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84th Academy Awards Nominees Announced...


Awards season is upon us again with the 84th Academy Awards ceremony ready to capture the world's attention as nominees prepare to feel their hearts in their throats and millions watch on in anticipation.

This year's crop of nominations is interesting with some big surprises! South Africa's Skoonheid didn't get through in the foreign-language film category, probably due to its heavy content and it seems they've gone in favour of films broaching lighter subject matter. This explains the omission of Ryan Gosling, who had a great year with high hopes for his performance in Drive. Ironically, Martin Scorsese's lightest film to date... Hugo, has garnered the most nominations.

Other upsets include The Adventures of Tintin and Cars 2 being ousted in favour of Rango, Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2 in the best animated feature and Leonardo DiCaprio missing a best actor nod after featuring at the Golden Globes for his age-spanning character portrait, J. Edgar. Many Harry Potter fans and filmmakers must have felt slighted by so few nominations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, possibly a comment on it being a Part 2?

 
Film Festivals in South Africa


Every year South Africa hosts a number of local and international film festivals at independent and commercial cinemas around the country.


Cape Winelands Film Festival

A window on World Cinema, which celebrates past and present achievements in international filmmaking and for new voices in South African cinema.

When? From 14 March

Where? Cape Town and surrounds


Climate Justice Film Festival

An exhibition of leading climate and social justice films from around the globe.

When? Last week of November to first week of December

Where? Durban


Durban International Film Festival

South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, presenting over 250 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema.

When? 19 to 29 July, 2012

Where? Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Nu Metro - Cinecentre Suncoast, Ster-Kinekor -Musgrave, Cinema Noveau - Gateway, Durban


Encounters - South African International Documentary Film Festival

Africa's most prestigious documentary film festival.

When? 7 to 24 June, 2012

Where? Cape Town and Johannesburg


Every Human Has Rights Online Film Festival

An online international film festival commemorating and celebrating International Human Rights Day on 10 December through a selection of films to raise awareness and consciousness.

When? 1 to 10 December

Where? Online


Horrorfest - South African Horror Film Festival

An annual horror film and media festival that runs over Halloween with screenings and events dedicated to all things horror.

When? Last week of October to first week of November.

Where? Labia Theatre, Cape Town


Jozi Film Festival

An annual film festival dedicated to Jozi and her inhabitants.

When? 10-12 February, 2012

Where? Bioscope Independent Cinema at Main Street Life in Maboneng Precinct and Kensington Club, Ivanhoe Street, Kensington


Out in Africa - South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Out in Africa showcases films from around the world in order to stimulate and promote a home-grown film industry and promote a sense of belonging and pride – films that explore our particular identity, lifestyles and concerns.

When? 23 March to 1 April, 2012 | 27 July to 5 August, 2012 | 19 to 28 October,2012

Where? Nu Metro - V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Nu Metro - Hyde Park, Johannesburg


Transforming Stories - International Christian Film Festival

The Transforming Stories International Christian Film Festival (TSICFF) has a vision to transform cultures through storytelling. Last year 181 films were submitted from 19 countries representing 5 continents of the world, making Transforming Stories a truly global film festival.

When? December to March, 2012

Where? Throughout South Africa


Tri-Continental Film Festival

The Tri-Continental Film Festival is an annual, national festival that focuses on documentary and narrative films from or about Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Middle-East. The overall objective of the Festival is to showcase outstanding Cinema that deals with socio/political and human rights themes pertinent to these regions.

When? September

Where? Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria


 

 
Golden Globes 2012 - Ricky Gervais and Motion Picture Winners


Ricky Gervais
, host of the 2012 Golden Globes, did it again! After much speculation over the comedian's 2011 controversy involving a scathing round of insults aimed at high profile celebrities many thought he wouldn't appear on TV let along the Golden Globes again.

Well, the ratings must have got the boost they needed because he was invited back with a set of ground rules, which he actually read on stage in this year's show. Did Gervais behave? No, the actor took pot shots at celebrities, networks, the foreign press and the show itself!

 
INTERVIEW: Fincher Says Yo-Landi Vi$$er Was Never Offered Lead in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'


In this exclusive interview with David Fincher (The Social Network), director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, it appears Die Antwoord's zef rap star Yo-Landi Vi$$er was considered, but never offered the lead role in the adaptation of the bestselling trilogy by Stieg Larsson. You may remember this story, in which she told reporters that she turned the role down in favour of staying true to Die Antwoord. So the jury is out, was it just a case of broken telephone or was she lying?

 
On 'Mad Buddies' set with Leon Schuster and Kenneth Nkosi


 
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