The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) this year was a platform for the collaboration and celebration of local and international film-making talent. It highlighted our rising stars in the industry and delighted thousands of film lovers.

The opening night saw over 1 300 guests on the Artscape Theatre’s red carpet, arriving for the screening of South Africa’s Oscar submission, Sew the Winter to My Skin, directed by Jahmil X. T Qubeka. The film went on to win Best South African Feature at the film festival. If you have a chance to watch it, do not miss out – it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before in South African cinemas.

Some other  genre winners included Best South African Documentary, won by Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall; Best South African Short Film, won by Rea Moeti’s Mma Moeketsi; and themed awards, such as the Best LGBTQ Film, which was won by the film Kanarie.

The V&A Waterfront screened over 160 films from South Africa, Africa and further abroad. Festival CEO Nazeera Hartley Roach had the following to say regarding women in film:

‘Women took home the majority of the awards in the Works in Progress programme, as well as winning The Writers Guild of South Africa Pitch Competition. The CTIFMF also hosted the launch of the Ladima Foundation’s A-List, South Africa’s largest searchable database of women film-industry professionals.’

Ten of the films were official Oscar submissions from their respective countries. These included Sew the Winter to my Skin (South Africa), Supa Modo (Kenya) and Dogman (Italy).

We hope to see South African and African film continue to thrive and grow within the global film industry.

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