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Australian Filmmakers in South Africa

Acting High Commissioner of Australia, Mr Peter Budd hosted a reception and outdoor film screening of works by two Australian filmmakers, Mr Sieh Mchawala and Mr David Valivedoo in Pretoria on 13 September 2011.

The filmmakers are visiting South Africa from 9-15 September with the support of the Australian High Commission, to participate in the 9th annual Tri-Continental Film Festival and an associated bi-annual People to People International Documentary Conference.  The Tri-Continental Film Festival (TCFF) is an arts and cultural initiative showcasing films from or concerned with the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia. The TCFF aims to deepen understanding of human rights issues and afford a substantive voice to marginalized communities.
                                                       Filmmaker Mr David Valivedoo
Two one-hour documentaries by the respective filmmakers were screened. After the first screening Mr Peter Budd remarked that there is potential in every child and if this potential is not realized it is a loss to society. He also commented on the similarities between Australia and South Africa and the challenges they face.

Mr Valivedoo's 'Voices from the Cape' was a documentary about multi-media trainers bringing their unique engagement to children at a Koolkan Aurukun Community School which had the lowest attendance record in the state of Queensland.The documentary showed the many transformations that took place in the youth and after six weeks of interaction portrayed them emerging as confident, empowered and media savvy youth.

Clips from Mr Sieh Mchawala's 'Remote Transmissions'  was screened. Remote Transmissions is the newest addition to the Big Stories web-doc series that features collaborations between small town communities and filmmakers in residence. Big Stories focuses on those caring for and creating their own community. The documentary screened featured among others a Sudanese lady trying to teach Sudanese men seeking refuge in Australia to cook, a Punjabi man working on a farm looking for love; brothers designing and making kettle barbeques.

Mr Mchawala and Mr Valivedoo will screen selected works at the Tri-Continental Film Festival and participate in panel discussions and master-classes at the People to People International Documentary Conference.  


Mr Mchawala and Mr Valivedoo’s visit coincides with the recent entry into force of the Australia-South Africa film co-production agreement.  The treaty-level agreement, which entered into force on 22 August 2011, aims to encourage film co-productions between Australian and South African film-makers by streamlining some of the administrative and funding issues around cooperation in film-making.


Practical benefits for film-makers are that projects approved as official co-productions under the treaty will be granted ‘national treatment’ by both countries meaning co-producers can access a range of funding and tax benefits; simplified immigration requirements for the entry of skilled personnel; and duty free importation of equipment for use in co-productions. Official co-productions will also be treated as ‘local content’ under domestic television broadcast quotas.


The agreement will provide opportunities for Australian and South African film-makers to pool their creative and financial resources, facilitate cultural and creative exchange between the countries and increase the output of high-quality productions.


For more information about the Tri-Continental Film Festival or People to People International Documentary Conference, see: www.3continentsfestival.co.za

For more information about the potential of the agreement for film-makers, see the Screen Australia website: www.screenaustralia.gov.au/coproductions
 


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