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.
FILM FESTIVAL DATES
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
WAVESCAPE FESTIVAL FACT SHEET
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.
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
While You Weren't Looking's on screen time has been extended at Ster Kinekor's Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank and V&A Waterfront for yet another week!
If you haven't yet seen this award winning film, don't miss the opportunity to see it this week! Spread the word to your partners, friends, neighbours and all social media circles.
Check the trailer here
Ayanda, by award-winning director Sara Blecher, and co-produced by actress and producer Terry Pheto of Tsotsi fame is to be screened at a number of upcoming international film festivals. It is currently on circuit in South Africa.
The story is about a resolute 21-year-old, Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani) who has a talent for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love”. She takes on the task of saving her father’s failing auto garage, eight years after his death. She does everything in her power to hold onto his legacy, while confronting the ups and downs of her own life.
The film also stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje, with a star South African cast including Ntathi Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabola, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba and veteran star of stage and screen Vanessa Cooke.
In June Ayanda won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), following its screening in the World Fiction Competition, and also debuted there to rave reviews.
Subsequent to that, it was the opening night film of the 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) held in July this year. That was followed by a screening at the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) which is on now, until 9 October. 375 films from 70 countries are being screened.
From 7 to 18 October, Ayanda is screening at the 59th BFI London Film Festival—Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals—amongst films from 57 countries. BFI introduces the best new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience.
It will also be screened at the 14th annual Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) from 16 to 24 October. CAFF, the longest running African film festival in the United Kingdom, screens the best of contemporary African films, and has built a reputation as a high-profile and important cinematic, entertaining and educational event in Cambridge.
Ayanda producers are Real Eyes Films and Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Productions, with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Africa Magic, the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Gauteng film Commission.
While You Weren’t Looking, the first feature film produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which has been running for 21 years, will be released on Ster Kinekor's Cinema Nouveau circuit and Maponya Mall on Friday 2 October 2015.
Beautifully shot on locations in and around Cape Town in 24 days, with a stellar South African cast and a line up of great local music, While You Weren’t Looking is the feature film directing debut of South African Film and Television Award winner Catherine Stewart (Creator of Mzanzi's trending The Road, Isibaya, The Lab, Home Affairs, Tsha Tsha and Jacob’s Cross).
The film was funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with additional support from the Department of Trade and Industry and a small grant from The Other Foundation.
While You Weren’t Looking Sleeping begins twenty years into the New South Africa as an ageing academic looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on. He is now Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures.
That story is woven together with another, of the affluent mixed-race lesbian couple Dez and Terri struggle to maintain their own desires and ambitions while reining in the rebellious instincts of their beautiful teenage daughter, Asanda.
As Asanda falls for Shado, a girl from a different background, Dez and Terri must cope with their own hypocrisies and secrets, which threaten to unravel the seemingly perfect world they've crafted.
The film has been screened around the world since April this year, with great success, showing at:
From October to November this year it will show at:
Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3v_E75-T2M
This year’s Durban International Film Festival closed with the world premiere screening of Million Dollar Arm, directed by Craig Gillespie (USA).
The film is about a sports agent JB Bernstein whose career is in the pits and tries to resuscitate it with a scheme to find baseball's next great pitcher. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." He discovers Dinesh and Rinku, two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.
As the boys learn the finer points of baseball JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda, learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. But JB’s job really begins when he returns to America to try to get the two young men signed to a major baseball league.
Starring John Hamm, Dinesh Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Rinku Singh (Life of Pi), Alan Arkin and Bill Paxton, Million Dollar Arm will be screened nationwide in September.