10 February 2017


Jozi Film Festival Call for Submissions

All New Jozi Film Festival Award is calling for feature films, short fiction films, documentaries (both short and long) as well as student films, both from South Africa and internationally.

For the first time, the Jozi Film Festival is thrilled to be partnering with Discovery Networks to launch a brand new category to this year’s lineup. The “Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award” will call for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity. This is an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent that carries a cash prize from Discovery Channel of $5,000 for the final winner to go towards their next filming project. Entry is free and multiple entries are welcome.

“For over 30 years Discovery has been satisfying curiosity, breaking ground with high-quality factual entertainment programming that inspires and entertains audiences around the world,” said Lee Hobbs, VP of Brand & Content, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Discovery Channel’s Don’t Stop Wondering brand positioning is a call to action; a challenge to always remain curious and celebrate the value of treading your own path. Through this new partnership with the Jozi Film Festival, we hope to discover films that showcase what curiosity means to individuals today, all shot within a contemporary African context, and celebrate the continent’s remarkable filmmaking talent.”

The Top 10 films as selected by a JFF and Discovery jury will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August, and later at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards to be held on 24 September 2017.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and must reside on the African continent. Submissions for this category open at 12:00 on 6 February 2017 and close at 18:00 on 31 May 2017. For more information on how to submit to JFF2017, please visit www.jozifilmfestival.co.za or www.DiscoveryChannelAfrica.com


Midem appoints SA's IMEXSA director on its Artist Accelerator Committee

Midem, one of the world's largest music trade shows, has appointed Founder and Director of IMEXSA, Renneth Tshisikule, as its Artist Accelerator Committee.

The announcement was made on 31 January. Tshisikule will join a team of distinguished experts including Rob Hallet, Founder of Robomagic (UK), Christopher Kaskie, President of Pitchfork (USA) and Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO of Universal Music Group South Asia (India), among others.

The programme is designed to support managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally. The programme has been running for a few years and in 2015 included the well-known L.A Reid on its artistic selection committee. Reid will give a keynote this year.

Tshisikule spent the last few years at the helm of IMEXSA developing and increasing the number of music exporters in South Africa through identifying trade opportunities globally, and assisting African music companies and independent musicians to take advantage of those opportunities. She’s also the founder member of one of South Africa’s biggest talent search projects for export, The SA Indies Music Week, which turns four in 2017.

Tshisikule started her music career in 1999 as an artist. She also got involved in the training of young women in the music business while working together with a label called GTP-Productions. Her aspirations to grow her music globally saw her join forces with the Gauteng Growth Development Agency (GGDA). This partnership led her to form IMEXSA in 2010.

Through IMEXSA and the SA Indies Music Week, she has helped over 100 African unsigned and independent music professionals present their talent and products at various conferences like Popkomm (Germany), Womex (Europe), Primavera Pro (Spain), Canada Music Week (Canada), Midem (France), CMJ (New York), Africa Festival (Germany) and South by South West, SXSW (Austin, Texas).

Artists interested in seeking international exposure are encouraged to apply to participate in the Midem Accelerator. They will need to complete an online application form, supplying all the required information via this link. Applications close on 5 February 2017 at 3pm GMT. Midem takes place from 6 - 9 June in Cannes, France.

Source: Music in Africa 1 February 2017 


Something for everyone at 6th Cape Town International Animation Festival

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Proudly presented by Animation SA, the sixth Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 3 to 5 March 2017 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Offering something for all ages, the annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world’s best animated films as well as an exciting range of masterclasses and workshops with global industry leaders, providing a rare opportunity to engage with them.

The CTIAF has become a significant fixture on the international festival calendar and provides a platform and marketplace for the fast-growing African animation industry. This year it received 221 entries for submissions from 40 countries. The Festival also hosts business-to-business sessions, producer events, networking opportunities and government panel discussions in addition to student competitions, an outreach programme and outdoor screenings.

This year, in collaboration with Design Indaba, the CTIAF will be presenting the African premiere of Revolting Rhymes, an adaptation of a Roald Dahl / Quentin Blake classic, which premiered on BBC One at Christmas, produced by Magic Light Pictures and animated by Triggerfish Animation Studios. Coinciding with the one hundredth anniversary of Dahl’s birth, the two films combine the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, serving them with a mischievous twist. They’re directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, both former Annecy winners and Oscar nominees. Review comments included, “a treat” (The Guardian) and “the best thing I watched all Christmas” (Daily Mirror). View the trailer here 

There will be a screening of My Life as a Courgette which recently was announced as an Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Feature Film and won in the same category at the European Film Awards, as well as Crystal and Public Awards at the Annecy International Film Festival and was Switzerland’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. This stop-motion feature film is adapted from Gilles Paris’ book about children and the strength of resilience amongst a group of friends, advocating empathy, comradery, sharing and tolerance. View the trailer here 

“We are celebrating the depth of our internationally recognised South African talent while presenting the opportunity for industry players to gain access to global icons in the field,” says Makings. “We aim to promote and be a gateway for the African industry while connecting animation creators from around the world.”

Other industry events include Vanessa Sinden from Story Lab who will host a workshop on “How to prepare and present your pitch bible”; panel discussions on skills building initiatives and transformation in the industry, and talks about funding and the results of the recent animation survey.

The mouthwatering line up also includes storyboarder and visual development artist Marc Moynihan, who has worked with the likes of Aardman Animation and Simon’s Cat; Mike Buckland, Head of Production at Triggerfish Animation Studios; Autodesk Applications Engineer Dane Chapman, who helps clients build 3D environments and creative director and production designer Ree Treweek.

“Nick Hall, Glenn Gillis and Pippa Tshabalala are just two of the keynote speakers to address the gaming sector,” says Makings. “A new addition this year is an exhibition space where animators can get feedback on their portfolios from industry experts.

“Other films include the best of the Annecy Festival. Tickets to workshops and screenings sell out quickly so I advise people to book early and check their venue ahead of time.”

The CTIAF’s Creative Partner this year is Tulips and Chimneys, who designed the 2017 branding. They work across books, film, character design, concept development, illustration, animation direction and production design and will soon be re-releasing their acclaimed fantasy book, The Tale of How.

The Schools’ student competition has been extended to include high schools this year, with Nickelodeon once again sponsoring the phenomenal opportunity for one student to do an internship at Nickelodeon in the USA.

The Outreach programme has also grown and will be hosted at the Isivivana centre in Khayelitsha. There will be movies in the morning, drawing classes with Draw for Life, and various workshops to teach the fundamentals of animation.

“We are delighted to be involved with the Festival for the sixth year,” says Frédéric Chambon, Head of Film and Media, French Embassy/Institute of South Africa. “The French and South African animation industries have a long history of collaboration and the Festival has over the years provided many fruitful opportunities for growth and collaboration in the sector.”

“The animation industry is rapidly growing and it has the potential to be one of our biggest creative export products,” says Monica Rorvik, Head of Film and Media Promotion at Wesgro, the official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. “Our animators are among some of the best in the world and Wesgro strongly supports opportunities such as the Festival that create platforms for them to connect and to thrive.”

“We have been a long-time partner of the Cape Town International Animation Festival as part of our commitment to funding initiatives that nurture our incredible South African talent, grow skills development opportunities and promote the industry as a unique driver of economic growth,” says Zama Mkosi, CEO of The National Film and Video Foundation.

“Canada’s film and TV industry is not just about great productions and actors. Canada is also a key player in the digital media industry. From animation and gaming, to amazing special effects, Canada is leading the way. I am delighted to support the participation of Canadians in the Cape Town Animation Film Festival, especially this year. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than promoting Canadian-South African collaboration in cultural industries." says Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa.

The Cape Town International Animation Festival takes place from 2 to 5 March 2017 at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

Visit www.ctiaf.com for the full programme details.