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The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established in accordance with a provincial Act passed in 2010. The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is set to begin fulfilling its mandate to make the province a film production centre. In 2014/2015, the KZNFC developed systems and policies to support and attract national and international roleplayers in the film industry.

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NFVF strengthens its ties with France to support SA’s animation industry

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE:

South Africa’s budding animation talent made their way to the French lakeside town of Annecy to participate in the 43rd edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Mifa Market from 10 to 15 June 2019.

The students were part of the NFVF Student Mentorship Programme, held in partnership with Animation South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.

Joy Mawela, head of Industry Development and Promotions at the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), said: “The student mentorship programme is one of our training and education strategic plans, and the Annecy initiative was created to give an opportunity to animation students to advance their skills, build competitiveness and exposure and showcase their talent to the international animation industry.”

Heeding the call

The journey to Annecy began when the NFVF announced a nationwide competition, calling for final-year animation students to submit character designs inspired by lead characters from South African films.

“The call was released in April, and the submissions received were overwhelming,” says Mawela. “The quality of entries we received was a clear reflection that the South African animation industry is set to soar to greater heights.”

A large number of entries were submitted by students from The Animation School, including Claudia E’Silva. “I received numerous emails notifying me of the competition and my lecturer announced it to the entire class. My inspiration to enter was the Annecy Festival itself. Since I learnt about it in first year, it has been my goal to attend. Having been given this opportunity, there was no conceivable way I could give it up.”

E’Silva’s design is titled XI-1980, and is a futuristic reimagining of the character Xi from the South African cult favourite, The Gods Must Be Crazy. “I worked on my project in and around my third-year film duties for around a week… Finding out I had made it was honestly the happiest moment of my third-year experience,” enthused E’Silva.

The film Spud was a huge inspiration for a number of applicants, including Abraham Mohotsi and Antoinette Malan, who are both completing their Digital Animation diploma at The Animation School.

Mohotsi’s design, titled Student Mentorship Programme, is inspired by the male character Troye from Spud, while Malan designed a sporty, female character named Kimberly.

“I was constantly thinking about her and what her personality was like and where her interests lie…” says Malan. “I really wanted to do my best and make my family and friends as well as myself proud.”

Journey to Annecy

The shortlisted entries underwent an intense judging process by industry experts Lesego Vorster and Tumelo Selamolela, as well as 2018 Annecy winners Terence Maluleke and Smangaliso Sibaya.

Malan, Mohotsi, E’Silva and Jared Dean Mahonri were the four students selected to showcase their artwork at Annecy alongside South African animation professionals.

The NFVF arranged a jam-packed, five-day programme for the four winners which included attending pitching sessions, masterclasses and film screenings, as well as networking sessions with students from the Gobelins Animation College and industry experts.

Lesego Vorster, who is an alumnus from Gobelins, acted as a mentor to the students throughout their Annecy journey.

Earlier this year, Vorster worked with Gobelins to provide an internship programme for 20 animation students from the Tshimologong Animation Studio. The programme was dedicated to developing authentic African aesthetics through appropriate referencing and understanding of design and storytelling fundamentals.

Speaking about the programme, Vorster said: “The partnership with Gobelins offers interns strong support from one of the best schools in the world, not only in raising the standard and quality of the work to come out of the Tshimologong Animation Studio, but also to broaden the horizons of all interns.”

NFVF partners with Gobelins

At Annecy, the NFVF signed an official partnership agreement with Gobelins and the French Embassy of South Africa.

The agreement is aimed at growing South Africa’s animation industry by presenting opportunities for future collaborations – including skills exchange – between African animation productions and institutions and their French counterparts.

Furthermore, the NFVF promised to contribute more than EUR16 000 (R268 000) towards scholarships for South Africans to study at Gobelins. The scholarship programme is additionally funded by The Animation School and Campus France.

Karien Benz from Cape Town has been selected as the first student to be awarded the scholarship to study for a Master of Arts in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking.

“South African animators have been creating soundwaves across international borders over the last decade, and it’s essential that – as the funding body mandated to ensure the development and growth of the film industry in South Africa – we have partnered to create a scholarship with Gobelins,” comments Mawela.

Impressive opening for 3 Days To Go at the local box office

Local “dramedy”, 3 Days To Go, has passed the R1 Million mark at the box office since its release on Friday, 25 January, with more than 17 696 tickets sold. It ranked number 5 at the local box office.

“Thank you South Africa for coming out in the numbers to support our film. Looking forward to your continued support. If you have a family, then you need to see this film,” said director, Bianca Isaac.

The film tells the story of adult siblings who, after the sudden death of their father, are forced to return to their childhood home – with an assortment of partners, children and issues in tow. They need to survive three days in each other’s company, under one roof, before they spread their father’s ashes and part ways.

The movie boasts an impressive cast, which includes, Leeanda Reddy, Bollywood’s Lillette Dubey, Jailoshini Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen, Rahul Brijnath, Pranesh Maharaj, Ruben Naidoo and Zakeeya Patel as the dysfunctional Isaac family. They are joined on screen by Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Tumi Morake and Ashish Gangapersad. Highlighting Isaac’s affinity towards nurturing young talent, 3 Days To Go also features newcomer Kiara Govender.

Movie critics are praising the film:

“Tragedy, comedy, betrayal, fear, hatred, deception, pain, love, redemption, and the true spirit of family are all woven into the tapestry of this moving film. Writer and director Bianca Isaac, along with producer Gregory Mthanji, and co-producer Bagwandeen-Singh, have brought to life a masterpiece whose impact lingers long after the credits have rolled.” –  Clinton Marius: ArtsMart

“This heart-warming movie about family and personal struggle transcends racial, and cultural boundaries. 3 Days to Go is the perfect movie to go see with your mother, brother, sister or cousin…” –   Graye Morkel: Channel 24

“The film 3 Days to Go is a sweetly sentimental South African production with a strong emotional thread which will appeal to a wide cross-section of cinemagoers. First-time movie director and writer Bianca Isaac has done a sterling job in marrying the elements, using split-screen techniques and Hollywood gloss to convey her multi-layered story.” – Peter Feldman: Citizen.

The film was produced in association with the KZN Film Commission (KZNFC), the IDC and the DTI.

Watch the trailer here.

 

Call for producers to attend AFRIFF

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is calling for applications from local film producers to be part of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s delegation set to attend the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2018.

AFRIFF is a world class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of filmmaking with participation from local and international filmmakers and professionals, celebrities, actors, directors, film critics, buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, equipment manufacturers, and international press. The week long event comprises of a top class film programme; talent development and technical training series aimed at raising local industry standards; business sessions and networking opportunities, as well as a unique Film and Equipment market that will encourage and grow content trade out of Africa and global partnerships.

The call for applications opened on 4 October and will close on 12 October 2018.

Applications must include the following:

• A fully completed KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission markets and festivals application form
• All accompanying valid documents as per requirements
• A motivation to attend the market
• Demonstration of how your attendance will assist your business and or your desired outcomes from your attendance of the festival
• A copy of your valid passport
• Invitation is only open to producers (not writers and directors) with producer’s package ready for funding or producers who have already produced at least 3 theatrical release films or documentaries. Producers must submit the producer’s package or proof of theatrical release films already produced
• Detailed CV of the producer.

Submit applications to Nokuthula Shongwe at: NokuthulaS@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za or Lungile Duma at LungileD@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za. For inquiries kindly contact Nokuthula on 031 325 0224.

Durban International Film Festival announces films in competition

The 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place from 19 to 29 July, has announced its films and jury members for this year’s competition.

Award categories are Best Feature Film, Best South African Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best SA Documentary, Best Short Film, Best African Short Film, Best South African Short Film, Best Actor Award, Best Actress, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Artistic Bravery, Audience Choice Award, Wavescape Audience Choice Award and the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award.

Fiction section jurors are Bongiwe Selane, the award-winning SA producer with a string of credits behind her including her debut SA block buster feature Happiness is a Four-Letter- Word; Hakeem Kae Kazim, the well-known British-Nigerian actor who has  gained international acclaim for his performance in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda. He has countless credits in major international films such as The Triangle with Sam Neill, Pirates of the Caribbean III, X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman and many more. Nse Ikpe-Etim Nigerian is a multiple award-winning actress who DIFF audiences will remember from her role in the celebrated Meg Rickards’ film Tess.

The documentary film jury includes Uzanenkosi one of the SA’s busiest and most prolific producers, who created InterSEXions the award-winning first of its kind, world over drama series that won an unprecedented 11 SAFTA awards. Nakai Matema, a veteran Zimbabwean producer who has produced several ground-breaking documentaries including Rehad, Desai’s My Land, My Life and Leo Phiri’s A Fighting Spirit from the STEPS for the Future series. Nigerian filmmaker Mahmood Ali-Balogun who has directed numerous films including multiple award-winning film Tango With Me, and has been on the juries of numerous festivals such as Cairo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival and African International Film Festival (AFRIFF). Dorothee Wenner is a Berlin-based freelance filmmaker, writer and curator who has been on the selection committee of Berlin’s International Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale’s delegate for India and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Shorts Jury includes Alicia Price, head of the Film Department at SAE Cape Town and Leon Van Der Merwe, a founding member, chief operating officer, board member and director of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF).

The Amnesty International Durban jury is convened by its chair Coral Vinsen with members professor Margaret Daymond, Lazola Kati, Betty Rawheath and Nelvia Rawheath.

Feature films in competition are Clint (India) directed by Harikumar Ramakrishna Pilla; Farewell Ella Bella (SA) directed by Lwazi Mvusi; The Foolish Bird (Ben Niao) (China) directed by Ji Huang and Otsuka Ryuji; High Fantasy (SA) directed by Jenna Bass; Mayfair (SA) directed by Sara Blecher; The Movie Of My Life (O Filme Da Minha Vida) (Brazil) directed by Selton Mello; Pororoca (Romania, France) directed by Constantin Popescu; Rafiki (Kenya, South Africa) directed by Wanuri Kahiu; The Recce (SA) directed by Ferdinand Van Zyl; The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico) directed by Muayad Muayad; Supa Modo (Germany, Kenya) directed by Likarion Wainaina; The Tale (USA) directed by Jennifer Fox; A Trip To The Moon (Un Viaje A La Luna) (Argentina) directed by Joaquín Cambre.

Documentary films in competition are We Could Be Heroes (Denmark, Morocco, Tunisa, Brazil) directed by Hind Bensari; Silas (Canada/South Africa/Kenya) directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman; Whispering Truth To Power (South Africa/Netherlands) directed by Shameela Seedat; New Moon directed by Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann; Kinshasa Makambo (Democratic Republic Of The Congo/France/Switzerland/Germany/Norway) directed by Dieudo Hamadi; Amal (Egypt/Lebanon/Germany) directed by Mohamed Siam; Spell Reel (Germany/Portugal/France/Guinea-Bissau) directed by Filipa César; Shakedown (Usa) directed by Leilah Weinraub; The Silk and the Flame (Fei’e Pu Huo) (United States) directed by Jordan Schiele; The State Against Nelson Mandela and the Others (France) directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte.

All SA documentaries and features are also eligible for the SA Best Documentary and SA Best Feature awards.

DIFF is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, National Film and Video Foundation, Durban Film Office and other valuable partners.

The festival also features the Isiphethu industry programme, outreach activities, the Durban FilmMart, a co-production market in partnership with Ethekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office, Talents Durban, in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Wavescape Surf Film Festival.

 

KZNFC calls for animation producers for Annecy event

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is calling for applications from local film producers to be part of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission delegation that will be attending the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association).
The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut-out papers, modelling clay, etc.) classified in various categories:

  • Feature films
  • Short films
  • Films produced for television and advertising
  • Student films
  • Films made for the internet (since 2002)

The call for applications is open from 1 March to 9 March 2018.

Applications must include the following:

  • A fully completed KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission markets and festivals application form
  • All accompanying valid documents as per requirements
  • Demonstration of how your attendance will assist your business and or your desired outcomes from your attendance at the festival
  • The invitation is only open to producers (not writers and directors) with producer’s package ready for funding or producers who have already produced at least 3 animation projects.
  • Detailed CV of the producer

 Successful applicants will be an announced a week after the close of call via email. Applications must be submitted to Nokuthula Shongwe at: NokuthulaS@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za or Lungile Duma at LungileD@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za.  For enquiries kindly contact Nokuthula Shongwe on 031 325 0200.

KZNFC announces 2018 training programme

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s (KZNFC) main objective is to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination.

It is in this light that the KZN Film Commission aims to enhance the economy by providing and encouraging opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to enter and participate in the film industry in the province. In so doing, it aims to contribute to an enabling environment for job creation and transformation. A baseline study was conducted in 2015 highlighting the skills gap in the KZN industry. The KZNFC is responding to the need for skills in sound production, as well as budgeting and scheduling.

Training programme 1: Sound Production for Film and Television

REF: HCD/SP/2018

This course embraces the principles of sound technology and how it relates to film and television. The programme runs for 10 days with workshops, self-study and practical work. The programme is at no cost to the selected participants.

Training programme 2: Budgeting and Scheduling for Film and Television

REF: HCD/BS/2018

This course aims to prepare filmmakers with the knowledge on how to break down a script and create a budget and production schedule. The programme runs for 10 days with workshops, self-study and practical work. The programme is at no cost to the selected participants.

Requirements:

  • Candidate must be over the age of 18.
  • Candidate must come from a previously disadvantage background and preference is given to women, youth and people with disabilities.
  • Candidate must have been exposed to at least one film production.
  • Candidate must have good written and verbal communication skills.

Please indicate clearly whether you are applying for programme 1 – Sound Production for Film and Television or programme 2 – Budgeting and Scheduling for Film and Television.

To apply, candidates must submit:

1. A motivational letter (maximum two pages) explaining why you should be considered for the programme.

2. Your CV – detailed profile of work experience.

3. A copy of your grade 12 certificate and all qualifications post grade 12.

4. A certified copy of your ID.

All applications should be emailed to SkillsDev@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za

BOTH COURSES ARE DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN MARCH 2018.

Closing date for applications: 23 FEBRUARY 2018.

Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates only. For more information please email SkillsDev@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za or call (031) 325 0200.

 

 

KZN Film Commission invites producers to apply for funding for CTIAF 2018

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is calling for applications from local film producers to be part of its delegation that will attend the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF).

CTIAF celebrates the art of animation with a selection of award-winning animated films, workshops and masterclasses. CTIAF is the only dedicated African Animation Festival on the continent, with a programme that boasts some of the world’s industry leaders. Delegates get an opportunity to watch films, take part in workshops and dedicated networking.

The call for applications is open from 22 January until 5 February 2018.

Applications must include the following:

  • A fully completed KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission markets and festivals application form
  • All accompanying valid documents as per requirements
  • A motivation to attend the market
  • Demonstration of how your attendance will assist your business and or your desired outcomes from your attendance at the festival
  • The invitation is only open to producers (not writers and directors) with Producer’s package ready for funding or producers who have already produced at least 3 theatrical release films or documentaries. Producers must submit the Producer’s package or proof of theatrical release films already produced
  • Detailed CV of the Producer

Successful applicants will be an announced a week after the close of call via email. Submit your applications to Nokuthula Shongwe at NokuthulaS@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za or Lungile Duma at LungileD@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za.

 

The KZN Film Industry Transformation Initiative announces call for entries

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial government has through the promulgation of the
KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC), Act number 3 of 2010, identified the need
to support the establishment of a structured and competitive film and TV industry in
the province. The Act established the KZNFC to implement the mandate of the
provincial government.

It is well documented that the film industry within KZN consists of predominantly
emerging filmmakers with a low skills base and limited permanent employment. The
objective of this programme is to develop a holistic three years industry
transformation initiative that will facilitate the creation of a sustainable film and TV
industry in KZN. The programme is geared towards medium term focused human
capital development of previously advantaged individuals to increase their meaningful
participation towards senior positions and delivering high quality, high value
productions.

The KZN Film Industry Transformation Initiative (FITI) aims to increase specialised
skills in key areas of the industry value chain that will remain as residents in the
province and become the core team that service local and international productions.

APPLICATION PROCESS
The first intake will begin in January 2018. Applications for intake 1 are now open.
Interested graduates may apply via the KZNFC website or complete the
application form and submit to skillsdev@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za.

Applications will be reviewed and places awarded to qualifying candidates on a first
come first serve basis per skills targeted discipline. The closing date for intake 1
applications is on 1 December 2017. As part of the screening process, candidates may
be invited to attend interviews.

Applicants should provide the following supporting documents:

– Copies of qualification/s
– A recent sample of work within the applicable skills discipline
– A motivation essay of no more than 750 words outlining why you would like to
participate in FITI, programme area/s of interest

ENTRY CRITERIA
– Applicants must be in a possession of a recognised NQF level 6 qualification
– Graduates from qualifying institutions of higher learning outside the province may be
accepted, provided they were born in the province
– Applicants must have the ability and commitment to working in the identified scarce
skills areas
– Consideration will be made for previously disadvantaged individuals (PDIs) and
female graduates
– Graduates must have graduated within the past three academic years and be less
than 30 years of age

Key considerations for acceptance in the FITI include:
– At least 50 per cent of graduates must be from KZN film schools
– Bias towards graduates from rural and informal settlements
– Commitment to a 3-year graduate learnership programme

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission announces call for content

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission will from time to time and at its discretion publish a call to invite filmmakers to submit projects that follow a specific theme or subject. The projects are to be of high production value and have a clear distribution plan. The call for projects will be designed to address specific needs such as:

• Documenting the history and heritage of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
• Documenting and profiling South African historical Icons.
• Any theme or topic that the KZNFC at its discretion deems necessary to commission content to address a specific social, historical or national theme and topic.

The amounts allocated to these projects will be dependent on the magnitude of the project, and availability of funds.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is proud to announce its first call for proposals for Commissioned content. The call is specific to the following:

• Documenting Zulu culture
• Documenting Zulu heritage
• Profile heroes, and heroines and legends of the province
• Adaptations of novels from a KwaZulu-Natal Author
• Profiling South African Historical Icons

The content should portray the subject matter in a credible and authentic manner.

Projects should be submitted in the following manner:

• A one-page synopsis.
• A one-page biography of the key creatives in the production team.
• A one-page treatment or additional information on the project.
• Examples of previous work.

The projects can be in the Concept, Development or Pre-Production phase. Projects are to be submitted to the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission by 3 November 2017.

Successful projects will be notified by 30 November 2017.

Enquiries to:
Jackie Motsepe – JackieM@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za
Simphiwe Ngcobo – SimphiweN@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za
Tel: +27 31 325 0200

KZNFC invites film producers to apply for funding to attend AFRIFF 2017

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is calling for applications from local film producers to be part of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission delegation that will be attending the AFRIFF Festival 2017.

AFRIFF is a world class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of film making with participation from local and international filmmakers and professionals, celebrities, actors, directors, film critics, buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, equipment manufacturers, and international press. The weeklong event comprises of a top class film programme; talent development and technical training series aimed at raising local industry standards; business sessions and networking opportunities, as well as a unique Film and Equipment market that will encourage and grow content trade out of Africa and global partnerships.

The call for applications is open from 10 August to 24 August 2017.

Applications must include the following:
• A fully completed KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission markets and festivals application form
• All accompanying valid documents as per requirements
• A motivation to attend the market
• Demonstration of how your attendance will assist your business and or your desired outcomes from your attendance of the festival
• A copy of your valid passport
• Invitation is only open to producers (not writers and directors) with Producer’s package ready for funding or producers who have already produced at least 3 theatrical release films or documentaries. Producers must submit the Producer’s package or proof of theatrical release films already produced.
• Detailed CV of the Producer.

Successful applicants will be an announced a week after close of call via KZNFC website, social media platforms and industry database.

Submit your applications to Nokuthula Shongwe at: NokuthulaS@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za or Lungile Duma at LungileD@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za for enquiries kindly contact Nokuthula on 031 325 0227.

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