February

gfc logo thumb thumbThe Gauteng Film Commission in partnership with the Film and Publication Board will be holding five film industry workshops in communities on the West Rand in the first week of March 2013. Get the full programme here.

gfc logo thumbVarious partners and stakeholders are expected to gather at the Creative Industries Indaba, where solutions will be sought for the growth of the sector. The Gauteng Film Commission will be among the stakeholders taking part in a one-day event.

africathumbSouth African actor Bubu Mazubuko, best best known for her starring role as Thuli in the TV series Gaz'lam, has been nominated for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Actress prize for her part in the local movie Man on Ground.

sugarmanoscars thumbThe story of the search by two South Africans for the Mexican-American singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez, scooped the Best Documentary Academy Award. The film, directed by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, follows the efforts of two fans from Cape Town to find Rodriguez.

saftas-thumbThe nominees of the seventh annual South African Film and Television Awards, the premier film and television industry awards under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation, were announced last week at a star-studded event in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

Orania thumbThe Jozi Film Festival ended in fine show biz style – with an awards ceremony for the best films on show. The big winners were Kanye Kanye, Orania, Fanie Fourie's Lobola and Zama Zama. Cellphone films also had a category.

durban-thumbAfter its launch in Durban in 2006 and successful iterations in 2007, 2009 and 2011, South Africa’s premier Wildlife Film Festival and Conference, Wild Talk Africa, returns to Durban in July this year.

liam neeson thumbFresh from the hit Adventures in Zambezia, Triggerfish announces it has secured Liam Neeson for its next animated film, Khumba. Neeson, the Hollywood A-list actor and star of Taken 2, has signed on to play a malevolent leopard in the South African animated film, Khumba.

layla-berlinale-thumbThe South African co-production Layla Fourie, a film noir thriller shot partly in Gauteng with support from the GFC, premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival on Tuesday 12 February to what German newspaper Stern described as “warm applause”.

FanieFourieLobola thumbThe Jozi Film Festival has a packed line-up, beginning with the romantic comedy, Fanie Fourie's Lobola. Also being screened is Kanye Kanye, which has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Student Short Film.

Khumba thumbTriggerfish Animation Studios, the production company behind the globally successful animation feature Adventures in Zambezia, has secured backing for Khumba, its latest project, from award-winning production and finance company Spier Films.

afrykamera thumbAfrica is explored in the Polish festival, AfryKamera, which is calling on local film-makers to submit their work for possible inclusion on the event's programme. The festival runs in Warsaw from 10 to 14 April, and the deadline for submissions is 1 March.

slj thumbSouth African actors will be soon working beside Samuel L Jackson when the Hollywood star begins principal photography for the live action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s hit Japanese anime movie Kite, to be shot on location in Johannesburg.

bigfish thumbTwo former Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking students, now working in Big Fish’s Production Company Little Pond, have been invited to take be part in this year’s the Berlinale Film Festival, which runs from 7 to 17 February in Berlin, Germany.

berea thumbThe GFC has supported a range of documentaries in the third quarter, some still in production and some already complete, raging in subject from music to history, religion, environmental sustainability and the state of cities.

audience thumbIn the third quarter of the 2012/13 financial year the GFC continued with its audience development programme, with initiatives to expand the market for locally made film within South Africa. These include film viewing in non-traditional venues, film clubs and much more.

Dear Mandela  thumbThe South African award-winning documentary, Dear Mandela, a moving tale about three shack dwellers fighting for their home, is showing at the Human Rights Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival in Oslo, Norway from 5 to 10 February 2013.

elelwani thumbHaving headlined the 2012 Durban International Film Festival, the GFC-supported feature film Elelwani, the first Venda-language movie ever produced, will have its world premiere in the Forum section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

layla thumbLayla Fourie, a new feature shot in Gauteng and directed by South African Pia Marais, will premiere at the Main Competition of the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival – making it only the second local film to be screened at this prestigious event.

film and school thumbPonte City is still the tallest residential building in Africa, a position it's occupied since 1975. The unusual round, hollow-centre block of flats in Berea, in Joburg's inner city, is home to 4 000 people, many of them migrants from across the continent.

layla fourie thumbAt an event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday 31 January, the GFC hosted a congratulatory sendoff for the filmmakers behind two local films selected for screening at the Berlin International Film Festival, and announced the new projects it is supporting this financial year.