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South African Horrorfest Film Festival 2011 Line-up

South African Horror Film Festival 
26 Oct @ The Book Lounge (71 Roeland Str, Cape Town)
27 Oct - 4 Nov @ The Labia Theatre (68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town)

Growing into the country's ultimate Halloween event covering indie, new & classic movies, short films, music, literature and a range of Halloween festivities, 2011 marks the annual South African HORRORFEST's lucky 7th year!

Almost each of the exciting feature films and short films make their South African theatrical premieres.  The Makabra Ensemble will also debut their Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde movie soundtrack performance, live to the screening of this 1920 silent classic.
'Africa First' Awards $10,000 to SA Filmmaker, Mark Middlewick

For a fourth consecutive year, Focus Features’ Africa First program for short films, the worldwide film company’s initiative earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, has awarded five filmmakers $10,000 apiece.

The winning filmmakers for 2011 are: Oshosheni Hiveluah (Namibia) for 100 Bucks, an immersion into the Namibian capital of Windhoek through the progress of a piece of currency; Cedric Ido (Burkina Faso) for Twaaga [Invincible], blending live action and animation in the tale of a young boy’s quest to be a superhero; Mark Middlewick (South Africa) for Late Night Security, in which the night guard at a shopping center finds solace and friendship from an unlikely source; Akosua Adoma Owusu (Ghana) for Kwaku Anase, adapting into live action and animation a traditional West African story about a student’s family secret; and Zelalem Woldemariam (Ethiopia) for Adamet [Listen], powered by the music of Ethiopian culture in its story of a talented drummer who encounters a deaf woman.

SA Director Darryl Roodt on his Movie 'Winnie'

Winnie director Darrell Roodt (Sarafina!; Cry, the Beloved Country) took some time out for an interview with blackfilm.com to discuss the film’s influences, distribution prospects, the rough edit screening at Cannes, Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard's preparation for their iconic South African roles and protests the film received from Winnie Mandela herself.

The controversial film featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in mid-September and has received mixed reviews from critics so far... 

"Fred Topel: How is a Winnie Mandela biography not some studio’s prestige awards season baby?

Darrell Roodt: Well, it’s an independent film. We made it independently because we wanted to make the film. It’s a very hard film to try and finance through a studio if you know what I mean, but hopefully a studio or whoever can just pick it up and try and get it further out there because I think it’s got some merits."

Full Darrell Roodt interview with Winnie images...

"What's your favourite scary movie... poster, Sidney?"

Horror movies have become known for their posters and tag lines - designed to create suspense, fear and uncertainty in the eye of the beholder.

The art of a great movie poster is in the details and as you'll see from TotalFilm's 40 Greatest Horror Movie Posters: Scary One-Sheets to Give You the Shivers, some have managed to be even scarier than the horror film's they represented!

Halloween's just around the corner, so it's time to brush up on some horror with a couple of classics! From Suspira, Halloween and Evil Dead to Saw 3, Funny Games and The Human Centipede... see the movie posters that frightened you as a child and then disturbed you as an adult.

Counting from 40 down, which horror movie poster takes the coveted number one spot? See if you agree and fill in some gaps along the way. 40 Greatest Horror Movie Posters...

Local Director, Tim Greene, to Compete with World's Best...

Tim Greene
is best known as the film-maker who convinced 1000 people to each invest R1000.00 in his first feature film, Boy Called Twist. With the finance raised through ‘crowd-sourcing’ – which at the time had not been done before in South Africa - the film was released to critical acclaim and went on to screen at Cannes and festivals around the world.

With his second film SKEEM, Greene will be rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of international directors when the film has its World Premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on 16th October 2011.

A classic caper movie that follows a mile-a-minute chase after a cardboard box full of cash, SKEEM has been selected to compete in the Showcase section, alongside films by such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam.

“It is a great honour to be included,” says producer Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat, “To be considered good enough to be in competition with these films is a dream come true. I cannot describe how proud I am to see Tim Greene's name in the roster with these directors.”

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