Apollo Film Fest calls for entries


The Sixth edition of Victoria West’s prestigious and internationally recognised Apollo Film Festival, to take place from 22 to 30 September, is now accepting entries.
The organisers invite interested parties to submit a DVD or VHS Pal copy of their films for consideration and possible inclusion in the 2006 programme. Please note that an English subtitled 35mm print or BETA SP Pal tape would need to be available for a minimum of two screenings over the dates above.

The Film Festival takes place at the Apollo Theatre located in Victoria West in the Northern Cape. Last year’s festival was attended by an audience of film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists. The Apollo Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the Northern Cape to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of South African features, shorts and documentaries and student work
The Apollo Film Festival 2006 will include expanded opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight.

The following is just a taste of what filmmakers and attendees can experience by participating at the upcoming Apollo Film Festival:

  • ± 40 feature films, short films and documentaries to be screened

  • National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Workshops/Seminars with industry representatives and filmmakers (ie. “Financing”, “Distribution”)

  • Opening, Centrepiece, and Closing Night Gala Celebrations

  • Apollo Red Carpet Awards Ceremony on 30 September 2006

  • Guest filmmakers and actorsa€¢Apollo Awards Competitiona€¢”Tributes” to acclaimed filmmakers/actors

  • Music Concerts @ Apolloa€¢Festival Launch Partya€¢Best of Festival” showcase

  • Student & Outreach Screeningsa€¢”Meet the Filmmaker” Dialogues

Selection Process:

The festival is seeking innovative works that are ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the South African community, that have been produced between 2005-2006. Work previously exhibited at the Apollo Festival is not eligible to apply. A panel of distinguished judges from the South African community will select the films and videos to be screened during the “Official Selection” of the festival. All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators, however, not all entries will be programmed.

An additional panel of distinguished filmmakers, International film critics, and actors will sit on this year’s Awards Jury. Awards are given for excellence in form and content.

Awards Categories include:

  • Best South African film featurea€¢Best Film (International Youth Jury)

  • Best South African documentarya€¢Best South African short (professional category)

  • Best Actor in a featurea€¢Best South African short (student and newcomer category)

  • Best Actress in a featurea€¢Most promising newcomer (directing)

  • Best Script for a feature length filma€¢Best Cinematography for a feature length film

The deadline for submissions to the festival is 15 June 2006.


  • No films to be submitted without complete entry forms.

  • All viewing-tapes to be clearly labelled.

  • All submissions to include the following: approximately 200-word synopsis, 2 stills from the film either in hard copy or scanned to JPEG with 300 dpi, complete filmography/biography of the director. Viewing tapes and any promotional material submitted will not be returned to the sender.

  • No material sent at charge of Festival will be accepted.

  • All VHS viewing tapes to be submitted in PAL format.

  • In the event of your film being selected it must be available in Beta SP PAL format or 35mm print in English or with English subtitles.

  • The holder of copyright authorises the Festival to make excerpts of a maximum of three minutes available to television channels and for use on the Apollo Film Festival website for the promotion of the film and the Festival.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday 15th June 2006. No late entries will be considered.
Entry Forms will be emailed upon your request.

Leon van der Merwe – Reginald Khanzi a€”
Festival Organiser Festival Manager
Telephone: (+27) 0837924320 (+27) 053 621 1173
Fax:(+27) 086 6421457 (+27) 053 621 1113

Email: films_for_africa@telkomsa.net filmfestival@apollotheatre.co.za

Postal AddressPhysical Address
Apollo Film FestivalApollo Film Festival
PO BOX 523588 Church Street
Cape TownVictoria West


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