The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will take place from the 9th to the 19th October at venues across the iconic V & A Waterfront, welcoming diverse and exciting attendees from all over the world. Guided by the festival’s core vision of transforming the African film industry, through the three pillars of creation, collaboration and celebration, the CTIFMF will incorporate a host of key initiatives and projects aimed at the local and Pan-African film industries as well as emerging and new audiences from Africa and beyond.
CTIFMF 2018 will open on Tuesday, 9th October at Cape Town’s premier performance complex, Artscape. Festival screenings are open to the public and will run from 10 – 19 October at various cinemas within the V&A Waterfront, including free family-friendly films at the Amphitheatre on 13 & 14 October. The program is a cinematic feast with some 120 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates and the jury. The meticulously curated selection will include a significant amount of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show. Particular focus areas are New Voices (first-time feature directors), Arabian Nights, That’s So Gay (new LGBQTI releases), Eco Cinema & Cinema of Conscience. Ticket sales open on 26 September.
For film professionals, an expanded and content-focused Market and Industry program will run from 10 – 13 October, aimed at inclusive and constructive engagements that foster the development of quality content and support the growth of a cohesive African film industry. Highlights include
CREATE: a Works in Progress program,
ADAPT: a Book Adaptations program and ENGAGE: an Audience Development workshop as well as Work Cafés, keynote speeches, panel discussions and social networking opportunities. These topics include capacity building and skills development, Virtual Reality, Festival Strategies, Curatorship, Financing, Performance, Production Design, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and more. Delegate registration is now open.
The festival will culminate in a prestigious gala awards dinner on Friday 19th October, recognizing the best work across some 14 categories including Best South African Feature Film and a new Audience Award.