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Wild Talk Africa’s open now

Wild Talk Africa’s Early Bird Special ends 1st May 2013. Register for only R2200!

A full delegate pass gets you access to all seminars and workshops, evening networking events and a ticket to the prestigious ROSCAR Awards ceremony.
Normal registration: R2900 (2nd May – 20th July)    
Student rate / Day rate: R900

Accommodation bookings are available via the Wild Talk Africa website

Docklands Hotel and Conference Centre is offering special delegate rates. There are limited rooms available at the conference centre, so be sure to book now. Spill-over self-catering accommodation will be available on our website shortly.
 
This year Wild Talk Africa received 438 ROSCAR submissions across 17 categories. This is 171 more than we received in 2011 and a very exciting achievement for the festival. This year Wild Talk Africa breaks new ground and will offer our jury the chance to view and rate the entries through a secure online VOD system. Our long term vision is to reduce our carbon footprint and become a more sustainable event.The ROSCAR finalists will be announced at the end of June.

Pitching panel 2011 left to right: Neiloe Whitehead (NFVF), Andrew Jackson (BBC NHU), Ellen Windemuth (Off the Fence) Vyv Simpson (NHU Africa), Charles Poe (Smithsonian Networks), Ceire Clarke (National Geographic Television), David Makubyane (TopTV).

The open pitching sessions are back due to popular demand. This year filmmakers need to submit their ideas in advance. Only the best proposals will be awarded a slot at the Open Pitching Sessions.

You will have the chance to pitch to some of the top commissioning editors and funders. All documentary formats and all natural history subjects are eligible to submit. Past years’ pitching panels have included commissioning editors from
Animal Planet, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp., BBC NHU, National Geographic, SABC, NFVF, Smithsonian Networks, NHU Africa and more.

Commissioning editors will critique and comment on each pitch. Who knows, they may be interested?
 
Only 12 projects will be selected. 
 
If you don’t win a slot – don’t worry - there will be other opportunities. You can arrange one-on-one meetings with commissioners at the festival, and we will be offering speed-dating pitching sessions (subject to available time slots).


Submission Deadline: June 6, 2013
How to Submit

Send the following to lailah.orrie@wildtalkafrica.com

·        one page project summary

·        photograph from the production

·        short bio on the filmmaker/producer

·        name and contact details of person pitching

·        Promo: We suggest you also send a short (5 minutes maximum) sample reel of the work-in-progress. This can be a promo, sizzle reel, or clips from your development and research.

For tips and info on how to pitch like a pro, go to  log in and visit the free resources page.
 
Exhibition space and sponsorship now available

Exhibition space is now available at the festival. The exhibition room will be centrally placed and receive a lot of traffic, making it a perfect way to show delegates your product. Whether it’s the latest camera equipment or an environmental campaign, make the most of the festival and reach the delegates by exhibiting for the duration of the event. Exhibition stands are 3 x 2m and snacks and tea will be served in the vicinity.
If you would like exhibit or want to promote your brand at Wild Talk Africa, email chris@wildtalkafrica.com for more information.

40 Fathoms Film Festival

This exciting new festival, run by the South African Shark Conservancy, is now calling for submissions. The festival is designed to celebrateWorld Oceans Day, highlight African underwater filmmaking talent and emphasize marine conservation concerns.
 
For more information about 40 Fathoms Film Festival contact Meaghen McCord at info@sharkconservancy.org
For more information about SASC and our projects (W) www.sharkconservancy.org (FB) South African Shark Conservancy (TW) @SASC3.

Wild Talk Africa is Africa’s Film Festival and Conference for natural history and wildlife film and television programming. It is a 4 day event including workshops, seminars and commissioning panels, and valuable networking events with intentional delegates and industry leaders. Wild Talk Africa will ta take place from the 23rd - 26th of July in Durban, South Africa. For more info visit www.wildtalkafrica.com or like us on facebook

Short Film Competition


African filmmakers are invited to submit short films of no longer than 30 minutes for Africa in Motion's prestigious annual short film competition, to which a substantial cash prize is attached. Africa in Motion 2013 will take place at the end of October/beginning of November 2013.

Download the Short Film Competition Guidelines in English and French here

The annual AiM Short Film Competition’s deadline is set on 31st May so send your films ASAP!


Middle East’s Entertainment Content & Media Marketplace
- MYCONTENT Show in Dubai (18-19 November, 2013) has posted its programme online. Please download it from here  for your review.


Meet new artists as Rome and Addis Ababa unite in “Heart to Heart”, an exhibition that brings together 5 Italian and 6 Ethiopian artists in a friendly dialogue embracing painting, drawing, photography and video to explore contemporary interdependence and globalisation themes. Curated by Meskerem Assegued, the show is hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa and runs through 7 May 2013.
Source: Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The National Film and Video Foundation
(NFVF) calls for 2014 bursary applications from students who are interested in studying film related courses, at recognised tertiary institution in South Africa.