Monday, November 30, 2015

Fancy A Trip In The UberChopper With DVBBS?

One lucky Uber rider in Durban and their partner can take to the skies with superstar DJ’s DVBBS

On 1 December 2015 at 5pm all you have to do is open your Uber App and use the promo code DVBBSUBER to unlock the DVBBS view.  Set your pickup location and attempt to request the DVBBS vehicle option. It’s fastest fingers first.  The lucky winner and friend will be picked up and taken to the UberChopper where they will meet the duo and together experience a unique coastal tour of Durban.

The DVBBS on-demand will be available for request along the full coastline.

Ts and Cs apply.
Riders must be 18 years or older to qualify. Riders must have taken at least one Uber trip to qualify.  The winner must be with a friend at the time of pick up.

To request a ride download the Uber App for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone or register at

For more info:

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Durban International Film Festival 2016 - Call For Entries

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from around the world to submit their Short-Documentary or Feature Films to screen in the festival from 16 – 26 June 2016.  (Please note the new dates for the Festival).

The festival is organized with key partnerships from Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, KZN Film Commission, NFVF and other valued partners.

DIFF exhibits many films from around South Africa, Africa and from around the World.
The festival also includes a local and international awards section.

Only films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered. There is no charge for entry.

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted via an online screener. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF visitor page:
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 including delivery of screeners is 29 February 2016.

In 2016 the festival will feature a focus on the important issues HIV and Aids within film.  DIFF invites filmmakers with films on this subject to submit them for consideration.
The festival will also feature seminars and workshops aimed at local and international filmmakers.

Important Dates
17 – 21 June 2016 9th Talents Durban in co-operation with Berlinale Talents
17 – 20 June 2016 7th Durban FilmMart presented in partnership with Durban Film Office

This edition by Fred Felton
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Performing Arts Scholarships 2016

Funded by the Lottery, DALRO and Nedbank Arts Affinity this is a great opportunity for any young student.

Presented by the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) it is aimed at young performers in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts as well as students in first or second year dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre studies.

Thanks to the National Lottery there will be an additional 14 performing arts scholarships in 2016.
National Auditions will be hosted from June to August 2016 and participants will be given a 6-month period to register for the programme as of December 2015, with registrations set to close 31 May 2016.

For more into contact the Arts and Culture Trust:

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban

Plenty to do and see this weekend and coming up.

Coming Soon

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Monday, November 9, 2015

African Arts Centre Xmas Exhibition

There is much on offer this year, look out for handmade beadwork, embroidery, telephone wire, clay and wood decorations this year.

Look out for innovative products thanks to a creative skills development programme which aims to help local crafters generate a sustainable income through their art.

Wonder Msane, Phumlani Mbhele and Phumlani Madela have produced a range of ornaments in the formation of stars, hearts and angels executed in specified colour combinations.

‘We are thrilled to see young people absorb new skills so creatively!’ says assistant director Nozipho Zulu.

Look out for many arts and crafts from the likes of Happiness Dladla, Dumsile Mathe and many more.

A novel feature this year are uniquely African-designed beach towels so you can hit the beach in style. This is a result of a partnership between Mr Price Home and 4 African Art Centre artists, Sibusiso Duma, Nonotobeko Jilajila, Mbali Mabuza and Timothy Mlambo.

This new range will be available in Mr Price Home from 12 November.

A portion of the sales from each towel will go back to the African Art Centre to help with the development of emerging artists.

For more info contact the African Art Centre: 031-303-4634
Or visit them at 94 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban.

This edition by Fred Felton

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Opportunity for African Screenwriters – Call for Submissions

Urucu Media under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox, Durban FilmMart, Restless Talent Management, The French Institute in SA and Francais’s Cinemas du Monde proudly present REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

From June to August 2016, 5 screenwriters will be invited to a 7 week residency to develop a new draft of their next screenplay.

Here is what you can expect:

Week 1

The residency kicks off on 16 June 2016 with an introductory week at Durban FilmMart. Residents will have the chance to watch films, attend seminars and present their projects to industry professionals for feedback. Each resident will prepare a public presentation of their project at the end of the week.

Week 2-6

Residents will be transported to the Nirox artists residency at the Cradle of Humankind where they can work on their screenplay in tranquillity. Top international script consultants will help them. They can also expect workgroups with fellow writers, curated film screenings, producer-led case studies and discussions with industry speakers.

Week 7

Residents will be debriefed and have follow up Skype sessions with their consultants. After leaving the residency writers will be invited to submit a new draft of their screenplay by 30 September 2016. The most promising project will be invited and funded to participate at the prestigious La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes, 2017.
Residents will receive a stipend of R15 000 and all food and accommodation will be covered during their stay.  Residents will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from the residency. Efforts will be made to help with sponsorship from country culture desks and other interested institutions.


Deadline 31 January 2016 or until 120 applications have been received whichever comes first.

Applicants must submit 1 PDF dossier containing:
A motivation for wanting to participate in REALNESS (1 page)
A synopsis of the proposed feature project (1 page)
A treatment of the proposed feature project (6 pages)
A draft of the screenplay
A writer’s note of intention (1 page)
A short biography (1 paragraph)
2 links to samples of previously produced work uploaded to Vimeo. If selected residents will be required to donate one copy of their previous work to the Nirox film library.

All submitted work must be in English.  The call is open to screenwriters from across Africa.

Please submit dossiers to

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ballito Xmas Market 16th – 24th Dec 2015 @ Burndale (Umhlali)

Prime Space Almost Sold Out.

If you would like your products sold at Ballito Xmas Market you better hurry. 
Full details and application forms are available via email.
Simply email: for more info.

There are 2 options for display:

Pay for your table R1500 for 9 days and supply stock. Stock will be bar coded and sold for you.  The market will take 20% of the turnover sold on your behalf. The market will need stock lists by 1st of December and stall fees need to be paid now to secure your stand. Trestle table and Table Cloth will be supplied.


You pay R2500 for a table and handle all sales yourself for the 9 days. Table and 2 chairs supplied for this option.

Market Address: Burndale:1 Salt Rock Road
Date: 16th – 24th of December
Market times: 10am – 6pm every day
Stock list needs to be in on 1st of Decmber to
Set up and stock drop off: 14th and 15th December.

Market limited to 100 stands.

For every cent spent 1% goes towards the Furthering Education & Training NPO.

This edition by Fred Felton

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trainee Opportunities For 6 Young Filmmakers

SABC’s Uzalo Season 2 – Trainee Opportunities

Stained Glass Productions which produces Uzalo is looking to train 6 young filmmakers during the second season of this show in KwaMashu, Durban. eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office in partnership with Stained Glass Productions are introducing a trainee development programme for the youth of eThekwini.

Areas of training:
Sound – training a ‘boom swinger’ in basics of sound mixing.
Camera – training as a camera assistant.
Make-up and hair – training as a make-up and hair standby assistant.
Art department – training as art department standby assistant.
Production – training as a production assistant.
Wardrobe – training as a wardrobe standby assistant.

How to apply:

Submit your CV and a covering motivation letter to:
Mr Fezile Peko, DFO Project Manager
Deliver: 11th Floor Rennies House, 41 Margaret Mncadi Av. Durban.

Deadline: 13 November 2015 at 12pm.

This edition by Fred Felton

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