19 July 2018
As the year 2018 completes the first decade of the BRICS Summit, South Africa will in the month of July host the 10th BRICS Summit and the 3rd BRICS Film Festival. As a member of BRICS, the South African Government through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will take over the responsibilities of hosting the 3rd BRICS Film Festival from 22 – 27 July at Playhouse in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The festival will take place during the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa is expected to officially open the Festival.
Hosted through the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, BRICS film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS countries, with the objective of inspiring more collaborations from these nations. The format of the festival consists of screening two feature films from each country in the competition category and three feature films in the non-competition category. A total of twenty five films will be screened during the duration of the festival. The films in competition will compete for the Golden Rhino award, inspired by the history behind the golden rhino that was discovered in Mapungubwe, the significance of the place, and the linkages with other countries in earlier centuries.
The 3rd BRICS Film Festival will recognise the following categories: Best Film, Best Producer/s, Best Director, Best Scriptwriter/Screenplay writer, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best supporting Actor, Best supporting Actress, Best Editor, Best Cinematography/Director of Photography (DOP), Best Composer/Music, as well as a special Jury award.
“The Department of Arts and Culture is resolute in working towards the elevation of the Cultural Industries and we see the audio-visual sector as an important platform from which to continue the efforts of looking forward to harnessing the knowledge and experiences generated by this festival”, stated Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
The Playhouse will play host to all the BRICS Film Festival activities, with the opening night on the evening of the 22nd of July 2018 and closing night on the 27th of July 2018. The opening night films will honour Nelson Mandela’s centenary. The films will be five, 5-minute short films produced by the respective countries under the facilitation of a South African production company, Via- Vollenhoven and Appollis Independent. The theme for the short films is, “Mandela”, and the film from each country reflects the uniqueness of the country, as well as how each member country relates to Nelson Mandela and the impact he had through leadership, politics, humanity, culture, and unity.
For other enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 / ZimasaV@dac.gov.za; or Minister’s spokesperson: Asanda Magaqa at 072 327 6807
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE