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NFVF Promotes & Showcases 20 Films & Strong
Increased Presence Of South African Filmmakers

Zama Mkosi NFVF CEO
The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) in association with the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) leads an increased South African delegation to this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Compared to previous years, 130 filmmakers are confirmed and registered with the festival, eleven of them sponsored by the NFVF. Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO, making her first attendance at Cannes says: "The growing number of South Africa's participation at international level, including Cannes, demonstrates that our filmmakers are global competitors in the field, their projects are authentic stories that resonate in the international market place. It is therefore imperative to ensure that the local film industry is adequately supported and well represented in order for our productions and talent to receive the global recognition our productions deserve. We are especially excited about the South African presence at Cannes this year with the accompaniment of the Ministry of the Dept. Of Arts & Culture who will be signing South Africa's 8th film treaty, this time with Ireland."

Azania Muendane, Head of Marketing & Public Affairs, concurred with Mrs. Mkosi and added: "Cannes' recognition as the world's premiere film festival, where the world's distributors, financiers, and festival programmers buy film projects, and negotiate distribution deals and funding, is a key strategic platform for the NFVF to meet its objectives of promoting the country as a co-production partner, a filmmaking destination of choice, and a country that tells authentic stories."

While in Cannes the country, led by the Ministry of the DAC, will sign a co-production treaty with Ireland. The treaty will enable productions from both territories to qualify for the different incentives associated with homegrown content and enable collaborations between producers. The first South African co-production treaty was signed with Canada in 1997, followed by Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand. Under these treaties films such as Skin (SA/UK), The Bang Bang Club (SA/Canada), Death Race (SA/Germany), Skoonheid (SA/France) and A Million Colours (SA/Canada) were produced. The treaty will be signed on Sunday 20th May in Cannes.

The NFVF is once again hosting the Showcase of South African films and presenting 20 projects, which comprise 12 feature films and 8 documentaries. These include: Otelo Burning, Semi-Soet, Blitz Patrollie, 31 Million Reasons, Five Finger for Marseillas, One Last Look, The Umbrella Man, Tok Tokkie, RollaBall, Sobukwe, Wandering Fever and I am Craig.

Other events that will be hosted by the NFVF include a co-production forum, where all the co-production treaty partners are invited. The purpose of this event is to strengthen relations with the partners and also establish ways of ensuring that each year the countries come up with a co-production.

The South African pavilion is situated at the Village International #119. The pavilion provides a business environment for all South African delegates to host meetings. It also provides screening facilities for South African filmmakers who wish to showcase their film trailer during their meetings.

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