Tuesday, September 15, 2020


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, is extending a call to all South African producers to submit their films for entry into the 93rd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The Academy has opened a call for entry for International Feature Film Award, inviting South Africans to submit their feature films for consideration.

The NFVF is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to make submissions on behalf of the South African Film industry.

The closing date for submissions is the 12 October 2020, 16h00. The South African Academy Selection Committee will choose one film as the country’s official submission for the International Feature Film Award. 

The unprecedented coronavirus/COVID-19 global pandemic mandated the closure of commercial motion picture theatres worldwide. Until further notice and for the 93rd Awards year only, country selected films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available through a reputable commercial streaming distribution service or video on demand may qualify for awards consideration in the International Feature category for the 93rd Academy Awards under these provisions:

  • Provide (original document(s) of government mandated theatre/cinema closure dates, previously planned theatrical release and steaming distribution or video on demand agreements.
  • The film be made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member site within 60 days of the film being officially selected;
  • That it meets all other eligibility requirements

When theatres reopen in accordance with national and local specified guidelines and criteria, and on a date to be determined by the Academy, this rules exemption will no longer apply. All films released thereafter will be expected to comply with the standard International Feature Film category theatrical qualifying requirements.

Film festival participation does not qualify a film in the International Feature Film category. Films must comply with all other eligibility requirements for the 93rd Academy Awards.

To be eligible this year, films must have been released in the submitting country for a theatrical run of at least seven consecutive days beginning no earlier than October 1, 2018 and no later than September 30, 2019.



15 Sep 2020

On 13 March 2020, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture met with the sectors to discuss challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of these consultations was to share vital information on the status of the Coronavirus in South Africa and to assess its adverse consequences, with a view to develop mitigation strategies thereof. These workshops were successful and together with the sectors, the Department formulated a coordinated national response in the form of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Furthermore, the organisations submitted names of representatives from various sub-sectors, who were integral in the process of adjudication and later, the appeals process.

The first wave was extended to accommodate disadvantaged applicants; and to allow sufficient time for them to secure the required documentation. The appeals process that was introduced served as an enabler; and ultimately led to a total of 4 772 applicants benefiting from the first wave of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. This was out of a total of 5 786 applicants.


10 September 2020

Are you an amateur, semi-professional or professional film or video producer? Then the Garden Route 48 Hour Film Race is just for you. The concept is simple. You will have 48 hours from the moment that you receive the mystery genre, prop, character and dialogue to conceptualise, script, shoot, edit, and deliver your finished film. There are great prizes to the value of R40 000 to be won which includes Kloppers vouchers, Godox video lights, and a corporate video production master class. This competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 and production can be done on something as simple as a cellphone. According to the organiser Cara Botha “The days when you needed expensive gear to make movies are gone forever. There are excellent examples of feature films that was shot on a cellphone on the internet today. It's all about imagination and how you use your camera to bring your stories to life”.

The 48 Hour Film Race is hosted in association with the Garden Route International Film Festival which take place from the 21st of September to the 11th of October 2020. The Film Race will be hosted within the confines of Covid-19 regulations. Although the kick-off event will take place live it will happen without an audience. Instead the participants will be able to view the event live online through Facebook and Youtube live streaming. Once the participants has been briefed the race is on. All teams will be required to do an online Covid-19 safe sets safety course in advance for which a certificate will be issued. The entries will be uploaded via the internet instead of being handed in.

A team can consist of 1-3 members and a maximum of two actors are allowed although using actors is not compulsory. The film must be at least 3 minutes long but must not exceed 5 minutes. The best entries will be screened at the Garden Route International Film Festival on the 9th and 10th of October. We are also in final discussions with Ster-Kinekor to screen the 10 best films at the Garden Route Ster-Kinekor theatre on Sunday 11 October. Entry is free. Tips and production tools will be emailed to the registered teams regularly so early registration is highly recommended. Online registration closes on the 23rd of September. To enter or for more information go to www.filmrace.co.za

Friday, September 11, 2020


The Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce that the 11th Durban FilmMart virtual edition reached its halfway mark on Tuesday, 8 September with 1057 delegates registered.

“Our film  co-production and finance market, through this edition, has made its mark in solidifying its position as the most important platform on the continent for development and birthing of the content for African cinema,” says Head of the Durban FilmMart, Toni Monty. “We made a bold call to go virtual this year and not wait for a post-pandemic physical event. This call was indeed heard by the industry as they have come out in full force to robustly engage with each other in this virtual space.”

Since Friday, 4 September the market has offered filmmakers from around the globe, representing 66 countries, including 32 African countries (13 of which were French-speaking African countries), opportunities to engage in relevant discussions about the state of the industry, the future of film in Africa, and to learn from experienced film experts and share knowledge.

The event was streamed live from a production hub in Durban, where 75 different sessions by 170 speakers and panellists with 24 moderators, was broadcasted  to an accumulative audience of 5850 people using 50 gigs of data. In addition, the team recorded an incredible 75 hours of webinars and “hangouts” and presented pitches by 69 African filmmakers to financiers, investors, sales agents, and international markets.

“These numbers are certainly impressive, and if there was one good thing to have evolved out of this is the necessity to rethink the way of doing the business of film.  The virtual edition has drawn key role players to  “Durban”  to discuss, plan, unpack, and find ways forward for the industry. It has exposed emerging filmmakers and talent to experienced ones, provided benchmarking, and stimulated much creative thinking,” says Monty. 

Whilst the live streaming ended yesterday, the content from most of the panel discussions, presentations, and all the pitches are still up for viewing on the virtual event platform and available until  30 September for registered delegates.

The 69 projects that have been pitched to panels are currently taking meetings with potential investors, producers, financiers, and markets, and on Sunday 13 September at 3pm the official awards will be live streamed.  These prizes include finance packages or opportunities to pitch at international markets which enable the projects to develop further.

For more information go to wwww.durbanfilmmart.com

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality.  The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA,  Institut Francais – South Africa, Candian High Commission of SA, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibia Film Commission with the following programme partners – Berlinale Talent, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Incoproduction, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam, Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of  South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme.  DFM media partners include Awotele, Callsheet and Variety.


The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has announced that in conjunction with the Social Justice Initiative (SJI), it is now inviting applications for a second round of emergency funding for journalists who have lost their livelihoods as a direct result of the Covid-19 national disaster. In our first round we received 320 applications and 227 journalists were selected for payments. Journalists received a small donation of R5000 to purchase necessities like food and clothing.

“SANEF is happy to announce that round two is now open. We call on all on everyone to spread the word,” it said.

In terms of the criteria the following people can apply: Practising journalists who have not received retrenchment packages, freelance or contract journalists who have been retrenched or had their contracts cancelled from the date of implementation of the national lockdown on 26 March 2020 and thereafter as a result of Covid 19. Photographers, print, broadcast and multimedia journalists are all included.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 September 2020. Please see a link to the application form: Application form_emergency funding_September 2020_final 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020



08 Sep 2020

On 17, August 2020 Minister Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, announced 2nd Wave COVID – 19 Relief application process as a form of assistance to artists, athletes, technical personnel, fitness instructors / practitioners and the core ecosystem with the objective of softening the economic impact sparked by the COVID– 19 Pandemic.

In facilitating this process, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in collaboration with Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the National Arts Council (NAC) committed to reach the wider sectoral audience by using their applications platforms as another facilitation process for prospective applicants to submit their requests for relief.  The Department also engaged and appealed to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the Federations and other sport and recreation bodies to reach out to sports persons to apply for the Relief.   

Initially submission of applications for relief deadline was set for the 31 August 2020 and 2nd September respectively. It was then extended for the 9th September 2020 only to those who did not complete loading their on-line applications to finalise their application process.  

In light of the application process challenges that are still precipitating, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa in consultation with BASA  and the NAC has therefore deemed fit to further extend the submission of Relief applications process to Friday, 11th September 2020.The Department is once more making that call to all prospective relief applicants to take note of the window period and urgently submit their applications for processing and also call upon those who are still to finalise the status of their applications to take advantage of the extension and urgently submit.

The Department further makes another appeal to those who are still battling with satisfying the tax mandatory requirement to urgently check their Tax Registration Status by consulting the South African Revenue Services (SARS) for assistance. Note that in the initial Department discussions with SARS in light of this mandatory requirement, SARS has outlined that all those potential applicants who are still experiencing challenges, can urgently register as Tax Payers on the link beneath and will be informed of their status or their tax numbers will be made available within 24 hrs of submitting their applications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

To get the required Tax documents or register as Tax Payers, potential applicants should visit;


The applicants would be able to provide Proof of Tax registration enabling them to submit their applications.

All Sectoral prospective applicants who have commenced with their application process and left them incomplete, can still visit the following platforms and finalise their application process (i.e.): 

As a reminder, the second wave relief caters for the following individuals:   

  • South Africans working in the sport, arts, culture and heritage sectors
  • Individuals who belong in the sector and do not have a regular / consistent salary source,
  • Individuals who rely solely on their creative work as a source of income
  • Their earnings must have been interrupted or impacted upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicants who were not beneficiaries of the first relief. 


For applicants the COVID – 19 financial relief requests to be successful, the following mandatory documents must accompany all applications:

  • Certified copy of South African identity document (ID) with date of certification not older than three months;
  • Valid proof of bank account;
  • Detailed bank statement showing income earned within the creative sector during the period of 12 months (March 2019 – February 2020),
  • letter from industry body confirming that you are a sectoral practitioner / summary of your profile / portfolio work / copy of your academic achievement,
  • Valid tax clearance certificate or tax number.

Note that sport applications for relief has been equally extended and all prospective applicants should urgently submit their application to the below mentioned email link or address: 

www.srsa.gov.za/media/covid-19-sport-relief-funds-2nd-wave and closing date as well is equally 11th September 2020 and only athletes, coaches, technical support personnel, fitness instructors or practitioners who didn’t benefit from the first wave are eligible to apply.

  In relation to the sport relief application, the following mandatory documentation must accompany all applications: 

  • Certified copy of your South African Identity Document not older than 3 months,
  • Bank stamped proof of valid bank account, minimum three months detailed bank statements showing income earned from sport competitions, events, activities and fitness instructor / practitioner services rendered between March 2019 - February 2020 / signed and dated letter from your federation or organization confirming your sporting activities,

NB: If the prospective applicant is a fitness instructor / practitioner, letter (signed and dated) from an institution or organization that one has been providing health and fitness work to date and tax clearance certificate or valid tax number. All sport applicants who are experiencing challenges in getting their tax compliance documents, they must equally visit the above-mentioned SARS link and submit their tax clearance certificate requests.      

 To get more information about the application process, which documents and links to utilize, contact the following Number 0800 724 278 or visit the following sites for more information:

All available systems will be accepting applications and outstanding documents until Friday, 11th September 2020 at 23h59:59 thereafter, the system will then cease to accept applications.  


Media enquiries:

Mr Mickey Modisane: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport)

Tel: 082 992 0101 | Email: MickeyM@dsac.gov.za

Ms Zimasa Velaphi: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Arts and Culture)

Tel: 072 172 8925 | Email: ZimasaV@dsac.gov.za

Monday, September 7, 2020



05 Sep 2020

On 17, August 2020 Minister Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, announced 2nd Wave COVID – 19 Relief application process as a form of assistance to artists, athletes, technical personnel, fitness instructors / practitioners and the core ecosystem with the objective of softening the economic impact sparked by the COVID – 19 Pandemic.

In facilitating the implementation of the commitment, the department has worked closely with both Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the National Arts Council (NAC) using their platforms to receive and process applications for the fund.

Though the process of submitting individual applications for NAC and BASA has closed on the 31 August and 02 September respectively, the department has noted that a number of applicants that logged and registered in both platforms have not fully completed their application process by submitting all required documents. This is especially prevalent in the Arts, Culture and heritage sector applications.  The missing supporting documents include certified ID documents either by the South African Police Service or by any duly authorized Commissioner of Oath; statements from the bank which are crucial to process payment etc.

The Department has further observed that there also seems to be challenges experienced by sector practitioners in terms of their Tax Registration Status. Unfortunately, this is a mandatory requirement which the Department cannot eliminate.

After consultation, the South African Revenue Services (SARS), they have advised that, potential applicants can register as Tax Payers in order to secure proof of registration and subsequent to individual filing, a tax standing document will be provided which will warrant applicants suitability for funding, the following link should be used:


The applicants would then be able to provide Proof of Tax registration enabling them to submit their applications.

In light of the above, the Department takes this opportunity to extend the closing date to Wednesday, 9th September 2020 only for all those prospective applicants who did not finalise the status of their applications, to urgently submit all outstanding documents.  

All Sectoral prospective applicants who have commenced with their application process and left it incomplete, can still visit the following platforms and finalise their application process (i.e.): 

As a reminder, the second wave relief caters for the following individuals:   

  • South Africans working in the sport, arts, culture and heritage sectors
  • Individuals who belong in the sector and do not have a regular / consistent salary source,
  • These individuals rely solely on their creative work as a source of income
  • Their earnings must have been interrupted or impacted upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicants were not beneficiaries of the first relief. 

In light of the information mentioned above, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture takes this opportunity to thank all those that have taken the initiative and submitted their COVID – 19 second wave relief applications. All prospective applicants will therefore be informed in due course on the outcomes of their applications. 

To get more information about the application process, which documents and links to utilize, applicants can contact the following Number 0800 724 278 or visit the following sites for more information:

NB: No new applications will be accepted on any of the available systems, only those individuals that have submitted their applications prior the closing date of the 31 August 2020 and 2 September 2020 respectively, will be allowed to submit outstanding documents. The stated systems will be accepting outstanding documents until Wednesday, 09 September 2020 at 23h59:59. The system will automatically shut down and no further submissions will be processed.


Media enquiries:

Mr Mickey Modisane: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport)

Tel: 082 992 0101 | Email: MickeyM@dsac.gov.za 

Ms Zimasa Velaphi: Marketing and Communications (Arts and Culture)

Tel: 072 172 8925 | Email: ZimasaV@dsac.gov.za


SAGA invites all actors interested in exploring your voice routine and skills.

Liz Mills shares techniques in sound, space and breath. 

Date: Saturday 12 September 2020

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Click on the below link to register:



Friday, September 4, 2020



Netflix, the World’s leading streaming entertainment service, has joined the Durban FilmMart as a new programme partner to the 11th edition of Africa’s premier film industry event which will host its virtual edition from 4 to 13 September 2020.

With 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages, Netflix has, in recent times, expanded their African content and distribution in line with global trends as the consumption of content transcending borders increases.

Netflix lead for African Originals,, Dorothy Ghettuba, and Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, Ben Amadasun will present a session: Netflix: Made by Africans, Watched by the World  – Netflix on taking Africa’s stories to the World in which they unpack Netflix content ecosystem as well as how the team works with local creators to bring their stories to the global streaming service.

Another panel, titled Africa’s Future is Female – Women Filmmakers on Centering Women in our Narratives will feature dynamic women creatives and producers in a conversation about representation of African women’s narratives on popular media. 

Since its 2016 launch on the continent, Netflix has added hundreds of local licensed content from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Senegal, Angola, Ghana, Malawi and many other African countries. In early 2018, Netflix announced its intention to”amplify local voices to bring new, diverse and never-before-seen stories from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to the world …believing that great stories can come from anywhere and that some of the world’s best content creators are in EMEA.” By doing this, Netflix nearly doubled the number of produced shows and its investment since the previous year..

Since the announcement, Netflix has added two Originals from South Africa to its offering with the premiere of its first script-to-screen production, Queen Sono, earlier this year, created by South African Kagiso Lediga,and starring Pearl Thusi in the leading role as well as Blood & Water, a young-adult series directed by Nosipho Dumisa and starring a diverse cast of new and established talent like Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema and Gail Mabalane. Other originals announced by the service include JIVA! a dance drama series from South Africa by Busisiwe Ntintili, an animated series Mama K’s Team 4, a ground-breaking partnership with Nigeria’s Mo Abudu for multiple originals and licensed projects and a yet-untitled six-part original series by Akin Omotoso. Lediga and Omotoso will feature in a panel discussion at DFM about their journeys in making their series for Netflix. In addition, Nosipho Dumisa will feature in a discussion around African storytelling.

“We know that great storytelling transcends borders. We have seen this is the success of both our original and licensed series, films and documentaries,” says Amadasun. “These stories from different countries, languages, and cultures are finding a worldwide platform, expanding our local filmmakers’ and talents’ audience base. We are really pleased to be partnering with the DFM, as it brings us closer to the African creative community with whom we can engage, exchange knowledge with  and possibly partner with to create great African stories that will be watched by the world.”

“Netflix is one of the most significant role players in the development of the film industry on the continent, and the world, and its reach is expanding exponentially, so we are delighted that they are partnering with us to share their insights with African filmmakers at the DFM,” says Toni Monty, Head of the DFM. “This is a great opportunity for independent professionals and emerging filmmakers to understand Netflix’s vision for African stories, and how it drives, creates, and selects content.”

The DFM takes place online and registration is open at this link: http://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/Brave-New-Cinema-2020.aspx


The Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new website. “Our new streamlined site is finally live!” says Theoline Maphutha, WGSA Chairperson. “The first phase of many more exciting things to come.”

With the launch, comes the opening of submissions for the coveted WGSA Muse Awards for 2020. The WGSA Muse Awards recognize and reward outstanding writing in film, television, documentary, stage, radio, animation, and mobile/web series categories. An award for writers by writers. Launched in 2013, the awards are specifically for performance writers bestowed by their peers, shining a spotlight on the outstanding work of our members, who are often the unsung custodians of South Africa’s arts and culture.

The entry form is available on the WGSA website at www.writersguildsa.org



Take part in professional acting workshops and discussions throughout the year. To become a SAGA Member and get access to certain restricted members only events, please contact the SAGA Administrator at admin@saguildofactors.co.za.

SAGA has offered regular skills development workshops since early 2020.  When COVID-19 resulted in events and learning institutions being shut all across the world, the launch of our SAGA distance learning Portal was expedited.  Research shows that online learning increases retention of information and is an efficient use of time.

The education & empowerment Portal is part of the Association's mentorship and skills transfer program. Our objective is to improve professionalism across all acting disciplines, with specific attention to youth and gender equality.

For sustainable growth, SAGA believes that potential talent must be identified and channeled towards legitimate mentorship and acting opportunities. This portal harnesses the institutional knowledge and provides skills transfer to both working actors as well as under-served communities.

The portal allows actors to learn anytime, anywhere and offers online workshops and convenient micro-learning experiences. Subject matter experts guide participants through the learning process, providing interesting, current and relevant content for adult learners.




More information



Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Creative Producer Indaba, which started its program yesterday was conceptualized as a vehicle to hone the creative and entrepreneurial skills of producers working in Africa. To request access to the online Plenaries and Talks as an observer please contact: submissions@realness.institute. Space will be made available on a first come first serve basis until they reach capacity.

The schedule for the online plenaries can be found on the Realness Institute website at: 


More about the speakers here: http://ipo.org.za/speakers-announced-for-inaugural-creative-producer-indaba/


The NFVF will be conducting virtual classes which will be facilitated by local industry experts. Mandla Dube is one of the selected facilitators and he has invited Effie T Brown to be a guest on one of his sessions. Effie will be talking about producing skills and financing opportunities in the USA. She will be presenting on the 10th September 2020 at 17:00 – 18:00.

NFVF have reserved this session for local black female film producers so that they can empower and celebrate them. They have therefore invited the IPO to nominate ten local black female producers who may be working on their own narrative projects to participate in the session.

Interested IPO members should put their names forward with a 1 paragraph motivation detailing their project status, current challenges and desired outcomes sent to administrator@ipo.org.za by the close of business 2 September 2020.  


More about Effie: 

Veteran producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People,” “Project Greenlight,” “Real Women Have Curves”) is the CEO of Gamechanger, the first film financing fund by and for women, which launched in 2013. Under Brown’s leadership, Gamechanger will now broaden the fund’s scope to also include projects by and about people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Gamechanger will also expand into television and digital content with a new, fully monetized development fund that will enable it to buy, option, and develop IP for those platforms.

 “As a black female producer who’s been in the business for over 20 years, I know how hard it is to not only get into the room but to then secure financing when you have a culturally diverse or gender specific point of view,” said Brown. “What also makes us different is that the diversity of our content is as diverse as our investor pool. Our investors understand that it is going to take all of us pooling our monies together to ensure that these inclusive voices are given the opportunity to own their story from script to screen.”

Friday, August 28, 2020

Encounters Documentary Festival Closing weekend - more tickets for films you missed!

BANKSY MOST WANTED – Fundraising screening Sat 29 Aug – screens until Sunday 9am

We are pleased to announce that we secured more tickets for Banksy – for a R100,00 donation and a POP to pr@encounters.co.za you will receive the link and password to this film. 

Our bank info can be found here  

If your Bank sends us a POP we do not get your contact info! You must email us.

INFLUENCE - Remember that on Sunday 30th, there is also a fundraising screening for this title – a terrifyingly relevant account of weaponized communication centering on the infamous Lord Tim Bell and his associates at Bell Pottinger. All info here  

FOR SAMA – we have secured more tickets for this Oscar nominated, multi-award winning film – do not miss it!

BELLINGCAT: Truth in a Post Truth World – more tickets available and extended run.  If you enjoyed INFLUENCE, do not miss this film! 

Awards night – Sunday 30th August at 8pm

2 Juries have reached their conclusions – on Sunday night the awards ceremony will take place and two awards will be made as follows:

Ladima will present the Adiaha Award for Best Documentary Film by an African woman at this year’s 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.

Prize: $2,000 towards their next production and an invitation to attend the Dortmund Cologne International Women’s Film Festival 2021 in Germany, where their film will be screened.

Encounters & Gauteng Film Commission will present the Award for Best African/South African Feature Film.

Prize: R10,000 cash 

The winners will be invited online to accept the awards and the event will be live streamed via our Facebook and YouTube channels. A reminder also that If you missed any industry events or live Q&As – these can also be found here: https://www.facebook.com/EncountersDocFest/ or the Encounters YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/encountersdocfest

Thank you for supporting the Festival and we hope you have enjoyed the films! 

We are relying on donations this year to ensure the Festival’s post-production sustainability – please remember to donate if you are able – all info can be found here  

Best wishes


Thursday, August 27, 2020


The 2020 Garden Route International Film Festival ‘GRIFF’, today unveiled its feature film, documentary and short film lineup. Continuing its tradition of showcasing emerging talent and celebrating new work from established local and international film-makers, the 2020 edition of the Festival hosts 90 films across multiple genres. The films range from traditional dramas, crime, comedy and thrillers to political and socially-conscious films from many diverse storytellers across a host of different countries.

Taking the challenges of Covid19 into account, this year the Garden Route International Film Festival will run a Virtual Online Festival from the 21st of September to the 11th of October. GRIFF is also bringing the Drive-In Back! The Drive-In portion of the festival will travel throughout the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa across nine towns between the 25th of September and the 11th of October.

“We are encouraged and inspired by the range and diversity of the films submitted to our Festival this year by such visionary storytellers. And we are excited by the opportunity that both the online platform and the drive-in experience will give our audiences this year. Utilizing our secure virtual platform, we will showcase our local and international talent to a national and global market of viewers even more so than in previous years’, said Patrick Walton, Festival Director.

The festival programme includes films and documentaries from a wide range of African countries and from 15 international countries spanning Europe, Australasia and the Americas. For many films it is their South African premiere having never been screened in this country before.

Festival Tickets for the Garden Route International Film Festival:
All drive-in film festival tickets will go on sale on 24 August 2020 and all online tickets and passes to the festival will go on sale towards the end of August via Webtickets.

Please visit our website: www.gardenrouteinternationalfilmfestival.com for all ticket sales information.

About the Garden Route International Film Festival Partners:
GRIFF is pleased to announce its primary 2020 Partners: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), WESGRO, Garden Route Film Commission, Media Film Services, Fitch & Leeds and Value Film Fleet.

Press Contacts:
For more information, press packs or images for individual films, please contact us on marketing@gardenrouteinternationalfilmfestival.com

Monday, August 24, 2020







VENUE:          Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 897 8737 0446 

Passcode: 696871




DATE:             Monday 31st August 2020


TIME:             16:00





The General Assembly shall consist of all the Members, Associates, Affiliates and Observers of SASFED in good standing.



The voting rights shall be exercised by a duly authorised representative of the Member, subject to the Member giving written notice of such authorisation to the Executive Officer prior to the AGM.



Voting at the AGM shall take place by show of hands or by secret ballot in the chat room. Voting on any matter may be by secret ballot if at least one third of the voting delegates demand it.


or as determined by the General Assembly (Clause 11.8.5 of the SASFED Constitution “The AGM shall determine its own procedures in accordance with democratic principles”).


Each Member shall have one vote. A Member that has failed to pay its financial contribution after such contribution has become due is not eligible to cast any votes (Clause 11.5 of SASFED Constitution “Only members whose fees are fully paid up will be entitled to vote”).




The purpose of the meeting is:

(a)        to confirm the minutes of the previous AGM

(b)   to adopt the audited financial statements of SASFED for the financial year ended 28 February 2020, incorporating the Chairperson’s report and the Auditor’s report;

(c)        to consider and, if approved, to adopt, with or without amendment, the resolutions set out below; and

(d)        to consider any matters raised by the Members, provided such requests are received in writing not less than 7 (seven) Business Days in advance of the meeting and have the support of the SASFED Council or such notice is waived by a simple majority of those present in person if SASFED so decides, except in matters relating to financial contributions or amendments of the Constitution of SASFED.






Quorum for any Annual General Meeting or special meeting of the General Assembly shall be 80% (eighty percent) of the full members of SASFED that are represented, in person with a voting mandate (Clauses 11.8.6 and 11.6)




SASFED Constitution:



11.8.1 Voting Delegates, who are members of the affiliate members of SASFED, with speaking and mandated voting rights

11.8.2  Non-voting Delegates, who are bona fide members of the affiliate members of SASFED who shall have speaking rights but not voting rights.

11.8.4 Invited guests, without voting rights but with or without speaking rights as may be determined by Council.”



      12.1     To determine the policies, programmes and constitution of SASFED.

      12.2     To receive, discuss and adopt the reports of the office bearers, including that of the Chairperson and Treasurer, and any other reports as determined by Council.

      12.3     To exercise the right and power to review, ratify, alter or rescind any decision taken by any of the structures, representatives and officials of SASFED.

      12.4     To elect or appoint any commission or committee and assign specific tasks and duties to such commission or committee.

      12.5     Deal with any other business laid before it by the Council and a simple majority of the AGM that so approves.”

Decisions at the Annual General Meeting shall require a simple majority of eligible votes cast, except for amendments of the Constitution and other specific matters identified in the Constitution of SASFED, which shall require a majority of two-thirds of eligible votes cast.



Ordinary Resolutions:


At the virtual Annual General Meeting to be held on 31st August 2020, the SASFED Council will be seeking two resolutions (Ordinary Resolutions 1 and 2) by the Members to facilitate the holding of the Annual General Meeting under these extraordinary Covid-19 circumstances:


Ordinary Resolution 1 – Holding a Virtual AGM

The Council is hereby requesting the Members entitled to vote at this AGM to authorise the holding of this AGM virtually.


“Resolved that the SASFED Annual General Meeting may take place virtually if circumstances so demand it”


Ordinary Resolution 2 – Waiver/The Circulation of the AGM Notice

Clause 11.2 of SASFED Constitution “Members must be informed of the Annual General Meeting and its agenda at least 21 (twenty-one) days in advance”.


Members will note that the AGM Notice was circulated to members in a period less than that provided for in the SASFED Constitution. The Council is hereby requesting the Members entitled to vote at this AGM to waive the required notice period.


“Resolved that all the members present agree to waive the notice period required for the AGM”.


Ordinary Resolution 3 – Adoption of minutes of the previous meeting

It must be noted that the minutes of the previous AGM were approved at the Council meeting held on the 25th October 2019. These minutes are being presented for noting as they have already been approved by the Council as a true reflection of the proceedings.


“Resolved that the Council notes that the minutes of the annual general meeting (AGM) of the 13th General Assembly held on 5th September 2019 in South Africa were approved as a true reflection of the proceedings and are being presented for noting.”


Ordinary Resolution 4 – Adoption of financial statements

“Resolved that the financial statements of SASFED for the year ended 28 February 2020 and the reports of the Council and the external accounting firm are hereby noted and adopted.”


Ordinary Resolution 5 – Re-appointment of Accounting Firm

The SASFED Council has expressed satisfaction with the services rendered by Bemont and Company Accountants, Bookkeepers & Tax Consultants, an accounting firm based in the Republic of South Africa.


“Resolved that, on the recommendation of the SASFED Council, the firm Bemont and Company Accountants, Bookkeepers & Tax Consultants be re-appointed as an independent registered accounting firm of the Federation (noting that Mr. Francois Rivall and is the individual lead accountant of that firm who will undertake to finalise SASFED’s financial statements) until the next AGM of the Federation.”


Ordinary Resolution 6 – The Establishment of a Council Charter and Code of Conduct

The SASFED Council is hereby requesting the Members entitled to vote at this AGM to authorize the establishment of a Council Charter and a Code of Conduct, which Council Charter and Code of Conduct shall be approved by Council and reviews as and when required.

The purpose of the Council Charter is to set out the key values and principles of the Council of SASFED, providing an overview of:

§    the role and responsibilities of the Council of directors; and

§    the way that it executes its duties and decision-making;

§  powers of the Council and Council committees; separation of roles between the Council and Management; and

§    to ensure the application and practice of the principles of good corporate governance in all dealings by, in respect and on behalf of SASFED.

§    Provisions relating to the succession and evaluation of the Council.

The Constitution has development of policies as one of the responsibilities of the Council and the meeting is hereby requested that the members authorise the establishment of a Council Charter.

Resolved that the SASFED Council has the power and authority to establish, prepare and approve a Council Charter and a Code of Conduct for the Members of the SASFED Council.

Special Resolution:

Special Resolution 1 – Amendments to the SASFED Constitution

Clause 23.3 of SASFED Constitution:


The provisions of this Constitution may be amended only by the decision of at least two-thirds of the members present at a quorate meeting of SASFED.”


Resolved that the SASFED Constitution be revised and that the Council prepares, approves and reviews all governance documents (i.e. the SASFED Constitution, Charter and Code of Conduct) to ensure that they remain relevant and that where such governance documents are in conflict with the constitution, the SASFED Constitution will take precedence.


To transact such other business as may be transacted at an annual general meeting.


By order of the Council.

Ms. Unathi Malunga

Executive Officer

24 August 2020