12 September 2016: The South African delegation has embarked on a trip to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place from the 8th September 2016 to the 18th September 2016. The delegation is be led by the NFVF to support and increase audience access to South African films.
TIFF has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian films, and is recognized as the most important publicly attended film festival.
The South African delegates will be involved in a number of activities that include South African film and TV panel discussions, followed by a networking session, producer to producer meetings, executive to producer meetings, dialogues centered around animation, not forgetting the NFVF Funded screenings that will take place at Cinema 5, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West.
“The NFVF is excited to showcase and celebrate South African filmmakers and their films, as we take South African Stories from Our the streets the World” – Mrs Zama Mkosi, NFVF CEO.
The NFVF Screenings will consist of South African box office hit, Happiness is a four letter word, a romantic drama film directed by Thabang Moleya and written by Busisiwe Ntintili. The film is about a perfectionist Nandi, who seems to have the New South African Dream life within her grasp – but it all goes up in flames a few months before the wedding. With her friends, Nandi will have to find out what truly makes her happy and then fight to get it.
Mrs Right Guy, a film directed by Adze Ugah and written by Pusetso Thibedi and Cati Weinek, is a comedy, about Gugu, the walking wounded, who rejects men long before they can get too close to rock her self-imposed exile from love. But to find bliss with the right guy, she must first realise nice guys not only have staying power but can be just right too.
The NFVF will also be screening the must see, Kalushi – The story of Solomon Mahlangu, a film directed by Mandla Dube. A true story of the unlikiest hero, who, after the events of June 16th, joins the military to fight against the brutal oppression of the Apartheid regime and ends up becoming an icon of South Africa’s liberation movement.
Lastly, Pop Lock and Roll, by director Ziggy Hofmeyr and writer Steven Pillemer. Pop Lock and Roll is about an ambitious street style, hip hop dancer from a poor neighborhood who believes that money is everything. He gets a lucky break and rises as a professional entertainer, but when he falls in love with the beautiful Brazilian wife of the gangster-come-producer who is making his career, he’ll have to risk career and life to find true happiness.
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