All the SA filmmakers attending the Cannes Film Festival

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South African filmmakers will join the rest of the world for Pavillon Afriques at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

The festival, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world, is set to run from 14 to 25 May 2019. Pavillon Afriques refers to an exclusive exhibition that will be set up to showcase content that highlights the incredible talent of African Film and television.

It was mainly launched by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in South Africa, together with 15 other African nations.

According to All Africa, a couple of South Africans are also on the list to attend. This includes award-winning actress and producer Terry Pheto, director John Barker, producer Isaac Mogajane, producer and director Sarah Blecher; Katleho Ramaphakela, Rethabile Ramaphakela, and Tshepo Ramaphakela and actor Atwanda Kani.

“We are very excited about what we will experience from South Africa at Pavillons Afriques. With this project, we are creating a unique venue for movie trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality from South Africa, Africa and its diaspora film and television content,” said operations director Prudence Kolong.

“Our ambition is to become an exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders meet, discuss, trade, make deals and take advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.”

South African Films showcased at Cannes

According to Getaway, South Africa will feature predominantly in the documentary segment of the festival. Four of the films will be screened in the ‘Doc Corner’, a dedicated venue honouring the essential role documentaries play in societies.

The documentaries from South Africans are The RiseThe Colonel’s Stray DogsAfrican Warrior Queen and Influence.

One of only three films selected to be screened at Cannes is Lace, a short film produced by VIVA Pictures. Lace follows Garvey, a man planning to propose to his girlfriend, Vida who experiences an unforgettable evening, that changes his life forever.

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“We are excited to share films that give the world a small window into the inner workings of South African society. In today’s fake news era, documentary films are a powerful tool for shining a light on and driving the debate around important issues affecting the world,” said Chief Executive, Makhosazana Khanyile of the South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Other filmmakers travelling to Cannes as part of the National Film and Video Foundation’s delegation is Bonolo Madisakwane, David Kabale, Dylan Voogt, Kevin John Singh, Khalid Shamis, Kgosi Choene, Jacintha Timothy, Mary-Ann Mandishona, Neo Ntlatleng and Sara Blecher.

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