SWIFT and DTI send first all-female delegation to Berlin Film Festival

Aliki Saragas with the women of Marikana as they document, Strike a Rock

Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are sending an all-female delegation to attend the Berlin International Film Festival from 15 to 25 February 2018.

The twenty women who come from all over South Africa have been selected to attend the Berlinale and do business in Germany. They will be actively showcasing, networking, and selling their films which are in various stages of production.

Filmmakers, Meg Rickards (TESS), Sara Blecher (Ek is Anna) and Aliki Saragus (Strike a Rock) will form part of the delegation.

Writer-director Meg Rickards directed the multi award-winning feature drama TESS in 2016, and co-directed the feature documentary 1994: The Bloody Miracle in 2014. She wrote and directed the television mini-series Land of Thirst and has scripted and directed a number of short films.

Sara Blecher runs CINGA, a boutique South African based production company that makes features, documentaries and drama series. She is also the chairperson of the woman’s films organisation SWIFT and is currently in production on her fourth film Mayfair. Her first film Otelo Burning was named by CNN as one of the top ten African films of the decade.

Aliki Saragas is a South African documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Johannesburg. She is the owner of her own award-winning documentary production company, Elafos Productions, which champions women’s stories. Aliki’s first documentary feature film, Strike A Rock, has won numerous local and international awards including twice winning Best South African Documentary 2017.

SWIFT was launched last year as part of the Durban International Film Festival’s (DIFF) initiative to improve gender representation and opportunities for women in the film industry.



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