The Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF), made possible by the Cape Film Commission, is being developed in conjunction with the Eden District and its municipalities and the local film industry. George Municipality and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) are kindly sponsoring the festival, which will be the first of its kind in the Eden District, apart from the Trial EIFF hosted by the CFC in conjunction with the George Municipality in May 2015.
The 48HR Project and the shnit International Short Film Festival (Cape Town) are co-partners with the Cape Film Commission for the EIFF, which is part of the Eden District’s ongoing support for the film industry and the strengthening of its working relationship with the Cape Film Commission.
The festival will include workshops and screenings and will feature a day of discussions around the development of local and international TV programs, animation and sound in film. A special focus on short films will see the screening of the highlights from the 2015 Schnit Short Film Festival featuring South African and international filmmakers.
Schnit was screened in May last year in George at the George Arts Theatre and this was followed by a panel discussion.
48Hr Film Project
Running parallel with and forming an integral part of the festival will be the 48Hr Film Project. This is an international competition where filmmakers compete to see who can make the best short film (5 to 7min long) within a 48-hour period – starting from the competition briefing and ending with a finished short film submission.
The winning short film will go up against the best short films selected from around the world at Filmapalooza 2016, as well as an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Court Métrage.
Entry to the competition is R1 200 with an early-bird entry fee of R1 000 and is open to everybody. Cape Film Commission CEO Denis Lillie said this week, “We would encourage aspirant and seasoned filmmakers to enter. By doing so, your short film will form a part of the Cape Town entrants, but with George being the local head office for briefing and submission of entries.
“Entrants will draw different genres from a hat and need to include the following a number of criteria in their short film submission as well as the following specific requirements as determined by the organizers: a prop item; a statement or line of dialogue; and two required characters (names provided).”
Once the film has been produced, there will be a screening in George of all the films produced by local filmmakers. These will be judged locally, with the winning film travelling to Cape Town as a part of the judging to take place there. The overall South African winner will have their short film screened at the international festival in Los Angeles as well as at Cannes in 2016.
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