The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the Association of Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) took a delegation of emerging South African filmmakers to the Berlinale Film festival(EFM) and partnered with established filmmakers to mentor them leading up to and at the market. ATFT registered as a delegation at EFM and had a stand for South African filmmakers in attendance. ATFT took a total of 20 filmmakers and producers to EFM this year through the DTI’s emerging filmmakers group scheme SSAS. Any South Africans attending EFM were welcome to join the delegation and make use of the DTI sponsored facilities.
ATFT was proud to present the second South African Indies stand at the Berlinale Film Festival made possible by the South African Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and supported by WESGRO, the Gauteng Film Commission and the Mandela International Film Festival. Over 20 South African producers and filmmakers were in atttendance at EFM 2015 through the support of these partners and we enjoyed having guests at the stand and introducing them to our delegates and their films. For a catalogue of the dti supported delegates with their films, projects in development and company profiles, please click here or grab a printed catalogue at the stand (no.109) in the Marriott hotel.
ALSO OF NOTE : There was an invitation only South African co-production session hosted by the South African consulate and a cocktail reception hosted by the embassy.
THE FOLLOWING SOUTH AFRICAN FILMS HAVE A BEEN SELECTED IN OFFICIAL BERLINALE 2015:
- NECKTIE YOUTH – Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
- COMING OF AGE – Tehobo Edkins
- BODA BODA THIEVES – Donald Mugisha (prod: James Taylor, co-pro: Uganda)
- Stories of Our Lives (prod: Steven Markovitz, co-pro: Kenya)
- Breathe Umphefumlo – Mark Dornford-May
- And two “re-discoveries” from earlier years, presented in Forum:
- Joe Bullet
R: Louis de Witt, D: Ken Gampu, Abigail Kubeka, Joe Lopez, Cocky “Two Bull” Tlhotlhalemajoe, Sol Rachilo
Südafrika 1971, 85 min, Englisch
In diesem unterhaltsamen Thriller erinnern nicht nur der schwarze Superheld Joe Bullet und der groovige Soundtrack an die US-amerikanischen Blaxploitationfilme. Zur Zeit des Apartheid-Regimes entstanden, wurde der Film nach nur zwei Vorführungen verboten.
- Umbango (The Feud)
R: Tonie van der Merwe, D: Innocent “Popo” Gumede, Kay Magubane, Hector Mathanda, Dumisane Shongwe, Fikile Majozi
Südafrika 1986, 69 min, Zulu mit engl. UT
Ein südafrikanischer Western, dessen einzige weiße Figur am Anfang erschossen wird und der auf verspielte Weise das Genre dem neuen Setting anpasst. Nicht nur vor dem Hintergrund seiner Entstehung unter der Apartheid hat der Film eine ungewöhnliche Brisanz.
- Joe Bullet
The delegation leader from ATFT was Mayenzeke Baza
See our catalog of all DTI sponsored filmmakers in attendance and their projects