The Cape Town International Film Market And Festival (CTIFMF) is back! This year will feature 120 films in the official selection, and all movies showing will set you back just R50 per screening.

All films will be screened at the NuMetro and Ster Kinekor Cinema at the V&A Waterfront from October 10-19.

These events, along with World Premiere red carpet events are open to the public and tickets can be purchased via links on the various films on the CTIFMF website.

The World and South African film premieres are a unique opportunity for guests to meet the filmmakers and engage in Q & A’s after the films.

These premier events include:

10 October

A coming-of-age gay and lesbian musical war drama about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group – known as the “Canaries”- during the height of the Apartheid regime.
11 October
Cut-Out Girls is inspired by the #MeToo movement and is a film about date rape aimed at creating social change.
12 October
8pm – Walking With Shadows, Fumni Iyanda, Aoife Kelly, Nigeria
In Lagos, Nigeria, Ebele Njoko, has been running away from his true identity his entire life. A search for validation and love from his family, has led him to create a character at variance with himself but one more acceptable to society.
After sixteen years as the reverend of the mother church, Tienie Benade, is confronted with a steep decline in the number of church-goers and a society that is rapidly changing.
Semarang 1998, Maryam, is assigned to work at a nursing house, where meets seven elder nuns who live in an inhumane conditions. Maryam tries her best to help the retired nuns.
13 October
Dizu Plaatjies is a performer, scholar and cultural activist who has devoted his adult life to indigenous African music. His journey from childhood in the Eastern Cape and Langa concert stages world-wide, is a compelling story that is the focus of this documentary.
8.30pm – Everything Must Fall, Rehad Desai, South Africa
An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education, and morphed into the most militant national revolt since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.
14 October
Sunitha aspires for what is not expected of her. She has to dig deep with a new resolve and confidence to overcome familiar cliches and introduce new lifestyle choices in a traditional community and rise above her father’s expectations to become her own woman.
8pm – Epiphany, South Africa, Joseph Jones Umba
After a clerical insemination error, an acquiescent woman must choose between her conservative husband and a child that has eluded her.
15 October
After an immigrant woman moves into her aunt’s house, she experiences sexual abuse at the hands of her in law. She must now make a choice of whether to submit or fight.


18 October

5.30pm – District 6: Rising from the Dust, Weeam Williams, South Africa

The documentary is a deeply personal story, which examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of intergenerational pain and dispossession of wealth. It also reflects on SA’s current restitution process.

In addition to individual movie tickets, film lovers can also purchase Full Festival passes that enable access to all film screenings, premieres as well as cocktail parties.


This year’s festival  program is a cinematic feast with some 120 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. Particular focus areas are New Voices (first-time feature directors), That’s So Gay (new LGBTQ releases), and Cinema of Conscience.
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