Cape Town International Film Market & Festival Is Underway

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival got underway last night at a red carpet event at the Nu Metro V & A Waterfront. Over 400 guests attended the South African premiere of An Act of Defiance: The Bram Fischer Story.

The film’s director Jean van de Velde was joined by producers Richard Claus, Michael Auret, Lwazi Manzi  and Pat Van Heerden, as well as cast members Antoinette Louw, Morne Visser,

Izel Bezuidenhout, Jose Domingos, Conrad Kemp and Leroux Van Diemen.

Van de Velde explained to the media on hand as well as to guests before the screening how important and relevant the film is today. He also talked about the importance of authenticity in the filmmaking process that included Bram Fischer’s daughters and one of the only remaining Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni, all of whom were in attendance at the event. The cast of the film is also almost entirely South African and the film was produced in South Africa.

The film will screen to the public on October 21st at 5:30pm at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront, tickets can be purchased here:

Also at the event was the official Face of the Festival Pearl Thusi who was joined by other celebrities and dignitaries including Jeannie D, Angel Campey, Jason Cope, the City of Cape Town’s Alderman JP Smith, Phil Molefe of the NFVF, Brandon Baatjies, and Brandon Auret amongst others.

The film festival sees films screening at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront. The film schedule and all other information can be found on and day and festival passes can also be bought here. Tickets for individual screenings can be bought via the relevant cinema websites.

The full program of industry events kicks off this Sunday and all the information and tickets can also be found on the website

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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