Film fes­ti­val ticks all right boxes

Direc­tor de­clares event a suc­cess

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - AN­DREW ROBERT­SON

AF­TER 10 days of screen­ings, work­shops and mas­ter classes the ex­cite­ment cul­mi­nated in the awards cer­e­mony on the fi­nal night of the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Film Mar­ket & Fes­ti­val.

Catch­ing Feel­ings, by co­me­dian Kag­iso Lediga, won the award for best South African fea­ture film.

Last night the fes­ti­val an­nounced the award win­ners at the clos­ing cer­e­mony, held at a red­car­pet event at the Westin Ho­tel.

The gath­er­ing was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the City of Cape Town, Wes­gro and the fes­ti­val board.

They aimed to cre­ate a fes­ti­val that not only cel­e­brated the art of film, but also pre­sented an ac­tive trad­ing plat­form for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

Fes­ti­val direc­tor Leon van der Merwe said: “The fes­ti­val has def­i­nitely been a suc­cess, not only with the screen­ings, but also the sem­i­nars and train­ing ses­sions. We strive to make it more rel­e­vant and big­ger for the fol­low­ing year,” said Van der Merwe.

“If there is some­thing I would change it is that I would like to have more films from young di­rec­tors, what we call the new voices. If I can have more films from those young voices in the fes­ti­val I would be ec­static,” he said.

The 16 judges who de­ter­mined the award win­ners are said to be in­ter­na­tional ex­perts.

The jury mem­bers se­lected their best films which res­onated with them and which they felt should be seen by other peo­ple or were wor­thy of be­ing awarded, Van der Merwe ex­plained.

“Each jury mem­ber has their own set of cri­te­ria, but then they get to­gether to dis­cuss each jury mem­ber’s se­lec­tion for a cer­tain cat­e­gory and they work it out from there,” he said.

Calls for more young voices next time

PIC­TURE: AYANDA NDAMANE/ANA

Pearl Thusi at the launch of the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Film Mar­ket and Fes­ti­val.

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