Wednesday, October 27, 2021


We will be stretching the style and empowering the performer with outlandish new tools with which to tell compelling stories on camera.

Using some of Lecoq's 20 movements as a springboard, Johannesburg School of Mask and Movement (JSMMT) teachers Daniel Buckland and Mlindeli Zondi will be experimenting with the use of filmic techniques when approaching the stage! This workshop will stretch style moving the film frame to the whole body!

This practical online workshop aims to provoke participants into using the whole frame as a canvas on which to paint with the body. It will ensure that the actor becomes more comfortable with the use of the body when expressing character on stage as well as in front of the camera.


When: Saturday 30th of October

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Place: Register with the zoom link here


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SAGE presents the first in the 2021 Masterclass Season:
Creativity & Collaboration

Date: 3 November 2021
Time: 19h00 - 20h00 
RSVPRegistration Link for Creativity & Collaboration
Whitemore Ngwira is a Johannesburg based multimedia editor with over 10 year’s experience working with production houses, broadcast tv networks, advertising agencies as well as corporate clients.

He uses and as his online project management tools, for collaboration with teams, hitting deadlines and delivering results. Whitemore will share how and are powerful collaborative work management platforms that improves communication and boosts productivity for teams of all sizes.

He will also give an in-depth review on Adobe Premiere Pro's integration with and, showing best practices of using the extension and extension in Premiere Pro.

Richard Starkey, S.A.G.E, has been working as an editor for 25 years and has cut everything from commercials to international feature films, TV drama, music videos and documentaries, although these days his focus is on narrative work. He has worked on Lightworks, Avid, Resolve, FCP7, FCP X, Premiere Pro and often works alongside other editors in collaborative environments

Richard will share his current method of working remotely from two perspectives:
  • Remote project sharing via Premiere Pro Productions (including project locking)
  • Remote editing session on a budget (by using a second machine and cheap Blackmagic device)

Kind regards,


SAGE Rough Cut Lab



Monday, October 18, 2021




The South African Guild of Editors is piloting the inaugural Rough Cut Lab for fiction, building on the success of the virtual documentary Rough Cut Lab earlier this year.
This first virtual fiction edition will allow our most experienced editors to mentor and engage with emerging filmmakers, focussing on editors and directors with a suitable project already in post- production.
Rough Cut Labs are a proven concept that allow access to expert industry advice and feedback during the final editing stages of a project, and have proven instrumental in shaping the success of fiction films - both short and feature length - as they enter the marketplace

Three South African fiction film projects - which can be any length from 30 minutes or longer and consisting of one editor and one director - will be selected to spend 5 days with world-class consultants, with input and feedback using Zoom and video review and collaboration platform
This call is only open to projects with a working rough cut, with up to 70% to be completed prior to the Lab, which will take place virtually from mid-November 2021. The submission deadline is 22nd October.


Submission criteria:

  • One-page synopsis of the fiction film and script; The director and editor’s biographies;
  • The current rough cut should be in a digital format easy to share, preferably online withthe link and password provided, if applicable;
  • One page each from the director and editor outlining the difficulties currently experiencedwith the film and / or problematic areas in the story. Please include what has been achieved up to this point;
  • Films need to be independent and can be any length from 30 minutes or longer (so notcommissioned from a broadcaster or streaming service);
  • Submissions that do not adhere to the criteria will not be considered.
  • All submissions will be treated with utmost confidentiality by the SAGE selection panel. SUBMISSION DEADLINE 22 OCTOBER 2021

The Challenges of Artists with Diverse Abilities

Join SAGA as we host a panel discussion on the role of artists living with disabilities within the creative sector.

As artists, we strive to create content that tells the stories of our struggles with life and how we overcome those struggles. This is true whether you are an actor living with a disability within the performance industry including film, tv, theatre, and corporate work.

There is, however, a lack of stories being told about performers from the PWD (persons living with disability) community in South Africa.

This panel will explore the story of why that is.
SAGA Exco member Ashley Dowds will be hosting Erik Holm (a quadriplegic performer) Cilla Lowen (performance writer) Leclere Serumula (director) Wandile Molebatsi (producer) and Gladys Agulhas (Inclusive Dance Practitioner).
This panel brings together the writer, the director, the producer, and the professional actor in a discussion that promises to be full of new insights into the struggles and victories that our industry has overcome. 
Our goal is to raise awareness about the challenges that actors face in these industries, to celebrate those who have succeeded, and a practical way forward to include performers living with disabilities.

Join us on


Wednesday 20 of October
16:00 till 18:00
Registering with the zoom link here

Pitch Your Film Project at ASFF 2021


Developing a new short or feature project? Looking for advice on developing your big idea? Pitching Sessions are your chance to get your work in front of decision-makers from the UK’s leading production companies. 

 This is a major opportunity to receive invaluable feedback on your work and take it to the next level. Successful applicants are invited to a 15-minute, 1-on-1, Pitching Session with a representative from one of our guest organisations.
You must register for a full industry pass to be eligible to apply for pitching.

National Film and Video Foundation/Netherlands Film Fund: Thuthuka Co-Development Fund Call

The National Film and Video Foundation and the Netherlands Film Fund have established a Co-development scheme called THUTHUKA. This scheme aims to support projects that are potentially of high cinematographic quality and interest to cinema audiences in both countries as well as to international cinema audiences.

1. The annual budget of the Fund amounts as a rule up to 160.000 EUR. The NFVF will match the equivalent of 80.000 EUR in ZAR, taking currency fluctuations into consideration.
2.    No more than 4 projects will be supported each year, two from South Africa and two from the Netherlands. Each project will receive € 40.000 (or the equivalent in ZAR). A maximum of € 6.000 for producer’s fee plus overhead is included in this amount.
3.    Grants are available for script development. 
Individual script coaching and/or coaching in the context of workshops is an integral part of 
this grant.
4.    The goal is to write a full-script and create a pitch book, and to be able to apply for production support. Receiving a THUTHUKA grant does not guarantee selection for future subsidies.
5.    Detailed regulations per Fund can be found via links at the end of this call.

Eligibility Criteria:
1.    Applications are open to:
• Established South African producers with a Dutch coproducer attached or vice versa, with an original script for a feature length (>80 min) documentary, live action or animated film from a  South African or Dutch writer.

NB: Applicants based in South Africa apply via NFVF, applicants based in The Netherlands apply via NFF

2.    There are no limitations regarding style or genre.
3.    Only projects that haven’t received funding from the Funds before are able to apply.
4.    Projects must be feasible within the criteria of both Funds.
5.    Applications should be submitted in English and signed by all partners involved.

Ineligible projects include:
1.    Live recordings, TV games, talk shows, reality shows or teaching and ‘how-to’ programs to be shown directly in schools.
2.    Documentaries promoting tourism, "making-of", reports, news and current affairs programs and "docu-soaps”.
3.    Projects including pornographic or racist material or advocating violence.
4.    Works of a promotional nature.
5.    Institutional productions to promote a specific organisation or its activities.

Applications must include the following information:
•    CVs of producer(s), scriptwriter(s) and, if already selected, the director.
•    Motivation and vision of the team with regards to the project (including needs for the project)
•    Co-production agreement or Letter of committed from the co producers and writer (and director if applicable)
•    Brief project summary (maximum 5 pages).
•    Treatment (maximum 20 pages).
•    A script in case of a re-write).
•    A Schedule for the development phase (e.g., timeline for writing, editing, research, director recruitment) (max 600 words).
•    Development budget 
•    A brief synopsis not to exceed five page*
•    Recently Certified ID copy of an applicant (dated certification stamp not older than six months)*
•    Company's Registration document.
•    Track record of production company where applicable.
•    Company's Valid Tax Clearance Certificate or Tax Clearance Status Pin Document (must be valid for one year)*
•    BBBEE certificate or Signed BBBEE Affidavit with a dated stamp (not older than one year).
The Parties reserve the right to require other documentation from applicants for the completion of the assessment of the project.

Project Evaluation 
•    Projects will be evaluated by representatives of the NFF and NFVF. 
•    The aim of this scheme is to increase and encourage the development of high-quality and       diverse feature (animation) films and documentaries. 
•    Therefore, the evaluation will focus on creative value of the project, viability of the project
 and  the proposed target audience.

The Thuthuka Co-Development Fund will have one submission deadline per year. 
This year’s deadline is November 1st, 2021 at 17:00 
Awarded projects will be announced at IFF Rotterdam in January 2022

Complete overview of applicable regulations and conditions can be found here

For NFF:

Contact Information:
For National Film and Video Foundation
Terrence Khumalo 

For Netherlands Film Fund 
Ilse Ronteltap
Ezra Droog 

Have Your Say: Draft Film Policy

The City of Cape Town invites residents, stakeholders and interested parties to comment on the Draft Film Policy, 2021. The Draft Film Policy, 2021 will replace the City’s Film Policy and Protocol, 2004 and seeks to: attract, drive and support film activity in Cape Town; position the city as a significant film destination, attracting local and international productions; build a resilient, sustainable and inclusive film industry; harness the value chain and inherent potential of film production to unlock and enhance the economic and societal benefits that may be derived from increased filming activity in the city; guide the City in managing and regulating film-related activities in an efficient, effective, consistent and sustainable manner, thereby providing reassurance to residents, role players and stakeholders. In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are invited to submit comments, recommendations or input to the municipality from 11 October 2021 to 31 October 2021. All comments or suggestions received will be considered for inclusion during the review process. Comments, recommendations and input may be submitted by: Email: Written submission: Attention: Terence Isaacs, Events and Film Department, 10th Floor, Tower Block, Civic Centre, 2 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town 8000 Tel: 021 444 7691 between 08:00 and 16:30 on weekdays Website: The Draft Film Policy will be available for viewing on the City’s website:, at subcouncil offices and City libraries. The public participation process will run from 11 October 2021 until 31 October 2021 Email: for further information. FILM POLICY LINK:

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Finding Africa’s Next Generation Of Filmmakers: Netflix & UNESCO Launch Groundbreaking Competition In Sub-Saharan Africa

       Entries For The ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ Competition Open Until 14 November

       Six Winners Will Create Short Films That Will Premiere On Netflix  


14 October 2021 -- Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. 


One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. We want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. 


The competition, which will be administered by Dalberg,  will open on 14 October 2021 until 14 November 2021. Each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of industry mentors selected by UNESCO & Netflix to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the 6 winners will also receive $25,000. 


UNESCO and Netflix both strongly believe in the importance of promoting diverse local stories, and bringing them to the world. They recognize that many emerging filmmakers struggle with finding the right resources and visibility to enable them to fully unleash their talents and develop their creative careers. This competition aims to address these issues and enable African storytellers to take a first step towards showcasing their content to a global audience.  


This partnership will also help create sustainable employment and encourage economic growth and it will therefore contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a series of targets established by the United Nations which aims to end global poverty in all its forms by the end of this decade. This film competition will also help reduce inequalities by facilitating access to global markets and by guaranteeing dignified working conditions. All of these are key goals within the 2030 Agenda.   

The competition is open to emerging filmmakers across Sub-Saharan Africa on the theme of “African Folktales, Reimagined.” Folktales have always been an important way of passing on culture, heritage, and values to future generations, while constantly inviting people to reimagine their relevance to our contemporary societies. This theme is inspired by African Union 2063 Agenda’s Aspiration 5, which celebrates African cultural identity, common heritage, values, and ethics. This competition aims to harness this important tradition with a modern outlook while leveraging new mediums of distributing artistic and creative content, like Netflix.


For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) as well as links to a recent CV and a portfolio/ evidence of any past audiovisual work they have producedApplications can be submitted via from October 14th at 16:00 CAT and will close on November 14th, 2021 at 13:59 PM CET. 


UNESCO comments:


The film sector must ensure that the creativity of Africa is promoted, by supporting young talents and making sure that African filmmakers contribute to the international film industry." - Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO 


This competition puts a global spotlight on the emerging, homegrown talents of Africa while honoring the storytelling tradition of the continent. By infusing new energy into the folktales, these young filmmakers enable these stories to transcend time, space and culture - from their communities, through a digital platform, into the hearts of audiences around the world." - Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO.


Netflix comments:


"Growing up, entertainment was how I connected with people. I fell in love with the stories and characters I saw on screen and experienced how storytelling has the power to inspire, which is why I’m excited about this partnership with UNESCO and the opportunities ahead. Together we will promote local cultures and support the creative industries in telling stories that cross borders, reflect universal truths, and ultimately, bring us together.” – Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix.


“Africa has a rich storytelling heritage and a wealth of folktales that have been passed down for generations. When you marry these very local stories with Africa’s emerging talent, there’s no limit to fresh new stories to connect people with African cultures and bring the world that much closer to each other ”  - Ben Amadasun, Director of Content in Africa, Netflix. 


For more information about the application process, please visit


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Editors’ Notes:


About The Application process:

       How to apply:

Candidates will need to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) in a Creative Statement as well as a link to a recent CV and a portfolio of any past audiovisual work they have produced on  

       Applications open

Applications can be made via from October 14th. They will close on November 14th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (GMT). 

       Eligibility Criteria:

       The competition is open to individuals seeking to venture into feature film development and production. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years of demonstrable professional experience in the audio-visual industry. Applicants must have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, or 2-3 short films and/or commercials.

       Candidates must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country and currently residing in Sub-Saharan Africa to apply. Applicants must be 18-35 years old at the time of submission. 

       Shortlisted finalists:

The shortlisted 20 candidates will be announced in January and will then be invited to a “How to Pitch to Netflix” workshop to guide them on how to prepare, polish, and present their film concepts. An independent judging panel, under the guidance of UNESCO and Netflix, will choose the six winners, who will then develop their 12 to 20-minute short films under the guidance of industry mentors.


      October 2021 - Application portal opens on October 14th 

      November 2021 - Applications close on November 14th 

      January 2022 - Announcement of Top 20 finalists 

      January 2022 - Workshop on “How to Pitch to Netflix” for shortlisted candidates 

      February 2022- Shortlisted candidates invited to pitch final entries to mentors 

      February 2022 - Final selection via a Netflix and UNESCO joint judging panel 

      February 2022 - Announcement of 6 winners 

      Spring/Summer 2022 - Development, production & post-production of films 

      September/October 2022 - Launch of 6 films on Netflix service 


FAQs: (On background only):


       Why has Netflix and UNESCO decided to partner, and why the focus on folklore?

Netflix and UNESCO share a common commitment and belief in the importance of promoting diverse local stories and bringing them to the world. We also recognise that many emerging filmmakers struggle with finding resources to enable them to fully unleash their talents and develop their creative careers. This competition is a step towards reducing this gap and enabling these storytellers to showcase their content to a global audience.

       What does the theme “African Folktales” mean?

An African folktale is a timeless story circulated orally among African people and handed down from one generation to the next. Folktales have always been an important way of passing on culture and heritage to future generations. This competition aims to harness this important tradition while leveraging new mediums of distributing content, such as Netflix.

       Are you looking for filmmakers from specific countries?

The competition is open to emerging filmmakers from the Sub-Saharan Africa region.  We would like this group of talents to be truly inclusive, no matter what your language, race/ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.  

       Is this contest open to filmmakers outside of the SSA?

The filmmakers will need to be based in any of the countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Proposals can be submitted in English, French, or Portuguese.  

       What kind of ideas (or people) are you looking for?

This is an open call for emerging filmmakers from across Sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom are located in parts of the continent that are often overlooked. We value the wide diversity of African cultures and want to promote them globally. We encourage any emerging filmmaker from Sub-Saharan Africa with a story to tell to go for it! So if the brief (“African Folktales, Reimagined”) strikes a chord with you, this competition is for you.  

       What level of experience are you looking for?  

This competition aims at unearthing new talent so we hope to be surprised by talent we haven’t heard of yet. For the purpose of this competition, the ‘emerging filmmakers’ we’re looking for will need 2 - 5 years of demonstrable professional experience in the audio-visual industry and have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, and/or 2-3 short films and/or commercials.

       How long should my submitted documents be?

You have a maximum of 500 words to tell us the synopsis of your short film idea in your Creative Statement. You also need to include your past audiovisual work in your proposal and relevant experience.

       Who will select proposals?  

The finalists will be selected by an independent panel of judges under the guidance of Netflix and  UNESCO

       Can my film concept be a documentary or be other forms such as animation?

No, the film concept cannot be a documentary nor an animation form.

       My film concept has already been produced or distributed. Am I still eligible to apply for the emerging filmmakers’ competition in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Films that have been produced, financed, distributed, or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition. Films that have been shown on network or cable television or distributed to theaters are also ineligible for competition.

       Can I submit more than 1 idea?

No. Only one application will be accepted per person. Submit your best idea!  

       What happens if I win?

Six winners will have their short films (12-20 minutes long) launched on the Netflix service in 2022, as an “Anthology of African Folktales, Reimagined.” Each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 to develop, shoot and post-produce their films. In addition, each of the 6 winners will receive $25,000.  

       How will winners be selected?

Submissions will be reviewed by a designated local agency according to criteria established by Netflix and UNESCO. Selection will be done by an evaluation committee comprised of industry experts from across Sub-Saharan Africa. The 20 shortlisted finalists will be invited to pitch their concept to a judging panel, under the guidance of Netflix and UNESCO. The panel will then choose six winners to develop their short films.

       Will I receive a budget to produce my film?

Each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 to develop, shoot, and post-produce their films which will be administered by a nominated local production agency. Within each film’s budget, teams must ensure that filmmakers and everyone involved in the production is fairly paid.

       Will the final film be launched on Netflix?

Yes — the films will launch on Netflix in 2022 as part of an anthology series.   

       What happens to my submitted idea if it doesn’t get selected?

  If your submission is not successful and Netflix decides not to commission or explore your submission further with you, it will be deleted by the administering agency Dalberg after the 20 applicants have been shortlisted.