docCHAT is a series of webinars, conceived at the onset of the national lockdown and worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the conversation going amongst the South African documentary community.

In a blink of an eye, all our lives turned upside down and as documentary filmmakers and creatives, our livelihood and our innate and intrinsic storytelling abilities were soon halted. We were not considered essential workers and as freelance documentary filmmakers one would expect that we’d have mastered this way of living; working remotely, ensuring adequate savings for the months that lie ahead without work and finding creative and innovative ways to keep our spirits uplifted. docCHAT was a positive innovation during this time that gained such traction that we opted to build this into our regular slate of DFA offerings.

docChat creates a time and space for an exchange of knowledge in a structured, yet informal manner. Hosted by a DFA board member, docSHARE invites attendees to pose their questions and interact with guests. This is a virtual coffee date.

If you’ve missed it or want to catch up on any of the sessions, they are available on our YouTube channel