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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.



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Since the first edition the Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF) has significantly grown in size and international participation. More than 70 features, documentaries and short films from over 35 countries were in competition during 2009. More than130 productions formed part of the festival programme.

The main objective of the CWFF is to provide a window on world cinemas. Highlights during 2009 included a focus on the cinemas of Egypt, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Iran, as well as the former Yugoslavia (Balkan states). South African movie lovers had an opportunity to see a rich diversity of films from more than 35 countries including Brazil, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Israel, the UK, Netherlands, Portugal, Chile, Cuba, Italy, France, Thailand, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia, Serbia, Rwanda and South Africa.

The festival also aims to build a rich film culture among South African audiences by celebrating great achievements of the past. During the first edition of the Cape Winelands Film festival the oeuvres of giants of the cinema such as Ingmar Bergman, Youssef Chahine and Ousmane Sembene have been highlighted. The intension is to create an awareness of past and present milestones in world cinema.  The festival again paid homage to the great Egyptian master, Youssef Chahine, who past away during 2008. His famous Alexandria… Why?, a brilliant blend of autobiographical concerns and a portrait of Egypt was screened for the first time at a South African film festival.

The festival organisers were also delighted to include a tribute to the great Portugese director, Manoel de Oliveira, an international film treasure. During 2008 De Oliveira was honoured at the Cannes Film Festival with a Palme d’Or for his lifetime career achievement in film, which spans more than five decades. Born on December 12, 1908, in the northern Portuguese city of Porto, De Oliveira began his directorial film career in the 1930s. Since he had turned 80 years old the master of Portuguese cinema directed more than 19 feature length films, some of them masterpieces of recent European cinema. De Oliveira is famous for his cinematic adaptations of literary work by Camilo Castelo Branco (1862–1890), José Régio (1899–1969) en Agustina Bessa-Luís (1922–), as well as his use of theatrical conventions in his films.

The organisers also celebrated the work of the great African director, Idrissa Ouédraogo, winner of various international awards at major festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and FESPACO. His great films, Tilai, Yaaba, Anger of the Gods and the small gem La Mangue, which forms part of the powerful compilation film Stories on Human Rights, were screened in collaboration with M-Net’s African Film Library and the African Cinema Unit at the University of Cape Town.


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