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SA film industry puts best foot forward at Cannes 2015

17 May 2015 7:39 AM
The #WeekendBreakfast team catches up with a member of the South African contingent at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 13 to 24 May 2015 and South Africa is putting it's best foot forward at Cannes this year.

The Cannes Film Festival is an opportunity for filmmakers and producers from all over the world to pitch and sell ideas to one another.

This year mingled in with Hollywood's biggest names and indie artistes is a contingent of South African filmmakers are who are hoping to make their presence felt. Eight South African films are being showcased at the festival’s “movie market”, the Marché du Film, that takes place between May 12 and 21.

702 and Cape Talk's Azania Mosaka spoke to CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Zama Mkhosi, who's organization is mandated to facilitate and promote liasons between individuals and organizations in advancing the local film industry. Mkhosi explains that Cannes plays a key role in the organization's international strategy.

We have the mandate to position South Africa ... Cannes is very important to us because when you come here - for the five days that you are here you are able to engage the world.

National Film and Video Foundation CEO, Zama Mkhosi

One of the two films that the NFVF has chosen to showcase is _Ayanda and the Mechanic, _a “coming-of-age story about an African hipster”, that shows Ayanda coming to grips with the ghost of her father, whose garage she inherits.

Produced by Leading Lady, Tsotsi actress Terry Pheto's production house, the film has unsurprisingly been hyped and much anticipated by the international community.

Listen to Azania's conversation with Zama Mkhosi below:

17 May 2015 7:39 AM