South Africa: Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference back in Durban


In 2013 the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference will be moving to the lush coastal city of Durban, in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa.

The change of city is significant for many reasons, primarily because it was in Durban where the festival was first born seven years ago. Durban has also established itself as a film festival and conference hub in South Africa, with the infrastructure to support such events, as well as a revamped and attractive beachfront, that many Durbanites and film festival buffs hope will one day become an African version of Cannes. To add to these obvious attractions, the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal is home to some of South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife areas, including the pristine wetlands and estuarine habitat of St Lucia and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve, Africa’s oldest wilderness established area, which lies in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.
“With these factors in mind, the move makes perfect sense.” Says festival director Donfrey Meyer, “Durban has positioned itself as the deal-making hub for film in South Africa and therefore a perfect fit for our festival. With the prospect of the new film studios, the annual Durban International Film Festival and Durban Filmmart, this majestic coastline is set to become Africa’s Cannes. For the 2013 Wild Talk Africa conference we hope to deliver a different perspective on how we could approach films and the importance of documenting and sharing our natural environment with the world.”

This year Wild Talk Africa is geared toward making sure delegates receive the very best offering in terms of workshops, networking events and seminars, while also being able to take advantage of the wonderful coastal setting and positively sunny winter conditions.

Save the Date
Wild Talk Africa 2013 will be commencing from the 23rd-26th July and we urge all delegates, filmmakers, producers, broadcasters and commissioning editors to make note of these dates in their calendars so as not to miss out of a truly African wildlife film festival. In the month of July there is also a lot in store for the African film industry as they gather in Durban for the annual Durban International Film Festival. So be sure to mark the dates and check the website soon for upcoming accommodation options and venue details.
Further Call for ROSCAR Entries

The deadline for submissions is the 12th March, so make sure you have submitted your films before this to avoid disappointment. No submissions will be accepted after this date, as all films will then be entered into the judging process, where an external panel of local and international judges will review submissions.

The submission process is easy, and we have guidelines in place to ensure you can complete everything without hassle. For info on how to submit, click HERE

Films entered must have been completed after 31st January 2011 and to qualify productions must have an aspect of natural history as the central focus natural history can be defined as the observation of all natural phenomena with focus on their origins, evolution and interrelationships. This can include wildlife, animal behavior, human and cultural anthropology, science and discovery, adventure-expedition and human-animal interaction. See the Roscar categories  for more information.
Campaign Award and 3D Award as Part of Roscars
Due to high influx in submissions of short films focused on raising awareness around conservation and environmental issues, Wild Talk Africa is excited to announce two new categories into the Roscar Awards competition.

The Campaign Award will honour the best short film that encourages awareness and promotes change in human behavior towards an issue threatening the natural world. Submissions can vary from public service announcements to online campaigns to television adverts. Submissions cannot exceed 10 minutes. Those short films already entered that meet the criteria, will be automatically entered into this category at no expense.

The Roscars will also include a 3D Award category. All 3D films must be submitted in Blu ray or in file format Pro res 422/ LT on a HDD and must be rendered out in side by side.

Free Online Resource Room!

Have access to a wealth of information in our Resource Room online, which we have made FREE to all delegates. From advice on the industry to commissioning briefs, browse this online library of information to assist you on your latest project, or simply expand your knowledge on the natural history television genre. We’ll be continuously adding more informative material to the resource room, so keep checking in to make sure you don’t miss out on important information. This week we are featuring two videos: “Commissioners Panel from Wild Talk Africa 2011 conference” and an example of a good pitch with feedback from commissioners.