The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is taking place from the 9th to the 19th October at venues across the iconic V & A Waterfront, welcoming diverse and exciting attendees from all over the world. Festival screenings are open to the public and will run from 10 – 19 October at various cinemas within the V&A Waterfront, including free family-friendly films at the Amphitheater on 13 & 14 October.
The program is a cinematic feast with some 160 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates and the jury. The meticulously curated selection will include a significant amount of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show.
The CTIFMF would like to invite Cape Tonians to attend as many of these films as possible, with bookings open on http://filmfestival.capetown/, and also attend the TWO FREE SCREENINGS taking place on the 13th and 14th of October at the V & A Amphitheatre from 13:30
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14 October
13:30 – 14:45: A Selection of Shorts: Environmental Films
15:00 – 17:00: The Adventures of SuperMama
Environmental Short Films
These short films from across South Africa showcase some of the environmental issues prevalent today in South Africa as well as some of the solutions that are being driven by young people in their communities. These inspiring films are perfect for the whole family and are both educational and entertaining.
Still I Rise
Length: 10 minutes
Director/Producer: Nduduzo Shandu
Most vultures are attacked by people, but for many different reasons. Some believe that vulture brains and eyes are good for making Muti, while farmers also poison vultures because they believe that they kill their lambs. But what most of them don’t know is that vultures are actually vital for the ecosystem. This is a story that puts aside misconceptions and follows those that take care of vultures. They share with us how vultures minimize the spread of diseases and the importance of releasing them back into the wild.
Spots in the Mountain
Duration: 6 minutes
Producer/Director: Lerato Moloi
Spots in the Mountain is a short environmental documentary film about the remaining iconic leopards in the fynbos mountains of the Cape. It unpacks the importance of these few rare predators that are left in the wild and how they help sustain a balanced ecosystem. The Cape Leopards are an endangered species and the environmental organization Cape Leopard Education Project aims to reconnect people with their natural world and foster a greater respect and sense of caring between them and wildlife.
World Wild Life : Marine Program – Save our Ocean
Director: Loyiso Wiseman Mabuselah
Poaching and over-fishing are some of the challenges facing South African fishing communities like those of Fish Hoek and Kommetjie in the Western Cape. These communities have relied on the ocean for both commercial and subsistence fishing for many years but now things have changed, fish is getting extinct. Lucille, a young lady from a small fishing community of Ocean View has dedicated her life to fighting poachers and raising awareness about the dangers of over fishing this is her story.
SANCCOB: Guardian of the Ocean
Producer/ Director: Nelisiwe Ngobeni
‘Guardians of the Ocean’ is a documentary film that takes a look at the African Penguins that are facing extinction in the decade to come. The film also looks at SANCCOB and their interventions aimed at saving this endangered species. In the film, the SANCCOB team takes us up close to the penguins and demonstrates the challenges in working with them. Ultimately, the big question is will SANCCOB be able to save the African Penguins?
The Adventures of Supermama
From 15:00 on the 13th and 14th, guests can enjoy the hilarious South African movie, The Adventures of SuperMama, directed byKaren Van Schalkwyk who explains her inspiration for the film, “Once I saw the sculpture which depicted a lady dressed in a Superman outfit the idea grew on me. I decided to do a story based on a local hero called Supermama who essentially acts the role of Superman and changes into her own home sewn costume to fight crime and corruption in South Africa.”
The movie tells the story of Doris Ratabane, a large, stubborn and beautiful woman with a passion for fighting crime in her community. Doris’s life changes forever one day when she meets the enigmatic Mr Hung and decides to learn the ancient art of Kung Fu & which completely baffles her husband Jabulani. The training is tough but encouragement arrives in the form of Tiny, a charming ten-year-old boy who lives at the back of her property. Against the advice of Mr Hung, Doris stubbornly declares that she is ready to fight crime. After a couple of dramatic missteps, the crime-fighting Supermama finally achieves success. However, the public success goes to her head, and when Mr Hung warns his protege about her arrogance, Doris will hear none of it. Eventually, her dramatic adventures bring her head-to-head with a notorious heist gang, leading to danger for all involved. But can Supermama overcome her pride and bring the gang to justice?
For more information, www.filmfestival.capetown
The CTIFMF is presented in partnership with host city, The City of Cape Town.