January

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With African films breaking out of the margins and into the mainstream, the time has arrived to use quality indigenous African language scripts to promote the diversity of African voices and culture in a professional and world-class environment.

January provides a good time to reflect on the year past and engage in some crystal ball gazing into what the year ahead may hold for the industry and the GFC, writes Thabiso Masudubele, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Film Commission.

The year 2011 proved to be a busy one for the Gauteng Film Commission, marked by continued budget cuts as well as leadership changes as a new Board was elected and the former CEO, Terry Tselane, left the organisation in December 2011 after two successful terms in office.

If 2010 was the year of big sporting stadiums and 2011 the year of the Gautrain, what can location scouts expect from Gauteng in 2012? We survey developments from across the province that will add more “perfect locations” to Gauteng’s already impressive array of urban settings.

Andy Stead asks industry roleplayers for their predictions on the year ahead, and finds that while there are some concerns, the consensus is optimistic. With the prospects of incoming international business, this could turn out to be a bumper year for South African film.

While we all look forward to 2012, Andy Stead reflects on the past year and comes up with a mixed bag for the South African film industry: the economy still bites, but some producers, directors and broadcasters are doing well.

Filmmakers are invited to enter their beautifully crafted films in the DStv Film Talent Celebration short film competition, which focuses on the ability of South African filmmakers to tell wonderful authentic stories through very short films.

The Annecy Animation Film Festival 2012's Creative Focus on 5 to 8 June 2012, the place for exchange between animation professionals and new talents, has opened its Call for Projects for filmmakers to present their animation projects and optimise their chances of getting their film off the ground.