A large contingent of South African filmmakers from the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA), representing 14 different projects, is attending the HotDocs international documentary festival in Toronto, Canada this week.
The delegation is fully supported by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Film and Video Association (NFVF). Representatives from the DTI and the NFVF form part of the delegation and are meeting their counterparts in Canada.
According to the DFA, the delegation at HotDocs is programmed to present documentary production opportunities in South Africa, highlighting the DTI’s rebate scheme and the South Africa-Canada Co-Production Treaty.
The DFA has a prominent stand in the HotDocs Industry Centre, where buyers and filmmakers alike can stop off and discuss the South African documentary filmmaking industry with delegation members. For the benefit of all its members, the DFA has had exchanges with the International Documentary Association as well as the Canadian Documentary Organisation.
Ryley Grunenwald and Pascal Schmitz have been selected to pitch at the prestigious Forum, often a springboard for successful documentaries. Nicole Shafer’s project has been selected by the Blue Ice Documentary Fund.
Individual filmmakers will be promoting their projects at Rendezvous, a series of intense business meetings with foreign broadcasters and international sales agents. Delegates are also engaged in numerous private meetings about industry matters, individual projects and potential co-productions.
Monica Rorvik of the Durban International Film Festival, which is known for its strong documentary programming, has joined the delegation, and the DFA will have a strong presence at DIFF, which is taking place in and around the Durban beach front during June/July 2012.
With filmmakers from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban, the DFA’s official trade delegation in Toronto will benefit all documentary filmmakers in South Africa.
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