Eastern Cape festival to launch


The inaugural South African Youth International Film Festival (SAY IFF) will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) from 5 to 12 December. It is designed as a strategic annual event that targets the next generation of filmmakers.

SAY IFF is positioned alongside the Nab’Ubomi Inter-School Short Film Competition, which started in the  city in 2007. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is supporting some of the festival programmes.

The five main focus areas of the SAY IFF are:

Pre-festival screenings for school groups and communities will take place from 6 to 10 December at various libraries and community centres around the country.

The SAY film camp – here 12 promising filmmakers identified through Nab’Ubomi will be mentored by industry professionals to make four short documentaries in the lead up to the festival.

The SAY Who AM I? campaign – short 60-second documentaries made by one people on cell phones through a series of workshops held during the festival.

The festival weekend (9 – 12 December) comprises public screenings made by local and international youth, as well as workshops, panel discussions, presentations and the opening and closing night events.  

Cinemasports Youth Challenge – open to all local filmmakers as well as ones from abroad. This is a 10-hour filmmaking competition culminating in films being screened online at the end of the allotted period. The challenge is to make a music video with three special ingredients. Contestants from San Francisco Bay will also compete.

For more information about SAY IFF e-mail festival director Bryony Roughton on bryony@nabubomi.co.za


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