Time-lapse specialist Leisel Kershoff’s raises awareness of Western Cape drought

A poignant and beautiful time-lapse short film shot by time-lapse specialist Liesel Kershoff at the Theewaterskloof Dam, a few hours from Cape Town, in the Western Cape, drawing attention to the current drought.

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Al-Jazeera invites African filmmakers to pitch for Doccies

African filmmakers are invited to submit proposals for the Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum in Johannesburg on Saturday, 10 June 2017, during the 19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. A maximum of 12 African filmmakers will be selected to pitch to an Al Jazeera commissioning editor. The call is open to projects at any stage…

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Callsheet Vol 5 available for download

Volume 5 of The Callsheet, billed as Africa‚Äôs Leading Film Industry Magazine, is now available to download. The new issue features an in-depth look at why South Africa is one of the top 10 film service destinations in the world – and how we can better our position internationally. It also looks at the complex world of film finance in…

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New SABC board must fix local broadcaster

The broadcasting industry in South Africa has long been aware that our national public broadcaster is broken. For years, it has been run like a microcosm of the country, with rampant corruption and no political will to keep its management on an ethical and financially sound course – to say nothing of its failures to properly engage with local producers to grow…

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Getting permission from local businesses for a film shoot

Filming in any city district – whether in Cape Town or Cape Cod –  is always a lot simpler when shopkeepers and property owners are consulted, and their needs and concerns genuinely heard and respected. This short article about a shoot in small-town Newnan talks about how each shoot and the locally affected shoot areas…

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The Scorsese of the Skies

Using drones for filming is one of the hottest new areas in film tech, and the Drones Africa Summit in Johannesburg from 20-22 September will feature plenty of them, with specialised talks and demos on operational issues, training, regulatory updates, and how to be the Scorsese of the Skies.  

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