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Over the past three months, the last quarter of the GFC’s financial year, the commission has supported a range of feature and short films, TV series, documentaries and other programmes. We bring you a summary.

Feature and short films

Semi Soet

Workaholic Jaci will go to any lengths to protect the boutique advertising agency she works for from being bought and dismantled by a ruthless businessman known as “The Jackal”. Hope exists in the form a huge contract for a prestigious wine farming family. But winning this contract won’t be simple. Jaci needs to convince the farm owner that she lives up to his company’s ideals of family values and commitment by proving that she is in a loving long-term relationship. Desperate to appear to be living the balanced life she has long discarded, Jaci hires a drop-dead gorgeous man she finds standing outside the modelling agency on the floor below her offices to be her fake fiancé for the day.

I Don’t

The trilogy “A Love Promised” offers the viewer the chance to experience the sometimes painful and difficult journey to self-healing, empowerment and ultimately the glorious ability to walk in love while staying true to yourself. The first film in this important trilogy, “I Don’t!”, with the tagline “Some vows should be broken” deals with female character Mpumi Mkhize’s journey as she discovers that while she is sharing her life with the man she loves, she has somehow lost herself along the way.

Mpumi is confronted with her true self, forcing her to choose, a choice no woman wants to make as women so easily gives in to love. It is after all a woman’s talent to love. This story teaches us all to do more than that: to also love ourselves. This film poses unflinching questions – and does more than that: it offers some answers, help, aid to strengthen the abused to heal themselves as they rise up in the discovery of their own glorious strength.

Wathint' Abafazi

Wathint' Abafazi is a feature film that speaks against the abuse of women. It also explores alcohol and substance abuse, which are among the factors that contribute to domestic violence – as well as to ill health, crime and death. South Africa has a heavy burden of crime, disease, disability and violence caused by alcohol and substance abuse. This film aims to tackle that burden.

Triple 0 Comedy Jam

The fundamental premise of The Triple O Comedy Jam is to examine and expose pop culture and its influence on the urban world through comedy. It exposes the highs and lows of society, with comedians holding a mirror to everyday people and situations, revealing the truth of that common feeling of “I am not alone, someone else has gone through this.” The Triple O Comedy Jam was hosted by The Monarchy group on the 25 March 2011 at Bassline in Newtown to a sold-out audience. It featured the likes of Thomas Gumede, Trevor Gumbi (of the “Are you free or are you dom?” Vodacom campaigns) and Tol A$$ Mo. The reception was incredible and the project has the potential to change the face of the comedy scene in Johannesburg.

Cast the First Stone

This is a story about a priest who comes to the community of Alexandra with the intention of bringing change, but in the process its actually him who is forced to change.

The Algiers Murder

The Algiers Murders is a dramatic feature film that will not only provide entertainment: the production process will also be a huge empowerment and skills transfer initiative in the local film industry. The principle photography will ensure that many previously disadvantaged youth will be given the opportunity to not only be exposed to the industry but also participate in the creation of a motion picture.

Other feature and short films supported by the GFC:

  • Ashes of a Red Cow
  • Uskrewf no Sexy
  • Man on ground

TV series

Diamond in the Ruff

Diamond in the Ruff will pit 13 aspiring models against one another to compete for the grand prize of a modelling contract with established modelling agencies in South Africa.

Media Career Guide Season 2

The second season of the Media Career Guide on SABC1 takes viewers behind the scenes of the film, television, music and radio industries of South African. Each episode features interviews with professionals from different industries, giving the audience an inside look into various careers. It then provides information on educational institutions which offer courses for specific careers and helpful tips on how to get into these industries.

Documentary

Go Girl Media

This is a 30-minute documentary featuring reports on HIV/ Aids-related topics produced by GGM reporters, who themselves are HIV positive and had no experience in reporting or video production before the GGM training Academy held in Soweto in June and July 2011. The documentary will include stories the girls themselves wanted to report on, reflecting their lives as HIV positive youth in Soweto. Segments include discrimination against HIV positive people; rape by someone you trust; teenage, HIV-positive and pregnant; as well as personal video reflections which illustrate their fortitude and strength.

Training and development

Campaign for Girls

Campaign for Girls is one of South Africa's biggest online information centres. It is an initiative that mobilises high school girls around South Africa to help them find their passion in order to nurture it into a successful livelihood, while being active members of the community, working towards social change. The information centre serves as a bridge between aspiring girls and inspiring women. The information centre provides a library that can be utilised by young girls in their development. Information such as study tips, bursaries, community projects, career expos and etiquette, are made accessible to young girls and they become a part of a network of other like-minded girls and mentors.

Audience development

First Wednesday Film Club

A platform for filmmakers to interact with industry players. The platform also provides an opportunity to showcase content produced by South African filmmakers therefore increasing appetite for local content.