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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

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1's Opening Weekend...


Twihards were out in their numbers the past few days in South Africa as the box-office results of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 attest.

The film achieved a phenomenal 5-day opening weekend of over R11 million locally with more than 305,000 fans attending the first five days of screenings for the film. This makes it the 2nd biggest opening weekend of all time for South Africa, after The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

In addition, the film achieved the highest Friday and Saturday box office for any film locally and is also the biggest opening weekend for 2011 surpassing the previous best by 27%.

The highly anticipated fourth instalment of The Twilight Saga, directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 , Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by their ornate nuptials, a romantic honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of their child…

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