The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival 2017
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:02

The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF) will take place from 12 to 21 October 2017 at the V & A Waterfront with events that focus on both the business and beauty of film.

Within the 10-day celebration of world cinema, there will be a four day business-to business exhibition and networking event, as well as a full programme of speakers, workshops and discussion, all focused on collaboration and supporting the development of the film industry across Africa.

The Cape Town International Film Market The South African film industry (through direct and indirect businesses) generated in excess of R12 billion in 2016 (according to the NFVF), and with only 20 per cent of this activity taking place in the Western Cape, the time is now for the regional industry to collaborate, cooperate, and network both internally and with regional, national, and Pan-African partners.

A unique business focused event, The Cape Town Film Market will take place from 18 to 21 October and will include an exhibition space, panel discussions, targeted workshops and networking opportunities that will enable film production companies to interact with the range of affiliate and support industries required for the growth of the sector.

Government and associated city support agencies will also be part of this event with a focus on informing and educating producers on issues ranging from funding and tax incentives to permits and location opportunities.

All industry stakeholders, and specifically all the industry support services such as logistics, location support and scouting, crew hire, equipment sales and rental, security, catering, transport, post-production, technology and software, and other related services are invited to take part by exhibiting their products and services in the official expo space.

The Cape Town International Film Festival
The Cape Town Film Market will run alongside the Cape Town International Film Festival that will see films from over 50 countries being featured in competition.

Categories of films shown include features, documentaries and short films, many of which are award-winning and critical favourites at several of the world’s major film festivals such as Cannes, San Sebastian, Berlin, Chicago, Thessaloniki, Trψmsψ, Warsaw, Edinburgh, Gφteborg, Transilvania, Cairo, Marrakech, Tribeca and Venice.

While some of the films to be screened are on the official list for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film for next year’s Oscars, there will also be a diversity of African and South African films on display.

According to festival director Leon van der Merwe, “one of the main objective of the festival is to provide a window into world cinema and to celebrate the voices of some of South Africa’s most independent film directors – fearless artists, who are creating visionary works against all the odds such as limited funding or narrow corporate interests.”

A strong component of this year’s festival is the short film category, that includes fascinating work by young South African directors such as Liana Hassim, Jesse Brown and Devon Delmar. With a total of 641 short-films from 60 countries submitted for entry, the short film competition will include 44 short films that deal with relevant subjects as seen by young filmmakers today. “Short films are a significant and popular way filmmakers can connect with audiences.” Van der Merwe explains further, “The CTIFMF has always been proud to treat short films with the highest regard and to give a home to new projects for audiences to discover and enjoy.”

The sheer diversity of quality films on the menu will appeal to a range of movie-lovers with themed sections such as, Films from the Nordic, The Panorama 360 (World Cinema focus), that will provides South African audiences with a great opportunity to view some international film highlights of the past few years, and a strong LGBT focus this year including, for the a first-time, a special jury that will announce the award for Best LGBT Film at the Festival.

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