Festivals & Screenings

2015 International Emmy® Awards Winners Announced
25 November 2015

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 43rd International Emmy® Awards tonight at a Gala event attended by over 1000 international television professionals and hosted by Egyptian Comedian Bassem Youssef at the New York Hilton.

2 Special Awards and 10 Emmy statues were presented during the evening. Congratulations to Rehad Desai and all at Uhuru Media who won the first International Emmys for their South African production Miners Shot Down

French programs led the night with 3 Emmys in the Arts Programming, Drama Series and TV Movie/Mini-Series categories followed by Brazilian programs with 2 Emmys in the Comedy and Telenovela categories. 

Performances from Norway (Best Performance by an Actress), the Netherlands (Best Performance by an Actor), and programs from South Africa (Documentary), the United Kingdom (Non-Scripted Entertainment) and the United States (Non-English US Primetime Program), each won one Emmy.

Academy Award winning Actor and Producer Michael Douglas presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO of HBO.

Academy Award and Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern who currently stars as Lady Cora in Downton Abbey and the show's Emmy and BAFTA Award winning Executive Producer Gareth Neame presented the International Emmy Founders Award to Academy Award & Emmy Award Winner Julian Fellowes, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey.

"Television is a universal art form that transcends cultures, languages and borders," said International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner. "In light of recent terrible events, the International Academy is particularly proud to congratulate all of the winners- among which 3 from France- for shining a global spotlight on their cultural heritage with the Emmy."

43rd International Emmy® Awards Winners

Arts Programming
Illustre & Inconnu:

Comment Jacques Jaujard a Sauvé le Louvre
(The Man Who Saved the Louvre)
Ladybirds Films

Best Performance by an Actor
Maarten Heijmans 
in Ramses
De Familie Film & TV / Avro


Best Performance by an Actress
Anneke von der Lippe 
in Øyevitne (Eyewitness)
NRK / SVT / DR / YLE Fem / Nordvision Fund

Doce de Mãe 
(Sweet Mother)
Globo / Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre

Miners Shot Down

Uhuru Productions
South Africa

Drama Series
Engrenages Saison 5
 (Spiral Season 5)
Canal + Creation Originale / Son et Lumière / BBC Four

Non-English U.S. Primetime Program
Arrepentidos - El Infierno de Montoya

Fox International Channels Latin America / National Geographic Channel / Fox Telecolombia
United States of America

Non-Scripted Entertainment
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy

Burning Bright Productions / Brown Bread Productions / Sky 1
United Kingdom


TV Movie/Mini-Series
Soldat Blanc 
(White Soldier)
Canal+ Creation Originale / Breakout Films

About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology.

The Academy's yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances, Kids programming and Digital. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv

DIFF 2016: Call for Submissions
25 November 2015

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short-, Documentary- or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from the 16 to 26 June 2016. The 37th edition of the festival is organized with key partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, National Film and Video Foundation and other valued funders and partners.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, containing as always a special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

Only films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an ONLINE SCREENER. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online a  vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2016. In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 29 February 2016.

This year’s festival will feature a focus on the important issue of HIV and Aids within film; DIFF invites filmmakers with films on this subject to submit for consideration in this category.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme is made up of the 9th Talents Durban (17 to 21 June 2016), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 7th Durban FilmMart (17 to 20 June 2016), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information check out the festival Submission FAQs or visit: www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.

Follow the festival on Twitter (@DIFFest) and on Facebook.

Enquiries can be directed to Mitchell Harper on Tel: (+27) 0312601650 or email: harpercca@gmail.com

The festival is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal and is supported by the KwaZulu–Natal Film Commission, EThekwini Municipality, the National Film and Video Foundation, the German Embassy, Goethe Institut, the Gauteng Film Commission and the Film and Publication Board.

Raindance Film Festival 2016 Call for Entries
16 November 2015

Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 24th edition that will take place from 21st September to 2nd October 2016 in central London.

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new independent cinema from the UK and around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery.

The Festival accepts feature films (over 45 min.), short films (under 45 min.), music videos (under 6 min) and web series [Raindance Web Fest] of all lengths and genres and is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking.\

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short
Animation Short
Music Video
LGBT (Feature)

Festival Strands
In Competition
Official Selection
Raindance LGBT

Special Screenings
Raindance Symphony Orchestra
Music Videos
Raindance Web Fest

Status of Your Film
Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online.

There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

Raindance accepts work-in-progress cuts but we will not accept subsequent cuts of more complete versions. Please send your film in the most complete and finished form possible to be reviewed.

How to Submit
Submissions are open via withoutabox or filmfreeway only.

Visit http://raindancefestival.org/submissions-2016/ for more information.

DIFF 2016 Entry Deadline
6 November 2015

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) has opened submissions for projects for the 7th edition, which will take place next year. The deadline for submissions has been shifted earlier to December 14, 2015 to allow for the selection committee to have more time to assess projects, and for more time to create opportunities for marketing and promotion of the projects and film-makers at the DFM.

Selected DFM projects will undergo a two-day packaging and mentoring programme followed by two days of one-on-one meetings with a panel of film financiers, buyers and distributors.

The programme is open to full length feature and documentary films with Africans in key creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders. A selection committee will review all submissions for consideration, and will select 10 fiction feature and 10 documentary feature projects that are in development to participate. African filmmakers, from writers to directors, are encouraged to submit their projects by 14 December 2015.

A joint project of Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the DFM aims to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production on the continent, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers.

The DFM has become an integral part of the fast-growing South African film industry and since its inception in 2010, has helped facilitate more than 90 African co-production projects, many of which have subsequently been produced as acclaimed films.

“We would like to encourage African film-makers to take advantage of the opportunity to submit their projects to the DFM, as we have seen how valuable the programme is to helping filmmakers get their projects off the ground.” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.

“The networking with film-makers from around the globe at the DFM also provides opportunities for film-makers to grow their networks further afield. Over the years we have seen many alumnis secure further funding grants for their films, and their works screened at film festivals around the world. It is really a great springboard for developing projects.”

Film-makers must note that all projects must have both a producer and director attached to them.

To find out more about the DFM 2016, project submission criteria and how to submit your project, please visit www.durbanfilmmart.com

For further enquires contact: info@durbanfilmmart.com or call   +27 31 311 4243

Wavescape Film Festival 2015 Official Selections
6 November 2015

A record 10 African premieres of surfing and adventure films will be screened in Cape Town this December as part of the Wavescape Festival from 23 November to 13 December at venues around Cape Town. 

The festival, which is presented by Pick n Pay, has announced a bumper 2015 edition of its 12th annual festival, with 29 films - from short to feature length - officially selected.

An all-Africa night will be held this year, featuring films by local South African filmmakers, and Wavescape will also premiere Ocean Driven, starring local big wave surfer Chris Bertish, as well as No Regrets, the story of Ricky Basnett by Jason Hearn.

A common theme in the films for 2015, which include inspiring ocean stories from Chile to Norway and Iceland, explores the relationship between humans and nature where people are pushing the boundaries, from conquering icy cold water and mountain-high waves to exploring the most remote places on earth.


Clifton 4th Beach Film Night: 9pm, Saturday 5 December (free)
Indoor films: 8pm, 6-9 Dec, Brass Bell, Kalk Bay (R40, tickets at door)
Indoor films: 6pm and 8pm, 10-13 Dec, Labia Cinema, Cape Town (R45, tickets are available at www.wavescapefestival.com

Other events taking place during the festival include the popular Artboard Project (artist-decorated surfboards exhibition and auction between 23 Nov and 1 Dec; Fish Fry surfboard market and fish braai contest on 28 November; Slide Night ocean talks evening on Tuesday 8 December; and Shortcuts Film Contest with winning films screened on 11 December.

Visit www.wavescapefestival.com or call Shani on 083 509-5106
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Twitter @WavescapeSA
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Sponsored by Pick n Pay, the 12th Wavescape Festival celebrates coastal culture and is a must-see for all ocean fans. Consisting of a film, conservation and art events, the festival focuses on coastal community-building and ocean sustainability. Supporting sponsors include Save Our Seas Foundation, WWF-SASSI, Jack Black Beer, Fast Company and Intrepid Explorer, with the Shortcuts Film Contest in collaboration with Red Bull Media House, and the Adventure Film Workshop presented by Wesgro Film and Media Promotion.

Short Cuts Film Contest: Sept 21 to Nov 30 on www.wavescape.co.za (free)
ArtBoard Project: 23 Nov to 1 Dec, exhibition at Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg (free)
Fish Fry: 3pm, Saturday 28 November, Bluebird Garage, Muizenberg (tickets at door)
Surfboard Charity Auction: 7pm, Tuesday 1 December at Tiger’s Milk (free)
Slide Night: 7pm, Tuesday 8 December at Centre for the Book (www.wavescapefestival.com)
TBC: Shortcuts Film Workshop (free to Adventure Filmmakers)

Exhibition (23rd Nov-1 Dec) and auction (7pm, Tues 1 Dec) at Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg with Rob van Vuuren. Artists are Andrew Whitehouse, Asha Zero, Beezy Bailey, Brett Murray, Chris Brehem, Conn Bertish, Jake Aikman, One Love Studio, Sanell Aggenbach

Surfboard market, shapers expo /demo, surf art and craft, fish braai contest, DJ Cath, and more.Sat 28 November at Bluebird Garage, Muizenberg (tickets at door R20 or R50 per board to sell)

10 ocean gurus. 10 salty tales, 1 Night. Tuesday 8 December: Centre for the Book, Cape Town (Tickets R100. Book at www.wavescapefestival.com)

1. Yodit Ekland - African surf brand Bantu Wax founder
2. Jean Tresfon - Marine photographer and conservation activist
3. Cobus Joubert - WaWa wooden craft brand founder 
4. Greg Bertish - Founder of The Little Optimist children's hospital charity 
5. Dr Sandy Thomalla - Ocean scientist on role of Southern Ocean in climate change 
6. Katja Rockstroh - Two Oceans Aquarium project to save turtles from plastic 
7. David Hurwitz - Veteran boat operator on Killer Whales: The Wolves of False Bay
8. Otto Whitehead - Adventurer and expert on concept of biophilia
9. Grant Spooner - Big wave safety co-ordinator and skipper
10 Caleb Swanepoel - Shark bite survivor

Adventure films entered from 21 Sept to 30 Nov on www.wavescape.co.za, with winners screened 11 December. Includes Adventure Film Workshop.

Wavescape is offering designers the chance to show off their epic salty skills by creating a one-of-a-kind design with a Surf or Ocean theme. The winner receives full entry to all the Festival’s events and other prizes. Closing date 15 November. More info: http://wavescapefestival.com

Complimentary Weekend Passes to EIFF Available
21 October 2015

Complimentary Weekend Passes Available to EIFF

The Cape Film Commission is pleased to announce that they have been able to make more weekend passes for the Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF) available to the general public.

These passes are complimentary and available on a first come first served basis through info@capefilmcommission.co.za

The festival runs from the 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015. Click here to view the programme.

The CFC has put together an exciting programme of films including the opening film Die Ontwaking from Johnny Breedt, the Best of Shnit 2015 and workshops from local and international filmmakers and the SABC.

Films made in Knysna, George and Wilderness and others throughout the Western and Northern Cape and South Africa have also been included, as well as features films from the UK as part of the cultural exchange programme between SA and the UK.

The EIFF promises to be an exciting and stimulating few days. If you are interested in attending please specify which events you would like to attend on the Sunday morning. Also, please include your ID number in your application as it will be necessary for collection of your pass.

For more information about the EIFF please go to www.eiff.co.za

Schnit International Shortfilmfestival CT Winners
17 October 2015

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cape Town: WINNERS

shnit International Shortfilmfestival came to Cape Town’s biggest ever end on Sunday 11 October, as over 200 filmmakers and guests packed out three floors of the Cape Town Club to see the awarding of the Made In South Africa jury and audience awards 2015, as well as the premiering of this year’s Realtime films. Thirteen films competed this year for the National Awards, across fiction, documentary and experimental genres.

Made in South Africa Audience Award

Brett Williams and Hayden Phipps’ punchy, slick and haunting The Parcel opened the night, taking home the Made in South Africa Audience award. Nominees included Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute’s edge of the seat Nommer 37 and Thati Peele’s moving Lerato. Audience award voting was digital for the first time, courtesy a system developed by CT specialists Qurio and implemented in all shnit cities.

Made in South Africa Jury Prize

South African jurors Bridget Pickering and Ian Rijsdijk spoke on behalf of a jury that also included Sibs Shongwe –la Mer, praising all the films in competition and saying how hard it was to choose just one winner for this prize. Nominees, Simon Wood’s Orbis, Greg Bakker’s Windstil and Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call were then announced and screened to the receptive audience. 

Jury president Sharlto Copley couldn’t attend in person but made a surprise hologram appearance to announce the winner as Windstil. Copley praised all the nominees for their honesty and for bringing light and inspiration into a country that needs it. These are the kinds of voices that need to be supported and encouraged, he said.

He chose Windstil for how much it moved him and for its potential to move an international audience, and drew attention to Windstil’s powerful leading performance of Morne Visser as well as its topical subject matter in the light of the true life events that inspired the film.

Audience and Jury winners received shnit’s National Competition medallions 2015 and over R10,000’s worth of goods and services from Media Film Service and Moviemart. Both films will screen around the world in 2016 as part of the shnit National Winners programme package.

The Realtime Competition

The night ended with premiers of the Realttime competition films 2015. Filmmakers Thea Small, Willem Grobler and Bongani Vincent were each given 72 hours to produce a completed short film over the shnit festival weekend.

This year shnit partnered with the South African Film Orchestra and Atmosphere Film Audio collective to run the competition in two stages. In the first, South African composers were invited to submit scores inspired by one of three themes, Injustice, Retribution or Redemption. Three scores were then selected from 41 entries and one given to each of the three filmmakers as inspiration for their film. 

The South African Film Orchestra was present on Awards night, playing live alongside the premiering of the films, to a rapturous response. The winning film by audience vote, The Great Gatsby:Redemption, had the audience in stitchesand saw Grobler and producer Nicki Priem receive prizes to the value of R5000 from Exposure Gallery and Lensbaby. The composer competition was hailed as a great success and will continue into the future.

Biggest Ever Shnit

A shnit weekend that included a gigantic open-air Opening Night at the Castle of Good Hope, capacity outdoor screenings at the Company’s Garden Restaurant and at shnit’s long-standing home in Cape Town, The Labia Theatre, as well as engaged and intimate Stellenbosch screenings and the highly successful first ever industry-building Elements Film Lab, has been roundly praised as setting a new bar for the festival in SA and for its focus on developing the short film format and platforms for exhibition. 41 South African films in total were screened, and audience responses were hugely enthusiastic.

Thanks as always to all of shnit’s generous partners and sponsors, without whom nothing would be possible, most notably funding partners the National Film and Video Foundation and the Cape Film Commission through the National Lottery Development Fund. 

The festival’s exponential growth continues and shnit will return in 2016.


Launch of Eden Independent Film Festival
2 October 2015

The Cape Film Commission has announced the launch of the Eden Independent Film Festival (EIFF), which will take place in the City of George from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The festival has an exciting line up of films and workshops highlighting the South African film industry and reflecting on the year of cultural exchange with the United Kingdom. It has also partnered up with the 48Hr Film Project and the Shnit International Short Film Festival to bring additional depth to the program and to further showcase local film production and South African short films.

EIFF workshops will include panel discussions and mentoring sessions featuring some of the best and most experienced film makers in South Africa together with high level  representatives of the SABC who will discuss and advise on what their expectations are from the local industry.

The final program can be downloaded from our downloads page. Please note that although this is finalized, it is still subject to change.

As this is the first festival of what will hopefully be an annual event, the CFC is offering complimentary weekend passes to CFC members (one pass per member).

To attend, please email your ID number and CFC membership number to  info@capefilmcommission.co.za no later than Wednesday 7th October 2015. If you have forgotten your CFC membership number please email accounts@capefilmcommission.co.za to request it.

If you’re not a member the application form can be downloaded from our downloads page. Please fill it out and fax or scan and email to info@capefilmcommission.co.za. Membership is free.

Seats for the Sunday morning workshop and local tour are limited, so please indicate on your email whether you would like to attend those events.

Passes are available for application until close of business on Wednesday 7th October and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have been successful in your application the CFC will notify you during the week of 11 October.

Passes can be collected from the George Arts Theatre from Monday 26th October 2015 during normal business hours.

The CFC is grateful for the support from the National Lottery Commission as the principal sponsors, the City of George and the British Council. The CFC also specifically thanks the Mayor of George and his Office for their support in organizing the festival together with officials from the Eden District and the George and Knysna Municipalities

Durban Film Festival News
20 July 2015

Videovision Entertainment will premiere six films at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival, which got underway on 18 July.

The films are Wolf Totem (directed by award winning French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud),The Prophet (directed by Roger Allers), Strangerland (directed by Kim Farrant), Mommy (directed by Xavier Dolan), Coming Home (directed by Zhang Yimou) and White Bird in a Blizzard (directed by Greg Araki).  

Wolf Totemwill have its African premiere at DIFF. It is a visually stunning adaptation of the Chinese best seller by Jiang Rong. Screen International said of the film that it is a “proud throwback in look and spirit to a kind of filmmaking we don’t see much anymore.” Director Annaud has a string of blockbusters to his name, including Seven Years in TibetQuest for FireThe Name of the Rose and The Bear.

The Prophet, an animated film,had its World Premiere in the Official Selection at Cannes this year. Inspired by Khalil Gibran’s novel, it is the story of  an unlikely friendship between a young, mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. It features the voices of Salma Hayek and Liam Neeson amongst others.

White Bird in a Blizzard,which premiered at Sundance, is a dramatic thriller about a young woman discovering her own sexuality when confronted with the truth about her mother’s myserious disappearance.

Multi award-winner Mommy also had its World Premiere at Cannes. Set in a fictional Canada where a new law allows parents to abandon their troubled children to the hospital system, it is about a troubled teenage boy and his feisty single mother.  

Strangerland premiered at Sundance and stars Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes. It is about a family that finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumours of their past.

Drama Romance Coming Home  was in the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection. It is an epic story of love and loss, described as “a deeply affectionate film with great ideological power, a milestone for Chinese cinema” by Mao Yu, Deputy Director of the China Film Bureau.

“We would like to thank Videovision Entertainment for their constant interest in, and contribution to, the festival by providing top-end films from celebrated directors.” says Pedro Pimenta, Director of DIFF. “We have a vision to provide our audiences with films that are at once accessible and aesthetically pleasing, and to ensure that some of the films screened provide stimulation for the growth of the South African film industry, and these titles certainly speak to both of these notions.” 

The 36th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (a special project of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the College of Humanities, Cheryl Potgieter) with support from KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development & Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and a range of other valued partners. For more information go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za

P2P International Documentary Conference
13 July 2015

The People to People International Documentary Conference (P2P) celebrates its 5th Anniversary and an exciting new partnership

The People to People International Documentary Conference is pleased to announce that the 5th edition of the popular documentary speak-easy will be hosted in partnership with the Durban International Film Festival for the first time in 2015. Since 2007, the biannual conference has offered the continent's documentary community a dedicated platform to share knowledge, build networks and debate the art, business and technology of documentary making from an African perspective within a global context.

Leading P2P once more is celebrated filmmaker and activist Rehad Desai who intends a program focused around documentaries with a clear social message and goal and will feature some of the world's leading documentary impact experts and funders. On the partnership with DIFF Desai says "moving to Durban to partner with South Africa's premiere film event opens up a world of possibility for P2P. We believe this consolidates our respective organizations commitment to strengthen and develop documentary practice on the continent, allowing us to serve this most vulnerable yet critical genre more effectively."

DIFF director Pedro Pimenta adds "DIFF warmly welcomes P2P onto its list of organisational partners. This collaboration cements a long standing collegial relationship and we hope to develop the initiative's scope and ambition in years to come."  

P2P 2015 will take place alongside The Durban International Film Festival on the 21st and 22nd of July.

P2P 2015 is supported by The SA-UK Seasons 2014-15, The Bertha Foundation and The Ford Foundation. Its organisational partners include The Channel Four Britdoc Foundation, The Documentary Filmmakers Association (SA) and The Association For Transformation of Film and Television (SA).


People to People International Documentary Conference


Rehad Desai - rehad@icon.co.za

Arya Lalloo - arya@people2people.co.za


Durban International Film Festival


Tinso Mungwe - mungwet1@ukzn.ac.za

Trial Eden Independent Film Festival
12 July 2015

The Trial Eden Independent Film Festival took place at the George Arts Theatre in May. The event was a resounding success thanks to the participation of George Municipality, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Shnit International Short Film Festival.

The afternoon workshops were attended by over 100 filmmakers and students with a full theatre capacity of over 200 for the evening screenings. The films screened were predominantly South African with contributions from France, Australia, Germany and Norway.

Denis Lillie, Cape Film Commission CEO, said "Thanks to our panellists, Greg Latter, Sean Drummond, Alasdair McCullock and Aidan Whytlock who gave the attendees great insight on issues such as script development, fund raising, distribution and general filmmaking during the course of the afternoon. Special thanks also to the Deputy Mayor of George, Cllr Daniel Maritz, Cllr Kritzinger and Carli Bunding-Venter and the local press and media for all of their support over the weekend and, of course, a huge thank you to those of you who attended and gave your support to this event."

The event was used as a very successful test screening for the Eden Independent Film Festival which will take place in two locations in George over three days later this year or early next year. The CFC will provide details of the festival closer to the time.

The 2014 WGSA Muse Awards Call for Entries!
5 November 2014


Following hot on the heels of the inaugural WGSA Muse Awards, which culminated in a highly acclaimed awards ceremony in March this year, the 2014 WGSA Muse Awards are about to launch with a bigger, better list of categories and a televised awards ceremony in March 2015. The WGSA Muse Awards, launched by the Writers? Guild of South Africa (WGSA), is the only award in the country which exclusively honours the South African Performance Writer and allows the local content production industry to celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and writing excellence of local writers.

Entries will be accepted for the 2014 WGSA Muse Awards in eight different script categories:

  • Feature Film
  • TV Drama
  • Radio Drama
  • TV Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • StagePlays, and
  • Unproduced Script in any genre.

A panel of independent judges will be looking for excellence in writing style, story, characterisation, dialogue, and impact. Every nominee will receive a personalised Nomination Certificate, and each winner will receive a personalised Winner’s Certificate and a beautiful specially designed WGSA Muse Trophy.

The WGSA is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO and is the only organised industry association in South Africa with the sole purpose of protecting, developing and empowering performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet - mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The WGSA is a key member of SASFED (The South African Screen Federation),

The judging process will take place during December 2014 to middle February 2015, with the nominees announced at the end of February 2015. This will be followed by the award ceremony, which will take place on 9 March 2015.

Entries for the 2014 WGSA Muse Awards open on 23 September 2014 and close at midnight on the 30th of November 2014. All entries have to be submitted online. The online entry system, competition rules and regulations, FAQ and entry details can be found on the WGSA Muse Awards website at http://www.writersguildsa.org/museawards.html

The IndieFEST Call for Entries
24 October 2014


A showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices!

The IndieFEST is an independent, top-tier international awards competition. We invite entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators.

As a media producer you know recognition of your creative efforts can make all the difference.  Not only do laurels elevate your current work, they also help support the projects you create going forward.  It is well known that awards from acknowledged organizations are an invaluable boost to your reputation in the film and media industry!

The goal of the IndieFEST is to help independents advance their careers and gain publicity.

IndieFEST awards go to those who produce high-quality, stand-out productions.

Best of Show honors are granted to the highest scoring production.  The winning film is highlighted on the IndieFEST website and the winner is given the beautiful IndieFEST statuette. This 24-carat gold plated statuette (a $375 value) is made by the same people that make the Oscar!

Outstanding and high-quality films are presented with Award of Excellence honors.  Award of Merit are given to films demonstrating good film craft and storytelling.

The IndieFEST also has a social conscience.  Each year one outstanding production is awarded our prestigious Humanitarian Award.  The award is given to the best production highlighting social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues.  The winner also receives a free statuette.

The IndieFEST receives entries from all over the world: Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

The IndieFEST is user friendly.  Enter today! DEADLINE: October 24, 2014


Entry Form  Website  Email

35th DIFF Awards
1 August 2014

Completing a successful year with increased attendance and many films screening to sold-out audiences, the 35th Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners at the closing ceremony on July 28 at the Suncoast CineCentre Supernova, having unveiled its new statuette, the Golden Giraffe, designed by Durban artist, Caryn Tilbury.

Best Feature

Best Feature Film and its R50,000 cash prize went to Malian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako’s masterful Timbuktu. The jury commended Sissako’s film for being “an impressively well-made film that makes us aware, in an extraordinarily human and gentle way, of the fight for dignity and freedom of individuals against oppression and violence. Beautifully crafted and showing mature accomplishment on all levels the film illustrates the absurdity of war and ideological dogmatism and offers humour, gentility and humaneness as a possible solution to the madness that seems to engulf so many regions in the world and on our continent. It embraces cinema as a weapon of love against violence and intolerance.”

The International Jury consisted of: Rémi Bonhomme, who heads Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival; Diarah N’Daw-Spech, the co-founder and co-director of the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York; Andrew Worsdale, writer, director and previous winner of Best South African Feature film at DIFF; and actress and activist Paulina Malefane, known for her role of Carmen in both the stage and film productions of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, and co-founder of the Isango Ensemble.

Best South African Feature

Best South African Feature Film, with its R25 000 prize, went to Jenna Bass’ exciting first feature Love the One You Love. The local jury chose the film “for its stylistic and narrative freshness”, calling it “a playful, quirky and idiosyncratic debut made with curiosity, warmth, heart and sensitivity.”

Best Direction

Bass also won Best Direction in a South African Feature Film, with the jury describing the young director as “inquisitive, innovative and with a unique voice and luminous cinematic sensibility, who shows us a contemporary universe which is as imaginative as it is true”.

Best Documentary

Best Documentary went to Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours.  According to the jury, “This intimate, affecting and often humorous debut feature is a portrait of three generations of exile in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a Palestinian pocket of hemmed-in buildings and stifled hopes. Fleifel may have set out to tell a small domestic story about the loved ones he has left behind but the result is a powerful tale of the human cost of a political nightmare, the end of which seems very far away.”

Best South African Documentary

Best South African Documentary was awarded to Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down. The film  also won the Amnesty International (Durban) Human Rights Award with its R10 000 prize sponsored by the Artists for Human Rights Trust. The film was chosen “for its profoundly moving portrayal of the Marikana miners’ massacre. The human rights abuses so vividly portrayed include the right to life, the right to justice, the right to protection by the police, the right to know, the right to peaceful protest and the right to human dignity.” ­

Full List of Awards

  • BEST FEATURE FILM: Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako
  • BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM: Salvation Army by Abdellah Taia
  • BEST SOUTH AFRICAN FEATURE FILM: Love the One You Love by Jenna Bass
  • BEST DIRECTION: Noaz Deshe for White Shadow
  • BEST SCREENPLAY: Love is Strange written by Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sofian el Fani - Timbuktu
  • BEST ACTOR: Ibrahim Ahmed - Timbuktu & Tony Kgoroge - Cold Harbour
  • BEST ACTRESS: Chi Mhende - Love the One You Love
  • BEST SA DOCUMENTARY: Miners Shot Down by Rehad Desai
  • Special Mention: Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me by Khalo Matabane
  • Special Mention: Fatherland by Tarryn Crossman
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY: A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel
  • BEST SHORT FILM: Out of Place by Ozan Mermer
  • BEST SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FILM: Keys, Money, Phone by Roger Young


Durban Wild Talk at 35th DIFF
6 June 2014

Wild Talk Africa Showcases Best of Environmental and Wildlife Films at Durban International Film Festival

For the second year running, Durban Wild Talk Africa will showcase a selection of both local and international natural history films during nine slots at this year’s 35th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 17 – 27 July 2014.

Durban Wild Talk Africa Film Festival now in its 9th year, brings a world-class television market and natural history conference to South Africa every two years.  After the success of last year’s conference at DIFF, Durban Wild Talk Africa will again present a programme of nature films that are fast becoming a firm favourite in the festival’s diverse line up.  This year, the strand once again offers entertaining and enlightening viewing for nature enthusiasts, animal-lovers, adrenalin junkies and environmentalists alike.

Some not-to-be-missed films include:

  • Unearthed – A shocking insight into the world of hydraulic fracking through the journey of a young South African journalist who starts asking questions when the fracking industry arrives in her hometown in the Karoo. Her questions take her into the dark underbelly of America’s gas industry.
  • Black Mamba: Kiss of Death - Spend an hour in the life of the most feared snake in Africa, witnessing the most intimate moments of its life and predatory attacks right here in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
  • Birdman Chronicles - Launch into the adrenalin-charged world of wingsuit flying; revealing the beautiful freedom found in this sport, as well as the constant presence of potential tragedy.
  • Damnation - With over 75,000 dams built in America after the Great Depression; this epic documentary odyssey explores the changing opinions towards dams, and witnesses the extent that some will go to answer the question , “Why have we damned up our rivers?’
  • Expedition to the End of the World - On a three-mast schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, we set off for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of North-East Greenland.

Other films in this strand include the award-winning Iranian astronaut-inspired “Sepideh”, Liz Marshall’s photographic revelation into the commodification of animals in “The Ghosts in our Machines”, an artistic voyage into water in “Watermark” and the world premier of “Lady Baboon”- chronicling the life of a woman who single handedly started the controversial baboon conservation movement in South Africa and who is often described as “the unknown Jane Goodall.”

The partnership between Durban Wild Talk Africa and Durban International Film Festival is part of the City of Durban’s vision to position the city as Africa’s primary destination for film markets and festivals.

For more information on the Wild Talk Festival contact shani@wildtalkafrica.com or call +27 (0) 21 422 0023, or visit www.durbanfilmfest.co.za for screening information and updates.

Adventure Film Challenge Calls for Entries
5 June 2014

The Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge, now in its second year, invites amateur and professional filmmakers to submit five-minute films under the theme of 'South African outdoor culture and lifestyle'. The winning entrant is awarded a cash prize of R10,000 as well as R2,000 in K-Way gear. Their film will also be included in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour screenings countrywide. 

Banff is the most respected adventure film festival in the word. Cape Union Mart has hosted the South African leg of the festival for eight years. Last year, 22 Banff screenings were enjoyed by sell-out South African audiences at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

"With cameras and editing software even available on smartphones, filmmaking has become so accessible. It's no longer the domain of professionals," says Nick Bennett. "We welcome professional filmmakers to enter, but we would encourage all aspiring filmmakers to also share their work with us.

He adds that judges of the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge are looking for more than the extreme adventures and death-defying stunts that are popular in Banff films.

"It's all about the story for us," Bennett says. "We're looking for films about people, their personalities, the places they visit and their activities and experiences... these capture the essence of the outdoor and adventure lifestyle that is so quintessentially South African."

Director and filmmaker Michael Raimondo, whose short film "Vultures Chose Me" won the Challenge last year, advises competitors "to go and find something interesting. It doesn't matter what fancy equipment you have, the most important thing is to find an authentic engaging character. Try and capture someone doing something for the first time. Stories are everywhere. Especially in South Africa we are spoilt for choice".

Entries for the 2014 Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge close on 30 June 2014. For more information and to submit entries, please visit www.banff.co.za.

For media enquiries, contact Roxy MacNaughton on 079 529 8045 or roxy@influencepr.co.za

View the 2014 promo video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pyO6_KcsJY

View the 2013 finalists video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uracwb0c5M&feature=youtu.be

OUT IN AFRICA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
23 May 2014

OUT IN AFRICA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival:  CINEMA NOUVEAU Rosebank and V&A Waterfront

The 21st Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens on Wednesday 28 May at Cinema Nouveau (Rosebank Jozi and V&A CT) with a selection of four exceptional features and two documentaries bound to spark debate. The Festival runs until Sunday 1 June.

  • KILL YOUR DARLINGS / Dir: John Krokidas / USA / 2013 / 104min.   Daniel Radcliffe is Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat-er William S. Burroughs. AWARDS:  Cork International Film Festival 2013; Hamptons International Film Festival; Palm Springs Interntional Film Festival 2013.
  • BOY MEETS GIRL  / Dir:  Eric Schaeffer / 2014 / USA / 95min.   Schaeffer’s film is a poignant, sexy, romantic coming of age comedy about three twenty year-olds.   A smart script, this is a sex/human positive modern fable and identification with its story crosses all gender and sexual orientation lines.
  • CONCUSSION  /  Dir:  Stacie Passon / USA / 2013 / 97min.  A suburban lesbian housewife pushing 40 suffers a blow to the head that unleashes her latent sexuality, and sends her on an erotic journey that gives birth to a secret second life.  Palpably sensual and deliciously contained. AWARDS:  Berlin Int. Film Festival 2013; San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2013.
  • STRANGER BY THE LAKE / Dir:  Alain Guiraudie / France / 2013 / 101min. A candid and absorbing portrait of passion and murder at a secluded lakeside cruising spot, this stunning, minimalist erotic thriller explores how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions. AWARDS:  Cannes Film Festival 2013; César Awards, France 214; Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013.
  • WEEKEND IN GERMANY Ein Wochenende in Deutschland  2013 / Germany / 25min + THE INCOMPLETE Der Unfertige 2013 / Germany / 48min / Dir: Jan Soldat. With unprecedented access, intimacy and humanity, without flinching or judging, Soldat invites us behind closed doors and into the meeting place of our deepest fears and desires.  A provocative, outrageous and touching documentary double-bill!

ENCOUNTERS 2014 International Release
22 May 2014

Encounters From 5-15 June 2014 in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Encounters, Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival, runs from 5-15 June 2014 at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront and The Labia in Cape Town and The Bioscope in Johannesburg. Iinternational documentaries to be screened are (click the title to watch and embed the trailers):

  • The Unknown Known: Oscar-winner Errol Morris uses declassified memos to guide former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld through a discussion of his controversial career under four different Republican presidents, shedding light on Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the War on Terror.
  • Return to Homs, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, takes you to the frontlines in Syria, where two friends fight back against the army transforming their city into a ghost town.
  • The Green Prince, winner of the Audience Award at Sundance, focuses on the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas, who agrees to spy for Israel.
  • Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements of Belarus focuses on a theatre group defying ‘Europe’s last dictatorship.’
  • Fuck For Forest documents an environmental NGO with an unusual fundraising strategy: they sell their homemade erotic films on the internet.
  • Concerning Violence is a call to arms, with Lauryn Hill narrating Frantz Fanon’s critique of the dehumanizing effects of colonization.
  • Oscar-nominated Cutie and The Boxer celebrates the challenges and richness of both marriage and art. The award-winning
  • Finding Vivian Maier depicts a nanny who’s posthumous cache of 100 000 photographs has seen her hailed as one of the world’s most accomplished street photographers.
  • My Name Is Salt is a tribute to the thousands of stubborn families who move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth for eight months every year, only for every monsoon to wash their salt fields away.
  • Stories We Tell, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley's deeply personal documentary has won multiple awards, being named Best Non-Fiction Film by The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The New York Film Critics Circle and The National Board of Review.
  • 12 O’Clock Boys is the stunt-filled story of a Baltimore dirt-bike gang who easily evade the hamstrung police, who must adhere to a no-chase policy to maintain public safety; it’s been described as‘The Wire with wheelies.”
  • In The Perverts Guide to Ideology, superstar cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy.

  • The award-winning, visually-striking The Great Night explores night life and insomnia in Prague, studying the people who sleep by day and come alive at night.
  • And The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard is the story of the three founders of the world’s biggest file sharing site, who built a business based on other people committing crimes.

Keep an eye on www.encounters.co.za for updates. Encounters is made possible through the support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), National Film and Video Foundation South Africa (NFVF) , Bertha Foundation, Al Jazeera, Wesgro, City of Cape Town, The Times and HCI Foundation. 

ENCOUNTERS 2014 SA Films Release
21 May 2014

The16th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will run from 5-15 June 2014 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This year’s selection echoes the current worldwide fascination with both Africa and South Africa, but challenges the hype of simplistic catchphrases like ‘Africa rising’ and ’20 years of democracy.’

The titles with links will take you to the trailer.


Rehad Desai’s heart-breaking Miners Shot Down is a comprehensive and damning account of 16 August 2012, when the South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners at Lonmin platinum mine. Miners Shot Down won at both Movies That Matter and One World.

Director Angus Gibson's BAFTA-nominated 28UP South Africa, screened on ITV and Al Jazeera last year. 21 years ago Gibson filmed a cross-section of the country’s seven-year-old children and asked them about their lives, hopes and dreams. He filmed them  every seven years: first for 14UP, then 21UP, and now, as adults, for the 28UP

Other South African Selections

  • Liz Fish’s Behind The Lens focuses on eight South African photographers – Benny Gool, Gille de Vlieg, Guy Tillim, Paul Weinberg, Peter Magubane, Rashid Lombard, Tony Weaver, and Zubeida Vallie - who saw themselves as activists first and photojournalists second during the Struggle in the 1980s.
  • Dante Greeff and Richard Finn Gregory’s Crumbs – Toppling The Bread Cartel is the story of Imraahn Mukkadam, who blew the whistle on bread price-fixing in the Western Cape in 2006. Imraahn is still locked in a David vs. Goliath battle that is far from over.
  • Shelley Barry’s Diaries of A Dissident Poet profiles James Matthews, whose Cry Rage became the first book of poetry to be banned in South Africa.
  • Spring Queen, directed by Emmy-winner Paul Yule, focuses on Cape Town’s Spring Queen Pageant, which gives the city’s clothing and textile factory workers the chance to be Cinderella for a night.
  • Annalet Steenkamp’s award-winning I, Afrikaner documents four generations of her Afrikaner family over the course of nine turbulent years as they cling to their identity in a scarred and increasingly unrecognizable country.
  • Jolyn Minnaar’s Unearthed is the story of how she becomes an anti-fracking activist after an investigation that takes her across the globe to the USA in search of answers.
  • Abby Ginzberg’s Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and The New South Africa explores the remarkable life of award-winning author and former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, who lost his right arm and an eye when South African security agents blew up his car in Mozambique in 1988.
  • Sean Drummond, Paulene Abrey and Luaan Hong’s Outsider is the story of South Africa artist and provocateur Beezy Bailey.
  • Marion Edmunds The Vula Connection is the untold story of the ANC’s ingenious communications system during the struggle.
  • Meg Rickards and Bert Haitsma’s 1994 – The Bloody Miracle is a timely reminder of just how close South Africa came to a civil war.


  • The Square, nominated for an Oscar and winner of audience awards at Sundance and Toronto, immerses you in the ongoing rollercoaster of the Egyptian revolution.
  • Executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men is a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals. Variety called it “a real life Chinatown or There Will be Blood.”
  • Finding Fela is Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s politically-charged documentary on Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and the 2009 Broadway musical Fela!
  • I Love Kuduro is a crash-course in the Angolan cultural phenomenon taking the continent by storm; this is arguably the most kick-ass music/dance culture documentary since David LaChappelle’s Rize
  • National Diploma is an award-winning look at a group of students in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who take matters into their own hands when they are expelled after failing to pay their teachers unofficial ‘bonuses.’ Director Dieudo Hamadi will be attending Encounters as a guest of the festival.
  • Coach Zoran and His African Tigers is the hilarious, sad and moving story of an eccentric Serbian coaching the national soccer team in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country.
  • The Iranian Film is about a Moroccan cinephile trying to make his graduation film in Iran; it’s a wry love letter to Iranian cinema and the challenges of filmmaking anywhere in the world. 
  • Jumping Into Life is the story of an inspirational performing arts school in Kenya that targets the over 80 000 youths living and working on the streets of Nairobi. It’s proof that art can exist against all odds, especially where it is most urgently needed.

Keep an eye on www.encounters.co.za for updates. Encounters is made possible through the support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), National Film and Video Foundation South Africa (NFVF) , Bertha Foundation, Al Jazeera, Wesgro, City of Cape Town, The Times and HCI Foundation. 

Mzansi Short Film Festival 2014 Call for Entries
18 May 2014

Deadline Date for Entries to the Mzansi Short Film Festival is 6 June 2014

"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

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 prize 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

If you know of a filmmaker who wants recognition for his work, this is the festival to join. See YOU at the movies... Submissions are accepted until June 6th, 2014.

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