25 January 2017


Call for submissions to the 70th Cannes International Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will embark on a trip to the 70th Cannes International Film Festival being held from the 17th to the 28th of May 2017. The festival, which is internationally recognised as the premier film festival and marketing event, bringing together filmmakers and key decision makers from across the globe to conduct the business of film.

The NFVF will publish a catalogue of projects from the 2016/17 period seeking either completion finance or sales agents. Amongst other activities, the NFVF will also host a Sales Event with the purpose of presenting completed projects to international buyers and agents.

Independent filmmakers with projects that have completed development (final polish scripts) or have completed projects that are ready for sale are requested to submit synopses of projects they would like the NFVF to consider for inclusion in the catalogue and / or pitch at the sales event. Applicants are requested to email the following information (application form is not required):

Full synopsis of the project

Details of Key Creative Team


High resolution poster (300dpi)

Trailer / Promo (where available)

High resolution production stills (where available)

Requirements (Funding/Sales Agent/Distribution)

Filmmakers should bear in mind that the NFVF reserves the right to select the films to be presented at the event and included in the NFVF catalogue.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, 24th February 2017. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

For project submissions and queries, kindly email Ntuthuko Mageba on ntuthukom@nfvf.co.za or call 011 483 0880.


DIFF 2017 call for entries

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open.

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 13 to 23 July 2017. The 38th edition of the festival is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnership with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and other valued funders and partners.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

This year the festival will shine a light upon the ever expanding trend in cinema highlighting the refugee or immigrant stories with Transit Tales. As the global society expands further every year, cinema has highlighted the stories of subjects as they chase their hopes and dreams for their lives in a new and sometimes unknown land. The festival is looking for feature, shorts and documentaries that chronicle such stories from various corners of the globe.

Only films completed in 2016 and 2017 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an online screener. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online . In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 28 February 2017.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme includes the 10th Talents Durban (14 to 18 July 2017), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 8th Durban FilmMart (14 to 17 July 2017), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information check out the festival Submission FAQs, visit the festival website or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.

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Open call for short web documentaries

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Jos de Putter from Deep Focus Web Documentaries invite entries for project proposals from talented (young) filmmakers.

IDFA and Jos de Putter will commission the short documentaries that will be presented on various platforms like IDFA.tv and De Correspondent, but could travel to other platforms and festivals. The first result of the collaboration has already been made: Meryem by Reber Dosky can now be seen at De Correspondent.


The focus of the project must be urgent, personal and cinematographic. The main challenge is to bring the right story at the right time – the urgency behind each film is paramount. But the news-value is not the main topic of interest; we focus precisely on the approach of the author, who through his or her particular way of storytelling enforces identification, makes the viewer share the urgency of the subject and also concentrates on the artistic value of the work.

The films' length can range from 12 to 16 minutes.

For further inquiries e-mail Jos de Putter: jos@deepfocus.nl.

Submit your proposal

Submissions have to include the following in their application:

– CV/portfolio of the applicant;

– Description of the project (Dutch or English, max 500 words);

– Support material (video’s, photos, linked media etc);

– Overview of estimated costs (including fees, production, accommodation, travel, etc.).

E-mail your submission to jos@deepfocus.nl before 1 February 2017.

This call is supported by Stichting Dioraphte.

Source: IDFA