The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival kicked off on Thursday, 12 October at the Nu Metro V & A Waterfront with over 400 guests in attendance. All movies from the festival are being screened at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau.
A ‘pitch contest’ held during the Snake Nation workshop on Monday challenged aspiring filmmakers to pitch concepts for their projects. Two groups of student filmmakers were awarded the opportunity to coproduce their movies with Snake Nation, a platform that allows creatives to showcase their work. CEO of Snake Nations, Karl Carter, said his goal was to help students build their concepts and acquire funding.
“For the students we have to start at a more basic level, first we get to develop a concept, build presentation, and understand how we’re going to get funding whether thats gonna be from a networks, self producing it, working with brands or banks to get the content out there,” said Carter.
He added that his aim is to empower students to create their own content and get the best training.
The first winning concept ‘Ziright iigirls’ (The girls are all right) was about young women from different cultural backgrounds trying to survive in the big city. Shereen Williams, a concept developer, is excited at the prospect of working with Snake Nation.
“We are looking foward to a great partnership, great concept and a great network between the United states and South Africa. We want to bring women and people of colour together so we can make a concept that will screen nationwide,” said Williams.
The second winners were Luchu Nanto and Nomzamo Madalane who created a concept around the controversial ‘Fees Must Fall’ activists.
Comic Kagiso Lediga’s diractorial debuts ‘Catching Feelings’ and ‘Matwetwe’ (Wizard) will also premiere at the festival from today. ‘Catching Feelings’ is a story of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways. Both films are produced by Tamsin Andersson and Kagiso Lediga with Diprente Films and shot by Cinematographer Motheo Moeng.
The film schedule and other information can be found on wwww.filmfestival.capetown