15 May 2011
14 May 2011: Keeping to its objectives of promoting South Africa as a premiere filmmaking destination and positioning it as a co-production partner of choice and providing support to local filmmakers, the NFVF will tonight present South African film projects to international buyers, sales agents, distributors festival programmes and financiers at the Rado Pladge.
Projects on the Line-Up include: Feature films :Makeba, Otelo Burning, Whiplash, Spoon, Retribution, Whale, Khabzela, Supermama, Saving Sunnyshore, De Jong and the Rustlers, Crossroads, Four Corners, Stockholm, Zululand, Tin of Paint, The Consequence, Zambezia, Zizi & Boondogle, Roepman, Documentaries :Surfing Soweto, Rebirth, Dear Mandela and Short Films: Dirty Laundry, Umkhungo. The Line-Up presentation will be followed by the South African networking event which has steadily become one of the most sought after invites at Cannes. The networking event provides an opportunity for South African delegates to network with key international decision makers. South Africa's DJ Switch will provide the guests with the best of home-brewed music.
Since the beginning of the Cannes festival, which is now on its fourth day, South African projects are proving to be a force to be reckoned with, attracting buyers from around the globe. High on the list of successful projects is Mukunda Michael Dewil's Vehicle 19, starring Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) who is also executive producer. The film has been sold to Optimum Releasing for the UK and Kinowelt for Germany (both arms of StudioCanal). Produced by Peter Safran and NFVF’s former head of New Ventures Ryan Haidarian, the film has also gone to Falcon in the Middle East. Vehicle 19 centres around an unsuspecting traveller in a foreign country who picks up the wrong rental car and becomes tangled in a web of corruption by the local police.
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