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Call for training for TV producers

The Sediba International Financing Programme, aimed at "experienced" and "emerging" producers in television drama & feature film products, is geared at offering focused training in international financing, packaging, sales and distribution.

This programme is designed for a Producer in film or television who wants to gain skills in:

Extending your product beyond the immediate SA marketplace?

Developing strategic knowledge of international financiers – including commercial players (equity, bank, sales, distribution); public funds, and co-production opportunities?

Packaging and building appropriate finance plans for your project?

Building a sustainable production company through strategic business opportunities?

Understanding the wider, rapidly changing film, television and 'cross-media' market?

Since its inception three years ago, 91 producers have been empowered with the know-how of sourcing international financing through co-production partnerships and other alternatives in an effort to raising sufficient funds to make films of the highest quality.

By drawing on the knowledge, training experience and educational resources offered by Angus Finney, the South African Programme has no doubt proved to be a prestigious, high quality and efficiently run event that truly addresses the challenges that local producers are faced with in their quest to source and secure international financiers, sales and distribution agents for their locally produced products.

In addition, the excellent relationship between the NFVF and the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) affords eligible producers to attend this market and pitch projects developed through SIFPP to international financiers, distributors and sales agents. The successful producers are fully funded by the NFVF to attend this market.

Below is what fellow Producers had to say about their experience on the 2011 programme:

"I can't emphasise enough how absolutely illuminating those sessions with the trainers have been, there just simply is no way that that quality and breadth of knowledge and information could have been gained from books, or a website or a little manual." Mac Leshabane, Mojaji Entertainment

"I found the course notes invaluable. The sharing between producers on their projects was also very worthwhile as we often find ourselves working in isolation and this allowed a forum for discussion, debate and learning especially on the sales and distribution side." Rachel Young, Razor Sharp Films

"I am sure that I can speak for all who attended the course in stating that we have grown immensely as filmmakers by attending this course and we have gained insight on all the aspects of feature film production, sales, distribution, marketing and finance. I will encourage all filmmakers that are serious about producing film to attend this course, no matter how experienced they think they are." Roy Zetisky, Pistoleros Films

To be eligible to apply, all Producers, emerging and experienced, need to have completed a feature film script that is most likely to have international appeal.

Workshop Details Are As Follows:

The programme comprises of 3 workshops with deliverables in-between.

1. Sediba International Financing Programme for Experienced Producers

First workshop will be held from the 19th till the 21st September 2012. Subsequent dates have not been set yet.

Cost: R10 000 per person (payable upfront or in 6 equal installments)

To download the application form for the Experienced Producers Programme which has guidelines on how to apply, click here.

2. Sediba International Financing Programme for Emerging Producers

First workshop will be held on the 25th & 26th September 2012. Subsequent dates have not been set yet.

Cost: R2000 per person (payment due upon acceptance)

To download the application form for the Emerging Producers Programme which has guidelines on how to apply, click here.

To view the Lesson Plan for the Emerging Producers Programme, click here.

Deadline for applications is the 04th September 2012 at 12h00.

Participants are liable for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

For queries, email Pretty Mthiyane.

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Call for entry:

The Annual Academy Awards has opened the call for entry for Best Foreign Language Film Award. South African filmmakers are invited to submit their feature films for consideration for the 85th Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards for Best Foreign Language Film Category. Deadline for submissions is 10th of September 2012 16h00.

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Save the Date - The 40th International Emmy® Awards will take place on November 19, 2012.