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37th Durban International Film Festival: Free Public Screenings

The 2016 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place from 16 to 26 June, will host a series of free public screenings. DIFF will travel to Clermont, Kwangcolosi, Inanda, Umlazi, KwaMashu and the city centre, where people will have the opportunity to watch this year’s opening night film The Journeymen as well as the comedy Wonder Boy for President, starring Kagiso Lediga.

The Journeymen is a documentary filmed in 2014, the year in which South Africa celebrated 20 years of democracy and mourned Nelson Mandela’s death. The film chronicles the free-wheeling journey of three South African photographers (Sean Metelerkamp, Sipho Mpongo and Wikus De Wet) across the country as they explore the current state of South Africa with GoPro cameras strapped to their chests, feeling its pulse and asking the question: “Has Mandela’s vision of equality in a rainbow nation been achieved?” The film answers this question with a kaleidoscopic set of responses that is disturbing, beautiful, thought-provoking and, more than anything, movingly surreal. The film shows the underlying demons of our troubled national soul but also its deep and profound beauty. Made with technology that is widely accessible, the film is also a vibrant call to arms for new modes of filmmaking and fresh approaches to narrative.

Directed by John Barker, Wonder Boy for President tells a story of Wonder Boy, a charismatic and authoritative young man from the Eastern Cape (played by master comedian Kagiso Lediga), who is coerced into running for president by two dubious and corrupt characters played by Ntosh Madlingozi and Tony Miyambo. Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and manufacture his down-fall at the right time, for the right price. It is a political satire that delves into political dynamics and the challenges that arise.

Programme:

*Both films will be screened each day*

Saturday, 18 June at 10h00 at Clermont Library

Monday, 20 June at 10hb00 at Wushwini Arts Centre at Kwangcolosi

Tuesday, 21 June at 10h00 at Ohlange Library, Inanda

Thursday, 23 June at 10h00 Umlazi W Library W

Friday, 24 June at 10h00 at Creative Arts College on Dr Pixley Kasema Street (West Street)

Saturday, 25 June at 10h00 at KwaMashu Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre (KCAP)

For more information visit the DIFF website. http://www.durbanfilmfest.co.za/

NFVF calls for submissions for the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are inviting emerging black filmmakers to submit proposals for consideration under the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF). Launched in 2014, the EBFTF provides financial, marketing and other related support to emerging black filmmakers. The fund has been designed for black directors who have released fewer than five feature films.

The Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF) is aimed at developing and supporting local emerging black directors and producers by providing financial and other support. According to the IDC and NFVF, the objective is for the fund to contribute to the making of a sustainable South African film industry. It will strengthen the local film production industry, ensuring that filmmakers and producers create compelling content for South African consumption. Funding will be limited to six qualifying and viable feature films per annum over three years.

Call for 2016 proposals:

Black directors and producers are requested to submit proposals based on the following criteria:
• Budget capped at R5,2 million (excluding marketing and company statutory costs)
• Director and producer must be black South African citizens;
• The films must be commercially viable;
• The films must demonstrate economic and creative merit;
• Films must be at the level of theatrical release;
• Scripts must be at second draft;
• Cast must be South African;
• Compliance with the dti South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive (Refer to the dti website for detailed criteria)
• Rights (All including film, merchandise etc.):
- Emerging black producer and black director must collectively own at least 75 per cent of the film rights;
- Where the producer is black, but not emerging ( >5 feature films ) – then the black director must own at least 50 per cent of the film rights;
- Where the producer is not black, the black director must own at least 75 per cent of the film rights; and a young black producer must be mentored.

For all submission information visit the NFVF website.
Queries can be emailed to production@nfvf.co.za.