Encounters Documentary Producers Lab 2015 call for entries

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, with the support of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), will host a Producers Lab to support teams from seven documentary companies. Participants will gain skills and tools necessary to operate optimally on the international scene.

The Producers Workshop is an intensive four-day programme and a unique opportunity for filmmakers to accelerate their projects while benefiting from the experience of award winning Syrian documentary producer Orwa Nyrabia.

The teams will participate in a project-focused development process, led by Nyrabia, which include valuable one-on-one consultations. Other top industry professionals will also tutor in: the role of the producer, creative producing, co-production, raising local and international finance, navigating film festivals, distribution and international sales.

The support will also include two Skype sessions, one before the Lab and one after, with Nyrabia.

The course is designed for small, micro and medium-sized production companies, and is specifically for individuals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds (including women and disabled people).

Companies must have produced at least one documentary. Each company can apply for a maximum of two participants as the programme is open to producers, directors and writers.

Applicants must be available for the duration of the four-day programme, including individual Skype meetings with the facilitator.

The workshop will take place from the 23 to 26 March 2015 in Cape Town.

Encounters and the NLDTF will cover the full costs of the programme, which includes:
• travel and accommodation
• course materials
• all meals

Application Deadline: Monday 16th February 2015

Applicants must submit:
• Project proposal, treatment and synopsis
• Project materials: trailers, scene selects or rough cuts via a link, WeTransfer or dropbox
• Company profile
• CV of producer(s) and other project applicants.
• Filmography
• Contact co-ordinates
• DVD copies or links to other film(s) made

Nazeer Ahmed
Email: nazeer@encounters.co.za
Tel: (021) 465-4686

South Africa's NFVF Calls for Projects : Cannes International Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, will once again host and facilitate South African film industry presence at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place from the 13th - 24th May 2015.

The NFVF is putting together a festival catalogue of projects from the 2014/15 period seeking either completion finance or sales agents for publication. Along with other activities, the NFVF will also host a Sales Event aimed at presenting projects to international buyers and agents.

Independent filmmakers with projects that have fully developed projects (final polish scripts) or completed projects that are ready for sale are invited to submit synopses of projects for NFVF to consider for inclusion in the catalogue and/or pitch at the sales event. Filmmakers must email the following information (application form is not required):

Full synopsis of the project
Two high resolution digital film posters (2000mmx2000mm and 610mmx 910mm)
Trailer/Promo (where available)
High resolution production stills (where available)
Requirements (Funding/Sales Agent/Distribution)

The NFVF reserves the right to select qualifying films for the Sales Event or catalogue.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, 20 February 2015. For project submissions email Carla Dias carlad@nfvf.co.za or call 011 483 0880.