26 March 2019


Jozi film festival

The eighth annual Jozi Film Festival will take place from 3 to 6 October 2019 in venues around Johannesburg. The organisers are inviting submissions from filmmakers for consideration for this year’s festival.

“Having your work shown at the authentic Jozi Film Festival – Joburg’s longest running independent film festival – is a great opportunity for new and established filmmakers to reach a discerning, influential audience,” says festival founder, Lisa Henry. “Over the years we have shown several films that have gone on to achieve phenomenal commercial success – films like iNumber Number (now also a successful TV series), Dora’s Peace, Shepherds and Butchers, Whispering Truth to Power, The Black Mambas, Supa Modo and (one or two more?).”

The Discovery Channel’s Don’t Stop Wondering Award will be returning to the festival in 2019 for a third consecutive year: “Since the award was launched in 2017 we have seen close to 500 short films from across Africa, and we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity once again,” says Henry.

This year’s prize from Discovery Channel will include a Canon XF-405 video camera with Singer Photographic camera accessories worth over $5,800 for the winner to use for their next filming project. More info here.

All submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Entries will be judged in the following categories:

   Best South African Feature Film

   Best International Feature Film

   Best South African Documentary (long)

   Best International Documentary (long)

   Best South African Documentary (short)

   Best International Documentary (short)

   Best South African Short Fiction

   Best International Short Fiction

   Best South African Student Film

   Best Director

   Don’t Stop Wondering Award

Submissions close on 16 June 2019

NFVF: Call for project submissions Cannes International Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, that was mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the South African film and video industry, will embark on a trip to the Cannes International Film Festival being held from the 14th of May 2019.

The festival, which is internationally recognised as the premier film festival and marketing event, brings together filmmakers and key decision makers from across the globe to conduct the business of film.

The NFVF will publish a catalogue and audiovisual file of projects from the 2018/19 period seeking either completion finance or sales 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 sales events. Applicants are requested to email the following information (application form is not required):

A 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 and included in the NFVF catalogue.

Deadline for submissions: 12 April 2019. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

For project submissions email all required documentation to distribution@nfvf.co.za and for queries, kindly email Bonolo Motshabi on bonolom@nfvf.co.za or call 011 483 0880.


The MultiChoice Talent Factory networking portal goes live!

Mutichoice TF 

WINDHOEK-MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), has launched its portal on www.multichoicetalentfactory.com!

The digital hub launched as the premiere destination for connecting Africa’s creative industries. The online portal is the third touchpoint of the initiative following the launch of three regional MTF Academies (in West, East and Southern Africa), a 12-month film training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives, launched in October 2018, and the MTF Masterclasses launched in January this year to upskill industry professionals.

The interactive online portal is aimed at profiling and connecting Africa’s industry creatives and bringing Pan-African talent and opportunities together in one place. It will facilitate networking among filmmakers across the continent, as well as find talent and display their work. Access to the portal is through registration on www.multichoicetalentfactory.com, which will serve as an authoritative source of industry news, supported by MultiChoice’s long-standing position of being Africa’s leading storyteller. Users of the portal up-and-coming talent and industry professionals can also network with each other, connect and collaborate. The MTF Portal will provide information on the MTF Academies and Masterclasses.

The MTF Portal forms part of the investment MultiChoice has made to improve quality and supporting the production of local content and storytelling across the continent. The MTF Portal will assist both seasoned professionals and aspiring talent in Africa’s film and TV industry.

Anyone looking to connect with other creatives across Africa must visit www.multichoicetalentfactory.com today to register, create their profile and enjoy exclusive online access to highlight your talent, connect and network with other industry individuals, scout for skills and stay up-to-date with the latest opportunities in Africa’s creative industries!

Source: New Era