April

dieantwoord thumbNeill Blomkamp has cast Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-landi in his new sci-fi comedy, Chappie, which is scheduled to be filmed from September to December this year in Johannesburg, with a budget of $50-million (R460m), reports Die Burger newspaper.

littleone thumbWith a career that spans more than 30 years, Darrell James Roodt, whose Little One will be released on Friday, has a willingness to tackle the major but sensitive issues, making him an important figure in the local film industry, writes Phillip Altbeker.

hotdocs-thumbThe Documentary Filmmakers’ Association will be sending its second official delegation of South African filmmakers to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America's largest documentary film festival, in Toronto on 23 April.

Neotel thumbVideo Connect runs off a fibre network purpose-built for video that allows for the transmission of broadcast feeds from source location to single or multiple broadcasters anywhere in the world, simultaneously. Neotel will hold a demonstration of the technology on 9 May 2013.

forgotten kingdom thumbThe South African Sesotho film, The Forgotten Kingdom, has bagged the Audience Award for Best Feature at this year's Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon. This jam-packed event took place from 4 to 8 April in the American city.

Annecy-thumbAnimation SA is calling on animators to submit examples of their work and company details for a brand new South African animation industry showreel and industry information booklet for the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France in June 2013.

leroy gopal thumbSouth African actor Leroy Gopal has landed a dream: appearing on screen opposite his hero, Hollywood veteran actor Samuel L Jackson, in the upcoming feature film Kite, which was partially shot in Johannesburg.

saraconfthumbTwo South African Roadies Association trainers, Thulani Manyoni and Naledi Makhetha, recently joined SARA president Freddie Nyathela on a trip to the UK to attend the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills Annual Industry Conference 2013.

48logoIn its third year in Africa (and 12th internationally), the 48 Hour Film Project is an international competition challenging budding filmmakers to make movies, from script to screen, in a mere 48 hours and giving them an opportunity to showcase them on an international stage.

backtocity-thumbThe National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa in conjunction with the Department of Communication’s National Digital Repository project will be screening the documentary FedeFokol: 25 Years of South African Hip-Hop at the Back to the City Youth Freedom Day Festival on 27 April.

p2p thumbThe International Documentary Conference's Good Pitch2 is looking for submissions to participate in this year's event, to run alongside the Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival. The deadline for applications is 30 April.

pariscinema thumbApplicants are needed for the South African Workshop, planned under the Paris Project, at which local filmmakers will forge links with French and European counterparts with a view to co-production.

nfvf thumbGot a project going to Cannes? Going to Cannes yourself? Then contact the National Film and Video Foundation, which is offering funding for markets and festivals attendance. The deadline for funding submission is Friday, 12 April 2013.

FanieFourieLobola thumbFanie Fourie's Lobola, Henk Pretorius's romcom, will be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival under the inaugural listing of its African Pictures Programme. The 25-day American festival runs from 16 May to 9 June.

NYCfilmfest thumbNew York City's highly acclaimed PictureStart Film Festival will soon be seen locally, on its first tour to South Africa, when it will bring its top-notch films to local audiences. South Africa is an emerging market, and the art of filmmaking is no exception.

Olympus Has Fallen thumbThe stars of Olympus Has Fallen, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, will be in Joburg for the movie's local première, as well as for a Q&A session with the audience after a screening at Montecasino. The movie is set to be released on 12 April.

powermovie thumbYouth and beauty are the cornerstones of showbiz, but in the local mockumentary, To the Power of Anne, singer and actress Anne Power proves that she's still got what it takes at 50. Anne Power's blue eyes stare at you questioningly – who says 50 can't be fabulous?