Call for Filmmakers attending the 69th Cannes International Film Festival to apply for NFVF Markets and Festival funding

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture on a yearly basis leads a South African delegation to the Cannes International Film Festival where it facilitates the countrys film presence. It is in this light that the NFVF invites filmmakers who will be participating and attending the 69th Cannes International Film Festival to apply for funding for markets and festivals attendance.

The Film Festival will take place from the 11th until 22nd of May 2015 in Cannes, France. Markets and festival attendance funding is available to filmmakers that have been invited to participate, seek funding partners, distributors, sales agents, and whose films have been accepted at the festival. The deadline for submission is Friday 18th March 2016.

To download the Markets and Festival form visit:

Application forms can be email to Lerato Mokopanele at leratom@nfvf.co.za or delivered to the NFVF address:

National Film and Video Foundation

87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg, 2196

C/O Lerato Mokopanele

For more information please email to Lerato Mokopanele at leratom@nfvf.co.za

Music In Africa: Call for French Content Editor (South Africa)

Job title: French Content Editor
Remuneration: basic salary
City: Parkwood, Johannesburg, South Africa
Type: contract (12 months), full-time
Starting: Immediately

Music In Africa seeks a French Content Editor in Johannesburg.
Music In Africa seeks a French Content Editor in Johannesburg.

Pan-African music portal, Music In Africa (www.musicinafrica.net), seeks an enthusiastic French Content Editor to join our team in Johannesburg.

Key Responsibilities:

    Write French content
    Sub-edit French content from other writers
    Assume overall responsibility for French content production.
    Supervise and grow team of translators: allocate and commission work, check/sub-edit translations, and handle invoicing/payments.
    Assist regional editors in building a strong team of contributors for French regions.
    Moderate (edit and publish) submitted French content, ensuring that content conforms to Music In Africa guidelines.
    Identify English stories that need to be translated into French, and vice versa.
    Ensure consistent and organised communication with users, management and content providers.
    Drive French social media campaigns.
    Prepare content for the French newsletter.

Other Responsibilities:

    Build and maintain relationships with existing and new partners.
    Assist in organising ‘offline’ events (eg. workshops and concerts).
    Attend and review industry events, expos, forums and conferences.
    Collaborate with other regional editors, content managers and contributors.
    Represent Music In Africa at conferences, festivals and other relevant events.
    Contribute to the conceptualisation and evolution of content with forward-thinking ideas, particularly in relation to content types, editorial workflow and content layout.
    Assist in the running of Music In Africa office.
    Assist in the conceptualisation of viable business strategies for the portal.
    Develop sound content plans and ensure full implementation.
    Perform the day-to-day administration duties of the project and other duties as needed.


    Relevant tertiary qualification (Diploma/Degree in Journalism, Communications, etc).
    Minimum five years' experience in new media, with editorial experience.
    Experience in the African music sector or related fields.
    Excellent written French, with sub-editing experience.
    Excellent written English will be an advantage.
    Flawless attention to detail.
    Strong management, coordination and organizational skills.
    Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    Ability to manage teams in a multi-dimensional management structure across multiple regions.
    Ability to work independently.
    Exceptional music knowledge.
    Desire to contribute to the local music industry
    Strong understanding of SEO, social media principles, basic HTML and digital content creation.
    Experience in running communication campaigns using digital media.


If you are interested, send your CV to David Durbach at dave@musicinafrica.net before or on 20 March 2016. Your application must include the following:

    Short motivation
    At least three music-related articles you have recently written (links are acceptable)

For more information about Music In Africa, go to www.musicinafrica.net


Kenya Film Commission represented by the CEO Lizzie Chongoti, and the French Embassy in Kenya represented by Ambassador of France H.E. Rémi Maréchaux, have signed a MOU renewing the organization of Kalasha International Film & TV Festival, Market and Awards for the year 2016. The MoU was signed in the presence of the CS of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario and the PS of Arts and Culture, Joe Okudo. Kalasha International is a major Eastern Africa Film & TV international event bringing, under the same roof, 3 main sub-events, a B2B Eastern Africa Film & TV Trade Show, an International Film Festival and the annual Kalasha Film & TV Awards. France and the Kenya Film Commission are partnering in the coordination of the entire event.

The event, a creative hub, intends to bring together, for its second edition, all the players from the Eastern Africa Film & TV industry, in one place and at the same time; offering a platform for all the players and the festival goers from the Film & TV industry to gather, discuss, exchange, collaborate, share stories and develop new business opportunities.

The primary objective of the event is to showcase Kenya as a major regional hub for Film and TV production, post-production and distribution across all platforms and genres while reinforcing the uniqueness of Kenya as a shooting location. Kalasha International 2016 will be held from 29th August to 2nd September at KICC:

NFVF presents Female Only Filmmaker Project

The Female Only Filmmaker Project is an intervention by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), to provide recent female entrants into the industry, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women. Over a period of five months, successful applicants will be assisted in developing their stories into a 20 to 25 minute script.

The ten selected candidates and their submissions will go through a development process in preparation for the production of the films, which will take place later in 2016 over a period of ten weeks. Working with facilitators and mentors, the development process will include three workshops consisting of three days each.

Being selected as a writer does not automatically guarantee that you will be selected to direct your script. A pitching process to the NFVF and an industry evaluating committee will be scheduled to select the directors.

Part of the development phase will be dedicated to providing each candidate with the necessary tools to prepare for the Director s Pitch. These include but are not limited to learning how to break down scripts for camera, as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.


In order to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

1. Have worked in the industry for at least two years.

2. Have worked in one or more departments including (but not exclusive to): writing, directing, editing, cinematography, production, assistant director, production managers, continuity etc.

3. Be a historically disadvantaged individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.

4. Be 100% available for the project attendance at all scheduled workshops, as well as one-on-one sessions is compulsory.

Selection criteria:

Eligible candidates for the project must:

Have a strong written concept for a half hour (approximately 20 to 25 minutes) individual film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with the ten other projects.

Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including Final Draft software, formatting, scheduling and editing.

Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the same objective.

Be able to work under pressure and tight schedules.

Provide references of previous work.

Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposals in person to a panel that includes the producers, mentors and the NFVF.


Negotiating Spaces

The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series, and in order to achieve this, the NFVF have put forward a theme around which writers can conceive their story idea.

In an effort to avoid stereotypical and clich d themes usually associated with films for women, the NFVF has chosen to explore current themes that resonate with and explore the values and expectations of modern day African women.

In an ever changing society, how do women negotiate their position as mothers, wives, daughters, career women and professionals? The pressures and expectation imposed by society on women requires them to continuously negotiate and navigate their place and their own personal desires. Therefore the relevant theme Negotiating Spaces is what is to be explored in these short films.

Themes include:

Family (responsibility and expectation);

Taboos (cross cultural);


Life lessons (lived experiences and how they mold us);

The heroine inside and outside the family etc.

These are just some of the themes that can be explored and there is a multitude of stories that can come out of this theme. The ultimate goal is to produce relevant stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a female perspective and stories that we as a country can recognise ourselves in.


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in hard copy and in triplicate (3 copies) for consideration:

1. Narrative treatment for one 24 minute film including a detailed synopsis, a character book, and an MTP (major turning point) document.

2. A short bio and CV

3. A certified copy of ID document.

4. 2/3 references

All applications must be submitted as hard copies to the NFVF offices, by the closing date of 31 March 2016.

Address: 87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg

Tel: 011 483 0880

All enquiries must be directed to:

Blingola Media

Tel: 011 463 9018

Email: info@blingola.co.za or bongiwe@blingola.co.za
Source: Screen Africa