Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Following the recent closing date for arts project funding applications, the National Arts Council (NAC) will be announcing the outcomes of applications for four of its five programmes on 30 June 2020.

These programmes are: Capacity Building; Innovation, Design and Creation; Strategic Initiatives; and Social Cohesion and Nation Building.

This follows the deadline for applications being extended from 30 April to 19 June 2020. Considering the urgency of the situation and bearing in mind the devastating effects of the Covid-19 restrictions and protocols, the NAC started adjudicating applications as soon as they were received to expedite the process.

Successful applicants from the four abovementioned programmes will be announced on Tuesday 30 June 2020 at mid-day on the NAC website.

The results of applications for the Arts platforms/exhibitions/festivals programme will be announced on 06 July 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and would like to assure applicants that we are working as speedily as possible to finalise this one outstanding programme.

Please follow us on our social media platforms and website (www.nac.org.za) for updates.

We wish you all the best in implementing and executing your valuable projects in these trying times.

Kind regards
Rosemary Mangope


The Tribuo Fund is a support fund for the festival sector and adjacent creative industries. This is a private fund, created by a group of vested parties, to support freelance workers in the performing arts who have lost their source of income during the COVID-19 lockdown and post-lockdown phases.

Applications will open on 6 July 2020, 08h00 and close on 10 July 2020, 22h00.

The fund will be implemented in different phases. The first phase will be a relief fund with the first cycle kicking off now.

The Relief fund includes an emergency fund that pays for rent, medical expenses, food, clothing etc. as a once-off or limited repeat payment.

Monday, June 29, 2020


Call for films open until Tuesday, 7th July 2020
€18,500 of production grants
1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film

The Mobile Film Festival Africa is a unique experience in 2020 for African filmmakers.
An experience that requires no money but a lot of creativity and just a smartphone.
An experience that will allow the winners to win up to €18,500 in production grants.
An experience that will offer visibility and recognition to the selected directors in their country, Africa and internationally.

To be able to live this experience, there is 1 month left!
A month that can change their life, and give a unique boost to their career.
A month to make discover their talent to the greatest number of people, in 1 minute.
We need you to make this month decisive for talented young African filmmakers!


Some information about the festival:

For this first pan-African edition, the Mobile Film Festival returns with the rules that made its success: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film. There is one specific rule: participants must live on the African continent. The theme will be open.

Our support for the winners will be concrete and operational, as the Mobile Film Festival will award €18,500 in production grants:
·           Africa Grand Prize: €10,000
·           French-speaking Film Award: €2,500 awarded by TV5 Monde
·           Original Music Score Award: €2,500 awarded by SACEM
·           Documentary Film Award: €2,000 awarded by Yebo!
·           African Female Director Award: €1,500 awarded by Tazama Festival

These grants will allow the winning directors to produce - in one year – a short film with professional means and the help of a producer. The Festival is not only an opportunity for the African directors but also for the African producers, who will be able to manage those grants and support the winning filmmakers with new financial opportunities.

Other prizes will be awarded by the Jury, such as Actress Award and Actor Award. The audience will also be invited to give its Award.

The Mobile Film Festival Africa is an African project that falls within the cinema and video development in Africa. The jury will be composed of personalities from the cinema & arts universe in Africa.

In a desire to make the Festival as inclusive as possible, films can be submitted in any language. In fact, thanks to our partner DotSub, those films will be subtitled in French and English, to reach the largest possible audience in the African continent and internationally.

One of the characteristics of the Mobile Film Festival is that it is 100% digital. Through social networks, our website, those of our partners, and thanks to smartphones, we reach a huge audience.

You can now find a selection of African films, selected and awarded during the latest editions of the Mobile Film Festival.

This project has become possible thanks to the support of our partners. First of all, the Agence Française du Développement supports our Festival. Also, the Institut Français has chosen to include the MFF Africa in its Africa 2020 program, to offer more visibility to the films. Major media support us too, such as TV5 Monde, RFI, France 24, Voxafrica, TRACE, Mobile Journalism Africa... Then, four partners have desired to award winning directors with production grants and we would like to thank them warmly: TV5 Monde, SACEM, Yebo! and the Festival Tazama.

Friday, June 26, 2020


Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 20-30 August 2020 is breaking boundaries and responding in real-time to the world’s new reality by making the Festival available to everyone, everywhere in South Africa .

Encounters cements its place as Africa’s leading documentary festival as it celebrates its 22nd year by making most of the films free-of-charge to view on virtual platforms, but will also screen at selected cinema venues in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 20 -30 August.

In another historic move for the local film industry, the new Encounters Documentary Festival will première with the first South African screening of the highly-anticipated political feature Influence — a profile of ‘morally slippery British reputation manager’ Lord Timothy Bell of PR firm Bell Pottinger. 

The investigative journalists and filmmakers Richard Poplak and Diana Neille, who directed the film, say they can’t wait to see the response from South Africans.

“In the end, Influence is a triumphant South African David and Goliath Story in which our country collectively stood up against the abuses of a powerful multinational…and won. We’re thrilled and so proud to finally be bringing it home.”

During this challenging time of COVID-19, the courageous step toward a new kind of film festival has been a monumental team effort, says Encounters Festival Director Mandisa Zitha, and the result of innovative action from all sides of the film sector. 

After two decades offering South African and international audiences compelling and groundbreaking documentaries this move into the digital arena sees Encounters at the cutting-edge of cinema’s next wave.

‘Quote from Mandisa’

Encounters Documentary Festival’s New Era

Over the coming weeks the Encounters team will announce its digital plan that will make its aim to make this year’s selection of films available to everyone an internet reality. The objective, say the team, is to create a festival accessible to all – whatever your preference – on the big screen and  online. 

A Time For Influence

“The decision to open the documentary festival with Influence was a no-brainer,” says Zitha, “Encounters has become the home of thoughtful, character-driven storytelling that adds a necessary dimension to our understanding of the news, fake news, the hot button issues, other people’s lives and, above all, ourselves and our place in the world.

Influence, by Daily Maverick journalist-provocateurs Richard Poplak and Diana Neille, charts the rise and fall of the infamous London-based PR firm Bell Pottinger. As audiences and reviewers around the world attest, the film is a stark reminder of the dangers that lurk within the post-truth era, in which masters of disinformation use new digital tools to wage ancient propaganda wars — undermining the very fabric of democratic societies.

The film has only become more urgent in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, where the media zone is flooded with so much “news” that it’s difficult to tell up from down. “If anything, the pandemic crisis has made bad actors like Bell Pottinger appear even more dangerous,” says Neille, “even the President of the United States is peddling miracle cures that have no solid basis in science. We certainly didn’t anticipate that when we turned on the cameras more than two years ago.”

“We feel our film will help audiences appreciate the relationship between politicians, corporations and the media” added producer Neil Brandt of Storyscope. We hope Influence will play a role in pulling back the veil and helping people navigate the uncertain times ahead of us.”

There will be more exciting films and events served up which will be announced in the coming weeks. But to stay up-to-date with the exciting developments happening at Encounters 2020, and to get the programme as soon as its released, head to encounters.co.za

The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa is a funder of the 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.

For further information please contact;
Joy Sapieka and Associates 
Email: Joyls@mweb.co.za 
Cell: +27(0) 73 212 5492 

Thursday, June 25, 2020


Introducing a Character

Date: 27 June 2020   
Time: 11h00 - 12h00 
Speaker: Richard Nosworthy
About the Session

The opening sequence and the introduction of lead characters are inextricably entwined in quality screenplays, and it is worth examining Oscar-nominated screenplays in detail to see how those at the top of their game do it.
About Richard

Founder of The Scribe Writers Room, Richard is a multi-award-winning Producer-Writer-Director with well over 1 000 hours of programming for both South African and International broadcast television. His experience in genre is as wide and varied as the diverse styles he uses across his body of work which includes projects in television, feature films, documentaries, and the theatre.

Deadline to RSVP 25 June 2020 at 12h00



Date: 30 June 2020   
Time: 16h00 - 17h30
Speaker: Gavin Sher
About the Session

A discussion group delving deep into the mysteries of story. Topics include: Story as a blue-print for our relationship to reality; learning from fiction; designing stories that shift consciousness; the relationship between our ability as storytellers and our personal journeys through life; transcending our storytelling limitations through personal development; the mystery and magic of archetypes. 

About Gavin

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin Sher M.A. (40) is a well-rounded filmmaker and entrepreneur, who has specialized in screenwriting and story development since 2012.

He has a wide-ranging background and a hunger for knowledge that has yielded experience, insight, and understanding into most aspects of life.  Gavin thoroughly enjoys positive collaboration and before specializing in screenplay, he worked in many different roles in the South African film industry, from performance to producing and much in between, in order to learn the business and the craft from as many angles as possible.

A full member of the Writer’s Guild Of South Africa, Gavin has worked as a head-writer and editor on television series for local broadcasters, including SABC and E-TV. 

Gavin also serves as a script editor for South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation and he is often invited to sit on the NFVF panel that assigns national funding for the development and production of feature films and television in SA. 

In his own capacity, Gavin is now an award-winning writer who has written and assisted in the development of a number of independent feature films and television series.

Deadline to RSVP Sunday 28 June 2020 at 12h00

Free for members 
NON-members - R20 into our bank account

WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current


Please RSVP 2 days before the session at 12h00
Please note the session will be conducted via zoom or Google Meet.
A link will be sent the day before the session.


The 8th Annual Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards Call for Entries which opened in February 2020 and closed in May 2020 has now been extended to 17 July 2020. Production companies, accredited Film schools, Film Association and other Film bodies are encouraged to participate. Terms and Condition are available on the KZNFC website: www.kznfilm.co.za.

Now in its 8th year running, the Simon “Mabunu” Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards, are aimed at celebrating the craft of filmmaking and to encourage aspiring and established local film makers. The awards have since 2013 celebrated heroes, legends and veterans who have made a mark in the film industry.

The Simon Sabela Film and Television Awards are a closed event, which is strategically aligned with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which is one of the biggest event in the calendar of events in film as it attracts filmmakers from all the world with emphasis on the celebration of African Content. The Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards is therefore attended by DIFF delegates and local film makers.

The awards have grown from 5 categories to over 27 categories in 2020. This is a good sign of growth and development within the KwaZulu-Natal province. The growth also speaks to the amazing talent that continues to position KwaZulu-Natal as a force to be reckoned with in both Film and Television.

About KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a provincial state entity, under the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commission Act, 2010 (Act No 3 of 2010). Its mandate is to facilitate support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry through creating opportunities and also growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact:

Mr Mu Ngcolosi
Email: MuN@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za

Website: www.kznfilm.co.za
Facebook: @kznfilm
Twitter: @kznfilm
Instagram: @kznfilm

Friday, June 19, 2020


PART 2 - The Hero's Journey         
Date: 21 June 2020 
Time: 14h00 - 15h00
Speaker: Vicki Bawcombe

About the Session
The Hero's Journey is identified as a set of stages and archetypes that give muscle to your storytelling. In Part 2 we examine Christopher Vogler's version of the hero's Journey and apply it to various genres and formats.

Deadline to RSVP is Friday 19 June 2020, at 12h00

PART 3 - The Virgin's Promise
Date: 23 June 2020
Time: 19h00 - 20h00
Speaker: Vicki Bawcombe

About the Session
Kim Hudson's mythic paradigm called the Virgin's Promise is a character process rather than a journey and is suited to stories of personal growth and individuation. In Part 3 we'll examine the stages and archetypes she proposes.

Deadline to RSVP is Sunday 21 June 2020, at 12h00 

About Vicki

Vicki Bawcombe AKA Scriptwitch is a screenwriter, teacher, and writing facilitator based in Cape Town, where she lectures in the Film Department at CityVarsity. She's been writing professionally for theatre, film, TV and the world of commerce for 3 decades, and is only just beginning to feel she understands some of the basic principles of the craft of writing for performance media! Nevertheless, teaching posts over the years at UCT, AFDA, and CPUT among others give her the nerve to offer these sessions to fellow writers. Vicki is on the WGSA council.

Free for members
NON-members - R20 into our bank account


WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current


Please note the session will be conducted via zoom or Google Meet. A link will be sent the day before the session.


Thursday, June 18, 2020


Date: 20 June 2020   
Time: 15h30 - 16h30
Speaker: Dan O'Shannon with Eve Hayes

About the Session

Eve will be chatting to DAN O’SHANNON - A highly successful and respected American television showrunner, writer, and producer who has worked on shows such as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier. He was an executive producer of the ABC show Modern Family. Dan has very kindly offered as part of Eve’s session to do a Q&A and have a general chat. Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and anecdotes. You don’t want to miss this!  

 About Dan O'Shannon

O'Shannon has won six Emmy awards for his TV work over the past 25+ years (five for Modern Family, and one for Cheers). He has earned five awards and five nominations for Modern Family, three nominations for Frasier and four nominations and one award for Cheers. He has received five Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA) awards including three for Modern Family, one for Frasier, and one for a special television event, Time-Warner Presents the Earth Day Special. He has received several Golden Globe Awards.

O'Shannon received an Academy Award writing nomination for Redux Riding Hood, an animated short produced by Disney. That short film was nominated for an Annie Award. He wrote and produced The Fan and the Flower, an animated short which received an Annie Award.

Free for members 
NON-members - R20 into our bank account


WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current


Please RSVP on or before 18 June 2020 at 12h00
Please note the session will be conducted via zoom or Google Meet. A link will be sent on Friday, 19 June 2020 


Dear SAGE member,
SAGE has compiled a comprehensive document with protocol guidelines for the post-production industry to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infections in the workplace.
These guidelines are subject to revision from time to time, as the situation changes.

Friday, June 12, 2020


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions researches and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.

The NFVF in collaboration with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are pleased to announce that the call for writers to submit proposals for the Youth Filmmaker Project is now open. The filmmakers will be guided by the team at Triangle Post and Animation Studios, facilitators of the NFVF project.


The concept for the Youth Filmmaker Project is to provide ten young filmmakers, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other filmmakers.

We are looking for 10 - 15 aspirant young filmmakers who will be guided in developing their concepts into 24-minute scripts. Only the best 10 scripts will be produced by Triangle Post and Animation Studios. Successful writers will be paired with a qualified mentor who will teach them the much needed writing skills and techniques used in the industry.

 This project is targeted towards aspirant young filmmakers who have a desire to break into the industry and would like to pursue  a career  in script writing. This platform will ensure that each participant has a completed film that will form part of their portfolio in the future.


  •  To nurture, support and promote young filmmakers in South Africa through strategically developed training laboratories and workshops.
  • To seek out remarkable writers, who will bring new perspectives to our South African, African and global audience.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


This webinar will cover the following:
  • Alert Level 3 implications with respect to the movement of freight (a customs update and regulation update)
  • Latest update on South African ports (both air and sea), including the latest with respect to road freight
  • The impact of Covid-19 on key import markets for South Africa (USA, China, Europe and Africa) including information on any import restrictions
  • Wine Industry focus - The impact of Covid-19 on consumer behaviour in Europe, USA and China, also latest trends with respect to wine logistics

Join for a live webinar on;
Date: Thursday, 11 June 2020
Time: 12h00 – 13h00