NEWF Filmmaker’s Congress: July 16 – 18

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Registration is still open for the second edition of the Nature Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) which will take place at the Durban Botanic Gardens from July 16 – 18, 2018.

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“The Nature, Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress is designed for passionate filmmakers around the world to forge new relationships, build on those already formed, innovate and move towards further development in natural history and conservation content creation, using Africa as the key landmark,” explains Noel Kok, Founder and Programme Director of NEWF.

“Together we inspire African filmmakers to bring life to their stories, the celebrations, binding connections and plight of our nature, environment and wildlife and ultimately distribute these stories to film festivals and broadcasters world over,” he said.

For three days, NEWF creates a path to conservation through film by providing a platform for delegates to engage, network and contribute to the industry.  NEWF 2018 offers topics to inspire story and spark lively and robust debate, informative panel sessions, case studies and interactive demonstrations. An array of keynote speakers, industry leaders and special guests have been invited, whose details will be announced in due course.

NEWF is positioning itself as Africa’s premier destination for the convergence of nature, environment, wildlife and adventure conservation filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and broadcast media.

“Currently, the South African Film and Television industry has a number of festivals, markets and awards which develop and support content-creators, but none holistically cover the specialist and yet diverse value chain of the nature, environment and wildlife content or specifically respond to the growth and transformation challenges within this segment of the industry. In order to respond to these challenges the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress and its associated programmes was born,” explained Kok.

One of its key areas of focus is the NEWF Development Fund – a programme designed to fund the production of documentary shorts to kick-start the next generation of nature, environment, wildlife and adventure filmmakers and will host the N.E.W Pitch Competition during the congress. The N.E.W Pitch short documentary pitching competition is aimed at discovering the next generation or nature, environment, wildlife and adventure conservation filmmakers.

“Do you have an engaging, innovative or inspirational natural history, environmental, conservation or adventure story?” asks Pragna Parsotam-Kok, Founder and Congress Director of NEWF.  “If you do, we invite you to submit your documentary short concept and you could be one of eight finalists selected to pitch at the N.E.W Pitch competition during NEWF 2018. Submissions are open to all emerging and aspiring filmmakers, scientists and conservationists over the age of 18. Coming out of the pitching session, four winners will be selected to win R50 000 to develop and produce their documentary short.

To pitch for your documentary – visit www.newf.co.za to enter, for submission requirements, guidelines and more information or visit the NEWF Online Portal to enter now.  Deadline is 31 May.

Registration is also open for this year’s Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress. Visit www.newf.co.za to register.  Delegate passes can be booked and paid for later.

For more info email info@newf.co.za or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.

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