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The Cape Winelands Film Festival

Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, (CTWIFF) a festival celebrating the best in African and international film, has rebranded itself and increased its offering to the industry.

Now in its 6th Year CTWIFF celebrates its expanded role in the film and industry with the launch of the inaugural Cape Town Filmmart (CTFM).

Our Vision:The Cape Town FilmMart is the place where South Africa and its Co-production treaty countries meet in order to acceleratefilm co-production on the continent.

Our Mission:To create a platform for South Africans, its eight co-production treaty country's producers, and the film world to meet and foster projects that become the economic drivers behind the development of new film and media, including feature film, documentary features as well as TV and TV series and TV formats. Projects with transmedia[i]and new game elements are included.

Producer / director teams are welcome to apply. Projects must have a producer and director attached.

South African projects may apply, advantaged projects are those who are looking for co-production partners or finance from one or more of the South African eight-coproduction treaty countries which are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and United Kingdom. Eligible South African treaty countries’ projects that are looking for partners in South Africa will also be considered. The Cape TownFilmMart will also look at other African production countries’ projects but they must have a South African, or a South African treaty country producer formally attached to be considered.

Qualifying projects who accept the place in the CTFM will acknowledge their participation with a CTFM logo in their completed film’s credit reel. Subject to conditions, one economy flight to Cape Town per project and accommodation for the time of the mart will be offered.

Minimum requirements to be completed by 30 June 2013 (subject to change):

The submitting production company must be from South Africa or from one of its eight treaty countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and United Kingdom.
The film and media projects entered by producers includes, feature filmdocumentary features as well as TV and TV series and TV formats. One project per Production Companywill be allowed.
Script (finished 1st draft or pilot scriptmust be available at the time of the CTFM) – 10 pages of script and the general outline must be submitted during the application process
Finance plan – to include projected and actual treaty country partnership support
One page motivation – Why this project needs a for South African partnership (if submitting production company is from one of the eight treaty countries)
One page motivation – How this project could use a treaty countries partnership (if submitting production company is South African)
A director must be attached to project – director biography (short – 200 words, long 600 words)
Production company(s) history (short – 200 words, long 600 words)
Show reel of director or (preferred) if available sample scene from project
Contact details of submitting producer and main contact for the project
Contact details of the director

Projects with finance attached.
Projects with transmedia and new game elements.



The Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival is proud to present the Arabian Nights section at the festival running from 1 - 10 November 2013.

This section will screen films from the Arab world carefully selected for our South African audiences with the cooperation of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.  We will present a special Arabian Night with music, traditional dancers from Abu Dhabi, and food  at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch. The traditional dances accompanied by music and poetries is it part of the Emerati heritage. There are various types of dances which may delight the audiences. The dance and music is a way of expressing the UAE joyfulness where is it usually to be found in weddings, national holidays, festivals, parties, friends gatherings.

Some of the films that will be screened are FIPRESCI Award winners from the following countries :

1. MASQUERADES  (Mascarades)  Lyes Salem , Algeria, 2008  (Dubai 2008)
2. THE REPENTANT (Le Repenti), Merzak Allouache, Algeria, France 2012 (Kerala 2012)
1. GOD'S HORSES (LES CHEVAUX DE DIEU) , Nabil Ayouch ,Morocco 2012 (Carthago 2012)
1. COMING FORTH BY DAY  (Al-Khoroug lel-Nahar) , Hala Lotfy , Egypt, 2012,  (Abu Dhabi 2012)
1. A WORLD NOT OURS (A'lamun Laysa Lana) ,  Mahdi Fleifel (Lebanon, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, 2012,
(Abu Dhabi 2012) documentary
1. HABIBI, Susan Youssef (Palestine, U.S.A., Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, 2011. (Dubai 2011)
2. INFILTRATORS (Mutasalilun), Khaled Jarrar , Palestine, United Arab Emirates, 2012  documentary(Dubai 2012).

Several other films for UAE and other Arab speaking countries will also be included in this section.



Awards : Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010

On behalf of the Cape Winelands Film Festival, I want to take a moment to formally thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff that put forth the effort in this year's 2010 Festival to help make it as successful as it was. This year'sevent that was held from 17 – 27 March at the beautiful Spier Amphitheatre, Labia Theatres, Iziko Museum, and CityVarsity Theatre and was financially sponsored and supportedby :

  • The City of Cape Town,
  • The Spier Wine Estate,
  • The Brazilian Consulate General in Cape Town,
  • The Cape Film Commission,
  • The Flemish Representation in South Africa,
  • The Honorary Consul of Estonia
  • Films for Africa,
  • IFAS,
  • UniFrance,
  • The Commonwealth Foundation,
  • Tararam and The Embassy of Israel in Pretoria,
  • Labia Theatre,
  • Iziko Museum,
  • Culture France and the Alliance Française,
  • The International Film Guide and
  • The Protea Hotel Fire and Ice.

This event could not have been operated without the help of the many volunteers who gave their time to help run or assist with the festival. This event took over 30 volunteers and staff to make the day to day's activities run successfully with the proper help that each activity needed. Again, thank you to all of those who volunteered and donated their time. I truly appreciate your time and assistance!

I also want to congratulate the following Award Winners :

Feature Films

International Film Guide Inspiration Award : The Other Bank– Dir. GeorgeOvashili

Best South African FeatureAward – Gugu andAndile - Dir. MinkySchlesinger

Best Feature Award- Grand Prix : Eyes Wide Open- Dir. HaimTabakman

Special Mention Denise Newman for her searing performance in the title role of Oliver Hermanus’ Shirley Adams. She offers a moving account of a life that lies behind news stories about gang violence. There is no crusade against gun culture or a successful battle to stop the violence that is tearing communities apart. Her bravery lies in facing each day with the determination to survive it. Denise Newman presents us with the real face of motherhood; with the smallest of gestures that underpin her anguish and pain, she captures the spirit of a woman who will go to any lengths for her child and whose resilience knows no bounds.

Heikki Nousiainen for conveying the frailty of age, in his role as a priest desperate to finding meaning, in Klaus Härö’s Letters to Father Jacob. When a blind priest opens his doors to an ex-convict, peace returns to his life as he can continue his communication with the outside world through letters to his parishioners. Heikki Nousiainen’s quiet performance subtly details the everyday existence of this private man who, as he comes to the end of his life, wants nothing more than to serve his god. It is a performance of grace and humility that befits such an involving story. 

Short Films 

Special Mention: Dance Macabre– Dir. PedroPirez

Best Short Film: Hammerhead –Dir. Sam Donovan (Entered with

Best South African Short Film:  Filho/ Hidden Places -  Dir Jamie Beron



Special Mention: Kentridge and Dumas in Conversation - Dir Catherine Meyburgh

BestDocumentary: War Against the Weak – DirJustin Strawhand

Audience Award

Audience Award at 2010 Cape Winelands Film Festival:  Master Harold…and  theBoys - Dir  Lonny Price


Congratulations to all the Winners !  In addition, I want to thank all the Local and International Jury Members for their hard work and time they put in to select the winning films.

This was the third year for the Cape Winelands Film Festival and will continue to bring good films to the public of Cape Town and the Western Cape. This year's event experienced a huge increase in audience attendance in Cape Town throughout the festival. Once again, thank you to all.

Leonvd Merwe
CapeWinelands Film Festival


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