The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of
Arts and Culture is embarking on a trip to the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival
(TIFF) – taking place from 10 to 20 September in Toronto.
Since 2000, South African film industry has consistently participated in major
international film festivals around the world. The country’s participation
encompasses the screening of South African films, strategic meetings with potential
partners and the SA Consulate-General. The NFVF has once again partnered with
Film Market Access (FMA) in Toronto, supporting five students emerging filmmakers
and three Tier 2 producers to participate in the Toronto Programme taking place
during the festival. The eight participants will also have an opportunity to gain
industry knowledge by attending panel discussions, screenings and receptions.
Four South African films have been selected to screen at TIFF this year, the films
are: Oliver Hermanus’ Endless River, Charlie Vundla’s
Cuckold, Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call and Jihan El-Tahri’s
Nasser. To celebrate the SA selection at TIFF, the NFVF in partnership
with the South African Consulate-General and Blue Ice Pictures will host a
networking event at the festival on 14 September.
To ensure that local filmmakers are empowered to attend the festival, the NFVF has
funded ten filmmakers including the filmmakers attending the Film Market Access
South Africa has an existing co-production treaty with Canada, which was signed in
1997. This official trip will also assist in strengthening relations between local and
Canadian filmmakers, mapping the way forward to future co-productions that will
benefit both the countries.