runner poster



Shorts Programme 8

DIRECTOR : Mike McDougall
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 22min

Nu Metro 4, 11 Oct @ 5.30 | 17 Oct @10 am


Louisa, 27, must achieve the Olympic qualifying time for her event– the 400m. She’s inspired by her late mother and the degrading, poor township life they endured. Her coach, Jacques, drives her on but her times aren’t improving. Jacques’s failing patience and her frustration explode. He doubts her commitment and she, his skills. Reconciling though, he explains only she can produce the last effort necessary. Timed by Tony, the assistant coach, she taps deep into the pain of her mother’s sacrifices and starts a lap without blocks and in bare feet – the way she competed as a kid. Tony – a secret admirer – shows she’s smashed the time. With blocks and spikes, probably the world record!
Overjoyed, Louisa rushes to the doctor’s office where Jacques and the team doctor offer muted congratulations before telling her devastating news which destroys all Olympic hope and will end her promising young life…



Mike worked for four years for a major telecoms company after graduating, before leaving to drive a Land Rover from London to Cape Town, raising fifty thousand dollars for
charity on a journey that entirely changed his view on the developing world and life itself.
Returning to the UK he worked for several years on various TV shows, including aerial filming which introduced him to the joy of helicopter flight and motivated him to become a
commercial helicopter pilot.He spent the following years alternating writing and producing with flying for humanitarian services connected to the civil war in Sudan, tsunami in Sumatra, earthquake in Pakistan and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The Runner is be Mike’s first professional short film.

CTIFMF announces Initial Market Program

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival 2018 Initial Market Program Announced



The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will take place from October 9th – 19th 2018 at venues across the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town.  This year’s edition will feature an expanded and content focused market, led by the recently appointed Market Director Elias Ribeiro.


The CTIFMF has reached out to various industry stakeholders in a collaborative effort in keeping with its theme, of CREATE, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE, to develop a program with tangible outcomes and a view to the long term growth of the industry both regionally and across the continent.


A number of key programs have been finalized, all designed to maximize opportunities for emerging talent and to establish long term inclusive programs.


Elias Ribeiro explains further, “As the CTIFMF, learning from many who have paved the way, we have taken great care in crafting an offering that is complementary to current industry offerings. We hope to strengthen our bonds with partners such as the Durban Film Mart and together foster a dynamic and vibrant ecosystem that will contribute to assertive impact in film projects, our financial instruments and funders, policy designers and audiovisual makers at large. We also have prioritised an Audience Development program called Engage, with the faith we will in the long term make local films more sustainable in the domestic market.”


Marketing Director of the CTIFMF Jehad Kasu has this to say of the program, “It is the vision of the CTIFMF to reposition South Africa’s film industry offering through meaningful industry collaboration. If we harness our collective resources we can achieve an infinite amount of collective growth and success. This will of course take a reasonable amount of time and commitment to achieve. So we implore all film industry stakeholders new, established, private and state owned to support one another and become active participants in elevating the presence and contribution of the South African film industry within the global ecosystem.


WIP (Works in Progress)


As the most important element of a market is its content, the CTIFMF has developed a program that aims to elevate the bar for African content in terms of quality and innovation. A maximum of six works in progress will be selected from the African continent to show to international industry experts. High calibre decision makers and experts will be hand-picked to view the selected films and then give detailed feedback, with the goal of increasing the artistic quality and challenging the core creative teams to think about audiences beyond their own territories.


This initial viewing will be followed by a screening of a segment of the same works to a wider audience of invited industry stakeholders comprising of festival programmers, sales companies, distributors and post production financiers. The WIP program will disburse finishing awards to the most promising projects: grading, final sound mix, VFX, online editing, subtitling and DCPs, with the generous support of South African post production facilities such as Priest Post, Rhapsody, The Refinery and The Work Room Audio Post.


We have confirmed attendance from Berlinale’s European Film Market and Berlinale Africa Hub, Tribeca, TIFF, London BFI; international sales companies such as Pyramide International, Flourishing Films, Talent Agents Casarotto and Curtis Brown, Mnet, Indigenous Films, Ster Kinekor, and Post Production South Africa.


Entries are due no later than August 10th. For full details visit www.filmfest.capetown or email zahrah@filmfest.capetown.




Considering that one of the most challenging and pressing issues for local films is to earn the trust of local audiences that then translates into box office success, the CTIFMF will have a special focus on audience design and development.


A group of marketing and industry experts with an understanding of these challenges will be convened for a three-day workshop under the guidance of Valeria Richter. This outcome based workshop will equip these professionals with the most current and powerful tools designed to assist films in finding their target market and core following.


At the end of the workshop, each participant will be assigned a project from the WIP and will be expected to deliver an Audience Design Strategy, with a cash prize awarded to the most prolific two of the lot to craft an Audience Design Strategy in collaboration with the Festival Board for CTIFMF 2019.


Aimed at publicists, marketing and sales professionals, distributors and others within the field, applications are open until August 17th.  More details on the program, outcomes and prize can be found at www.filmfest.capetown, or email zahrah@filmfest.capetown.






CTIFMF’s Adapt program will bring together creatives, producers, and rights holders from the publishing and film industries to explore the possibilities of cinematic book adaptations as well as to develop an economic model and business practice around this that accounts for our African realities.


A number of toolbox sessions and workshops will be led by Selina Ukwuoma on translating from book to screen. She is no newcomer to South Africa as she has been working closely with Realness as well as Talents Durban over the past 3 years.


Selina is a freelance script consultant who began her career at literary agency Curtis Brown working on a number of adaptations including 2008 BAFTA winner BOY A. She has since gone on to advise on award-winning indie films such as 2014 Teddy winner THE WAY HE LOOKS and this year’s Goyas triumph SUMMER 1993, both Foreign Language Oscars entries from their respective countries.


The industry program of the CTIFMF will see 4 days of panel discussions, keynote speeches  and workshops with participation from experts from South Africa, the rest of Africa, and across the globe.  There will be a variety of relevant topics covered, all aimed at inclusive and constructive dialogues that foster the development of a cohesive and continually developing film industry. These topics include mentorship, financing, AR/VR, animation, blockchain and crypto currency.


For more information, submissions material list and to download application forms: www.filmfest.capetown


Furthering China Africa Partnership & Collaboration

CTIFMF’s Jehad Kasu in China to Further Partnership & Collaboration



Jehad Kasu, Marketing & Communications Director of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival was recently invited to the 2018 Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), where he spoke about the continuing partnership between the CTIFMF and China’s Global Max Media Group.


Last year the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) announced its collaboration with the China-Africa International Film Festival (CAIFF) that aims to strengthen the exchange of learning culture between China and Africa, through film.


The partnership will not only continue to introduce Chinese cinema to South Africa and vice versa, it is hoped that the two festivals will encourage cooperation in the film sector, making Chinese and African films more available in one-another’s regions.


Last year the CTIFMF hosted Chinese dignitaries including Mr Cao Li, Acting Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Cape Town, Mr Zhang Jian, Deputy Chairman of Academy Council of Beijing Film Academy, Mr Luo Xubing, Deputy Director of Overseas Promotion at China Radio International, Ms Wan Minfang, Producer of the Chinese film “When Africa Meets You”, Mr Miles Nan, President of GMMG, and Ms Tao Hong, 2017 Image Ambassador of China Africa International Film Festival.


Jehad was invited this year to speak at the Shanghai International Film Festival about this continuing partnership. His presence at the festival represents the commitment of the CTIFMF to lead the way for South Africa in collaborating not only across Africa, but globally.


As Kasu explained in his speech at SIFF, this partnership is pivoted on the People to People Exchange Mechanism entered into between South Africa and China during 2017 via their respective departments of Arts & Culture, in an effort to exchange knowledge in the fields of inter-alia, tourism, education and culture.


He continued to explain further, “The time has now come for intentions to be converted into action. As such, we call on our respective governments to formalize and expedite an official co-production treaty between South Africa and China. While we understand and appreciate that there are many diplomatic, policy and other considerations that are tangled up in red tape, due diligence and administrative processes, more and more clear evidence demonstrates that the film industry is an underrated catalyst for job creation and economic growth.”


Kasu also reiterated the call that was made at last year’s CTIFMF for the private sector to partner with film promotion agencies, commissions and platforms such as the CTIFMF and SIFF and pledge real resources to a severely underfunded industry in order to fast-track the extraction of sustainable economic, social and cultural value for our respective countries.


The NFVF and the Beijing Film Academy recently entered into a five-year Student Exchange programme and the CTIFMF would like these kinds of collaborative efforts to serve as the training ground for the development of inter-cultural content created between China and South Africa.


To this end, the CTIFMF invites all Chinese film and television stakeholders to visit the CTIFMF between the 9th – 19th of October 2018, to explore collaborative opportunities with African film industries.


Entries are still open for high quality Chinese films with subtitles to enter the CTIFMF film competition. Last year the festival received more than 800 film competition applications from more than 85 different countries. But very few came from China. At the same time, South African producers are encouraged to submit their works and projects to all future SIFF’s.


For more information on the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival visit www.filmfest.capetown





The 2018 Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) will take place from October 9th – 19th 2018. This year’s edition will build significantly on the successes of last year with an increased focus on collaboration and the celebration of the local, regional, pan-African, and international film industries.


Through various collaborations we will be supporting colleagues, promoting our own stories, and finding innovative solutions together, creating an enabling environment for growth and development for filmmakers across Africa.


The CTIFMF through a variety of programs that will be announced in the upcoming months will be the pivot on which we will endeavor to exponentially grow the distribution of African content across the world.


Having set itself the goal of leading the transformation of the film industry in Africa, the CTIFMF is excited to announce the first and most fundamental stepping stone to achieving this goal: the official opening of the call for film submissions for the CTIFMF 2018.


Filmmakers from all over the world are invited to submit their films in the following categories:  feature films, documentary, animation and short films. We especially encourage producers, directors and script writers from South Africa and Africa who are creating local/African content to submit high quality entries into competition.


This year’s CTIFMF will present an exciting and diverse array of quality films that showcase the immense talent of filmmakers from the region, the country, the continent and beyond.


Only films completed not more than 18 months prior to the Call for Entries of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will be considered for competition purposes.


Films completed before this time will be eligible for screening in the Panorama Section but not considered for the competition section. Awards in the competition section are as follows:



Grand Prix
Best Director
Best New Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Best Animation Short Film
Best South African Feature Film
Best South African Short Film
Audience Award for Best Film at the Festival



May 1, 2018 Opening Date

July 10, 2018 Regular Deadline

July 31, 2018 Final Deadline

August 7, 2018 Notification Date

October 9 – 19, 2018 Event Date


Please visit the link below for the Entry Form, Rules & Regulations




For more information concerning the CTIFMF contact Festival Director & Festival Manager info@filmfest.capetown