A breakthrough year ofextraordinary achievement for South African cinema will culminate in the CapeTown World Film Festival starting tomorrow, and next week's Sithengi film market .
This year, South Africapicked up its first Golden Bear with u-Carmen eKhayelitsha and its first Academy Award nomination for Yesterday.
The fourth Cape Town festival, will reflect this flowering on the world stage, opening with the local premiere of another multiple global prizewinner, Gavin Hood's multiple prizewinner Tsotsi.(Screenreview)
This year's competition features 14 films from across the world, reflecting festival director Michael Auret commitment to making Cape Town a celebration of world cinema.
They are:Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, Darko Mitrevski's Bal-Can-Can,,Minh Nguyen-Vo's Buffalo Boy, Fernando Eimbcke's Duck Season, Richard E Grant'sWah Wah, Ruba Nadda's Cold Water, Zeze Gamboa's The Hero, Savero Costanzo's Private, Yasmine Cassari'sThe Infant Sleeps, S.Pierre Yemeogo's Delwende,, Heins Weingartner's The Edukators, Ismail Ferroukhi's Le Grand Voyage, Ning Cai's Season of the Horse, and Ramedan Suleman's Zulu Love Letter.
The festival also features more than 110 films to be screened across the city before closing on November 19 with All TheInvisible Children the series of short films about the plight of children across the world from directors including Spike Lee and EmirKusturica. (Screenreview)
There will be a major section devoted specifically to African cinema, marking 50 years of film-making on the continent.
To add to the anniversaries, this year marks a decade for the Sithengi Film and TV Market (November 15-18).
The event has attracted international co-producers, film financiers and sales agents looking for deals and partnerships with producers and new talent.
Visiting the Conference Programme, Feature Film Co-Production Forum (FFCF) and Documentary Co-Production Forum (DCF) will, amongst many others be Joy Wong - Head of International Sales, The Works TSC Ltd, UK; Hal Sadoff - Head of International and Independent Film, International Creative Management Inc., USA and Zola Mashariki - Director of Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures, the independent arm of Twentieth Century Fox.
Screen International this week features a special report on African cinema