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music

Music Video Shot Almost Entirely Underwater In Sincerely Anne’s New Creation

Sincerely Anne’s latest single, TRANSCEND, a song about overcoming hardships and allowing yourself to grow in spite of adversity, was released to radio nationwide on 2 September 2020. The song offers a powerful message of hope and inspiration.

The stunning music video for this single, which perfectly showcases her soothing yet powerful voice, has now been released and 99% of the video was shot underwater. It is aligned with the single’s message to transcend above life’s hardships, emerging stronger each time you feel like life is trying to ‘drown’ you.

“The video tells the story of a girl who is literally and figuratively swept underwater, where she has to learn to cope with life’s difficulties. Through this process her inner warrior is forced to awaken. She not only learns to see beauty in her situation, but she must also look inward to gather strength. She finds acceptance as adversity forces her to grow stronger, enabling her to weather the next storm.”

Anne’s vision for the video was brought to life by Sean and Ilse Moore and was shot at their studio in Johannesburg. “As we planned and discussed my vision, they brought so many wonderful ideas to the table and it turned into a dream collaboration!” The video was also a personal challenge for the singer. “I am not very strong in water and water scares me. It was a fear I really wanted to conquer.”

She describes TRANSCEND as an inner monologue and a message of encouragement from you, to you and says the inspiration for the lyrics came from personal experience and emotions. Although the song is a message the artist essentially wrote to herself, it is also one that is universally relatable.

Anne currently lives in Johannesburg and has enjoyed many career highlights over the years.

Her personal hardships encouraged her to follow her heart and live passionately while there is still time to do so.

“While we have air in our lungs, we can still have an impact” – Sincerely Anne

The song is available on all digital platforms here:

Apple music: music.apple.com/za/album/transcend/1529609964?i=1529609965&uo=4&app=music&at=1000lHKX

Itunes: music.apple.com/za/album/transcend/1529609964?i=1529609965&uo=4&app=itunes&at=1000lHKX

SMART URL on all platforms: song.link/za/i/1529609965

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music

Dozi Releases Second Single And Video From Vrede Album

The very popular and talented Dozi, released his first single, Partykeer Somtyds, from his nineteenth album, Vrede in May this year. The album followed the single release and hit music shelves nationwide during June 2020.This first single was extremely well received by radio stations nationwide and it currently features on the charts of many stations around the country. EK WIL VIR JOU SÊ, is the second single and video taken from his album and it has just been released.

“The song was written during lockdown by Stef Kruger. It is about a person that is on tour or away from home and then returns to his/her loved one. Due to their absence, there is a lot of pressure on their relationship. The song is extremely special to me, as it originated in a time where I experienced the same emotions and circumstances”, says Dozi.

The video of this single was shot on Dozi’s farm. Wian van der Walt was the director and George van Rooyen helped with the concept of the video.

Vrede, consists of twelve original tracks, of which he wrote three himself and is available on all digital platforms. The content can mainly be described as a modern mixture of meaningful music, with a few upbeat tracks to lighten the mood. “The reason I write music is to make the world a better place. Musicians are disciples of the world, and it is their job to make people’s souls happy. If you are unhappy and you listen to the right music, then you feel better”, he shares.

EK WIL VIR JOU SÊ is available on Dozi’s album, Vrede here: lnk.to/47YsMkvf

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Workshops

New ‘Academy Dialogues’ Conversation Focuses On Documentary Storytelling

Academy Dialogues: “Documentaries Through Our Own Lens”
with Lisa Cortés, James LeBrecht, Bao Nguyen, Dawn Porter
and Roger Ross Williams

WHAT:
Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” is a new series of virtual panels, with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.

The Academy’s newest discussion in the series, Academy Dialogues: “Documentaries Through Our Own Lens,” focuses on the systemic changes that need to occur for marginalized communities to be able to tell stories through their own lens. Although the field of talented documentarians is among the most diverse in the entertainment industry, opportunities to tell their stories continue to be a challenge for people from underrepresented communities. Is there a distinction between excursions of discovery into indigenous cultures and cultural appropriation? Who gets to tell those stories?

Panelists include filmmakers Lisa Cortés (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”), James LeBrecht (“Crip Camp”), Bao Nguyen (“Be Water”) and Dawn Porter (“John Lewis: Good Trouble”). Moderated by Academy governor and Oscar® winner Roger Ross Williams (“The Apollo”).

For more information on this Academy Dialogue and others in the series, please click here.

WHO:
Lisa Cortés (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”)
James LeBrecht (“Crip Camp”)
Bao Nguyen (“Be Water”)
Dawn Porter (“John Lewis: Good Trouble”)
Roger Ross Williams (“The Apollo”)

WHEN/WHERE:
Available starting Thursday, September 17 at 9am PT on YouTube.

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Festival

48 Hour Film Race A First For The Garden Route

Are you an amateur, semi-professional or professional film or video producer? Then the Garden Route 48 Hour Film Race is just for you. The concept is simple. You will have 48 hours from the moment that you receive the mystery genre, prop, character and dialogue to conceptualise, script, shoot, edit, and deliver your finished film. There are great prizes to the value of R40 000 to be won which includes Kloppers vouchers, Godox video lights, and a corporate video production master class. This competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 and production can be done on something as simple as a cellphone. According to the organiser Cara Botha “The days when you needed expensive gear to make movies are gone forever. There are excellent examples of feature films that was shot on a cellphone on the internet today. It’s all about imagination and how you use your camera to bring your stories to life”.

The 48 Hour Film Race is hosted in association with the Garden Route International Film Festival which take place from the 21st of September to the 11th of October 2020. The Film Race will be hosted within the confines of Covid-19 regulations. Although the kick-off event will take place live it will happen without an audience. Instead the participants will be able to view the event live online through Facebook and Youtube live streaming. Once the participants has been briefed the race is on. All teams will be required to do an online Covid-19 safe sets safety course in advance for which a certificate will be issued. The entries will be uploaded via the internet instead of being handed in.

A team can consist of 1-3 members and a maximum of two actors are allowed although using actors is not compulsory. The film must be at least 3 minutes long but must not exceed 5 minutes. The best entries will be screened at the Garden Route International Film Festival on the 9th and 10th of October. We are also in final discussions with Ster-Kinekor to screen the 10 best films at the Garden Route Ster-Kinekor theatre on Sunday 11 October. Entry is free. Tips and production tools will be emailed to the registered teams regularly so early registration is highly recommended. Online registration closes on the 23rd of September. To enter or for more information go to www.filmrace.co.za

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Festival

Durban FilmMart Announces 2020 Project Award-winners

After 10 days packed with virtual panel discussions, conversations, presentations, pitches, and meetings, the 11th Durban FilmMart ended on a high with the announcement of the 2020 Official Awards for Projects on Sunday, 13 September.

A total of 64 projects were selected to participate at the DFM, Africa’s premier co-production and finance market. These included: 32 official fiction and documentary projects, 26 Talents Durban projects and 6 Jumpstart projects.

“We were impressed by the high quality of project submissions that were pitched to the various broadcasters, financiers, investors, markets and producers at our first virtual edition,” says Mandisa Zitha, Chairperson of the Board of the Durban FilmMart Institute. “What is coming through in these projects is an overall boldness, and willingness of filmmakers to push the boundaries of their uniquely African stories. We are delighted that through our partners and funders that some of these film projects will be given the opportunity to develop further through some very generous grants and awards provided.”

Awards and Awardees:

The CineMart Award sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands), went to The Accident (South Africa), produced by Khosi Dali and directed by Imran Hamdulay. The filmmakers will be able to attend the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training and networking event for producers in 2021.

The Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes, France))/ IFAS Award went to We All Fall Down (Zimbabwe), directed and produced by Tapiwa Chipfupa. Ms Chipfupa will be given the opportunity to attend the developmental workshop programme, PAS, where they are supported with developing tools, expertise, and opportunities to forge European networks.

The Sørfond Award (Norway) was awarded to the project Vlees van my Vlees (Flesh of my Flesh) (South Africa) produced by Lucia Meyer-Marais and Jozua Malherbe and directed by Matthys Boshoff. The filmmakers have the opportunity to attend a pitch course, as well as pitch this project at the Sørfond Pitching Forum in Oslo, Norway.

Durban Filmmart Talents Durban Award (South Africa) for the Talents Durban Project went to Between Worlds (Uganda) director Adong Judith, This project automatically qualifies for the DFM 2021 pitch and finance forum.

The DoK Leipzig Award (Germany) went to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-produced by Natalie Geyser. These filmmakers will now participate in the 2021 DoK Leipzig Industry Programme and are given an opportunity to do a public presentation of the project in the DOK Co-Pro Market or DOK Preview Presentation.

International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) Award (The Netherlands) was given to The Ship and the Sea (O Navio e o Mar) (Mozambique) produced by Lara Sousa, co-produced by Matheus Mello, and directed by Lara Sousa and Everlane Moraes allowing them to participate in IDFA 2020 virtual event later this year.

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (China) Special GZDOC Invitation went to five film projects providing them with the opportunity to participate in the virtual GZ Doc Pitch Session in 2021.

  • The House is Burning (South Africa) – Producer and director Sara Gouveia, Co-producer Natalie Geyser
  • Rising Up at Night, (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Producers: Dada Kahindo, Rosa Spaliviero, Director: Nelson Makengo
  • How to Build a Library, (Kenya) – Producer and director Maia von Lekow and Christopher King
  • The Ship and the Sea (O Navio e o Mar), (Mozambique) – Producer: Lara Sousa, Co-producer: Matheus Mello, Directors: Lara Sousa and Everlane Moraes
  • The Wall of Death, (Morocco) – Producers: Merieme Addou, Alexis Taillant, Nadege Labe, Director: Amine Sabir

Festival International de film Documentaire d’Agadir (Morocco) (FIDADOC) Awards went to the Talents Durban project To Be Loved (Togo) directed by Justin Kpatchaa and Pan Africa & The Ticking Time Bomb (Kenya) produced by Jean Meeran and directed by Eva Njoki Munyiri providing the filmmakers with the opportunity to participate in the FIDADOC Writing Residency in December 2020.

International Emerging FilmMakers Association (IEFTA) Award (Monaco) went to three Talents Durban projects:

  • Feature Documentary Film: Conti-Mental/Black People Don’t Get Depressed (South Africa) directed by Sara Chitambo
  • Feature Film: Between Worlds (Uganda) directed by Adong Judith
  • Short Film: I Might Not Normally Share This (Egypt) directed by Noura Sharaf

These projects will be given mentorships through one of IEFTA’s partner development programmes and labs.

DOK.fest München Award (Germany) was given to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-producer Natalie Geyser who will participate in the DOK.forum Marketplace.

Miradas Doc Award (Spain) was given to Rising up at Night (Democratic Republic of the Congo), produced by Dada Kahindo, Rosa Spaliviero and directed by Nelson Makengo which includes participation in the Miradasdoc 2021.

FIPADOC International Documentary Festival Award (France) went to Des Espoirs (Hope) (Tunisia), produced by Erige Sehiri, Carine Ruszniewski, Clothilde Bunod and directed by Dhia Jerbi to participate in FIPADOC 2021 programme.

The National Film and Video Foundation (South Africa) awarded three projects this year with cash grants to further develop their films:

  • Best SA Non-fiction grant of R50 000 went to 12 Pangas (South Africa) produced by James Tayler and Xola Mteto and directed by Xola Mteto
  • Best SA Fiction grant of R50 000 went to the Talents Durban project Behind High Walls (South Africa) produced by Jono Kyriakou and directed by Pheello Mokokeng
  • Best Overall Pitch grant of R100 00 went to The House is Burning (South Africa) directed and produced by Sara Gouveia and co-produced Natalie Geyser

The Durban FilmMart platform is still open to registered delegates to review presentations, pitches and network until 30 September.

For more information about the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.

The Durban FilmMart 2020 is produced by the Durban FilmMart Institute with principal funding from the Durban Film Office and Ethekwini Municipality. The DFM 2020 virtual event is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Film and Publications Board, Gauteng Film Commission, IEFTA, Institut Francais – South Africa, Candian High Commission of SA, Wesgro/Film Cape Town and Namibia Film Commission with the following programme partners – Talents Durban Berlinale Talents, Documentary Filmmakers Association, DOK.fest München, Dok Leipzig, FidaDoc, FipaDoc, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Incoproduction, Independent Producers Organisation, Miradas Doc, Netflix, Norwegian South Film Fund, Produire au Sud, Rotterdam Cinemart, Realness Institute, San Francisco Black Film Festival, SASFED, SWIFT, TRT 12 Punto, Writers Guild of South Africa, University of Cape Town’s Screen Incubator programme. DFM media partners include Awotele, Callsheet and Variety.