CannesThe National Film and Video Foundation once again hosts the South African film industry presence at the Cannes International Film Festival in May, and is calling for submissions – the deadline is 20 February. 

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, will once again host and facilitate South African film industry presence at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place from the 13th - 24th May 2015.

The NFVF is putting together a festival catalogue of projects from the 2014/15 period seeking either completion finance or sales agents for publication. Along with other activities, the NFVF will also host a Sales Event aimed at presenting projects to international buyers and agents.

Independent filmmakers with projects that have fully developed projects (final polish scripts) or completed projects that are ready for sale are invited to submit synopses of projects for NFVF to consider for inclusion in the catalogue and/or pitch at the sales event. Filmmakers must email the following information (application form is not required):

  • Full synopsis of the project
  • Tagline
  • Two high resolution digital film posters (2000mmx2000mm and 610mmx 910mm)
  • Trailer/Promo (where available)
  • High resolution production stills (where available)
  • Requirements (Funding/Sales Agent/Distribution)

The NFVF reserves the right to select qualifying films for the Sales Event or catalogue.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, 20 February 2015. For project submissions email Carla Dias carlad@nfvf.co.za or call 011 483 0880.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), a celebration of the best movies and professionals in the African film industry invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short or documentary for the 11th edition which takes place in 2015.

The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2015 and only films produced and/or released between 1 December 2013 and 30 December 2014 are eligible for consideration. Non-English films will need to be sub-titled in English.

According to The Nation online Tony Anih, director of administration says, “We have given four months window to enable entries to come from all parts of Africa and from the Diaspora filmmakers to give room for logistics of sending to our regional offices in Cape Town and our Lagos Office.”

Submissions must be entered online at the AMAA website and each completed entry form must be accompanied by all relevant supporting materials.

Anih adds, “We are proud of the work we have done with filmmakers across Africa in the last 10 years; and moving into another 10 years starting from the 11th edition next year, we are sure the future of AMAA and business of filmmaking in the continent is very bright.”

Visit http://www.ama-awards.com for more information.