March

Material, a new feature about South Africa’s Indian community currently being shot in Johannesburg’s Oriental Plaza, has some big local names attached to it: Craig Freimond, Riaad Moosa, Ronnie Apteker, Anant Singh and more. Anton Burggraaf chatted to some of them on set.

Three South African short films have been selected for the prestigious Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, or Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, to be held in May in the river city of that name in the Ruhr region of Germany.

From 1 April 2011 filmmakers wanting to shoot on location in Gauteng will be able to make the necessary applications online, on this website.

Mediatech Africa, a massive-scale trade fair taking place in Johannesburg from 20 to 22 July 2011, promises to showcase the very latest in film, broadcast, sound, lighting and new media developments in the industry.

Cow Africa branding agency recently filmed material for its client Vodacom in Soweto – South Africa’s largest and most famous township. Although there were a few hitches along the way, the experience was an enriching one for this Cape Town-based collective.

New York Festivals' International Advertising Awards has announced its grand jury, representing 300 respected and innovative minds in advertising and marketing from 50 countries worldwide. South Africa has seven representatives.

The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase is now open to South African directors who have directed their first film, of any format or style but made specifically for advertising purposes, after June 2009. Entries close on Thursday 24 March 2011.

First there was the 48-Hour Film Project, in which filmmakers had to produce a movie in a weekend. Now the 03:59 Webfest offers a different challenge: creating a movie that runs for exactly three minutes and 59 seconds.

An 11-minute film made by students for just R1 200 has been adapted into a full-length TV feature shot on the streets of downtown Johannesburg, helping keep afloat a fledgling production company formed by two recent graduates.

Film distribution does not feature prominently on film school curricula, and has always been the preserve of the big guns. Not any more. The noughties spawned the boutique film distributor, a healthy development and a sign that the South African movie industry is maturing.

South African free-to-air TV channel e.tv is calling on local screenwriters to submit scripts for their top-ranking drama series eKasi Our Stories, which looks at gritty township life through a pragmatic and sometimes humorous lens.

With a record 24 local films released in 2010, the South African film market is maturing. But lack of market research is “one of the biggest problems” facing the local industry, says producer Danie Bester of Film Factory.

Twenty-one prominent writers from a dozen countries are headed to Durban for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue and exchange of ideas at the 14th Time of the Writer international writers' festival from 14 to 19 March 2011.

Following its world premiere at Johannesburg's Zone of Rosebank in February, slasher-horror film Night Drive, a South African production set for international distribution, opens in local cinemas on Friday 4 March.