On 18 and 19 November, in partnership with Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau and the Goethe Institut, Big Bad Wolf Pictures is presenting an international Short Film Festival through the company's initiative the "Our City Film Project", a filmmakers collective comprising of young filmmakers from around the world.
Each year a theme is selected and short films (which embody the year's theme) are showcased in celebrating cultural diversity, storytelling as well as celebrating young emerging filmmakers through the short films they make.
For 2017 the theme is "LGBT Films Across All Genres".
The project aims to present the best films within the years' theme with attention to originality, direction, performance, structure and production value.
Selected from over 2310 submissions, this year a total of 53 LGBT shorts (49 being premieres, screening for the first time on African soil), will be showcased in a diverse offering featuring the work of over 89 featured filmmakers representing over 30 different cities, all celebrating different aspects of this theme. The films span across multiple genres such as Dramas, Comedies, Documentaries, Animations and Artist Films, including the world's first ever "Action Musical" - all within the short-film length format, ranging between short-shorts (sub-15 minutes) and long-shorts (15-30 minutes).
From the selected films, winners of various categories will be selected by a judging panel and a special Audience Award will be given to the film that audiences get to vote on as the best.
Some of this year's local & international highlights include:
"The End of My World" (2017): this Polish drama from Krakow kicks off the festival. It is about a guy called Filip, still finding himself trying to cope a few years after his relationship with Eryk had ended. Featuring in SLOT A (Saturday, 18 November @ 12:00PM)
Trailer for "The End of My World": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZXM8vLjlbw
"Approaching" (2016) - winner of 8 awards and featured in over 38 international festivals, this touching cinematic gem from the Czech Republic follows an extraordinary encounter of two lonely people, pointing out that diversity is something that should enrich and not separate people. Featuring in SLOT C (Saturday, 18 November @ 16:00PM)
Trailer for "Approaching": https://vimeo.com/210736723
"Masquerading: To Hell and Back" (2017), a documentary about two hilarious and eccentric old drag queens living in Cape Town, South Africa as they recall their lives and how they survived years of brutal and terrifying discrimination. Featuring in SLOT D (Saturday, 18 November @ 18:00PM) & SLOT H (Sunday. 19 November @ 16:00PM)
Promo for "Masquerading: to Hell and Back": https://vimeo.com/204901797
"Cecil & Carl" (2017): Cecil has lived alone in a giant house ever since Carl, his partner of 43 years, was diagnosed with advanced dementia and admitted to a nursing home. Not about grand gestures of love or being gay, this story focuses on commitment and the duties that come with it. Featuring in SLOT E (Saturday, 18 November @ 20:00PM)
Trailer for "Cecil & Carl": https://vimeo.com/184507865
"Iridescence" (2017), an experimental piece which uses dance and interpretive movement to replace the dialogue - allowing the use of the body to communicate the relationship between the characters and their true human emotion. Featuring in SLOT E (Saturday, 18 November @ 20:00PM)
Trailer for "Iridescence": https://vimeo.com/204417174
"This World We Live In" (2017) : Joey, an image-conscious 22-year-old student swept up in a new city begins to fall into an addiction of drugs to repress his inner demons. Featuring in SLOT E (Saturday, 18 NOV @ 20:00PM) & SLOT F (Sunday, 19 November @ 12:00PM)
Trailer for "This World We Live In": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pvNv2P6eFM
Boasting as the world's first ever 'action-musical', "Hard Way - The Action Musical" (2017) , follows a S.W.A.T. team operating near Detroit - the team sing, dance and fight their way through enemy lines. Featuring in SLOT D (Saturday, 18 November @ 18:00PM) & SLOT H (Sunday, 19 November @ 16:00PM)
Trailer for "Hard Way - The Action Musical": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5awJiNHipg
For a full programme, visit the festival website or the social media links.
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Tickets are available online at www.sterkinekor.com or can be purchased directly at the SK Nouveau Box Office.
Prices per slots are R 55 per slot with Ster-Kinekor concessions applying to all loyalty card members:
R 28 (Vitality), R 28 (Edgars), R 44 (Pensioners), R 45.50 (block bookings of 20 tickets)