CTIFMF announces 2018 Works in Progress selection

Still from Freedom.

The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) will take place from 9 to 19 October 2018 at venues across the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town.

As part the CTIFMF’s outreach efforts and in keeping with its theme, of CREATE, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE, a number of key programmes, all designed to maximise opportunities and to establish long term inclusive programmes for emerging talent as well as professionals will take place at this year’s event.

WIP (Works in Progress) selection

The CTIFMF has selected five fiction and four documentary projects to take part in this intensive process, a creative surgery of sorts with their handpicked mentors in private one to one sessions. The nine films will showcase to programmers from Rotterdam, Berlinale, Tribeca, SXSW, Cannes Critics Week, Cannes Directors Fortnight, Venice, TIFF and London BFI; international sales companies such as Pyramide International, Flourishing Films, MPM Premium, Memento and Versatile. Talent Agents Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Curtis Brown. Local broadcasters M-Net, distribution company Indigenous Films, exhibitors Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro.

At the end of the process, the most promising projects will receive in kind awards for grading, sound design, final sound mix, VFX, online editing, subtitling and DCPs, with the generous support of South African post production facilities such as Priest Post, Rhapsody, The Refinery, The Work Room Audio Post, Post Production South Africa and The Moving Billboard Picture Company.

Market director Elias Ribeiro has this to say of the selection process, “After screening 54 entries from over 15 countries in Africa, I’m convinced we still have a lot of work to do in bridging the gap between content that works in the continent and content that will travel beyond. As a market director for CTIFMF it is my mission to foster spaces and discussions for more financial instruments to emerge.”

“Our talent needs support to harness their voices as there are so few avenues to finance development in Africa. I am also certain there are many brave stories shouting out loud to be told by raw and some more polished voices and African perspectives. I hope this will be evident in our WIPs selection, with a focus in Sub-Saharan Africa: Nine films which will hopefully find their way into the world with the helping hand of the international programmers, sales companies, broadcasters, distributors, exhibitors and talent agents attending our screenings.”


FREEDOM by Jafta Mamabolo & Ralph Ziman, produced by Tendeka Matatu – South Africa

KNUCKLE CITY by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, produced by Layla Swart – South Africa

LUSALA by Mugambi Nthiga, produced by Siobhan “Ginger” Wilson – Kenya

SALVATION by Carmen Sangion, produced by Kim Sangion – South Africa

TOORBOS by Rene van Rooyen, produced by Danie Bester – South Africa


BOLOMBOTO by Rasoanaivo Tovoniaina & Razanajaona Luck, produced by Razanajaona Luck – Madagascar

BUDDHA IN AFRICA by Nicole Schafer, produced by Nicole Schafer – Malawi

THE LETTER by Maia Lekow & Chris King, produced by Maia Lekow & Chris King – Kenya

THE HOME by Jessie Zinn, produced by Chase Musslewhite & Jessie Zinn – South Africa

The selected filmmakers are all excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming programme;

“Of all the challenges in making a film, post production remains one of our biggest and the CTIFM&F now provides a tangible solution in elevating African films and its presence on the international stage. We are excited for October, to work and collaborate with the industry experts and immerse ourselves in the process.” – Rene van Rooyen

“We are truly honoured to have been selected to participate in CTIFMF-WIP programme.  To present our film in front of an audience of highly respected film industry professionals has the potential to take our film’s release to new heights as well as help build bridges between the Kenyan and South African film communities.” – Maia Lekow

“We are honoured to present our new film, Freedom, as part of the inaugural WIPs at the CTIFMF. The festival team have done an incredible job in bringing together serious industry professionals from South Africa and around the globe and we look forward to contributing towards a successful market.” – Tendeka Matatu (Recently been appointed a member of the Academy in the Producers division.)

“It is an amazing opportunity to be a part of this pilot edition of the WIP programme devised by Elias Ribeiro. Our industry is growing rapidly and it is these programs that bridge the divide between what is in the imagination of a film maker, and what the audience will receive. A chance to have this feedback from such astute industry professionals before the film is complete is a crucial step in the process.” – Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

“As black female filmmakers we are exhilarated by the possibilities that this program exposes us to. To have access to important industry players, who captain the business end of filmmaking, is truly a privilege that few are afforded and we look forward to making full use of this opportunity.” – Kim Sangion

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