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.

Cape Town Film Market: The WGSA Pitch Program – Entries Open

In its second year, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa in collaboration with the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will once again present a scriptwriting pitch program. A two-day pitching forum for feature film scripts and projects will take place at the Cape Town Film Market, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, October 10-13.

After the success of the WGSA Pitch Program 2017, the Writers’ Guild is again seeking developed and production-ready projects from both experienced and emerging South African writers. The forum is open to both WGSA members and non-members.

Selected projects will be pitched to local and international experts over two sessions. Pitches will be narrowed to a final round, where international festival programmers and consultants will award prizes, including production sponsorship to the value of R200,000, script and project consultancies and international festival strategy consultations.

Writers of the selected projects must take part in a WGSA Pitch Readiness Session, which will be held in major cities prior to the Market. This session is external to the Cape Town Film Market and carries a nominal cost of R300 for non-members and R150 for WGSA members. All attendees of the WGSA Pitch Readiness Session will receive two complimentary Cape Town Film Market Badges, worth R1000.

Applicants must submit the following materials to have their project considered for selection for the Scriptwriting Pitch Program:

  • Motivation / Introduction of the project (300 words)
  • One Page Outline, including title, logline and synopsis.
  • Full feature film script
  • WGSA Script Registration number (recommended). See more information HERE
  • Biographies of writer and any key attachments: director, producers, production companies, etc.
  • WGSA Membership details (where applicable)
  • Budget top sheet and production schedule (where applicable)

Materials are to be submitted via email to ctpitch@writersguildsa.org
Deadline 14 September.
Projects selected for the WGSA Pitch Program will be  announced on 21 September 2018.

The WGSA and the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival are committed to transformation and empowerment within the industry.

Applicants may apply for a waiver of payment for the Pitch Readiness Workshop, which will be considered on a case by case basis.  Please supply a one page letter of motivation for the waiver.

From 10 -19 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 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.

CTIFMF Announces Documentaries In Official Selection 2018

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proud to announce the official selection of documentaries for the 2018 edition of the festival. This year will see 20 documentary films screening from 10 – 19 October at various cinemas within the V&A Waterfront.

Amongst the incredible list of powerful and moving documentaries is 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, and morphed into the most militant national revolt since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist.

Director Rehad Desai has this to say of the film, “This film has been in the making since late 2015 and is one of the most rewarding and inspiring projects I have had the pleasure to work on. It is a story of hope, disappointment, anger and a new generation that has entered our political arena. It is story of Fees Must Fall told through the prism of Wits University, my old university, one of the countries elite universities which adds some unique layers of complexity.” everythingmustfall.co.za

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. His journey from childhood in the Eastern Cape and Langa Township to concert stages world-wide, is a compelling story that is the focus of this documentary.

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.

The final cut of Cape Town director Weaam William’s District Six: Rising from the Dust, that just recently won an Award of Excellence from the Scandinavian Film Festival will also be screened at the Festival. The film takes the viewer through her personal account of how in 1966 the homes and land of her grandparents were declared an all-white area under the oppressive Group Areas Act. www.facebook.com/districtsixrisingfromthedust/videos/official-trailer-district-six-rising-from-the-dust/1647649145274746/

Hot off its win’s at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and the Durban International Film Festival, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s beautiful film, New Moon has also been selected. The Kenyan filmmaker takes viewers on a journey of spiritual awareness. Her commitment to a path of self-discovery takes her to a woman called Raya and her young sons, Ahmed and Abu Bakr.

It is in their home that she finds a narrative anchor and a more personal entry point into the mysteries of this old town. Fragments of Lamu life unfold like chapters in a book: a man scaling a fish, children bathing by a dock, a baptism, a visual diary of a woman not entirely sure of where she is headed.

Documentaries from as far afield as Germany, France, Lebanon, Cameroon, Syria, Japan, the USA and Australia will also be featured.

The full list of documentary films to be screened is as follows:

Title Country Director
Amal Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Qatar Mohamed Siam
Danchi Woman Japan Akiko Sugimoto
Diamonds, Backpacks and a Matchbox UAE, UK, Kenya, Jordan Amirah Tajdin
District Six Rising from the Dust South Africa Weaam Williams
Everything Must Fall South Africa Rehad Desai
Film School Africa USA Nathan Pfaff
Food Fighter Australia Dan Goldberg
Hear my Music (W/P) South Africa Ron Stuart
Kinshasa Makambo The Democratic Republic Of Congo, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar, Norway Dieudo Hamadi
Left on Pearl USA Susan Rivo
Marie-Madeleine: A Female Chief Cameroon Florence Ayisi
New Moon Kenya Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
One Table two Elephants South Africa Henrik Ernstson ,Jacob von Heland
Of Father’s and Sons Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria Talal Derki
Searching for Ingmar Bergman Germany, France Margarethe von Trotta
The Long Season Lebanon / Netherlands Leonard Retel Helmrich
The State Against Nelson Mandela and the others France Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
Whispering Truth to Power South Africa Shameela Seedat

For more information on 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.

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, www.filmfestival.capetown.

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.

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: www.filmfestival.capetown

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 www.SnakeNation.co/Interpretations  and the submission deadline is Sept 2, Midnight SAST.

Interpretations competition details can be found at www.filmfestival.capetown as well as www.SnakeNation.co/Interpretations

For more information on this contact Karl Carter at karl@snakenation.co  or Jehad Kasu at jehad@filmfest.capetown

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.

About CTIFMF

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 www.filmfest.capetown or email zahrah@filmfest.capetown.

ENGAGE

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 www.filmfest.capetown, or email zahrah@filmfest.capetown.

ADAPT

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: www.filmfest.capetown