Annual Silkwerskerm Festival transforms into webinar this year

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Silwerskerm Festival.
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  • The annual Silwerskerm Festival which celebrates the local film industry will take in a different format this year.
  • The festival will be transformed into an informative webinar which will take place from 2 - 4 September.
  • It will focus on production, short film development and relevant industry issues.

The annual Silwerskerm Festival which celebrates the best of the local film industry will take place in a different format this year.

It will be transformed into an informative webinar that will focus on production, short film development and other industry issues.

"The impact of the pandemic has delayed the production of all new films that were to be screened at the festival", says Karen Meiring, Director of M-Net: kykNET Channels.

"As a result, we had to reconsider all our projects and our approach to this year’s festival. With these challenges we also saw some opportunities, and we are excited about the international partners that we have secured to collaborate, inspire and share valuable industry knowledge with our South African filmmakers."

The webinar will take place from 2-4 September 2020 and include guest speakers and facilitators from around the globe. It will focus on international partnerships, funding and new ways of working in the film and television industry. Speakers will include representatives from SXSW, Berlinale, The Sydney Film Festival, The British Film Council and Fremantle Media, Australia.

The full programme will be available on Wednesday 12 August 2020. Registration for the three-day webinar will cost R150 and include access to all the international sessions, exclusive viewings of work by South African filmmakers, breakout rooms for intimate question and answer sessions and a workshop about funding facilitated by WESGRO.

Two exclusive premieres of local films will be hosted on DStv BoxOffice.

The 10th annual Silwerskerm Film Festival was originally scheduled to take place in Camps Bay during August. Due to the new approach, the short film competition has been extended with a new focus on script development. Other festival initiatives will also continue with later submission dates.

One of these projects is the Draaiboeksoek competition that was launched at the 2019 kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival – an initiative that focusses on the development of new scripts. The closing date for competition entries has been extended to 29 January 2021.

Filmmakers with existing films that they would like to have on the 2021 festival programme, also have until 29 January 2021 to submit their films.

Our focus and determination will always be to give local filmmakers a platform to tell their stories.
Director of M-Net: kykNET Channels, Karen Meiring

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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