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CAPE TOWN WORLD CINEMA FESTIVAL (article first published : 2004-10-15)

The Cape Town World Cinema Festival runs rom November 12 to 20 and incorporates The Sithengi Film and TV Market from November 16 to 19. The event promises a breathtaking cinematic experience of international world and independent feature films, short films and documentaries.

The Festival emphasises "films from the south" especially those from Africa. This year there will be a special focus on South African films in line with South Africa's Ten Years of Freedom celebrations. The events aim to increase public appreciation, recognition and knowledge of local, African and other world cinema films.

CTWCF highlights include: a dazzling public opening event on November 12 with South African opening film, Mr Drum followed by a live concert with performing artists eg. Bongo Maffin, 340ml and German band, Seed.

International films include Head in the Clouds with Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend; She Hate Me with Spike Lee, Woody Harrelson, John Turturro and Kerry Washington; In My Country (South Africa) with Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche; Red Dust (South Africa) with Hillary Swank and Marius Weyers, Conakry Kas with Danny Glover, and Motorcycle Diaries (on the life of Che Guevara) with Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna.

South African films include Zulu Love Letter; Max and Mona; Boy called Twist; Gums and Noses and Cape of Good Hope.

The Festival closes with a glamorous gala awards night and closing film on 20 November. Awards will be presented in recognition of filmmakers and their films in various categories.

The Sithengi Film and Television Market, the professional/business component of the CTWCF takes place at the Artscape, Cape Town. The Market features a diverse tapestry of targeted industry-related activities and also provides a unique platform whereby international industry leaders, decision-makers, entrants and aspirants can network in an environment that promotes the African film industry.

Sithengi 2003 attracted over 1400 delegates from 57 countries with large delegations from Italy, Germany, Canada, Nigeria and Kenya. This year, delegates to the market include African broadcasters and producers from around the continent. In addition the Market will also play host to South African, European and American studio networks and television channels, international buyers, co-producers, sales agents, financiers, government representatives, directors and film professionals from around the world.

This year, the Market sees the first ever Sithengi Talent Campus, presented in partnership with the Berlin Film Festival and modelled on their highly successful Berlinale Talent Campus. The Talent Campus offers a series of 16 master classes from November 13 to 19 and accommodates 70 participants.

To registerfor Sithengi 2004, Sadiah Smith, registration co-ordinator, on 021 430 8286 or e-mail, accounts@sithengi.co.za or visit www.sithengi.co.za




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