16 - 18 JULY 2018 I DURBAN BOTANIC GARDENS
Under The Baobab Tree
Beyond the Technical:
Funding & Distribution:
Scientist Tell Your Story
The aim of these discussions would be to create dialogue around topical issues pertaining to the natural, environmental and wildlife filmmaking landscape. This platform also endeavours to keep filmmakers abreast with trends and innovations throughout the production value chain, integral to the successful delivery on content within the industry.
What are they looking for and what to them makes for engaging viewing? These sessions are designed for Funders, Broadcasters and Distributors to inform filmmakers/content creators as to what they are looking for when they fund, commission and/or broadcast natural history and environmental content. Although relevant submission guidelines will be outlined, broadcasters may benchmark their most successful programming and filmmakers constructively engage with the panel for solutions to meet broadcasters’ needs beyond their technical criteria.
Often scientists are so focused in their field of study and conservationists are consumed with efforts to save wildlife and resources that they are usually unaware of how fascinating their work actually is. Conversely a major challenge for filmmakers is access to story coupled with credible scientific data to support these stories. The NEWF Congress becomes a platform for scientists and conservationists to present their fields of work potentially creating new perspectives for the development of natural history and environmental content.
These sessions are designed to excite and stimulate both seasoned and aspiring filmmakers alike by providing seminars presented by an industry expert/filmmaker on a particular film and/or topic. The aim is to impart knowledge and give participants an opportunity to engage with presenter/s on specific thematic, technical or operational aspects of the particular film/filmmaking expertise.
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
DR. PAULA KAHUMBU
Jackson Hole WILD
Awareness Programmes Manager
Wildlife Crime Prevention
Sales & Co-Productions
Off the Fence
Artist & Filmmaker
GUILHERME SILVESTRE CHIRINDA
Undercover Journalist & Filmmaker
PAPUCIDES BOSCO TIAGO
Senior Wildlife Officer
SOUTH AFRICAN SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
Head of Factual
DR. ANDREW VENTER
Sea Change Project
DR, JEAN HARRIS
Social Ecologist: Land Claims
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
The Bigger PIcture Films
Producer & Filmmaker
Black Bean Productions
Black Bean Productions
Visual Artist & Filmmaker
Vanishing Present Productions
Off The Fence
LAUREN VAN NIJKERK
Deputy Director: Marketing
Senior Extension: Fruit & Wine Sector
Sabi Sand Wildtuin
Communications Manager & Filmmaker
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region
Community Development & Learning Lead
DR. JENNIFER OLBERS
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Investigative Filmmaker / Managing Director
Cinematographer & Producer
Marine Resource Use Ecologist &
Biodiversity Economy Co-ordinator
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Chief Operating Officer
KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission
BORIS VON SCHOENEBECK
One Nature Films
Key Note Speakers
DR. PAULA KAHUMBU
Under The Baobab Tree
Restoring Africa's Pride
Lions - Africa's greatest asset and only competitive advantage against the rest of the world. Yet of all the conflicts between humans and wildlife, the most challenging involves the African Lion. The human population in Africa will double by 2050 hence there is an urgent need to understand this conflict, find lasting solutions, restore the pride in Africa's Lions and celebrate their reign as the king of the jungle. This panel session looks into how film and digital media is being used to promote and enable African lion conservation efforts.
Impact Filmmaking Driving Social Change
Impact campaigns have become an integral part of the marketing and distribution strategies of a film. Using a film to drive social change requires consistency of message and the ability to channel action. We learn from the experts on how to extend the life of our films in order to create a path to conservation.
Connecting Africa's Networks
A panel aimed at connecting African networks between filmmakers, scientists and conservationists on the continent in order to tell African stories from unique African perspectives - Working together to identify common ground, maximise opportunities & transform an industry.
Exploring Africa's Coastline
With approximately 30 500 kms of coastline Africa offers an abundance of marine life. South Africa alone boasts a number of world’s top diving spots such as Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay and False Bay. As filmmakers are we capitalising on this resource? We explore the processes of underwater filmmaking, consider the barriers of entry for young African filmmakers and learn from the experts.
Drones are tipped to revolutionise the art of filmmaking but with concerns about safety & privacy, are they an accident waiting to happen?
A Transformative Debate
An open floor discussion which unpacks TRANSFORMATION.
In Conversation with Karl Ammann
How does he do it? Julie Laurenz in conversation with legendary undercover and investigative filmmaker, Karl Ammann.
Beyond the Technical: Funding & Distribution
Beyond the Technical with Off the Fence
We bring a commercially-savvy approach to our global business and have a deep understanding of local markets. Off the Fence is a 360 factual content company. We produce, acquire, localise and deliver non-fiction programming. We deliver a bespoke service to rights-owners from co-financing, localising content and maximising revenue and return on investment.
Beyond the Technical with WildBear Entertainment
An integrated factual entertainment company, WildBear Entertainment works across television, theatrical, corporate, educational, and government communications.
Creating Content for an International vs Local Market
New Perspectives: Scientist Tell Your Story
My Octopus Teacher
The Future of African Conservation Leaders
What is Missing in the Rhino Story?
Images of slaughtered rhinos and elephants for their horns and ivory have over the past few years confronted us on the front pages of our newspapers and the TV screens in our homes – so much so that in despair we turn the page and switch the channel. We have rhino-fatigue. The devastating impacts on the species and the rangers dedicated to protect the species have received major media attention across the globe. But little attention is given to the impact the illegal wildlife trade has on the people who live with or around wildlife and affected protected areas, the same people with the potential to be champions for rhinos. During this session, conservation practitioners, who work closely with Mozambican and South African communities affected by the illegal wildlife trade and the crime syndicates that drive it, share their thoughts, experiences and stories about the social impacts of the illegal wildlife trade and the role communities can and should play.
Becoming Visible is a short multi-screen environmental documentary that explores the pressing issue of offshore oil and gas development off the South African coastline and its consequence to our marine life. It advances the theme of nature as political asset and questions the scripts of consumptive economics embedded in South Africa’s governmental approaches to environmental policy. The film focuses on a seismic survey off the east coast of RSA, which was extended into the whale migration season in July 2016. There were a number of unusual deepwater-mammal strandings during and after this survey. Becoming Visible investigates the risks posed by unilateral and indiscriminate traumatizing noise exposure from marine seismic surveys to many marine species, and the vulnerability of fishery-based livelihoods to these impacts.
SAFTA 12 - Best Wildlife Documentary Winner: King of The Mountain Baboons
In Ethiopia’s highlands a kingdom is under threat. One male’s power is being challenged by a handsome young Turk. Braveheart’s coveted position at the head of his gelada family is under siege from the marauding bachelors and their leader, Tiko. He’s on the prowl for a family of his own, and he’s prepared to fight for it. In this ancient family of girl power… May the best man win.
Sisters of The Wilderness
Part wildlife documentary – the astonishing scenery, the immersive soundtrack – part pilgrimage, The film follows five young Zulu women on a journey of personal healing through the iMfolozi wilderness. Protected by a pair of rangers and overseen by a motherly guide, they learn about animal behaviour, their Zulu ancestry and the importance of conservation. At the same time, access to ancestral lands is called into question, and airtime is given to the open cast coal mining expanding along the park’s border and the massive toll of rhino poaching. Crucially, no solutions are offered; instead, the beautifully filmed wilderness is left to speak for itself. What is more astonishing is that director Karin Slater did it all… she carried all her equipment, shot and recorded the film in a week, and the only lights used were headlamps in the dark.
Edge of Existence
Black Bean Productions has set out to uncover the untold story of human wildlife conflict in Africa. The issue is becoming a serious threat to wildlife and conservation areas due to the increasing population and pressures on wilderness areas. It also affects the livelihood of many people, on a daily basis. It is an issue without a simple answer. The documentary aims to tell the story of key characters on the ground, who face daily challenges in terms of living alongside Africa's wildlife - we show it from their eyes and hear their point of view on the topic.
From Science to Film...
Birthed at NEWF2017 - OUR OCEANS profiles marine expeditions, raising awareness and knowledge about KwaZulu-Natal’s spectacular marine ecosystems, charismatic animals and the learning journey of the scientists and Ocean Stewards on-board the RV Angra Pequena.
Editing Wildlife with Candice Odgers
Limited Spaces Available
The beginning, middle and end of working in the cutting room. The wild ride that comes with editing wildlife. Where to begin once you are presented with hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours of footage. Finding the story, developing the story, telling the story. Navigating the confusing meta data deliverables as well as the shooting specs and understanding broadcaster deliverables. Cutting to clock vs seamless delivery. Putting it all into cohesive understanding. Dealing with music, natural sound and audio. Working in the cutting room with Directors, Producers, Writers, Sound Mixers and Executive Producers. An all round look into putting natural history films together. Are you ready? Lets make a wildlife documentary!
N.E.W Pitch Competition
Pitching by N.E.W Pitch Finalists
Moderated by Takalani Mulaudzi
NEWF OPENING MEDIA BREAKFAST - 16 July 2018
OPENING NIGHT FILM, FASHION & COCKTAIL - 16 July 2018
NFVF BREAKFAST- 17 July 2018
NEWF 2017 N.E.W PITCH WINNERS SHORT FILM PREMIERE & KZNFC COCKTAIL - 17 July 2018
NEWF 2018 CLOSING NIGHT COCKTAIL & N.E.W PITCH AWARDS - 18 July 2018
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