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Thiru NJuly 9, 20186min200

The Durban based organisation, NEWF (Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers)  N.E.W Pitch short documentary pitching competition aimed at discovering the next generation or nature, environment, wildlife conservation filmmakers, has announced it’s 2018 finalists.

The N.E.W Pitch is one of the key sessions at the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) taking place from 16 – 18 July at Durban Botanic Gardens and surrounds – as part of Durban’s city-wide mid-year extensive focus on film.

The N.E.W Pitch is targeted particularly towards emerging and student filmmakers in order to provide them with pitching experience and the opportunity to win a production grant to produce a short documentary film in this genre.

An unprecedented nine finalists were chosen by a carefully selected panel of experts “We were intending to award eight finalists the opportunity to make a N.E.W documentary short film, but the panel were so impressed with the level of commitment, professionalism and great ideas of the final nine candidates, that they made the unanimous choice to award all nine finalists the opportunity to pitch, not eight as planned,” explains Noel Kok, NEWF Programmes Director.

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“Of the entries we received, we had over 30 really good entries all of whom were possible contenders for our eight finalists. Even veteran film makers applied. The judges were enormously excited about the level, passion and professionalism of entries received and observed that the overall quality has grown substantially. This year we received entries from out of KZN and even out of South Africa – including Tanzania and Botswana,” said Noel Kok, NEWF Programmes Director.

“Geographically we have a finalist from Botswana; one from Limpopo province; two from Cape Town and five from greater Durban.”

Finalists are:

  1. Londiwe Shange from KZN with “Toxic Relations” about life in the South Durban basin;
  2. Myles Arendse from Western Cape with “The Eco Brick” which will help us re-evaluate our relationship with trash;
  3. Jessica Singh from KZN with “Epic Encounters” looking at saving Africa’s deadliest snakes;
  4. Liana Hassim from KZN with “Vida” a homeless woman representing Mother Earth and the challenges she faces;
  5. Surprise Matlaila from Limpopo with “Silent Victims” looking at the poaching of African vultures; Tessa Barlin from Western Cape with “Becoming One” a story about Lucky Mahlatsi Rapitsi who empowers rural children through nature and wildlife photography;
  6. Emily Cross from KZN with “Part of the Pack” about the African Wild Dog; Tumo Maokisa from Botswana with “When We Worked Away” about sustainable organic farming; and Brian Khawula from KZN with“Umelusi” about lessons learned from a rural cattle herder.

During the 2018 NEWF Congress, the winners of last year’s Pitch will screen their film for the first time.
The winners of last year’s competition were:

  1. Fidel Tshivhasa for his story on the humpback whale migration that takes place in KZN;
  2. Shivan Parusnath for an undercover look at the illegal reptile trade;
  3. Mikhale Singh whose project is about the endangered Pickersgills’ Reed frog and the Ashdown and Imbali EnviroChamps (Liberty NPO and DUCT) who are a group of individuals working to protect the wetlands and rivers in their area.These films are all now complete and will be premiered at a public screening on Durban’s New Beach on July 17th.

“The Congress promotes outstanding environmental, conservation and wildlife films from professional, aspiring and student filmmakers. It will contribute towards transformation through our developmental programmes aimed at enriching the industry with an increased pool of diverse content creators,” he said.

For more info email info@newf.co.za or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.

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Thiru NJanuary 18, 201613min60

Call for Youth Filmmaker Project 2016 EXTENDED

YOUTH FILM MAKER PROJECT: A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION (NFVF), KWAZULU-NATAL FILM COMMISSION (KZNFC), NATIVES AT LARGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH JUNGLE WORKS

15 January 2016: The NFVF, KZNFC, Natives at Large in association with Jungle Works have extended application period for young filmmakers to apply for an opportunity to be considered for the Youth Filmmaker Project 2016. The Youth Filmmaker Project is a valuable intervention by the NFVF to provide recent graduates of film schools, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make their first professional fiction film in collaboration with mentor/producers Ramadan Suleman, Neville Josie and Bhekizizwe Peterson.

Based on the strength of submitted synopses short listed candidates will be invited to an interview. After the interview process fifteen participants will be selected to join the story and script development workshops over a 6 months period. The six months involves working independently and through participation at the workshops. Attendance at all workshops is compulsory. Finally ten of the strongest scripts will be selected to go into production in 2016. The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a directing mentor and a professional production crew to shoot their film.

 The story and script development process will include 5 x 3 day mandatory residential workshops between the months of February 2016 and June 2016 with facilitators and mentors, working on developing the script with the participants. The process encourages writers to hone their approach to story and eventually direct their films or partner with a first time director/graduate. During the pre-production process, each director will also be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

Natives At Large in association with Jungle Works will produce the films. The mentoring process will continue during production, editing, post production to final delivery of the film.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
  2. Have graduated from university, film school or a tertiary institution no more than five years ago.
  3. Have studied in one or more disciplines or have experience including (but not exclusive to): writing, directing, editing, cinematography, producing, performance, visual art, photography or any other relevant subject.
  4. Be a historically disadvantaged individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.
  5. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 14 months to complete the programme.
  6. Not older than 35 years.
  7. Should not have made a professional narrative/fiction film.
  8. This is a funded project so no payment is required.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Eligible candidates for the project must:

  • Submit a strong written synopsis for a short (approx. 24 minutes) fiction film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with cinema, story telling, literature, performing and visual arts. Familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including software will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the same objective.
  • Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules.
  • Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposal in person.

 

THEME

“SA 2030”

The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series, and in order to achieve this, we have put forward a theme around which writers can submit their story idea for a 24 minutes fiction film.

In an effort to avoid stereotypical and clichéd themes, we want to explore current themes that resonate with young South Africans, themes that explore the values and expectations of South African society today and in the future. The overall theme for this submission speaks to the future: SA 2030 “We, the people of South Africa, have journeyed far since the long lines of our first democratic election on 27 April 1994, when we elected a government for us all. We began to tell a new story then. We have lived and renewed that story along the way.  Now in 2030 we live in a country which we have remade. Our new story is open ended with temporary destinations, only for new paths to open up once more. It is a story of unfolding learning. Even when we flounder, we remain hopeful. In this story, we always arrive and depart.” – An excerpt from South Africa¹s National Development Plan’s vision statement.

2030 is in the future but a future that¹s not really far off-it is a mere 15 years away. But as we know from history and experience much can change and much remains the same. The synopsis of the story that you submit must give a strong sense that it is unfolding in South Africa 2030. The story can be hopeful or pessimistic but should be driven by strong characters with clear needs and wants. The synopsis of your story and the ideas you present should also indicate that you have thought about and researched the subject matter.

There are many issues and concerns related to the cultural, social, political, economic, gender, technology and environment among others that could be a starting point for your story ­ but we are interested in how you imaginatively and creatively explore these concerns through a characters journey in a 24 minutes fictional story located in South Africa 2030.

These are just some of the ideas that can be explored with this theme. We believe there is a multitude of stories that can come out, but the ultimate goal is to make stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a youth perspective and stories that we can recognize ourselves in.

APPLICATIONS

All applications should be able to provide the following documentation for consideration:

  1. Not more than a two to three pages detailed synopsis for one 24 minutes film. DO NOT SUBMIT SCRIPTS
  2. A covering letter with a strong motivation stating why you want to participate in the project.
  3. CV and certified copy of ID document.

 

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

The extended closing date is the 26 January 2016. All applications must be submitted electronically to yfilmproject2016@gmail.com by the extended closing date. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

All enquiries must be directed to:

  • Natives At Large: Nonkululeko Dube: 011 782 1552 /1453
  • NFVF: Xolelwa Mayatula (Production & Development Co-ordinator): 011483 0880
  • Ends//Released on Behalf of the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Natives at Large and Jungle Works.

For Media enquiries Contact:

Naomi Mokhele
Manager: Communications
Tel: +27 11 483 0880
naomim@nfvf.co.za
www.nfvf.co.za
Twitter: @IamNaomiM
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Julian CleophasDecember 31, 20153min40

SARD script development program, WAC Egypt, UNAIDS, Zoom-In, Africa's 1st Film Blog,Egypt is proudly launching their first professional script development program to take place in Cairo from February to April 2016, called SARD. “SARD”, the Arabic word for narration, will be a 3 month program organised by UNAIDS for writers and writer/directors. The program aims to help develop the best script for either short or feature film, by focusing on the theme of “AIDS. Live and let live”.

Participants will be coached in developing their films from page to screen, covering very important business information, so often taken for granted by film makers.  At the end of the program, participants will be offered an opportunity to pitch their scripts to a panel of producers, financiers, buyers and distributors.

So how do you apply?

Applicants must submit one PDF dossier by 15 January 2016

  • 2 pages biography, CV, languages spoken and contact details of the applicant
  • One page synopsis on the proposed story for the aforementioned theme for first draft development.
  • One page note stating why the candidate wishes to participate in the program
  • One sample of previous work on vimeo or Youtube links. Instead, the applicant can provide an example of a previous writing sample, not more than 15 pages

Documents must be electronically mailed to: sard@wac-egypt.org

Applications can be made in either Arabic or English.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in the third week of January and will be requested for personal interviews.

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For more information on the program click here

 


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Julian CleophasJuly 28, 20153min40

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From the creators of South Africa’s first animated feature film that went on to be the highest earning South African film in 30 years,  for “Adventures in Zambezia” (2012), now Cape Town based Triggerfish Animation Studios and Disney want you to create Africa’s next animation blockbuster! After receiving global praise for their first two animated feature films, “Adventures in Zambezia” (2012) and Khumba (2013), Triggerfish Animation Studios have teamed up with The Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry to launch the Triggerfish Story Lab.

So how does it work? Well, in order to be a part of the Story Lab, writers or directors will need to submit original high concept animated stories to a panel of experts who will assess and select about 20 shortlisted candidates. Shortlisted candidates will then attend a 2 week workshop with world renowned script consultants Karl Iglesias and Pilar Allessandra, who will prepare and refine concepts to be pitched to a panel of experts.

Successful candidates selected into the top 6, will enter the Story Lab and go on an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for 2 weeks mentorship at Disney pictures. In order to apply entrants must be a citizen or permanent resident of any African country and submit their online application before the deadline on 31 August 2015! 

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Thiru NOctober 14, 20144min40

Only if you are from Durban…

The Micro Budget Film Fund & Development Film Fund Submissions for 2015 are open!

The Durban Film Office is kick-starting their next round of submissions for their Micro Budget Film and Development Film Fund programmes. All emerging Durban filmmakers are urged to submit their film projects for Micro Budget Film Funding before the closing date 7 November 2014 and for the Development Film Fund the 21 November 2014.

Giving local filmmakers a boost with funding and support, the Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s developmental arm in the film industry, established the Micro Budget Film and Development Film funding programmes.

The Micro Budget Film programme, of which submission entries close on the 7 November 2014, has been specially created by the Durban Film Office to equip five fiction feature projects from new and emerging filmmakers with a R100 000 grant to assist them in producing their films, as well as provide invaluable insight into learning how to source any additional funding and resources through a micro-budget model. The programme is set out to provide filmmakers with in-depth training on significant production factors such as marketing, sales support, advertising, product placement and sponsorship deals.

Similarly, the Development Film Fund programme, of which submissions close on the 21 November 2014, provides filmmakers with adequate funding and support to produce their films. The Development Film fund programme was established to grant two filmmakers with projects deemed commercially viable and locally and globally competitive with R250 000 funding to assist the production of their projects.

“We encourage aspiring Durban filmmakers to take advantage of these incredible opportunities, as it could be the very break into the film industry they have been working towards. With the support of the Durban Film Office and leading film experts; these programmes will lay the foundations to a successful film making future and take their projects to the next level,” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.

For more information on the Durban Film Office’s Micro Budget Development and Development Film Fund Programmes selection criteria and application process, please visit www.durbanfilmoffice.co.za  or contact Mr. Fezile Peko, Project Manager on email Fezile.Peko@durban.gov.za, and telephone 031 311 4788

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