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Issue 06 | 2013

Callsheet Africa’s Leading Film Industry Magazine

CANNES LIONS Celebrates 60 Years


Everything Africa Has To Offer


East Africa

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Cannes Lions Celebrates 60 Years


Creative Circle Ad of the Year Awards


Cannes Film Kicks Off in South African Style


AFCI Preview


Encounters - Experience the World


goodcop “Serves You Right”


Why Bring Your Ad To Africa?


Locations: Everything You Need


Africa’s Stunning Stills


In Production


Regional Spotlight: East Africa


Industry Moves


Film & Event Media Wrap Party




Directory Listings

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Cannes Lions Celebrates 60 Years by Having a Global Reach


rom 16-22 June, creative communications industry leaders from around the globe will gather in Cannes, France for the 60th Anniversary Cannes Lions. But this year you don’t have to go to France to view the world-class content that will be available at the event. For the first time, a selection of Cannes Lions content will be streamed live across the globe through Lions Live - a partnership between Cannes Lions, global media agency network Mindshare, and YouTube. The aim is to spread the reach of the event across the globe. Cannes Lion’s goal is to “inspire creativity” by being the “world’s greatest celebration of creative communications in all its forms.” The event brings together members of the creative industry to learn from each other and to celebrate the work changing the communications landscape. This year, Lions Live will stream one live seminar session per day on the Cannes Lions YouTube Channel at http://www. for the duration of the Festival, with sessions selected via an open vote by the public. Each streamed session will then be accessible on-demand for a period of two weeks following the Festival. Voting for the sessions closed in May. Philip Thomas, CEO, Lions Festivals, says, “Every year Cannes Lions brings global speakers to its stage and showcases outstanding content that is thought provoking, inspirational and forwardthinking. We’re excited to be taking this live, offering a taste of the Cannes experience to those that are unable to make it to the South of France.” Some of the globally renowned speakers that will take to the stage at this year’s Festival include Jenson Button, Lou Reed, Sean Combs, Annie Leibovitz and Jack Black. While industry legends will include Lee Clow, Global Director of Media Arts, TBWA\Worldwide, Chairman, TBWA\Media


Media Agency of the Year

Arts Lab; Nick Law, Global Chief Creative Officer, R/GA; Maurice Lévy, Chairman, CEO, Publicis Groupe; Andrew Robertson, President, Chief Executive Officer, BBDO Worldwide; Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP; and James Hilton, CoFounder, Chief Creative Officer, AKQA. Nick Emery, CEO, Mindshare, says, “We believe that we work in the most exciting industry in the world and we are delighted to be able to share some of the reason why with the wider marketing world. We believe that marketing has to be fundamentally adaptive to achieve the best results and Lions Live is an experience that adapts, where the viewer’s decide the content.” About Lions Live Matt Brittin, VP Google, Northern and Central Europe says, “Cannes Lions attracts the world’s best creatives to share the latest and boldest ideas. As YouTube is the home of so much creativity on the web, it’s incredibly exciting that amateur and professional creatives from around the world can tune in to the livestream to be part of this premiere festival of creativity.”

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Cyber Grand Prix

Africa at Cannes Lions As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 34,300 entries are showcased and judged at the Cannes Lions, including work from the African continent. Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, a global benchmark of creative excellence, for Film, Print, Outdoor, Interactive, Radio, Design, Promo & Activation, Film Craft, Mobile, Branded Content & Entertainment and Integrated advertising, as well as the best Media, Direct, PR, Titanium and Creative Effectiveness ideas. The Festival is a global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals, attracting more than 11,000 delegates from 95 countries. But there are also Cannes-related events that happen around the globe. For those who want to participate in the festival on the African continent, this year, on 5 September, Cannes Lions Rewind 2013, an event to share the information learned at Cannes Lions, will be held in Nigeria. More information will be available at:



Ad of the Year Awards


he South African Creative Circle has named its Ad of the Year award winners. Melina McDonald and Lorraine Smit, Executive Producers for Bouffant and 1st place winners, say, “We love what we do, it¹s our passion. It sounds like a PR line, but it’s not - we are genuinely happy to come to work and it rubs off on other people and especially our teams.” Congratulations to all the winners!





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country. Later in the festival the Cape Town and Winelands International Film Festival’s launch of the Cape Town FilmMart took place at the South African Pavilion. Following a South African Film Showcase, the festival was set to close with the South African-set crime drama, out of competition, ‘Zulu’. ‘Zulu’ was shot in and around Cape Town and is described by organisers as having “elements of political film noir and social study”. For more on the festival visit our website:

Kicks-Off in South African Style



the South African Pavilion was “abuzz” with meetings that took place from early morning till late in the afternoon on the first day of the festival.

Marvel’s third installment in the Iron Man series has smashed SA box office records. The film had the biggest local one-day opening and biggest single day of all time. ‘Iron Man 3’ took in R 4 169 844 knocking off ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 2’ as the biggest single day in South Africa’s Box Office history.

ain on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival didn’t put a damper on the spirits of the attendees, particularly those who had travelled from the African continent to be part of the event in Cannes, France from the 15-26 May. Durban’s Monica Rorvick was attending the festival for the first time. She reportedly said of the opening ceremony, “I was so happy to get my ticket and told myself that even if it rains harder, I’ll be there.” The festival opened during heavy rain with a screening of ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DeCaprio. Monica said it has “great direction, phenomenal acting, script and camera work.” This year’s festival opened with some of the world’s biggest stars in attendance. Leonardo DeCaprio was on the red carpet along with co-star Amitabh Bachchan, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. One of the world’s most accomplished directors, Steven Spielberg, served as jury president at this year’s Cannes, adding to the star-power of the event. His appearance at Cannes is rare, and he has never had a movie in competition, though his films ‘E.T.’ and ‘Sugarland Express’ screened there. According to the South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the primary host of the South African presence in Cannes, the South African Pavilion was “abuzz” with meetings that took place from early morning till late in the afternoon on

the first day of the festival. These meetings were part of efforts to secure deals for South African projects and to promote opportunities to bring investments into the ecal l sh .za T H E C A L L SH EET

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Encounters –

Experience the World


he 15th annual Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is set to run 6-16 June in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The event will screen top documentaries from across the world, including two 2013 Oscar nominees (‘The Gatekeepers’ and ‘How to Survive a Plague’), winners from Berlin (‘Marina Abromovitch: The Artist is Present’ and ‘In Heaven Underground’), DOK Leipzig (‘Columbianos’), and Sundance (‘Queen of Versailles and The House I Live In’). “Documentaries broaden our experience of the world, showing us places few of us would otherwise see,” says Festival Director Lesedi Oluko Moche, pointing to a varied line-up that takes you from the biggest home in America (‘Queen of Versailles’)

and the world’s richest apartment building (‘Park Avenue’) to one of Jordan’s poorest villages (‘Rafea: Solar Mamas’). This year’s line-up also shines a spotlight on some of the world’s most debated issues, including poverty, the war on drugs, inter-cultural adoption,HIV/AIDS, and Israel/Palestine. But Encounters isn’t just about looking outwards: there are 13 documentaries that focus on Africa. ‘Comrade Presidente’ profiles Mozambican president Samora Machel, while ‘No Harm Done’, which won Best Documentary at FESPACO, tells the story of agnostic Tunisian documentary filmmaker Nadia el Fani’s battles against cancer and a radical Islamist hate campaign. Also, straight from Hot Docs, Riaan Hendricks’ ‘The Devil’s Lair’ will have its African premiere as the opening night film at Encounters. It’s a jarring story of fatherhood, drug dealers and assassinations on the Cape Flats. Aryan Kaganof’s ‘An Inconsolable Memory’ follows the story of the Eoan Group from the vibrant era of Cape Town’s District Six to present day. Dylan Valley’s ‘Incarcerated Knowledge’

follows a reformed gangster from his release from Pollsmoor as he tries to turn his life around. Shannon Walsh and Arya Lalloo’s ‘Jeppe on a Friday’ is part Jozi travelogue, part urban allegory. Shelley Barry’s ‘Mr. Shakes – The Passion to Live’ follows the Port Elizabeth disco king; and Tamarin Kaplan and Marla Altschuler’s award-winning ‘The White Picket Fence Project’ is a comingof-age documentary about two young men: one in post-war Kosovo, the other in Gugulethu. “We’re incredibly excited about this year’s streamlined lineup,” says Lesedi, “every year, most of the screenings sell-out, so we recommend booking early.” For more information, visit

South African Delegation to Attend World Renowned Locations Show

This is the 11th year South Africa is taking part in the AFCI Locations Show, with the aim of promoting and marketing the country as a filming destination of choice.


ilm commissions from across the globe will have the chance to showcase their territories to key industry players at this year’s AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) Locations Show in Los Angeles. African nations will be there. The Cape Film Commission (CFC) together with The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and The Durban Film Office (DFO) will represent South Africa at AFCI, scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in the United States from 27-29 of June.

The AFCI Locations Show displays incentives, production locations, and business and support services to hundreds of global production VIPs. Independent filmmakers, industry veterans, and media and film commissions all attend. As the only commission in South Africa registered as a member of the AFCI, the Cape Film Commission will attend the AFCI Board meeting and interact with their other 350 partner commissions on matters relating to the film industry. Cape Film Commission CEO, Denis Lillie, a professional member


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of the AFCI, says this is one of the most important opportunities of the year for South Africa to showcase the locations and services it has to offer. According to Denis, the CFC is currently in discussions with the South African Consulate to bring six major Hollywood studios to Cape Town in the near future. This is the 11th year South Africa is taking part in the AFCI Locations Show, with the aim of promoting and marketing the country as a filming destination of choice. The delegation will have the opportunity to meet film industry professionals driving global production decisions. The changing landscape of global film financing is another topic that will be discussed, a subject that attracts attention from developing countries whose film industries are seeking to attract projects. This year’s show will not only feature the traditional locations show expo, but will also mentoring workshops, free conference sessions, and panel discussions with industry legends. AFCI, with a worldwide network of more than 300 commissions from 30 countries, is the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production throughout the world.

New Study Shows South Africa’s Film Industry Contributes Billions to Economy


he first-ever national study of South Africa’s film industry based on verifiable information has shown that in 2012 the industry contributed R3.5 billion to the national economy. The study, commissioned by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), and conducted by Deloitte, found that the industry ‘more than pays for itself’ with payments to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) of more than R670 million, a figure R420 million more than the estimated R250 million Film and Television Incentive paid by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2012. “We are emboldened by the fact that the study vindicates the view we have always held that; the local film industry as part of the broader creative industries is a major driver of economic growth, job creation and the building of sustainable livelihoods,” says Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile.

NEWS The industry created a total of 25,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2012, and showed a multiplier of 2.89. That means that for every R1 spent in the film industry, an additional R1.89 is generated in the industries that service the industry and ancillary industries. “The multiplier of 2.89 places the local film industry at ‘midrange’ when compared to the economic contributions of 99 other industries within the country,” said Judy Prins Leader of Deloitte Sport, Media & Entertainment at Deloitte. “For the first time we are able to articulate what returns there are for government’s investment in the film sector. The data collected with this research will allow us to focus our strategies on the efforts most likely to bear fruit for the South African economy. Not only do we now have data to make informed investment decisions but we are also encouraged that the efforts put into the sector are now paying off,” said Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO. Also of significance, the film industry has grown 14% per annum over the past 5 years. “We know the film sector plays a vital role in social cohesion. Now we also know

that with ongoing and additional support - from government and private investors the film sector can continue to contribute to government’s goals of job creation and poverty alleviation,” said Mkosi. A value chain analysis was also done as part of the study of the South African film industry, which revealed key trends and issues within the industry. Referring to this, Mkosi said that, “despite the significant investment government has made into the film industry through the DTI incentive, producers and film-makers still face challenges in securing equitable partnerships with foreign film producers. The South African film incentives rank amongst the least competitive film incentives in the world to encourage foreign film-makers to film in South Africa, coming 24th in the rankings behind countries like New Zealand, Mexico and Germany.” “Despite major challenges in the value chain, the industry has shown the commitment and ability to adapt, survive and grow. The industry has grown 84% in the past five years and there is no doubt that it will continue to be an active industry in the future,” concludes Prins. ecal l sh .za T H E C A L L SH E E T

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goodcop “Serves You Right”

goodcop will

be an exclusive home for South African filmmakers of international relevance, producing unique content for a variety of platforms and markets across the globe.


aurence Hamburger, previously directing through Egg, has joined with Tess Van Zyl, producer of local and international commercials for the last 15 years, to form a new South African-based international film company, called goodcop. goodcop will be an exclusive home for South African filmmakers of international relevance, producing unique content for a variety of platforms and markets across the globe. On the commercials roster Laurence joined up with Daniel Levi from Independent in the UK. Both directors have won numerous international and local awards in commercials. Joining them is a new entrant to the world of commercials, Michael MacGarry. Michael is a fine artist and filmmaker with Stevenson Gallery and Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner (2010). MacGarry just wrapped shooting with goodcop on his fourth short film, ‘As above, So Below’, a re-imagining of Darwin’s landing at the Cape, another in his series of sci-fi influenced histories on the nature of conflict in human social evolution. Michael teamed up with Laurence to shoot a successful Toyota Yaris spot for Draft FCB, Johannesburg, and they followed up their collaboration with two beautiful documentary spots for DSTV’s CSI. This involved working with some of the cream of SA’s filmmaking talent - including some great guest spots from Darryl Roodt, Hlubi Mboya, and Zakes Mda. They also just finished production on two spots each for The Encounters Film Festival, a project in which a series of six films were written and made by three different directors. One of whom is Oliver Hermanus, guesting with


the company as he explores short form work. The spots are short abstract meditations on the notion of ‘a filmmaker’s encounter’, and were created by goodcop as both agency and production house. The company also recently signed exCreative Director, Lyall Coburn, previously at 180 Amsterdam, whose unique, self-shot 16mm documentary style resulted in some very well received work for Fender Guitars in the USA. While establishing itself primarily in TV Commercials, the company is also developing a variety of long and short-form TV projects, with particular emphasis on documentary virals and web films. This includes Mikhael Subotzky’s four-channel film installation,

‘Moses and Griffiths’, made as part of his Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2012). The film has been touring countrywide in South Africa, including 2012 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Iziko National Gallery and the Standard Bank Gallery. One of the key aims of goodcop has been to create new ways to collaborate and pool resources and skills in the interface between creative and production. As Tess puts it, “It’s about looking back at the fundamentals of documentary and alternative filmmaking - small collectives, common visions, and problem solving teams - to find ways to creatively and financially produce high-end work.” For Laurence it’s all about ‘the wetware’. “Ultimately we’re selling good thinking. You come to us because we have the personnel with the strong filmmaking ideas. It’s so easy now for anyone to make a half-decent image or edit. Everyone’s got the same cameras, everyone hires the same DOPs, editors etc. and the work can have a tendency to be generic. We want to offer an alternative that is both unique, and comes with great skill.” For any and all information, contact

Get Ready

for the Durban FilmMart (19 - 22 July 2013)


he Durban FilmMart (DFM), 19-22 July, is a finance and coproduction market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the African content. It’s a co-production between the film industry development arm of the city of Durban, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival and a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). This collaboration brings to Africa growth, recognition, and the opportunity to develop strategic relationships between film financiers and African filmmakers. The 4th Durban FilmMart continues to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

Partners and supporters of the Durban FilmMart 2012 include International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Berlinale Film Festival as well as Dubai Film Connection. DFM has continued to build on its partnerships locally and internationally to include Arte France, COA Group, Hot Docs - Blue Ice Documentary Film Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project, National Film and Video Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Paris Cinema – Paris Project, Videovision Entertainment, WorldView Film Fund and others. Finance Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus make up the Durban FilmMart 2013 programme. Delegates of the Durban FilmMart will have full access to the leading experts in the Master Classes

who will share their expertise in the areas of finance, marketing, distribution, project packaging, co-production, new media, as well as access to Talent Campus. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend Africa in Focus where a range of seminars and panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers and industry experts with a special focus of African issues and initiatives will be discussed. Delegates seeking co-production partners can interact during several scheduled networking sessions. The official selection of Durban FilmMart projects includes 10 feature films and 8 documentaries. The selected projects will participate in one-on-one closed meetings within the Finance Forum. Filmmakers who are not in the official selection still have an opportunity to register and attend Durban FilmMart as delegates.

Durban FilmMart 2013 Experts’


Scriptwriting Masterclass


Digital Marketing and Distribution Masterclass


Co-production Masterclass


Marketing & Publicity Masterclass

For more information on DFM 2012 contact: Mona Pilane – DFM Project Manager Tel: +27 31 311 4243, Direct: +27 31 311 4248, Fax: +27 31 311 4092, email: or

DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS BEHIND THE FALLS South Africa Producer: Sydelle Willow Smith Director: Rowan Pybus

Behind the Falls is a documentary film that follows the lives of conservation activists living and working in Livingstone, Zambia. Their aim is to curb rampant deforestation of Zambia. The film follows their efforts to create micro nurseries, shift mindsets, approach government on their exorbitant electricity prices and educate ignorant consumers on the destruction caused by the buying of rare woods. Director, Rowan Pybus runs the production company Makhulu. Shot for Ogilvy, his Adidas Three Stories Campaign video won a Loerie Award. Accomplished photographer and videographer, producer Sydelle Willow Smith has a keen eye for detail and a passion for telling vivid, visual stories that celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

BLINDNESS South Africa

Producer: Jean Meeran Director: Sarah Ping Nie Jones Every aspect of life in apartheid South Africa was determined by skin colour. Yet what if you couldn’t see skin colour? Blindness follows the stories of three blind South Africans trying to make sense of the society around them without the privilege of sight. Cape Town-based Jean Meeran is a co-member of the creative trio named Team Tarbaby and, is the recipient of several awards. With an MA in film, the young filmmaker is an accomplished writer, director and producer. Sarah Ping Nie Jones completed a fellowship in film at Harvard having produced content for a range of NGOs including seven films documenting youth work across SA.

GITI – PARADISE IN HELL Rwanda Producer: Yves Montand Director: Yves Montand

GITI - Paradise in Hell tells the story of Edouard Sebushumba, who was appointed by the government from 1982 to 1994, as mayor of the GITI district. Like any other senior leader, he was, during the mass genocide that rocked Rwanda in 1994, supposed to execute the government’s plan to exterminate Tutsis - a plan that he opposed. The film was directed and produced by Yves Montand, is a Rwandese film director, whose debut short film was Maibobo. That film was selected as part of International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Forget Africa project in 2009.


Producer/Writer/Co-Director: Anita Khanna, Director/Producer: Rehad Desai Producer: Brian Tilley With the Lonmin Marikana Mine massacre still fresh in the South African memory, Miners Shot Down, delves into the numerous historical and sociological truths that speak to the fault lines in South Africa’s democracy, gaining access to mineworker strike committees and mining communities. Producer/Director, Rehad Desai serves as the chairman of the Human Rights Media Trust and has conceived and produced over 20 documentary films. Writer and co-director, Anita Khanna has written and directed several documentaries, including Looting the Nation, co-directed and produced with Brian Tilley.

NOT JUST A STRIPPER South Africa Producer: Izette Mostert Director: Izette Mostert

Not Just a Stripper takes the audience into the world of the dancers, viewing it from their perspective and asking what has brought each of these women to this world. Was it desperation? Was it a lack of education? Was it just the wrong choice or was it a deliberate choice? With award winning documentaries, The Black and The Fight under her belt Izette Mostert delves into the word of the female stripper. Izette Mostert obtained an Honours degree in Theatre and Drama at the University of Stellenbosch. She has directed and edited various programmes for the national broadcaster, e-TV, M-Net, kykNET and DSTV.

SEARCHING FOR JANITOU Algeria Producer: Anusha Nandakumar Co-Producer: Claire Mazeau-Karoum Director: Mohamed el Amine Hattou

The 1980s Bollywood film, Janitou, holds an important place in the collective memories of the Algerian people. Searching for Janitou is a road film, a journey undertaken in Algeria, going into people’s homes and asking them about their stories of love. Anusha Nandakumar graduated from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. She was awarded the prestigious national award, The Silver Lotus by the President of India for her short documentary The Boxing Ladies in 2011. Mohamed el Amine Hattou directed the short fiction Down to Earth and is an alumni of Berlinale Talent Campus and Talent Campus Durban.

UNEARTHED South Africa Producer: Dylan Voogt Director: Jolynn Minnaar

Fracking, a controversial gas extraction process, is threatening the town in which director/ producer Jolynn Minnaar grew up. Although previously optimistic about what shale gas could do to alleviate poverty and ease the national energy crisis, an anonymous call leads the 24-year-old South African to dig further, unearthing deadly findings. Dubbed “the next generation Erin Brokovich”, Jolynn Minnaar has presented her findings at conferences locally and abroad. She graduated with a distinction from UCT with a triple major BA degree in Film, Media and Media Production.

WE WANT DEVELOPMENT Kenya Producer: Atieno Odenyo Director: Phillipa Ndisi-Hermann

We Want Development explores the extent to which the land and space we inhabit influences who we are. Lamu is a remote Islamic island on the coast of Kenya and it is here that the audience meets Bibi and several other characters that include a hotel owner and a fisherman. Philippa Ndisi-Hermann studied filmmaking and her short film Gubi – The Birth of Fruit, premiered at The Brooklyn International Film Festival. Film producer, life coach and international development consultant, Atieno Odenyo produced Score for Sasja, a short documentary on a girls’ soccer initiative in Nairobi’s slums.

FICTION PROJECTS ANDANI AND THE MECHANIC South Africa Producer/Director: Sara Blecher,

In a community vibrant with migrants from across the African Continent, against the backdrop of unspoken love, Andani and the Mechanic is a coming of age story about a young woman who tries to navigate a path for herself. But this is a world where everything keeps shifting - everything except the one thing that really does need to change. Andani and the Mechanic presents a new role model to young girls – on the cusp of adulthood – that allows them to consider new options and possibilities for their own lives. It showcases a successful, young woman, an entrepreneur, who manages to navigate her way through the grease and garages that define a man’s world. ” Director and producer, Sara Blecher is best known as a journalist and Documentary filmmaker for SABC’s award winning current affairs program, Special Assignment. Her feature film Otello Burning has played to many audiences internationally and was the opening film for the 32nd Durban International Film Festival

BLACK SUNSHINE Ghana Producer: Angele Diabang Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu Co-Producer: Julio Chavezmontes

Black Sunshine tells the story of promiscuous hairdresser, Effie Konadu, who lives with her albino daughter, Asabea. The film is about the conflict between a black mother and her albino child. It unravels with scenarios that include Asabea creating a black imaginary friend, Effie’s shame of mothering an albino child and the belief that albinos hold supernatural powers. Producer, Julio Chavezmontes graduated with honours from the University of Chicago and holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Director, Akosua Adoma Owusu received an MFA from CalArts and has served on the jury and screening committees for Festival 3 Continents and AFI Silverdocs.


Producer/Director: Michael Matthews, Producer/Writer: Sean Drummond

Twenty years ago, the young ‘Five Fingers’ fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned ‘outlaw’ ,Tau, returns to Marseilles seeking a peaceful life. But he finds the town under new threat and reluctantly fights to free it. Michael Matthews has directed over 60 short films, music videos and creative works. Sean Drummond’s recent high-profile work includes the science fiction short, Sweetheart, which toured festivals extensively, catching the eye of studios including Warner Brothers and Fox, and in 2013 is the subject of a series of European academic papers on African genre film.

FREE THE TOWN Kenya Producer: Vincho Nchogu Director: Nikyatu Jusu

In Free the Town we meet a local virgin, born of a mother who was murdered at the hands of witch hunters, a Brooklyn teen and a myopic filmmaker. These disparate individuals’ lives tragically intersect in an effort to navigate the formerly war torn streets of Sierra Leone’s capital city: Freetown. Vincho Nchogu produced a series of documentaries in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia titled, Future Express. Nikyatu Jusu is a graduate of the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Film Production.

LIFE MORE OR LESS Nigeria Producer: Kinsley Madueke Director: Julius Morno

Nine characters, whose lives are inextricably linked, make up Life More or Less. It’s Lagos life as seen through the eyes of teenager Sani and the people who cross his path. Julius Morno graduated from the National Film Institute in Jos, Nigeria. He was trained as a writer/director under the tutelage of prominent African filmmaker, Gastone Kabore. Kinsley Madueke together with Morno founded Gray Revsolution and was the executive producer of the short film, Sun Dancers directed by Morno.


Producer: Victor Viyuoh, Director: Victor Viyuoh

Njangi Fifty-Fifty takes the audience on women’s defiance campaign that culminates with them refusing to have sex with their husbands. Ignited by Kinu who returns to her African village to find that her family’s land has been seized because women don’t inherit property, the film sees the village women rise up in a story that director and producer Victor Viyuoh described as, “close to his heart.” Viyuoh, named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch, seeks to produce Africanthemed movies for the world market. His debut feature, Ninah’s Dowry, was the recipient of the Global Film Initiative’s Spring 2010 production grant.

SEA MONSTER South Africa

Co-Producer: Mike Buckland, CoProcuder: Stuart Forrest, Director: Anthony Silverston This animated feature is set in a Paternosterinspired town, against the backdrop of a typical West Coast landscape and centres around an aspiring biologist, Keto, and his discovery of an ancient Sea Monster. Keto will have to face his deepest dears to free the Sea Monster before the fate of the planet is changed forever. Anthony Silverston is a member of the Triggerfish founding team and one of the co-founders of Animation SA, the representative animation body of South Africa. Triggerfish is South Africa’s leading animation studio, responsible for the runaway success Adventures in Zambezi.


Producer: Juliette Grandmont Director: Rungano Nyoni, A fire breaks out in a large compound in the centre of Lusaka. Despite the fire claiming two lives and threatening to wipe out the entire compound, its residents continue their lives as if nothing happened. However unfortunate events conspire against the community, culminating in an unimaginable tragedy. Jolted out of the passiveness of their everyday existence, the community is forced to finally take action in Solidarity. Rungano Nyoni was a British Academy of Film and Television Award nominee 2012. Juliette Grandmont heads Clandestine Films, which produces and co-produces 1st and 2nd feature films directed by European filmmakers.

THE BILL South Africa

Producer: Travis Taute Director: Nosipho Dumisa

Set in 2004, The Bill spans nine years, unravelling a plan set in motion by Lucy, a blind girl. The cover up by high ranking political officials of the murder of two powerful mining businessmen triggers the saga. Lucy has been kidnapped and has information that brings the story full circle – she is the daughter of one of the murdered men and is determined to exact revenge. In the four years since Dumisa’s entry into the film industry she has produced high-end television productions such as, All Access Mzanzi on DSTV. Taute has produced over 20 short films and holds a degree in Motion Picture Medium.

WHIPLASH South Africa Producer: Jacky Lourens Director: Meg Rickards

‘Adapted from Tracey Farren’s novel, Whiplash tells the story of wry, sassy Cape Town prostitute, Tess, who falls pregnant. When she abandons her daily ritual of popping pills, awful pictures from her past ambush her mind. But Tess does not allow herself to collapse. Instead, she learns – perhaps because of the baby in her belly – to connect with the people around her. The Congolese refugee next door treats her like a daughter. An impotent client shows her his heart. Tess finds sanctuary among strong women in a belly dance studio, and discovers she can dance up a storm. With new courage she tracks down her childhood friend, Dumi, who helps her to face the truth of her past. Jacky Lourens has 22 years production experience and was series producer for the SABC documentary, Unauthorised. Meg Rickards has written and directed short films and for television, and her miniseries and tele-feature Land of Thirst received international distribution. Singer Angelique Kidjo is attached to the project.

FEATURE film ethic combined with the now legendary South African attitude of ‘lets make a plan’ a positive, often naive attitude that anything is possible. It combines the British film disciple with a more raw and often inventive manner of tackling problems.”

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2. TRUST “South Africa has one of the best film infrastructures in the world, with a superlative reputation for quality and innovation,” says Bang Bang Films’ Anna Mira D’Ercole. “For many years it has been an amazing destination for filmmakers and it has made sure that the experience gained has filtered down to all levels of the industry. Testament to this is the repeat


South Africa has the largest commercials industry on the continent. At the time of writing the South African exchange rate was R9 to the dollar, nearly R12 to the euro and just over R14 to the pound. AFS Productions’ Brin Kushner adds, “With the weak rand, it now makes even more financial sense for foreign productions to shoot in South Africa.” But the country has learnt not to rely on the exchange rate. As Moonlighting’s Beccy Kellond says, “South Africa has managed to keep our costs relatively low. We have had a few projects that have shot only in studio with a mix of local and international talent and it has still been more cost-effective than shooting at home.”

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clients that come here year after year to make their films.” “Generally, our clients feel safe shooting here,” says Beccy. “They may get a cheaper quote somewhere else in the world but they know that no matter how complex or challenging the shoot, they will be able to do it here in South Africa. Quite a lot of our clients have come back to shoot three or four times within the season.”

3. LEGENDARY CREWS “Our crew are world-class,” says Brin. “It gives our clients a sense of safety knowing their shoot is being handled by professionals.” Anna agrees. “We have a thriving local industry that is based on the classic UK

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“One of our unique selling points still lies in the great variety of locations which can stand in for many places elsewhere in the world, all in close proximity to the city,” says Orange Films’ Vivian Esterhuyse. For example, Anna says South Africa has recently doubled for New York City, Italian countryside, a quaint Mediterranean village square, generic, modern European cities, Brazilian and Caribbean beaches, and English homes. “Because of the geographic layout of a city like Cape Town, it’s not uncommon that in one day a film crew can shoot four diverse locations - like a beach, mountain, desert, farmlands, a New York loft apartment or any exterior or interior genre of home your heart desires,” says Anna. 5. WEATHER “The weather in South Africa is always going to be a draw-card during the Northern winter months,” says Anna, referring to South Africa’s 14 hours of sunlight during the Northern Hemisphere winter, when parts of Europe are 14-below.

6. GEAR “The range of accessible and current equipment is comparable with all other international film hubs,” says Vivian. Whatever your favorite camera or lighting set up is, you’ll be able to find it in South Africa.

7. MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE “Both work and play become a unique experience for foreign film crews and clients,” says Anna. “The friendly people of South Africa are very approachable and open to strangers and foreign cultures. Then there is always the natural beauty of the country that is inviting and so seductive for the stranger. The first world infrastructure of the country, with its top-notch shops and restaurants, make working in South Africa a pure delight.” She adds that Cape Town’s hospitality sector has really improved over the last five years.


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Africa has an impressive track record when it comes to commercials, and in 2013 the industry continues to build on that award-winning success. A growing industry trend is a move towards collaborating as opposed to merely servicing. Alison Ellard of Wink Films says, “I have been finding that there is a need for our skills to extend beyond those of just a facilitator. We have done jobs where we have filled the role of producer, and just a director has been sent to South Africa. These jobs have also been post-produced in South Africa, which for a service company is fairly unusual.” Another trend is a move towards African directors working on international commercials. “I truly believe our best unique selling point is the availability of world-class directors in our desirable environments,”


says Your Girlfriend’s Linda Bogle. “We should be selling our talent more on an international level; we have directors who can get the best out of the locations, cast and crew to deliver a world-class product.” Velocity Films’ Peter Carr agrees. “There is an increasing trend towards using our local directors. We expect this to increase, not only because foreign clients and agencies are under budgetary pressure but also because we’re continuously producing strong director talent. We’re finding that once clients make that first leap of faith, they are returning again and again.” There is also a trend towards in-camera special effects. “We’re seeing more and more director’s treatments requiring most or all special effects in-camera, rather than relying too much on post-production,” says Vivian. “The end result is a visually more believable and richer film, but this does go hand in hand with all kinds of challenging stunts rigs, manufactured props, elaborate prosthetics and specialised make-up. This has seen us suspending slack-liners between tall city buildings; dressing Rhodes Memorial as a giant Viking temple; and creating a massive abstract expressionist

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There is an increasing trend towards using our local directors. We expect this to increase, not only because foreign clients and agencies are under budgetary pressure but also because we’re continuously producing strong director talent.

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FEATURE painting by a dozen babies covered in paint. Thankfully more often than not all that hard work is palpable in the final films.” There are also more jobs being done across the African continent. Peter says, “With clients now producing more generic commercials that need to flight across many countries and with the growth of products into African countries, we’re shooting a lot more common-script commercials. We have such a diversity of cultures in South Africa that is appealing to clients with brands selling on the continent and across the world who want to produce everything in one place. With our strong infrastructures and close proximity to African countries, we’re finding ourselves shooting a lot more for the African continent. Often we’ll take a small unit over to the respective country in Africa and then shoot the bulk of the commercial in South Africa, where we need studios and/or heavier equipment and specialized crews and resources. The traveling unit is required if and when we need to include authentic demographics. Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Mozambique are all fast-growing markets and bringing in a lot more work for us.”

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Diverse, skilled, affordable – these are unique selling points of Africa’s talent pool – particularly South Africa’s. “Our talent pool just keeps getting better each year,” says Brin. “The caliber of our local talent has really impressed our clients. We have produced dialogue-driven commercials, using local talent, that required our actors to speak US dialogue, Spanish, German and even Farsi!” Anna agrees. “The model and actor bank here is so diverse; almost all cultures of the world are represented in this rainbow nation that makes up South Africa.

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This bank of professional actors and models have now gained extensive international and local experience to give the foreign filmmakers a vast range of performances and looks that almost always surprise those that are new to film making in SA. It often gets difficult to select a model or actor from the 10-finalist shortlist because they are usually so good and so spot on for the roles.” The price point for South African talent is also a selling point. “We’ve been able to offer really effective, competitively priced talent packages this year,” says Beccy.


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Orange ‘Being There’ won Golds at The New York Festivals International Advertising Awards for Direction and Cinematography, after shooting in South Africa with Wink Films Santam ‘Back At Ya’, directed by Fringe@Bouffant’s Chloe Coetsee, won a Silver Pencil at The One Show and a Silver Clio Standard Bank ‘Sh-Boom’, directed by Egg Films’ Kim Geldenhuys, won a Silver Clio for Robroy’s Adapted Music JWT’s Kalahari ‘Romance Movies For Men’ won a Silver Clio for Online Amstel ‘Boxer’ was shortlisted for a Clio for Greg Gray’s direction and won a Bronze for Paul Gilpin’s cinematography. It was also in-book at D&AD for Cinematography and Editing. First For Women ‘Top Gun’, directed by Velocity Films’ Anton Visser, was short-

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listed for a Clio for Music – Licensed Nando’s ‘Diversity’, directed by Bouffant’s Dean Blumberg, was named The Creative Circle Ad of the Year. Dean’s Ster Kinekor ‘Intersection’ ad shared second with Standard Bank ‘Sh-Boom’, directed by Egg Films’ Kim Geldenhuys FNB ‘Dog’, directed by Velocity Films’ Greg Gray, was named one of Shots’ Top Eleven Commercials of 2012 Playboy South Africa ‘Hair Through The Ages’ was We Love Ad’s most popular campaign of 2012

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Chicken Licken: ‘Longing’, directed by Plank’s Pete Pohorsky Chicken Licken: ‘Orphanage’, directed by Egg Films’ Terence Neale Diesel+EDUN: ‘Pantsula vs. Puppets’, directed by Fly On The Wall’s Sean Metelerkamp Good Hope FM: ‘Beyond The Fence’, directed by Egg Films’ Slim. Savanna Dry: ‘Moose’, directed by Velocity Films’ Greg Gray Standard Bank: ‘Sh-Boom’, directed by Egg Films’ Kim Geldenhuys Ster Kinekor: ‘Intersection’, directed by Bouffant’s Dean Blumberg Stimorol: ‘Face Off’, directed by Your Girlfriend’s Trevor Clarence Uniball Pens: ‘Bust You Out’, directed by Frieze Films’ Rob Malpage (now with Velocity Films) VW: ‘The Answer’, directed by Your Girlfriend’s Trevor Clarence



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hen it comes to locations, Africa has it all. The continent has doubled as India, Ireland, Mexico, Miami, and Morocco recently. Some locations, like Cape Town, South Africa, are regular doubles for Provence in France, the English countryside, and American and British homes. Julia Finnis-Bedford , Founder &

Managing Director of Amazing Spaces says, “We have a world in one city. Travel to Atlantis’ dunes and you’ve got a desert, go to Constantia and you’ve an English house. Other suburbs and you have American bungalows. We really do have everything - we have French vineyards. We just have everything here it really is amazing.” The continent boasts a wide range of architectural styles, from the 50s, 70s, to

the ultra-modern. “We have those traditional Constantia houses that look English, those always work well, and then the bungalow style houses, single story with no fences in the front, those are really hard to find. Those are always popular,”” says Finnis-Bedford. Whatever location you’re looking for chances are you’ll find it in Africa.

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frican photography is featured at international awards shows every year, which is not surprising considering the beauty and versatility of the continent, and the talented commercials stills photographers Africa has to offer. We spoke to two industry experts who share their thoughts on what makes shooting commercial stills in Africa special.

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all. One needs to couple this with the technology available in the country. South Africa can supply close to all equipment, lighting and technical demands made by clients. We of course should not forget that this is all available at extremely favourable rates due to the exchange rate. Q: What are some of the unique or highprofile stills shoots that have been shot in Africa? A: Across the board, South Africa has played host to every major fashion player/ brand in the world, as well as close to every automotive brand. From Boss to Audi, from Top Shop to BMW, from Louis Vuitton to Lamborghini and so it goes on.

1988, was the Chairperson of the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) for six years, and has sat on the Executive Committee of SAASP for nine years. Q: Why is Africa, and specifically South Africa, an ideal location for shooting stills? A: There are few countries in the world that offer such contrasts in location diversity within such close proximity to each other. From white desert sand dunes to rolling vineyards, to white beaches, to a magnificent choice of architecture, Cape Town and South Africa in general has it

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Q: What would you tell companies that are wondering what the skill level is in the industry in Africa? A: Not only are the skills levels in every department concerning skills equal to those overseas, but there is the added bonus of good South African energy and work ethic which makes our freelance contractors a valuable addition to any shoot. From set-builders, to lighting technicians, from Production managers to Digital assistants, South Africa has a very high level of skills to offer.


Q: Has your company ever worked on a stills campaign that was part of a wider campaign that included commercials? Is this a growing or continuing trend? A: There is certainly a growing trend for Stills to piggy-back on commercials being shot in the country, and vice-versa. This is largely brought on by the budget constraints our clients are facing, and they look for as much cross-over as possible.

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Q: Why is Africa, and specifically Kenya, a great location for shooting stills? A: Africa is a great for shooting stills as each country has a unique feel to it. Nonetheless, as much as the ‘safari’ type image is the obvious norm, i would suggest utilizing more of the urban and rural areas which each have a very dynamic unique character

Q: What are some of the unique or highprofile stills shoots that you have shot? A: Hmmm, I consider each shoot highprofile whether the client is local or international. I am not only a professional photographer but also work as a film art director, and I have worked within this capacity on a

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feature film ‘Nairobi Half Life’, on the short film ‘All That Way for Love’, as Art Dept Assistant on ‘Kapringen’, and Art Director for the Diamonds video by German Soul Star Y’akoto. As a photographer who often has to art direct most of my work, venturing into film production design was a natural progression. I have always loved film and how fashion photography borrows heavily from it.

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hanks to ever-present confidentiality clauses, no one is ever allowed to officially talk about what’s in production in Africa, so this monthly section is an unofficial overview of the industry’s worst-kept secrets. First, we have an update on projects in the pipeline in May. Film Afrika shot ‘Hector and The Search for Happiness,’ which starred Simon Pegg (‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’) as a psychiatrist searching the globe for the secret to happiness. Peter Chelsom (‘Shall We Dance’, ‘Serendipity’) directed, while IMDB lists Rosamunde Pike (‘Pride & Prejudice’), Stellan Skarsgard (‘Good Will Hunting’), Jean Reno (‘The Professional’), Toni Collette (‘United States of Tara’), and Christopher Plummer (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’) as co-stars. It is based on Francois Lelord’s book, ‘Hector and The Search for Happiness’, and also shot in Canada, Britain, and China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp is prepping ‘Chappie’, a robot science fiction comedy which is expected to shoot in Johannesburg. Sharlto Copley stars alongside Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er.

Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light and Dark Films produced ‘Konfetti’, based on Louw Venter’s theatre show ‘The Best Man’s Speech.’ It has been described as “’The Hangover’ meets ‘The Wedding Crasher.’” Expect appearances from Casper de Vries and Casey B. Dolan, among others. ‘Black Sails,’ ‘Kite’, ‘Salvation’, ‘The Price of Sugar’ and ‘A Good Lie’ all wrapped ahead of winter’s arrival. So after a busy May, June seems relatively quiet, with just two

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international jobs doing the gossip circuit. Film Afrika goes into production in June in Johannesburg on navy seal-themed ‘Seal Team 8’, while Moonlighting Films will be in production at Sun City on ‘Blended,’ a romantic comedy that reunites ‘50 First Dates’ and ‘The Wedding Singer’ stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Deadline says Frank Coraci (‘Here Comes the Boom’, ‘The Waterboy’, ‘The Wedding Singer’) will direct and that Disney Channel star Bella Thorne (‘Shake It Up’) also features. There are more projects on the horizon. ‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp is prepping ‘Chappie’, a robot science fiction comedy which is expected to shoot in Johannesburg. Sharlto Copley stars alongside Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er. Chris Roland and ZenHQ Films are prepping ‘The King’, a new comedy about a down-and-out African American (Tracy Morgan) who inherits an African kingdom, which a ruthless Texas businessman (John Cusack) wants to exploit. Spier Films and Shekinah Tribe are prepping ‘Riding with Sugar,’ to be directed by Sunu Gonera (‘Pride’). The film follows a Zimbabwean refugee in Cape Town on a quest for BMX glory. John Boyega (‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, ‘Attack The Block’), Clare Bowen (‘Nashville’, ‘Dead Man’s Burden’), and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in ‘Harry Potter’) are attached.

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The Horn of Africa and Beyond

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n the United Nations’ scheme of geographic regions, twenty territories constitute Eastern Africa. Three countries in this region - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – are film industry standouts. These countries offer filmmakers a wide variety of locations and features for shooting films. From volcanoes to vast desert, from cities to ocean views, from wildlife reserves to rain forests, East Africa has it all. Its history is equally interesting. East Africa may be the origin of modern humans. With this in mind it’s understandable that East Africa is a hybrid of African tribes, East Indians, Arabs and Caucasians. Consequently many looks and accents are available within the local acting community. However, talent or a cast with substantial film experience, is limited and requires more coaching or directing than in ad-bluesky-kenya-203x72mm.pdf 1 5/16/2013 other more established markets. Nairobi


is the principal city from which to base film production in Kenya and also frequently serves as a hub for all filming across East Africa. What’s Happening Now Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is East Africa’s largest film, music, and arts festival. It takes place from 29 June to 7 July. The festival is held in Stone Town (Mji Mkongwe) in Zanzibar. Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrating cultural resilience and film art. Key Venues Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, stands at 19,340 feet (5896m) and is a six-day climb. No special climbing equipment or expertise is needed. 10:38:51 AM The Masai Mara, Kenya

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If you want to see the ‘big five’ in one location, the Masai Mara in Kenya is the place to be. During the dry season from July to October the wildlife spectacle is unparalleled. Nowhere else can you watch the annual migration of over a million wildebeest. Gorilla Tracking in the Virunga Mountains, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC About 300 mountain gorillas inhabit an extinct volcanic region called the Virunga Range along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC in East Africa. The time you are allowed to spend observing the gorillas is limited, so shooting must be planned accordingly. Getting to East Africa by Air Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, is the largest airport in East and Central Africa. The airport is a major transit hub for passengers flying to East Africa’s natural attractions and other smaller cities in East and Central Africa. It is situated 20 km from Nairobi’s Central Business District. The airport directly serves international passengers from Europe and Asia. Climate Rather unusual of equatorial regions, East Africa is surprisingly cool and dry for its latitude. However, there are regional variations. Tanzania’s climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. Uganda’s equatorial climate provides plenty of sunshine, moderated by the relatively high altitude of much of the country. Kenya sits on the equator so sunrise and sunset do not shift. The rainy seasons differ from region to region, with most rainfall taking place between February and June, with occasional rains from October to December.

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT Did you know? Rwanda has laid 2 300 kilometres of fibre optic cables across the country to link it to undersea cables running along the east African coast. The country is on the brink of nation-wide high-speed internet. Lake Victoria (which is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya), is the largest lake in Africa (by area: 68,800 square kilometres) and the largest tropical lake in the world. It is the main source of the Nile River.

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outh Africa’s Darryl Hammer, who has worked on a number of highprofile films including ‘Ali’ starring Will Smith and Spier Films’ ‘Black Butterflies’ and ‘The Price of Sugar’ has received a BAFTA Television Craft Award for Best Production Design in honour of her work on ‘The Girl’. The BBC Drama, which stars Sienna Miller and Toby Jones, focuses on Alfred Hitchcock’s turbulent relationship with actress Tippi Hedren who stars in one of his most notable works –‘The Birds’. When Tippi rejects Hitchcock’s advances, he puts her through a sadistic five days’ filming where she is attacked by real birds. “We used real birds when filming which is] challenging because birds are still wild animals so they could potentially cause a lot of harm, so the netting off of the set was real.” Michael Auret of Spier Films said, “We are so proud to be working with some of the industry’s greatest talent. Darryl is an exceptionally creative and effective production designer, with a particular flair for period design, and we are looking forward both to working with her on future productions, and helping her pass on her expertise to younger people in the industry.”

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Adds More Stars to 3D Khumba


outh Africa based Triggerfish Animation Studios, the company behind the worldwide 3D Animated hit Adventures in Zambezia (the highest grossing South African film in last 30 years), announced that they have added the voice of Steve Buscemi to join Laurence Fishburne, AnnaSophia Robb, Jake T. Austin, Loretta Devine, Catherine Tate, Richard E. Grant and Liam Neeson, in their new 3D Animated feature ‘Khumba’. Additionally, Anika Noni Rose, the voice of “Princess Tiana” in Disney’s $250 million dollar-grossing film ‘The Princess and the Frog’, joins the team as Lungisa, Khumba’s mother and wife to Fishburne’s character, Seko. Anika, a Tony Award winner, is also known for her starring work in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, the HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and numerous other film and television projects. Golden Globe and SAG Awardwinner Steve plays the colorful vagabond character “Skalk” in ‘Khumba’ and holds the lead in HBO’s critically-acclaimed series ‘Boardwalk Empire’. His work has appeared in numerous films, including ‘Fargo’, ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Trees Lounge’, which marked his full-length feature film directorial debut. He has provided the voices for characters in many animated features including Pixar’s ‘Monsters, Inc.’, Paramount Pictures’ ‘Charlotte’s Web’ as the voice of “Templeton” the rat, Sony Pictures’ Oscar nominated animated film ‘Monster House’, and Columbia Pictures’ ‘Hotel Transylvania’ as the voice of “Wayne.” Steve will next be heard reprising his role as the voice of Randall Boggs in Pixar’s Monsters University the much anticipated sequel to ‘Monsters, Inc.’. Edward Noeltner, CMG head stated, “With his trademark voice, Steve Buscemi took the character of Skalk in a new and exciting direction. Anika Noni Rose as Khumba’s mother brought a wonderful sense of warmth and tenderness to her character of Lungisa. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have them both onboard to complete the voice cast for Khumba.” Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish

Animation, adds “We are continuously impressed with the amount of gifted actors that our film has attracted. Buscemi brings a unique skill set to ‘Khumba’ and the voice work he’s recorded gives us a great deal of humor in the film. Anika Noni Rose likewise brings alive her character in a way that not many could.” “Steve Buscemi was the original

reference when we were first developing the character, so to have him actually voice the part is just incredible,” says writer and director, Silverston. “Anika Noni Rose joins fellow Princess and the Frog actress, Jen Cody who voices one of the other zebras and it’s fantastic to have both actresses in the same herd, so to speak,” says co-writer, Delle Donne.

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ilm & Event media welcomed members of the film industry to an evening of networking at the Southern Sun Waterfront recently. The featured speaker, Vlokkie Gordon of Sabido Investments, announced the creation of Advantage Entertainment at the event. The key objective of Advantage Entertainment, Vlokkie says, is “to bring projects to South Africa that were destined for other shores, to build a high quality library for Sabido’s affiliated Distribution Entity Power Corp. in the UK.” Advantage Entertainment will offer a one-stop-shop to package and provide all production/ co-production/production finance needs in South Africa, partner in development, coproduction and financing with other major international production partners in films, TV and miniseries, and offer experience in co-production treaties and in accessing and arranging the South African rebates and IDC equity loans. She added, “South Africa offers a wealth of opportunities as a production base including favourable incentives, fantastic locations, skilled crew.”


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International Short Student Film Program at the Starz Denver Film


he 36th Starz Denver Film Festival is scheduled for 7-17 November, 2013. SDFF screens approximately 225 films and hosts more than 175 guest filmmakers over the course of its 11 days. In conjunction with Liberty Global we will once again be presenting the Liberty Global International Student Film Award and we will be paying airfare and hotel accommodations for the top five student filmmakers in our international student film program to attend. Additionally all submission fees for entry to this section have been waived. Submission Information: • Festival: Starz Denver Film Festival, 2013 • Website: • Program: International Student Film Section • Submission fee: $0 (Fee Waived) • Submit: Mail screeners directly to: Denver Film Society 1510 York Street, 3rd Floor Denver, CO 80206, USA • Online: We accept all manner of online screeners via email at firstlook@ • WithoutABox: Films may also be submitted through (Submission fee is waived. Waiver code: NFMW95A)

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The Callsheet Issue 06  
The Callsheet Issue 06  

Film and Event Media release Issue 06 of The Callsheet. In this issue you can read about Cannes Lions as they celebrate 60 years; Commercial...