Barnyard Theatre | Main Jul 15, 2019 N.E.W Pitch Competition 14:00 - 15:00

Discovering the next generation of nature, environment & wildlife filmmakers and storytellers.

14:00 - 14:10

The narrative of Wastelandwill unfold through two narrated scenarios: in the first scenario, a kid walks out of a tuckshop with a packet of chips. She finishes the chips and puts the packet into a recycling bin on her way home. We will then follow this packet as it is collected and delivered to the recycling centre and then to a recycling plant that breaks down the materials into new materials. The 2nd scenario involves the same kid, but this time she puts the packet in a normal bin, we will then follow that packet as it is collected and delivered to the landfill, where it is either burned or put onto a ship and dumped into the ocean. Every time the packet reaches a new location, an animated dancing soda can will pop-up on the corner of the screen to supply briefly-written facts about the different phases of the waste disposal process. This will inject a fun and dynamic twist to the documentary, which will also appeal to a younger audience demographic.

A Prickly Affair
14:10 - 14:20

Faine Loubser, a young ocean filmmaker and naturalist, uses animal tracks, like clues, to uncover mysteries of the wild never previously explained or seen by science. While out exploring the coastline of the Cape Peninsula, she encounters her strangest case yet, a puffadder shyshark egg attached to the top of a cape sea urchin. Like a detective, Faine slowly uncovers clues that clarify the strange position of the puffadder shyshark egg, witnessing incredible animal behaviour never previously documented before, including a baby puffadder shark playing possum, an urchin armoring up with a puffadder shy shark egg, and a potential symbiotic relationship that could save a life. She calls on experts in the field to assist her process of uncovering this mystery, including Dr Jannes Landschoff, a marine biologist, Pippa Ehrlich, a shark journalist and Craig Foster, naturalist and documentary filmmaker. As the mystery unfolds highlighting the incredible interconnectedness of all species in the kelp forest, Faine undergoes her own powerful awakening, realizing her own connection and place in the wild.

Wild Coast's Wallflower
14:20 - 14:30
Presented by :

It is a journey back home to Transkei. I am on a mission to diminish stereotypes that reduce me to nothing but a wallflower. The road leads to Hluleka marine protected on the wild coast which is infamous for its small size. Similarly, due to its size it is the wallflower of marine protected areas in the wild coast. Hluleka MPA is a no-take zone which means no extractive activities are allowed in that area. Due to these restrictions and proclaiming the marine protected without consulting the community first, there has been for years now heavy tension between the community who are not included in any decisons made in that area. Wildcoast’s Wallflower is a journey about three wallflowers: myself, Hluleka MPA and its people. It is especially about giving those without voices their voice back.

Between the Tides
14:30 - 14:40
Presented by : Ms. Jess Lambson

Between the Tides aims to be an informative, emotional short documentary surrounding the conservation of Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles; both species of Sea Turtles being highly endangered. The documentary will specifically focus on the female Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles that return to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park once they have reached maturity in order to lay eggs; with a specific focus on the Isimangaliso Wetland Park due to the fact that it is one of the only nesting grounds in the world that doesn't interfere with the natural nesting process.

The documentary aims at creating an impact on its audience by employing empathetic film techniques, following a mother turtle through her nesting period and showing the audience how important it is to conserve sea turtles through the struggles and emotions she faces on a daily basis. The documentary will speak to people of South Africa, specifically coastal communities, encouraging them to take further action in consciously doing all they can to protect and make a change for the future of the Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles.

Between the Tides aims at becoming a voice for the voiceless and creating awareness in order to protect the 110 million year old sea turtle species.

A journey of wetland protection through the eyes of the Adam’s Mission local community
14:40 - 14:50
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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Biodiversity Economy Coordinator and Resource use Ecologist
Melanin Films
Sea Change Project
NEWF Pitch Finalist
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Field Officer
Butterfly Project
newf pitch finalist
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Tshedza Media
Executive Producer


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