Cape Town International Film Market and Festival  2018 call for entries


The 2018 Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) will take place from 9 to 19 October 2018. This year’s edition will build significantly on the successes of last year with an increased focus on collaboration and the celebration of the local, regional, pan-African, and international film industries.

Through various collaborations we will be supporting colleagues, promoting our own stories, and finding innovative solutions together, creating an enabling environment for growth and development for filmmakers across Africa.

The CTIFMF through a variety of programmes that will be announced in the upcoming months will be the pivot on which we will endeavour to exponentially grow the distribution of African content across the world.

Having set itself the goal of leading the transformation of the film industry in Africa, the CTIFMF is excited to announce the first and most fundamental stepping stone to achieving this goal: the official opening of the call for film submissions for the CTIFMF 2018.

Filmmakers from all over the world are invited to submit their films in the following categories:  feature films, documentary, animation and short films. We especially encourage producers, directors and scriptwriters from South Africa and Africa who are creating local/African content to submit high-quality entries into the competition.

This year’s CTIFMF will present an exciting and diverse array of quality films that showcase the immense talent of filmmakers from Africa and the rest of the world.

Only films completed not more than 18 months prior to the Call for Entries of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will be considered for competition purposes.

Films completed before this time will be eligible for screening in the Panorama Section but not considered for the competition section. Awards in the competition section are as follows:

Film Awards
Grand Prix
Best Director
Best New Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Best Animation Short Film
Best South African Feature Film
Best South African Short Film
Audience Award for Best Film at the Festival


  • 1 May 2018 – Opening Date
  • 10 July 2018 – Regular Deadline
  • 31 July 2018 – Final Deadline
  • 7 August 2018 – Notification Date

For the entry form, rules and regulations, visit CTIFMF FILMFREEWAY.

For more information concerning the CTIFMF,  contact the festival director and festival manager at


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