Call for entries: Loeries’ new music video category

With the rise of music television channels and online platforms such as Youtube, songs today are seen as much as they are heard. Music videos are therefore becoming increasingly vital in developing an artist’s image and career. In recent years, thriving music video industries have developed all over the continent - including in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere - and talented video producers have become an integral part of the music industry.

In recognition of this fact, the Loeries - Africa and the Middle East’s premier creative industry awards - have created a dedicated category for music videos. The organisers are calling on music video producers from all over Africa and the Middle East to enter their music videos from the past year before the deadline of 15 May 2015.

Loeries® Creative Week™ is a festival of innovation, excellence and creativity. The Loeries were first held in 1978 as a mechanism to support and grow television advertising. Since then, the Loeries have become recognised as the most prestigious award in the region and have expanded to encompass all areas of brand communication, from the traditional  forms of television, radio, print and communication design (including brand identity, architecture & interior design, package & publication design, motion graphic design), direct marketing, PR, non-broadcast video, live events, sponsorship, digital communication and integrated campaigns, to include service design, effective creativity and the Ubuntu Award for Sustainable Marketing.

The annual event will this year be hosted in Durban from 10-16 August. Both judging and the Awards will take place at the Durban ICC, with all additional events along the Durban beachfront. Key official events include the DStv International Seminar of Creativity, an Expo, Student Portfolio Day and the black-tie Awards Ceremonies (on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August) as well as complementary parties. See the full programme here.

In order to cater for the growing number of excellent music videos coming out of the region, a dedicated category specifically for this medium has been created this year.  “We reward creative excellence,” says Loeries CEO Andrew Human. “The addition of this dynamic and exciting new category aims to celebrate the innovation, skill and hard work behind the videos and caters to the growing number of music videos coming out of the region.”

How to enter

This year entries from the whole region of Africa and the Middle East have access to all the categories. However there will be a separate section during the awards ceremonies for Africa and the Middle East. This year all work that has been created specifically for and to run in Africa or the Middle East, irrespective of where the work was produced, is now eligible to enter. Also, all work conceptualized by companies based in Africa or the Middle East, no matter where the work is flighted, can also enter.

    Entries in the Music Video category must have aired commercially between 1 June 2014 and 31 May 2015.
    Entries should demonstrate quality of execution, originality, relevance to the market and the artist’s brand.
    All entries (excluding student work) must be commercially published, launched or aired to a substantial audience within the eligibility period. 

The work will be judged and awarded during Loeries® Creative Week™.  Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

    Innovation (is it fresh and groundbreaking?);
    Execution (is it well-executed and beautifully crafted?); and
    Relevance (is it relevant to the brand, the market and the medium?).

In summary, your entry needs to demonstrate that the work is worthy of a Loerie award. Produce outstanding work, and present it well, and you’ll add more ‘birds’ to your trophy cabinet - and more clients to your portfolio!

The deadline for entries is 15 May 2015.

For more details on how to enter and the fees for doing so, please visit the Loeries website, email info@loeries.com or call the Loeries office on +27 11 447 6889.

Source: Mucis Africa 30 April 2015

Masterclass: Writing the TV Drama Series

The Hummingbird Group and Zeropoint Studios present a series of TV and animation related masterclasses by global leaders in the industry. The next session will be hosted by Pamela Douglas, an award-winning writer who is highly acclaimed in the television drama genre.

The Writing the TV Drama Series masterclass will cover the following topics:

Part 1: Overview of American TV Drama Series
• Why American TV series are successful
• How the TV business works
• How shows work: Working on staff, the ladder and the Writers Room
• How an individual succeeds in writing for television
Part 2: Creating Original Series
• How new shows are created
• Optimal ways of constructing TV pilots
• Screening: Clips from the beginnings of several pilots, with analysis
Day 1: Afternoon
• Screening and analysis: Breaking Bad pilot
• Following screening: Q & A – open discussion
• If time: One/two pitches of original series from the group with discussion
The three day workshop will run from 5 to 7 June 2015 in Johannesburg and will cost R5500.

Douglas will also offer a second round of Masterclasses – The Future of TV. This workshop will examine the changing landscape of TV and cover new outlets; how they affect job opportunities; as well as the form, style and subjects of scripts. The masterclass will also look at examples from Netflix, Amazon and YouTube, and generate discussion around interactive television and virtual reality.

This two day workshop will run from 9 to 10 June 2015 in Johannesburg and will cost R3500.

Tickets for all five days can be purchased at R7000.

Interested participants have until Monday to book at 2014 prices, which are as follows:
Writing the TV Drama Series: R4500
The Future of TV: R2500
All five days: R5500

Contact Natasje van Niekerk at natasjevanniekerk@gmail.com or Amanda Matutu at amanda@pollen.tv for bookings and more information.

TCFF call for SA entries

In 2015 the Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival, which runs in September, is changing the way they do things. They are running a travelling film festival that will visit five cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown and Mbombela. The festival will run for four days in each city, across several venues.

TCFF are currently looking for social impact documentaries by South African filmmakers. They are expecting a vibrant festival where diverse audiences are engaged through debates and panel discussions around the story and the filmmaking.
Where possible, TCFF want filmmakers to lead these discussions and to share the research, passion and understanding they have of the story they have told with festival audiences.

Deadline for entry is 15 June 2015.

To submit and for more information about the festival in 2015, visit the TCFF website.