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South Africa’s biggest independent film festival has gone virtual

The world of short films, animations, music videos and more is coming to your home

Settle in for 16 days of exclusive unreleased movies, short films and documentaries from all over the world in a ground-breaking virtual experience. The South African Independent Film Festival is taking all of its video content, masterclasses, interviews and more online from 14-30 August.

16 DAYS OF BRAND NEW FILMS
For a short time, due to Covid-19, the 2020 South African independent film Festival risked cancellation but will now be completely online. “We set our minds to creating a virtual experience that maintains all the advantages of the traditional festival,” says Festival Managing Director James C. Williamson. The festival will run for 16 days from 14-30 August.

EXCELLENT WORK DESERVES TO BE CELEBRATED
This year, festival watchers can expect a range of award-winning films. A few highlights include Spanish-Ethiopian sci-fi/comedy Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway, SAFTA award-winning local film Fiela se Kind, and Danish-Zambian documentary The Remandee

WATCH: THE FIELA SE KIND TRAILER

WATCH: THE REMANDEE TRAILER

WATCH: JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY TRAILER

INTERVIEWS, Q&AS, AND MASTERCLASSES 
Find out what it’s like to work in the fast-paced film industry and what important lessons you should take away from top film heavyweights themselves. You’ll get to meet and learn from all your favourite directors, writers and actors in online interviews, Q&As and masterclasses.

EXPECT A STAR-STUDDED JUDGING PANEL
You may also recognise some familiar faces on the judging panel. This year you can welcome Blood & Water’s Natasha Thahane as well as South African singer-songwriter Toya Delazy. You’ll also notice some international faces from Neil Marshall, who was an  episode writer for Game of Thrones, as well as Black Sails actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

SECURE YOUR FESTIVAL PASS
You can purchase one of three passes: gold, silver and bronze. Each pass grants you access to various animations, feature films, short films, documentaries and music videos. You can pick and choose which pass best suits you via saindiefilmfest.com.

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