July

The National Film and Video Foundation, in association with Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Sports Recreation, have launched a marketing drive to showcase South African film at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The film sets created for the only official film based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, will take on a new life once filming is completed, thanks to a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory aimed at perpetuating Mandela’s legacy.

Johannesburg will hold its own international film festival from next year, Gauteng Film Commission head Mzwandile Masina announced at a send-off for GFC projects to be showcased at the Durban International Film Festival.

Vibrant, noisy, teeming, unpredictable: these are some of the words associated with African cities. Seven African directors will each explore their own African Metropolis, the legendary cities of Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi.

Attention class of 2012: the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking will be holding an open day for creative matrics at its offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, on Saturday 21 July from 11h00 to 16h00. Come along to check out the exciting and challenging world of film and TV production.

Mzwandile Masina, an astute manager and business executive with wide-ranging experience in the DTI, the Department of Mineral Resources, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and elsewhere, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Film Commission.

The Sauti za Busara music festival is now accepting submissions for the 2013 African Music Film Programme. The 10th edition of this popular annual event is set to take place from 14 to 17 February 2013 in the historic Old Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Alexandra, the oldest township in South Africa, turns 100 in 2012. A new six-part documentary series currently in production, to be released in the run-up to the main centenary celebrations in September, explores the history of the settlement.

The Gauteng Film Commission is mounting a marketing drive at South Africa’s National Arts Festival, currently underway in Grahamstown. While theatre was originally the main thrust of the festival, film is now an increasingly important component.

A groundbreaking project supported by the Gauteng Film Commission, Elelwani, the first Tshivenda language film in cinema history, has been picked to open the 33rd Durban International Film Festival.

There’s a wealth of local film to look forward to following the Johannesburg launch of the 33rd Durban International Film Festival on Thursday 28 June. The festival, which runs from 19 to 29 July, will feature a record 66 South African projects.