SA films debut at fifth kykNET Silwerskermfees

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The fifth kykNET Silwerskermfees takes place from 26 to 29 August in Camps Bay,
Cape Town and this year the festival features fifteen debut short films as well as
numerous full length and documentary films. Some of the full length films will have
their premiere at the festival. The final programme will be announced on 28 July.

“It is a very special festival and the kykNET Silwerskermfees has even been called
the Cannes Film Festival of South Africa,’ says Karen Meiring, M-Net’s director of
Afrikaans channels. “At the festival people gather till late at night, new ideas are
formed and then there is time to talk business. And sometimes, just sometimes,
dreams come true.’

A panel of judges oversaw the selection process and as with the festivals of the
previous years, will also decide who the winners in the various categories will be.
The awards ceremony is on Saturday 29 August.

The kykNET Silwerskermfees has been very successful in developing young talent.
In 2012 the short film Buurtwag won two awards: Best Director (Jaco
Smith) and Best Screenplay (Beer Adriaanse). It has since been developed into a
TV-series that will start on kykNET on 30 September. Adriaanse is the director and
screenwriter and the series stars Deon Lotz, Albert Maritz and Albert Pretorius.
Buurtwag is just one of the examples of the success,’ says Meiring.
“The fesitval is an important platform for kykNET to find new ideas and concepts.
Rene van Rooyen, a winner in 2012 for her short film Nantes, is the
director of the new series of Getroud met Rugby. Corne van Rooyen’s
film Hollywood in my Huis became a reality at the festival. Bennie
Fourie, a winner last year for Vuil Wasgoed, is busy working on a
screenplay for a new sitcom for kykNET. He was also a writer on
Sterlopers under the guidance of Deon Opperman.

“Christiaan Olwagen, who’s short film Toevlug won three awards in
2013, is busy with his first feature film, Johnny is nie Dood nie. Then
there is Gambit Films, a winner last year with No 37, that has since
been involved with numerous projects for kykNET and kykNET & Kie. They were
responsible for Ons Stories, a series of 20 television films produced
for kykNET & Kie. They were also chosen after a thorough tender process as the
producers of Suidooster, a soapie that will be seen on kykNET and
kykNET & Kie in November.’

Meiring continues, “Established producers can become involved in mentoring
inexperienced producers until they are strong enough to stand on their own feet. An
excellent example of this is Homebrew Films’ mentoring of Gambit Films.’
Tickets for the kykNET Silwerskermfees 2015 are available at Ticketpro.

For media related queries, contact Ilza Roggeband on 083 448 2102 or
ilza.roggeband@incontext.co.za

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