What you should know about this year’s GRIFF in Iconic Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay , Garden Route (July 2023) – The Garden Route International Film Festival (GRIFF) showcases a diverse range of local, national, and international films, including features, short films and documentaries. This year’s festival takes place at Diaz Beach Hotel & Resort in Mossel Bay from August 2 to 5. Read on to find out why it’s not only for those already in the film industry.

GRIFF provides a platform for filmmakers to present their work, while fostering cultural exchange and appreciation of the art of filmmaking. The festival includes screenings, workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities, allowing filmmakers and film enthusiasts to engage and connect.

The event kicks off with a Green Carpet Opening Night, including a film screening, on Wednesday August 2. The line-up from Thursday to Saturday include daily films shown on big screens, workshops, seminars, networking functions, and youth training courses in various film-related disciplines.

A must-do on Thursday August 3 will be an evening of Music of the Movies, with not only musical entertainment but also a movie quiz, wine tasting, and film screening. The Friday night’s live music show, Denim and Diamonds, is a tribute to Neil Diamond and also features a tasting and screening.

The event concludes on the evening of Saturday the 5th, with an awards and closing function. But leading up to that grand finale will be an incredible amount of information sharing, most notably among those involved in the value chain of filmmaking, such as service providers and suppliers.

The GRIFF Industry Program guides businesses to benefit from this booming trade’s supply chain. In 2022, about R36-million of was poured directly into the district through film production; on the receiving end were suppliers of accommodation, catering, medical services, transport hire, and photography.

Also in the value chain are those who provide building materials and props, purchased from over 200 retailers and suppliers. In addition, local crews are trained and available to work on productions in the region.

The Industry Program offers a range of workshops, presentations, and panel discussions, led by industry experts. These sessions cover an array of topics related to filmmaking, such as screenwriting techniques, job opportunities in film, social media, film tourism and financing, distribution strategies, cinematography tips, and emerging trends.

The GRIFF Youth Program targets ages 13-18, with various workshops and amazing movies to view at no cost, from August 3-5. Further information will be posted on social media, in the press and through Mossel Bay Tourism. Visit to get your VIP Pass, movie and event tickets, and for additional information.

Press release:
by goji
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Garden Route Film Office (a Non-Profit Company (NPC) duly registered in terms of the Companies Act 2008 as amended) Registration on Number:2018/030391/08 will be held on Thursday 16 February 2023 at Bahia Bleu, Diaz Hotel, Mossel Bay, Garden Route at 17:30 for 18:00 to transact the following business.

1. Adoption of of the minutes of the previous minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2022 and acceptance of postponement of AGM 2020.

2. Consideration of the approval of the Chairman’s Report on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Garden Route Film Commission.

3. To receive and consider the annual financial statements of the Company for the period ended 2021/2022

4. Resolution to appoint auditors

5. Proposal to amend MOI

6. To consider any matters of which due notice has been given.

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Directors are: Patrick Walton, Liza Stroebel, Letitia Cunninghum
Councellors: Stephan de Vries, Iona Kritzinger, Cobus Meiring
Admin: René Malan

2022 Film Race


Are you a filmmaker or enthusiast looking for your next project? We want you!

It’s time for our 3rd annual 48-Hour Film Race. We call on all filmmakers to join this event and have an epic weekend.

Entries close at 12 PM on the 14th of September 2022.

For more information, visit

See you at the races!

How can I promote my property or activity as a filming location?

The Garden Route Film Commission (GRFC) has a key objective to promote the district as a favourable destination for film productions, increase investment in film, attract foreign producers and promote the unique characteristics of the Garden Route Film industry.

The GRFC will be embarking on a road trip around the district to inform businesses, home owners and suppliers on the benefits of working with the film industry and also the safeguards that are in place in the industry to make it easier to do business with filmmakers. The GRFC is creating a series of self-help topics available to the public via their website FAQ section.

List your property for free with the GRFC

The GRFC website was founded with the idea of streamlining and simplifying the location booking process by creating a central point for the Garden Route for filmmakers to find locations, homes, businesses and suppliers to supply their productions.   Registration is free on the site and GRFC can assist you with the enquiry. Simply follow the steps on the FAQ section of our website or send the following to us:

– 4-8 photographs of your home, location or activity

– Main contact Email and number (Number will not be published unless you want it to)

– 100 words about the property/location/activity for example how many bedrooms.

– Location coordinates (Google Maps is fine) and which Municipality you are in.

Enquiries will come directly to you and the film commission will assist you in what to charge and expectations including the correct industry standard location contracts which differ from normal rental agreements. Email the information to

“The GRFC has a database of over 20 000 industry/business and supplier contacts to which we promote and market the region for film locally, nationally and internationally giving unprecedented exposure on a film/tourism level to our members.”

The majority of film shoots are not restricted to one area and nor should your location only be promoted on one platform. Ours is an emerging industry with fewer enquiries so you need to spread your location across a number of sites.

Agents for Film Locations

There are dedicated agents who deal with film locations, but always ensure they are known in the industry and understand the scope of film genres and impact a film crew will have on your property. List with a few agents including some in Cape Town, JHB and KZN to widen the spread and include the link to your profile on the GRFC site.

There are key questions about the enquiry you should know. For example what country is it coming from and the name of the production which you should keep confidential, but then you can at least research and ensure it’s the type of production you want in your home.

Contracting with an agent is very important also. The GRFC recommends strongly not giving exclusivity as the industry is still growing in the Garden Route District and it will curb your ability to obtain work as enquires can come from various sources. This is again why the GRFC has created a dedicated portal for producers to source from which is marketed to industry ongoing steering enquiries to the site.

Agents for film locations will charge a fee. This fee can be a finder’s fee or a booking fee. This fee should only apply if they secure the booking for your property. This is usually a % of the booking. There are agents charging as high as 20%-30% and should be avoided. The Garden Route Film Industry is starting to grow but we are always mindful of out pricing ourselves against major cities like Cape Town.

You as the property owner need to get out what you are comfortable with and an excessive Agency markup on top of that, could price your location out and lose the production to the region.

The GRFC recommends for the interim growth period an agency fee of no more than 5%- 10% depending on the scale and duration of the production.

Always remember you have the option of going through an agent if more comfortable with that or once introduced through an agent dealing directly after that with the client. It is also important that an agent come to you with every offer and not screen offers if they feel they are not high enough. There are times when financially work of even a small amount would be beneficial.

This is again where an agent needs to understand the scope and type of productions and their budgets to maximise your rentals. Fixed pricing on a location does not work with the film industry. There is a strong tendency for agents to inflate pricing which does long term damage to the area.

Location Scout or Production person may approach you direct

This is very standard in the industry as location scouts move around an area looking for properties that fit the brief they have been given. A location scout who is directly attached to a production, will not charge a commission to you if your property is selected and will negotiate directly with you on the price. This is normal and they are paid directly by production for sourcing the locations.

The GRFC is here to assist if you need assistance with these negotiations. Some location scouts work independently and build a portfolio of relationships directly with locations. In this instances the location scouts agree a finder’s fee with locations they represent and again we advise this not being higher than 5%-10% depending on duration and size of the booking.

“It is vital that an emerging film industry not out price themselves against other established film destinations. Pricing and Value is key to increasing production and growing the sector”


Locations are abundant for film, but it’s the script or format that dictates what a production is looking for.

Booking Inquiry and Recce

Many locations are initially selected on-line as a Wishlist to present to a director. Thereafter you may expect a scout or representative of the production to come and photograph the location.

Agents who represent film understand how to photograph a location and information required to fast track the process. Touristic pictures don’t necessarily work as there are often other technical or environmental factors to consider.

Should your property be short listed then the next step would be a “Recce” which in film speak involves production coming to your property to see if it is suitable. It is very rare that a property be booked solely online unless the production has used it before.

As owners you should be equipped to ask questions relevant to the booking. GRFC can assist with this.

Booking your location

This is the critical stage where understanding and knowledge of how the industry works are vital to ensure you are covered and not left with outstanding payments. In addition it is important to understand the different types of productions in order to correctly manage your expectations on price and ensure your property becomes known to the industry as ‘film friendly’.

The GRFC will be embarking on a roadshow in this quarter to address locations with local suppliers, please keep an eye on our social media.

Preparing the Location

In most instances the production contact will give you information on what you may need to do in the days prior to the shoot taking place. Pack away valuables, remove items of furniture discussed with you, paintings off walls etc. It is essential to get these instructions in writing and also insist that a pre- inspection be done together with photographs and a post inspection after the shoot.

A copy of the productions insurance should be given to you so that you are confident damage can be covered for all instances.

Shooting at your Location 

In most instances you will need to leave your home for the day or the duration. You cannot be prevented from returning to your property during filming but for both parties it is less stressful if production is able to work in isolation. At any point however you can and should contact your production contact, film scout or agent should you identify something not agreed or are uncomfortable with something.

Production has a vested interest in addressing any concerns you may have immediately so that they can continue filming.

Completion of Shooting

Once the shoot is completed and you have concluded your post inspection and agreed to any loss or damage as per the contract, production will restore your home to its original state that they found it in. It is their responsibility to remove all waste and make repairs if required.

The GRFC is here to assist. It is important to us that locations be dealt with and compensated fairly to avoid any reputation damage to an industry that has already brought much needed economic spend into the area.

As the public we also rely on you to inform us if there is filming happening in your area so that we can ensure the correct permits are in place to maintain responsible filming in the region in line with the Draft Film Policy approved by the Garden Route District Municipality.

There are bylaws in place and clauses in the policy especially designed to protect the region and give guidance to what are the standard and correct procedures for film.

Casting For Background Artists in George & Plettenbergbay


Production Company : Moonlight Films

Contact Person : JP Van Der Merwe

Email :

Brief Description : Scientist & Brazilian Military

Hi all,

I will be casting for background artists in George and close to the Plettenbergbay area.
Most of the filming will happen close to Plettenberg Bay.

We will need background artists to portray Scientists and the Brazilian Military.

Scientists: Should be Males and Females between the ages of 26 and 55 yrs. of age.

Artists should have a similar look to the photos below, or if you are viewing this message on
Facebook, you can look at the images attached.

No Experience Needed !

  • Day Rate: R 950 per day clear R785 after Tax
  • Shoot dates: 3,4,5 July needs to be available all three days
  • Location: Will be close to Plettenberg bay
  • Total needed 19 x Background artists

Brazilian Military:

Should be Males and Females between the ages of 26 and 55 yrs of age.

Artists should have a similar look to the photos below,

All males must be willing to have military-style haircut.

No Experience Needed !

  • Day Rate: R 950 per day clear R785 after Tax
  • Shoot dates: 3,4,5 July needs to be available all three days
  • Location: Will be close to Plettenberg bay
  • Total needed 15 x Background artists

Anyone interested can mail me directly with the following information.

  • See sample below: one close-up photo of head and shoulders height and one full-length picture.
  • Name & Surname
  • Contact Number
  • Age
  • Height
  • Pant Size
  • Shoe Size
  • Shirt Size

Please mail this information to me before 13 June 2022

Mail Address –

Plett: Just like in the movies

Plettenberg Bay has over the past few years become a popular destination for the film industry, becoming a backdrop for many films, music videos and documentaries.

Residents and visitors to the popular Robberg 5 beach may have wondered why access has been blocked over the past two weeks, but light has been shed on the situation.

Read more via the link below.

Garden Route Film Readiness


Garden Route Film Readiness


Wesgro, in collaboration with the Garden Route International Film Festival will be hosting a webinar with the acting chairperson of the Garden Route Film Commission, Patrick Walton. Monica Rorvik, Head of Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion unit will give an overview on film readiness in the Western Cape, with the Garden Route Film Commission presenting on their film readiness and the launch of their new online permitting system.


Sep 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Johannesburg

Webinar Registration

48 Hour Film Race

Are you a filmmaker or enthusiast looking for your next project? We want you!

It’s time for the annual 48 Hour Film Race. We call on all filmmakers to join this event and have an epic weekend.

The Film Race is a crazy, fun-filled weekend in which you have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a movie. On Friday night, each team/individual will receive the genre, prop, and line of dialogue to include in their film. On Sunday night, the film is submitted digitally online. The best films will be screened at the Garden Route International Film Festival from 28 . 
What makes it even better is that there are great prizes to be won. 

The Film Race aims to afford filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talent and get everyone excited to make movies in the Garden Route.
The kick-off event will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube on Friday 17 September at 6 PM where we will give some last-minute tips and announce the start of the event. The genre, prop, and line of dialogue will be sent to teams/individuals via email at 7 PM.

How It Works:

Who can enter?
Anyone who wants to make a movie can enter the race.
You can enter as an individual or as a team. 

• Amateur
You are only allowed to use a mobile phone for filming and only use natural or existing light. You may use a microphone that is plugged into the phone. You are not allowed to use any type of grips other than a tripod. Editing can be done on the phone, a tablet, or a PC. You can ONLY use royalty-free music and SFX.
• Semi-Pro
You are allowed to film with a DSLR or consumer-level handy cam. You are allowed to record audio with any type of microphone but recording must be done directly onto the camera while you shoot video. You are allowed to use lights, a tripod and a gimbal. NO DRONE footage allowed. You can edit on any device, but you are not allowed to make use of any visual effects that do not come standard with the editing program that you decide to use. You can ONLY use royalty-free music and SFX.
• Professional
For this category, it is pretty much open season. You can shoot on any camera and use any grips, audio gear, and lighting. There is no limit on editing and visual effects. You are allowed to use a drone but ONLY if you can legally fly it within CAA rules. 

17-19 September 2021.
Registration closes at 12 PM on the 15th of September 2021.

3 (Minimum) – 5 (Maximum) minutes.

 For more information go to:

Series production on the way in the Garden Route

INVITATION: Annual Film Locations Workshop

Dear Regional Municipalities,

You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Locations Workshop taking place on 24-26 August 2021. Please see the attached invitation for more information.

Click to register here. The programme will be sent to registered attendees on Monday.

Hope to see you all there!

GRIFF – Garden Route International Film Festival 2021 OPEN for SUBMISSIONS

GRIFF is back with a Virtual Film Festival. With entries last year from 27 countries and 15 awards, GRIFF is fast becoming “must be part of” festival. In addition to its judges of whom some are also EMMY judges, GRIFF has 15 awards on offer and many success stories. 

Check out the reviews for GRIFF:“Great communication from the festival team.

Due to us being on shoot, the filmmakers were unable to attend but the festival hosted our production manager who handled the Q&A on our behalf which led to a great screening with deep audience engagement afterwards” Susan Scott Stroop Documentary  

To submit your film simply follow this link:


Competition Opens: April 21, 2021
Competition Closes: June 30, 2020 at 12:00 noon (EST)
Winner Announced: September 2020
The Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.

Global Economic Priorities for Cape Town and the Western Cape in 2021

COVID-19’s impact on Cape Town and the Western Cape is obvious, but what opportunities and risks will arise in the course of 2021? Wesgro’s Chief Research Officer, Janine Botha, will set out the prospects for the Western Cape economy and tourism sector this year, highlighting opportunities within the uncertainty. Keynote speaker Mavuso Msimang will join MEC David Maynier, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities and Finance and Alderman James Vos, MayCo member for Economic Opportunities and Assets at the City of Cape Town.

Date:   Wednesday, 23 March 2021

Time:  09h00 to 11h00



The line-up of speakers will share SMME support initiatives and local entrepreneur success stories, with the aim of helping entrepreneurs to build resilient and sustainable businesses to thrive through these challenging times and into the future.

Winelands: 18 February 2021| 11:00am-12:30pm | Click here to register
West Coast: 24 February 2021| 11:00am-12:30pm | Click here to register
Overberg: 3 March 2021| 11:00am-12:30pm | Click here to register
Garden Route: 4 March 2021| 11:00am-12:30pm | Click here to register
Central Karoo: 9 March 2021| 11:00am-12:30pm | Click here to register
Metro: 11 March 2021| 11:00am-12:30pm | Click here to register

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Twitter: @bizjumpZA


The 2020 Garden Route International Film Festival ‘GRIFF’, today unveiled its feature film, documentary and short film lineup. Continuing its tradition of showcasing emerging talent and celebrating new work from established local and international film-makers, the 2020 edition of the Festival hosts 90 films across multiple genres. The films range from traditional dramas, crime, comedy and thrillers to political and socially-conscious films from many diverse storytellers across a host of different countries.

Taking the challenges of Covid19 into account, this year the Garden Route International Film Festival will run a Virtual Online Festival from the 21st of September to the 11th of October. GRIFF is also bringing the Drive-In Back! The Drive-In portion of the festival will travel throughout the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa across nine towns between the 25th of September and the 11th of October.

“We are encouraged and inspired by the range and diversity of the films submitted to our Festival this year by such visionary storytellers. And we are excited by the opportunity that both the online platform and the drive-in experience will give our audiences this year. Utilizing our secure virtual platform, we will showcase our local and international talent to a national and global market of viewers even more so than in previous years’, said Patrick Walton, Festival Director.

The festival programme includes films and documentaries from a wide range of African countries and from 15 international countries spanning Europe, Australasia and the Americas. For many films it is their South African premiere having never been screened in this country before.

Below are the GRIFF Film and Documentary Selections:


Local and continent-wide films from both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers and performers are the focus of our African films:

’95 (Ghana)

After the death of his brother, a young boy struggles with accepting the inevitable loss.

Ander Mens (South Africa)

In this action comedy, Daniel’s life drastically changes when his wife leaves him and he is embroiled in a police sting to capture a crime syndicate.

Cut Out Girls (South Africa)

Cut-Out Girls is the story of how six young women’s lives are altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen.

Die Seemeu (South Africa)

A modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. A famous actress pays summer visits to her brother and her son, leading to familial conflict, heartbreak and tragedy.

Finn (South Africa)

A comedy about a despondent office worker who finds himself able to communicate with the office goldfish and he is unexpectedly drawn into a frantic race against time.

Five Fingers for Marseilles (South Africa)

Lives change forever when Tau, the young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town.

Flatland (South Africa)

A contemporary Western, a journey of self-discovery for three equally trapped women. A portrait of femininity against a hostile land and the world at large.

Fried Barry (South Africa)

A cult sci-fi film about Barry a drug-addled, abusive guy who is abducted by aliens.

Fruitful Emission (South Africa)

A submissive woman secretly yearns for a baby. After persuading her child loathing husband to father her a child, she finds out that he’s been keeping a dark secret.

Kanarie (South Africa)

A coming-of-age war musical. A boy gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the SADF Choir – known as the “Canaries”.

Knuckle City (South Africa)

An aging, womanizing professional boxer and his career-criminal brother take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for.

Kukuri (Namibia)

Kukuri is a young girl from Namibia with plans to become a lawyer one day. Her family try to force her into an illegal marriage with the local bricklayer as a child bride.

Losing Lerato (South Africa)

An action/thriller about a successful young black man who takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping his daughter after life, the law and the woman he once loved separate them.

Mabata Bata (Mozambique)

Azarias is a is a young orphan shepherd responsible for looking after his uncles herd of Oxen, particularly Mabata Bata the largest ox. One day there is an accident with dire consequences.

Mad Dogs Rule! (South Africa)

Mad Dogs Rule is a dark comedy about a pandemic which turns humans into dog-like creatures.

Mr. Johnson (South Africa)

When David Johnson awakes from a 50-year coma, he has a lot of catching up to do. At 76, an exciting new life awaits and David wastes no time in tackling it with gusto.

Poppie Nongena (South Africa)

Based on the beloved novel of the same name, this film tells the story of a South African mother, whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of insufferable upheaval in the country.

Rage (South Africa)

What is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives turns to horror as a group of teenagers is picked off one by one in a small coastal village.

Somerkersfees (South Africa)

A gripping South African Christmas movie about a dysfunctional family and their beach holiday.

The Fighter (South Africa)

A rural runaway girl and a degraded Zimbabwean boxer bump into each other and discover that they are not the only one who needs to be saved.

The Shifted and Gifted (South Africa)

A dramatic fantasy film about a mother in law relationship that takes strain from her daughter’s psychic abilities.

The Stranger (South Africa)

During the Second Boer War in South Africa, a stranger, an English deserter, stumbles on a Boer widow and her son on their farm being harassed by British troops and must make a difficult choice.

Twelve (South Africa)

Twelve year old Nina befriends 10yr old Andrea from her neighborhood and tries to safeguard her from her unstable father.

UMAMA (South Africa)

The morning after having made a promise to celebrate her son’s academic achievement, Domestic worker Sibongile wakes to find he is missing. She stills keeps working despite her worries about her own son.


The Garden Route International Film Festival crosses many geographical boundaries with our International Content, welcoming filmmakers from abroad to join a global platform for contemporary world cinema:

$300 (United Arab Emirates) 

A guy finds a wallet that always contains $300 if he sticks to one secret rule which requires him not to be greedy take all the money out of the wallet at once. First he takes $100, then $200 and $300 remains, but will he get greedy?

All World Is One (Italy)

A short film about a man who overcomes grief and tragedy by discovering the beauty of unexpected new life and love.

Art (United States)

The story of an artiste who gives life to everything he paints.

Bad Men From a Melting Moon (United States)

A man believes he was hit by a train and his genie saves his life.

Celebration Duet (United States)

Short film following a beautiful ballet performance highlighting the equality between a man and a woman.

Celtic Cross (United States)

A family gathers for a funeral to bury their patriarch and support each other at this difficult time….while coming to terms with another loss.

Days of Bagnold Summer (United Kingdom)

A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.

F20 (Croatia)

A psychological thriller about a young girl, Martina, who starts a relationship with Filip which turns into a tense nightmare she tries to escape from.

Hommage (Greece)

Hommage is a tribute to Lefteris Vogiatzis and his theatrical world. Images, excerpts from his performances, memories and interviews with his collaborators, are weaved in one dreamy imaginative composition.

Jenna Bums the Loveseat (United States)

On the way to begin her new life and career, Jenna crashes at her estranged brother, Ryan’s house. Ryan and his girlfriend do everything they can to help Jenna get her life back together.

Lone Wolves (Spain)

Lone wolves is a dark prison drama about crime and corruption which explores several characters and why they ended up in jail.

Patrick goes to Bollywood (Germany)

Patrick heads to India for a chance to make it in front of the camera on the big screen.

Rasta (France)

In Ivory Coast, 16 year old Rasta, is haunted by a tragedy that he keeps secret. He begins a journey through the war zone, in search of a mysterious militiaman.

Rooted in Shadow (United States)

This short film depicts the true story of boxing legend Ramon Voorn and his son Jessey. Ramon’s encouragement enabled Jessey to become a professional basketball player and sporting pro in his own right.

Sour cream (Russia)

Two teenagers, Ulya and Matvey become witnesses of a terrible crime. They try and run from what they’ve seen, but they have nowhere to go.

Testify (United States)

In the wake of a college campus rape, a South African attorney struggles to prepare her client for the ruthless cross examination that she will endure on the stand.

The Blue Tooth Virgin (United States)

An inside look at the creative process, where Sam and David, two writers and friends, face the daunting challenge of delivering negative criticism whilst still remaining friends.

The Butterfly Love Song (United States)

Seamus is an Irish teenager whose life gets thrown into chaos when his idol, the young Lucy Block asks him on a date.

The Healer Short Film (Belgium)

A short tale about Philip, who is given a second chance in life. Free from his paralysis and out from the wheelchair, he goes to help people who need similar treatment.

Toprak (Turkey)

Toprak is the dramatic story of a simple family in rural Turkey dealing with poverty, family traditions, and religious heritage.

Transference (United Kingdom)

Rita is married to Eddie, an abusive husband, who severely punished her for having an affair. She plots a delightfully horrific revenge to get back at him.

Winfield Historical Times…And Other Oddities (United States)

Winfield Historical Times and other Oddities is a dark comedy about a young girl named Chloe, who lives a sedate suburban life in her small cul-de-sac of colorful neighbors.


Documentaries with real stories that need to be told, from notable filmmakers are represented in this section:

5×7 (Italy)

A beautiful cinematic journey set in Italy, portraying the importance of photography and how it can link the past and the present.

A Growing Thing (Germany/South Africa)

A fascinating documentary providing a glimpse of post-apartheid life from a woman’s perspective.

Beyond the Fence (South Africa)

A South African wildlife documentary which looks at the inspiring stories of Queen, Rigumo and Wisani and how they motivate their community to become the next generation of eco warriors.

Current Sea (Malaysia)

An environmental thriller which follows journalist Matt Blomberg and ocean activist Paul Ferber, in their efforts to create a marine conservation area and combat illegal fishing in Cambodia.

Deforestation Made in Italy (Italy)

A fascinating environmental documentary which follows the journey of timber illegally logged in the Amazon forest across the oceans to Europe and Italy.

Diagnosing Healthcare (United States)

A social documentary that centers on health care reform in the US. The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights the contemporary relevance and importance of this film.

Good Hope (South Africa)

A film which explores hope over despair in contemporary South Africa. How are the next generation tackling the key challenges facing their country and can they inspire hope and create a brighter future?

Harvests of Hope: California (United States)

California has the largest farming economy in the United States, but climate change is threatening to change that. Years of severe drought have left small farmers in crisis unsure if their farms can survive.

Hummus; A story of appropriation (United Arab Emirates)

Violence and discrimination has consumed the narrow streets of East Jerusalem, and this film seeks to document the lives of a Palestinian population struggling to hold on to what little identity they have left.

Influence (Canada)

Influence charts the recent advancements in weaponized communication by investigating the rise and fall of the world’s most notorious public relations and reputation management firm: the British multinational Bell Pottinger.

Ivan’s Game (Croatia)

Ivan’s Game is a biographical documentary which covers the life story of one of the greatest Croatian football players of all time: Ivan Gudelj.

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story (Canada)

Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L Perry’s determination to stage the Emancipation Day festival that would transcend divisions of race and class.

Music Power: The Story of Capital Radio 604 (South Africa)

During the South African Apartheid regime where the government controlled all media, censored news, and banned music, a “pirate” radio station was created to report truthful and neutral news

Ocean of Obstacles (United States)

Ocean of Obstacles reveals the story of a dozen blind teenagers as they complete a life changing voyage across the Caribbean ocean.

Rewind (United States)

Digging through the vast collection of his father’s home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood and exposes vile abuse passed through generations.

Robin Food (Italy)

Robin Food is a non-profit and pay-as-you-feel restaurant with a mission: to rescue, cook and serve food that otherwise would go to waste.

Soccer Grannies (France)

This film showcases the 2019 International Women’s Soccer World Cup which held the first competition between France and South Africa with women soccer players over 60 years old.

Swipe Left: The Age of Disposable Relationships (United States)

A documentary exploring how technology has changed courtship and communication in romantic relationships.

The Armstrongs (South Africa)

The Armstrongs is a short film documenting a South African surfing family that share strong bonds with each other and the ocean.

The Art of Being Human (South Africa)

This is the story of Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza a man who spent his entire life upholding the rights of humanity in South Africa.

The Edge of Existence (South Africa)

The Edge of Existence is a documentary that shows the untold story of the human/wildlife conflict in Africa.

The Eye of Africa – The Cinematic Pioneer Hans Schomburg (Germany)

This film is dedicated to the life and work of Hans Schomburg – the first German to capture the overwhelming beauty of Africa.

The Long Haul: The Story of the Buckaroos (United States)

In the style of Magic Mike and The Full Monty, seven average Joes defy traditional masculine stereotypes by putting a comedic twist on the archetypal male revue.

The Mukuru Art Boyz (United States)

Follow the lives of five untrained artists born in the slums who have survived together from childhood in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya.

The Rememberer (United States)

This documentary tells the story of Matías De Stefano, who has the ability to remember everything he has done before birth and can understand how the Universe works.

The World’s Best Film (Australia)

The World’s Best Film is an anthology documentary about 13 individuals striving to be the world’s best at their passions.

United We Sing (United States)

This is the true story of what happened when two choirs, one from America and one from Kenya, sang together and created real sustainable change.

Who the Fxxk is Charlotte? – A Gaelic Football Story in America (United States)

This is the story of the Charlotte James Connoll’s GAA in Charlotte who compete at the highest level of the sport in North America against teams stacked with imported Irish players.

In addition the Online and Drive-In film festival has a number of local South African Out of Competition features and shorts.

Festival Tickets for the Garden Route International Film Festival:

All drive-in film festival tickets will go on sale on 24 August 2020 and all online tickets and passes to the festival will go on sale towards the end of August via Webtickets.

Please visit our website, for all ticket sales information.

About the Garden Route International Film Festival Partners:

GRIFF is pleased to announce its primary 2020 Partners: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), WESGRO, Garden Route Film Commission, Media Film Services, Fitch & Leeds and Value Film Fleet.

Press Contacts:

For more information, press packs or images for individual films, please contact us below on


Facebook page:




The organizers of last year’s successful Knysna Film Festival have rebranded the festival to GRIFF – Garden Route International Film Festival. ‘In light of the current Covid19 pandemic we had to change our concept for the short term to ensure the festival goes ahead. To this end we are bringing back Drive-ins to the Garden Route and also taking the festival Online as a Virtual Festival’ says Patrick Walton GRIFF Festival Director.  

The organizers have already completed a recce of suitable locations in Riversdale, Mosselbay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Calitzdorp, Ladysmith and Oudtshoorn.

The organizers are taking this two-tier approach in order to ensure that the festival goes ahead in a Virtual environment and physical space. If Covid19 levels disrupt plans for the Drive-ins, postponement is easy with all the necessary planning already in place.

The Drive-in Cinemas will feature a double bill for two nights in each town. A film in competition and an ‘Oldy but a goodie’ will be screened each night. Organizers anticipate that due to the limited number of cars allowed under gathering restrictions, tickets will be a sought-after commodity.

Post festival, the organizers anticipate continuing with the drive-ins, creating an opportunity for individuals to create a business around the concept. ‘We have the equipment and infrastructure, so we want it out there for audiences to enjoy and take advantage of long after the festival finishes.’ says Festival Coordinator Shianne Maritz.

Safety remains the number one priority so audiences will enjoy films from the comfort of their own cars. Depending on the level of Covid19 over the festival dates, there may also be some additional nostalgic services on offer.  The organizers showed their creative and innovative thinking with the film festival last year and are intent on stepping things up a gear this year.

Tickets will go on sale a month prior to the event and depending on the venue and restrictions at the time, up to 60 cars per venue are anticipated.

We want people to enjoy this form of socializing and remember the hey-days of the drive-in experience and share that as a family.  More information will be available on the festival website and Facebook page as planning continues. The Virtual film festival is scheduled for 21st September 2020 to 11th October 2020.  

For more information or images please contact GRIFF Festival Director Patrick Walton  / 082 4751212.


Facebook page:

Competition: Showcase your skills! Deadline Extended till end of June 2020

Enter The Garden Route Film Office competition to create a video clip of your experience in self-isolation. Not only will the winners of this competition will have the opportunity to have their work showcased to the public and stakeholders in the industry. 

The winning entries will be awarded a weekend stay for two people at:


  •  The final clip length should not exceed 30 seconds (edited)
  • The clip may contain video, audio, animation, photos or any other form of created content

Terms and conditions:

  • All content used in this project should be original content, created by yourself.
  • Only royalty free aspects may be used in the project, and royalty free attribution should be mentioned in the entry form.
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to all the terms and conditions.
  • The submitted content may be used by the Garden Route Film office in any way they see fit, including (but not limited to) sharing on social media and showing in public locations.
  • Violation of any of the terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the competition and may result in legal actions taken by The Garden Route Film Office or any 3rd party implicated.
  • Content is not to include any scenes of abuse, foul language, incitement to violence or fake news.
  • Any prizes awarded, are not transferrable or exchangeable for cash.
  • The closing date for submission of your entry has been extended to midnight on the 30th of June 2020. Winners will be announced by the end of July 2020.

Entry Form

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Ladima Foundation Short Film Competition – Launched Monday June 1st

The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with the DW Akademie, is excited to announce a short-film competition aimed at African women during the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown.
The competition is open to African women content creators and filmmakers of any age or experience level, currently living in Africa. The competition aims to encourage women to share their stories as we create a living document of a time and place – of the specific circumstances that women in Africa currently find themselves, under various degrees of lock-down, through the limitations on movement, opportunity, and often, basic freedoms.
The impact of Covid-19 across the globe, and especially in Africa, is felt more by the vulnerable in society. In many African countries women’s opportunities and access to opportunities are limited, and the economic and social impact of Covid-19 is, in many cases, impacting women harder and in different ways than their male counterparts. There are issues affecting woman such as domestic violence, altered access to opportunities, increased burden of care, and many others.
This film competition invites women to share these experiences – be they challenging, positive or simply questioning. The stories should be honest, personal, and specifically related to the current COVID-19 situation. Entries across genres are welcome, from animation and fiction, to documentary or interview style – just as long as the content is 2 minutes or shorter.
Entry is FREE and women will need to register on the Ladima Foundation’s newly revamped A-List in order to enter:
Ten winning films will be selected by a jury and then streamed on the Ladima website along with other partner websites. Each winning filmmaker will also receive 500 EURO as well as access to a year’s worth of educational and inspirational webinars on the USA’s Women Make Movies platform,,valued at approximately $500.
Selection & Judging Criteria:
Any woman currently living in Africa may enter. In order to enter you must register on the A-List:
Competition opens at 9am Monday, June 1st 2020 and entries must be received by midnight GMT + 2 on Sunday June 21st 2020.
Full terms and conditions are on the Ladima website.
The films must be under 2 minutes and must focus on the following themes through an inspirational, educational, personal, or leadership lens :

  • Women with special needs / Coping with special needs during the Lockdown / Caring for
    Persons with special needs during a global pandemic
  • Impact on family / domestic life
  • Economic / impact on work life
  • Domestic violence / abuse in the time of Covid-19
  • Hope in the time of Covid-19
  • Are women paying a higher price?
  • How does the crisis highlight and affect the role of women?
  • The crisis as a kick to rethink the social order
  • Solidarity and empowerment among women in times of Covid -19
    The films will be judged on the following criteria:
    ● THEME Connection and relevance to the themes above
    ● STORY Concept
    Story has a clear message and a unique storyline
    Originality of story and / or approach
    Rich and vibrant storytelling that engages, amuses or provokes the viewer
    Best use of technology
    Technical aspects such as lighting, sound etc.
    ● CREATIVITY Original and captivating
    Imaginative writing and directing
    Presents the theme in an interesting way
    Visually appealing and entertaining
    Affects the audience through eliciting an emotional response
    Creates a lasting impression
    ● STRUCTURE Images / elements are arranged logically in a way that fits the purpose of the
    About the Ladima Foundation
    The Ladima Foundation is a Pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing
    to correcting the major imbalances within the film, TV and content industries.
    The Ladima Foundation supports and recognises African women in Film, TV and Content. Through
    training and networking programmes, we uplift, connect and include. Ladima operates in the spirit of
    positivity, excellence and integrity.
    Through a number of initiatives, The Ladima Foundation supports, trains, and mentors women in a
    variety of roles within the film, TV, and content spaces.
    Through partnerships and collaborations in various countries, as well as through Pan-African networks
    and interventions, the Ladima Foundation is committed to developing training, networking, and
    related opportunities for women professionals who demonstrate their seriousness and commitment
    to their craft.
    About DW Akademie
    DW Akademie is Deutsche Welle’s center for international media development. As a strategic partner
    of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DW Akademie carries out
    media development projects that strengthen the human right to freedom of opinion and promote
    free access to information. DW Akademie also works on projects funded by the German Foreign Office
    and the European Union – in approximately 50 developing and emerging countries.

Emerging film producers legal workshop

Wesgro Film and Media Promotion, in collaboration with Film Cape Town and Irish MacLeod Inc, has put together a legal workshop for
emerging producers/SMME’s intended to fill the knowledge gaps that exist within the industry.
When it comes to growing the local industry, and so driving economic development, one must ask; Are local filmmakers fully prepared
and skilled to pitch and fundraise on global platforms? Are the Film SMME’s growing sustainable businesses?
In light of these challenges, Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion team has started facilitating various workshops aimed at helping Film
SMME’s and Emerging Independent Producers better understand the South African and Global “Film Business” landscape.
Independent filmmakers and emerging producers looking to grow their business and expand into the global market.
Irish Macleod has proposed a programme for a two-day workshop, covering the following topics:
DATE: 3 June 2020
TIME: 10h00 – 12h30
DAY 1: Funding and Financing of Films | Sales and Distribution
DATE: 4 June 2020
TIME: 10h00 – 12h30
DAY 2: Company Formation | Special Purpose Vehicles | Chain of Title | Copyright | Production Legals | COVID-19 and productions
Click here to join:

Actual Event Support

Further to the events sponsorship communication shared previously, below please read the communication received from WESGRO regarding the updated regional events sponsorship for actual events taking place between October 2020 and March 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The last communication was for “Virtual Event Support” and this communication is for “Actual Event Support”.

Wesgro has noted with great concern the negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on leisure and business events in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

We would like to commend you for your positive response to the necessary regulations put in place by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, limiting the number of people attending public gatherings over this period.

We do, however, understand how these regulations will impact on event organisers – as well as their staff and the regions in which they take place – and as such Wesgro will continue to support regional events as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. We fully understand just how important these events are in attracting visitors to the province and profiling the destination.

Wesgro will be extending its call to for applications by events organisers for events taking place between October 2020 and March 2021.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the attached Event Application Form
  2. Complete the attached Events Loading Template – if you want your event to be listed on
  3. Attach detailed event proposal – (event profile, event promotion plans, stats of the previous event)
  4. Endorsement letter from your Regional or Local Tourism Organisation.
  5. Attach 2 photos or images of the previous event in JPEG format

Event Applications must be sent to Linda Mase via e-mail not later than Monday, 25 May 2020.

For more information and assistance please contact Linda Mase on 082 334 3197.


The Garden Route Film Office is calling your you to submit pictures of your Empty Streets: Albertinia, Carlitzdorp, Plettenberg Bay, George, Oudtshoorn, Ladysmith, Knysna, MosselBay, any town in the Greater Garden Route  – roads, farms, landscapes.

Please include the name of your Town, Street Name and/or the description of the picture. Your name if you wish to be credited. Pictures submitted must be royalty free for use by the Garden Route Film Office in our drive to increase filming in the area and promotion of the Greater Garden Route Region.

Email your pictures to

New Tool to Help Businesses Find and Apply for Financial Support

To help businesses find and apply for the financial support that is available to them, the Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town and Wesgro have today launched a fund location tool for businesses in the Western Cape.

The online tool asks the user five easy questions, ranks the answers against pre-determined criteria as stipulated by the various relief measures, and provides a list of relief measures the business may be applicable for.

The process takes under a minute >>

Any businesses in the Western Cape who need support and advice can contact the Covid-19 Content Centre at

For more info visit

The Garden Route Film Office is embarking on a Free Membership drive

The Garden Route Film Office is embarking on a Free Membership drive.  Registration is simple – just click on this link and enter your details:

WHY REGISTER: Did you know that over the past 6 years based on the activity of just ONE production company, 18 Million rand has been injected into the local economy through payment of suppliers, cast, crew and other sundries. (There are a number of productions in the area annually) The misconception is that only Accommodation establishments benefit from film and some catering. 

Here is an example of industries and resources that this production company has used in the Garden Route District: Florists, Doctors, Dentists, Water Suppliers, Generator Hire, Accommodation, Restaurants, Hair Dressers, Spa’s, Beauty Salons, Mechanics, Catering, Event Equipment Hire, Car Hire, Game Reserves, B&B’s, Conference Venues, Motorbike Hire, Cleaners, Valets, Ironing Services, Laundry, Post and Couriers, Legal, Medical, Boat Hire, Bowsers, Bicycles, Adventure Companies, Extreme Activities, Boating Excursions, Extras , Characters and Actors local, Junior PA’s, Set Runners, Department Assistance, Chaperones (Drivers), Chefs, Wardrobe and Makeup Artistes, Accounting, Wine Farms. Photographic Equipment, Trailer Hire – DEPENDING on the type of production, the list of services required increases. 

Whilst we appreciate the current situation in South Africa and around the globe, we aim to remain pro-active so that we are ready for the turnaround of events and an influx of productions that have been for now postponed. 

Virtual Event Sponsorship

Wesgro aims to increase the profile of the destination through the leveraging of events that:
• Increase Cape Town and Western Cape destination awareness using online platforms.
• Enhance and align with strategic niche activities such as adventure, wine, food, halal, culture and heritage.
• Generate online, social media coverage and destination content
The guidelines for VIRTUAL EVENT support is as follows:

  1. Virtual platform – the event / festival must be hosted or take place on a suitable virtual event online platform such as Facebook, Website,
    Webcast etc.
  2. Accessibility – state and confirm if the event experience will be LIVE STREAMED or Pre-recorded
  3. Event experience – all the virtual attendees / participants to login, interact, experience or buy products online – post images of favourite
    dishes or route using the event hashtag
  4. Content presentation – events and festival must offer online experience and engagement such as cooking demos and online recipes,
    beer and food pairing
  5. Event promotion – who is your target audience and how are you going to promote your virtual event – website, social media
  6. Size of the audience- the minimum number of the virtual event attendees must be 100 and more

Click on the buttons below to download more information and application forms


9TH APRIL 2020; 11:00 AM.

The Department seeks to appoint various service providers for the following
services to the Department for a period of Two (2) months.

Download the Tender Document

Competition: Showcase your skills!

Enter The Garden Route Film Office competition to create a video clip of your experience in self-isolation. Not only will the winners of this competition will have the opportunity to have their work showcased to the public and stakeholders in the industry. 

The winning entries will be awarded a weekend stay for two people at:


  •  The final clip length should not exceed 30 seconds (edited)
  • The clip may contain video, audio, animation, photos or any other form of created content

Terms and conditions:

  • All content used in this project should be original content, created by yourself.
  • Only royalty free aspects may be used in the project, and royalty free attribution should be mentioned in the entry form.
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to all the terms and conditions.
  • The submitted content may be used by the Garden Route Film office in any way they see fit, including (but not limited to) sharing on social media and showing in public locations.
  • Violation of any of the terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the competition and may result in legal actions taken by The Garden Route Film Office or any 3rd party implicated.
  • Content is not to include any scenes of abuse, foul language, incitement to violence or fake news.
  • Any prizes awarded, are not transferrable or exchangeable for cash.
  • The closing date for submission of your entry at midnight on the 30th of April 2020. Winners will be announced by the end of May 2020.

Entry Form

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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) call for funding applications is open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), would like to commend the industry for the good quality of applications received in the past fiscal and invite applicants to submit for Festival Hosting and Marketing and Distribution.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for cycle 2 funding applications is now open for the following funding categories:

  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Festival Hosting (for festivals taking place in July – November 2020)

Opening date for submissions:    26 March 2020

Closing date for submissions:      17 April 2020

Individuals, companies and organisations may submit funding applications to the NFVF for any of the above funding categories. Specific conditions are applicable for each funding category, and it is important for applicants to take careful note of these conditions before submitting an application.

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

Please take note of the following disclaimers:

  1. Tier yourself accordingly
  2. Carefully read the definitions of the sub categories before selecting
  3. It is advisable that the main applicant applies instead of using a 3rd party to apply on their behalf
  4. Please note that during the national lockdown it is not mandatory for the supporting documents such as: BBBEE, ID, Company Registration Documents, Tax Clearance Certificate etc. to be no older than 3 months. However, you have a 2-week window after the lockdown is lifted to update all paperwork.

Tier breakdown:

Tier 1: Experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing 3-5 theatrically released feature films.

Tier 2: Filmmakers with limited experience but who have developed and produced 1-2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, 2-3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

Tier 3: New entrants into the industry, particularly recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. This intervention is geared towards first time filmmakers having a “calling card” in the film industry. This tier is only eligible for short film funding.

Please note that no late applications will be accepted.

For any queries regarding applications please contact:

Thandekile Hlatshwayo

Applications Officer


Telephone: 011 484 0880

Finding Interventions – Tourism / Hospitality

I hope you are keeping well as we move towards the second week of lockdown.

Please note that as we have received an extensive number of inquiries from businesses that can be broadly categorised as operating within the ‘Tourism/Hospitality’ sectors, we have developed an initial guiding response on support structures and measures announced to-date. It is our understanding that a number of businesses on this mail may have already applied for support via such interventions, but we thought it would be useful to notify you nonetheless.

Please note that the information below has been verified to the extent that it is possible, however Wesgro recommends directly contacting entities managing funds and interventions for guidance and to ensure the correct application of criteria.

IDC Interventions:

Background to IDC led interventions can be accessed here (although their application to the tourism/hospitality industries, in our interpretation, is limited):

Tourism Relief Fund for SMMEs:

Kindly find attached an overview of the Tourism Support Fund provided to Wesgro by the Department of Tourism.

The Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the tourism value chain to ensure their sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa. 

Capped at R 50 000 per entity, grant funding can be utilised to subsidize expenses towards fixed costs, operational costs, supplies and other pressure costs items.

Criteria to qualify for the tourism relief fund:

Department of Small Business Support to SMMEs: (please ignore this section if your business does not qualify as an SMME)

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has introduced relief mechanisms for small and medium enterprises (SMME’s) impacted negatively, both directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Specifically, the DSBD has published guidelines for application for three intervention measures, namely:
1.   Debt Relief Finance Scheme;
2.   Business Growth/Resilience Facility; and
3.   The sefa-Debt Restructuring Facility.

The fund is currently budgeted at R500 million, but the expectation is that this fund could possibly be increased.

The Debt Relief Finance Scheme (qualifying criteria attached) is aimed at providing relief on existing debts and repayments, to assist SMMEs during the period of the COVID-19 State of Disaster. In essence, the debt relief facility is a soft loan that will provide funding for existing businesses in distress due to the Coronavirus. The relief will be for a period of 6 months, effective 01 April 2020. For SMMEs to be eligible for assistance under the Debt Relief Fund, the applicant must demonstrate direct link of the impact or potential impact of COVID-19 on the business operations.

The Business Growth/ Resilience Facility (qualifying criteria attached is specifically created to enable continued participation of SMMEs in supply value-chains, in particular those who manufacture (locally) or supply various products that are in demand, emanating from the current shortages due to COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the National Treasury Instruction Note No. 8 of 2019/2020. This facility will offer working capital, stock, bridging finance, order finance and equipment finance and the amount required will be based on the funding needs of the business.

The Sefa-Debt Restructuring Facility is geared towards sefa-funded SMMEs that are negatively affected by the pandemic. A payment moratorium/ holiday will be given to the qualifying SMMEs for a period of a maximum of 6 months, in efforts to reduce the installment burden of loan obligations on the affected SMMEs. These SMMEs will be required to illustrate the direct linkage of their business distress to the pandemic.

The online application form will be available from Thursday, 02 April 2020. It is important to note that only SMMEs that are registered on the database will be considered. Please go to to register your business.

Guidelines for Application: Debt Relief Finance Scheme:
SMMEs are encouraged to make use of the alternative email at or call the Hotline number 0860 663 7867.

Guidelines for Application: Business Growth/ Resilience Facility:

Private sector interventions:

Please be advised that Wesgro is currently unpacking private-sector led interventions as announced by the Rupert; Oppenheimer and Motsepe families, as well Naspers. We will revert as soon as clear information is available. In the interim, please note the following links which provide some initial guidance:

Banking sector interventions:

All banks have now made announcements relating to support measures being undertaken to assist businesses. Through conversations held with regional Heads of banking institutions, Wesgro continues to recommend that you contact your bank directly to understand what package the bank is able to put together to support your business.

The Wesgro team will shortly be uploading a series of FAQs to the website to guide on banking sector interventions.

Supporting your Employees:

A number of entities have written to us on guidance relating to UIF and TERS. Our team continues to source information relating to how best to access the structures announced. On 28 March the Department of Employment and Labour issued the following update:

A TERS guidance document has also been attached herein “COVID19TERS EasyAid”.

Regarding interventions made by National Treasury, please peruse the following guiding note which relates to: (

  • Expansion of the Employment Tax Incentive age eligibility criteria and amount claimable
  • Deferral of the Payment of employees’ tax liability for tax compliant small to medium sized businesses
  • Deferral of the payment of provisional tax liability for tax compliant small to medium sized businesses

As you will note from the ‘Draft’ structure, the legislation is not yet promulgated, but is expected to be promulgated shortly.

Ongoing support:

We fully understand that the above overview may not provide the exact answers to questions you have, and we will continue to strive to find the answers. Wesgro continues to update the COVID-19 webpage – – with information on key interventions being undertaken by government and private sector. The website is designed to be easily searchable by keyword to guide you towards specific areas where you may require support.

Please also feel free to write to with specific questions you have.


The following are information regarding the COVID-19 and the support available to businesses.

We would like to share information with you regarding COVID-19 and the support available to businesses. Please find attached the following documents for your information:

  1. UIF Plan
  2. COVID-19 SMME Support
  3. General Leaflet
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Employee Letter Covid 19
  6. Employer Letter Covid 19

Do look at the COVID-19 Content Centre for Business – the virtual centre consisting of sector and communications experts provides real-time support and advice for business and industry, including FAQ’s across sectors.  

Wesgro hosts the website – 

A dedicated email address has also been set up to support business with specific questions they may have – so the businesses question can be directed there, immediately.

Please encourage business to send their questions to


• Upcoming Festival Entries & Pitching Opportunities – Deadlines
• Upcoming Creative Media funding deadlines – Assistance with Applications
• Market Intelligence, Coaching, Pitching & Financing Strategies

Shanghai TV Festival (8th - 12th June) Deadline for Submissions 31st March

Cinekid Festival - Cinekid for Professionals (13th - 16th October)

Deadline for Submissions for both Festival & Cinekid for Professionals 1st July


NB This is the last year without contributions from the UK so the pot of cash is diminishing!
I have been an Expert for the European Commission for many years and worked on applications for Single, Slate and TV Programming for companies such as Banijay, Zodiak, eOne Family – with a 100% success rate to date. I am proposing concrete assistance to European Producers who wish to apply for funding.
Upcoming calls for funding are as follows:


  •  Market Intelligence & Trend-Spotting
  • The International Marketplace – Key Players (Studios/Producers/Broadcasters/Platforms)
  • The Animation Calendar Year – Most appropriate markets & festivals
  • Project evaluation and advice on finding the most projet-appropriate partners and investors
  • Pitching and Pitch Materials preparation & coaching


The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

Project Development Programme 2020
in partnership with
Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
25 – 28 February 2020, Cape Town

Prospective and hopeful filmmakers-in-the-making are encouraged to submit a ONE page Proposal for a short documentary film (20 minutes maximum length). Successful candidates will be tutored in the art of documentary scriptwriting, preparing a budget and writing funding proposals. All submission details and requirements are included in this document.

In order to identify and develop new entrants in the documentary industry, and with a key objective of transformation, Encounters in partnership with the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, will host a Project Development Programme. The aim of the programme is to inject the filmmaking skills and knowledge necessary for increasing opportunities, business growth and ultimately access to global markets.

The initial Workshop, led by filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, will accommodate up to six participants to develop their short documentary projects in preparation for securing development funding and to advance their careers. A second mentorship programme is designed to support and guide beneficiaries in finalising their project proposal (script, budget and funding proposal). Participants must attend Encounters Industry Programmes during the Festival taking place from 4-14 June 2020.

The programme is aimed at documentary filmmakers at the beginning of their filmmaking careers and whose projects show great potential. Two team members per project may participate. Only residents of the Western Cape may apply.

The Workshop will take place from Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 February 2020 (4 days).
Post-workshop participant-led group sessions are encouraged – for mutual support and the fostering of important professional relationships for the future.

In the period March – May, leading up to the Encounters Festival, participants will be assigned Mentors for advice and guidance as they finish their scripts and develop budgets and funding proposals. These will be presented during Encounters.
Applicants must be available for the full duration of the programmes offered. Please be mindful that absenteeism will result in exclusion from the course.

Workshop Leader
Leading the 4-day Workshop is filmmaker, Riaan Hendricks.

Hendricks is one of South Africa’s multi award winning, prolific independent film directors. The constant struggle of engaging audiences with the emotional landscapes of his characters and story – are expressed in the rich tapestry of moments engrosses his work. Riaan’s film Ramothopo the Centinarian won best feature doc award at AfriFF 2018.
Guest Tutors will be invited to input on budgeting, proposal writing, compliance, etc.…

The selection committee will comprise of appointed representatives from the Industry and Encounters.
Applicants will be notified by email at least a week before the workshop.

The course includes:
• course materials
• meals (teas, coffees and lunch)
• mentorship programme
• invites to Encounters industry programmes and functions
• transport allowance (if necessary)

Submitting Applications
Application Deadline: Wednesday 12 February, 5pm
Submit to:
Applicants must submit:
• 1-page synopsis
• 1-page biography for each of the two key project team members, e.g. Producer (s), Director
• Complete Contact details
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For further enquiries please contact Nazeer Ahmed (021) 418 3310