DISCOP – Germany is official guest for country programme

6 October 2017


Earlier this year, DISCOP Johannesburg announced that 2017’s official Guest Country would be Germany. This partnership will bring a host of exciting opportunities for those attending this year’s event taking place from Oct 25th – 27th at the Sandton Convention Centre.

One of the aims of the nomination is to enable German film and television sectors to build stronger connections with relevant executives driving Africa’s multiplatform entertainment content production and distribution industries.

This timely choice will also lead to exciting opportunities for growth and collaboration between film and television content producers from South Africa and Germany, as both countries have signed a treaty for the joint production of film and television works.

Germany’s strong presence at DISCOP Johannesburg has been made possible with the support of important partners such as the German Embassy in Pretoria, and with the support of a host of German businesses that will be attending the event.

Ines Pohl, Editor-in-Chief of Deutsche Welle will also be part of DISCOP Johannesburg’s key-note opening session, welcoming Africa’s next generation of creators, producers and dealmakers to three days of deal-making, networking, and sharing.

The GERMANY PAVILION within the main exhibition space will feature individual “meeting tables” and a special workshop track curated by experts. This informative track will also encourage partnerships between producing, writing and directing talent from both countries.

INVR.SPACE is DISCOP Johannesburg’s technical partner for the VR Cinema that will be found under the pavilion and will showcase African, German and other global VR projects including documentaries, features films, animations and more. Within this VR Cinema, the New Dimensions projects will also be showcased in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and Electric South.

The Next Gen agenda will feature a German focused panel discussion on 25 October and a masterclass on 26 October. The panel discussion “GERMAN CULTURAL CO-OPERATIONS IN AFRICA” will bring together top German companies & institutions who not only believe in the future of Africa, but also invest in the continent’s innovative talent. Panelists are Herbert Behrendt, Head of the Cultural Department, German Embassy Pretoria; Lien Heidenreich-Seleme, Head of Cultural Programmes - Sub-Saharan Africa, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg; Jana Wolff, Marketing & Advertising, European Film Market / Berlinale Africa Hub and Philipp Hoffmann, Founder & Managing Director, Rushlake Media.

The masterclass will be centred around the “GERMANY / SOUTH AFRICA TV and FILM CO-PRODUCTION TREATY”. A Film & TV co-production treaty was signed between South Africa and Germany in 2004 and this partnership has facilitated the funding of numerous projects since then, stimulating exchanges between independent producers in both countries. The masterclass will be moderated by Terrence Khumalo, Film Certification Manager at the NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa) and will examine eligibility terms and conditions and look at recent film and television projects that have benefited from the treaty.

For more information www.DISCOP.com