June

Twelve documentaries and 12 narrative features have been selected for this year’s edition of the Durban FilmMart, a gathering of African filmmakers, financiers, broadcasters and top film experts taking place from 20 to 23 July during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival.

A landmark in South African animation, the 3D extravaganza Adventures in Zambezia will have its world premiere as the closing film for the 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, which runs from 19 to 29 July.

For years the Ponte apartment building in Johannesburg has been associated with city crime and grime – gangsters, drug dealers, fugitives. But a new documentary reveals a different picture, of a colourful and cosmopolitan community, a safe refuge for ordinary people from across Africa.

An innovative new television documentary, Thumbs Up Africa, will record a remarkable journey three Dutch students are set to embark on in October 2012: to hitchhike over 15 000 kilometres from the Netherlands all the way down the continent of Africa to end up, three months later, in Cape Town.

Supported by the GFC, Lucky is a drama about a 10-year-old South African orphan who leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city, only to find no one will help him – except a formidable Indian woman called Padma.

South African movie legend Leon Schuster hit the circuit this weekend with Mad Buddies, his 15th feature in a career that has tickled the national funny bone for more than three decades. Anton Burggraaf gets a handle on Schuster, the madness and his rampant success.

Part two of this year’s three-part Out In Africa South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will take place from 27 July to 5 August 2012 at the Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Nu Metro Hyde Park in Johannesburg.

The Gauteng Film Commission and Film and Publication Board have signed a memorandum of understanding to help grow and develop the film industry, and reduce the distribution and consumption of unregulated content.

Two South African productions – In Debt and 90 Plein Street – featured in this year’s line-up at Input, the unique international public forum that brings together broadcasters and filmmakers in celebration of the highest quality television programming worldwide. Anton Burggraaf was there.

The GFC directly funded 23 film and TV productions to the tune of R2.8-million in 2011, helping create 7 091 permanent and temporary jobs through project funding and filming permit facilitation, MEC Lebogang Maile said during his budget speech on Friday 1 June.