Two SA films were recently selected for INPUT 2009, the world's biggest international conference of public broadcasters, which takes place next week (10 -15 May) in Warsaw, Poland.

The two films, Z-News and Death of A Queen, were selected during the recent Berlinale 2009 film festival by a team of 18 television and broadcast professionals from around the world. Jacqui Rainers of SABC, the South African representative for INPUT 2009, was elected as the curator of the conference content, which will be screened in May.

Rainers said that South Africa has traditionally been well represented at INPUT conferences over the years and its product always engaged audiences, stimulating vigorous debate.

"So I am very proud that our product has made it through to the conference again. It's also great that television specific and drama programming has made it through. The selection is testament to how important Africa is in this global debate about the direction of public broadcast television, what PBS should be saying to its citizens and how it should be said."

Z-News, a 26 minute television specific film, is a satirical sketch comedy show that parodies the news, entertainment and sports. The film is produced by Thierry Cassuto of Best of Both Worlds Pty.

The 25 minute fiction formatted film Death of a Queen by Pieter Grobbelaar is described as a "forceful tragedy with echoes of Shakespearean Macbeth."(Note: Grobbelaar featured in the April edition of In Focus in our feature article Tips on Entering Film Festivals - to view, click here)