Camerimage Festival calls for entries

Camerimage, an international film festival devoted to the art and craft of cinematography has launched the selection process for its 23rd edition. All filmmakers, producers and distributors are invited to submit feature films, documentaries, music videos and student etudes for the festival's consideration.

This year the festival will be held from 14 to 21 November in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

In addition to the numerous festival sections, there will be a number of competitions included in the programme. The festival is now accepting submissions for the following:
• Main Competition (fiction films)
• Student Etudes Competition (fiction etudes)
• Polish Films Competition (fiction films)
• Documentary Shorts Competition - up to 40 minutes running time
• Documentary Features Competition - more than 40 minutes running time
• Music Videos Competition
• Directors' Debuts Competition (fiction films)
• Cinematographers' Debuts Competition (fiction films)

Entries are now open, visit the Camerimage website  to view deadlines and to access an online entry form.

Please note that the Camerimage Festival is an ACADEMY AWARD qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This means that the winners of the Golden Frog in the Documentary Shorts Competition will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category at the annual ACADEMY AWARDS® provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Al Jazeera Pitching Forum at Encounters

Encounters, in partnership with Al Jazeera, is calling African filmmakers to submit proposals for the 4th Al Jazeera Pitching Forum taking place in Johannesburg during the 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival on 10 June 2015. A maximum of 12 African filmmakers will be selected to pitch to Al Jazeera commissioning editors.

The call is open to projects at any stage of development or production and Encounters is offering a limited number of travel grants to selected African filmmakers from outside Johannesburg and South Africa.

Each filmmaker selected will have a maximum of seven minutes to pitch their film, with an additional seven minutes allocated for feedback and questions from the Al Jazeera commissioning editor. Projection equipment will be provided for those that have DVDs or other visual presentations to augment their pitch.

Pitching Workshop
All filmmakers who have been selected to pitch must be available for a one-day pitching workshop that will take place the day before the pitching forum.

These filmmakers will have an opportunity to discuss their pitch with an experienced filmmaker who will serve as a tutor. The tutor will assist filmmakers to hone their ideas, the structure of their stories in order for them to present a well-constructed pitch to the panel. During the workshop, the tutor will provide inside knowledge on working with Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera Networking Session
Encounters will also host an Al Jazeera information and networking session before the pitch program begins.

Submission Details:
Interested parties should send not more than:
• A one-page synopsis of their film
• A one-page biography of the filmmaker and producer, including complete contact details (telephone number, city of residence, home and work addresses)
• One page of further background information and/or visual treatment of the subject.
• A brief motivation for a travel grant to attend the Pitching Forum, if applicable
• Links to previous works and promo of proposal, if available.

To: festival@encounters.co.za before 16h00 (South African time) on Tuesday, 2 June 2015.


The Zanzibar International Film Festival is proud to once again host The Maisha Lab for its Screenwriting Laboratory during ZIFF 2015. Applications for the competitive laboratory are now open and the deadline is 13th June.

The Maisha Screenwriting Laboratory has been one of the most influential film training grounds in East Africa, inspiring regional filmmakers with over 1,000 participants already having taken part in the training.

Program Director of the Kampala based Maisha Film Lab, Fibby Kioria has explained that they expect to award 60 scholarships a year for the next three years to participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya .  These sponsorships are made possible with funding from Stichting Doen.

She goes on to explain, “in the 8 day workshop, the 60 selected participants  (15 from each country) will work with internationally renowned mentors to refine their work and broaden their horizons in the film business and the art of filmmaking. The winning script will receive an award of $ 5,000 to produce their short film”.

The 2015 edition of the Maisha Lab is the seventh lab to be held in Zanzibar with ZIFF as the local partner. ZIFF is proud to once again play host to Maisha as Festival Director Prof. Martin Mhando explains, “the Maisha lab utilizes the festival platform where, in addition to the workshops, screenwriters can watch a wide diversity of films and engage in discussions with other local and international filmmakers attending the festival.”

Prof Mhando goes on to explain the importance of the opportunity for Zanzibari screenwriters to take advantage of the lab taking place on their doorsteps.

“In the past, lab participation by Zanzibari based screenwriters has been low, and yet we know that the need is great. More importantly, this opportunity is fully funded, providing a unique opportunity for the participant to expand their skills and knowledge as well as enabling them to develop networks in the film industry”.

ZIFF is committed to support Zanzibari filmmakers intending to apply and can offer assistance in ensuring the scripts are properly presented, thereby improving their chances of being selected.

ZIFF will also offer assistance in Kiswahili.

ZUKU, official sponsors of ZIFF are also behind this initiative to develop skills amongst East-African filmmakers, as Mandy Roger TV Director at Zuku explains, 'As a pay tv platform that promotes the art of filmmaking, Zuku is  proud to be part of this initiative and promoting high caliber talent  on our platform. Maisha film lab aims to seek, identify, nurture and promote creative talent among children and youth through hands on skills in development programs such as film making, arts appreciation, organization and presentation of cultural and creative events.'

Interested Zanzibari applicants are asked to contact the ZIFF office by emailing ziff@ziff.or.tz or  contact The Maisha Lab  www.maishafilmlab.org. http://maishafilmlab.org/

Fully completed applications are to be emailed to: fibby@maishafilmlab.org