YouTube Partner Program Invites Video Makers to Earn Money; Marketers Take Note

YouTube highlighted to Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre that South African users – whether professionals or amateurs - are invited to apply to join the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP). Through YPP, original content creators in South Africa will now have the chance to reap rewards from their work and share revenue from ads which can be placed within or alongside their videos. 

Any South African will be able to apply to become a partner at www.youtube.com/partners but will need to meet three key requirements:

• They will have to create original videos suitable for online streaming;
• They will have express permission to use and monetize all audio and video content that they upload
• They will regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users

Once accepted into the program, partners will be able to decide which of their videos they would like to generate revenue on YouTube, and in turn, receive a portion of the revenue generated from ads that run within or next to those videos.
Already a few South African companies have signed up to the programme including etv.

Announcing Wild Talk Africa film festival and conference

Wild Talk Africa is a premier international film festival and conference for the global wildlife filmmaking industry.  The 2011 Festival will run in Cape Town at Spier, set in the heart of the winelands, from 28 – 31 March 2011.

Wild Talk Africa hosts a world-class event, which provides the perfect platform for international filmmakers, commissioning editors, broadcasters and distributors to meet, network and do business.  

Seminars you can look forward to:
·                3D Panel
·                Open Pitching Session
·                Commissioner’s Panel
·                Pushing the Boundaries
·                Nature and Wildlife at the Cinema
·                African Broadcasting Now
·                Responsible Filmmaking
·                New Broadcasting and Distribution Platforms
·                A Question of Ethics
·                New Trends in Wildlife Filmmaking

Workshops to look forward to:
·                Newcomer’s Networking Workshop
·                Broadcaster’s Workshop
·                Presenting Workshop
·                Apple Editing Workshop – Working with Final Cut Pro
·                Shooting for 3D
·                Storytelling
·                Scriptwriting Workshop
·                Adding Value – Music, Colour and Sound
·                HD Deliverables for Editors
·                Pitching Secrets Workshop
·                Shooting for Success
·                Cutting HD in the Edit Suite
·                How to make it multiplatform

Current Sponsors include:

Cape Film Commission
Department of Economic Development of South Africa (DEDAT) 
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
Off the Fence
Screen Africa – Wild Talk Africa’s official media sponsor


Entries have been streaming in from all around the world and due to popular request the deadline for entries has been extended to 15 October 2010. If you thought you had missed the deadline, now’s your chance to submit your film, visit

Your film will be judged by well known professionals in the wildlife filmmaking industry, and during the Festival a selection of the ROSCAR finalist films will be screened. Filmmakers are invited to partake in a Q&A after the screening.

Register now

Registration for the 4 day Festival is now open. The delegate rates are:
R3,000                  Early Bird delegate rate (from 1 October - 15 December 2010)
R3,500                  Delegate rate (from 16 December - 28 March 2011)
R900                    Student Rate (proof of student status required)
No charge for Wildlife Film Academy students attending for the first time.
Prices include 14% VAT
The delegate fee includes:
Inspiring seminars and workshops with debates and valuable discussion topics, and screenings of world-class wildlife films.

Access to all 4 evening events held at Spier, plus welcome drinks, dinner and entertainment. The evening networking events include:
Sunday, 27 March – A welcome cocktail party with drinks and snacks, where delegates can get to meet one another in a relaxed atmosphere.
Monday, 28 March - A typical South African barbecue evening in the courtyard of Spier under bedouin tents decorated with lanterns and fairy lights.

Tuesday, 29 March – A networking evening in Spier’s African-chic lounge where guests can enjoy delicious food and drinks.

Wednesday, 30 March - Moyo’s restaurant located at Spier will host the ROSCAR Awards gala event, this venue showcases African culture at its best. Delegates will enjoy the sumptuous buffet, African themed entertainment, the presentation of the ROSCAR Awards, followed by dancing until the early hours.

Free use of internet café and business area, and access to screening DVD booths.
Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee and delectable snacks).
Fresh, seasonal, organic Chef’s Selection lunch;   farm fresh bread, salads, hot buffet and desserts.
Exclusive Festival bag, which includes Festival Directory and Programme.


Spier, in the heart of the famous Cape Winelands is more than a hotel, it is a destination in itself. The 155-bedroom hotel built on the banks of the Eerste River has panoramic views of the surrounding Helderberg mountains and provides 4-star comfort in a charming village-style setting.  Spacious bedrooms are grouped around six private courtyards and individual pools, with the grounds and walkways landscaped with indigenous plants.

Spier hotel rates for Wild Talk Africa delegates are:
R1500 per night, B&B – single occupancy ($205 or £132)
R1800 per night, B&B – double occupancy ($245 or £158)
(the exchange rate is an indication and is subject to change)

Please note when booking rooms at Spier hotel:
There is a minimum of a 4 night stay, 27 – 30 March 2011 (Sunday to Wednesday).
Rooms are limited, first come first served.

Alternative accommodation is available on the website.
To book your accommodation, go online, www.wildtalkafrica.com, click on Festival 2011.


Have a greater brand presence by being a Sponsor of the Wild Talk Africa Festival. This will ensure not only great media coverage for your company with the run up to the Festival, but also optimal visibility during the Festival.  For more information on Sponsorship packages, email samantha@wildtalkafrica.com or go to www.wildtalkafrica.com
The Sponsorship opportunities include the following: 
·                Branding Evening Networking Events  
·                Branding Public Screening at Local Cinemas
·                Branding of Delegate Bags
·                Sponsoring Newcomers to the Festival
·                Sponsoring a ROSCAR Award
·                Branding of Delegate Pass
·                Branding Clothing at Festival
·                Branding Broadcaster's Breakfast
·                Branding a Workshop
·                Advertising in the festival directory and programme
See website for more detailed information, www.wildtalkafrica.com
For all Major Sponsors (R200 000+) of the Festival , a 30" advertisement, including your company logo, will be produced and screened for 3 months leading up to the Festival on e.tv, a local South African broadcaster. The advertisement is screened on average 5 times a day over 3 months (value of coverage is approximately R3 million, $385 000 or £270 000).

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the above email samantha@wildtalkafrica.com

The 3rd annual Jaipur Film Festival

The 3rd annual Jaipur International Film Festival will take place from January 27 to 30, 2011
.The purpose of the film festival is to promote exchange of knowledge, information, ideas and culture between India and different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos; and promoting friendship and co-operation among people of the world through the medium of films and documentaries.

Launched in January 2009, Jaipur International Film Festival -JIFF has now become an expanding and established name in film fraternity for organizing an annual world film festival every year in Rajasthan's Pink City. And now Jaipur is having an honour of organizing World's fabulous Red Carpet award ceremony on January 30, 2011 which, in all probability may be telecast live on TV channels.

The second JIFF 2010, wherein 87 short and documentary films and two feature films from 41 countries were screened, had an overwhelming response & it was a feather in crown; with nearly 10000 film lovers and film makers visiting the festival.

Since the festival anticipate more than 15,000 viewers to the three day JIFF 2011 festival and expect several million people across the world to view it online, the festival request collaboration as a sponsoring partner for JIFF 2011.

The festival already has the confirmation from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Film Federation of India, Films Division, Mumbai, CCCA, NID, FTII, French Embassy, New Delhi, DPR, Govt. of Rajasthan.

Film Entry Submission Last Date October 31st, 2010.