The Gauteng Film Commission in collaboration with Discop Africa invites filmmakers to participate in the inaugural South African edition of Discop Africa 2012.

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The GFC aims to develop and support audiovisual industries, to redress previous inequalities where filmmakers could not access opportunities that would secure growth and access to international broadcasters. In pursuance to develop, support and open doors of opportunities for filmmakers the GFC will subsidise 100 registration fees.

The film festival is the only pan-African industry gathering strictly dedicated to the production and distribution of multiscreen television content. Discop Africa combines a market, a co-production forum and a training program offering unparalleled opportunities to buy and sell television content, initiate partnerships, access valuable information, connect with key players and learn from experts. The 7th edition of Discop Africa will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, from 31 October to 2 November.

The three-day event will welcome 175 exhibiting sellers representing overseas and African sellers of popular and high-quality film, series, animation, comedy shows, formats, sports content, documentaries, educational programming as well as distributors of thematic channels.

With Africa’s digital migration deadlines fast approaching, exhibiting sellers will include a select group of international digital broadcasting and content management solutions providers ready to help position Africa’s multiscreen television content programming and production market place as a world-class digital destination.

The normal participation cost for producers is $650; however an agreement was reached with Discop to subsidise 100 filmmakers who will be eligible for a subsidy wherein the cost will be reduced to $112 for producers previously supported by the GFC and in turn contribute 50% thereof.

Exhibitors

Discop Africa will welcome 1 000 qualified walk-in delegates regrouped into three main categories:

  • Content buyers involved in programming, acquisitions and co-production decisions and representing African broadcasters, thematic channels, pay-TV and on-demand platforms, mobile, broadband and closed circuit networks, alternative content distribution platforms;
  • African and overseas content producers seeking to build regional or international co-production and distribution partnerships, and eager to learn more about innovative content, accessible funding sources and new content distribution models;
  • Visitors representing peripheral, content-driven sectors of activity such as advertising, entertainment branding, sports, merchandising and licensing, media buying, audience measurements, subscribers management, direct marketing, and creative and financial services.

Criteria

GFC’s criteria will be guided by requirements outlined below.

  • High quality content complete and ready for broadcast
  • Filmmakers looking for coproduction opportunities
  • Filmmakers with concepts/projects viable for international market appeal.
  • Content licensed with broadcasters with producer or distributor owning exclusive international distribution rights.
  • Content can be in indigenous language with English subtitles
  • 100% owned intellectual property by production company
  • Applicants should be available for a briefing session on 22 October 2012 as well as registration on the 30 November 2012.

Required documentation

Filmmakers wishing to participate in the venture should provide the following information on submission of applications.

  • Motivation letter stating reasons for participation in Discop.
  • Projects synopsis and project status.
  • Company profile.
  • Biography or CV of person representing the company
  • Proposed aims, objective and outcomes for attending the festival
  • Marketing plan
  • Original Tax Clearance Certificate

Application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted at the GFC reception by no later than 18h October 2012. Successful candidates will be notified by email by the 22 October 2012. Those who have not received any communication by 22 October should consider their application unsuccessful.

For more information please contact

  • Nthabeleng Phora 011 833 0409
  • Desmond Mthembu 011 833 0409