Gargoyle, a short film that expresses how the past can come and haunt you in the future when you least expect it, has been accepted into three US film festivals, namely the 15h Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (23 - 29 June), Rhode Island International Film Festival (4 - 9 August) and Beloit International Film Festival.

Teboho Pietersen of Thousand Hugs said the team is really excited at the interest being shown in the film, which was also screened in the short corner section of the recent Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which was supported and funded by the Gauteng Film Commission in line with its vision of promoting local content, highlights the work done by NICRO, the National Institute of Crime Prevention and the Re-integration of Offenders, to repatriate offenders back into society.

Director Kelsey Egan says: "The theme that Gargoyle deals with and the concepts and subject matter that it explores are pretty much subject matter that NICRO explores in their own programmes, namely why does crime occur? What are the effects of crime? Not just on victims but on perpetrators as well."

The film, which features a song sung by Buli G, was made with a South African cast and crew.