CFC Launches EIFF in George

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Denis Lillie, Cape Film Commission CEO, speaking at the CFC’s launch of the Eden Independent Film Festival in George, said “I think a lot of it is making sure that we get productions that have some longevity. Films or commercials come in to town… for three or four days, or even up to twenty-one days. But if you can get more sustainable television programming here then you’ve got more opportunity of having sustainable jobs.

Pontsho Makhetha, General Manager of the SABC TV Content Hub said the SABC is looking for “producers that are up and coming from smaller places… producing fresh content, covering the whole of South Africa, [creating] content for us…”

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Important Update on EIFF

The Cape Film Commission would like to send out a huge thank-you to everyone who applied for a weekend pass for the Eden Independent Film Festival. The festival is now fully booked.

From a practical perspective, if you are attending the first night, please note that the Friday Opening Film screens at 7pm at Ster Kinekor Garden Route Mall. Please be there in good time at 6:30pm to enjoy the welcome speeches and don’t forget to buy your popcorn and drinks in good time to avoid the queues.

You will all need to collect your passes from the George Arts Theatre before the screening as they are needed to get access to the screening. Please don’t forget your ID to collect your pass.

The Saturday workshops at Eden Gemeente begin at 9:30 am, so please get there around 9:15am to secure a good seat.

The Sunday workshops and screenings begin at 10:00am so those who have tickets for the Sunday workshops, please arrive at 9:45am.

When collecting your pass you will be given a copy of the programme which includes details of the screenings and panellists. The programme includes a map which shows the location of the three venues.

Please note that we have made a change to the  Saturday programme due to me not taking into account that the UK were putting their clocks back last Sunday.

The Rugby World Cup Final kicks off at 6pm our time. This means that we have gained an extra hour on our schedule which we will use to screen an extra hour of the Best of the Shnit International Short Film Festival 2015 before the rugby.

Many thanks to all the panellists for travelling to George and giving up their time to share their experiences with us, and to the National Lottery Commission for their funding and support together with thesupport from the George Municipality.

A big thanks also to the filmmakers, Shnit International Short Film Festival and the British Council for providing some wonderful content for us to enjoy and to the organisers of the 48Hr Film Project for adding some additional fun and pressure to our local filmmakers.

Additional thanks go to the Knysna Municipality and Eden District for their encouragement and assistance.

A special thanks to Value car hire for sponsoring the transport for the Locations Touron Sunday morning. Please note that this is now fully booked.

And last but not least, a huge thanks to the Cape Film Commission team for their support in putting this event together. This includes Nadeema, Colette and Lorraine. “They know what they did” said Denis Lillie, “and I really appreciate it!”

The CFC looks forward to seeing all of you who are coming along over the weekend. It will be a blast.

Complimentary Weekend Passes Available for EIFF

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The Cape Film Commission is pleased to announce that they have been able to make more weekend passes for the Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF) available to the general public.

These passes are complimentary and available on a first come first served basis through

The festival runs from the 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015. CLICK HERE to view the programme.

The CFC has put together an exciting programme of films including the opening film Die Ontwaking from Johnny Breedt, the Best of Shnit 2015 and workshops from local and international filmmakers and the SABC.

Films made in Knysna, George and Wilderness and others throughout the Western and Northern Cape and South Africa have also been included, as well as features films from the UK as part of the cultural exchange programme between SA and the UK.

The EIFF promises to be an exciting and stimulating few days. If you are interested in attending please specify which events you would like to attend on the Sunday morning. Also, please include your ID number in your application as it will be necessary for collection of your pass.

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cape Town Winners

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Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cape Town: WINNERS

shnit International Shortfilmfestival came to Cape Town’s biggest ever end on Sunday 11 October, as over 200 filmmakers and guests packed out three floors of the Cape Town Club to see the awarding of the Made In South Africa jury and audience awards 2015, as well as the premiering of this year’s Realtime films. Thirteen films competed this year for the National Awards, across fiction, documentary and experimental genres.

Made in South Africa Audience Award

Brett Williams and Hayden Phipps’ punchy, slick and haunting The Parcel opened the night, taking home the Made in South Africa Audience award. Nominees included Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute’s edge of the seat Nommer 37 and Thati Peele’s moving Lerato. Audience award voting was digital for the first time, courtesy a system developed by CT specialists Qurio and implemented in all shnit cities.

Made in South Africa Jury Prize

South African jurors Bridget Pickering and Ian Rijsdijk spoke on behalf of a jury that also included Sibs Shongwe –la Mer, praising all the films in competition and saying how hard it was to choose just one winner for this prize. Nominees, Simon Wood’s Orbis, Greg Bakker’s Windstil and Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call were then announced and screened to the receptive audience.

Jury president Sharlto Copley couldn’t attend in person but made a surprise hologram appearance to announce the winner as Windstil. Copley praised all the nominees for their honesty and for bringing light and inspiration into a country that needs it. These are the kinds of voices that need to be supported and encouraged, he said.

He chose Windstil for how much it moved him and for its potential to move an international audience, and drew attention to Windstil’s powerful leading performance of Morne Visser as well as its topical subject matter in the light of the true life events that inspired the film.

Audience and Jury winners received shnit’s National Competition medallions 2015 and over R10,000’s worth of goods and services from Media Film Service and Moviemart. Both films will screen around the world in 2016 as part of the shnit National Winners programme package.

The Realtime Competition

The night ended with premiers of the Realttime competition films 2015. Filmmakers Thea Small, Willem Grobler and Bongani Vincent were each given 72 hours to produce a completed short film over the shnit festival weekend.

This year shnit partnered with the South African Film Orchestra and Atmosphere Film Audio collective to run the competition in two stages. In the first, South African composers were invited to submit scores inspired by one of three themes, Injustice, Retribution or Redemption. Three scores were then selected from 41 entries and one given to each of the three filmmakers as inspiration for their film.

The South African Film Orchestra was present on Awards night, playing live alongside the premiering of the films, to a rapturous response. The winning film by audience vote, The Great Gatsby:Redemption, had the audience in stitchesand saw Grobler and producer Nicki Priem receive prizes to the value of R5000 from Exposure Gallery and Lensbaby. The composer competition was hailed as a great success and will continue into the future.

Biggest Ever Shnit

A shnit weekend that included a gigantic open-air Opening Night at the Castle of Good Hope, capacity outdoor screenings at the Company’s Garden Restaurant and at shnit’s long-standing home in Cape Town, The Labia Theatre, as well as engaged and intimate Stellenbosch screenings and the highly successful first ever industry-building Elements Film Lab, has been roundly praised as setting a new bar for the festival in SA and for its focus on developing the short film format and platforms for exhibition. 41 South African films in total were screened, and audience responses were hugely enthusiastic.

Thanks as always to all of shnit’s generous partners and sponsors, without whom nothing would be possible, most notably funding partners the National Film and Video Foundation and the Cape Film Commission through the National Lottery Development Fund.

The festival’s exponential growth continues and shnit will return in 2016.

CFC Announces the Launch of the EIFF

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The Cape Film Commission has announced the launch of the Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF), which will take place in the City of George from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The festival has an exciting line up of films and workshops highlighting the South African film industry and reflecting on the year of cultural exchange with the United Kingdom. It has also partnered up with the 48Hr Film Project and the Shnit International Short Film Festival to bring additional depth to the program and to further showcase local film production and South African short films.

EIFF workshops will include panel discussions and mentoring sessions featuring some of the best and most experienced film makers in South Africa together with high level  representatives of the SABC who will discuss and advise on what their expectations are from the local industry.

The final program can be downloaded from our EIFF 2015 Program page. Please note that although this is finalized, it may still be subject to change.

As this is the first festival of what will hopefully be an annual event, the CFC is offering complimentary weekend passes to CFC members (one pass per member).

To attend, please email your ID number and CFC membership number to no later than Wednesday 7th October 2015. If you have forgotten your CFC membership number please email to request it.

If you’re not a member of the CFC but you wish to join, the application form can be downloaded from the CFC website downloads page. Please fill it out and fax or scan and email to CFC Membership is free.

Please note that seats for the Sunday morning workshop and local tour are limited, so please indicate on your email whether you would like to attend those events.

Passes are available for application until close of business on Wednesday 7th October and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have been successful in your application the CFC will notify you during the week of 11 October.

Passes can be collected from the George Arts Theatre from Monday 26th October 2015 during normal business hours.

The CFC is grateful for the support from the National Lottery Commission as the principal sponsors, the City of George and the British Council. The CFC also specifically thanks the Mayor of George and his Office for their support in organizing the festival together with officials from the Eden District and the George and Knysna Municipalities.



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Update on EIFF

The Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF), made possible by the Cape Film Commission (CFC), and sponsored by the NLDTF and George Municipality, will run in George for three days from 30 October to 1 November in George and is the second to be hosted by the CFC in conjunction with the George Municipality.

The festival will include workshops, screenings and will feature a day of discussions around the development of local and international TV programmes, animation and sound in film. Young filmmakers are invited to enter the 48Hr Film Project competition.

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.

Agreement to Develop Local Film Industry Throughout Garden Route

It is the stated aim by George Municipality and its neighbouring municipalities to develop the region as a film making area. Over the past two years, the Eden District has seen an increase in filming activities in the area with scenes in Born to Win, Knysna, Faan se Trein, Pad Na jou Hart and Klein Karoo shot in the area.

At a film workshop hosted by the Knysna Municipality on Friday 21 August, it was announced that an agreement is to be signed between George and the CFC, whereby the parties undertake to support and develop the local film industry throughout the Garden Route CFC. George Mayor Charles Standers is thrilled with the development of this festival. “The by-line for the Eden Independent Film Festival is ‘projecting new images’ and the City Council of George would like to see it become a world class gathering.”

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 organisers: 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.

Click here for the program.


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EIFF Draft Program Announced

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The Cape Film Commission is pleased to announce that the Eden Independent Film Festival will be held in George on 30th and 31st October and 1st November 2015.

This festival is made possible by the organisation of the Cape Film Commission and support from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and George Municipality with special thanks to the Mayor of George, Alderman George Standers.

Running parallel with and forming an integral part of the EIFF will be the 48HR Film Project. This is an international short film competition where filmmakers compete to see who can write, edit and shoot the best short film (5 to 7 min long) within a 48-hour period—starting  from the competition briefing and ending with a finished short film submission.

Click here for more information about the 48HR Film Project.

Click here for the EIFF draft program. Please note that it may be subject to change as details and times are currently being finalized. Any changes will be posted on this site timeously.


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Best of Shnit at George Arts Theatre on May 16

The Cape Film Commission is pleased to announce a special screening of the best of the Shnit International Short-film Festival at the George Arts Theatre in York Street, George, Western Cape on Saturday 16 May 2015. The screening has been made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and George Municipality.

The Shnit International Shortfilmfestival was founded in 2003 in Bern, Switzerland and takes place annually in mid-October over 10 cities around the world including Bern, Cologne, Vienna and Cape Town.  Shnit 2014 was held in Cape Town from 8 – 12 October 2014.  More than 7000 short films from all continents are annually submitted to the festival’s selection process, nearly 100 of those South African entries.

The screenings will highlight the variety and scope of what constitutes a short film and will be screened in two one hour sessions between 7pm and 9:30pm.

The George Arts Theatre will play host to this event which will also serve as a test event for both the venue and the technical capabilities of George based service providers in preparation for the planned Eden Independent Film Festival later in 2015. This larger festival is being developed by the Cape Film Commission in conjunction with the Eden District and its’ municipalities, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the local film industry.

The Shnit film event and workshops is the next step in the George Municipality’s ongoing support for the film industry and the strengthening working relationship with the Cape Film Commission.

The screening will take place on Saturday evening and will be preceded by several film industry workshops, with various speakers on specific film industry topics.  The workshops and event can be attended by all persons that have attended the recent George/Eden film industry workshop events.

Limited seating will be available for the general membership of the CFC on a first come, first served basis.  Should you be interested in attending the workshops and/or the screenings, please email  no later than close of business on Friday 8 May 2015, after which time no applications will be considered. A maximum of 2 tickets per person will be allocated.