After a year of mixed fortunes in 2017, South Africa's cinema industry recorded a prosperous 2018 with audience attendance numbers and ad revenue stabilising and holding their own against other media types. And signs point to 2019 being an exciting year for this sector. By Michael Bratton
After a successful run at the local box office, Marche Media has closed a deal with film distribution company, Breaking Glass Pictures, granting them the American Rights to the LGBTQ musical hit Kanarie (Canary). The film will open theatrically in June, followed by a DVD & VOD release.
Berlin-based sales outfit Pluto Film Distribution has picked up rights to South African debut feature The Tree.
Showmax execs have been thrilled by the success of their recent acquisition, Girl From Nowhere.
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has created a Video on Demand (VOD) site dedicated to South African Films and to raise public awareness and showcase your content.
Ava DuVernay announced that her film collective Array Releasing has acquired their 19th feature with Vaya. The South African coming-of-age drama from Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso is set for a national screening tour as well as a Nov. 1 debut on Netflix. By by Dino-Ray Ramos
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Council calls for nominations for individuals to serve as members in the Marketing and Distribution Advisory Panel
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) says it has yet to be convinced that streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon are the reason behind MultiChoice's massive loss in business.
The South African movie Five Fingers For Marseilles has been on circuit for the over five weeks. It has, however, grossed a meager R1.6 million (approximately $130,000) in ticket sales.