South African Film Festival 2024

South African Film Festival 2024


Posted 2024-04-18 by Seafarrwide follow

Thu 02 May 2024 - Thu 30 May 2024

Opening from 02 to 30 May 2024, the South African Film Festival (SAFF) will again bring the best of contemporary South African film to Australian and New Zealand audiences, both in-cinema and online.

It's been thirty years since the inaugural democratic election, granting all South African citizens the right to vote for their future. In celebration of this momentous occasion, SAFF 2024 will feature iconic films spanning the past three decades.

Highlights documentaries that will leave a lasting impact like 1994: The Bloody Miracle and powerful narratives such as The 16th Man, recounting the unifying spirit ignited by South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup victory

A highlight of this year’s festival is undoubtedly Oliver Schmitz’s masterpiece, Mapantsula. This insightful film has been restored to 4K glory and featured on the big screen for a new generation. Set against a backdrop of rebellion under the apartheid regime this gripping film was first released in 1987 and then banned after just one screening for inciting violence. Much later in 1988, this film was finally honoured by a screening in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Mapantsula is recognised as having a seminal influence on public opinion against apartheid.

More than just a celebration of powerful cinematic art, all profits from SAFF support the amazing work of Education without Borders (EwB). EwB provides life-changing educational programmes for school students from socially disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town. By supporting SAFF and EwB, you are empowering young South Africans to reach their full potential and create a better future for themselves.

Festival Co-Director Operations & Marketing, Collins Rex said, “What a year for SAFF! As South Africa celebrates 30 years of democracy, we have the unique opportunity to look back over those 30 years and forward to a new future – all through the lens of our remarkable filmmakers. SAFF truly represents the soul of a nation.”

These sentiments were reiterated by Festival Co-Director Programming & Events, Ricky Human, who said, “Every year, we take great pride in celebrating the inspiring stories of some of the most prestigious South African filmmakers, as well as the fresh and exciting new voices that emerge. However, this year is truly special as we reflect on the 30th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa, and honour exceptional filmmakers like Oliver Schmitz, and heroic figures like George Bizos. We’re excited to be joined by George Bizos’ son, Alexi, and the Producer of the film, George Georgiou, who will be attending select screenings in Australia and New Zealand and participating in panel discussions.”

The South African Film Festival opens on 02 May with an in-cinema screening of the highly entertaining The Umbrella Men in Sydney, and on 03 May in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland. This rollicking tale of a ragtag bunch of musicians who are forced to rob a bank during the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival will appeal to a wide-ranging audience, and it has achieved critical acclaim for Director John Barker.

This year SAFF is delighted to feature the documentary, George Bizos Icon. The film juxtaposes the personal and political sides of George’s life showing the tapestry of his life and his motivation in his work. It uses a public and never-before-seen archive, his family’s 8mm and still archive, interviewing notables, colleagues, and family, engaging the viewer to the end.

SAFF features eight documentaries, including The Radical, an intimate portrait of the world’s first openly gay Imam. And one that will have sports lovers experiencing the pain and the glory that is the iconic Ultra Marathon, Down, a Comrades Story.

SAFF’s 2024 documentaries offer deeply personal stories –Reflections in a Broken Mirror and True Patriot – bringing hope for a better future – The Last Seed.

The festival brings five exceptional feature films, including Seconds, a gripping tale of crime, deceit, and betrayal set in the dark world of underground boxing.

Hans Steek die Rubicon Oor (Hans Crosses the Rubicon) is a light-hearted comedy that tackles the subject of aging and stars luminaries of the South African screen and stage, including Tobie Cronje and Sandra Prinsloo. Starring the legendary Desmond Dube, Soccer Season: Playmaker rounds out the features offered by providing good old-fashioned entertainment.

The 11 short films in the festival line-up offer a poignant mix of magic and hope, trauma and survival. They range from the delightful Riel that gives audiences a glimpse into the ancient cultural traditions of the San, preserved and practiced today through the “riel dans” (riel dance), to Volle Bors% (Bare), the story of a woman grappling with the decision to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. There’s a deeply personal look at living an authentic transgender life (I Am Sheriff), true crime (The Gooseberry Grandmother’s Daughter), social commentary (Bergie and A Performance on Femininity), fighting for justice (I am this Water), and intriguing science fiction (Awake). Mbkodo (The Rock) will leave audiences reeling as it offers a brutal spotlight on child abuse, while Coach and Father’s Day bring joy.

Tickets are now on sale.
For the full Festival program and tickets visit
When: Thursday 02 May to Thursday 30 May 2024
Where; In-cinema screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland

Online ticket prices:
Full Festival pass: $120, including ALL features, ALL documentaries, ALL shorts and ALL bonus content
Short Film pass: $50, including ALL short films and ALL short’s bonus content
Single Film: $12
Single Short: $6

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