Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sheffield Doc/Fest Doc/Dispatch Submissions - NOW OPEN

Sheffield Doc/Fest is pleased to announce that submissions for Doc/Dispatch are now open - 

Doc/Dispatch is a brand new initiative designed to reach out to producers and filmmakers of topical, urgent and fast turnaround stories from around the world. This initiative will provide market and screening opportunities within this years festival (June 9-14). 

Submissions for Doc/Dispatch close on May 5th

For further information on Doc/Dispatch, please email


We have the pleasure of inviting you to join us in Cape Town for the SAGA Regional General Meeting and in Johannesburg for the SAGA Annual General Meeting.

All actors, performing arts students and other creative industry members are welcome to attend both meetings. 

DATE     Monday, 8 May 2017
TIME      18H30 for 19H00 - 21H00
VENUE, Joburg Theatre, 163 Boulevard (previously Loveday Street), Braamfontein, Johannesburg
RSVP     Corine Broomberg at

Keynote Speaker: Justice Zak Yacoob
Zak Yacoob (born 3 March 1948) is an anti-apartheid activist and a former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  He was appointed to the bench in 1988 by Nelson Mandela.  He briefly served as Acting Deputy Chief Justice during the long-term leave of Dikgang Moseneke.  

Although Justice Yacoob retired in 2012, he is highly respected as a man who contributed enormously to the justice system of this country.  

At his farewell ceremony, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng described Zak Yacoob as one of South Africa’s treasured blessings, saying he defied all ohs, stereotypes and prejudices.

DATE      Saturday, 6 May 2017
TIME      11H00 for 11H30 - 14H00
VENUE  CityVarsity, 18 Roeland Street, Cape Town
RSVP     Corine Broomberg at

Keynote Speaker: Mandisi Sindo
Mandisi Sindo  (known locally as Dr Sindi) is an actor, writer, director, and a site specific work creator. He is a founder and an Artistic Director of a Cape Town based non profit company “Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre – T3”. In September last year (2016) Mandisi was part of an international symposium hosted by Ghent University in Belgium: "Postdramatic and Postnarrative Modes of Coping with Trauma” 

Mandisi began pursuing his passion for theatre at age of 11 years old in primary school, and views the teaching of drama as "his calling"  to teach those who are not getting the formal classroom education. Mandisi obtained his Diploma in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town in 2011, where he majored in Community Theatremaking, Contemporary Theatre and Acting. He has written and directed several works for Infecting The City Festivals in Cape Town and Mbombela, and served as the Outreach Director and Theatre Field Worker for the Baxter Theatre Zabalaza Festival.  

Passionate about helping young people gain the necessary skills for tertiary-level education, Mandisi is also the Creative Director and a visionary driving force behind the Makukhanye Art Room, described as a "Shack Theatre" based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. He has just returned from a fund-raising excursion to Switzerland, gathering resources to transform the space from Shack to Theatre. 
Kind regards 
Corine Broomberg| SAGA Executive Administrator
Cell: 072-401-2718 | E-mail:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Invitation to apply for KZN Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme: 2017/8


Invitation to apply for KZN Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme: 2017/8 

The KwaZulu-Natal Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme is an initiative of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs in partnership with KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. This initiative was set to reinforceKwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s main objective: 

-    To make KwaZulu-Natal province a film production centre


The KwaZulu-Natal Youth in Film and Television Incubation Programme office, herewith,invites youth owned KwaZulu-Natal film and television SMMEs to apply for the 2017/8incubation plug-in.


-    The SMMEs must be registered with CIPC and be compliant with SARS.
-    The SMMEs must be based in KwaZulu-Natal.
-    The SMMEs must specialise in scarce skills in the film and televisionindustry.
-    Preference, but not a guarantee for admission to enroll for the programme,will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals, youth, women, andpeople witdisabilities.

Please submit:

-    motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) as to why and what makes your skills scarce in the film and television industry.
-    Detailed CV of yourself, the SMME profile and CIPC registration documents.

Successful applicants will be contracted for the incubator programme commencing in 2017, ending on 31 March 2018.

Please note that if you have applied before, no need to re-apply.  This is an extension.

Applications should be emailed to:
Closing date: 14 May 2017
Correspondence will be limited to successfulcandidates.
For more information, call our offices on (031) 325 0200

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

One Month Left to Enter the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

There is now one month left to enter the seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are looking for emerging and established filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward. ASFF is an international competition, accepting films from across the world in 11 genres.
It would be great if you could share this call for entries with your audiences at South African Screen Federation in the lead up to the submissions deadline on 31 May.
Please find some copy and suggested tweets below. You can download images and credits here.
The seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival is open for entries until 31 May 2017. ASFF provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience, and is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward.
Jury members for 2017 include Jane Roscoe (Director, The London Film School), Matimba Kabalika (Talent Development Manager, BFI NET.WORK), Philip Ilson (Director, London Short Film Festival), Robbie Gibbon (Editor, The TripThe Casual Vacancy and Doctor Who) amongst many others (
Prizes include:
·       Screenings at ASFF 2017 (8-12 November in York)
·       Awards for Festival Winner (£1,000), Best Film in each category, and People’s Choice
·       The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000)
·       Opportunities for further exposure through Aesthetica and its online channels
ASFF accepts all genres: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. Running times up to 30 minutes.
To enter, visit
Deadline 31 May 2017.
One month left to enter @ASFFest 2017: the festival is looking for innovative filmmakers working in all
The @ASFFest 2017 Jury has been announced: these #film industry experts will be selecting Award Winners at #ASFF2017
Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Best wishes
Marketing Coordinator
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
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