This workshop takes a broad spectrum look at getting your documentary film out to its audience: From building an on-line audience as independent filmmakers to structuring a crowd-funding campaign and creating a following; From reaching high end markets with a comprehensive global strategy to maximising impact through mobile screenings.
More about our speakers:
DON EDKINS is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town. He has produced documentary projects that have been broadcast and screened to audiences around the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? He is Executive Producer of AfriDocs, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa, and of Dare to Dream Asia, a new project with Asian filmmakers. He is currently developing a new documentary film project Generation Africa.
KELLY-EVE KOOPMAN is a writer, actor and co-creator of the webseries and online platform Coloured Mentality, a space that shapes and facilitates dialogue around Cape Coloured identity. A year since it's creation the platform currently has 29 000 followers and the Season 2 teaser on Spatial Apartheid in Cape Town received over 200 000 views.
RICHARD FINN GREGORY is a Cape Town-based filmmaker and founder of GOOD WORK, a production company focussed on cinematic documentary storytelling. His films have screened at numerous festivals internationally, with his last feature-length documentary, The Boers at the End of the World, winning three SAFTAs, screening in cinemas for 10 weeks and being distributed on DStv and Showmax. His latest project was recently selected to be pitched at Durban Film Mart. He sits on the Board of the Documentary Filmmakers Association and has been a juror for the SAFTAs for the last three years.
MIKI REDELINGHUYS likes telling stories with a camera. Humanity interests, inspires and often disappoints her. She's been making documentaries for a while and keeps threatening to stop and become a small-scale farmer instead. But then another story enters her life. Her documentary, This Land (2017), deals with land dispossession and structural inequality in rural South Africa was commissioned by the Land and Accountablity Research Centre and produced by Plexus Films. The film has screened in rural South Africa as part of a series of dialogues, supported by Nelson Mandela Foundation and Bertha Foundation and in partnership with Sunshine Cinema. She served on the DFA board at its inception, which she chaired between 2007 and 2009, where she initiated events like DOCLOVE and the My Town short documentary competition. She is committed to developing the documentary industry, and sharing ideas with fellow story-tellers. She has compiled Marketing and distribution panel to represent a broad spectrum of ways in which to reach audiences and will be facilitating the panel discussion.
A proud supporter of all things local, in 2018, SAMKELO DONISI established the very first Impact Producer's unit in South Africa. Uniting filmmakers, activists and students in one room to discuss strategies, research and funding for their projects. Previously, he completed a Bachelors degree in Communication, Media and Politics and Honors degree in International relations at University of the Western Cape Currently, he is reading for Masters degree in Branding and Political Communication at University of Cape Town. Samkelo's passion lies in creative collaborations, innovation and philanthropic work. In 2015, he established Okwethu Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to help grade 12 learners with application for funding, university applications and career guidance. Samkelo consulted as impact producer for UCT TV Studio. For the last 4 months he has travelled the country as Sunbox Ambassador for Sunshine Cinema and Plexus Films to screen This Land and facilitating dialgogues, while doing research and measuring their impact. He will discuss impact in the context of this experience in the Marketing and distribution panel at the Cape Town Film Market.
What: Marketing & Distribution Workshop
When: Saturday 13 October
Time: 09:00 - 11:00
Where: The Event Space, Workshop 17, The V&A Waterfront