Aspiring filmmakers have until 22 June 2012 to enter the South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker competition, a project that gives new talent the chance to break into TV broadcasting production. Interested people are advised to attend a workshop on Saturday 26 May 2012.

The recent co-production treaty with Ireland is just one sign that 2012 is likely to mark the turning point to global success for the local film industry, with even the Hollywood Reporter noting that South Africa is set for “an increasingly brilliant film and TV future”.

With the world set to celebrate our continent on Africa Day, Friday 25 May, the GFC is taking part in two film festivals that support of the event: the Intercontinental Africa and Diaspora Film Festival at the Global African Diaspora Summit, and the annual Sanaa Africa cultural festival.

Have you considered a career in the ever-expanding and challenging world of film and TV production? The next two-year National Certificate in Audiovisual Production offered by Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking,  a multi-award-winning, accredited film school, begins in July 2012.

The American Artist Film Festival is now accepting film submissions for the fifth annual autumn festival. The festival is accepting documentaries, motion pictures and short films of no less than 15 minutes in duration. All films must be submitted by 30 July 2012.

The Encounters International Documentary Festival is to host a pitching session for international news channel Al Jazeera English at which documentary filmmakers from South Africa and the rest of the continent can try to sell their film ideas. The application deadline is Sunday 27 May.

The Gauteng Film Commission in partnership with the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) will be part of the South African delegation to the 65th Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France from 20 to 27 May.

Using music and comedy, the movie Smartbucks: Mind Your Moolah released by investment company Stanlib aims to teach high school students about financial literacy – an important element of life skills that is lacking in the current school curriculum – in a fun and exciting way.

Mzansi Magic’s new prime-time daily drama series Inkaba is a soap opera with a difference: the end is already in sight. It has been conceived in the style of a telenovela, a unique Latin American TV model set to make waves in the local industry.