CTIFMF Announces Official Selection 2018: Feature Films

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proud to announce the official selection of feature 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 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.

This year’s selection is full of powerful and entertaining films that together celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of cultures and stories from all over the world.

Ticket sales open on 1 October.

CTIFMF Festival Director Leon van der Merwe has this to say of this year’s selection,

“This year we will present more films, including short and feature documentaries, submitted by film makers from more than 78 countries around the world. From the more than 700 entries we received more than 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 66 short films were selected.  It was encouraging to see more filmmakers from Africa submitting their films to the film festival and supports our theme of create collaborate and celebrate.

Woman in film and also woman film directors rose in their numbers since last year. We celebrate and congratulate the extraordinary group of talented filmmakers who have employed their skills and craft in the exploration of social, cultural, economic and political subjects. We are extremely excited for this year’s festival. We believe that the CTIFMF provides one more outlet to local and international filmmakers.”

Films that will screen include a range of World Premieres and the festival will play host to a number of respected filmmakers from across South Africa, the rest of the continent, and the globe.

Films from as far afield as Japan, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Russia, Germany, Romania, the UK, Indonesia and the Philippines will be joined from a selection from across Africa including Ghana, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Niger, and Tanzania.

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. Rafiki was banned by the Kenya’s Film and Classification Board (KFCB) due to its homosexual theme, which in Kenya is contrary to the law.

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.

South Africa is strongly represented with no less than 10 South African feature films in competition. Amongst these are:

Captive (Ko nkanga), from Director David Kabale 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 coming of age tale from Iranian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi, Ava has won multiple awards including the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and the Discovery – International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI).

Other noteworthy films include from the Philippines, The Eternity Between Seconds and The Great Buddah+. The Eternity Between Seconds is a romance about two strangers who meet in Korea and form an intimate relationship as they bond over their loneliness, conversations and neuroses and is directed by Alec Figuracion.

The Great Buddah+ is Tawain director Hsin-yao Huang’s film that has won 15 awards in various International Film Festivals and is an almost comical tale that involves gods, middle-aged men’s sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans.

The Harvesters (Die Stropers), a South African entry within the LGBTQ section and is a 2018 internationally co-produced film written and directed by Etienne Kallos. The film presents a new generation of Afrikaans youths coming of age in contemporary Africa through the story of a teenager living on his parents’ remote cattle farm.

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

Information and official announcements of the short films and documentary films, screening schedules and ticket information will all be made soon.

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


Terminatryx 16th Anniversary SA Tour

To celebrate its 16th year of creating Alternative audio and visual experiences, Cape Town’s TERMINATRYX will play a series of shows revealing its many sides, from Cape Town to Gauteng, across July – August 2018.

With Alternative flavours running through Rock, Metal and Gothic, bolted together with an Industrial punch, over the years Terminatryx has made music on their own terms, defying convention and always setting out to do something exciting.

The last year also saw the band go through another evolution, including scaling back to being a three-piece, and plans for a new (but not unfamiliar) expansion of the Terminatryx sound.

Respected for its longevity, across the last 16 years the female-fronted band has released four album, a DVD, various compilations (releases on CD, digital download & streaming, and limited editions incl. LP, cassette, unique USB format).

Terminatryx has performed across South Africa from clubs to festivals, as well as Germany (and selected to open for international acts like Ministry, VNV Nation and Diary Of Dreams).
The band’s high quality music videos have screened at international film festivals and won awards.

The Duality Tour dates will take the shape of:

a DJ set as Xtermin8 (at M4A’s Winterfest ’18, Metronome, Cape Town)
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a more Metal-edged live set at Sundowners (Alberton, Johannesburg) with the mighty BOARGAZM and slick POLAR DUST
(this will be the first Boargazm show after a lengthy silence)
Doors open 7pm

This show will be a more Gothic / Industrial slanted set at Rumours Rock City (Randburg, Johannesburg), headlining The Metalist’s ‘Release The Bats’ event (joined by IN MISERY, MR. BUTCHER, HEXOTERICKA + DJs & stalls)
Doors open 4pm.
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The first Terminatryx live show of the Duality Tour’s Cape Town leg will be at Trenchtown (Observatory, Cape Town), alongside POLAR DUST (down from Gauteng for their ‘Burning In Water Tour’), plus Cape Town powerhouse  HOLO (a 4th act may be added) From 8pm
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ALTERnatives – The Festival
A long overdue all day festival featuring 11 acts of wide ranging alternative extractions, at Hillcrest Quarry (Durbanville, Cape Town).  From 10am
Line-up includes: Terminatryx, Polar Dust, Lithium, OhGod, Mark Haze, Grimehouse, The Sweet Resistance, The Medicine Dolls, The ShhArt Ensemble, Isobel, Thylasine and DJs Nytrox and Myster-i
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Awards Festival

39th Durban International Film Festival Awards

The 39th Durban International Film Festival held its awards ceremony on Saturday (July 28) at Suncoast CineCentre on as filmmakers and film-lovers gathered to watch the official closing film Rafiki, directed by Wanuri Kahiu.

A total of 17 awards were given out at the ceremony:

Best Feature Film: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, directed by Muayad Alayan, and produced by Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan, Hans de Wolf, Hanneke Niens, Rebekka Garrido, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina Gonzalez, and Alejandro Duran. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of R50 000.

Best South African Feature Film: High Fantasy, directed by Jenna Bass and produced by David Horler and Steven Markovitz. The film received a cash prize of R25 000.

Best Documentary: New Moon, produced and directed by Philippa Ndisi-Hermann. The film received a cash prize of R25 000.

Best South African Documentary: Sisters of the Wilderness, directed by Karin Slater  and produced by Ronit Shapiro. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of R25,000.

  • Best Direction: Constantin Popescu for Pororoca
  • Best Cinematography: Liviu Marghidan for Pororoca
  • Best Screenplay: Jennifer Fox for The Tale
  • Best Actor: Bogdan Dumitrache for his role as Tudor in Pororoca, directed by Constantin Popescu
  • Best Actress: Maisa Abd Elhadi for her role as Bisan in The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
  • Best Editing: Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Level for The Tale
  • Artistic Bravery: was won jointly by High Fantasy, directed by Jenna Bass and Supa Modo directed by  Likarion Wainaina.
  • Best South African Short Film: Stillborn, directed by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka and produced by Huanxi Media Group, Xstream Pictures, and Yellowbone Entertainment. The film received a cash prize of R20 000 sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission.
  • Best African Short Film: Aya, directed by Moufida Fedhila and produced by Appel d’Air Films. The film also received a cash prize of R20 000 sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission.
  • Best Short Film: -The Patience of Water(La Paciencia Del Agua), directed by Guillem Almirall,. The film received a cash prize of R20 000 from the Gauteng Film Commission.
  • Audience Choice Award: The State Against Mandela and the Others, directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte, which received a cash prize of R25 000.
  • Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Silas, directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman and produced by Appian Way, Big World Cinema and Ink & Pepper Productions.
  • Best Wavescape Film: Heavy Water, directed by Michael Oblowitz

DIFF has recently been included as a Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, which means that both the winners of the Best Documentary, New Moon and Best SA Documentary Sisters of the Wilderness, will now automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar nomination.

The Shorts jury included creative media education and development  specialist Alicia Price and Leon Van Der Merwe of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival. The fiction feature jurors were SA Producer Bongiwe Selane, Nigerian actor  Hakeem Kae Kazim and Nigerian actress Nse Ikpe-Etim. The documentary film jury included South African producer Uzanenkosi, Zimbabwean producer Nakai Matema, Nigerian filmmaker Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Berlin-based freelance filmmaker, writer and curator, Dorothee Wenner.

The festival continues until Sunday, 29 July,  at various venues around Durban.  DIFF 2018 is part of a month-long feast of film in Durban, including the BRICS Film festival and industry programmes, the Durban FilmMart, Isiphethu, Talents Durban, and the Nature Environment and Wildlife Film Congress.

See for more information and the programme.


CTIFMF: Works In Progress Entries Open

CTIFMF: Works in Progress Program Supported by Industry Experts

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will take place from October 9th -19th 2018. While the festival promises to be a feast of film screenings designed to celebrate the best in regional and international cinema, the Market program, taking place from the 10th to the 13th is squarely focused on providing tangible opportunities for filmmakers from across Africa.

In order to focus strongly on content, CTIFMF has developed a program that aims to raise the bar for African films in terms of quality and innovation. The CTIFMF will run a Works in Progress program that will see a maximum of six works in progress will be selected from the African continent to show to international industry experts.

High caliber decision makers and experts, as mentioned below, will be hand-picked to screen the selected films to give detailed feedback on with the goal to increase the artistic quality and challenge the core creative teams think about audiences, beyond their own territory.

This initial viewing will be followed by a screening of a segment of the same works to a wider audience of invited industry stakeholders comprising of festival programmers, sales companies, distributors and post production financiers. The WIP program will disburse finishing awards to the most promising projects: grading, 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, and and Post Production South Africa.

In order to deliver the most value as possible to attendees, the CTIFM has secured participation from a range of top industry experts from home and abroad.  Experts from the Berlinale’s European Film Market and Berlinale Africa Hub, Tribeca, Cannes Director’s Fortnight, TIFF, London BFI; international sales companies such as Pyramide International, Flourishing Films, Talent Agents Casarotto and Curtis Brown, Mnet, Indigenous Films, and Ster Kinekor will all contribute to this program.

CTIFMF Market Director Elias Ribeiro explains further, “We are honoured to welcome a range of carefully considered experts that can all tangibly assist producers to improve the overall quality of their works in progress. Amongst the professionals who will take part in the works in progress sessions are Cynthia Okoye from Curtis Brown, David Kayser from Casarotto & Ramsay Associates, Eric Lagesse, Head of Acquisitions from Pyramide International, South African producer and Story Consultant Mmabatho Kau, and Themba Bhebhe, Sales Executive at Flourishing Films. This program will prove to be a unique and invaluable opportunity and we encourage filmmakers from across Africa and the rest of the continent to apply.”

Cynthia Okoye joined Curtis Brown in 2008 having freshly graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Law (LLB). In 2013 she began to build her own list of writers, directors and filmmakers from the ground up.

Curtis Brown is one of the world’s leading literary and talent agencies. They represent authors, playwrights, film and television writers and directors, theatre directors and designers, television and radio presenters and actors. Their film portfolio includes – Broken, London Road and The Ones Below, all for BBC Films.

David Kayser is South African himself is a talent agent at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates – one of the world’s leading creative agencies, representing writers, directors, dramatic rights to books & estates across film, TV and theatre.  Casarotto clients include Steve McQueen, Hope Dickson-Leach, Jack Thorne, Lenny Abrahamson, Lucy Kirkwood, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Caryl Churchill, Joachim Trier, Sarah Gavron, Phyllis Nagy, David Yates, Kelly Marcel, Terry Gilliam, and the estates of JG Ballard, Roald Dahl, Joe Orton, and Tennessee Williams, to name a few.

David explains his reason for getting involved, “I’m extremely passionate about African storytelling – the voices that are coming out of South Africa and beyond at the moment are hugely exciting for the industry-at-large. I am incredibly honoured to be a part of the forums at this year’s festival and look forward to taking part and immersing myself in what promises to be a fantastic platform for South African talent.”

Eric Lagesse, Head of Acquisitions from Pyramide International, will serve as a mentor to the works in progress selected projects. He will work with the director and producer on the current edits and hopefully help them find an even better version of their film still in the making.

Eric will be joined in those feedback sessions by Mmabatho Kau, one of the most prolific story consultants in South Africa, Mmabatho has worked as a producer, broadcaster, development executive and script consultant for over 15 years. She has produced a wide variety of shows in public service and commercial pay for various broadcasters in South Africa. She was recently selected to participate as a script editor in the Torino Script Lab 2018 and, in the past two years, facilitated Realness a Pan African Screenwriters Residency alongside Selina Ukwuoma.

Drawing on almost a decade of experience in international sales, Themba Bhebhe is a British-born international sales executive for L.A-based sales agency, Flourishing Films, a boutique international sales agent, production company and North American distributor specialising in global filmed content with a particular focus on Black content from across the African diaspora. Themba also works seasonally for the Berlinale’s European Film Market as Diversity Liaison Officer.

Themba is particularly excited to take part in this program, “As a sales agent that foregrounds African and African-diaspora content, I am delighted to attend CTIFMF’s upcoming Market and Industry programme. In an extremely pragmatic way, the programme not only focusses on fostering the emergence of rising talent through its work in progress scheme, but also explores how best we can engage African audiences and harness the continent’s intellectual property through the adaptation of its literary works.”

Filmmakers with fiction or documentary feature length works currently in progress are encouraged to submit before the closing deadline of August 10th 2018.

For more information, submissions material list and to download application forms:


DISCOP Zanzibar | Mission Accomplished

The first DISCOP Zanzibar wrapped up last week after 3 days of intense meetings, networking, and focused interaction that reflected the health and continued growth of the East African TV, film, digital and video gaming content sector.

With over 500 attendees made up over just under 400 industry professionals, DISCOP Zanzibar proved to be a powerful meeting place for the most influential industry players from the region, and beyond.

Content was in strong demand from the 75 content buyers in attendance that represented 58 public and commercial broadcasters, cable / satellite operators, online and in-flight content aggregators, streaming platforms, and global and regional distributors from 17 African countries.

DISCOP Zanzibar’s continued focus on independent producers, as well as its partnership with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) could be seen by the immense interest from producers, with 141 independent content producers from 16 countries including 11 African countries attending the event.

Additionally the event hosted 39 sales executives representing 24 global vendors of finished content and adaptation rights (19) amongst a host of other professionals and experts from related media fields.

The 3 day NEXT GEN program that took place was also well attended throughout, with key panels such as The History and Future of Ethiopian Media; moderated by Salim Amin, Chairman of Camerapix, and The Africa Channel’s It’s Time for Africa – Creating & Producing for a Global Market. Moderated by Brendan Gabriel, VP Production & Creative Development, The Africa Channel being some of the highlights.

DISCOP Zanzibar was opened by the Minister of Information, Tourism and Heritage who had this to say, “According to a PWC report last year, The Kenyan entertainment and media market was worth US$2.1 billion in 2016, up 13.6% on 2015 and will hit the US$3.0 billion mark in 2020, and totalling US$3.2 billion in 2021. The same report predicts that in Tanzania Pay-TV subscription revenue will nearly double before 2021. The Tanzanian TV market will total US$271 million in 2021, growing at a 11.8%.

The numbers from the industry speak for themselves, and there are a few organisations, such as DISCOP, who can see the potential and the value in this market, and who understand just how important the growth and development of this sector can be for the growth of the entire region.”

Registration and attendance for the first ever DISCOP Zanzibar exceeded many expectations and DISCOP Markets’s director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Tim Mangwedi, had this to say of the event and its potential for the future: “After a long absence, DISCOP is back in Eastern Africa, in a move to strengthen its position as Africa’s and the Middle East’s #1 destination for content trade and co-production business with five markets a year by end of 2020: Abidjan, Sharm El Sheikh, Lagos, Zanzibar and Johannesburg.”


Interpretations Film Competition: CTIFMF, Snake Nation, YOMYOMF Foundation

After nearly a year of strategic planning and development behind the scenes, the CTIFMF, in partnership with Snake Nation and the YOMYOMF Foundation is proud to announce the Interpretations inter-continental Film Competition in South Africa.

Interpretations is a short film contest, an initiative from the USA based YOMYOMF Foundation, the non-profit arm of the digital production company YOMYOMF (YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily), devoted to fostering and developing Asian American and other underrepresented voices in film and entertainment.

This innovative competition sees filmmakers invited to submit a short film of no more than 3 minutes, all using the same four-line script:

  • “So here is what happened”
  • “Let me see”
  • “It’s about that time”
  • “What’s my option”

Snake Nation, one of the partners of the CTIFMF in 2017, is once again working with the festival to promote young and emerging talent.  Founder and CEO Karl Carter has this to say of the competition, “The objective of this competition is to encourage aspiring South African filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice and to encourage filmmakers to find their own take on the material and be as creative with it as they can. The script is broad and fluid enough so that one director could craft a comedy from it, another a stylish music video, another an action film, etc.”

Once the films are submitted, a distinguished panel of judges from both the studio and independent filmmaking worlds will review the submissions and narrow them down to fifteen semi-finalists. From those fifteen, three finalists/winners will be selected—two decided by the judges and one by online audience voting.

The winning filmmakers will have an opportunity to work on a full production of their project with the Snake Nation team at Georgia State University Creative Media Industries Institute under the mentorship of seasoned industry professionals.

Snake Nation, YOMYOMF Foundation and the CTIFMF will also make an effort to introduce promising filmmakers, whether they are a finalist or not, to appropriate industry mentors to help create more focused opportunities for growth and networking.

CTIFMF spokesperson Jehad Kasu explains further, “The CTIFMF is leading the way in applying existing local and national policies and partnerships to benefit and accelerate growth of the film industry. We have successfully done this by using the people-to-people exchange mechanism between China and South Africa to establish the first film industry partnership between South Africa and China, and now with Interpretations, we are successfully doing the same with the sister-cities collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the City of Atlanta committed to by their respective Mayors between October 2016 and May 2017, that seeks to strengthen cultural and economic relations between them. This is another demonstration of the CTIFMF practicing its theme to ‘Create. Collaborate. Celebrate.’”

YOMYOMF Foundation Founder/Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise, Star Trek Beyond) expressed that “It’s been amazing to experience the depth of the talent in the Asian American community here in the U.S. through the previous Interpretations initiatives and it’s exciting to see it expand to Southern Africa. I look forward to seeing what these filmmakers on the other side of the world create and have no doubt we will be as equally successful in finding unique and talented voices.”

Submissions are to be made via  and the submission deadline is Sept 2, Midnight SAST.

Interpretations competition details can be found at as well as

For more information on this contact Karl Carter at  or Jehad Kasu at

About Snake Nation

Snake Nation is a disruptive media and monetization company focused on creating value and social impact for a global community of Multicultural Millennial (M2) storytellers, content creators, brand builders, shapeshifters, executives, and entrepreneurs. Additionally, Snake Nation operates and hosts college societies, content studios, and a digital platform where creatives can build, showcase their work and culture, and communicate directly with their audience, in an uncensored voice. Snake Nation is Based in Atlanta, GA and Cape Town, SA.


The CTIFMF is a film industry platform to create, collaborate, and celebrate the exciting and often untapped potential of the eclectic film and entertainment industries. Guided by the festival’s core vision of transforming the African film industry through these the pillars of creation, collaboration, and celebration, the CTIFMF is incorporating a host of key initiatives and projects aimed at the local and Pan-African film industries, film lovers across the city, as well as emerging and new audiences from across Africa and beyond.

About YOMYOMF Foundation

The YOMYOMF Foundation, the non-profit arm of YOMYOMF (YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily), is devoted to fostering and developing Asian American and other underrepresented voices in entertainment and the arts.


CTIFMF: Initial Market Program Announces: Entries Open

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 edition will feature an expanded and content focused market, led by the recently appointed Market Director Elias Ribeiro.

The CTIFMF has reached out to various industry stakeholders in a collaborative effort in keeping with its theme, of CREATE, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE, to develop a program with tangible outcomes and a view to the long term growth of the industry both regionally and across the continent.

A number of key programs have been finalized, all designed to maximize opportunities for emerging talent and to establish long term inclusive programs.

Elias Ribeiro explains further, “As the CTIFMF, learning from many who have paved the way, we have taken great care in crafting an offering that is complementary to current industry offerings. We hope to strengthen our bonds with partners such as the Durban Film Mart and together foster a dynamic and vibrant ecosystem that will contribute to assertive impact in film projects, our financial instruments and funders, policy designers and audiovisual makers at large. We also have prioritised an Audience Development program called Engage, with the faith we will in the long term make local films more sustainable in the domestic market.”

Marketing Director of the CTIFMF Jehad Kasu has this to say of the program, “It is the vision of the CTIFMF to reposition South Africa’s film industry offering through meaningful industry collaboration. If we harness our collective resources we can achieve an infinite amount of collective growth and success. This will of course take a reasonable amount of time and commitment to achieve. So we implore all film industry stakeholders new, established, private and state owned to support one another and become active participants in elevating the presence and contribution of the South African film industry within the global ecosystem.

WIP (Works in Progress)

As the most important element of a market is its content, the CTIFMF has developed a program that aims to elevate the bar for African content in terms of quality and innovation. A maximum of six works in progress will be selected from the African continent to show to international industry experts. High calibre decision makers and experts will be hand-picked to view the selected films and then give detailed feedback, with the goal of increasing the artistic quality and challenging the core creative teams to think about audiences beyond their own territories.

This initial viewing will be followed by a screening of a segment of the same works to a wider audience of invited industry stakeholders comprising of festival programmers, sales companies, distributors and post production financiers. The WIP program will disburse finishing awards to the most promising projects: grading, 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 and The Work Room Audio Post.

We have confirmed attendance from Berlinale’s European Film Market and Berlinale Africa Hub, Tribeca, TIFF, London BFI; international sales companies such as Pyramide International, Flourishing Films, Talent Agents Casarotto and Curtis Brown, Mnet, Indigenous Films, Ster Kinekor, and Post Production South Africa.

Entries are due no later than August 10th. For full details visit or email


Considering that one of the most challenging and pressing issues for local films is to earn the trust of local audiences that then translates into box office success, the CTIFMF will have a special focus on audience design and development.

A group of marketing and industry experts with an understanding of these challenges will be convened for a three-day workshop under the guidance of Valeria Richter. This outcome based workshop will equip these professionals with the most current and powerful tools designed to assist films in finding their target market and core following.

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.

Aimed at publicists, marketing and sales professionals, distributors and others within the field, applications are open until August 17th.  More details on the program, outcomes and prize can be found at, or email


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

A number of toolbox sessions and workshops will be led by Selina Ukwuoma on translating from book to screen. She is no newcomer to South Africa as she has been working closely with Realness as well as Talents Durban over the past 3 years.

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.

The industry program of the CTIFMF will see 4 days of panel discussions, keynote speeches  and workshops with participation from experts from South Africa, the rest of Africa, and across the globe.  There will be a variety of relevant topics covered, all aimed at inclusive and constructive dialogues that foster the development of a cohesive and continually developing film industry. These topics include mentorship, financing, AR/VR, animation, blockchain and crypto currency.

For more information, submissions material list and to download application forms:

Awards Festival

Women Shine At ZIFF 2018

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF announced its awards on Saturday night July 14th, and African women topped the lists, dominating many of the top categories. The development and recognition of women within the film industry was a reoccurring theme throughout both ZIFF and the inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar.

Amongst a record number of over 4,000 entries across all all categories and from over 140 countries, East African filmmakers also featured prominently with the stunning Kenyan film Supa Modo taking home the coveted Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film.

The films in selection crossed a broad spectrum of topics and genres and represented over 40 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Western Sahara, Niger, Iran, The United States, France, Ghana, Belgium, Tunisa, Swaziland, India, United Kingdom and many more.

Women filmmakers took home a total of 10 awards, with the documentary Silas directed by Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman taking home two awards; Best Documentary and Best International Film.

The Chairman’s Bi Kidude Award, named after the legendary Zanzibar musician, was awarded to Rahmatou Keita from Niger for her moving and romantic plea for cultural preservation, The Wedding Ring.

The Wedding Ring – Bi Kidude Award

The Emerson Foundation’s Award for Best Film from Zanzibar was also awarded to a woman, Barke Ali, while the SIGNIS East African Talent Award went to Ugandan woman Kemiyondo Coutinho for Kyenvu.

In the inaugural version of the category for Best TV Series, South African Lucilla Blankenberg for her series Jab.

JAB, Best TV Series

The Ousmane Sembene Awards for Short Film went both went to women, with Tanzania’s Esther Mndeme and South Africa’s Rea Moeti taking home the honours for their films Leah and Mma Moeketsi respectively.

Best Short Film overall was won by Tunisia’s Moufida Fedhila for Aya, while the Best Short Swahili Film was won by Faith Musembi for her film Pendo.

Additionally, women were in the spotlight throughout the event with the Ladima Foundation hosting two events and also awarding the Adaiaha Award for Best Documentary from an African Woman to New Moon, from Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.

Ladima Adiaha Award – New Moon

The Ladima Women of Influence Panel was especially well received with its focus on tangible steps to be taken to assist the development and recognition within the film and media industries. The panel included Bikiya Graham-Douglas, a Nigerian actress, singer, entrepreneur and the founder of Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, Biola Alabi, an African media expert with over 25 years of local and global media experience, Theresa Hill: South Africa: General Manager STEPS/ Acquisition Manager AfriDocs,   Dr. Mzuri Issa Ali: Zanzibar: Director TAMWA, Giselle Portenier, a Candian award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and Farida Nyamachumbe a filmmaker from Zanzibar.

Women from across Africa and the globe were in strong attendance, with a marked increase from previous years. Their success in the awards roster is testament to the hard work and persistence of many, both men and women, who continue to focus on creating gender parity within the industry. ZIFF has made a concerted effort over the past few years to include and promote women filmmakers and this year the results can be seen.

For all the ZIFF winners, visist:

Festival Film

Table Manners Has Its World Premier At DIFF 2018

World Premiere of Leli Maki Esq.’s Table Manners takes place at this year’s DIFF on 23 July at Suncoast at 8pm.

Table Manners is a film about loss, love and finding oneself through one’s passion. Megan (Diaan Lawrenson) loses everything when her husband, Lloyd (Neels Van Jaarsveld), gets arrested for tax fraud and has to rebuild herself by rediscovering her love for cooking and the flavors of life. With the help of her best friend Lindiwe (Renate Stuurman), she learns that the path back home begins with realizing that she is enough and all she needs is her family, food and love. Life’s 3 courses made easy.

Producer Nkuli Sibeko

The script was written and produced by SAFTA Award winning writer and actress Nkuli Sibeko who drew from her own love of cooking and family as the inspiration for the script. This is the director’s theatrical debut, and Leli Maki Esq. drew inspiration for the film’s visual aesthetic from the connection that food has to emotions.

Director Leli Maki Esq

“In Table Manners the challenge was to channel Megan’s emotions through her relationship with the food; visually representing the sensation of her anger through burnt chocolate proved a challenge for us which my team and I met head on and with gusto. We’re proud of our film” says Maki.

Diaan Lawrenson and Renate Stuurman headline this visual feast for all the senses. Neels Van Jaarsveld, Thabo Malema, Fiona Ramsey and John Lata round off the strong cast as they all take turns tasting and learning from Diaan’s tasty yet wise creations.

Table Manners is the third film from the Jack&Jill Productions company which has had past successes at both Durban International Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.  The company self-funded its first two feature length projects: Freedom Mixtape, a documentary which was  Durban International Film Festival 2014 and Winsome, a romantic comedy which was in competition in the Best First Feature Narrative category at the Pan African Film Festival 2015.

Table Manners will screen on 23 July at Suncoast at 8pm with further screenings on 24 July at 17h00, at Gateway and on 27 July at18h30 at Suncoast.

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Festival Film

The Tale, Starring Laura Dern, Will Have Its SA Premier At This Year’s Durban International Film Festival

The Tale, starring Laura Dern will have its SA Premiere at this year’s Durban International Film Festival on Saturday, July 21 at 14:15 at Suncoast CineCentre followed by a screening on July 23 at 16:00 at Musgrave Ster Kinekor. The director Jennifer Fox will be in attendance at the DIFF to present her film, and at the Durban FilmMart where she will be participating in a panel session entitled The Medium is the Message, where she will be discussing the transition from documentary film-making to narrative film-making.

Laura Dern

The Tale chronicles one woman’s powerful investigation into her own childhood memories, as she is forced to reexamine her first sexual experience – and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. The film is written and directed by Sundance Grand Prize winner and Emmy® nominee Jennifer Fox, who based it on her own true story.

Starring Laura Dern (Oscar® nominee for “Wild” and “Rambling Rose”; Emmy® winner for HBO’s “Big Little Lies”; Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Enlightened,” “Recount” and “Afterburn”), together with Isabelle Nélisse (“Mama”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”), Jason Ritter (“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”), Frances Conroy (Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Six Feet Under”) and John Heard (Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “The Sopranos”), with Common (Oscar® winner for “Selma”) and Ellen Burstyn (Academy Award® winner for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”).

An accomplished documentarian working in New York, Jennifer (Laura Dern) is completing her latest project about the lives of women around the world. She receives a series of phone calls from her mother, Nettie (Ellen Burstyn), who has found a short story Jennifer wrote at age 13, in which she describes various encounters with her riding instructor, Mrs. G (Elizabeth Debicki), and her running coach, Bill (Jason Ritter), while at summer camp. Nettie is unnerved by the implications of her daughter’s writing, but Jennifer is nonplussed. She has always looked back with fondness on the time she spent with these two charismatic adults.

Egged on by Nettie and encouraged by her supportive fiancé (Common), Jennifer yearns to know more and sets out on a journey, 30 years later, to find those people from her past – the children, now adults, who also attended the camp back then – and eventually the coaches themselves. But the more she learns, the more her memories shift and the more questions she unearths. As Jennifer’s frustration mounts, she finds herself turning inward to get to the truth, imagining conversations with her 13-year-old self (Isabelle Nélisse) and even Mrs. G and Bill in an effort to understand how and why events occurred so long ago.

An unforgettable meditation on the elusive nature of memory, The Tale is the first narrative feature from Jennifer Fox, whose documentary films have earned international acclaim for their groundbreaking artistry and unflinching honesty. Based on Fox’s own life story, THE TALE sees the filmmaker bravely pushing forward the boundaries of conventional storytelling, creating a dialogue between past and present to illustrate the interplay between memory and trauma.

“My goal was not to ask, ‘Did this happen?,’ because I always remembered it,” explains writer and director Fox. “It was, ‘How and why did it happen, and how and why did I spin it as a positive story?’ There was a lightbulb moment when I was making another film about women all around the world, and it seemed that every other woman – regardless of class, culture or color – had an abuse story to tell. Their stories just floored me, because they had a system or a paradigm that looked like my story. Suddenly, I couldn’t see it as my own private little narrative and knew that it was time to investigate what happened in the open space of a fictional film.”

The Tale is produced by Jennifer Fox, Oren Moverman, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Simone Pero, Lawrence Inglee, Sol Bondy, Regina K. Scully, Lynda Weinman and Reka Posta. Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Wendy Ettinger, Abigail E. Disney, Robert & Penny Fox, Jayme Lemons, Amy Rodrigue, Ali Jazayeri, Jason Van Eman, David Van Eman, Ross Marroso and Ben McConley are executive producers.

The Tale will be on MNET in SA in August this year.

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