With the full support of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the DFA is at Hot Docs in Toronto. This is the premiere North American documentary film event, with the first ever documentary filmmaker trade delegation.
Recognising that documentary film production creates jobs and products, and is a growth industry, the DTI and the NFVF representatives have joined the delegation and are meeting their counterparts in Canada. The South African delegation will present documentary production opportunities in South Africa, highlighting the DTI’s rebate scheme and the South Africa-Canada Co-Production Treaty.
The DFA has a prominent stand in the Hot Docs Industry Centre, where buyers and filmmakers alike can stop off and discuss the South African documentary filmmaking industry with delegation members. For the benefit of all its members, the DFA has had exchanges with the International Documentary Association as well as the Canadian Documentary Organisation of Canada.
Ryley Grunenwald and Pascal Schmitz have been selected to pitch at the prestigious Forum, often a springboard for successful documentaries. Nicole Schafer’s project has been selected by the Blue Ice Documentary Fund. Individual filmmakers will be promoting their projects at the Rendezvous meetings, a series of intense business meetings with foreign broadcasters and international sales agents. Delegates are also engaged in numerous private meetings about industry matters, individual projects and potential co-productions.
Monica Rorvik of the Durban International Film Festival, which is known for its strong documentary programming, has joined the delegation, and the DFA will have a strong presence at DIFF, which is taking place in and around the Durban beach front in June/July 2012. With filmmakers from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban, the DFA’s official trade delegation in Toronto will benefit all documentary filmmakers in South Africa.
For twitter updates from the delegates in Toronto, use #DFAHotDocs12.
For more information visit http://docfilmsa.com/hot-docs-2012/
Issued by Tina-Louise Smith