DELEGATE REGISTRATION - COUNT DOWN TO FESTIVAL
With just a month to go until the Festival starts, register today to ensure your details appear in the Festival Directory.Visit www.wildtalkafrica.com to register and to book your accommodation.Please note that rooms are limited at the Spier Hotel, and bookings taken will be on a first come, first served basis.
SEMINARS AT THE FESTIVAL
An exciting programme has been put together for Wild Talk Africa delegates, and the seminars hosted by industry professionals, include the following:
- Pushing the Boundaries
Where is the line drawn between man and beast? And what happens if you cross that invisible line? We get inside the heads of wildlife celebrities who havepushed the boundaries, to find out more about their emotional journey. We ask how they overcome the fear to dive, live and film amongst some of the most fearsome creatures on earth to tell unforgettable stories.
- This is Africa - A local guide to filming in Africa
Local and international filmmakers and producers talk about their filming experiences in Africa, the problems they encounter and the solutions that transpire. Panellists will discuss what filmmakers need to know about filming in Africa, and the red tape that they can encounter. Ultimately it's about being forewarned and how to deal with negative experiences that may be encountered.
- From the Horse's Mouth - What Commissioner's Want
Every Broadcaster has a different target audience. Here's your chance to find out what the different Broadcasters are looking for. Is their target market young or old, male or female skewed? Are they looking for series or 1 hour specials? Valuable information will be shared which can affect how you pitch your ideas.
- Wild Talk Soap Box - Open Pitching Session
Thisis your opportunity to pitch to the big shots! Wild Talk Africa will open up the floor to delegates, who will have 5 minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of experienced Commissioning Editors. The panel will offer invaluable feedback and constructive criticism to help the participants to hone their ideas. And when you're pitching to a group of funders looking for exciting stories, you never know what could be commissioned. These sessions are also a favourite for audiences, as new stories and projects are presented for the first time. A pitching workshop is held the day before to assist participants with presentation skills when pitching.
- Through the Lens
You took your camera where!? Wildlife Cameramen have been known to stretch technological limits to getshots. Working in extreme conditions can be tough on cameras and you have to make sure you have the right gear for the job! A selected group of DOP's will discuss their most extreme shooting scenarios (think deserts, icebergs, underground caves, rainforests and the tops of the highest mountains in the world), Hear about the camera equipment that they used and the problems that arose and see clips of what they came home with.
- Saving the World - One Film at a time
Wildlife Filmmakers make their living showcasing the natural world, but are they doing enough? Often conservation messages are watered down in favour of entertainment, so is there a way to entertain and inspire change? We invite a diverse panel ranging from wildlife film producers who have mastered combining conservation and nail-biting entertainment, investigative journalists who manage to uncover the issues while still keeping the audiences on the edge of their seats and the activists who believe that filmmakers have a powerful weapon to influence opinions. Getting down to the nitty-gritty of the responsibilities of the wildlife filmmaker and breaking down the boundaries between conservation, journalism and film we define how we can package natural history programming that is not only cracking telly, but also a vehicle to foster active conservation.
- Beyond TV: Distribution and Broadcasting
Today, cross-platform distribution is something every filmmaker should be considering. From public access websites, digital magazines, mobile TV, IPTV and video on demand sites - there are a multitude of new mediums available to filmmakers. This panel presents pioneers from the industry who are going beyond traditional avenues and bringing their content to the world in new dynamic ways. They will also look at innovative content licensing and the considerations that need to be addressed when making content for the internet and mobile platforms.
- 3D Production and Workflow
In this panel, the most knowledgeable and experienced in 3D film production will shed light on this exciting format, and take the audience through the 3D production process. Speakers include: Damon Foster of Foster Brothers Films, in production for 3D crocodile epic "Dragon's Feast", Jared Haviga, Data lab producer of Film Media Service and Ed da Veiga also from Media Film Service, who has recently worked on Judge Dredd as Quality Check for 3D footage and Graham Wallington, CEO Wild Earth media on live 3D podcast.
- Speed dating with Commissioning Editors
Sweaty palms, nervous tension, just you and your 3 minute date... except this isn't the love of your life, rather the commissioner of your dreams! It's always to tough to get face to face with a Commissioner, and Commissioning Editors' time is often used up by lengthy meetings that can tire them out. This speed dating pitch session takes away many of the inconveniences of pitching, while providing a perfect space to cut to the chase and present your idea.
SCREENINGS OF ROSCAR AWARDS FOR THE PUBLIC
It's with great excitement that we can announce that the Labia Theatre, in Cape Town will be screening the ROSCAR Award finalist films between 25 March and 7 April 2011.This will enable these spectacular wildlife finalist films to be viewed by the public at large. To read the synopsis of the finalist films visit www.wildtalkafrica.com the screening times will be announced shortly on the website.
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