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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry.

South Africa at Cannes Film Festival 2018

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture will once again lead the delegation representing South Africa at Cannes Film Festival, taking place from 8 to 19 May 2018. The NFVF will officially co-host the South African Pavilion with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). “The IDC has an interest in the development of the South African media and motion pictures industry, and welcome this partnership as an opportunity to support the creative work done by our South African producers,” said IDC executive for high impact and regions, William Smith.

The following five South African films will be included in the official programme:

Rafiki

Co-produced by South African producer Steven Markovitz and Afrobubblegum (Kenya). Rafiki, is based on the 2007 winner for the Caine short story prize, Jambula Tree. Written by Monica Arac de Nyeko, Jambula Tree tells the story of two teenage girls who fall in love in Uganda, where same-sex relationships are illegal. In the short story, they are spied on by a neighbour perched in a Jambula tree, whose fruit is used as a popular image for breasts in Uganda. Rafiki director, Wanuri Kahiu, sets the tender adolescent love story in Kenya, challenging her country’s own stance on LGBTQI rights.

Screening dates and times:

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 16h00 – Palais G (Market Screening)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 13h45 – Debussy (Festival & Press Screening)

Wednesday, 9 May at 22h15 – Debussy (Official Screening)

Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 13h30 – Palais J (Market Screening)

Monday, 14 May at 11h30 – Palais J (Market Screening)

The Harvesters/Die Stropers

Directed by Etienne Kallos and produced by Cinema Defacto (France) in co-production with Heretic (Greece), Lava Films (Poland) and Spier Films (South Africa). An isolated and conservative farming region in rural South Africa is the stronghold for Afrikaans white, minority culture, obsessed with strength and masculinity. In this world Janno exists – different, secretive and emotionally frail. One day his mother, who is fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save. Janno is asked to make this stranger, his brother. The two boys begin a fight for power, heritage and parental love.

 

Screening dates and times:

Monday, 14 May 2018 at 11h15

Monday, 14 May 2018 at 16h30

Miles from Nowhere

Directed by Samantha Nell and produced by Bongiwe Selane. The film has been selected for the La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français, a programme tailored to assist young talented directors from emerging countries increase their international exposure. In an old-age home, a conflict over skin colour reveals the cracks in the new South Africa. Ben lives comfortably amongst his own people in a Jewish old-age home in Johannesburg. The arrival of residents of colour shatters his reality. He is confronted by the headstrong Lebo as they vie for position within the home. Their mundane conflict pits the entire home and their own liberal children and grandchildren against each other. They all must realise how difficult it is to change.

The Colour of the Skull

Directed by Sibs Shingwe-La Mer, and co-produced by Chuanne Bloefield, Fares Ladjimi (French) and Gijs Kerbosch (Dutch). The film has been selected to the Atelier Cinéfondation, an international co-production forum aimed at enabling selected projects access to international financing to speed up the production process.

Inxeba/The Wound

Directed by John Trengove and produced by Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw. South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs12) multi-award winner, Inxeba/The Wound has been incorporated in the Cannes Film Market as a framework of the Producers Network programme case study.

The NFVF has provided support to seven South African filmmakers to attend the festival through the markets and festival travel grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for South African filmmakers to attend local and international film festivals to promote their projects.

“International film festivals are platforms that help promote South African content to the world and to see proudly South African films being selected to form part of the 71st Cannes official programme goes to show that the film industry in South Africa is doing something right. We are also pleased to extend our partnership with IDC to Cannes as partnerships have become crucial in the advancement of the film industry,” said NFVF CEO, Ms. Zama Mkosi.

The local entertainment industry loses three contributors in tragic crash

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, has released a statement on the tragic passing of SAFTAs award-winning actor and judge Akhumzi Jezile; singer and actress, Siyasanga Kobese; and actor Thobani Mseleni. The talented trio tragically passed away in a car accident on Saturday, 28 April 2018, near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

Akhumzi Jezile who played the role of Ngulube on Tempy Pushas won a Golden Horn Award at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2014 for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama for this role. Jezile’s generosity and passion for the South African film and television industry, saw him volunteer his time as a SAFTAs judge for the past three years. He was a true professional who never missed a meeting, submission deadline and his charismatic and warm personality contagiously dominated all the SAFTAs judging meetings.

“Akhumzi’s contribution to the South African television industry far extended his age and as the NFVF and SAFTAs family we extend our gratitude to him for his immeasurable contribution,” said Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO and SAFTAs chairperson.

Thobani Mseleni was an actor and musician who played various roles in local productions such as Intersexions and guest starred on several television shows including Generations and Moferefere Lenyalong.

Actress, comedian and vocalist, Siyasanga Kobese, was known for being a member of the gospel group Joyous Celebration. Kobese was best known to television viewers for her role as Siphokazi in the Mzansi Magic TV soap Zabalaza and her recurring minor role in the Mzansi Magic telenovela iNkaba.

May their souls rest in eternal peace, we will treasure the characters they gave us for decades to come. The South African film and television industry will not be the same.

Call for input on the Audiovisual Co-production Treaty between Canada and SA

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) would like to invite the South African film and television industry to submit their comments on the amendment of the Audiovisual Co-production Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of South Africa.

 The deadline for submission is Monday, 30 April 2018. All submissions and enquiries should be emailed to co-productions@nfvf.co.za.

Click here to download the full document.

The Doc Shop playlist 2018 call for entries

Hot Docs is an internationally renowned documentary film festival, conference and marketing event that takes place annually in Toronto, Canada, where filmmakers from all walks of life are granted the opportunity to showcase their work and strengthen ties in the ever-expanding documentary community. The Doc Shop, which runs concurrently with the festival is a marketplace for documentaries to be viewed by potential buyers, distributors, sales agents and programmers alike.

The National Film and Video Foundation is compiling a South African playlist of documentaries with up to +/- 50 titles for The Doc Shop.

Benefits of having a film in The Doc Shop:

  • The Festival Doc Shop is a fully digital, on-site video library that offers the festival delegates (including sales agents/ distributors and broadcaster) access to 1500+ documentaries, including many of the Festival’s official selection.
  • Visibility of the film on an international platform.
  • The film may receive interest which could potentially lead to sales.
  • After the festival and conference, The Doc Shop Online provides year-round access to films for registered buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival programmers.

Eligibility:

  • South African filmmakers with projects that are currently in the post-production phase (who can provide a rough cut) or completed projects.
  • Documentaries of all lengths that have been produced in the last 5 years are welcome.
  • Documentaries must be in the English language or subtitled in English.
  • Companies may submit more than one project for consideration.

Requirements:

Filmmakers are required to provide the following items in order to be considered (please note that there is no application form):

  • Detailed synopsis
  • Logline
  • List of key creative team
  • Poster
  • A downloadable version of the film, this can be a link.

The NFVF reserves the right to select qualifying films to include in The Doc Shop Playlist. The deadline for all submissions is on 17 April 2018 by end of business; no extensions are permissible.

Email all submissions to Refiloe Hlabioa on refiloeh@nfvf.co.za, with the subject email ‘The Doc Shop Playlist Submission.’

NFVF calls for project submissions to be included in Cannes catalogue

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will embark on a trip to the 71st Cannes International Film Festival, set to take place from 8 to 19 May 2018.

For the festival, the NFVF will publish a catalogue of projects from the 2017/18 period seeking either completion finance or sales agents.

Independent filmmakers with projects that have completed development (final polish scripts) or are ready for sale, are requested to submit project synopses to be considered for inclusion in the catalogue and/or pitch at the sales event. Applicants are requested to email the following information (application form is not required) to distribution@nfvf.co.za:

  • Full synopsis of the project
  • Details of key creative team
  • Tagline
  • High-resolution poster (300dpi)
  • Trailer/promo (where available)
  • High-resolution production stills (where available)
  • Requirements (Funding/Sales agent/Distribution)

NFVF reserves the right to select the films to be presented at the event and included in the NFVF catalogue. Deadline for submissions is Friday, 23 April 2018.  

For project submissions and queries email Ntuthuko Mageba at distribution@nfvf.co.za.

 

All the winners from SAFTAs 2018

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) took place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – every year the SAFTAs celebrates, honours and awards excellence within the film and television industry, both in front of and behind the camera.

Night one of the SAFTAs took place on Thursday, 22 March and celebrated excellence in technical craft within the industry. The evening, hosted by Phat Joe, was a celebration of the talent behind the scenes. Click here for a full list of the SAFTAs night one winners.

NFVF CEO, Zama Mkosi, had this to say about the night one winners: “It is important to celebrate each and every person who plays a crucial role in the journey of creating the magic we see on our screens daily. Today’s winners are an integral part of translating South Africa’s golden stories into entertaining and thought provoking conversation pieces. Congratulations to all the winners, we are extremely proud of the contribution you make to the South African film and television industry.”

Night two aired live from the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 24 March on SABC2. The evening commenced on the red carpet at 19h30 – hosted by Kuli Roberts and Rorisang Thandekiso – with the main event, hosted by Thando Thabete and Phat Joe, taking place at 20h00.

The SAFTAs12 night two winners are as follows:

Best Student Film: Hewn – The Animation School

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Comedy: Johann Vermaak for Puppet Nation ZA

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy: Karen Jeynes, Tsitsi Chiumya, Sipumziwe Lucwaba and Angel Campey for Puppet Nation ZA

Best Actress – TV Comedy: Carine Rous in Elke Skewe Pot

Best Actor – TV Comedy: Mandla Gaduka in Gauteng Maboneng

Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy: Linda Sebezo in Gauteng Maboneng

Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy: Schalk Bezuidenhout in Hotel

Best TV Comedy: Puppet Nation ZA – Both Worlds

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap/Telenovela: Phiwe Mkhanzi and Sthembiso Mathenjwa for Isibaya

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela: Colin Howard, Rosa Keet, Marcel Spaumer, Christine Truter, Ernst Brōcker, Candice Johannes, Hadley Horne, Kobus Geldenhuys, Ilse Oppelt, Tinus van Antwerp, Henry Cloete, Amy Jephta, Johann Davis, Theltom Masimila, Tristram Atkins for Suidooster

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Jo-Anne Reyneke for Broken Vows

Best Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: Hamilton Dhlamini for Isithembiso

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Tarryn Lamb for Suidooster

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: Pallance Dladla for Isibaya

Best TV Soap: Isibaya – The Bomb Shelter

Best Telenovela: High Rollers 3 – Rous House Productions

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama: Catharine Cooke, Rolie Nikiwe and Rea Rangaka for iNumber Number

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama: Reabetswe Moeti and Mandla Ngcongwane for Lockdown

Best Actress – TV Drama: Thuso Mbedu for Is’thunzi

Best Actor – TV Drama: Warren Masemola for Tjovitjo

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama: Jana Cilliers for Die Boekklub 2

Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama: Emmanuel Castis for Erfsondes 4

Best TV Drama: Tjovitjo – Tjovitjo Films (PTY) LTD

Best Documentary Feature: Skulls of my People – Puo Pha Productions

Best talk Show Host: Pabi Moloi for Trending SA

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film: John Trengrove for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film: John Trengrove, Malusi Bengu and Thando Mgqolozana for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Actress – Feature Film: Crystal Donna Roberts for Krotoa

Best Actor – Feature Film: Nakhane Touré for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film: Nomonde Mbusi for VAYA

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film: Bongile Mantsai for Inxeba (The Wound)

Best Feature Film: Inxeba (The Wound) – Urucu Media

Best TV Presenter: Lerato Kganyago – Live Amp

Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela: Uzalo – Stained Glass Productions

Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award: Shelly Barry

Youth Achiever Award: Ayanda Sithebe

Lifetime Achiever Award: Johan Stemmet

Lifetime Achiever Award: Thoko Ntshinga

Outstanding Provincial Contributor Awards: Thabang Moubane

The SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

 

 

 

 

All the winners from night one of the 2018 SAFTAs

Last night, 22 March, marked night one of the 2018 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) held in Sun City, Bokone Bophirima.

Night one of the SAFTAs celebrates excellence in technical craft within the industry. The evening hosted by Phat Joe, was a celebration of the talent behind the scenes.

“It is important to celebrate each and every person who plays a crucial role in the journey of creating the magic we see on our screens daily. Today’s winners are an integral part of translating South Africa’s golden stories into entertaining and thought provoking conversation pieces. Congratulations to all the winners, we are extremely proud of the contribution you make to the South African film and television industry,” said the National Film and Video Foundation CEO, Zama Mkosi.

The SAFTAs12 night one Golden Horn winners are:

Award Title Programme Title Production House/ Winner(s)
Best Short Film Apocalypse Now Now Be Phat Motel Company
Best Achievement in Art / Production Design – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Catherine Jacot-Guillarmod and  Lindsay van Blerk
Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – TV Comedy Ses Top La 4 Chantel Nel
Best Achievement in Wardrobe/ Costume Design – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Cheney Van Graan, Geralt  Cloete and Alice Jacobs
Best Achievement in  Sound Design – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Neil Benjamin
Best Achievement in  Cinematography – TV Comedy Puppet Nation ZA Tonga Isango
Best Achievement in Editing- TV Comedy SuzelleDIY Ari Kruger
Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – TV Soap/ Telenovela Ring of Lies 2 Ngane Sikobi
Best Achievement in Post Production – TV Soap/ Telenovela High Rollers 3 Kholofelo Malatshi,  Bertus Kirsten, Brett Macdonald, Tumelo Mmatladi, Jeanette Mokobane, Sizwe Msibi, John Chaka and Theo Scheepers
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela Ring of Lies 2 Ntobeko Dlamini and Marc Brower
Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-up and Hair – TV Soap/Telenovela Isibaya Lebogang Lehasa, Sheila Petlele and Sebenzile Madondo
Best Achievement in Art/ Production Design – TV Soap/Telenovela Isibaya Dylan Lloyd and Henrietta Moutinho
Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama Tjovitjo Kabi Modiko and Ikaye Masisi
Best Achievement in Sound Design – TV Drama Tjovitjo Bernard Masoka
Best  Achievement in  Original Music/ Score-TV Drama Isikizi 2 Murray Anderson and Phila Madlingozi
Best Achievement in Art/ Production Design – TV Drama Tjovitjo Ephraim Mathula and Vivienne Mahloko
Best Achievement in Wardrobe/ Costume Design – TV Drama Die Boekklub 2 Ayesha Katieb and Jodi Bowers
Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama Lockdown Babalwa Carol Djieutceu
Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama Tjovitjo Motheo Moeng, Marius Van Graan and Ofentse Mwase
Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature Skulls of my People Vincent Moloi
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary Feature Skulls of my People Marius van Graan
Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature The Giant is Falling Henion Han and Megan Gill
Best Achievement in Sound Design – Documentary Feature The Giant is Falling Vaughan Phillips
Best Documentary Short Nanlaban: The Philippines War on Drugs Chronicle
Best Wildlife Programme King of the Mountain Baboons Earth Touch (Pty) Ltd
Best Children’s Programme Xcellerate 2 Blonds and a Redhead Filming CC
Best Reality Show Wingin It  Cheeky Media
Best Game Show Die Kliek 5 Afrokaans Film & Television
Best International Format Show Shark Tank South Africa Rapid Blue
Best Factual & Educational Programme Our Moments  Dzuguda Productions
Best Current Affairs  Programme ENVIROSERV: Kicking Up A Stink Nguni TV
Best Variety & Magazine Show Edik van Nantes 2  Meerfout Films
Best Youth Programme MTV Shuga – In Real Life TIA Productions
Best Talk Show Republiek van Zoid Afrika Brainwave Productions
Best Music Show Starlight Classics Freshly Minced
Best made for TV Movie O Kae Molao Leburugraphy Pictures
Best Micro-budget Film New Era Sessions Rouge Music Entertainment
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film Beyond the River Trevor Calverley
Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film From a house on Willow Street James Olivier, Simon Ratcliffe, Charles Singleton, Richard West and Andries Smit
Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Feature Film Kalushi Rashid Lanie
Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film Inxeba (The Wound) Matthew Swanepoel
Best Achievement in  Production Design – Feature Film Kalushi Chantel Carter
Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film Kalushi Ruy Filipe
Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – Feature Film From a house on Willow Street Charlene Warwick & Jaco Snyman

SAFTAs12 nominee series: Apocalypse Now Now

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Michael Matthews, director of 2018 SAFTA-nominated short film Apocalypse Now Now:

What inspired the making of the short?

It’s based on a twisted South African Book with the same name, Apocalypse Now Now, by Charlie Human. We’re excited about doing different styles of genre in a unique way, so this is perfect for us! But mostly the book is just ridiculous good fun, and the inspiration behind the film. This short has been made to accompany the feature script which we hope to finance in the next six months.

What do you attribute its success to?

The close team we have worked with to create this, and also worked with on our first feature, Five Fingers for Marseilles. Too many names to list here, but everyone gave so much time and effort to the project and it wouldn’t exist without them. We had very limited money, so it was favours from everyone. Intelligent Creature in Toronto did the CG creature, and that was also a major element to the short films success. The lead producer, Todd Brown, brought the project to us and got the ball rolling, so none of this would have happened without him.

What will winning the SAFTA mean to you?

It’s great to be a part of the industry at the moment, with so much great talent beginning to shine.  It’s rewarding to be acknowledged. Hopefully it will spark more relationships and friendships in the industry, and we’ll see the feature version of this sooner that we think.

Keep up with all the SAFTAs12 action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with Skulls Of My People director Vincent Moloi

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net, e.tv, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Vincent Moloi, director and producer of 2018 multi SAFTA-nominated documentary Skulls Of My People:

What inspired the making of Skulls Of My People?

Skulls Of My People felt like a spiritual obligation. It just had to be done, especially in the current social political climate where issues of land redistribution is being discussed. And what better way is there than to have a documentary as a catalyst for this conversation.

What do you attribute its success to?

Because it purely came from the heart. You can literally feel the energy of the people behind the project.

What will winning a 2018 SAFTA mean to you and the rest of the crew?

It will be such fulfilment especially because at first we struggled getting funding because people told us there is no story. And so winning a SAFTA will be a good validation. But also will highlight the struggle of the people of Namibia especially the Nama and Herero people

Watch the trailer for Skulls Of My People.

Keep up with all the SAFTAs12 action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Behind the Blazer Film Festival promotes film culture at Dannhauser high schools

Behind the Blazer, in association with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) presented the Behind the Blazer Film Festival on 2 and 3 March 2018, at the Kwamdakane Community Hall in Dannhauser.

The Behind the Blazer Film Festival is an event that showcases films made by South African high school students from the vibrant townships, developing cities and not so distant rural areas. Behind the Blazer is Vusi Thwala’s brainchild; a non-profit organisation dedicated to enriching young minds to drive storytelling throughout the country, and reaching new audiences around South Africa through different communities.

The best film stories were chosen from various Dannhauser-based schools, with films exploring a broad range of topics that affect students in their schools, communities and at home; while stimulating great conversations amongst learners. The festival also offered a Q&A session with the young filmmakers, who aspire to be future practitioners within the South African film industry.

Seven high schools that included: Hlalanathi High School, Malambule High School, Sizimele High School, Mana High School, Mnyamande High School, Mzwethu High School and St Lewis High School, took part during the two-day festival events.

The festival programme showcased a selection of films with a running time of 10 to 20 minutes, with each film eligible for jury prizes and audience awards.

The competition jury comprised of seven individuals from the film and television community, who contributed to the diverse point of views and inspired the learners. The jury line-up included: Luthuli Dlamini (seasoned actor), Nomvelo Makhanya and Khanyisile Zwane  (Scandal), Thuthuka Zondi (eNCA cameraman), Minenhle Gumbi (Langelihle Films), Mihlali Mzima and Mathapelo Mokoena (ASE Film and TV Production student). The festival also had an audience awards category that was done using a ballot system with festivalgoers casting their votes.

Award winners for the 2018 Behind the Blazer Film Festival include:

  • Best Script: Mana High School
  • Best Actor: Mnyamande High School
  • Best Actress: St. Lewis High School
  • Best Director: Malambule High School
  • Best DOP: St Lewis High School
  • Best Film: St Lewis High School

 

 

 

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