The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival 2017
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
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 worlds 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 years 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 Africas most independent film directors fearless artists, who are creating
visionary works against all the odds such as limited funding or narrow corporate
A strong component of this years 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.