In June 2010, South Africa (SA) will host the FIFA World Cup a mega sporting event that is comparable only to the Olympic Games. In preparation for this global spectacular, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has compiled a Catalogue of 2010 and soccer-themed titles, recently completed or currently in production. According to the GFC, the catalogue will be launched at MIPCOM 2009 � a leading TV content market taking place in France this month (October 2009).

Titles included cover diverse themes related to the championship and African and South African soccer in general. The 2010 catalogue will be available on the GFC website ( and will be periodically updated in run up to the FIFA World Cup, as new titles become available.

The catalogue also contains international sales contacts for M-Net, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, e-TV as well as The African Film Library, an M-Net initiative showcasing the best of the African film industry. Containing 600 works in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese, the library forms an important archive of the continent's cultural cinematic heritage, and for the first time, makes the African artists� works easily accessible by a wide viewership around the globe � creating a new audience for existing and emerging filmmakers.

Below are listed the current titles featuring in the catalogue, as well as a brief summary of the content and themes.

Ace, a feature film by DV8, is directed by Darrell J Roodt and produced by Jeremy Nathan, Mbongeni Ngema and Michelle Wheatley. The film tells the story of Patrick Ace Ntsoelengoe, who becomes South Africa's finest player. His journey takes him across the continent, to fame and fortune in America, where he is inducted into the hall of fame, alongside the world's greatest, Pele. His life inspired millions, but he died a premature death on the eve of South Africa's successful bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The film will reveal the highs and lows of an extraordinary life, told as an epic musical extravaganza, showing South Africa's finest artistic talent.

The African Game (DV8 and 212 Berlin Films) celebrates the religion of football, and how the hopes of a continent are pinned on the game. It follows six characters in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup: A fan and a mascot, an old star and a new star, and an agent and a manager. The African Game takes a dazzling look at the continent and its people through the lens of football
. With 30 hours of footage already filmed, and over 10 000 stills taken, The African Game is a must have for every Programmer and Channel Manager the world over.

Director Rehad Desai's The Battle for Johannesburg (Uhuru Productions) is a one hour documentary film that examines the conflicts and consequences of Johannesburg's rapid transformation in the 24 months leading up to the World Cup. Johannesburg, now nearly a century and a half old, has survived 10 years of decline since 1994 to once again become a boom town. As a host city of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, the metropolis has caught the eye of the world, finally captured the imagination of its urban developers, reinvigorated a rather tardy city council and ignited its poorer residents. A massive inner city renewal project has been embarked on since 2004 to convert Johannesburg into a 'World Class African City'. However, as this film shows the plan to tame the disorderly, effervescent capital is fraught with obstacles.

From '94 to 2010, a look at how sport can unify a nation (Director/ Producer: Kirsty Matthews) follows the progression of the country since the 1995 Rugby World Cup, when the newly liberated South Africa emerged victorious on the rugby field. With the help of some, "Mandela Magic", the country became united behind their president and behind their team, and the dreams of so many South Africans, finally appeared possible. Now 16 years later, the jubilation from our victory long since tarnished, we find ourselves in a different country - no longer the united South Africa we became on that winter's day in 1995 - it seems we have drifted once more into a disparate land. Poverty is still pervasive, crime is still rampant, fear is still palpable, and for many, hope has all but disappeared. Can the 2010 Soccer World Cup, (like the 1995 Rugby World Cup), unite the country once again?  Will South Africans use this opportunity to rally together once more? Will we work as one nation to overcome the problems still plaguing our beautiful land?

The incredible story of the history of SA football, centred on one riotous, epic turning-point match where the future of South African sport was decided and, many believe, where apartheid, was psychologically defeated is the focus of Goal, Goal, Freedom, produced by Cogent Benger for Current Affairs Films. The film features in-depth interviews with the central players and remarkable up-to-date analysis of how today's World Cup is the blossoming of bitter and brilliant roots that ran through the boots and hearts of millions of dispossessed black South African fans and players. From the stories of clandestine games surrounded by police, through the tactical battles of leaders who showed the way in the liberation struggle, to the brilliance of players, whose names will always live in the memories of the men who run the game in South Africa today.

A young soccer player from Zambia travels to SA in pursuit of a professional career. He falls in love with a young woman from Nigeria and is on the verge of stardom when both learn that they have been infected with HIV. Inside Story producedbyAric Noboa for Discovery Channel Global Partnership and Harriet Gavshon of Curious Pictures, this is a feature-length film that combines a fictional dramatic story with state-of-the-art documentary animation. The film takes audiences on an unforgettable journey inside the human body on a fact-based journey of the immune system, HIV, and antiretroviral therapies.

Long Shot is about a white boy, Jannie Blignaut, who struggled to fit into the accustomed world of rugby and cricket, because he couldn't catch a ball. When he also did not fit into the world of ballet, he felt he wasn't really good at anything. Then he coincidently ends up at soccer try-outs for the Platinum Stars soccer team - he kicks the ball further than anyone else. The coach decides to keep him on the bench for a year as a development player. However, when a teammate gets injured right before the penalty shootout in the last game of the season, Jannie is asked to be one of the five players and he kicks the winning goal.
This is a comedy which will appeal to young and old. Although the film targets mostly soccer and overall sport fanatics, an underlying romantic love interest will draw a female crowd. The director is Darren Kelfkens/Sean Else and the film is produced by Lizani Smith Marno and Marno van der Merwe.

My Beautiful Game is the leading documentary series about African football. The show is distinct from weekly magazine shows and highlights programmes in that the objective is to explore African football within the broader historical, cultural and anthropological narratives of Africa. The show covers stories across the entire African continent. Neither wanting to only look at certain popular football hotspots nor wanting to fall into the common trap of treating Africa as if it were one country, My Beautiful Game has a truly pan-African field of interest.

Suffering from an advanced form of cancer, Reg Park sat down to record ' in his own words ' his life story. His story travels from the cold of northern England, where he grew up in pre-war Leeds playing soccer for Leeds United, to the United States where, at the age of 21, he teamed up with the Weider organisation and learnt all he could from the bodybuilding experts in the United States. Armed with this knowledge and his goal clearly in mind, he set about creating the greatest physique in the world. In 1958 he won the second of three Mr Universe titles, just before moving his family to South Africa. Reg set up his life away from the mainstream bodybuilding world. Yet despite being thousands of miles from the epicentre of bodybuilding, his influence as a role model, as an inspiration and as a pioneer in training techniques, was still playing a leading role. Reg revolutionised the way bodybuilders trained and changed the way bodybuilders posed � incorporating music and lighting into routines. He also popularised the role of the muscle man on the silver screen when he starred as Hercules in films during the 1960's. Reg inspired generations of future bodybuilding champions � such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Bill Grant, Lou Ferrigno, Dennis Tinerino, Johnny Isaacs and Tom Platz � who all tell of the influence that he had in shaping their lives and careers. Reg Park was directed by Richard H Nosworthy MBKS with fellow producers Dave Papenfus and Felix Meyburgh.

Shooting Stars is an exciting 52-part drama series set in the world of South African soccer, charting the fortunes of a number of players and their club over three years leading up to the 2010 World Cup. The focus is the 'Shooting Stars' � a club that we first encounter when they are relegated from the Premier Soccer League to the first Super League.  The club's struggle to return to their former glory becomes the backdrop to individual stories of hope, courage, camaraderie, temptation, success and failure. The story has been structured to be broadcast in three blocks, each following the players' and club's activities through a soccer season. The story arcs of the characters have been conceived to be told in these blocks and to deliver a complete and satisfying journey over the three years. Roberta Durrant (Penguin Films) was Creative Producer.

The Game of My Life (Um Dlalo Wempilo Yami), directed by Dumisani Vusi Nhlapo, revolves around Joe, a young aspiring soccer player living in a settlement, who thinks his dreams have come true when he comes face to face with a national soccer hero who takes an interest in his talent. Unfortunately, 8 years later, Joe's circumstances have changed dramatically. He has been forced to take care of his two younger siblings following the sudden death of their parents, and his soccer dreams have been halted. But when the same soccer hero sends him a VIP ticket to the big game in Johannesburg, Joe is determined to get to the stadium and prove to his idol that he still has what it takes. Thus begins Joe's journey to the big game, at times fraught with danger, at others landing him in the middle of surreal comic situations, and all the while teaching him valuable lessons about love, friendship, family, following your dreams, and ultimately what life's all about!

Unhinged: Surviving Joburg (aka Johannesburg 101) is a light hearted expedition through Joburg, in the company of the eccentric Mr Loveland. Written, presented, produced and directed by Adrian Loveland, it's a quirky, unique documentary about Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and the world's gateway to southern Africa. A Johannesburg entrepreneur, Loveland is both an honest and informative and guide to the city he loves, and a humorous, realistic and enlightening mirror to his fellow residents. Loveland classifies the film as a 'Black Documentary'. Sometimes sad, often funny and always engaging, Unhinged: Surviving Joburg feels like something between a travel show on steroids and an idiosyncratic adventure through Joburg's heart and soul. The city has long needed a well-rounded story to counter the customary focus on its dangerous side. Unhinged: Surviving Joburg accomplishes this - and much more. In essence, it shows how a positive, realistic mindset will help tourists and first timers when it comes to tapping into and enjoying the Joburg experience during the FIFA World Cup South Africa in 2010 and long after.

The essence of the transcendent event that is the Soccer World Cup will be missed in the media avalanche of live football, punditry, nationalism, negative journalism and marketing that is the inevitable product of the event.That essence is the so-called Rainbow miracle of South Africa's transformation. From a land of division and hate to a nation with a sense of hope, forgiveness and positive energy. We did overcome is the moving and harrowing story of five South Africans who survived hellish events during apartheid, struggled to evolve through challenging days since, and now approach the World Cup with joy and a deep sense of celebration. A royal queen whose family was jailed and tribe was partly decimated; a racist cop who has travelled from hate to love; the national team's goalkeeper whose father's life and soccer dreams were crushed like millions of his compatriots; the necklace victim's family united with her killers; and a disgraced lawyer whose passion for multiracialism is now vindicated. The story of five South Africans who overcame hatred and oppression.

Where Soccer is Happening in 2010, produced by Dr. Melanie Chait, will expose the heritage, culture, arts and crafts of South Africa, revealing to international audiences the different aspects of the country where the numerous soccer games will occur. The content will give audiences the opportunity to experience South Africa's diversity through a mosaic of sound, image and people.  Shot in HD, all films will be lively with local South African musicians providing the soundtracks.  Well known soccer players will guide viewers through the wealth of destinations that make up the fabric of South African society today.