Cape Town World Cinema Festival
From: Wednesday, November 14 2007, 8:00 am
to: Wednesday, November 21 2007, 4:00 pm
Proudly proclaiming its intent to be "a festival of world cinema with African film at its heart," the Cape Town World Cinema Festival was first held in 2003, showing 33 films. Expect an even bigger and more varied programme for the third festival in 2005 at the Cinema Nouveau, which takes place at the same time of the same organiser's annual Sithengi South African Film & Television Market - which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.
In 2004 the focus was on "films from the South," especially those from Africa. Of course independent European and American "world cinema" films were also featured, as was a traditional Gala Awards Night rewarding winners in the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actress and Best Actor. Categories within the festival as a whole included a "Proudly South African" section and spotlights on both Brazil and India, as well as films dealing with the theme of "transition."
Aiming to increase public awareness and appreciation of local, wider African and other world cinema films, the festival hopes to establish a unique South African cinema-going culture. To that end it also encompasses children's screenings, animation screenings and township screenings.