Film cooperation in South Africa [fr]
Around a dozen of French films are released every year in South African movie theatres, which ranks France second of the non-American foreign films, following productions from the UK. Most of these films are distributed in the Ster Kinekor "Cinema Nouveau" network.
- Blood Ties in November 2014
- City of violence in October 2014
- Venus in Fur in August 2014
- ’Haute Cuisine’ in June 2014
- ’Serial Teachers’ in January 2014
- ’Young and Beautiful’ in December 2013
- ’Rust and Bone’ in October 2013
In 2013, Cinema Nouveau network and the Bioscope (an independent cinema theatre in Johannesburg) joined Europa Cinemas, an international network of cinemas for the circulation of European movies.
In South Africa
- The 2014 edition of the Durban International Film Festival and Durban Film Mart (17-27 July) included a strong French presence with screening of French films, the strenghtening of the partnership between the festival and Produire au Sud Workshop-Nantes, French experts attending the DFM and a ciné-concert with French jazz band.
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- The French Institute of South Africa initiated the organization of the European Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinema Nouveau, the European Union and other European partners. Ten internationally-acclaimed films, representing the best of European cinema but never before screened to South African audiences, were screened during 10 days in Cinema Nouveau theatres all around South Africa.
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In 2013, the French Institute of South Africa participated in the festival Movies from the World organized by Cinema Nouveau.
During Cannes 2014, for the second year in a row, a South-African project supported by the Embassy of France in South Africa was presented at La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, a professional programme helping talented young directors from emerging countries increase their international exposure.
- The screening of South African films in various film festivals in France during the South African Season in France in 2013 led to a partnership between the Durban Film Mart and the co-production platforms of a French festivals, the 3 Continents Festival of Nantes (Produire au Sud).
- Cannes Festival 2013 offered a South African focus at the Pavillon des Cinémas du Monde. Round-tables were organized, among the various topics discussed one was about a co-production agreement signed between France and South Africa signed in 2010. Through this agreement, 3 co-productions were created: "Beauty" by Oliver Hermanus, "Zulu" by Jérôme Salle and "Lady Grey" by Alain Choquart. Other projects are currently in developement.
Cooperation with AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance), South Africa’s main cinema school, is well established through the framework of the « Images d’Afrique formation » project.
In September 2014, AFDA will host a workshop organized in collaboration with Canal France International in its Johannesburg campus. Previously to the workshop, a conference will gather the CILECT Africa Regional Association (CARA), the regional association of the 7 CILECT member schools in the Africa Region [The CILECT is the International Association of Film and Television Schools]. Well-known French-speaking African director Gaston Kaboré, director of the Imagine school in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), will attend the event. Participants will be host for a reception at the French residence.
- The South African director Ramadan Suleman has been chosen by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to help young South African directors to film short fictional videos about the born-free generation. A French experimented editor, Aurélie Ricard, will come in September to assist the editing of the films and to train 5 young editors.
- French producter and director Jacques Bidou participated in a Varan workshop on scenario writing for short documentaries, that took place in South Africa at the beginning of 2014. This workshop is following two other Varan workshops organized in 1988 (during apartheid) and in 1994 ("My vote is my secret"). The main idea was to show what was South Africa, through the youth’s eyes.
The workshops, supported by the Embassy of France in South Africa since the beginning, are named after the documentary school founded by French director Jean Rouche. The previous short documentaries have been broadcast by the French-German TV channel ARTE and other european TV channels.
The 2014 workshop will be produced by Jacques Bidou and animated by Jean-Loïc Portron, who also participated in the 1994 workshop. The theme is: " News from South Africa". 15 young South African talents have been selected. Thanks to the Embassy’s support, Jean-Loïc Portron came twice to South Africa to create the team and work on synopsis. The last part of the workshop (script writing, filming) should take place from January to August 2015.