CTIFMF: Early Bird Tickets Now On Sale #CTIFMF2018

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival has opened EARLY BIRD TICKETS for screenings at Nu Metro cinemas at the V & A Waterfront.

The 120 films in the official selection, along with a host of films in the panorama programs, will be screened at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront from October 10th –19th, while the glamorous red carpet opening night will be held at the Artscape Theatre Complex on October 9th.

All these events, along with World Premiere red carpet events are open to the public and tickets can be purchased via links on the various films on the CTIFMF website.

For THREE DAYS ONLY, from NOON on Thursday September 27th to NOON on Sunday September 29th, the CTIFMF will be offering an EARLY BIRD 2 FOR 1 SPECIAL on all films screening at Nu Metro cinemas ONLY at the V & A during the festival. Tickets can be purchased here: www.webtickets.co.za/EventCategories.aspx?itemid=1483878683 or via links from the Festival website.

From 10am on Friday September 28th tickets will also go on sale for all screenings at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau screenings at the V & A Waterfront. These can also be purchased via the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.

In addition to individual movie tickets, film lovers can also purchase Full Festival passes that enable access to all film screenings, premieres as well as cocktail parties.

Tickets for the Opening Night of the Festival that will screen South Africa’s official submission to the Oscars, Sew the Winter to My Skin can be purchased via Computicket: online.computicket.com/web/event/ctifmf_2018_gala_opening_night/1243347634/0/88850592

Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Sew the Winter to My Skin, is an epic existential-adventure film that has wowed audiences at Cannes L’Atelier 2017, and had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Guests can purchase tickets and enjoy the full red carpet experience of this glamorous event at the Artscape Theatre Complex on October 9th.

This year’s festival  program is a cinematic feast with some 120 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates, and the jury.  The meticulously curated selection will include a significant amount of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show.  Particular focus areas are New Voices (first-time feature directors), That’s So Gay (new LGBTQ releases), and Cinema of Conscience.

For more information, tickets and schedules for films that will be screening at this year’s CTIFMF, please visit the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.

Generation Africa: Filmmakers Submit Your Story Now

Generation Africa is a documentary film project aimed at stimulating a new narrative on migration through the stories made by African filmmakers, and particularly young filmmakers.

The project is presented by South Africa based non-profit Steps (Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects) through AfriDocs, the first and only free global streaming platform for African documentaries. (www.afridocs.net)

The topic of migration has dominated world news for some time, polarizing societies in the West as governments scramble to get a handle on what they view as a dire ‘immigration crisis’. As the ‘crisis’ grows, negative images and portrayals of Africa and Africans are proliferated more and more.

Cumulatively these images contribute to a singular narrative told about African migration without the inclusion of African voices.  Therefore, many facts that go untold such as the fact that migration within Africa is higher than from the continent, or that Uganda hosts the third highest number of refugees in the world.

Africa also currently is the continent with the largest population of youth in the world, and is projected to have a population of over 840 million young people by 2050. This could spell a boom of growth for the continent, or escalating challenges, depending on how the continent responds.

Generation Africa is  a collaboration with African filmmakers to create documentaries that will shift this narrative on migration, and also give insights into a young generation on the move and making moves.

“We are looking for compelling, nuanced and unpredictable stories that celebrate the achievements of African youth on the continent,” explains STEPS Executive Producer, Don Edkins. “The focus for the project is East and West Africa as well as the Horn of Africa, but we will consider stories from the entire continent if they are compelling.”

Filmmakers can submit up to three story ideas in the form of a one page synopsis, along with a CV, filmography, and links to previous works. Submissions are invited from filmmakers who have made at least one documentary that has been broadcast or shown at a film festival.

Selected stories will be invited to take part in development workshops in East Africa, and West Africa (Anglophone and Francophone).

Steps is passionate about the power of documentaries to disrupt, shift, and transform the world around us. They work with organizations and individuals around the world to create documentaries on relevant social issues.

Through its streaming platform, AfriDocs, and through a network of organizations that host community based screenings, Steps uses a multi-platform distribution approach to bring documentaries to audiences across Africa.

Generation Africa is presented in partnership with Docubox in Kenya, NAFTI in Ghana and OuagaLab in Burkina Faso. The project is supported by Deutsche Welle Academie, The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

More information on the submission process as well as the project please visit www.steps.co.za

The Best In African Film | #CTIFMF2018

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) has announced its official selection including 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 61 short films for the 2018 edition of the festival. Festival screenings are open to the public and will run from 10 – 19 October at various cinemas within the V&A Waterfront, including free family-friendly films at the Amphitheatre.

The program is a cinematic feast with some 120 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates, and the jury.  The meticulously curated selection include a significant and diverse array of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show.

Feature films, documentaries, shorts and LGBTQ films have been selected from various countries across Africa including Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Togo, Egypt, DRC, Egypt, South Africa, Niger, Zambia, and Tanzania.

The festival’s Opening Night film is South Africa’s official submission to the Oscars, Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Sew the Winter to My Skin,  an epic existential-adventure film that has wowed audiences at Cannes L’Atelier 2017, and had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in South Africa’s rural Great-Karoo region in the 1950s, the film chronicles the exploits of the outlaw John Kepe and the various individuals his escapades affected. This Robin-hood-esque figure would steal primarily livestock from the white settler farmers, terrorizing them for over a decade. Led by the hardliner General Botha, a mammoth manhunt ensues in the mountain where Kepe was rumored to occupy a Noah’s Ark like cave.

Kenya is especially well represented by two films; the much celebrated film Rafiki from the multi-award winning director Kanuri Kahiu, along with the beautifully moving Supa Modo, directed by Likarion Wainaina.

Rafiki (“Friend”)was inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize Winning short story “Jambula Tree”, Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Supa Modo tell the story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a superhero is threatened by terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true. This uplifting debut film  for Likarion Wainana has won 7 awards in various International Film Festivals.

Tanzania’s award winning director Amil Shivji’s film T-Junction is a poignant tale of Fatima who makes an unlikely friend at a hospital, Maria. Bound by pain, Fatima keeps coming back to hear Maria’s tale of the T-junction where she found love and loss in a ragtag community.

Ghana’s entry into this year’s festival is Peter Sedufia’s film, Keteke that tells a story focused on the 1980s rail service system in Ghana. A couple living in Puna, is bent on delivering their first baby in their home town Akete – but they miss the train, what will happen?

I am not a Witch is set in Zambia, the birthplace of writer-director Rungano Nyoni, and revolves around a 9 year old girl, Shula, who is accused of witchcraft.

Amongst the 10 South African feature films in competition is  Captive (Ko nkanga), from Director David Kabale that tells the story of an immigrant woman, who after moving into her aunt’s house, experiences sexual abuse at the hands of her in law. She must now make a choice of whether to submit or fight. Joseph Jones Umba’s Epiphany is a thoroughly modern story. After a clerical insemination error, an acquiescent woman must choose between her conservative husband and a child that has eluded her for so long.

Included in the selection is also a strong contingent of women filmmakers, including the World Premiere event for the film Cut Out Girls, a Cape Town made South African film from director Nicola Hanekom that is is loosely based on her award winning stage play that deals with the uneasy subject of date rape. The Wedding Ring from Niger is Rahmatou Keïta’s second feature film and  slowly reveals itself as a story of female empowerment that also doesn’t shirk from the uncomfortable realities of Western influence on African cultures.

Florence Ayisi’s  latest documentary Marie Madeleine: A Female Chief from Cameroon tells the story of the repercussions that take place when a woman is enthroned as chief in a small village in Cameroon.

Other African documentaries being screened include award-winning South African director Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall.  The film is an unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education. Having its World Premiere at the CTIFMF will be another South African documentary, Hear My Music- the Dizu Plaatjies Story from Director Ron Stuart. The documentary tells the story of local musical hero, Dizu Plaatjies, the scholar and cultural activist who has devoted his adult life to indigenous African music. Whispering Truth to Power, from filmmaker and human rights lawyer Shameela Seedat, tracks Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female Public Protector, as she builds her second case against the country’s President, Jacob Zuma. This is documentary filmmaking at its most relevant and powerful.

Kinshasa Makambo  from the DRC, the award-winning New Moon from Kenyan filmmaker Philipa Ndisi-Herrmann, are also amongst the selection.

Once again, the CTIFMF is proud to present a series of films focused on LGBTQ stories from around the world. This diverse selection of films speak to the diversity of experiences from within the LGBTQ community and yet also resonate strongly with universal themes of love, acceptance, and self-discovery. The South African Premiere of the film Kanarie will take place on October 10th  www.kanariefilm.com The film, directed by Christiaan Olwagen and starring Schalk Bezuidenhout has won numerous awards.

Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George. After he gets called on by the military and auditions for the Kanaries (the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group), he believes the choir will be his ticket out of fighting the war, but he begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him.

The Nigerian / UK co-production Walking with Shadows will have its World Premiere at the CTIFMF and is based on the novel by Nigerian author Jude Dibia, the film tells the story of a man who has to come to terms with his dark secret and choose between keeping his family or accepting a life of possible loneliness and rejection.

Within the 61 Short Films in selection are 17 South African films as well as films from Zimbabwe, (Give a Man a Mask and He will Tell You the Truth), Togo, (ViZa), and Egypt, (Red Velvet and Major Tom).

South African shortsinclude award winning director Reabetswe Moeti’si Mma Moeketsi that stars Keketso Semoko known for her role as Ma Agnes on Isidingo. She is a domestic worker from rural Lesotho working for a suburban family in Johannesburg. Her son, Moeketsi, is an illegal miner at the North West mine. In the wake of the wage strike, Moeketsi’s phone is off and he is nowhere to be found.

Fatima is a short from a South African director (Imran Hamduly), that tells the story of a young woman defies her family’s wish to enter into an arranged marriage and suffers a tragic consequence thereof. Masqerading: To Hell and Back is Sofia de Fay’s bittersweet tale of a letter written by a 58 year old Cape Coloured drag queen, Sandra Dee to her best friend, Samantha Fox celebrating their complicated 30-year friendship. The letter takes us on a funny and poignant journey through their shared memories.

Another notable film is Cast Iron Can’t Be Welded, a short set in rural South Africa during the 1970’s and directed by Buks Rossouw. A farmer transporting a broken cast iron stove learns something about humanity from a hitchhiking schoolboy – but only after dropping him off.

This year’s official video can be seen here: www.facebook.com/filmfestival.capetown/videos/720925211593337

For a full list and information on all the feature films that will be screening at this year’s CTIFMF, please visit the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.

Cape Town International Film Market: Industry Program Announced

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.

For this year’s Industry Program (the full details of which can be found at filmfestival.capetown), the CTIFMF has made a concerted effort to focus on outcome driven programs with tangible results that will benefit both emerging and experienced filmmakers and industry professionals.

The 4-day program offers an array of skills development master-classes, highly informative panel discussions, and intense and engaging networking opportunities. With an eye to the CTIFMF’s themes of CREATE, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE, the industry program is a truly inclusive offering that proudly celebrates the diversity of the South African and African film industries whilst also focusing on the importance of global cooperation and collaboration.

The various sessions include experts from the South African context, from across Africa with strong representation from Kenya and Nigeria, and from further afield, industry talent from Brazil, Canada (TIFF), the UK, Germany (Berlinale), France (Cannes), and the USA.

Highlights of the 4 days include panel discussions on topical and relevant issues such as the importance of emerging technologies within the industry. An exhibition space for audience to experience VR at its best will also be on display at the EXPO.

A comprehensive session on VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality), as well as the importance of crypto currencies and blockchain, will include experts Brian Afande, (Black Rhino VR Kenya) Ingrid Kopp (Electric South), Toni Caradonna, (Ethereum Movie Venture), and Karl Carter, (Snake Nation, USA). Toni will also present a separate Masterclass focusing on block chain and cryptos for Dummies.

Within the focus on tech and digital, there is also a look at web-series with case studies that will include producers in this space such as, Dorothee Wenner – Kinshasa Collection and Kelly-Eve Koopman – Coloured Mentality.

With a strong emphasis on diversity as well as the importance of the space that African content occupies globally, the CTIFMF will also present a range of highly topical panel discussions.  A key session on diversity will be presented by Flourishing Films’ Themba Bhebhe.

Additionally, Africa is in the spotlight in a number of sessions including Positioning Africa, the Opening Assembly of the Industry Program that will include both African filmmakers as well as top international gate keepers. These experts will have a frank and open discussion on the way that Africa and African content is currently positioned. The panel will include Remi Bonhomme from Marrakesh and Cannes Semaine de la Critique, Andrew Orgel – Quality of Life Media, USA, Cara Causmano –  Tribeca Film Festival, and filmmakers Zamo Makwenze, Amira Tajdin, and Phillipa Ndisi Herrmann.

The Ladima Foundation will also focus on the importance of Pan-African networks specifically for women in the industry with their panel discussion.  A range of influential women from the industry from across Africa will take part, including Mildred Okwo, a producer/director from Nigeria, from Kenya, Phillipa Ndisi Herrmann and Catherine Gitahi of the Kenya Film Commission, as well as international filmmaker Tessa Boerman.

The book adaption program, ADAPT, will also present two sessions open to badge holders that will focus on the journey from Book to Screen, and these will be presented by Selina Ukwuoma, 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.

Various other sessions such as the Meet the Makers series will provide various perspectives and “behind-the-scenes” insights into iconic and successful African films. These sessions will cover themes such as Performance, Visual Style, Lo-Fi, Children Content, Documentaries and Local / Global Success.

CTIFMF Market Director Elias Ribeiro sums up the industry program this way, “We are incredibly excited by the support and enthusiasm we have had from the dozens of experts and professionals who have committed to taking part in this program. They all share our collaborative vision that is based on creating real value and tangible outcomes for all participants. We urge everyone with an interest in the growth of the South African and African film industries to take part in these events and reap the real rewards that will come from these informative sessions and truly remarkable networking opportunities.”

CTIFMF Market Badges can be secured here: – filmfestival.capetown/market-industry

To have your details published in the Industry Program please make sure you secure your badge before Monday the 24th of September.

Full Market Passes
4 day market pass incl. screenings: R750
4 day market pass excl. screenings: R500
4 day market pass – student ( incl. screenings) R400
4 day market pass – student (excl. screenings) R350

Day passes:
Per day (10 or 11 or 12 or 13 Oct) – incl. screenings: R250
Per day (10 or 11 or 12 or 13 Oct) – excl. screenings: R200

For more information:  www.filmfestival.capetown

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is presented in partnership with host The City of Cape Town.

CTIFMF Announces Selected Books For ADAPT Program

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival 2018
ADAPT PROJECTS ANNOUNCED

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. http://filmfestival.capetown/.

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 – RED INK – PAN MACMILLAN

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 – A SPY IN TIME – PENGUIN

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 – THE REPUBLIC OF GUPTA – PENGUIN

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.

SUE NYATHI – THE GOLD DIGGERS – PAN MACMILLAN

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 – BOM BOY – MODJADJI BOOKS

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 – HARDLY WORKING – BLACK LETTER MEDIA

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.

For more information on this and other CTIFMF programs visit www.filmfestival.capetown

CTIFMF Presents 61 Short Films In Official Selection

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival has selected 61 short films that will screen across 10 programs at select venues at the V & A Waterfront between October 10th and 19th.

Short films are an integral part of the CTIFMF and Festival Director Leon van der Merwe has always recognized the importance of this genre, “Short films are a necessity to keeping the entire film industry healthy. They fulfill two irrefutable roles,  firstly, they allow up and coming talent the chance to get noticed and refine their style, and secondly, they also help to encourage creativity and originality that includes new ways of telling stories.

The time has come for movie lovers everywhere to support short films. To start with, they should go and watch these films at the festival and onther short film festivals. the industry needs to lobby the cinemas to get short films back into movie theatres. Short films could be shown prior to a feature film as it used to be the case years ago. This would not only justify audiences choosing to watch them but would also help justify local cinema’s ticket prices.”

Amongst the films are 17 South African shorts that include award winning director Reabetswe Moeti’s Mma Moeketsi Mma Moeketsi that stars Keketso Semoko known for her role as Ma Agnes on Isidingo. She is a domestic worker from rural Lesotho working for a suburban family in Johannesburg. Her son, Moeketsi, is an illegal miner at the North West mine. In the wake of the wage strike, Moeketsi’s phone is off and he is nowhere to be found.

Fatima is another short from a South African director (Imran Hamduly), that tells the story of a young woman defies her family’s wish to enter into an arranged marriage and suffers a tragic consequence thereof, whilst Masqerading: To Hell and Back is Sofia de Fay’s bittersweet tale of a letter written by a 58 year old Cape Coloured drag queen, Sandra Dee to her best friend, Samantha Fox celebrating their complicated 30-year friendship. The letter takes us on a funny and poignant journey through their shared memories, Sandra Dee reminisces about their struggle to survive the Apartheid regime and the adventures and misfortune that befell them because of their color and their transgender identity.

Another notable film is Cast Iron Can’t Be Welded, a short set in rural South Africa during the 1970’s and directed by Buks Rossouw. A farmer transporting a broken cast iron stove learns something about humanity from a hitchhiking schoolboy – but only after dropping him off.

Shorts from Zimbabwe, Spain, Brazil, Austria, Belgium, Australia, the USA, China, Egypte and Denmark amongst other  countries will be screened throughout the festival.

Below is a full list of short films selected for this year’s CTIFMF.

Shorts 1      
Speaking Daggers 2017 Australia Sally McLean
The Victory of Charity 2017 Austria Albert Meisl
Waly’s Problem 2017 Belgium EL HADJI GUEYE
A Low-Budget Film 2018 Brazil Paulo Leierer
SNAFU 2018 Canada Mark Datuin
30 2018 Cyprus Constantinos Patsalides
The Lightkeeper 2017 USA Zach Bandler
       
       
Shorts 2      
Sunken Plum 2017 China Xu Xiaoxi, Roberto F. Canuto
No Problem (Kein Problem) 2017 Denmark Magnus Millang
Major Tom 2017 Egypt Khaled medhat moeit
Red Velvet 2017 Egypt Mahmoud Samir, Youssef Mahmoud
Mma Moeketsi 2018 South Africa Reabetswe Moeti
Elo 2017 Estonia Helen Takkin
I.O.C. 2017 United States Gerardo Soto
       
       
Shorts 3      
Stardust 2017 Mexico Aldo Sotelo Lázaro
A Woman’s Right To Shoes 2017 New Zealand Robyn Grace
The Last Lullaby 2018 Not Specified Birgit Käsper
Map to the stars 2018 Paraguay Pedro Jaen R.
Nuclear Shadows 2017 Poland Marek Leszczewski
One More Day 2018 Ukraine Aleksandr Shymko
Lumiére 2017 Uzbekistan Hristina Belousova, Dante Rustav
       
       
Shorts 4      
An Autobiography (En Autobiografi) 2017 Finland Mari Mantela
Those who can die 2017 France Charlotte Cayeux
Hunters and Gatherers 2018 Germany Andreas Ramm
AYA 2017 Tunisia Moufida Fedhila
When the fishes sang 2018 Italy Giuseppe Schifani
       
       
Shorts 5      
The Man With The Bicycle (Der Mann Mit Dem Fahrrad) 2017 Germany Levan Tsintsadze
Anchorwoman 2018 Greece Ioannis Monastiropoulos
The Inner Side –  A Belsa Oldal 2017 Hungary Dániel Reich
Gandhi V/S Justice  In-Justice We Believe 2018 India Pratik Khandhadiya
Are You Volleyball?! 2017 Iran Mohammad Bakhshi
Are We Good Parents? 2017 USA Bola Ogun
2 Angels 2018 Russian Federation Ramazi Baranov
       
       
Shorts 6      
Manicure 2018 Iran, Islamic Republic of arman fayaz
Probably Fine 9/1/2016 Israel Tslil Tamim
Bismillah 2018 Italy Alessandro Grande
ViZA   Togo Roger Komla B. Gbekou
The Shield that I Carry 2017 Lebanon Basma Farhat
Diapers for Melquiades 2017 Mexico Gandhi Ramos
       
       
Shorts 7      
Fatima 2018 South Africa Imran Hamduly
Love Motel 2017 South Africa Samantha Nell
Vir Ontbyt      
Cast Iron Can’t Be Welded 2017 South Africa Buks Rossouw
Skrywers Anoniem      
The Crossing 2018 South Africa Jaak Erasmus
Change 2018 South Africa Almarida Kraak
       
       
Shorts 8      
Diphiri Le Makunutu 2018 South Africa ObettMotaung
Skin Diver 2018 South Africa Katya Abedian
Muse 2017 South Africa Siyabonga Mkholo
Runner 2018 South Africa Mike McDougall
       
       
Shorts 9 – Docs      
Masquerading: To Hell and Back 2017 South Africa Sofia de Fay
Give a Man a Mask and He will Tell You the Truth 2017 Zimbabwe Eric Gauss
Footprints 2017 South Africa Sarah Duff
The Water Dancers 2018 South Africa Robyn Palmer
Skeikima 2017 Spain Raquel Larrosa
The Sheikh of Mussafah 2016 United Arab Emirates Waleed Al Madani
 
       
Shorts 10      
SOL 2016 South Africa Ndiyathemba
A Legal Affair 2018 South Africa Aviwe Komsana
Bonobo 2018 Switzerland Zoel Aeschbacher
Heels on Wheels 2018 South Africa Heath Fynn
Under the Rainbow 2018 South Africa  

From the 10th -19th of October, 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 61 short films will be screened at various venues at the V & A Waterfront. Full schedules and ticketing information can be found  on the the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.

CTIFMF Announces Audience Development Selection

ENGAGE Selection Announced

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. This year’s industry program is focused on opportunities that will have tangible beneficial outcomes for the film industry through various mechanisms.

The CTIFMF announced its ENGAGE program to specifically address the crucial elements of audience development and film promotion, often the biggest challenges for even the most well funded and well produced films.

This seven-day workshop under the guidance of international expert Valeria Richter has been designed specifically for the South African market and will empower delegates with the most relevant tools to promote films and develop audiences.

At the end of the workshop, each participant will be assigned a project from the WIP and will be expected to deliver an Audience Design Strategy, with a cash prize awarded to the most prolific two of the lot to craft an Audience Design Strategy in collaboration with the Festival Board for CTIFMF 2019.

The following professionals have been selected to take part in the program:

  • Carolyn Carew, Executive Producer – Free Women Films
  • Faye Kabali-Kagwa, Founder –  Six Degrees from Home
  • Motheo Matsau, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer – Sterkinekor
  • Moses Serugo, Journalist & African Movie Night – Kampala Founder
  • Nolwazi Magwaza, Account Executive/Co-owner – Versfeld & Associates/Memeza Communications
  • Sarah Summers, Filmmaker/ Programmer – Black Filmmakers Festival
  • Sean Drummond, Creative Producer/ Writer/ Co-Founder – Be Phat Motel Film Company / Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival
  • Thandeka Zwana, Production and Development Executive – Indigenous Films

In response  to her selection, Thandeka Zwana has this to say: “What I see in this opportunity is space to grow, learn, turn it into a sustainable and effective business model.”

Sean Drummond is also excited about the opportunity, “I’m honoured and excited to take part and look forward to learning, expanding my networks and getting to be involved in ground level on some incredible projects.”

“I have attended festivals as a guest and only worked on the DIFF and it’s market DFM, so the opportunity of being one of the eight Audience Engagement Strategists has got me excited, but most importantly knowing I am adding value to the South African film industry fills my heart,” explains Nolwazi Magwaza.

According to Cape Town International Film Market Elias Ribeiro, “The strong group of professionals we have assembled for our ENGAGE program will have an impact in how local films are delivered to audiences in the long run. The collective brain power we have between different disciplines involved in distribution, exhibition, publicity, creative producing and festival programming is remarkable. We hope this will be the start of a lasting and strategically planned rise in popularity of locally crafted cinema.”

For more information on the CTIFMF, to secure delegate badges to the industry program or for tickets, please visit www.filmfestival.capetown

CTIFMF Proudly Celebrates LGBTQ Films

Official Selection Announced

Once again, the CTIFMF is proud to present a series of films focused on LGBTQ stories from around the world. This diverse selection of films speak to the diversity of experiences from within the LGBTQ community and yet also resonate strongly with universal themes of love, acceptance, and self-discovery.

Two African films, one from South Africa and one from Nigeria, will have red carpet premieres during the festival and tickets will be available via the website, filmfestival.capetown.

The South African Premiere of the film Kanarie on October 10th at 8:30pm SK Nouveau V&A Waterfront (www.kanariefilm.com) The film, directed by Christiaan Olwagen and starring Schalk Bezuidenhout has won numerous awards

Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George. After he gets called on by the military and auditions for the Kanaries (the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group), he believes the choir will be his ticket out of fighting the war, but he begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him. On tour, he develops feelings for a fellow Canary and he starts to question everything he knows about himself, leading to a confrontation with his commanding officers.

Kanarie is a love story. A film about finding individuality in a world of the oppression and uniformity.

The Nigerian / UK co-production Walking with Shadows will have its World Premiere at the CTIFMF on 12 October 8:00pm @ Nu Metro5. Based on the novel by Nigerian author Jude Dibia, the film tells the story of a man who has to come to terms with his dark secret and choose between keeping his family or accepting a life of possible loneliness and rejection.

Hot off its USA theatrical release, and a win at the Sundance Film Festival, The Miseducation of Carmen Post is based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforthand ollows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

Cape Town International Film Festival Director Leon van der Merwe describes this year’s selection this way: “Queer cinema has never offered a more richly complex and diverse characters and stories than we have seen recently  and that shines through in the quality of films that the program team have put together. This diversity of films reflects shifts in cultural conversations around identity, but also the festival’s own spirit as welcoming and inclusive.

We try to forget the labels and look for queerness in all kinds of films. It really works because this section of the festival is very successful within the community but also for an audience who’s just interested in seeing these films.”

Below is the full list of films competing within the LGBTQ category of this year’s Cape Town International Film Festival:

  • Girl – Belgium,Netherlands – Lukas Dhont
  • I Miss you when I see you – Hong Kong – Simon Chung
  • Just Friends – The Netherlands – Ellem Smit
  • Kanarie – South Africa – Christiaan Olwagen
  • Malila:The Farewell Flower – Thailand – Anucha Boonyawatana
  • Mario – Poland – Marcel Gisler
  • Postcards From London – UK – Steve McLean
  • Retablo – Peru / Germany / Norway – Alvaro Delgado Aparicio
  • Soldiers Story From Ferentari – Belguim, Romania,Serbia – Ivana Mladenovic
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post – USA – Desiree Akhavan
  • Walking with Shadows – Nigeria, UK – Aoife Kelly, Funmi Iyanda

From the 10th -19th of October, 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 66 short films will be screened at various venues at the V & A Waterfront. Full schedules and ticketing information can be found  on the the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.

CTIFMF: Works In Progress Selection Announced

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.

As part the CTIFMF’s outreach efforts and in keeping with its theme, of CREATE, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE, a number of key programs, all designed to maximize opportunities and to establish long term inclusive programs for emerging talent as well as professionals will take place at this year’s event.

WIP (Works in Progress) SELECTION

The CTIFMF has selected five fiction and four documentary projects to take part in this intensive process, a creative surgery of sorts with their handpicked mentors in private one to one sessions. The nine films will showcase to programmers from Rotterdam, Berlinale, Tribeca, SXSW, Cannes Critics Week, Cannes Directors Fortnight, Venice, TIFF and London BFI; international sales companies such as Pyramide International, Flourishing Films, MPM Premium, Memento and Versatile. Talent Agents Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Curtis Brown. Local broadcasters Mnet, distribution company Indigenous Films, exhibitors Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro.

At the end of the process, the most promising projects will receive in kind awards for grading, sound design, final sound mix, VFX, online editing, subtitling and DCPs, with the generous support of South African post production facilities such as Priest Post, Rhapsody, The Refinery, The Work Room Audio Post, Post Production South Africa and The Moving Billboard Picture Company.

Market Director Elias Ribeiro has this to say of the selection process, “After screening 54 entries from over 15 countries in Africa, I’m convinced we still have a lot of work to do in bridging the gap between content that works in the continent and content that will travel beyond. As a Market Director for CTIFMF it is my mission to foster spaces and discussions for more financial instruments to emerge.

Our talent needs support to harness their voices as there are so few avenues to finance development in Africa. I am also certain there are many brave stories shouting out loud to be told by raw and some more polished voices and African perspectives.  I hope this will be evident in our WIPs selection, with a focus in Sub-Saharan Africa: Nine films which will hopefully find their way into the world with the helping hand of the International Programmers, Sales Companies, Broadcasters, Distributors, Exhibitors and Talent Agents attending our screenings.”

FICTION:
  • FREEDOM by Jafta Mamabolo & Ralph Ziman, produced by Tendeka Matatu – South Africa
  • KNUCKLE CITY by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, produced by Layla Swart – South Africa
  • LUSALA by Mugambi Nthiga, produced by Siobhan “Ginger” Wilson – Kenya
  • SALVATION by Carmen Sangion, produced by Kim Sangion – South Africa
  • TOORBOS by Rene van Rooyen, produced by Danie Bester – South Africa
DOCUMENTARY:
  • BOLOMBOTO by Rasoanaivo Tovoniaina & Razanajaona Luck, produced by Razanajaona Luck – Madagascar
  • BUDDHA IN AFRICA by Nicole Schafer, produced by Nicole Schafer – Malawi
  • THE LETTER by Maia Lekow & Chris King, produced by Maia Lekow & Chris King – Kenya
  • THE HOME by Jessie Zinn, produced by Chase Musslewhite & Jessie Zinn – South Africa

The selected filmmakers are all excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming program;

“Of all the challenges in making a film, post production remains one of our biggest and the CTIFM&F now provides a tangible solution in elevating African films and its presence on the international stage. We are excited for October, to work and collaborate with the industry experts and immerse ourselves in the process.” Rene van Rooyen

“We are truly honoured to have been selected to participate in CTIFMF-WIP programme.  To present our film in front of an audience of highly respected film industry professionals has the potential to take our film’s release to new heights as well as help build bridges between the Kenyan and South African film communities.” Maia Lekow

“We are honoured to present our new film, Freedom, as part of the inaugural WIPs at the CTIFMF. The festival team have done an incredible job in bringing together serious industry professionals from South Africa and around the globe and we look forward to contributing towards a successful market.” Tendeka Matatu (Recently been appointed a member of the Academy in the Producers division.)

“It is an amazing opportunity to be a part of this pilot edition of the WIP program devised by Elias Ribeiro. Our industry is growing rapidly and it is these programs that bridge the divide between what is in the imagination of a film maker, and what the audience will receive. A chance to have this feedback from such astute industry professionals before the film is complete is a crucial step in the process.” Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

“As black female filmmakers we are exhilarated by the possibilities that this program exposes us to.  To have access to important industry players, who captain the business end of filmmaking, is truly a privilege that few are afforded and we look forward to making full use of this opportunity.” Kim Sangion

For more information on the CTIFMF, to secure delegate badges to the industry program or for tickets, please visit www.filmfestival.capetown

CTIFMF Announces Opening Night Film: Sew The Winter To My Skin

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proud to announce the official Opening Night Film that will be screened at the Artscape Theatre on October 9th 2018.

Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Sew the Winter to My Skin, is an epic existential-adventure film that has wowed audiences at Cannes L’Atelier 2017, and will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week followed by it’s European Premiere at the The BFI Festival in London and the Busan International Film Festival in Asia.

Set in South Africa’s rural Great-Karoo region in the 1950s, the film chronicles the exploits of the outlaw John Kepe and the various individuals his escapades affected. This Robin-hood-esque figure would steal primarily livestock from the white settler farmers, terrorizing them for over a decade. Led by the hardliner General Botha, a mammoth manhunt ensues in the mountain where Kepe was rumored to occupy a Noah’s Ark like cave. This spectacle ingratiated Kepe in the hearts of the marginalized indigenous-population who turn Kepe’s miscreant deeds into the stuff of legend making him a threat to the very fabric of the colonial society.

Director Jahmil X.T Qubeka says this of the making of the film and its selection as the CTIFMF’s Opening Night film, “It is my intention with projects like this to explore and to dissect the impact of the Apartheid experience on the psychology of self. The very roots of external struggles such as land redistribution are inherently imbedded in an internal meditation or yearning. Dignity seems to be the pursued pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. I wanted to offer some insight into what I believe to be mankind’s inherent need to feed into mythologies that conveniently suit the order of the day. With this film, I am endeavouring to create a visual experience that crosses the boundaries and limitations of spoken language.

I am honored to have Sew the Winter to my Skin invited as the opening film for the Cape Town International Film Festival, it is important for us to bring the film to its intended audience and celebrate South African cinema.”

The film’s producer Layla Swart, who hails from Cape Town and studied film at The University of Cape Town, elaborates further, “Sew the Winter to my Skin is an epic ballad to the art of visual storytelling and is a benchmark film in the tapestry of South African cinema. Selected in 2017 for the prestigious Cannes L’Atelier program, the film was also awarded the Berlinale World Cinema Fund 2017 and has garnered incredible responses at screenplay level alone. I believe that films like Sew the Winter to my Skin not only contribute to a universally accessible understanding of African storytelling, but raise the benchmark for the young South African directors who are emerging with a burning desire to canonize their experience, their heroes, their legacy. We are indeed very excited to share this film with the audience at the Cape Town International Film Festival.”

 

CTIFMF Marketing Director Jehad Kasu also has this to say of the selection, “Having access to this level of quality South African filmmaking that conveys a local story as an opening night film, is half of the reason why the CTIFMF exists – to exhibit the excellence in local story telling and production. The other half is to create an enabling film business environment for this kind of content to reach as many other parts of the world as possible.

 

This second objective has the dual benefit of educating/entertaining global audiences with African cultures, traditions and daily life, while simultaneously boosting the economic growth of the local film and television industry.

 

We also congratulate the whole team, including Layla and every other woman blazing a blinding trail of success in this industry. In years to come we look forward to the problem where our programmers have the difficulty in selecting an opening night film from an array of world-class local productions – that are later snapped up by foreign sales and distribution companies.”

Tickets to this glamorous red carpet event at Artscape are available to the public and can be purchased here:  online.computicket.com/web/event/ctifmf_2018_gala_opening_night/1243347634/0/88850592

From the 10th -19th of October, 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 66 short films will be screened at various venues at the V & A Waterfront. Full schedules and ticketing information can be found  on the the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.