Durban FilmMart debates role of Women behind the camera

One of the highlights of the Durban FilmMart this year will be the events’ concerted efforts to highlight the role of female filmmakers. A number of workshops, roundtables and panel discussions with leading women in film will be held to explore the issues. The programme will be facilitated by the lobby and advocacy organization Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT),…

Africa is a mobile-only continent

Well, not quite. But Luke McKelland of Google South Africa makes the case that Africa’s media consumers and internet users have jumped the ‘desktop’ phase and moved directly into mobile. “It’s time to lose the desktop as way to access the internet” says McKelland. “We need to stop thinking of mobile as a device or delivery mechanism,…

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…

Callsheet Vol 5 available for download

Volume 5 of The Callsheet, billed as Africa’s 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…

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…

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.