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New Film Festival to Launch in South Africa – Mandela International Film Festival Preps for First Edition

New Film Festival to Launch in South Africa - Mandela International Film Festival Preps for First Edition

The 1st annual Mandela International Film Festival (MIFF, obviously named after the late Nelson Mandela) is set to open its doors on December 3rd, and running through the 12th, 2015 in Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape of South

Still over a year away, at the ongoing American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, CA, the festival has made some preliminary announcements regarding the upcoming inaugural event, as it alerts the world of its existence, plans, dates, and more.

Festival founder David Selvan, chief marketing officer Manzini Zungu, head of sponsorship Naniwe Maqetuka, and US representative Regis Brown, are all in attendance at the AFM. Their tour will be followed by trips to international film markets at Dubai and Cannes during the first half of next year.

Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has endorsed the effort and will be present during the festivities: “We are excited to celebrate the launch of the Mandela International Film Festival and to showcase Mandela Bay to the world… The festival is a way in which to honor the legacy of my grandfather whose contributions to the transformation of South Africa have led to us becoming a place where creativity is expressed and new industries, like film, have begun to flourish.”

Festival founder David Selvan adds: “We honor Mandela and what Mandela stood for.” 

The theme of the 2015 festival, where as many as 400 films from all genres (new films and classics) will screen, will be “hope and reconciliation.” 

About 10% of those 400 films will be about Mandela himself, as members of the Mandela family will also speak during the festival, which will include live debates, panels discussions and masterclasses on all things cinema.

The organizers also hope that MIFF will attract not only local visitors but people from all over the world and act as a launch vehicle for Port Elizabeth to become the custodian for
international film and television production on the continent.

While hundreds of miles away, the already established Durban Film Festival and Filmmart, has already made a claim of that crown.

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