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Realness Institute Celebrates Sundance Win And Extends Call For 2020 Applications

Prestigious Win for Realness Alum

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s (Realness 2017) THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION, produced by Urucu Media’s Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro competed in Sundance Film Festival’s World Dramatic Competition section to critical review.

Realness Partners Cait Pansegrouw, Mehret Mandefro and Elias Ribeiro, with Realness Alum Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) and Fanyana Hlabangane (South Africa) at Sundance Film Festival.

“Delicate and strong, this director told a little story of resistance and made it universal,” said the World Dramatic Competition Jury. “The composition of images, the visual phrase and the story of this film moved us. One of the most beautiful films of our Sundance 2020.”

This is the first film produced from Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking.

Realness Institute Programs’ Deadline extended to FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Realness Institute has been designed as a platform that caters to the full spectrum of the production line in a way that can push the African film industry forward. Core to the program’s development is the view that African cinema is a central market in the new sphere of the global cultural economy.

PROGRAMMES

The Realness Screenwriter’s Residency is dedicated to providing African film projects with the support and resources needed at the critical development stage of a film. The programme ensures that talent is given the space to mature their work, such that they develop films that can compete in the international film finance market, travel and appeal to international audiences.

Realness offers a natural environment that allows filmmakers to stretch their creativity and drive their craft under mentorship from industry experts. The residency takes the form of a six-week stay at the Nirox Foundation situated in the scenic Cradle of Humankind in South Africa.

Who is this for?

Filmmakers with distinct voices and perspectives, who are devoted to their craft and have a steadfast passion for cinema. Filmmakers with feature fiction film treatments and/ or scripts that are at least 60% filmed on the African Continent.

Creative Producer Indaba is a year-long professional development programme, providing emerging producers with the necessary tools and leadership skills to pursue their craft, as well as capacity to operate sustainable businesses at a strategic level.

Who is this for?

Producers (with and without projects) from Africa; producers from North America and Europe with an interest in co-producing with Africa,

Film Professionals from other disciplines such as distribution, international sales, funding bodies, institutions, broadcasters and development executives with a stake in the African marketplace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION go to realness.institute

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FEBRUARY 15, 2020

TO APPLY, submit your completed application to submissions@realness.institute

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Finalists Announced For DIstell National Playwright Competition 2020

The names of the five finalists of the Distell National Playwright Competition of 2020 have been announced.

These fresh new South African voices, whose scripts have sufficiently impressed the judges of this annual playwright competition, run by the National Arts Festival and supported by Distell, are:

  • Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer from Wilderness in the Western Cape (written in English)
  • Philiswe Twijnstra from Glenwood in Kwa-Zulu Natal (written in English and isiZulu)
  • Amy Louise Wilson from Parktown, Johannesburg (written in English)
  • Happy Simelane from Kathlehong, Gauteng (written in isiZulu)
  • Tseko Thukani from Bloemfontein, Free State (written in English and Sesotho)

The project sees the finalists paired with notable mentors who will assist them in developing their scripts to be ready for staging.

The five finished scripts will then be evaluated by a panel and one winning script will be chosen to be developed into a production and staged at the National Arts Festival in 2020. Each finalist receives R 5 000 in cash, while the winning scriptwriter can also look forward to a R 20 000 cash prize.

The 2019 winner, Koleka Putuma, penned No Easter Sunday for Queers for her winning entry last year. The play focuses on the limitations of the normative ideas of sexuality in religion and received rave reviews both in South Africa and London.

The Distell National Playwright Competition recognises work that grapples with issues of social cohesion and was in fact founded in honour of Adam and Rosalie Small, whose work in literature and education formed a rich contribution to South African culture.

Says the National Arts Festival’s Executive Producer, Nobesuthu Rayi, “It’s imperative that new work comes into the South African theatre space but new scriptwriters often battle to have their work made and as a result we are not seeing nearly enough new work on our stages. There is no shortage of ideas though and this wonderful partnership with Distell has enabled us to bring these ideas to light and assist writers in taking them to the next level.”

Bridgitte Backman, Distell’s Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, explains the company’s aim with supporting the project: “As Distell, we recognise that our country is multi-ethnic and we therefore place a high priority on supporting arts initiatives that showcase our country’s rich heritage and diversity. The arts, in our view, are key to building a more inspired and creative society.”

The winner of the competition will be announced on 31 January 2020.

About the 2020 Distell National Playwright Competition Finalists

PHILISWE TWIJNSTRA

Philisiwe Twijnstra is a writer, director and actor. She resides in Durban where she founded Durban Women Playwrights in 2017. She was also selected as one of the female directors for a Womens’ Theatre Festivalin Johannesburg (2016) to stage her first award winning play by a Dutch writer, Theo Fransz Matty & Sis.

She was part of the novel script project at National Arts Festival after which she wrote Salty Pillows; a script which took second place at the PANSA Playwright Festival. (2017). Ms Twijnstra was shortlisted for Short Sharp Stories( 2017) for her short story Little black Sandals.

She received a fellowship in Germany (2018) and her play The Red Suitcase was selected for staged readings in Canada by Zee Zee Theatre. (2018) Ms Twijnstra was recipient for the CASA Playwright Award residency (2018) to write her new play ‘Not Enough Buses in Spring’.

In November 2019, Ms Twijnstra directed Nongogo at University of KwaZulu Natal. She completed her Master’s in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.

TAMARISK-RAY GLOGAUER

Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer enjoys good tea and good conversation. She has an honours degree in drama from Rhodes University where she specialised in writing for performance, physical performance and choreography. She is passionate about writing and exploring bodily performance as communication with the potential to express that which is both universal and deeply personal. She strives to question how it is we tell stories in a world on the brink of change.

HAPPY GLADNESS SIMELANE

Happy Simelane graduated from the Market Theatre Laboratory and has been in plays that include Chasing Happy and Madam and Eva. Happy featured in the National Arts Festival (Makhanda) with a piece of theatre that was devised by the students of the Market (directed by Clara Vaughan and assisted by Salome Sebola) called Noord!. The show also played at 969 Arts Festival at Wits Theatre.

She worked as a facilitator on a school festival and interned as a costume designer for Thula Thula which played in the Barney Simon Theatre at The Market in 2017. In 2019, she performed in a children’s theatre play Ditholoaneng that was devised by the cast and directed by Omphile Molusi. Happy currently resides in Kathlehong, South Africa.

AMY LOUISE WILSON

Amy Louise Wilson is a performer from Johannesburg. Since graduating from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town with an Honours Degree in Drama, she has appeared in numerous local and international film, television and theatre productions. Notable credits include Fox’s The Book of Negroes and the Netflix series Troy: The Fall of a City.

Her acting credits include a role in the Fugard Theatre’s The Father and The Mother. She has been experimenting with creating solo performance, beginning with her living-room performance-lecture Other People’s Homes which she created in New York. In 2019, together with Francois Knoetze, she co-founded the Lo-Def Film Factory, a pop-up experimental community cinema initiative.

TSEKO THUKANI

Tseko “Tk Da Poet” Thukani is an acclaimed theatre practitioner from South Africa. A life coach providing educational training, workshops and mentorship through the art and culture intervention.

This young and rising star is a founder and the Creative Elevator Officer (CEO) of The Gallants House Productions, a house for creative writing and performing arts based in Bloemfontein in the Free State Province.

He’s well known for his skilful acting, directing, creative writing, a facilitator of the performing arts and he is a voice-over artist. Tseko has run workshops in various parts of South Africa and shared his craft as an actor and poet in all nine provinces of South Africa; including neighbouring countries i.e. Lesotho and Botswana. His art is a fusion of dreams, visions and reality inspired by nature and language.

ABOUT DISTELL

Distell, Africa’s leading producer of spirits, wines, ciders and ready-to-drinks (RTDs), supports a wide range of community projects that include alcohol harm reduction and socio-economic development. For more information, visit www.distell.co.za.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. Starting at the end of June/beginning of July, it runs for 11 days and is held in the small university city of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), which is situated in the Eastern Cape, 130km from Port Elizabeth. For more information, visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

The 2020 National Arts Festival takes place from 25 June-5 July.

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Last Call For Four Points, Last Direct Shot At Cannes

You are almost out of time to register for this year’s Four Points Film Project (Nov 8th-11th), which means that you are also almost out of time to make a film that could screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in 2020!

That’s right–the Best Film winner from Four Points will automatically be a part of the 48 Hour Film Project’s official screening next year in Cannes at the Short Film Corner.

Last year’s winning film was “To Have and to Hold” by Pan-American Film Division (Buffalo, NY), and screened at Cannes earlier this year–check it out below.

And now it’s your turn. The Four Points Film Project is just like the 48HFP, but you get more time and everything is online. Read all of the official rules on the website.

This can be your gateway to Cannes, as a part of next year’s Short Film Corner.

Sign up for your shot while you can: 48hourfilm.com/4pfp

Register for the Four Points Film Project

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“Kings Of Mulberry Street” To Screen At St. Louis International Film Festival

South African director Judy Naidoo has been invited to screen her film ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ at the 28th St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) which will be held from 7 to 17 November in St. Louis, Missouri. The festival provides the opportunity for St. Louis filmgoers to view the finest in world cinema and screens approximately 300 films over a period of 10 days.

KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET – Shaan Nathoo (Baboo) and Aaqil Hoosen (Ticky)

‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ will be eligible for the Audience Choice Awards for Best Feature and Best International Feature. Confirming the invitation, Chris Clark, Artistic Director at Cinema St. Louis, called ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ funny and sweet and said his team were delighted to be screening it for their audience.

“I am absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to screen the film at this year’s SLIFF,” says director Judy Naidoo. “The popular festival is known for exploring cross-cultural understanding through the art of the cinema, and for enhancing cultural diversity by bringing horizon-expanding international films to audiences.”

The St. Louis International Film Festival has a solid and growing national and international reputation for its programming, particularly for its foreign language films.

“‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ is a production I am extremely proud of,” Naidoo says. “The film has been well received in South Africa and I am excited to be able to take it to an American festival audience.”

Set in the early 80s, the fictionalised area of Sugarhill District in KwaZulu Natal, ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ is a charming, nostalgic story of two young Indian boys who have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who’s threatening their families. A delightful and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family, the film also pays tribute to classic 80s Bollywood movies and their heroes. Visually colourful and vibrant, the film is touching and heart-warming.

The film opened in South Africa on 28 June and is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution.

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Engen Partners With One Of Africa’s Leading Chefs Siba Mtongana, At DStv Delicious International Food And Music Festival

The Engen Kids Fest will offer healthy and nutritional food and refreshments throughout the day inspired by multi -award winning culinary expert and food extraordinaire

Engen (www.Engen.co.za) has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement as the Official Fuel Partner to the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, taking place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 21 and 22 September 2019.

“Engen are pleased to partner with the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival as the Official Fuel Partner, and we look forward to providing experiences of convenience for our customers and festival goers”, commented Bulela Mkandawire, Corporate Brand & Sponsorship Manager, Engen.

Dubbed South Africa’s premier lifestyle event, the two-day festival welcomes the entire family to indulge in the best food and entertainment. Included in this culinary extravaganza is a safe, educational and entertaining designated children’s area sponsored by Engen also known as the ‘Engen Kids Fest’.

This year, the Engen Kids Fest will offer healthy and nutritional food and refreshments throughout the day inspired by multi -award winning culinary expert and food extraordinaire.

An excited Siba Mtongana said: “I am delighted to be partnering with Engen at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, as we take the kiddies area to the next level, in true Ms Sibalicious style.”

“I have curated an interactive, educational, and entertaining food explosion experience for kids of all ages ranging from healthy treats, baked goodies and cooked masterpieces by the mini chefs who will be cooking along with me. Moms and dads don’t let your little people miss out on this fun activity”, added Mtongana

Designed and curated with every child in mind, the Engen Kids Fest will boast a range of fun areas to explore for all kinds of bright-eyed explorers. It’s a world of play and learning combined into one memorable experience that shows how much Engen cares.

“The sponsorship of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival provides Engen with a platform to actively engage and connect with our current and future market in a relevant and purposeful way”, added Mkandawire.

Children aged between 3 – 13 years old will enter a mini fest of their own and can enjoy a range of cool activities from art classes, drawing and colouring, interactive Lego area for building, live shows and entertainment, outdoor activities, healthy food and refreshments, a mini library, slot car racing to F1 gaming simulators and much more.

The Engen Kids Fest will close at 19h00 on both nights with trained child minders and security onsite through the course of the two days. Parents will be requested to register and will receive a barcode that tags adults to children enabling updates to be sent throughout the day to the parents.

Tickets to the Engen Kids Fest are R295 per child, per-event day, and can be purchased at Howler. Visit Engen Kids Fest Tickets for more information.