Created to showcase South Africa as the emerging leader of African talent, the Golden Rhino Film Festival will debut in London from 2 to 5 February 2012 and will also travel to Washington DC and Los Angeles (USA) in the autumn.
The festival is the brainchild of award-winning film director John Irvin and documentary filmmaker Claire Evans.
Says festival spokespersons Evans and David Mark: “Golden Rhino develops and promotes new talent, while simultaneously enhancing and building a sustainable South African film industry.’
South African journalist, film critic and artistic director of the Durban International Film Festival, Nashen Moodley, serves as head programmer of Golden Rhino. Moodley also consults for the Dubai International Film Festival, while overseeing the Muhr AsiaAfrica competition.
Award categories include: Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Arts, Best Emerging Talent, Best Documentary, London Critic Award for Best Film, Best Indigenous African Language Film and Women in Film Award.
Also on offer by the festival are two scholarship awards, each for a two-year MA Degree course to study in London at the prestigious London Film School.
The founders of the festival want to increase the visibility and viability of South Africa as a major film production region.