CTIFMF Announces Selected Books For ADAPT Program

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival 2018

Following on from the announcements of the nine Works in Progress (WIPs) projects selected, and the eight participants in the ENGAGE Audience Development program, the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) is excited to announce the works select for the last of its three intensive industry programs, ADAPT.

Through these three programs, WIPS, ENGAGE and ADAPT, the CTIFMF has focused on developing the future of the South African (and African) film industries in keeping with its theme of CREATE, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE.

In addition to these focused, programs, 4 days of business and skills driven panels and discussions will be announced shortly. These will take place from October 10th -13th at Workshop 17 at the V & A Waterfront and delegate passes can be purchased via the website. The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will take place from October 9th – 19th 2018 at venues across the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town.

ADAPT Books Selected for Presentation

Through the CTIFMF’s Adapt program, creatives, producers, and rights holders from the publishing and film industries will be brought together to explore the possibilities of cinematic book adaptations as well as to develop an economic model and business practice that accounts for our African realities.

Selina Ukwuoma is the international mentor invited to contribute to ADAPT.  Selina is a freelance script consultant who began her career at literary agency Curtis Brown working on a number of adaptations including 2008 BAFTA winner BOY A. She has since gone on to advise on award-winning indie films such as 2014 Teddy winner THE WAY HE LOOKS and this year’s Goyas triumph SUMMER 1993, both Foreign Language Oscars entries from their respective countries. She will kick off the 2 days of the ADAPT forum on October 11th with the masterclass: From Book to Screen. She will then consult one on one with each team to prepare them for their presentation to an audience of potential producers and writer/ directors.

Nozipho Mngomezulu, a partner in the Technology, Media, Telecommunications & Intellectual Property Practice at Webber Wentzel, will lead a masterclass on Legal Aspects of Adaptations on the 12th of October. This will be followed by a panel discussion where she will take one of the seats alongside Duduzile Mabaso, publisher at Black Letter Media, author Imraan Coorvadia, producer Brigid Olen, as well as moderator, Selina Ukwuoma.

The following authors, along with publishers, will participate in the books presentation that is aimed at bringing African stories to the screen, as CTIFMF Market Director Elias Ribeiro explains further, “Our intention is to facilitate a space for dialogue between the worlds of publishing and film. The 6 respected authors invited will present their highly topical books that are currently available for optioning to be developed into screenplays.

We sincerely hope all of them will have a deal in place after participating at our forum. The CTIFMF is inviting not only Cape Town based producers to attend, but will also bring in the top players from Johannesburg and Durban, as well as UK based talent agents David Kayser from Casarotto Ramsay, and Cynthia Okoye from Curtis Brown.”


Angela Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg. Red Ink was her bestselling debut novel, first published in 2007. This was followed by the entertaining escapades and sexual misadventures of modern women in The 30th Candle (2009). These first two novels have now been published in new paperback editions. Angela’s third novel, Black Widow Society (2013), marks a return to a thrilling, crime-ridden world.


Imraan Coovadia is a writer and director of the creative writing program at the University of Cape Town. His fiction has been published in several countries, and he has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Independent, Times of India and Sunday Independent. He graduated from Harvard College. His work has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize and the M-Net Prize, and has been long-listed for the IMPAC Prize.


Pieter-Louis Myburgh is an award-winning investigative journalist. His series of exposés on a multibillion-rand contract for new locomotives at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) earned him several accolades, including South Africa’s prestigious Taco Kuiper Award for investigative journalism. After completing his BPhil (Honours) in journalism at Stellenbosch University, Myburgh cut his teeth as a general reporter at Beeld newspaper in Johannesburg. He found his feet as an investigative journalist at the Afrikaans weekly newspaper Rapport before moving to News24, where he exposed the mechanics of dodgy deals and crooked cronies.


Sukoluhle was, in her own words, “born, bred and buttered in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.” An avid writer, her creativity began at a young age of ten when she was cutting out pictures from magazines and writing stories around them. On completing her “A” levels, her intention was to to study journalism but at that time no such degree was on offer at any Zimbabwean institution of higher learning and so she chose to study Finance and later did a Masters in that program. Ms Nyathi has a career spanning over ten years in the financial markets. She is currently on a sabbatical where she is pursuing her creative interests. Her debut novel, titled the Polygamist was published in 2012 and the film adaptation is set for release in 2019. Her sophomore novel, the Gold Diggers was released in June 2018.


Yewande Omotoso was born in Barbados and grew up in Nigeria, moving to South Africa with her family in 1992. She is the author of Bom Boy, published in South Africa in 2011. In 2012 she won the South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author and was shortlisted for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize. In 2013 she was a finalist in the the inaugural, pan-African Etisalat Fiction Prize. She lives in Johannesburg, where she writes and has her own architectural practice. Her most recent novel, The Woman Next Door was published in 2016 and is currently being developed into a screenplay.


Zukiswa Wanner was born in Zambia to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother.  Her debut novel, The Madams, published in November 2006, dealt with racial role reversals in post-apartheid South Africa. In addition to writing fiction, Zukiswa has also contributed essays to Oprah, Elle and Juice magazines, and literary reviews and essays to Afropolitan and Sunday Independent, as well as the international online journal, African Writing. She is also a founding member of the ReadSA initiative, a campaign encouraging South Africa to read South African works.

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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.

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