EVENT: Mini-INPUT Johannesburg

The Mini-INPUT will be showcasing productions screened and discussed at the INPUT 2019 conference which was held in Bangkok in May 2019.

More than 400 delegates (all TV professionals) gathered in Bangkok to discuss and showcase the state of broadcasting.
Mini-INPUTs are designed, to disseminate know-how and solutions to local broadcasting professionals and are scheduled around the world.
INPUT is not a festival. It does not showcase “the best” productions or award prizes to productions. Instead, productions that offer solutions, creative insights into the industry challenges are showcased. They form a basis of international know-how and programming exchange. Not on a platform of a marketplace – but on a platform of professional curiosity.

At the Johannesburg Mini-INPUT, broadcasting professionals, media scholars, policy makers and audience have a chance to watch and discuss 13 of the 50 productions screened at the conference. These have been carefully curated to tackle topics that are of interest of the regional stakeholders by the INPUT National Coordinator for South Africa, Henriette De Villiers and the SACOMM ExCo. Member for Screen Studies, François Smit.  The programmes are screened in themes sessions to focus discussion around these topics.

INPUT is an organization based on volunteer engagement by professionals around the world who are supported by their own organisations. It is not steered by ideologies other than “storytelling in the interest of the audience”. It is an open platform for the exchange of programme ideas and professional know-how.

Who should attend?
INPUT is a conference aimed at TV makers and media scholars. Productions screened range in genre, format and audience share. It is as much a showcase of “Bread and Butter TV” as it showcases block buster fiction series or high-end documentaries. The plurality of the perspectives of the delegates at the conference is what makes INPUT a “must attend” event.

The Mini-INPUT is kindly hosted by AFDA Johannesburg (41 Frost Avenue, Braamfontein Werft)  on Thursday and Friday, 24 & 25 October 2019.

Registration is free of charge, but an RSVP is essential to make sure that access to the screenings and discussions are guaranteed.

Please RSVP to Simone Singh (simone@afda.co.za), stating your organization and function as well as which days you would be attending. Please see the MINI-INPUT programme.

The Mini-INPUT JHB is also kindly supported by the Goethe Institut.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations for The South African Communications Association (SACOMM) Executive Committee are now accepted.

As per §10 of the SACOMM Constitution, it is time to Call for Nominations for Executive Committee Members for the different Streams of SACOMM. “Interest Group Conveners” (or the Executive Committee) are, with the Presidium, responsible for the daily running of SACOMM.

The SACOMM Objectives are to:

  • encourage contact and co-operation among Communication Departments in the various tertiary education institutions offering Communication Studies;
  • provide a forum to promote communication research, collaboration, and debate among communication practitioners, communication industry professionals, academics, and students;
  • promote networking and academic debate; and
  • facilitate professional communication practice in Southern Africa.

To that effect, Executive Committee members should be academics active in the interest stream or academic field they are nominated for, who are willing to uphold the SACOMM objectives throughout their term (two years) – between the conferences.

Nominations are welcomed for the Position of:

  1. Deputy President
  2. Media Studies and Journalism
  3. Screen Studies
  4. Corporate Communication
  5. Communication Studies
  6. Communication Education and Curriculum Development
  7. Communications Advocacy and Activism
  8. Emerging Scholars Stream

At the Annual General Meeting during SACOMM 2019 in Cape Town, all SACOMM members will have a chance to vote for the nominees, should there be more than one nomination for a position. 

Nominations for the Executive Committee should reach the Office of the Presidium by 29.07.2019.

Please note:

  1. The nomination process is anonymous.
  2. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.
  3. Those who nominate another individual must first confirm that the individual is available to stand, before they make said nomination.
  4. Please follow the link below to submit a nomination: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSbcjZD9Tjg9F8uUIEow9M_OT3sm6AxT7Ic7td0aO7BXkU0w/viewform?usp=sf_link


Further Information:

SACOMM Constitution

Interest Streams and Executive Committee


Lecture: Jonathan Haynes

AFDA invites SACOMM members the a lecture by the visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar, Jonathan Haynes.

His area of specialisation is Nollywood. He would like to engage with us on more up to date perspectives on Nollywood – as he is currently the Fulbright Senior Scholar, Departments of English and Creative Arts at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He has expressed the wish to not engage in a traditional class – but instead, to debate and discuss the issues that might arise from your experiences and ideas around Nollywood. An Academic Q&A round about Nollywood.

We look forward to welcome him and of course are interested in the debates. Please RSVP your attendance to Simone@afda.co.za – by Tuesday, 12.03.19.

Who: Jonathan Hayes – Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar – https://jonhaynes.net

What: Contemporary Perspectives on Nollywood

When: Friday, 15 March 2019 – 09:00 –12:30

Where: AFDA JHB Campus – 41 Frost Avenue, 2092 Auckland Park

How: RSVP – Simone Singh, Course Administrative Assistant, Postgraduate Studies – simone@afda.co.za – by Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

ARTS AND CULTURE TO HOST THE 2019 SOUTH AFRICAN FILM SUMMIT, JOHANNESBURG

 MEDIA STATEMENT

Government through National Department of Arts and Culture will host the South African Film Summit from 04 – 05 February 2019 at Skyrink Studios, in Johannesburg Gauteng. The Summit will be held under the theme: “Transformation and innovation in the South African Film/Audio-Visual Industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Are we geared for change?”


Industry experts and policy makers within the audio-visual industry will deliberate on key resolutions as guiding efforts towards the development of the local film industry in alignment with emerging trends and global developments.

The South African Film Summit seeks to:

  • Assess the extent to which the current or emerging legislation and policies either enhance or hinder the transformation and development of the film and television industry in South Africa.
  • Evaluate the extent to which the South African Film Industry is catching up or aligning itself with emerging trends and global developments, premised by Pan-Africanism.
  • Create a platform for knowledge sharing through case studies and benchmarking with similar countries in the developing world.
  • Evaluating the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries with particular reference to funding and resources of the sector.

The South African Film Industry refers to the broader audio-visual media industry which includes film, television and digital media as defined in the Revised White Paper, 2017. The film industry is one of the oldest in the world having initiated in 1896. Despite such a long history, the South African film industry’s place within the local economy and globally is a contested one. This is in terms of its contribution in both social and economic value. 

As such, whether the industry is in its infancy or not remains a contentious matter. This is considering the low film production volumes, unsustainable business models and a largely freelance workforce because South Africa is not short on policies and strategies to support the industry.

“Policy coordination and coherence is important to ensure there are no unnecessary bottlenecks, contradictions and gaps that will negatively impact on the business environment while simultaneously encouraging investment, particularly from the private sector”, states Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

About 300 experts and policy makers from key organizations, Government and industry institutions such as: the South African Broadcasting Corporation National Film and Video Foundation; South African Screen Federation; South African Guild of Actors, South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum and Independent Black Filmmakers Collective as well as other local and international key stakeholders will take part in the summit.

“Addressing South Africa’s positioning in the film sector, not only in the continent but also globally, is an important one if the country is to compete in the creative economy”, concludes the Minister.

Media enquiries: Petunia Lessing

Cell: 066 301 4645 / email: petunial@dac.gov.za

For more information, please contact Asanda Magaqa: Cell: 072 327 6807 / email: asandam@dac.gov.za or Zimasa Velaphi, Cell: 072 172 8925 / email: zimasav@dac.gov.za

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture

24 January 2019 

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EVENT: Mini-INPUT Johannesburg – 28 & 29.09.2018

INVITATION

The JHB Mini-INPUT will aim to talk about the current state of Television through Workshops, Screenings and Round Table Discussions.

TV Programmes which were selected, screened and debated at INPUT in New York, will be screened around themes pertinent to TV makers in South Africa today. Programmes in the interest of the Audience.

Global trends, challenges and solutions will be discussed. Also, we will be hosting a breakaway workshop session on Social Media Influencers for TV Programming.

The Mini-INPUT will be closed off with a Round Table Discussion titled The Role of Broadcasters in SA – Business as usual? hosted by Prof. viola milton. Panellists include Kate Skinner, Justine Limpitlaw, Dudetsang Makuse, Nadia Bululia and Collin Dimakatso Mashile, Chief Director Broadcasting Policy, Department of Communications.

Attending this event is crucial for independent production companies, commissioning editors, Directors, broadcasters, creatives who are shaping and working actively in the southern African television landscape as well as academics and influencers in the media landscape. This event will open the submission process for #INPUT19 – hosted by the Goethe Institut and Thai PBS in Bangkok in May 2019.

INPUT is the acronym for INternational Public Television – an annual global conference that has been running since 1976. Here, not the best – but the most discussion-worthy programmes from around the globe are screened and discussed. Originally, the conference was intended to deal with challenges that face public service television. More recently, it has become evident that globally, PSBs and commercial broadcasters face the same challenge: Providing compelling and relevant programming, in the interest of the audience. Read more here: www.input-tv.org

As there is limited seating, please RSVP to Simone Singh (Simone@afda.co.za) at your earliest convenience.

There is no fee attached to attending the event.

INPUT is a 100% Volunteer based organisation dependent on the kind support of the TV Industry – in the case,hosted by AFDA where INPUT has found a home in SA.
AFDA, 41 Frost Avenue, 2092 Auckland Park

The full programme of the Mini-INPUT for Friday, 28 and Saturday, 29 September 2018: Programme Mini-INPUT JHB

SCREENING: Slavery Routes

The history of Black slavery covers more than 15 centuries: 1500 years of subjection, oppression and violence, but also of resistance and passion, which will be the subject of various commemorations in 2018. By celebrating the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888 or the liberation of slaves in British territories in 1838, the world will remember a story that concerns four continents and millions of men, women and children.

Even though the scars of this fateful period are very much present today, the stories that we tell of slavery are often incomplete or simplistic. Because the wounds haven’t yet healed, because slavery has direct consequences on the inequalities that torment our society, the four volumes of the series Slave Routes are necessary films. This approach is innovative. To our knowledge, no documentary or series has recounted the totality of Black slavery. The stakes are ambitious but imperative: to provide an objective, historical but also sensitive look at 12 centuries of a little-known story.

The Series Producer, Fanny Glissant will be present at the screening.

When: Monday, 04.06.2018, 17:30 for 18:00

Where: AFDA Johannesburg, 41 Frost Avenue, 2092 Auckland Park

This Screening is a Screen Studies Interest Group Event in cooperation with AFDA and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS.