Monday, February 24, 2020


The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) in addition to its recently advertised
Lobbyist position, is now looking to contract an attentive and efficient Administrator and
Communications officer for an initial contract period of 9 months from latest 15 March till 15
December 2020 and based on its current funding cycle. The ideal candidate should be
proactive, detail orientated and able to supply efficient administrative support to the
leadership and membership of the organisation as well as provide a communications
function between member organisations, staff and office bearers of SASFED, stakeholders,
partners and interest groups and where required the general public.

• Administrative support to the SASFED council, the SASFED Office Bearers and staff and where possible and within reason to support the various organisations who make up its membership as well as assist growing such membership.
• Generating, collating and dispersing of internal and external correspondence.
• Accurate recording and dispersing of monthly and ad hoc meeting minutes.
• Working closely with the SASFED Lobbyist to manage workflow and support this person.
• Attending SASFED Council meetings after hours where required.
• Manage and coordinate meetings, events and stakeholder engagements workshops.
• Maintenance of systems such as, but not limited to, e-mail, drives, website and social media, and to have a good technical and problem solving ability.
• Read and understand the SASFED Constitution and operate and communicate within its spirit and framework. Further to assist monitor Constitutionality of all SASFED meetings, and any actions or communications by its staff, elected office bearers, council or other representatives.
• Ensuring that any SASFED campaigns and advocacy work is effectively communicated.
• Communicate within the framework of SASFED’s constitutional scope within the industry and between SASFED Member organisations.
• Produce social media content and update the blog based web site regularly with content sourced or self-generated as appropriate.
• Moderate discussions and activity on online platforms.
• Spread reach of website content, using social media and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
• Build and maintain media and stakeholders lists as well as accurate membership details as required by the SASFED Constitution. Page 2 of 2
• Research and do statistical breakdown of SASFED’s members membership on basis of racial, and gender and geographic demographics which must be kept updated.
• Be first line of communication for all SASFED matters, by email, social media, or telephone, and be able to answer calls at SASFED office during standard working hours.
• Make responsible use of SASFED resources to minimise time needed by volunteer positions in SASFED and reduce burden on them. This includes telephonic contact where required.
• Monitor and enforce use of SASFED resources within best practices and motivate for any additional requirements in good time and clearly to the Elected Office Bearers.
• Follow extreme ethics and best practice in terms of interaction with any other person or in the way SASFED is communicated about generally, and report any abuse of ethics to the Chair-Persons or Treasurer as applicable.

• Prior Administrative experience is necessary.
• Time management within the scope of scheduled and unscheduled tasks.
• Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
• Proactive, organised approach to multi-tasking.
• Ability to manage time-sensitive tasks.
• In-depth knowledge of the creative industry and particularly where the independent production sector fits, is beneficial.
• Working knowledge of social media apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Awareness of current affairs, particularly with respect to industry developments.
• Take instruction from the SASFED Lobbyist, as well as elected office bearers and liaise with legal and research capacities as required and within the funding budget.
• Cope within a stressful work environment.
• Preference will be given to persons of colour.
• Understand and sympathise with government transformation agenda.
• A Johannesburg based position.
• Access to transport at your own expense to and from the office located in Linden; Johannesburg daily, including for after-hours meetings when required.

Our position is highly flexible in the delivery of tasks within specific time frames. A proactive
approach is required in order to facilitate and manage specific tasks and portfolios at the
request of the SASFED Lobbyist and other contracted staff, as well as SASFED Elected
Office Bearers and the Council.

The candidate may be required to represent the organisation at various levels within the
industry and at government stakeholder engagements. It is therefore important for the
candidate to understand the nature of the industry and the various organisations’
requirements within these spheres and to study the SASFED Constitution.

Applications should consist of a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, a motivational letter on why you should be appointed and your unique experience you bring to the table, and contactable references.
Your application must be emailed to not later than 5pm, 28 February 2020.
Interviews will take place of shortlisted candidates in Linden, Johannesburg on Monday the 2nd of March. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



The call for submissions for our third Rough Cut Lab is currently still open, despite the coronavirus outbreak.  The format of the Lab itself may be adjusted to ensure the participants' safety, and in compliance with government regulations.  Please note that there is a possibility that the dates and/or venue may change if need be, depending on future developments. 

Documentary films present us with unique perspectives and insights into our worlds. The crafting of these films present unique challenges and encourage thoughtful insights into their making. The Rough Cut Lab (RCL) aims to support South African films in the late offline story stage with directed consultation on story and character obstacles as well as close consideration into the workings of the film. Successful candidates receive targeted support from the Refinery when they eventually come to finishing.

A maximum of three South African projects, consisting of one director and one editor, will be selected to spend three days working on their film with consultancy from world class editors. In the interest of local industry up-skilling preference may be given to less experienced and privileged filmmakers in order to gain interaction with mentors and to develop the language of the editors involved.

In partnership with Refinery Cape Town and the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE), the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival invites South African filmmakers to submit their films for the 3rd Encounters Rough Cut Lab to be held in Cape TownDue to our uncertain times #submissions for the #RCL are now extended to give you more time to submit and us more time to prepare the lab for your projects!

This call is only open to projects with a working rough cut. Up to 70% of the rough cut must be completed prior to the lab. If a director’s project has been chosen the previous year, they are not eligible to enter the RCL with a new project in the following year.

Submissions that do not follow the strict submission criteria will be disqualified.

Submission criteria:
• One-page synopsis.
• Director and editor’s biography.
• Online screener link and password to the viewable rough cut
• One page each from the director and editor outlining the difficulties currently experienced with the film’s current structure and / or problematic areas in the
story. Please include what has been achieved up to this point.
• Films need to be independent and feature length - 70 mins or above.
• All available footage accessible on a USB 3 or firewire hard drives.
• Please Indicate software used.

Rough Cut Lab is extending the submission deadline to give you more time to submit.
If you intend to submit by emailing with Rough Cut Lab 2020 in the subject line.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2020: Submissions Open

We want to hear from filmmakers pushing the boundaries of cinema. ASFF is a landmark destination for talent discovery and independent filmmaking, sitting amongst the UK’s most prestigious film festivals. 

Entries are now open for our 10th anniversary. Open to Shorts, Features, VR & 360 films, we’re looking for innovative, cutting-edge and bold stories from around the world.

ASFF also accepts works across multiple genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family Friendly, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. 

Submissions close 31 May 2020.

ASFF Prizes Include:

£1,000 awarded to the Best of Festival Winner
Category winners are all nominated, but only one can take home the prestigious title. 

Best in Category Awards
Each film in the Official Selection is eligible to win the best film in its category.

BAFTA Eligibility
ASFF is officially recognised by BAFTA, which means short films that are screened may be eligible for a BAFTA award in the future. 

HIJACK Visionary Filmmaker Award
This award celebrates the achievement of directors with exception vision and offers a generous post-production package. 

People’s Choice Award
All festivalgoers are invited to vote for their favourite film. This award is chosen by audiences throughout the festival’s five day run.

Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine

ASFF supports its alumni before, during and after the festival. Official Selection filmmakers receive extensive coverage across all our print and digital platforms.

Friday, February 7, 2020

The 5th Annual
WGSA Muse Awards Ceremony
will take place on
Saturday, 29 February 2020

Venue: Apollo Hotel, Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg
Time: 17h30 to 22h00

Dress Code: Smart / Elegant

You are hereby invited to attend the 5th Annual WGSA Muse Awards Ceremony. Tickets for the event are available at R 250.00 per person and includes dinner. Wine and juice will be available during dinner, but all other drinks will be available from the cash bar.

Sales will close at midnight on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

Hope to see you there!

To purchase your tickets:

Please make payment to:
WGSA Current Account
Standardbank, Account number 300082444
Northcliff Branch, 006105
REFERENCE: Your name and surname/Muse
Send proof of payment to

Tuesday, February 4, 2020



The City of Cape Town Film Permitting Office would like to advise of the abovementioned event which will impact on film-related activity in the City and the availability of city streets and locations in the CBD/De Waterkant/Green Point/Sea Point area.

The CBD will be extremely congested and film-related activity may be constrained in areas impacted by the event directly and the Transport Management Plan - see Annexure A
For more information on the above, please contact the CTFPO on Tel: 021 417 0599/2025 email:

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Nadal. 07 February 2020.City of Cape Town's Transport Directorate

The roads listed in the below tables will be temporarily closed and/or restricted to vehicular traffic. This will have an impact on traffic flow and motorists are advised to plan their trips accordingly.

  • Parking restrictions will be enforced in the residential areas adjacent to Cape Town Stadium from17:30 to 23:30, including on Main Road.
  • No parking on Main Road (Somerset Road) west bond from Thursday 06 February 22:00.
  • No parking will be permitted on the above roads at the indicated times. Access to and egress from parking garages will be allowed to permit holders ONLY.
  • MyCiTi Waterfront service
  • The normal scheduled service will not be free of charge.
  • The service will stop at the Stadium bus station on route to the Waterfront and then will bererouted from Helen Suzman Boulevard into Portswood Road, turning left into Beach Roadand right at the traffic circle into Granger Bay Boulevard.
  • Granger Bay bus station will be closed for this period while all other stops and services on theGardens-Civic-Waterfront route will remain operational.
  • Passengers may use the Waterfront (in Breakwater Lane), Stadium bus station and/orBuitengracht stops as alternatives to the Granger Bay bus station.
  • On the return journey from the Waterfront, the bus will turn left into Beach Road, right intoPortswood Road and left at Helen Suzman Boulevard to continue its normal route to the CBD.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 
Project Development Programme 2020
 in partnership with
 Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport 
25 – 28 February 2020, Cape Town
Prospective and hopeful filmmakers-in-the-making are encouraged to submit a ONE page Proposal for a short documentary film (20 minutes maximum length). Successful candidates will be tutored in the art of documentary scriptwriting, preparing a budget and writing funding proposals. All submission details and requirements are included in this document.

In order to identify and develop new entrants in the documentary industry, and with a key objective of transformation, Encounters in partnership with the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, will host a Project Development Programme. The aim of the programme is to inject the filmmaking skills and knowledge necessary for increasing opportunities, business growth and ultimately access to global markets.

The initial Workshop, led by filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, will accommodate up to six participants to develop their short documentary projects in preparation for securing development funding and to advance their careers. A second mentorship programme is designed to support and guide beneficiaries in finalising their project proposal (script, budget and funding proposal). Participants must attend Encounters Industry Programmes during the Festival taking place from 4-14 June 2020.

The programme is aimed at documentary filmmakers at the beginning of their filmmaking careers and whose projects show great potential. Two team members per project may participate. Only residents of the Western Cape may apply.

The Workshop will take place from Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 February 2020 (4 days).
Post-workshop participant-led group sessions are encouraged – for mutual support and the fostering of important professional relationships for the future.
In the period March – May, leading up to the Encounters Festival, participants will be assigned Mentors for advice and guidance as they finish their scripts and develop budgets and funding proposals. These will be presented during Encounters.
Applicants must be available for the full duration of the programmes offered. Please be mindful that absenteeism will result in exclusion from the course.

Workshop Leader
Leading the 4-day Workshop is filmmaker, Riaan Hendricks.
Hendricks is one of South Africa’s multi award winning, prolific independent film directors. The constant struggle of
engaging audiences with the emotional landscapes of his characters and story – are expressed in the rich tapestry of
moments engrosses his work. Riaan’s film Ramothopo the Centinarian won best feature doc award at AfriFF 2018.
Guest Tutors will be invited to input on budgeting, proposal writing, compliance, etc.…
The selection committee will comprise of appointed representatives from the Industry and Encounters.
Applicants will be notified by email at least a week before the workshop.
The course includes:
• course materials
• meals (teas, coffees and lunch)
• mentorship programme
• invites to Encounters industry programmes and functions
• transport allowance (if necessary)
Submitting Applications
Application Deadline: Wednesday 12 February, 5pm
Submit to:
Applicants must submit:
• 1-page synopsis
• 1-page biography for each of the two key project team members, e.g. Producer (s), Director
• Complete Contact details
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For further enquiries please contact Nazeer Ahmed (021) 418 331