Substance Films, the independent film makers that have been making waves since 2008 with their hard-hitting, social-issue documentaries has been invited to attend the 2012 Xi’an Film Festival in China this September.
Substance Films have been invited to attend the third Xi’an Film Festival (held annually in the Shaanxi Province in the People’s Republic of China from September 6th to 10th), this year to screen their documentary ‘Dying To Stop’.
The documentary that piqued the film’s judging panel chronicles the trials and tribulations of a young alcoholic mom living in the Western Cape, as she struggles to get clean and take control of her life.
“We’re obviously thrilled to have been invited to present our most striking piece of work, in a country like China”, says Substance Films’ owner and director Yvette Lambrecht.
The film festival typically attracts more than 10,000 video submissions from over 40 countries, including the works of numerous notable international producers and directors who all vie for the opportunity to be able to engage with audiences in this fascinating market.
Aside from screening their 52-minute documentary, Yvette will also represent her company as well as South Africa in forum discussions on the influence and development of film, while examining the boundaries between social documentary and mainstream movies in a truly unique setting. “I look forward to sharing and learning from other filmmakers from all over, as well as being able to give them all some insight into what is happening at home with special regards to TV and documentary film making in Southern Africa,” says Yvette.
Substance Films is presently seeking resources to be able to produce a second part of the documentary in a series that examines the effects of alcoholism on the lives of those inflicted with its addiction. “We hope the Xi’an Film Festival will allow us the opportunity to leverage funding and support for this often-overlooked and very important social issue,” says Yvette. She is also hopeful that the additional spotlight placed on the story by its presence at this globally important film festival will re-ignite discussion and debate – not only locally, but all over the world, where people living with the disease of addiction are often marginalised and forgotten.
As one of only two invitees to the film festival from Sub-Saharan Africa, Yvette comments that she is also “super excited to be able to go and experience China in the context of a cultural exchange around film.”
“I will be taking a small HD camera with me to document aspects of the trip and of course be tweeting about my experiences @substancefilms as they occur,” she adds.
For more information about Substance Films, the Xi’an Film Festival, interviews with Yvette Lambrecht (either before or after her trip to China) or to review ‘Dying To Stop’ please contact Jon Monsoon; email@example.com