logo"Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee." - James Cameron

Film illuminates the world. It opens our eyes. It shows us things we don't see every day, makes us feel things we don't always feel. One of the most challenging aspects of being an independent filmmaker is promoting your film. Standing out amongst your peers is an enormous challenge, even for seasoned indie filmmakers. You could have an award winning film, but without a viewing audience your movie is worthless.

Now the Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival will showcase the latest short films made by up-and-coming South Africans. Short films, past and present, are true works of art, and deserve a festival dedicated to their exhibition.  Short filmmaking is in the midst of a renaissance. Screening at a festival is a sure-fire way to start creating a buzz around your film and your career.

The IMSFF is taking place from 25 -29 June 2014, and short films will be screened over a five-day period at the Maxi Cineplex in the Hatfield Plaza, Pretoria.

The festival will offer interesting workshops conducted by industry professionals, as well as live Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance. The festival will also give emerging filmmakers opportunity to network. Wrapping up the festival will be our exciting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 29th, 2014.

Competition categories include: Best Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Original Screenplay of a Short Film, Best Actor in a Short Film, Best Actress in a Short Film,  Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film, Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film, Best Original Score in a Short Film, Best Cinematography in a Short Film, Best Editing in a Short Film, Best Sound Editing & Mixing in a Short Film, Best Visual Effects in a Short Film, Best Production Design in a Short Film, Best Animation Short Film, Best Makeup & Hairstyling in a Short Film, Best Costume Design in a Short Film.

A cash prizes of R50,000 will be offered to the film with the most awards. Nominations in each category will be announced a week prior to the event by a respected jury, and published on the website @ www.imsff.co.za.

Submissions are accepted until June 6th, 2014. See attachment for more information on your CALL FOR ENTRIES.

If you know of a filmmaker who wants recognition for his work, this is the festival to join.

See YOU at the movies...