Wesgro would like to formally congratulate Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF) on its collaboration with the China-Africa International Film Festival (CAIFF).
Announced at a press conference at the Shanghai International Film Festival today, the collaboration will be launched on the 17 October 2017 during the CTIFMF, which this year will focus on the development of more co-production treaties.
“This is an exciting development since this effort to introduce Chinese cinema to South Africa and vice versa not only supports BRICS relations, but also the recent People-to-People exchange mechanism that was ceremoniously entered into by the South African Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthetwa and his Chinese counterparts, in Pretoria South Africa.
“Additionally, through our Chinese partners’ geographical position in Gaborone, Botswana, a new two-way conduit for the distribution of local content from Africa and China is now firmly established. Together we seek to provide high quality content to these respective markets,” said CTIFMF Marketing Director Jehad Kasu.
“The City of Cape Town is proud to support the CTIFMF as part of our efforts to grow the film industry and attract even more film business to our city. We are rolling out the red carpet for local and international talent to celebrate different formats of films, while creating a dynamic trading platform for deal-making, project pitching and sales. Cape Town, as the film hub of Africa, has a proven track record of being the ideal film and commercials location. As a globally competitive business destination, we are committed to supporting the local film industry as it is a key job creator in our city.
“Cape Town boasts vibrant and iconic settings to meet any script demands. We offer highly skilled crews at competitive rates with a top quality ecosystem and the only Hollywood style studio in Africa . We welcome the China-Africa collaboration as a major boost to strengthen our efforts to showcase Cape Town to the world,” said City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.
“Through our mentoring programme, Wesgro assisted CTIFMF make critical connections to secure funding. We are excited by the film and media opportunities this collaboration will create in the Cape as well as abroad, and look forward to working with all stakeholders to promote these opportunities and festivals in future,” concluded Cape Town and Western Cape Film and Media Promotion Head, Monica Rorvik.