December

Indigenous Film Distribution has taken advantage of the ease of buying iTunes offers, and has brought local films closer to the public.

After wowing international audiences, Adventures in Zambezia is coming home to roost. The first 3D animation film made in SA opens in the country's cinemas just after Christmas.

Tinseltown's Michelle Danner will be in Joburg to run the Hollywood2SA workshops and talent contest. She'll be here to teach skills to the local industry, as well as scout for hidden South African gems.

The local leg of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Film Festival and Community Activism Workshop has wound up in Joburg and is heading to Free State. Its films focus on the search by women for equality and freedom from violence.

Blending entertainment with education in shows such as 48 Hours, Choice, Gaz'lam, In Debt, Takalani Sesame, Zero Tolerance and The Molo Show, Ochre Moving Pictures is carving out a special place for itself in the local TV industry.

After a visit to the American Film Market, producer and director Ryan Davy was more aware of the track to take in making a movie that will get bums on seats – and so was born The Parricidal Effect.

The National Film and Video Foundation is looking into the economic impact of the industry, and has commissioned research to be done. All stakeholders are asked to co-operate.

History has been made by Adventures in Zambezia. It has been nominated for two Annie Awards, the first time an African animation has cracked the Hollywood nod.

A series of workshops set up to unearth film talent in the Vaal, proved to be a necessary and much-appreciated intervention for local film-makers.