Since its Cannes 2015 showcasing, Ayanda has been on a roll
Since its Cannes 2015 showcasing, Ayanda won a special jury prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival, was selected for the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival, and picked up for distribution in the US by director, screenwriter and distributor Ava DuVernay.

Independent filmmakers with projects ready for sale are invited to submit synopses for possible inclusion in the official South African catalogue and/or sales pitch at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, will once again host and facilitate the South African film industry presence at Cannes 2016, which runs from 11 to 22 May.

The NFVF is currently putting together a catalogue of South African projects from 2015/16 that are seeking completion, finance or sales agents for publication.

During the Cannes Festival, the NFVF will host a sales event, as well as a screening to industry experts, aimed at presenting local projects to international buyers and agents.

A number of South African films that were showcased at last year's festival have since then travelled around the globe, been signed by international distributors, and won various awards worldwide. These include:

  • Ayanda, produced by Terry Pheto's Leading Lady Productions and Real Eyes Films, which was picked up for distribution in the US by American director, screenwriter, film marketer and distributor Ava DuVernay;
  • Necktie Youth, the debut feature of Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, which went on to premiere at the Berlinale, Tribeca, and Sydney festivals, and won Best Director and Best Feature at the Durban International Film Festival; and
  • Bordering on Bad Behaviour by Zenhq Films, which also scooped various international awards.

Filmmakers with fully developed projects (final polish scripts) or completed projects that are ready for sale are invited to submit information on their projects (an application form is not required) to the NFVF by Friday, 26 February.

The information can be e-mailed to Thandeka Zwana - - and should include:

  • Full synopsis of the project;
  • Tagline;
  • Two high resolution digital film posters (2000mm x 2000mm and 610mm x 910mm);
  • Trailer/promo (where available);
  • High resolution production stills (where available); and
  • Requirements (funding/sales agent/distribution)

Failure to submit all the requirements will result in the application not being considered. The NFVF reserves the right to select qualifying films for the catalogue and/or sales event.

Source: staff reporter

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