Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Call for Entries for Open Cities Doc Fest and for Durban International Film Festival - Watch EFC Free at Ster Kinekor

Open Cities Doc Fest

London's leading documentary film festival. The festival occurs annually in June and creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. The festival is already global in scope, but this year they are keen to work even harder to showcase the best films made by filmmakers from the Global South, who only make it to London audiences in limited quantity. They are keen to provide a platform for inspiring filmmaking talent coming out of Africa. Submissions are currently open for their 2015 edition.   
Inclusion in the Open City Docs Fest programme is a great opportunity for any filmmaker. They offer filmmakers from around the globe the opportunity to have their work seen by diverse audiences and award-winning, expert judges - the 2014 jury included acclaimed filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. 
They accept both short films and features, and submissions close 2 Feb 2015. 
To submit films, and to find out more go to: http://bit.ly/10BsHZc 

Find them on Twitter @OpenCityDocs

Durban International Film Festival calls for entries for 2015

Durban, South Africa: The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate its 36th edition from 16 to 26 July 2015. Presenting over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa, the festival exhibits films in a diversity of venues around the city. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes a local and international awards component.
Only films completed in 2014 and 2015 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted with either a DVD SCREENER or an ONLINE SCREENER. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online at vp.eventival.eu/cca. In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 20 March 2015.
The extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers and industry professionals will include the 8th Talents Durban programme (17 to 21 July), in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and the 6th Durban FilmMart (17 to 20 July), in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.
Specific streams of programming for 2015 will include a focus on climate change, as well as films that explore our relationship to the earth’s changing ecology. “We are very excited about receiving a wealth of challenging and high quality films from around the world,” says festival manager Peter Machen. “We also welcome engagement with current and potential partners who support the development of cinema in Africa and beyond. Such collaboration is a major part of the festival and helps to provide filmmakers and the public with a programme of brilliant films and a solid development programme.”
For more information check out the festival Submission FAQs or visit: www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.

Watch EFC Free at Ster Kinekor

For the final EFC event of 2014, Ster-Kinekor and EFC have teamed up to say thank you to all the loyal fans for the fantastic year. EFC 36: Allen vs. Groth is happening live at the Coca-Cola Dome on Thursday 11 December. Ster-Kinekor and EFC are giving away free tickets to all fans attending any of the Ster-Kinekor cinemas which are screening EFC 36 live.

If you can’t be Hexagon-side for the live event at the Coca-Cola Dome, then booking your tickets for an exhilarating free EFC experience at Ster-Kinekor cinemas is easy. Simply call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437) to secure your seats. Don’t forget that the Ster-Kinekor broadcasts the full event of twelve live fights in full HD on the big screen.

The main Ster-Kinekor Prelim Bout for EFC 36 will showcase the much-anticipated bout between two of the EFC’s best. Fighting out of Edenvale, Johannesburg, comes Gareth Sawyer, with two wins and no losses to his name, taking on Bloemfontein-based grizzly, Warren Allison, who boasts a four win streak. This is the main event of the EFC 36 Ster-Kinekor Prelim Bouts. If you aren’t at the live event, the only other way you can catch this clash is at Ster-Kinekor cinemas. Watch this massive fight live, plus five more Ster-Kinekor Prelim Bouts, and all the action from the five main card bouts, on the big screen for an explosive MMA experience.

The exclusive Ster-Kinekor Prelim Bouts feature the following fights:  Sawyer vs. Allison, Vermeulen vs. Grobbelaar, Visser vs. Hurter, Buthelezi vs. Mulumba, Lakobioze vs Calvert, Illunga vs Seabi and Coxen vs. Pritchard. The full fight card also features the main card bouts of: Allen vs Groth, Begattin vs Roodman, I. Kabesa vs Nienaber, Zulu vs F. Groenewald and Sebeko vs Cutendana.

Cinema audiences are treated to all 12 of the scheduled fights as they take place, broadcast live in state-of-the-art digital projection, on the big screen. The following Ster-Kinekor cinemas will be going live from 16:45:

• Ster-Kinekor Fourways (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor East Rand Mall (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor The Zone@Rosebank (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor Greenstone (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor Cradlestone (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor Maponya (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn (Pretoria)
• Ster-Kinekor Gateway (Durban)
• Ster-Kinekor Cavendish (Cape Town)
• Ster-Kinekor Cape Gate (Cape Town)
• Ster-Kinekor Tyger Valley (Cape Town)
• Ster-Kinekor Mimosa (Bloemfontein)

Cinema-goers receive a complimentary EFC event guide and live commentary throughout the event. EFC 36, is presented by BetXchange.com.
To find out more about EFC events and to reserve your free tickets for EFC 36 at your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema, callTicketline on 0861-Movies (668 437). Download the SK App on any smart phone for updates, information and to make bookings. For information on other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter orFacebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres, visit www.sterkinekor.com or sterkinekor.mobi.

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

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