November

Punk, thrash metal, the last wild man of rock, Cape Town's goema – all this and more is on offer in Sound on Screen, a musical film festival in downtown Joburg.

In just over a decade, the Industrial Development Corporation has invested half-a-billion rand in 50 local films, several of which have won international acclaim.

The Seattle International Film Festival has been awarded a $150 000 (R1.3-million) three-year grant by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its African Pictures programme, which will be presented during its annual festival.

The Gauteng Film Commission and the Film and Publication Board in partnership with Sedibeng District Municipality will be hosting workshops as part of their Outreach Programme. The workshops will give communities information on available opportunities in the film and TV industry.

Afda, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, will be hosting its annual film festival from 23 to 25 November, showcasing more than 50 new third-year graduates and fourth-year honours students’ films.

Vodacom has stepped in to sponsor the Mobile Phone Film Competition with the Jozi Film Festival. So get out your cellphones and start making a masterpiece.

The Jameson First Shot short film competition, which gives talented up-and-coming filmmakers from South Africa, Russia and the US some of the biggest breaks in the movie industry, is back for a second year.

The Wild Talk Africa Film Festival is calling on filmmakers around the world to submit their films to the prestigious Roscar Awards, the highlight of Africa’s premiere biennial wildlife and natural history film festival and conference.

The biggest group of South African filmmakers yet are in Europe for the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, armed with 22 doccies.

Locally successful South African comedy Material has been given an international boost with a segment on the movie, and its star Riaad Moosa, airing on global TV news network CNN.

South African filmmaker and lecturer Sean Robert Daniels is in Hollywood to officially receive his Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

African cities by night are explored in Night Fever, starting with Lagos, the setting of Relentless, a Nigerian, German and French film directed by new film-maker Andy Amadi Okoroafor.