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The 5th SAFTAS SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED - closing date 13 August 2010

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) committee have announced that the period to submit projects for the SAFTAS 2011 has been extended. The new closing date for submission is Friday 13th of August 2010 at 16h00.
“Due to the limited time provided to production companies to submit their projects, the committee felt it rational to extend the deadline. Most production companies were engaged with the 2010 FIFA World Cup and didn’t have enough time to prepare their material. Therefore it was fair for the committee to heed their request of extending the deadline,” says NFVF CEO Eddie Mbalo.
The Feature Film and Life Time Achievement category entries will not be affected by this extension as they still close on 31st of December 2010 as previously announced.
Productions eligible for entry should have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast in South Africa between the 1st of August 2009 and the 31st of July 2010. In the feature film category, the SAFTAS committee has made a decision to extend the closing date to the 31st of December to allow all features produced and exhibited within the eligibility period to qualify.
In 2011 the SAFTAS will continue to give accolades to individuals and productions in the following categories: TV Non-fiction, TV Fiction, Feature Films, Short Films, Student Films and Animation with Special Lifetime achievement awards. The Best Newcomer category has also been added to honour individuals who have been in the film and television industry for a period of one year.
Members of the public are encouraged to nominate individuals who have through the years tirelessly contributed to the industry in the category of Life Time Achievement. Previous individuals who have been honoured in this category include Cynthia Shange, Joe Mafela, Dr. John Kani and Katinga Heyns. The closing date for public nomination is 31 December 2010.
Rules and regulations can be obtained from the NFVF website: www.nfvf.co.za.
This year entries can only be entered online at www.saftaregistration.co.za.
After completing the online form, applicants will need to print the summary sheet and attach it to the DVD screeners to be submitted no later than Friday the 13th of August 2010 at 16:00 for TV submissions and the 31st of December 2010 for feature film entries.
Please deliver DVD screeners and summary sheets to: SAFTAs c/o NFVF
87 Central Street – Houghton - 2198
Judging panels made up of industry organisation representatives, institutions, companies, media and general society will select the nominees and the eventual category award winners. As with previous years, the judging process will be overseen and verified by independent auditors.
Winners of the SAFTAS will be announced at a glittering event in early 2011.



Call for South African Entries – Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2010 16h00
South African filmmakers are invited to submit their feature films for consideration into the 83rd Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards for Best Foreign Language Film Category.
.To be eligible for entry, films must have been released in South Africa for a period of at least seven consecutive days beginning no earlier than October 1st 2009 and no later than September 30th 2010.

Entries are to be hand delivered to the National Film and Video Foundation by Tuesday 31st August 2010 16h00.

The entries will be judged by the South African selection committee and the winning film from this initial judging phase will go forth to represent South Africa in the Academy’s initial nomination phase for Best Foreign Language film.

Foreign Language Film Award Guidelines

A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

The Academy uses the following guidelines to determine a film's eligibility in the Foreign Language Award category.

1. Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be represented in at least two of these categories.

•Producer(s)
•Director(s)
•Writer(s)
2. Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be represented in the majority in these categories:

•Cinematographer
•Editor Art Director or Production Designer (whichever title designates the senior designer)
•Costume Designer
•Music Composer
•Sound Mixer
3. Citizens or permanent residents of the submitting country should be significantly represented among the major roles in the cast.

Eligibility

◦The film must be first released in the country no earlier that October 01, 2009, and no later than September 30 2010 and be first publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial cinema.
◦The film must be advertised and exploited during its eligibility run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry. The film need not have been released in the United States.
◦No type of television or Internet transmission may have occurred at any time prior to the film's theatrical release.
◦The recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed film must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required.
◦The academy will make the final determination in all questions of eligibility.
The National Film and Video Foundation is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to make submissions on behalf on the South African film industry.

Eligible films should be sent no later than 31 August 2010 16h00 for attention:
The South African Academy Awards Selection Committee c/o Azania Muendane
National Film and Video Foundation
87 Central Street
Houghton
2198



AFRIFF: Call for Entries open from 10th April to 13th August 2010.

From the 1st to the 5th of December 2010, the world of film will converge in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria for the first edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).


The ROSCAR (Rhino sculpture) Awards, which forms part of the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference, is calling for entries. The Festival attracts the global wildlife filmmaking industry and will take place from 28 – 31 March 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Submission deadline: August 16, 2010
The Transforming Stories International Christian Film Festival, a first for South Africa, is presented by Humble Pie Entertainment in association with Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne World Congress, and will run from 15 – 23 October 2010.