Call For Entries – Indie Fest, for film, television and New Media
Deadline 11 October 2013
A showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.
The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international awards competition. We invite entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators.
The goal of the Indie Fest is to help independents advance their careers and gain publicity.
Awards go to those who produce high-quality, stand-out productions.
Each year: Fast Focus Short Film Public Television Award; In-kind $1500 production studio opportunity, In-kind $10,100 post production opportunity, humanitarian award, and free $375 Indie Fest statuette to Best of Show winners.
The Indie Fest receives entries from all over the world: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The stars of the film Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz and Lindiwe Matshikiza surprised throngs of fans when they stopped to pose for pictures with them before taking to the red carpet. The screening ended on a high note with an unprecedented eight minute standing ovation from a visibly moved audience.
Short film Minesh, written and directed by Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films has been selected into the Orizzonti Short Films Competition of the 70th Venice Film Festival. The film highlights the psychological plight of children who are exposed to domestic violence.
Shot in Kylemore, a small rural community outside of Stellenbosch, this 12minute film tells the story of Minesh (6), played by Tristan De La Cruz. When Minesh sees his father assaulting his mother, he is shocked, afraid and runs away.
MINESH is a South African‐German‐Danish co‐production, with Producers, Karl Baumgartner and Thanassis Karathanos of Pallas Film, (Germany), Peter Aalbæk Jensen of Zentropa Entertainment, (Denmark) and Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films, (South Africa).
Shalin Sirkar, formerly of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa completed a BA in Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of Kwa‐Zulu Natal and a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town before working as a production assistant and Producer in the local film industry. MINESH is her directorial debut and she is currently in development with 2 feature films, PAUL and HOME SWEET HOME.
More than 60,000 people on six continents will spend a wild, sleepless weekend this year creating short films at breakneck speed as part of The 48 Hour Film Project. The 48 Hour Film Project brings together contestants from all walks of life fuelled by imagination, ingenuity, energy drinks and dreams of being the BEST FILMMAKER in the WORLD.
The 2013 tour will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Paris, Beijing, Durban, Cape Town, Gaborone and over 100 other cities through 2013. The winning films will go on to represent their city at Filmapalooza in the USA in 2014, top films also stand a chance of screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s short film corner!
In a partnership sure to empower local film makers, the largest timed film competition in the world would like to announce M-Net Movies as the official media partner in bringing the 48 Hour Film Project to your screens.
The 48 Hour Film Project has attracted high-profile judges in cities throughout the years, including directors Akin Omotoso and Krijay Govender, film maker Norman Maake, actors Rapulana Seiphemo and Quanita Adams and casting director Moonyeen Lee to name a few.
An expected 162 crews, totalling over 1,500 people will swarm Durban, Gaborone, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town to create a winning film. “The 48 Hour Film Project has truly spread to all corners of the globe, proving that filmmakers anywhere can make a movie, especially if they’re left with too little time to doubt themselves,” said Langston, co-executive producer of The 48 Hour Film Project.
Filmmaking teams begin at 7PM on a Friday and deliver a finished 4 to7 minute film by 7:30PM Sunday. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film/video in just one weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition.
The 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, this evening (Saturday, July 27) announced its award-winners, prior to the screening of the closing film Free Angela – And All Political Prisoners at the Suncoast CineCentre Cinema. Presenting the award for Best Feature Film to the film The Land of Hope, the International Jury commended Sion Sono for a film that “masterfully and humbly draws together an array of cinematic means of expression to engage us in a story”. The Best Feature Film award carries with it a cash prize of R50 000.
The international Jury, which comprised of Egyptian curator and festival programmer Sherif Awad, renowned festival programmer Paolo Bertolin, South African filmmaker Sarah Blecher, film curator June Givanni and South African actress Hlubi Mboya, also awarded Best South African Feature Film to South African filmmaker Andrew Worsdale for his film Durban Poison. The Best South African Feature Film award carries with it a cash prize of R30 000.
International Jury member, June Givanni on behalf of the International Jury also gave reason as to why the film directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka could not be considered for competition by saying “As a jury, we were privileged to be taken on a global journey through cinema, and we would like to thank Peter Machen and the Film Festival programmers for this great hounor. However, we have to express our regret that this journey could not include the South African competition entry OF GOOD REPORT, which the Film and Publication Board did not license for public screening in time for us to take it into consideration. The jury is saddened and concerned about the limitations to freedom of expression that are still in force on the continent and beyond, but we are glad that on this occasion the decision has been over-turned.
Festival accolades for Of Good Report
Following the refusal to classify the Opening Night Film Of Good Report, the Film and Publications Board reversed their decision and gave the film an R-Rating of 16 this afternoon (Saturday, July 27). The film was not screened in any of its allocated slots as a result of the refusal for classification and so could not be in competition. The Durban International Film Festival acknowledged the film’s achievements in stimulating worldwide debate and highlighting important issues in South African society. Festival manager Peter Machen therefore announced a new annual award for Artistic Bravery, the first of which was given to Of Good Report director, Jahmil XT Qubeka. Of Good Report will now be screened a preview on the last day of the festival (Sunday, July 28) at 12h00 at Suncoast CineCentre.
Professor Cheryl Potgieter also gave special mention and a prize to Festival Manager Peter Machen for his outstanding work during the festival and acknowledging his contribution to the festival as a whole. The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Humanities also touched on the currently vacant post of the Centre for Creative Arts Directorship stating that the position is currently being advertised and that an appointment would be happening soon.
The full list of awards is:
Best Short Film – Mercy (dir. Eliza Subotowicz)
Best South African Short Film – The Brave Unseen (dir. Duan Myburgh)
Best Documentary Film – Far out isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (dir. Brad Bernstein)
Special Mention: Best Documentary Film – I Am Breathing (dir. Emma Davie and Morag McKinonn)
Best South African Documentary Film – Angel’s In Exile (dir. Billy Raftery)
Special Mention: Best South African Documentary Film – Orania (dir. Tobias Lindner)
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award – Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (dir. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin)
Audience Choice Best Film – Felix (dir. Roberta Durrant)
Audience Choice Best Documentary – Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (dir. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin)
Audience Choice Best Wavescapes Film – Stand (dir. Anthony Bonello and Nicolas Teichrob)
Audience Choice Best WildTalk Film – 2 Wings Many Prayers (dir. Lloyd Ross)
Best Feature Film – The Land of Hope (dir. Sion Sono)
Best First Feature Film – Wadjda (dir. Al-Mansour Haifaa)
Best South African Feature Film – Durban Poison (dir. Andrew Worsdale)
Best Direction – Xavier Dolan for Laurence Anyways
Best Cinematography – MatÍas Penachino for Halley
Best Screenplay – Asghar Fahradi for The Past
Best Actor – David and Eitan Cunio for Youth
Best Actress – Paulina Garcia for Gloria and Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways
Durban International Film Festival Award for Artistic Bravery – Jahmil XT Qubeka
Sunday is the last day of screenings with film screenings at Suncoast Cinema, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre (Kwa-Mashu), and the Blue Waters Hotel.
The 34th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy in South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, French Season in South Africa, and a range of other valued partners.
For more information about the Durban International Film Festival you can log onto the website www.durbanfilmfest.co.za.
The opening night film of the 34th Durban International Film Festival, the much-anticipated film noir Of Good Report, directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka was refused classification by the Film and Publication Board, and as such the festival was unable to screen it.
Instead of the opening credits the following words were displayed on the screen: “This film has been refused classification by the Film and Publication Board, in terms of the Film and Publications Act of 1996, unfortunately we may not legally screen the film, Of Good Report, as doing so would constitute a criminal offence.”
The film tells the sombre tale of a small-town high-school teacher with a penchant for young girls. The result is a hypnotically engaging journey into the soul of a mentally troubled man. The trouble for the protagonist, Parker Sithole begins when he meets the undeniably gorgeous Nolitha Ngubane at a local tavern. Captivated by her beauty, an illicit affair ensues. However, there’s just one problem: Nolitha is one of Parker’s pupils and is just sixteen years older. Parker quickly spirals into lethal obsession.
The manager of the film festival, Peter Machen gave this statement: “Unfortunately, the film and publication board has refused to allow the release of Of Good Report. According to their communication to the festival, the film contains a scene which constitutes child pornography and we are unable to legally show the film. I am very sorry about this. Out of respect for the director of the film, we will not be showing an alternative film tonight.”
“We chose the film because it was challenging, powerful and artistically successful, and particularly because it was such a strong expression of an individual voice .” said Machen. “It presents a story of a very real and troubling social problem of rampant abuse of position in our country.”
Qubeka, who had taped his mouth shut, chose not to comment as an act of defiance, instead his wife, Dr Lwazi Manzi spoke on his behalf, describing the horrors of abused young women by older men that she encounters daily as a doctor at a government hospital. “Just because they (the FPB) don’t want to see it, does not mean it does not happen” she said. “We shall not not talk about it. I am very proud of my husband, and the cast and crew. This is a pivotal day in the history of film in our country, one which will resonate in history.”
Professor Cheryl Potgieter, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities at UKZN, under whose curatorship the organisers of the Festival, The Centre for Creative Arts is a special project said. “We chose to not show another film in deference to the filmmaker, and to ensure there was critical mass to carry this debate and discourse forward.”
Qubeka and UKZN intend to appeal against the decision, failing which, the producer Mike Auret, himself a lawyer, will take it to the Constitutional Court. Auret said “It is not the function of state to moralise.”
The festival screenings of all other films, will continue as planned for the next nine days. For more information about the DIFF go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za
The Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Fest will be exploding in Joburg and Cape Town later this year with a kaleidoscope of colour, energy, dancing, music and fun in one crazy event SA has never seen before.
Keep fit and have loads of fun with the 5km run packed with colour ending up in an epic music festival covered in even more vibrant colours.
Get blasted with red, yellow, green, blue and pink coloured powder at each kilometre along the race. Then trade in your running shoes for your party shoes for a massive colour and music festival at the end of the race including performances from the popular SA music acts Goodluck and Mi Casa!
Individuals of all age and ability are invited to take part in this unique day. Whether you’re in a team or running the race solo – put on a wacky white outfit and get ready to walk, run, skip or dance your way through breathtaking clouds of colour all the way to the end. Don’t want to break a sweat? No worries the run is not compulsory – soak up the awesome tunes and vibrant atmosphere at the festival instead!
Do not miss out on the first Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Fest and get your tickets today!
Joburg: 21st September, Riversands Farm, JHB North Performers include – Mi Casa, Locnville, Dean Fuel, Roger Goode, DJ Wags, Household Funk Crazy White Boy
Cape Town: 26th October 2013, Ostrich Ranch, N7 Performers include – Goodluck, Locnville, Dean Fuel, Roger Goode, DJ Mixi (more to be confirmed)
African Gothic, a bold new international film version of Reza de Wet’s iconic masterpiece, Diepe Grond, will have its South African and African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July.
African Gothic is a gritty, poignant drama set in a decaying farmhouse in the desolate heart of the parched Free State, about a dangerous and passionate relationship between deeply troubled lovers, their benign domestic worker and a hapless lawyer who pays them a visit. The production features two South African-born actors from Johannesburg who play the pivotal roles of Frikkie and Sussie: Damon Shalit plays the menacing Frikkie, and Chella Ferrow plays his beautiful and complex, sweetheart from childhood.
Shalit also wrote the screenplay and produced the film, which is directed by Gabriel Bologna.Shalit performed in the LA premiere of the play in 2005. Shortly thereafter he began writing the screenplay – a process, which was endorsed and supported by de Wet.
“After performing in the play, I felt compelled to embark on the journey to create the film.” says Shalit. “I was fortunate enough to be able to work directly with Reza de Wet in developing the screenplay, a somewhat daunting task as the play is such an iconic piece of theatre. The challenge came in how to take the play, set in one room, and expand it into a cinematic experience. So it was invaluable having her insightful input into this process.”
“When I read the screenplay of which Damon took pangs to stay true to the original text, I was surprised to discover that such a dark milieu and context was completely overshadowed by a deep love story. Aside from the spectacular symbolisms throughout the piece that represent the insidiously complex and dark legacy of Apartheid, there is a remarkable revelation about the nature of love itself: what unites people is not necessarily their common interests and pursuits, but in fact, their grief, their pain,” explains Bologna.
“What makes Frikkie and Sussie’s bond so strong is the mutual abuses they shared in their childhood – only they and they alone could understand one another, as their love was consecrated by the same scars, both emotional and physical. Surprisingly, in some strange way, we are all like Frikkie and Sussie – our true search for love lies in finding someone who not only understands our joy, but even more so, our pain,” he said
“Reza de Wet, was one of South Africa’s most celebrated authors, who has won more theatre and literary awards than any other playwright. Though, sadly, she passed away last year, she has left behind a legacy in her native country of leading an artistic war against Apartheid. When the government censors were clamping down on news, television and film, Reza led a hand-full of playwrights into a thriving artistic movement called, Theatre of the Struggle,” he explains.
“We are passionate about this story, and very excited about it coming to Durban, as it has a meaningful context in South Africa,” says Chella Ferrow who plays Sussie. “Reza de Wet wrote such powerful and courageous stories, and we are so proud to be bringing African Gothic to life on screen. When I think of her writing such a bold and daring piece during a time of so much oppression and secrecy, I am in awe. Her writing is extraordinarily fearless and potent in commenting on the complex nature of society and morality at that time.”
Frikkie and Sussie are carefully-crafted, fascinating characters – complex, intriguing, gritty and feral. Visually and emotionally, they would not be out of place in a Roger Ballen photograph. Their complexity and depth make them a challenge to perform.
It is hugely significant that this important piece of South African theatre will be seen by a new international audience, and that the pivotal characters of Sussie and Frikkie will be played by South African actors who have carved a career for themselves in Hollywood.
Shalit was born and raised in Linksfield, Johannesburg before moving to Houston with his family in his early teens. Ferrow grew up in Johannesburg and studied psychology through Wits and Unisa. She then moved to London in 1998 to do a post-graduate in acting. She has been living in New York for the past 11 years.
They are supported by established British actor Jonny Coyne, who plays the ill-fated Mr Grove, who was most recently seen in Hangover Part 3 and Gangster Squad; and Alina, the housekeeper, played by US singer / actress Connie Jackson who was in Dreamgirls on Broadway and has been a backing vocalist for Phil Collins. The young Frikkie and Sussie are played by youthful Cape Town-born, UK based-actor David Verne, and Los Angeles musical-theatre performer Aviv Gadi. The parents are played by former South African actors, Glen Anthony Vaughan – who spent many years at PACT – and Maria Olsen, who moved from East London to Los Angeles in 2005.
Director, Gabriel Bologna, worked as an actor with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Mark Rydeland, Dick Van Dyke, before turning to writing and directing with his most recent film being Black Waters of Echo Pond. He is son of Hollywood legends, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor.
“Like so much of film making, this has been a true labour of love and remarkable creative collaboration,” says Shalit. “Our film is not mere film adaptation of a play, but a wide-reaching artistic achievement that will hopefully spread global awareness about Reza de Wet, one of South Africa’s greatest playwrights, who died last year.”
African Gothic will have its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival. It is a joint SA and US production. Visit www.africangothic.com for more info.
The Durban International Film Festival takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 18 to 28. African Gothic will be screened at 20 July 12:00 at Musgrave Ster Kinekor; 24 July 15:30 at Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre; 25 July 18:00 at Suncoast Cinecentre. For more info go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za
Submissions accepted via DVD or online screener. Films are to be programmed in International Competition and in multiple out-of-competition categories. South African entries are also considered for MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA award category and KAAPSE BOBOTIE out-of-competition category.
All film selections to take place in Bern, Switzerland. South African screeners can however be delivered to Shnit International Shortfilmfestival SA, 47 Ritchie Street, University Estate, Cape Town, 7925.
F E E D B A C K S Y S T E M
shnit OPEN – pro entry (with entry fee): With the «shnit OPEN – pro entry» the festival provides a feedback system which is unique within the scope of film festivals. The aim is to give filmmakers valuable feedback on their work to enhance their artistic potential for future projects and for other festival submissions. Usually festivals do not give substantial nor personal feedback.
The submitter gets the following extra add-on package:
Short-list Preselection by the Artistic Directors (final rounds of selection)
Personal individual feedback for every film you enter by the Artistic Directors
Free online access to shnit CINEMA
There is a submission fee to enter your films to the «shnit OPEN – pro entry». These costs equate to the administration of these entries in order to guarantee individual treatment for the feedback system.