Thursday, October 15, 2020


The Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) is calling on all filmmakers, Citizen Journalists, media activists and artivists who have created documentary content in South Africa relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to submit films for consideration for promotion on our docLOVE and other social media platforms.

"In view of the challenges faced by our industry the DFA Board created the DFA Covid-19 Short Film Grant to contribute to 5 short documentaries under the banner of Life, Love, Rifts and Rage in the time of Covid-19", says DFA co-chair Miki Redelinghuys. "We are proud to be extending our support of independent content that reflects South African stories during the coronavirus pandemic with our DFA docLOVE Covid-19 Citizen Journalist Awards".

Ten short films will be selected and curated for online engagement.

  1. The work must be no shorter than 1-minute and no longer than 8-minutes.
  2. Each winning film will receive a R1000 award.
  3. One filmmaker representing each of the final ten selected films will receive a 1-year membership to the Documentary Filmmakers' Association valued at R350.
  4. Works must have been produced during March - September 2020 and must include themes that touch on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the everyday in South Africa. Or, "everyday South Africans and Africans in South Africa during this time".
  5. Formats for submissions: MP4 or .MOV please send works in for consideration using a Google Drive link, WeTransfer, or by uploading to YouTube or Vimeo or another streaming service using a private, password protected link.

Important dates:
Submission date: 22 October 2020 at 23h59 South African Standard Time
Winners announcement: 28 October 2020
Published on docLOVE from: 10 November 2020

Rules and Regulations:
The docLOVE Covid-19 Citizen Journalist Awards is open to anyone living in South Africa. Submissions must include a completed Entry form, which includes a credit list and Chain of Title (a template is provided). To access the Entry platform go to

The DFA Covid-19 Project which includes the DocLOVE Citizen Journalist Initiative is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.


About docLOVE

The docLOVE inititiave in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are FREE screenings followed by a discussion and the opportunity to meet other filmmakers. The screenings programme has had strong support from film aficionados in Cape Town at two regular venues: the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education in Mowbray and Bertha Movie House at the Isivivana Centre, Khayalitsha. In Johannesburg we are screening at The Bioscope and in Durban, docLOVE are partnered with the Centre for Civil Society at UKZN. Please visit the docLOVE Facebook page for more details:

About the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) was established to nurture and develop the interests of documentary filmmakers in South Africa. Documentaries tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary people and communities – they celebrate, question, investigate and reflect.  The DFA aims to unify documentary filmmakers and gain recognition for the genre and is the only association in South Africa with the sole purpose of assisting, protecting and promoting documentary filmmakers.