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Ster-Kinekor Announces Partnership With Durban Film Festival And Outdoor Screening On The Beachfront

Ster-Kinekor has for the first time, partnered with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and will hold an outdoor screening of four short films, that’s open to the public and FREE!

In partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and this year’s Youth Achiever Award winner Thapelo Mokoena, Ster-Kinekor will be hosting an outdoor screening showcasing 4 short films that form part of the Wavescape Film Festival, which features films about surfing, the ocean and associated adventure sports, which represents the heart of Durban.

Says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales of Ster-Kinekor Theatres: “This is a very exciting move for us. Ster-Kinekor supports the local film industry and this partnership with DIFF shows our dedication to the development of the rising stars of tomorrow.

“In line with our vision of promoting and supporting local content, representatives from Ster-Kinekor will also take part in a panel discussion organised by the NFVF on Monday, 17 July. The focus of the discussion will be on issues surrounding the distribution and marketing of local film content as well as addressing the negative perceptions around the SA film industry.”

In its 38th year, the DIFF takes place from 13 July to 23 July. It is the largest film festival in Southern Africa and presents over 200 screenings celebrating the best in South African, African and international cinema.

The outdoor screening will take place at the Bay of Plenty on Sunday, 16 July and will be the opening of the Wavescape’s Film festival showcasing the following four films:

Whale Fantasia

Deep blue sea, 2013, 6min
Director: GoPro

Alan Watts, three sirens, and three Humpback Whales dance together in a short film. Where you are now is your dream. What will you do? Trippy visceral dip into the supreme beauty of the deep blue. Shooo!

Bruce Gold: Last of the Great Surfing Hippies

South Africa, 2016, 8min
Director: Anders Melchior

This award-wining short film tells the story of Bruce Gold has managed to survive for almost 50 years in Jeffrey’s Bay without having a job. He is among the last of a dying breed of surfers who have dedicated their entire lives to riding waves.

Sea Change

South Africa, 2016, 6min
Director: Like Giants

The groundswell of support for alternative approaches is becoming increasingly evident all over the globe. One of the pioneer of green boards is Durban’s John McCarthy, former pro surfer. This is about his mission to “make, ride and share greener surfboards.”

Given

Hawaii, Fiji, South Africa, 2016, 72min
Director: Jess Bianchi

Given is narrated by a six-year-old kid called Given, the son of legendary longboard surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 countries to fulfill an ancient calling. Set in stunning earthscapes, given is an exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his family and their reverence for nature.

“As the country’s leading film exhibitor, Ster-Kinekor is committed to marketing and screening productions from up and coming talent in the country as well as on the continent and the rest of the world, because the exchange of ideas can only make the local film industry stronger,” states Matsau.

Bookings are now open for Durban International Film Festival films. For more information, visit the website at www.sterkinekor.co.za or download the SK App. You can also book at the box office. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres and follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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