Date Time Event Venue
2
Saturday
June 2018
14:00 – 17:00 UCT Impact Bootcamp Workshop UCT TV Baxter Theatre Complex, Cape Town
14:00 – 17:00 DFA Doc-Tour Industry Forum Goethe Institute, Johannesburg
5
Tuesday
June 2018
10:00 – 12:00 The Ins and Outs of Above and Below: Above & Below Masterclass with Nicolas Steiner UCT TV Baxter Theatre Complex, Cape Town
10.30 – 12.30 It’s The Choice That Matters: Tackling Life Masterclass with Johannes List CPUT, Cape Town
7
Thursday
June 2018
17:30 – 19:30 AFS #FirstThursday Docs Gone Global American Corner Cape Town
20:00+ M.I.A. Live Performance Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town
8
Friday
June 2018
20:00+ M.I.A. Live Performance Newton Music Factory, Johannesburg
9
Saturday
June 2018
11:00 – 13:00 S.A.G.E. Editing Workshop Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, Cape Town
14:00 – 17:00 DFA Doc-Tour Industry Forum Invest SA, Cape Town
16:40 – 18:00 DOCi Showcase V&A Waterfront, Cinema Nouveou, Cape Town

Doc-Tour 2018

First Aid for docs that aim to travel

A 10th Anniversary initiative of the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA)

Doc Tour 2018 is a one-day event in collaboration with Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. It is aimed at young professionals and seasoned filmmakers. In the morning is a training workshop and, in the afternoon, a general forum will address crucial issues in the industry.

Submit Your Ideas for Treatment

We are inviting less experienced filmmakers to submit their ideas for Doc Tour 2018. A maximum of 10 filmmakers, in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, will be selected for this training workshop.

Johannesburg

Venue:
Goethe Institute, 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Date:
Saturday, 2 June 2018
Time:
8am – 1pm

Cape Town

Venue:
Invest SA, 46 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
Date:
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Time:
8am – 1pm

Renowned trainers Nadine Cloete, Jonathan Cumming, Kethiwe Ngcobo, Francois Verster and Sylvia Vollenhoven will work with you so that your ideas are ready to be presented and pitched at forums around the world.

The topics to be addressed in the half-day training session include:

  • Getting your idea or concept market-ready for buyers, funders and broadcasters
  • Storytelling that appeals to international audiences
  • Budgets and finance plans

Applications

Send us a 1-page sizzle sheet. Please indicate which city – Johannesburg or Cape Town.
Where to: sylvia@nullvisioninafrica.co.za
Deadline: 5pm Monday 21 May 2018
Selection announcement: Friday 25 May 2018.

Your 1-pager should include:

  • Tel / cell / email
  • Synopsis
  • Status of the project – in development / pre-production etc.
  • Links to websites / video footage, if possible.

Every year the DFA is supported by the SA government’s Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) SASS scheme to lead delegations of filmmakers to major documentary markets and festivals around the world. In recent years the DFA has sent delegations to Visions du Réel (Switzerland), IDFA (the Netherlands), Hot Docs (Canada) among others. In June this year a DFA group will attend the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK. We are inviting less experienced filmmakers to submit their ideas for Doc Tour 2018. This opportunity is designed to assist filmmakers who would like to prepare their documentary projects that are in development or production phase to be better prepared to apply for these dti-supported group missions. When applying to be part of a future DFA delegation Doc Tour workshop participants will be given priority.

Workshops Facilitated By:

Co-ordinator of the Training Workshops in both cities is DFA Board Member Sylvia Vollenhoven, a Knight International Journalism Fellow and winner of the Mbokodo Award for Literature. Nominee 2016 SAFTA for Best Director & Best Documentary. Winner of the Nordic Publicistklubben Prize for Journalism. SA Producer for the BBC 2-part mini-series Mandela the Living Legend. She produced and directed the documentary series Striking a Chord that told the stories of iconic South Africans via the music that shaped their lives.

Cape Town Trainers

Nadine Angel Cloete is an independent filmmaker. Her work focuses on identity, heritage and history. She has directed on various SABC shows and has made two short documentaries: Net Een Elim (Only One Elim) / My Hood series; Miseducation / Why Poverty series. Miseducation premiered on the New York Times Op-Doc site and at IDFA. Cloete’s coverage of #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall were part of the #theopening exhibition in 2015. Action Kommandant: the Story of Ashley Kriel is her first feature documentary.

Francois Verster is an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker. His films generally follow observational approaches to social issues and have all won local and international awards. These include The Dream of Shahrazad (2014), Sea Point Pays (2009), The Mothers’ House (2006), A Lion’s Trail (2002) and When The War Is Over (2002). Recently he produced, filmed and edited Shameela Seedat’s Whispering Truth To Power (2018) which won the Special Jury prize at Hot Docs.

Johannesburg Trainers

Kethiwe Ngcobo is the Managing Director of Fuzebox and former head of the Drama Genre for the SABC. She has produced several drama series and three feature films. Her work as creative producer is very well regarded internationally. She is an award-winning filmmaker. As head of drama many of the series that were commissioned received international awards and critical acclaim. She is passionate about creating content that speaks of and about Africa authentically and aims to be an innovator of creatively led, ‘out- of-the box’ content that is internationally benchmarked.

Jonathan Cumming is a Story Producer, Script Advisor & Writer. He has been writing for fact-based television and film projects for some 16 years. His work has included series structures and scripts for productions seen on National Geographic, Discovery Channel USA, Animal Planet USA, BBC Natural World, and PBS (USA), among other players in global television. He has a doctorate in English Literature from Wits University and serves regularly as an external examiner for Wits’s School of Film & Television.


Doc Tour 2018 General Industry Forum

Following the half-day workshop for young filmmakers we will have an industry session to address crucial issues that affect filmmakers. The participants in the Doc Tour Training Workshop will be welcome to attend the afternoon session as well. The Forum will address the following critical Issues:

  1. Doc funding, film incentives and rebates with a specific focus on the NFVF support, IDC funding and DTI incentives.
  2. Co-Productions at home and abroad
  3. Impact Producing, Outreach & Marketing
  4. Case Studies of Docs that Travel

Johannesburg

Venue:
Goethe Institute, 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Date:
Saturday, 2 June 2018
Time:
2pm – 5pm

Cape Town

Venue:
Invest SA, 46 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
Date:
Sat, 9 June 2018
Time:
2pm – 5pm
RSVP: pa@nullencounters.co.za (please include the city)

Liezel Vermeulen, the Doc Tour 2018 Coordinator in Cape Town is a freelance line producer during the day and the DFA newsletter editor and social media at night. She has extensive experience in administering the DTI Film & TV incentive and has contributed to DTI policy papers in the areas of animation, post-production and documentary incentives across a range of genres. She has been a television lecturer at university level, supervised production teams in documentary, animation and wildlife but docs will always be her first love.

Contacts:

Masterclass: The Ins and Outs of Above and Below

In talking about his graduation film Above and Below, Steiner will explore the characters in his film – including landscape and architecture; and ‘fiction elements’ – the use of music and the creation and juxtaposition of scenes that generates new meaning. See the film synopsis here, and Steiner’s biography here.

Venue:
UCT TV Baxter Theatre Complex Cnr Main Road and Burg Roads, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Date:
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Time:
10am – 12pm
R50 at the door (Students & DFA members FREE)

Masterclass: It’s The Choice That Matters

In talking about his graduation film Tackling Life, List will explore the close and personal, how to choose the ‘matter’ of a film, how to manage relationships with subjects, and honour the revelation of long held secrets. See the film synopsis here and List’s biography here.

Venue:
Room 2.73, Sciences Building, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, District 6 Campus, Cape Town
Date:
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Time:
10:30am – 12:30pm
R50 at the door (Students & DFA members FREE)

Encounters UCT Impact Bootcamp Workshop

During this session filmmakers and activists who use film for change will discuss their experience on specific campaigns and share their successes and challenges.

Venue:
UCT TV Baxter Theatre Complex Cnr Main Road and Burg Roads, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Date:
Saturday, 2 June 2pm – 5pm
R50 at the door (Students & DFA members FREE)
Seats are limited and available only by RSVP ASAP to pa@nullencounters.co.za

Encounters in association with S.A.G.E present Examining the Cut

The editor is never only confined to the editing machine and the director’s shot list. Often an editor is tasked with such things as mentoring other editors, advising, writing voice over and direct authorship without the director present (in more ways than one).

This Saturday, 9 June 2018, SAGE is hosting a film editing panel discussion as part of the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival. The participants are writer Hélène Smit (Eerstewater) and editors Ashika Sato (Freedom isn’t Free) and Andrea Shaw S.A.G.E (Not in my Neighbourhood mentor, co-editor on Whispering Truth to Power).

The event is free for SAGE members, students and DFA members. The entrance fee for the general public is R50 at the door.

If you want to attend, please RSVP to Tarha Mackenzie, pa@nullencounters.co.za. Please include your name and surname, and indicate that you are attending as a SAGE member. Names will be checked.

Ashika SatoAshika Sato is a mother, daughter, lover and self-professed introvert. Her love for visual storytelling has led her to have collaborations with many talented directors and her stand out credits include the award winning feature length documentary , The Sisterhood (Best Documentary Feature *Queens World Film Festival, Best International Documentary Feature *OUT Film Festival 2011, Jury Award for Exemplary Feature Filmmaking *Out in the Desert Film Festival 2013 (Nominated) ), the award winning short documentary: ‘These Objects, Those memories.’ (Winner: Grand Prix – Southern Margins International Short Film Festival 2018, Nominated: Best International Short Documentary – Docudays UA 2017 ) and which had it’s world premiere at the 2017 Encounters documentary film festival amongst others.

As well as working on award winning reality tv shows such as Ultimate Braai Master and with her editing roots in commercials editing, her passion for documentary filmmaking has become the primary outlet for her creativity.

She is currently turning the documentary Freedom Isn’t Free, into a 6 part broadcast series and is in the planning stages of her first venture into directing a documentary film.

Helene SmitHélène’s main interest is the application of depth psychology principles to understand people and creative processes. Imn her day job, she works with unconscious processes in organisations, in order both to unleash greater creativity and to minimise the negative organisational impact of under-the-surface conflict. Hélène has published three books, the first called The Depth Facilitator’s Handbook which describes facilitation skills in detail and the second called Beneath – Exploring the Unconscious in Individuals, a book for the general public that helps readers explore the functioning of the unconscious mind in order to unleash their potential. Her third book, called Depth Leadership, was published in December 2013 and teaches the theory and practice of depth psychology to leaders. Depth Leadership was translated into Italian in 2017 and will be launched country-wide in Italy in April 2018. Hélène completed a feature film in 2017 called Eerstewater, which illustrates the ideas in Beneath.

Hélène is particularly interested in the way the psyche uses symbolism, especially in dreams, to make meaning. She worked with layers of symbolism in the film Eerstewater, and based the editing process on the way the psyche works with archetypal and collective symbolism. In her session, she will discuss the way metaphor and symbolism was used to edit Eerstewater and bring coherence to a series of different stories.

Andrea ShawAndrea studied Drama and English at UCT in the early 90s, and then learned editing on-the-job in a news room in London. Since then, working in Johannesburg and Cape Town, she has edited and scripted across most genres, with a strong focus on story telling through documentary. She works with film makers, academics and journalists on socio-political documentaries, adventure series and feature films. She is married to an editor and their constant tech talk drives the children crazy.

Venue:
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, 109D The Foundry, Cardiff Street, Green Point
Date:
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Time:
11am – 1pm
R50 at the door (Students & DFA & S.A.G.E members FREE)

#FirstThursday

This FirstThursday on June 7, American and South African filmmakers will share their tips for getting films funded and distributed internationally. Panelists include Shameela Seedat (whose groundbreaking film on the life of former South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will open the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival); Heidi Fleisher, American producer and expert on international film sales and buying; and Steffan Horowitz, Coordinator of the American Film Showcase, a U.S. government-sponsored program that brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries, independent fiction films, and filmmaking skills to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture from the perspective of independent filmmakers.

Venue:
American Corner Cape Town
Date:
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Time:
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

DOCi Showcase

DOCi Showcase on Saturday June 9: Fifteen Cape Town-based filmmakers between the ages of 16 and 25 have been learning documentary filmmaking skills from Malcolm Kohll and American producer Michael Murphy of Kalahari Pictures who has 35 years of experience and credits like District 9, Dredd 3D behind his name. These young filmmakers will be presenting four short films that they created over the last 10 weeks as part of the American Corner’s Young Filmmaker’s Course called DOCi. Students learned every step of the filmmaking process from conceptualizing, to script writing, camera usage, sound recording, editing and post production to create a finished documentary film. The results are four 15-minute short films which deal with the some of the most complex and pertinent issues facing Cape Town residents today, including public perception and myths around albinism; the challenges that Cape Town’s geographical urban design poses to commuters; the phenomenon of “blessers and blessees;” the all-too-perennial challenge of gender-based violence.

RSVP before June 7 by sending an email to monde@nulldocisouthafrica.com
Venue:
V&A Waterfront, Cinema Nouveou
Date:
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Time:
4:30 pm – 6pm