DTI and ATFT take emerging filmmakers to Berlinale Film Festival

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the Association of Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) are taking a delegation of emerging South African filmmakers to the Berlinale Film Festival's European Film Market (EFM) and partner with established filmmakers to mentor them leading up to and at the market.

ATFT will register as a delegation at EFM and have a stand for South African filmmakers in attendance. The association will take a total of 20 filmmakers and producers to EFM this year through the DTI's emerging filmmakers group scheme under SSAS. Any South Africans attending EFM are welcome to join the delegation and make use of the DTI-sponsored facilities.

The second South African Indies stand at the Berlinale Film Festival is made possible by the South African Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and is supported by WESGRO, the Gauteng Film Commission and the Mandela International Film Festival. For an introduction to the delegates and their films one can visit the stand.

There is a catalogue of the dti-supported delegates with their films, projects in development and company profiles available online from The Callsheet and at the stand (no. 109) in the Marriott hotel.

There will be an invitation-only South African co-production session hosted by the South African consulate and a cocktail reception hosted by the embassy. An after-party of South African music and dance is also to be held hosted by the Mandela International Film festival, with DJ Tshepang Ramoba flying in specially all the way from home for the event.

"We are excited to be at the Berlinale's European Film Market for the second year in a row with a stand and 20-strong delegation of talented filmmakers. This is the second-largest festival and feature film market in the world and it's important that South Africa is represented there - made possible by the DTI's EMIA incentive," comments Mayenzeke Baza, International Relations, ATFT.

INDUSTRY SCREENINGS:

"Hard to Get"

Sat, Feb 6 13:45pm CinemaxX 17

Film Information

Director(s): Zee Ntuli
Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Language: English/Zulu
Premiere Status: German Premiere
Runtime: 93 minutes
IMDB Page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3921136/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 IMDB Page

"Between Friends"

Sun, Feb 8 10:45am CinemaxX 17

Film Information

Director(s): Zuko Nodada
Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Language: English/Zulu/Xhosa
Premiere Status: European Premiere
Runtime: 93 minutes
Rating: PG
IMDB Page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3915502/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 IMDB Page

The following South African films have been selected in the Official Berlinale 2015:
1. Necktie Youth - Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
2. Coming of Age - Tehobo Edkins
3. Boda Boda Thieves - Donald Mugisha (prod: James Taylor, co-pro: Uganda)
4. Stories of Our Lives (prod: Steven Markovitz, co-pro: Kenya)
5. Breathe Umphefumlo - Mark Dornford-May
6. two "rediscoveries" from earlier years, presented in Forum:
Joe Bullet
R: Louis de Witt, D: Ken Gampu, Abigail Kubeka, Joe Lopez, Cocky "Two Bull" Tlhotlhalemajoe, Sol Rachilo
Sudafrika 1971, 85 min, Englisch
In diesem unterhaltsamen Thriller erinnern nicht nur der schwarze Superheld Joe Bullet und der groovige Soundtrack an die US-amerikanischen Blaxploitationfilme. Zur Zeit des Apartheid-Regimes entstanden, wurde der Film nach nur zwei Vorfuhrungen verboten.

Umbango (The Feud)
R: Tonie van der Merwe, D: Innocent "Popo" Gumede, Kay Magubane, Hector Mathanda, Dumisane Shongwe, Fikile Majozi
Sudafrika 1986, 69 min, Zulu mit engl. UT
Ein sudafrikanischer Western, dessen einzige weisse Figur am Anfang erschossen wird und der auf verspielte Weise das Genre dem neuen Setting anpasst. Nicht nur vor dem Hintergrund seiner Entstehung unter der Apartheid hat der Film eine ungewohnliche Brisanz.

Links:
* https://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html
* https://www.thedti.gov.za/financial_assistance/financial_incentive.jsp?i...
* http://wesgro.co.za/
* http://www.gautengfilm.co.za/industry-development/film-friendly-gauteng/...
* http://www.mandelafilmfestival.com/

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