January

gfc logo thumbOn Thursday 31 January the GFC will be holding an event at the Crowne Plaza in Rosebank to announce projects supported in the 2012/13 fiscal year and bid farewell to Gauteng filmmakers taking part in the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

nedbank careers thumbNedbank, one of South Africa's big four banks, has launched the fourth instalment of its career guidance initiative for underprivileged high school pupils, which will benefit more than 24 000 pupils. It will feature more than 115 careers in 16 industries.

Cannes Lions thumb 1Entries are open for the Cannes Lions, the most prestigious awards for the creative industries. And this year there is a new category for innovation. The festival, which takes place in France, will run from 16 - 22 June 2013.

a small town thumbThe new film by South African filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka is to have its world debut at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam, in The Netherlands. The Festival runs from 23 January to 3 February.

AFDA thumb 1A crop of new leaders has been appointed at Afda's three campuses, headed by Malcolm Purkey, who is the new dean designate in Joburg. Afda executives have announced the appointment of senior staff in key positions at the institution's campuses - in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Invitation to bid thumb 1An invitation has been made for submissions from bidders to set up and run digital screen facilities in underserviced areas of the country. Companies are encouraged to submit bids for digital screen facilities in underserviced areas, says the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Timmy-Henny thumb 1Using an innovative method to tell his story, film-maker Timmy Henny is leading the race in the Digital Diary of Italy project, with more YouTube hits than his competitors. Given the standout success of Mini Cape, its no surprise he was selected.

tribeca film fest thumb 1Help is at hand for local filmmakers who want to go to the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in the Big Apple, from the DTI and SA's New York embassy. The festival, which runs from 17 to 28 April in New York, aims to help filmmakers reach as wide an audience as possible.

Dear Mandela  thumbA remarkable story of courage and resistance will be screened at The Bioscope. Dear Mandela tells of Abahlali BaseMjondolo and the fight for a home.

asad thumbSouth African-set short film Asad, featuring Somali refugees living in Cape Town, has a fully stocked trophy cabinet but is looking to pick up one more award after being nominated for an Oscar in the "best short film" category.

logo thumbThe Gauteng Film Commission has two vacancies, both temporary positions, for a receptionist and an information officer to work in its offices in central Johannesburg. The closing date for applications is 25 January 2013, and preference will be given to employment equity candidates.

bioscope thumbVenues have been named for the Jozi Film Festival, and they include an open air screening in Soweto. Akin Omotoso is the guest speaker on the opening night.

luxor-african-film-fest thumbA 10-day animation workshop is a highlight of the Luxor African Film Festival, which will be run by Egyptian and international experts. The best African animated short film will also be chosen.

searching-for-sugar-man thumbThe music documentary Searching for Sugar Man, about two South African fans tracing the story of American singer-songwriter Rodriguez, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category and a Bafta in the Best Documentary category.

The deadline for wildlife filmmakers to submit their completed projects to the 2013 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival's prestigious Roscar awards is fast approaching, with the closing date for entries on 12 March.

The National Film and Video Foundation is offering free part-time training to writers wanting to become screenwriters and develop their feature film concepts. The closing date for applications is 23 January 2013.

The Durban International Film Festival has invited film-makers to submit their work for consideration to be screened as part of the festival, which also runs a talent campus and film mart.