Again it dawns on me that there is some serious conversational problems with our little “independent” film industry.

A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.

I received an email from a friend in namibia yesterday regarding this incredible film competition opportunity. So only now am I able to share this knowledge. I was just wondering why the hell I haven’t heard of it before. Where is the mass email from one of my fellow film makers letting us all know? Where is the Facebook status with the link or the sms or send your pigeon for heavens sake!

My point is just that if we want to raise the bar, make better movies we have to challenge one another and then applaud those who do well. Secrecy was part of the Apartheid legacy, lets move on!!! Share information, any information. A new camera tool, a business idea, a link to a pretty colour or a a way to achieve a set construction. As long as we hope that no one notices us and we keep hiding what we are doing the longer we will take to draw attention to our little industry and get investors to believe that it is viable to make films in South Africa..

And thus, after my little rant here is another key to getting your films out there and making mark!
Do it, win the competition and draw attention, then do it again…

The Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program supports films that aspire to artistic excellence and accomplished storytelling, and substantially contribute to the development of local film industries. Award recipients of the 2009 Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program can use award money received from Africa First to complete initial production and to pay for post-production costs such as laboratory fees, sound mixing, and editing.

Applications must be fully completed and postmarked by the August 1, 2009 deadline and received no later than August 15, 2009 in order to be accepted. Individuals can only submit one film. Submissions that are made with an incomplete application or applications that are submitted without the supporting materials will be disqualified. Submissions that are obscene, pornographic, libelous, or otherwise objectionable will also be disqualified. Recipients will be notified on or about October 1, 2009 of their status and must be available to travel to New York City for the Summit Weekend of November 12 - November 16, 2009.

All projects entered into the Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program must meet the requirements below:
Produced in continental Africa;
5-25 minutes in length with narratives taking place exclusively in Africa. Feature and/or documentary submissions will not be accepted;
In preproduction, production, or postproduction;
Project must be filmed in continental Africa and contribute to the development of the local film industry by using local key production staff and using local facilities;
All Program documents must be written in the English language; however, if the original language of the screenplay was not in the English language, an English-language translation of the screenplay is acceptable;
Project must be either (i) in the English language or (ii) if not, be delivered with English-language subtitles in 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm, HDTV, DigiBeta, or Beta format.

Go here to get application form and visit the site!