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.

48HR Film Project Open for Registration

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The 48 Hour Film Project is back in Cape Town and once again hosted by BENCHfilms. 48 Hour Film Project is the largest filmmaking competition in the world. This year we welcome filmmakers from George and the greater Eden District to participate and compete along with Cape Town based filmmakers.

In a wild, sleepless weekend, you and your team will set out to make a short movie from scratch—that is: writing, shooting and editing in only 48 hours.  On Friday, 30 October 2015 you’ll get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie.  By Sunday, 1 November the movie must be complete. Each completed film is guaranteed a screening in the following week.

To be part of the 48HFP, register online HERE. Registration costs R1200 per team. Registration closes on October 30. Space is limited, so register today! 

For more information, contact Hisham Samie or Alasdair McCulloch, Cape Town City Producers of the 48 Hour Film Project at

Cape Town and Eden District filmmakers, this is your chance to spend an intense 48 hours making a movie, having your film screened at a local theatre and to compete against other 48HFP cities from around the world!  The top films from around the world screen each year at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Cape Film Commission is proud to be sponsoring the Cape Town and George 48 Hr Film Project in 2015 together with the Cape Town Shnit Short Film Festival, with support from the NLDTF.

Click here for more about the Eden District leg of the 48HR Film Project, which will be incorporated into the Inaugural EIFF in George.


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Eden District Film Industry Workshop

An Eden District film industry workshop will take place in Knysna on Friday 21 August, at the Turbine Hotel, 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island.

Registration will be from 14:00 to 14:30. Ilse van Schalkwyk of Knysna Municipality, will then welcome guests and introduce speakers.

The Cape Film Commission will give feedback on industry support and recent developments in the Eden District, which will be followed by a discussion on what sort of industry the District currently has, what it needs. Denis Lillie, CEO of the Cape Film Commission, will offer proposals for training and developmental needs.

After a break, the 48HR project will be introduced and (short) films from previous projects will be shown, followed up by Conclusions and Networking.

If you plan to attend, please advise the Cape Film Commission at no later than close of business on Wednesday, 19 August 2015.

To download the programme, click the link below. Please note that the venue is at the Belvidere Manor Hotel (as stated above).

Eden District Film Industry Workshop Programme 21 August 2015


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