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Highlights from the AFDA Annual Film Festival

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 The AFDA Annual Film Festival Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban 23, 24 and 25 November 2012 Each year AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) hosts an annual film festival which showcases more than 50 new third year graduates and fourth year honours (post graduate) students’ films.  The festival is a unique opportunity for graduate students to attract and experience an audience in a public cinema environment. The festiva...

One Day After Peace

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Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

The X Fest is the perfect antidote for commercial overload.

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           The X FEST Extreme Film Festival Chapter V 11-13 MAY2012 @ The Labia Theater - 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, ZA www.XFEST.org   The most outrageous film festival on South African soil claws its way to the half decade mark, defying cinematic convention! Set to rip the screen to shreds at the X Fest's resident home The Labia Theatre (Orange Str., Cape Town), this year the big screen extremities pushing the boundaries of the expec...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival South Africa Industry Reception

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By Maria Esteves – April 21, 2012 The Eleventh Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Festival (TFF2012) South Africa Industry Reception was held at TFF Filmmaker Industry Lounge, New York, Friday, April 20, 6:00 pm. The event hosted by the South African Consulate General in New York, the Film Commissions of Cape Town & Gauteng, and Durban Film Office in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival announced the South African film mission to New York and U.S. filmmakers. Twenty filmmakers from ...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival South Africa Industry Reception

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By Maria Esteves – April 21, 2012 The Eleventh Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Festival (TFF2012) South Africa Industry Reception was held at TFF Filmmaker Industry Lounge, New York, Friday, April 20, 6:00 pm. The event hosted by the South African Consulate General in New York, the Film Commissions of Cape Town & Gauteng, and Durban Film Office in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival announced the South African film mission to New York and U.S. filmmakers. Twen...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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  YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (06.04.2012) • PLANS FOR THE FESTIVAL WEEKEND ARE MADE! While the second weekend of the festival has already come, festival audiences bought their tickets yesterday for a Saturday and Sunday full of festival films. Before the weekend, yesterday was full of screenings with the participation of their directors. • WHAT YOUNG ROMANIAN MASTER TELLS The stories in the second film of director Adrian Sitaru are based on his own experiences. Best Inten...

AWARDS 2012 Cape Winelands Film Festival

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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...

Cape Winelands Film festival AWARDS Highlights

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AWARDS EVENING OF FIFTH EDITION OF THE CAPE WINELANDS FILM FESTIVAL (CWFF) 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. Ilgar Najaf from Azerbaijan won the ...

World Premieres at ÉCU 2012

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ÉCU 2012 is going to be showcasing 101 films from 33 countries all over the world and for NINE of the films this is going to be their WORLD premiere. It is a privilege for us to be able to showcase their films for the first time and see them vie for over twenty awards, including the prestigious “Best European Independent Film 2012” title! It is so exciting to see the incredible films in contention and a real honour to be able to congratulate a talented filmmaker with this awar...

The Runner TRAILER

"The Runner" is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. The Runner is about a little boy from a township in Cape Town. He needs to find money for his mother's vital surgery and pays a high price that changes his world. The lead role is played by 10-year old Cwangco Mayekiso who actually lives in the Gugulethu township . "The Runner" est un film de la séléction officielle 2012 ...

Jonathan Shapiro is on board at the Wavescape Film Festival.

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Controversial cartoonist Zapiro will be decorating a surfboard, along with other well-known artists such as Guy Tillim, Brett Murray and Richard Scott, that will be exhibited from December 1 to 8 at the Field Office, in Barrack Street, Cape Town, and auctioned for charity on Thursday 8 December.  The art exhibition is part of the 7th edition of the Wavescape Film Festival, which is presented by Pick 'n Pay. The 2011 festival features an open air screening on Clifton 4th Beach, and indoor...

TERMINATRYX - "Virus"

Director: Paul Andre' Blom.
Music video for the song "Virus" by South African Industrial-Metal band Terminatryx. Performance footage inter-cut with the narrative of a woman finding an unmarked envelope on her doorstep containing an old Betamax tape. She digs an old player from her cupboard and views it. A full moon appears on screen - and things get hairy(!)

TERMINATRYX - "Midnight"

Director: Paul Andre' Blom.
Music video by South African Industrial-Metal band has vocalist Sonja systematically turning into a vampire. Intercut with shots form the classic Nosferatu.

The 2011 X FEST Extreme / Underground / Cult Film Festival

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, the X FEST tackles you for the 4th round, bludgeoning you into submission of its celluloid & video atrocities!Catch some of the most outrageous Underground, Cult & Extreme movies this side of the asylum across 5-7 August at The Labia Theatre (68 Orange Str, Cape Town, ZA). www.XFEST.orgMovies to expect will include:The ever controversial Harmony Korine's warped & far-out TRASH HUMPERS, defying all movie-making convention....

Film gems in Durban

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Great Line-up at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival   The 32nd Durban International Film Festival kicks off on 21 July with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher.  Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot film tells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this c...

CALL FOR ENTRIES - CAPE WINELANDS FILM FESTIVAL

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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(http://films-for-africa.co.za).    Features: Features are all fiction films more than 60 minutes of length Shorts: Shorts are all fiction...

Transforming Stories International Christian Film Festival

One week festival throughout South Africa and countries worldwide. The purpose of the festival is to showcase powerful, inspiring, faithaffirming, evangelistic, transforming stories in the form of film to the world and the Body of Christ in every nation. We want to emphasize how the power of storytelling can impact the lives of people and shape a specific culture. To accomplish this we are willing to identify and reward talent that is of the highest standards. The festival will be presented in two forms, in host countries around the world and in selected movie theatres throughout South Africa. The award ceremony will take place in South Africa during September 2011 where winning films will be announced.The power of media is evident in this day and age, and movies have been a huge part of shaping the culture as we know it. BehindTransforming Stories International Christian Film Festival 2011 (TSICFF 2011) is a greater vision to transform cultures through storytelling and inspire people to make use of films in sharing the Gospel to all mankind.No longer will we as followers of Christ allow our world to be poisoned with profanity by media elites. Instead, we are encouraging revolutionaries out there to produce stories which can transform our culture into one that will be in line with The Kingdom of God (Yahweh),one of Justice, Peace, Righteousness and Love. TSICFF is looking for films that effectively illustrate stories of transformation by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; or true life testimonies of both spiritual and physical transformation by God’s power and intervention; or Biblical truths leading viewers to a clearer understanding of certain issues and topics.What makes this festival so unique is that it was launched in 2010 in South Africa through the partnership and association with the Lausanne movement, where over 4500 International Christian leaders from over 200 regions in the world were introduced to the festival. This opportunity has established great relationships to ensure future growth of the festival. Through our continuous efforts and with a truly global reach the festival aims to inspire Christian leaders to make use of films to evangelize, teach & transform their communities. This festival sources films from across the globe and then the same film festival program is presented in different host nations around the world. This festival has also been endorsed by a selection of internationally recognized leaders and role players.TSICFF is not only a film festival, its part of a global revolution encouraging film makers to produce films that will transform communities for the good!We encourage all to mobilize their churches, ministries and communities to support this festival! Find us on FaceBook and link the festival on your website by placing our web banner on your home page. 

The DARING DOCCIES Documentary Film Festival

A collection of daring documentaries from around the world, screened in Cape Town, South Africa

SOUND ON SCREEN Music Film Festival

SOUND ON SCREEN is the first film festival in South Africa with its focus aimed at music on screen.

 

CELLUDROID Sci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival

CELLUDROID is the only South African film festival focussing on Sci-Fi, Anime and Fantasy films, with indie, new and old classics, from short films to feature films. 

A comic book chapter has also been incorporated.

For the 2011 event director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) will attend the with some of his classic movies, and introduce his new book, Shadow Of The Grail.

Open for submissions.

Full line-up will appear at http://www.CELLUDROID.net

South African HORRORFEST Film Festival

Since 2005, the South African HORRORFEST is the most prominent (if not the only) all-encompassing Halloween event on the African continent, including movies, literature, music and more.

Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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2011 Festival to Present 88 Feature-Length and 61 Short Films April 20 - May 1    The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   TFF organizers this year have streamli...

10th Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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  The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan. TFF organizers this year have streamlined the Festival's format, which is now comprised of two competition sections, World Narra...

Berlin Buzz 3

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    BERLINALE IN 3D  On Sunday, the Berlinale was host to three back-to-back 3D films that demonstrated that the technology is not only good for computer animation and big budget sci-fi. In TALES OF THE NIGHT, French animator Michel Ocelot provides a shadow-puppet retelling of famous fairy tales, much in the manner of the films of famed 1930s storyteller Lotte Reininger. The film mixes classic silhouette animation with strong colorful backgrounds to amazing effect. In PI...
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