The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival wrapped up on Friday October 19th with a Gala Awards evening at the newly refurbished Cape Town City Hall. With over 120 films in competition, across a range of categories, the various juries, made up of film experts from home and afar did not have an easy task in selecting the Award winners.

This year’s festival once again focused a spotlight on various genres including documentary, feature and short films, as well as including themed awards such as Best LGBTQ, Best Asian Film, and a notable award for Best New Director.

CTIFMF Festival Director Leon van der Merwe had this to say of this year’s film selection, “The Festival Director would like to congratulate the winners and thank the various juries for the selection of the Awards. For more than a week the juries had the opportunity to watch films from around the world.

The juries were especially impressed by the Asian features from countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and China that offered innovative aesthetic approaches to the subject matter. The Juries also congratulated the Festival Director with the new Best Asian Film Award at the festival. It was also a pleasure to experience the focus on contemporary Italian and Romanian cinema. The entries from across Africa also increased this year both in quantity and quality and it is clear that African film is on the cusp of a major resurgence.”

The overall winner of the year’s Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, recipient of three awards including the most coveted award of the night, The Grand Prix, as well as awards for Best Director Award and Best Actor was the Italian film, Dogman. The film competed at this past year’s Cannes Film Festival where Marcello Fonte also won for Best Actor.

The CTIFMF’s Opening Film, and South Africa’s official official submission for the Oscar’s, Sew the Winter to My Skin, directed by Jahmil X. T Qubeka, won the Award for Best South African Feature Film, whilst Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall won for Best South African Documentary, and the Best South African Short Film was won by Rea Moeti’s Mma Moeketsi.

 South African film Kanarie also took home the award for Best LGBTQ Film, while Kenyan Director of Supa Modo, Likarion Wainaina, won the award for Best New Director in the New Voices category and was described by the jury as “a true new voice of contemporary cinema. The director succeeds in bringing its audience into the shoes of a kid, showing us the world through her eyes, without ever trivialising nor overdramatizing a difficult topic such as a child’s illness. The director shows an uncommon capacity of leading his actors and keeping a difficult balance between drama, comedy and fairy tale.”

The LGBTQ category jury had this to say of Kanarie:

For skilfully and seemingly effortlessly weaving together multiple compelling characters, along with issues of nationalism, religion and sexuality, we award the prize for Best LGBTQ Film to Christiaan Olwagen’s Kanarie. This well-paced and consistently poignant story of a teenage boy in 1980s South Africa, who joins the national defense force choir, humorously portrays the struggle of finding oneself despite overbearing social pressure. With a stunning central performance, innovative visuals and a sensitive balance between comedy and drama, the film heralds the arrival of a strong new voice on the local cinema landscape.”

Rafiq Samsodien, Chairman of the CTIFMF Board has been particularly excited about this year’s event, “I am so pleased with the outcomes of the festival, we are definitely on the right growth trajectory. We had increased levels in participation both in terms of numbers and in terms of the standard of the festival and market submissions. The responses that we are getting from the delegates, festival goers, and filmmakers is a testament to this progress and we look forward to CTIFMF 2019.”

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival has been presented in partnership with host city, The City of Cape Town.

The Official list of CTIFMF 2018 Award Winners is:

Best South African Short Film:
Rea Moeti: Mma Moeketsi

Special Mention:
Buks Rossouw: Cast Iron Can’t Be Welded

Best International Short Film:
Aldo Sotelo Lázaro: Stardust

Best Documentary Feature:
Leonard Retel Helmrich: The Long Season

Best South African Documentary:
Rehad Desai: Everything Must Fall

Special Mention:
Weaam Williams: District Six

Best Editing:
Lee Chatametikool & Chonlasit Upanigkit: Malila the Farewell Flower

Best Cinematography:
Mong-Hong Chung: The Great Buddha+

Best Script:
Alec Figuracion: The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Actress:
Ariane Ascaride: Isabelle

Best Actor:
Marcello Fonte: Dogman

Best South African Feature Film:
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka: Sew the Winter to My Skin

Jury Special Mention:
Sodium Day

Best LGBTQ Film:
Christiaan Olwagen: Kanarie

Special Mention:
Alvaro Delgado Aparicio: Retablo

Best New Director:
Likarion Wainaina: Supa Modo

Best Asian Film:
Anucha Boonyawatana: Malila The Farewell Flower

Best Director:
Mateo Garone: Dogman

Grand Prix:
Mateo Garone: Dogman


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