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The Cape Winelands Film Festival

Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, (CTWIFF) a festival celebrating the best in African and international film, has rebranded itself and increased its offering to the industry.

Now in its 6th Year CTWIFF celebrates its expanded role in the film and industry with the launch of the inaugural Cape Town Filmmart (CTFM).

Our Vision:The Cape Town FilmMart is the place where South Africa and its Co-production treaty countries meet in order to acceleratefilm co-production on the continent.

Our Mission:To create a platform for South Africans, its eight co-production treaty country's producers, and the film world to meet and foster projects that become the economic drivers behind the development of new film and media, including feature film, documentary features as well as TV and TV series and TV formats. Projects with transmedia[i]and new game elements are included.

Producer / director teams are welcome to apply. Projects must have a producer and director attached.

South African projects may apply, advantaged projects are those who are looking for co-production partners or finance from one or more of the South African eight-coproduction treaty countries which are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and United Kingdom. Eligible South African treaty countries’ projects that are looking for partners in South Africa will also be considered. The Cape TownFilmMart will also look at other African production countries’ projects but they must have a South African, or a South African treaty country producer formally attached to be considered.

Qualifying projects who accept the place in the CTFM will acknowledge their participation with a CTFM logo in their completed film’s credit reel. Subject to conditions, one economy flight to Cape Town per project and accommodation for the time of the mart will be offered.

Minimum requirements to be completed by 30 June 2013 (subject to change):

The submitting production company must be from South Africa or from one of its eight treaty countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and United Kingdom.
The film and media projects entered by producers includes, feature filmdocumentary features as well as TV and TV series and TV formats. One project per Production Companywill be allowed.
Script (finished 1st draft or pilot scriptmust be available at the time of the CTFM) – 10 pages of script and the general outline must be submitted during the application process
Finance plan – to include projected and actual treaty country partnership support
One page motivation – Why this project needs a for South African partnership (if submitting production company is from one of the eight treaty countries)
One page motivation – How this project could use a treaty countries partnership (if submitting production company is South African)
A director must be attached to project – director biography (short – 200 words, long 600 words)
Production company(s) history (short – 200 words, long 600 words)
Show reel of director or (preferred) if available sample scene from project
Contact details of submitting producer and main contact for the project
Contact details of the director

Projects with finance attached.
Projects with transmedia and new game elements.



The Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival is proud to present the Arabian Nights section at the festival running from 1 - 10 November 2013.

This section will screen films from the Arab world carefully selected for our South African audiences with the cooperation of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.  We will present a special Arabian Night with music, traditional dancers from Abu Dhabi, and food  at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch. The traditional dances accompanied by music and poetries is it part of the Emerati heritage. There are various types of dances which may delight the audiences. The dance and music is a way of expressing the UAE joyfulness where is it usually to be found in weddings, national holidays, festivals, parties, friends gatherings.

Some of the films that will be screened are FIPRESCI Award winners from the following countries :

1. MASQUERADES  (Mascarades)  Lyes Salem , Algeria, 2008  (Dubai 2008)
2. THE REPENTANT (Le Repenti), Merzak Allouache, Algeria, France 2012 (Kerala 2012)
1. GOD'S HORSES (LES CHEVAUX DE DIEU) , Nabil Ayouch ,Morocco 2012 (Carthago 2012)
1. COMING FORTH BY DAY  (Al-Khoroug lel-Nahar) , Hala Lotfy , Egypt, 2012,  (Abu Dhabi 2012)
1. A WORLD NOT OURS (A'lamun Laysa Lana) ,  Mahdi Fleifel (Lebanon, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, 2012,
(Abu Dhabi 2012) documentary
1. HABIBI, Susan Youssef (Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, 2011. (Dubai 2011)
2. INFILTRATORS (Mutasalilun), Khaled Jarrar , Palestine, United Arab Emirates, 2012  documentary(Dubai 2012).

Several other films for UAE and other Arab speaking countries will also be included in this section.



AWARDS 2012 Cape Winelands Film Festival

Films from Azerbaijan, Serbia, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Slovakia and South Africa were among the winners of the 5th edition of the Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which had its last screenings on 24 March 2012 in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. The programme included award winning features, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries. 2012 Grand Prix Award: Grand Prix Award for the film BUTA

Ilgar Najaf from Azerbaijan won the Grand Prix Award for Buta, a story about a lonely 7 year old boy (named Buta), who lives in a mountain village with his grandmother. He is befriended by an old man, a liquid soap merchant who once loved (and lost) Buta’s grandmother. The old man’s friendship and wise advice helps Buta to overcome his difficulties in life. Buta’s grandmother, in the meantime, is weaving a special carpet in memory of Buta’s mother. The carpet features a ‘buta’ pattern, which represents love. The boy is inspired by grandmother’s work, and decides to make his own “buta” made of rocks and stones, high on the top of the mountain…

The Award for Best Director went to Serbian director Miloš Radivojević. How I Was Stolen by the Germans tells the story of director and writer Radivojević’s childhood and how his life was influenced by the people he grew up with. As a child he felt neglected by his communist family and was taken care of by a German officer, who occupied his home during the Second World War and was the only person who offered him any love and warmth during his child-hood.

The First Feature Award went to Flemish film-maker Bavo Defurne for his sensitive film about first love, North Sea Texas.

A Special Mention Award from the feature jury was made for The Giants (Belgium).

Full list of Feature Film Awards

Grand Prix Award: Buta (Iilgar Najaf )

Special Mention: The Giants (Bouli Lanners)

Best Director: Milos Radivojevic (How I was Stolen by the Germans) 

Best New Director: Bavo Defurne (North Sea Texas)

Best Actor: Zacharie Chasseriaud (The Giants)

Best Actress: Zoe Heran (Tomboy)

Best Script: Ruggero  Dipaola  (Apartment in Athens)

Best Cinematography: Gerardo Barosso (The Last Christeros)

Best Editing: Maros Slapeta (Visible World)

Best South African Feature Film : Otelo Burning ( Sara Blecher)

Special Mention Award : Lucky (Avie Luthra)

Best Documentary Award: Raising Resistance

Cinema Komunisto (special mention award)

Best South African Documentary Award: The Dawn of A New Day.

The Best Short Film Award  1937.  

Best South African Short Film for But We Slept.


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