April

The South African film industry’s efforts to position the country as a world-class filmmaking destination were boosted this week when a group of locals jetted off to New York to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the Tribeca Film Festival, writes Nadia Neophytou.

South African productions won a total of 10 awards at the eighth Africa Movie Academy Awards held on 22 April in Lagos, Nigeria, with Charlie Vundla scooping Best Director and his debut, film-noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million named Best Film.

From 1 May 2012 the GFC will be moving back to its original offices at 56 Main Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg. For further details and enquiries call 011 085 2200 or 083 447 7011. The move will not affect GFC services.

The Gauteng Film Commission has three vacancies available, for a Senior Manager: Legal Advisory and Company Secretariat, a Senior Manager: Marketing and Research, and a Manager: Human Resources. The closing date for applications for all three positions is 2 May 2012.

Gauteng director Ryley Grunenwald has won the chance to join 24 other documentary filmmakers looking for an international commission at the Canadian Hot Docs Forum. Anton Burggraaf spoke to her about her passion project, Sands of the Skei Queen.

Presented under the theme “21st Century: The Homecoming", the 19th New York African Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday 19 April with the opening night screening of Mama Africa, a Finnish-German documentary on South African music legend Miriam Makeba.

South African coming-of-age surfing film Otelo Burning has won yet another festival award, this time the Golden Owl for Best Movie by the Audience at the Cinerama.BC International Film Festival in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, held from 4 to 8 April 2012.

Barely a month after walking away with 11 South African Film and Television Awards in March, popular SABC1 drama series InterSEXions has clinched an international accolade in the form of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award.

Every year the NFVF leads a South African delegation to the Cannes International Film Festival and facilitates the country's presence there. All filmmakers attending Cannes are requested to register with the NFVF in order to be included in South African activities.