DISCOP Africa to subsidize the attendance of content buyers

Basic Lead, organisers of the annual DISCOP Africa which focuses on the film and television content market, has announced that they will subsidize the attendance of up to 100 international content buyers at the event. Acquisitions executives who are interested in the increasing range of quality content and formats created in Africa will be targeted.

The initiative is driven by recent TV consumption trends which indicate that a growing number of television operators around the world are acquiring programming from the region. Shows with particular interest are South African documentaries, Nigerian films, Kenyan soap-operas, Burkinese series, Uganda game shows as well as other "made in Africa" content which continues to gain new viewers and subscribers.

In partnership with Tourism Gauteng's Convention Bureau, programming and acquisitions executives representing international public and private broadcasters will be invited to attend the 7th edition of DISCOP AFRICA which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from 31 October - 2 November 2012.

What to expect

With three national umbrellas for up-and-coming content producers from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria; a co-production forum centered on French-speaking African programs; a pitching contest for low-cost formats; cross-border comedy concepts and a training program fostering closer co-operation amongst regional and international key players, DISCOP Africa 2012 is expected to be the largest ever gathering of film and television content producers and distributors representing Africa's multicultural television market.

The event is also expected to welcome content buyers representing African broadcasters, thematic channels, pay-TV and on-demand platforms, mobile, broadband and closed circuit networks and alternative content distribution platforms. The event will also see attendees involved in the development, funding, production, programming, branding, marketing and licensing of content across all distribution platforms in Africa.

"African television has undergone a huge renaissance, far outpacing the traditional production formulas that the rest of the world falls back on so much, providing a fresh antidote to more mainstream television," says Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, general manager of Basic Lead.

He added "DISCOP Africa is on track to showcase the very best African content, produced in what has become one of the world's most compelling multiplatform content production centers".

Global TV companies increasingly involved in Africa and exhibiting at the 3-day event include BBC Worldwide, Canal+ Overseas, Caracol, CCTV, Cote Ouest, Endemol South-Africa, Fox International Channels, France 24, Globo TV, IMC, IMG, M-Net, MGM Networks, Mondo TV, Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment, Octagon, Optima Sports, Telemundo, Televisa, Thema, Trend TV, TV Azteca, TV5 Monde, UFA TV, Venevision, Zee TV and many others.
For more, click here: - 4 Jun 2012.

The third Durban FilmMart, a meeting place for African filmmakers, financiers, broadcasters and top film experts will take place during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival, July 19th-29th, in South Africa. The only Nigeria filmmaker whose film project is officially selected to participate is Didi Cheeka. In an earlier draft, the project won the regional selection of the Berlin Talent Campus, organized by the Berlinale and was further developed through the Babylon International programme, a three-way partnership between Scripthouse [Berlin], Scenario Films [UK], and the Nigerian Film Corporation.

NFVF to commence final round of industry consultations on the criteria for SA films

8 June, 2012

The National Film and Video Foundation will from 28th of June until 06th July conduct the final round of industry consultations. The objective of the sessions is to have a final round of input in order for the Foundation to finalise the criteria.

The criteria has been in development since 2009 and its various versions have been released periodically in 2010 and 2011. “As we head toward the finalisation of the process, it is important to revisit the objective of the criteria,” says Aifheli Mkhwanya, NFVF Head of Policy & Research.

The criteria will apply to:

Certification of national films which includes official co-production certification

Certification of the nationality of films for distribution purposes;

South African Film and Television Awards

Certification for South African production or official co production which qualifies for section 12 (o) exemption introduced by the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bills 2011, a replacement of the previous section 24F of the Income Tax Act.

Ms Makhwanya further explains that "the finalisation of the criteria is critical as it will be used in numerous programmes and introduces an element of self assessment prior to the submission of an application to the NFVF. This will improve turnaround times and also introduce an element of certainty especially for official co-productions."

The main areas of discussion with a view to reach consensus on the way forward with the industry is but not limited to:

the status of minority co-productions,

weighing of key creative points, and

the inclusion of gender points.

It is however anticipated that the changes are likely to be on the weighing of points rather than the actual criteria as there is consensus that the policy is long overdue. The NFVF urges the industry to familiarise itself with the point system. After this round of consultations, the NFVF will publish a final criteria document that will be used for all relevant applications. A date of implementation will be announced in due course.

Click here to download the SA Film Criteria:

The consultations will be held as follows:

Port Elizabeth- 28 June 2012

Cape Town- 29 June 2012

Durban- 03 July 2012

Johannesburg- 06 July 2012

Please take note that the venues will be communicated in due course.

For queries or further details contact Ms Mawande

Seti on mawandes@nfvf.co.za on or before 26 June 2012.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will lead the South African delegation to the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) locations expo that is scheduled to take place from the 15th to the 16th of June 2012 in Los Angeles.