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10 May 2013: Kagiso Lediga’s new movie Blitz Patrollei (The long arm of the law just got shorter) to come to our sight nationwide today the 10th May 2013 at various recognized cinemas. Blitz Patrollie stars two South African hilarious comedians David Kau as Ace Dikolobe and Joey Rasdien as Rummy Augustine as well as Kagiso Lediga as Ledwaba. The movie will also be screened at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival from the 17th May 2013 at Arcades 2.
Film exists because of the imperfection of the human eye. Ingmar Bergman in his exceptional essay: What is making a film? explains eloquently that it is due to the perforated film strip composed of small rectangular images fifty-two to the meter which are separated from its neighbours by a black band and when fed through the projector as a series of successive images at only one twenty-fourth of a second, creates the illusion of movement. By Karen van Schalkwyk
02 May 2013: The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will once again host the South African presence at Cannes International Film Festival. The festival takes place in Cannes, France from the 15th until 26th of May 2013. The SA schedule for this year includes, amongst others, the market screening of proudly South African films, namely Blitz Patrollie, Black South Easter and Khumba.
Moscow Co-production Forum will be held from 24-26 of June, 2013 for the 5th time. Since its establishment in 2009, it has become an efficient platform for co-production development. This year we are scouting for up to 20 co-production projects from all different parts of the world.
Darrell Roodt's new film, Little One made its debut at the cinemas from Friday 26th April. Described as a great, emotional and pitiful film, Little One was last year selected as South Africa’s selection for 2013 Oscar's consideration. Boasting outstanding cast members including Mutodi Neshehe 'Detective Morena' and Lindiwe Ndlovu 'Pauline' the film this year won its first South African Film and Television Award (SAFTAs) with Lindiwe Ndlovu receiving the Best Actress in a feature film.
The National Film and Video Foundation have opened a call for proposals for first time filmmakers to make their first films.
The concept for the Female Only Filmmaker Project is to provide female writer/ director teams from the industry, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women. We are looking for writer/director teams who can come with a strong idea /concept / script, to be developed either as part of a writer/director team or on their own as a writer/director. The applicants will be guided in the development of their stories into 24 minute scripts over a period of 5 months.
24 April 2013: The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) calls for 2014 bursary applications from students who are interested in studying film related courses, at recognised tertiary institution in South Africa. These bursaries will cover students who are enrolled in film related course for duration of their studies.
Africa's filmmakers will gather to discuss new policies and strategies to assist with the growth and development of the industry. The 9th Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) congress will take place at the Sandton Holiday Inn from 3rd to the 5th of May 2013.
What makes documentaries different to fiction? John Grierson, a Scottish documentary filmmaker gave a definitive explanation in 1926. Grierson's principles of documentary were that cinema's potential for observing life could be exploited in a new art form and that unlike fiction where there is an actor and a ‘story’, a documentary interprets the world and captures the subject from the real world. By Karen van Schalkwyk