a big moment when you share something that you really believe in with others – a little nervous at what their reaction will be. And that moment becomes significant and pivotal when they choose to believe in it too.” – Alison Botha.
The film will feature many real-life heroes from that night, as well as the acting talents of Christia Visser, Zak Hendrikz, De Klerk Oelofse and Francois Maree. Directed by Uga Carlini from Towerkop Creations and made in association with kykNET Films, the DTI, the NFVF and Waterfront Film Studios

For more information, email

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


The concept for the Female Only Filmmaker Project is a valuable intervention by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), 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 20-25-minute script over a period of 5 months.

The 10 selected candidates and their submissions will go through a development process in preparation for the production of the films, which will take place over a 10-week period later in 2016.

The development process will include 3 x 3 day workshops between the month of April, May and June 2016, working with facilitators and mentors, who will work with the writers on developing the script.

Please note that being selected as a writer does not automatically guarantee that you will be selected to direct your script. A pitching process to the NFVF and an industry evaluating committee will be scheduled to select the directors.

Part of the development phase will be dedicated to providing each candidate with the necessary tools to prepare for the Director’s Pitch. These include but not limited to learning how 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.


In order for an aspiring 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, production, Assistant director, Production Managers, continuity etc.
  3. Be a Historically Disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.
  4. Be 100% available for the project –Attendance at all scheduled development workshops, as well as one-on-one sessions with the mentors to complete the programme is compulsory.
  5. Selection Criteria:

Eligible candidates for the project must:

  1. Have a strong written concept for a half hour (approx. 20-25 minutes) stand alone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with the 10 other projects.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including Final draft 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. Provide references of previous work.
  6. Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposals in person to a panel that include the producers, mentors and the NFVF.

Theme: “Negotiating Spaces”

The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series, and in 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 clich├ęd themes usually associated with women films, we want to explore current themes that resonate with and explore the values and expectations of modern day African women,

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. Therefore the theme “Negotiating Spaces” remains relevant and is what we want to explore in these short films.

Themes include:

  • 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 and we believe there is a multitude of stories that can come out of this theme. The ultimate goal is to produce relevant stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a female perspective and stories that we as a country can recognize ourselves in.

A short Film Format (A Guide):

A short film is not a summarized feature film. A short film should feel complete and not wanting more, nor should it feel like the first installment of more to come. It would be ideal if the short film format is maximized with a strong beginning, middle and end. Often a twist or surprise at the end can be very effective as a strong punctuation of the story being told and this format lends itself to this kind of ending.  A too big idea that works better as a feature becomes too difficult to manage and can detract from a fulfilling learning experience. The resulting product then feels incomplete and flawed. Short films can be powerful and engaging, thought provoking or fun, in short – we are looking for a concise, satisfying viewing experience. This platform offers the ideal opportunity for candidates to be creative and explore storytelling ability in a short film format.


  • Sending in an idea for a TV pilot
  • Sending in an idea for a feature film
  • Sending a modified novel
  • Sending an autobiographical/personal story/manifesto
  • We encourage you to be creative and think of a story.


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in hard copy and in triplicate (3 copies) for consideration:

  1. Narrative treatment for one 24 min film including a detailed synopsis, a character bible, and an MTP document (major turning point) document.
  2. A Short Bio and CV
  3. A certified copy of ID document.
  4. 2-3 References

Closing Date: 31 MARCH 2016

All applications must be submitted as hard copies to the National Film and Video Foundation offices, by the closing date. 
Address: 87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg
Office number: 011 4830880

All enquiries must be directed to:
BLINGOLA MEDIA – 011 463 9018
Or email


Important dates:


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is governed by the National Film and Video Foundation Act 73 of 1997 as amended by Cultural Laws Amendment Act 36 of 2001. The mandate of the NFVF, in terms of section 3 of the Act, is:

  • To promote and develop the film and video industry;
  • To provide and encourage the provision of opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to get involved in the film and video industry;
  • To encourage the development and distribution of local film and video products;
  • To support the nurturing and development of access to the film and video industry;
  • To address historical imbalances in the infrastructure and distribution of skills and resources in the film and video industry.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival to mark the birth anniversary of 'Father of Indian Cinema'

The Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival is a not-to-profit, non-commercial & India’s only independent film festival, established in the year 2011 in Noida (Delhi NCR) with a mission to celebrate the cinema & work of aspiring, young, independent & professional filmmakers. 

The festival is important for Indian film industry as it is organized on 30 April each year to mark the birth anniversary of Late. Shri. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who is regarded as the father of Indian Cinema and fondly remembered as Dada Saheb Phalke by the film fraternity across the India and the globe. 

Its aim is to recognize the enlightening, entertaining and progressive new age cinema of youth and experienced filmmakers.

Key Highlights:
Film Screenings | Film Market | Screenplay incubation | Master Classes | Networking

Submission Deadline: 15 March 2016

To submit your entry kindly follows the link:

Submit Your business, Film Projects for Marketing & Distribution, Project pitching information to be listed in the DSPFF Film Market & networking guide 2016.  The guide will be shared among participants and industry professionals to market the listed projects.

Submit Your details for Film Market & Networking guide using following link:

Team 6th DSPFF-16, India
Tel: +91 120-4129059 | +91 9953142311 |

Vote for Miners Shot Down documentary

Rehad Desai just found out that Miners Shot Down has been selected as one of the five BRITDOC Impact Award winners. 

Until midnight on Monday, 07 March 2016BRITDOC will be tracking the number of tweets @minersshotdown receives using the hashtag #DocImpactHi5. The winner will receive an additional $5000 towards their campaign!

Here's a link to the Impact Report:

This is great news as it is recognition of the crucial role that the film and the campaign has played in getting the truth out about what happened at Marikana mine and in shifting public opinion.

Rehad and his team are asking that you celebrate their Impact Award win and support this new effort by using this link to vote for Mners Shot Down: