RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival

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This year’s edition of RapidLion happening from 3- 10 March, also known as The South African International Film festival will provide a wonderful array of events and screenings.


On March the 3rd, the festival will open with the Kagiso Lediga’s debut film, Catching Feelings, a beautifully realised romantic comedy with depth. Five Fingers for Marseilles, the much acclaimed “western” shot in the mountains of Lesotho will have its African premiere at RapidLion 2018 on Tuesday the 7th. Closing the festival will be the much anticipated An Act of Defiance, a movie that will be shown as a tribute to Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Sunday the 4th will be largely dedicated to LGBTI films with Beverly Ditsie’s The Commission – From Silence to resistance as the headline screening that evening.

In between these, will be some truly fantastic documentary films such as All The Wild Horses, which details the longest horse race in the world, featuring South African Monde Kanyana as one of the top riders in the grueling and astonishing race. Flying Revolusion will also be screening. This is one of the best ever movies made on breakdancing. A story of hard-work, excellence, dedication and elevating triumph, it is a truly magnificent documentary film.

Short films have been grouped into wonderful themes such as Disturbia, a collection of short films about people acting in a disturbed way, often in love situations, The Unexpected, with shorts that will take your breath away with their unexpected twists, Comedy, with shorts that will crack you up and see you laugh out loud, and War and Displacement, which is self explanatory. This is a beautiful bouquet of short films from all corners of the globe.

To round off the events at RapidLion 2018, Brand SA will be hosting a strategy session with local and international filmmakers on what the best way to grow the South African film business could be, the newly formed Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC) will host a workshop on film marketing and distribution, Howard University Professor Emeritus, Professor Alonzo Crawford will be hosting a master-class for film students and film practitioners at the festival, and SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and television) will also have their presence felt at the festival.

This year will also see a host of Q&A’s with filmmakers like Krotoa director Roberta Durrant, The Recce director Ferdinand Van Zyl, Sihle Hlophe, who will be screening her fantastic film, Nomfundo, director of Keeping Up with the Kandasamys, Jayan Moodley, Liewe Kersfees director, Etienne Fourie, Love Jacked director, Alfons Adetuyi, Nona director Steffen Hildebrandt, and many others.

An initiative of Nedtex 286, RapidLion is supported by the NFVF, Brand SA, the Gauteng Film Commission, Callsheet, the Department of Arts & Culture, The Ngakane family, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Trace Play and The Market theatre Foundation.

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