Cape Town - Ayanda, the highly-anticipated new film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, and co-produced by actress and producer Terry Pheto of Tsotsi fame, is quickly building a global audience.
Worldwide, film festival organisers have been snapping up the local movie that tells the story of a young Afro-hipster making the transition to adulthood.
“The international attention from audiences around the world demonstrates that Ayanda is a high-quality title,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution.
“Local media too have responded extremely enthusiastically to the film, and we are looking forward to seeing how local movie fans react. In terms of plot, character, and production values, Ayanda represents an exciting new direction in local filmmaking.”
In June, Ayanda won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), following its screening in the World Fiction Competition, and also debuted there to rave reviews.
Subsequent to that, Ayanda was the opening night film of the 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the most prestigious international film event in SA, which was held in July this year.
That was followed by a screening at the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) which is on now, until 9 October. The VIFF is host to some of the world's finest films and this year presented 375 films from 70 countries, and hosted many international guests.
From 7 to 18 October, the film will screen at the 59th BFI London Film Festival, Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, which featured a select group of films from 57 countries. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience.
It will be screened at the 14th annual Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) from 16 to 24 October. CAFF, the longest running African film festival in the United Kingdom, screens the best of contemporary African films, and has built a reputation as a high-profile and important cinematic, entertaining and educational event in Cambridge.