Mzansi Short Film Festival Call for Entries

Short films, past and present, are true works of art, and deserve a festival dedicated to their exhibition. Short filmmaking is in the midst of a renaissance. Screening at a festival is a sure-fire way to start creating a buzz around your film and your career.

The second annual IMSFF is taking place from 2 - 5 July 2015, and short films will be screened over a four-day period at the Atterbury Theatre in the Lynnwood Bridge Complex, Pretoria (just off the N1). We'll screen up to 30 hours of short films from some of the most up-and-coming directors and producers in our country!

Our mission is to present quality short films from around South Africa as well as support, recognize and honour filmmakers creating a films under 30 minutes. This is a movement to exhibit and expand the art form of short filmmaking and support emerging filmmakers in reaching new audiences through the powerful language of film.

Serving as South Africa's only dedicated short film festival, the IMSFF was founded to showcase contemporary short filmmaking, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative short content. In the process, IMSFF hopes to build an audience for short film and help giving aspiring filmmakers a foot in the door of an rapidly growing industry. The short films will be organized thematically, in hopes of representing the full range of the human experience as reflected by our chosen filmmakers.

This year, we'll have 20 award categories, or better known as the MZANSI's. Nominees and winners will be chosen by a distinguished jury of industry professionals. Awards will be given for the following achievements:

1. Best Short Film

2. Best Director

3. Best Student Film

4. Best Original Screenplay

5. Best Actor

6. Best Actress

7. Best Cameo by any Actor/Actress*

8. Best Use of Music

9. Best Original Score*

10. Best Cinematography

11. Best Editing

12. Best Sound Editing & Mixing

13. Best Visual Effects*

14. Best Production Design

15. Best Animated Short Film

16. Best Makeup & Hairstyling

17. Best Costume Design

18. Best Documentary Short Subject*

19. Best Trailer*

20. IMSFF Choice Award.

* new categories

Nominations in each category will be announced a week prior to the event, and published on the website and in Screen Africa.

Educational Program:

The INDEPENDENT MZANSI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is designed to educate and inspire the next generation of filmmaker. We feature interviews with working industry professionals, live Q&A sessions with directors and producers in attendance, as well as workshops/ seminars for low-budget filmmakers. The festival will also give emerging filmmakers opportunity to network.

2015 Call For Entries


- Films must have been completed after November 1st, 2013.

- All non-English films must have English subtitles. (Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, etc.)

- Films must be submitted on MP4 video and MOV video.

- Film aspect ratio is preferably 16:9 (Since 2009, it has become the most common aspect ratio and is also the international standard format of HDTV and Full HD).

- Audio is STEREO only.

- Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed two weeks prior to the festival.

- You may submit more than one film, but each submission must be a entry accompanied by its entry fee.

- Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us a still.

- If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide: video trailer of '30 seconds in length and a poster A1 in size.

- All films selected for the festival grant IMSFF the rights to use press materials from the film for promotional purposes.

- All films selected for the festival grant IMSFF the rights to upload the submitted video trailer of 1 minutes in length on their YouTube Channel online for promotional purposes.

Submissions are accepted until June 5th, 2015. Visit our website http://www.imsff.co.za

For more information, contact us via email: info@imsff.co.za

Call for Entries to Encounters Documentary Producers Lab 2015

Encounters, with the support of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), will host a Producers Lab to support teams from 7 documentary companies to gain skills and tools necessary to operate optimally on the international scene. Deadline has been extended to the 5th of March.

The Producers Workshop is an intensive 4-day programme, a unique opportunity to accelerate your project and benefit from the experience of acclaimed multiple-award winning Syrian documentary producer Orwa Nyrabia (Return to Homs) .

The teams will participate in a project-focused development process, led by Nyrabia, including valuable one-on-one consultations. Other top industry professionals will also tutor in their field of expertise: 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 targeted process will support producers in advancing their projects, gaining critical knowledge and skills thereby growing their company's capacity.

About Orwa Nyrabia

OrwaNyrabia is a Syrian documentary producer, co-founder of PROACTION FILM and DOX BOX Doc Film Festival in Syria and currently the CEO of PROACTION FILM GmbHin Germany. He continues to produce documentary films from Syria and the region, most recently the award-wining documentary films Silvered Water (Cannes and Toronto 2014)andReturn to Homs (Opening Film IDFA 2013, Winner Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2014).

Orwa graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts Damascus in 1999 and went on to study Audiovisual Financing & International Co-production at the Sorbonne (2006).


The course is designed for small, micro and medium-sized production companies, and is specifically for individuals from previously disadvantaged individuals (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 whole duration of the 4-day programme, including individual skype meetings with the Facilitator.

The workshop will take place from the 23 - 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

The selection committee will comprise of appointed representatives from the Industry and Encounters.
Applicants will be notified by email within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.

Applicants must submit:

-Project Proposal, treatment and synopsis
-Project materials: trailers, scene selects or rough cuts via a link, we transfer or dropbox
-Company profile
-CV of Producer (s) and other Project Applicants.
-Contact co-ordinates
-DVD copies or links to other film(s) made

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

Physical Address:
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
33 Francis Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, 8001

The 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2015
4-14 June 2015
Cape Town & Johannesburg