Nthabiseng Mosieane

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RedBull Amaphiko ‘Film For Good’ Film Festival 2017.

It had been a while since I had gone to a film festival. Attending the 2nd RedBull Amaphiko Film Festival just brought back all those warm fuzzy feelings. I love film, it is a known fact, the love I have for African film however, continues to reach new heights especially having been Immersed in a full day’s worth of film screening’s. I started my film marathon with Sifiso Khanyile’s ‘Uprize!’ A look at the June 16 uprising and the year of 1976, the impact and significance that time period still hold’s today, the pain and legacy of youth in apartheid South Africa. ‘Nomalanga & The Witch’ followed, what I can take away from the film is that as human beings we are Inherently connected. Mmabatho Montsho has such a childlike beauty, young and eternal. ‘Mixed Spaces’, ‘Black Dots’, ‘Wits Shorts: CrossWorlds’ played. Cinema 2 hosted ‘Back To Natural’ documentary. As…

Bokeh Fashion Film Festival Set To Award Best Local Creative With R50 000 Prize.

The Emerging Creative Talent Award which forms part of the annual Bokeh Fashion Film Festival has been announced, with a R50 000 prize being confirmed for SA’s top young creative. The sparkling festival, now entering its 5th highly successful year, has always embraced and fostered local talent in the super-creative world of Fashion Films and this award is another clear indication of the commitment to stimulate and celebrate the massive local talent pool we have in SA. “I always wanted to promote a sense of collaboration amongst the disciplines that help make fashion film the creative and vibrant a genre that it is. The students and graduates of Fashion, Film, Design, Advertising, Music, Make-Up and Hair Colleges, and other related tertiary education facilities, are all encouraged to find a place at Bokeh where they can create teams with other young people wanting to produce Fashion Films. I think that it’s only…

Love and humour dominates Ster-Kinekor’s local film releases this Spring!

As flowers bloom love seems to be the tone of the season on our big screens. Ster- Kinekor’s local film releases; 10 days in Sun City and My Wife & I are romantic comedies that will make you heart skip a beat or leave your stomach in pain from laughter, but one thing guaranteed, an indulgence of Romcom entertainment! “Ster-Kinekor is once again showing its commitment to the local film industry and lending its support to the release of local films. We are excited to be releasing 10 days in Sun City and My Wife & I. We look forward to movie lovers filling up the cinemas with both titles being released this spring,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales of Ster-Kinekor Theatres. “We are committed to screening and marketing local productions that tell our South African stories in their many different guises, stories that South Africans can relate to. Genres such as romcoms and romantic humour perform…

New Dance Film Pop, Lock ‘N Roll Brings The Hottest SA Dance Moves To The Big Screen.

‘Pop Lock ‘n Roll’, a new film about finding the strength to dance again – despite life and its unexpected, and sometimes heart-breaking curveballs – opens countrywide on the 29th of September. The cast is led by avid hip hop dancer and ‘Isidingo’ mainstay, Maurice Paige, and singer-songwriter and actress, Yasirah Bhelz. The film is directed by Ziggy Hofmeyr and produced by Mayenzeke Baza, founder of Mandela Bay Pictures. It features heart-stopping dance feats, accompanied by some of South Africa’s best produced hip hop and dance music. At the centre of the story is Raps (Paige), an ambitious street-style, hip-hop dancer from a poor neighbourhood, who believes that money is everything. He gets a lucky break and works his way up as a professional entertainer. But when he falls in love with Queen (Bhelz), the beautiful Brazilian wife of the gangster-come-producer who’s making his career, and a star in her own…

Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival 2018 Announcement.

BOKEH SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT Onwards and upwards! The Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival 2018 is prepped and ready to take you on a magic rollercoaster ride into the world of fashion film and glamour like never before! The prestigious festival, now in its fifth successful year, is charged and ready to get pulses racing with a host of new activities and international sponsors, culminating in the two prestigious Oscar-style red-carpet gala events to be held consecutively in both Johannesburg and Cape Town for the first time next year. “The Festival has grown each year in size and scope and we can confidently say that our local South African production is now the premier global Fashion Film Festival, attracting a host of new best-of-breed partners and entrants from around the world. We are proud to announce that Pernod Ricard has recently aligned with us…

Win Tickets to the Exclusive National Screening of Detroit.

From Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), comes the dramatic thriller, DETROIT, another vivid and all-too-relevant exploration of America’s recent past. The film focuses on the events that transpired one terrifying evening during the civil unrest that tore apart the city of Detroit, and its traumatic aftermath. The summer of 1967 was a pivotal moment in modern American history when the country was beset by growing political and social unrest: the escalation of the country’s military engagement in the Vietnam War and decades of racial injustice and repression. The epicenters of all this discontent and simmering rage proved to be the nation’s major cities with their systemic discrimination, racial disparities in housing and education, and growing unemployment in African-American communities. Two nights after the Detroit rebellion began, a report of gunshots in the vicinity of a National Guard staging area prompted the Detroit Police Department,…

 5 On 5 with Aaron and Amanda Kopp of Mystical Tale Liyana.

‘It was written in the stars.’ This is how best I can describe meeting the creative minds behind Documentary Hybrid Liyana; Aaron and Amanda Kopp. Right on the eve of the 10th Talents Durban program I attended the opening night ceremony of the 38th Durban International Film Festival and the film of choice was South African female directed film ‘The Serpent’. At the after party where we had a memorable encounter the following days would bring even more amazing experiences including dinners, partying to the amazing Afro Beats sounds of Fela Kuti (watched the documentary, ‘Finding Fela’, amazing) at the trendy jazz bar ‘The Chairman’ and finally having a private screening of the film. I knew I had to extract some of their wisdom, creativity and understanding of their craft in this piece: 5 On 5; Five questions with Creative Minds. I could write more on how heavily Inspired I…

The UK’s largest African Film Festival Embraces VOD

Film Africa is working with partners and filmmakers to bring sixty of the most awarded African films in recent history to global audiences.  Film Africa, the annual week-long festival that since 2011 has brought the year’s standout films of African origin/influence to select London cinemas, will for the first time this year ensure its festival’s line-up can be watched by anyone anywhere with access to an iOS, Android or desktop device. To celebrate this initiative that will bring the best of African cinema to many more than the 5,000 who attend the festival each year, Film Africa has partnered with the VOD platform Okiki and the London-based Africa-focused consultancy De Charles, to run an initial summer campaign titled Film Africa OnDemand. Film Africa OnDemand will lead up to this year’s festival and excite old and new viewers by showing a collection of the most successful films to have appeared in the festival’s…

The 38th Durban International Film Festival The Young Talents.

The 38th International Durban Film Festival took place from the 13th to the 23rd July 2017. This time around I went as a Talent in the Talents Durban section of the festival. The program celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year. So just a little information of Talents Durban and it’s inception: Talents originates from the Berlinale Talents in Germany, an initiative that gives emerging and outstanding filmmakers the opportunity to be apart of the summit held at the Berln Film Festival annually. It has since spread globally to Talents Beirut, Tokyo, Rio, Buenos Aires, Guadajalara, Sarajevo  and Durban. It is an exceptional program filled with workshops, talks and I think the most Important is getting your project developed to the masterpiece one envisions it to be through industry professional mentors. Our programme began from the 14th – 18th July and when I think back, it went by so quick, I…

The Durban International Film Festival Brings Germany To South Africa

Curated by Alex Moussa Sawadogo, the variety of the films on the lineup is set to keep audiences enthralled. Films such as The People vs Fritz Bauer (which relates to German history after the WWII and the role of the attorney of law Fritz Bauer in confronting the state with its political shortcomings), Paula (which recounts the journey of a well-known early 20th century painter, who discovered her artistic freedom in a more traditional Germany), Goodbye Berlin (a depiction of how the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany merged into one state, taking two young children as the protagonists of a road movie through former East Germany) and Greetings From Fukushima (which breaks the common stereotypes that surround Germans) will leave audiences with a better understanding of German history, culture and people. While Goodbye Berlin ties in with this year’s overall festival theme, “Transit Tales”, All of…

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