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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.




The 5th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 14-24 March 2012, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, has launched its call for entries today. Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries submissions are eagerly awaited. Entry forms, rules, and regulations are available on the Festival Website( 


  • Features:
    Features are all fiction
    films more than 60 minutes of length
  • Shorts:
    Shorts are all fiction films up to 15 minutes in length. However all
    fiction films between 16 to 59 minutes in length will also be considered under
    the shorts category.
  • Animation:
    Animation are all non-live action films, including claymation, computer
    and standard animation; of all lengths
  • Documentaries:
    Documentaries are all non-fiction films of all lengths

The Early Bird submission deadline is October 1st, 2011 and all entries till then are FREE. After that a normal 50 USD entry fee will be charged until the final deadline on 1st November 2011. Although the electronic submission form must be filled out and submitted by email to, applicants must also print the form, sign it, and include it in their Submission Package.

Cape Winelands Film Festival 2012, presented by Films for Africa and the City of Cape Town, and Cape Film Commission will screen approximately 180 films during the 10-day festival in Cape Town and the heart of South Africa's wine region Stellenbosch. The film selections will be posted on the festival's website in the second week of January 2012.

The 2011 festival received more than 740 submissions from 52 countries, though only 180 Feature films, documentaries and short films could be selected. Films without domestic theatrical distribution and films from first-time feature directors are especially welcomed.

The films will compete for the following awards:

  • Grand Prix Jury Award
  • Best Feature Film Award
  • Best South African Feature Film
  • Best Documentary Award
  • Best South African Documentary
  • Best Short Film Award
  • Best South African Short Film
  • Best Animation Award
  • FIPRESCI Award
  • NETPAC Award (discovery and promotion of Asian cinema)
  • Inspiration Award (First time feature film directors)

CWFF serves as a platform for the discovery of new and emerging talent and we are devoted to the nurturing and development of new filmmakers and their cinematic vision. The feature competition programs presents a special award for first time directors working with limited budgets, thus enabling the Festival's mission to give exposure to emerging filmmaking talent.

CWFF also features workshops, Masterclasses and writing competitions for screenplays.

Leon vd Merwe
Festival Director


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