65th Cannes Film Festival
65th Cannes Film Festival

The Gauteng Film Commission in partnership with the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) will be part of the South African delegation to the 65th Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France from 20 to 27 May. This year's delegation is the biggest in recent years, with 130 filmmakers already confirmed as registered with the festival. Out of these some have been supported by the GFC through financial and marketing support.

The growing size of South Africa's participation at international events such as Cannes demonstrates that our filmmakers are global competitors in the field and that their projects are authentic stories that resonate in the international market place. It is therefore imperative to ensure that the local film industry is adequately supported and well represented in order for our productions and talent to receive the global recognition it deserves.

"We are excited to be part of the NFVF pavilion this year, and very proud to see some of the GFC supported projects getting exposure in such a world class film festival", says Mr. Mzwandile Masina the GFC Acting CEO.

Cannes Film Festival is recognised as the world's premiere film festival where the world's distributors, financiers, buy film projects, negotiate distribution deals and funding. It is a key strategic platform for the GFC to reposition its self as a film development agency and to promote Gauteng as destination of choice and a Province that offers holistic production requirements.

The 65th Cannes Film festival will showcase the South African films presenting 20 projects which comprise 12 feature films and eight documentaries. These include; Otelo Burning, Semi-Soet, Blitz Patrollie, 31 Million Reasons, Five Finger for Marseillas , One Last Look , The Umbrella Man, Tok Tokkie, RollaBall, Sobukwe, Wandering Fever and I am Craig.

Other events that will be hosted by the NFVF will include a signing of the 8th co- production treaty with Ireland on the sideline of Cannes Film Festival.

The South African pavilion will be situated at the Village International #119. The pavilion will provide a business environment for all South African delegates to host meetings and networking sessions. It will also provide screening facilities for filmmakers who wish to showcase their film trailers during their meetings.
For more information please contact Puisano Phatoli at +27 (0)11 833 0409 or via email at Puisano@gautengfilm.org.za.