Submissions for our 2024 festival are now open!

*UNFORTUNATELY NO WAIVERS FOR 2024 WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THIS FESTIVAL, THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING*

The 2nd Annual Cape Town Squad International Film Festival took place November 11th at the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel in Cape Town. This year's festival sponsors included Runway ML, AIVA, Filmscape and Photo Hire. In keeping with the theme of the festival "THE FUTURE OF FILM" the festival included a panel with AI filmmakers and Filmscape. This festival is the first festival in Africa welcoming AI films.

Welcome to the Cape Town Squad International Film Festival, a dynamic and inclusive celebration of cinema from around the world, where we focus on short-films with strong narrative elements and the timeless story telling.

One of the most prominent indie-film festivals in Cape Town, South Africa, with first-time international sponsors including Runway ML, AIVA & FilmScape amongst others.

Our IMDB qualifying festival is dedicated to showcasing the very best of international and African film, and this year's theme explores the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in "The Future of Film."

Founded by actors and filmmakers, Natasha Mayet and Jacques Adriaanse from production company Cape Town Squad in 2020, our boutique film festival and movie nights have quickly become a hub for filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts alike.

From thought-provoking dramas to thrilling sci-fis, captivating commercials and exciting animations, each film is carefully hand-selected and given individual attention including personalised Q&As with the filmmakers. This is one of the only film festivals world wide to include a brand new category for AI Generated Films in keeping with the festival's theme embracing the future of Storytelling.

One of the defining features of our festival is our exploration of the relationship between technology and filmmaking.

Engaging talks with leading industry experts that will provide unique insights into what the future means for filmmakers and actors.

The festival culminates in an awards ceremony, where each winning filmmaker receives a physical award and selected prizes from the sponsors.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

AI Film Category: We take pride in being at the forefront of the future of film by dedicating a unique category to films that creatively and innovatively utilize artificial intelligence in their storytelling, production, or post-production processes.

Inclusion & Gender Neutral Awards: In our commitment to promoting equality and diversity in the film industry, we offer gender-neutral awards to recognize outstanding performances by performers.

A Personal Touch: Our festival takes place at the enchanting rooftop cinema of the historic Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. We strive to create a warm and intimate environment where filmmakers and attendees can truly connect. Our dedicated team is passionate about providing a personalized experience for all participants, ensuring that every filmmaker feels valued, heard, and celebrated for their unique contribution.

Exclusive Selection: We watch every single film personally and only choose the best. We pride ourselves on curating a highly selective and exclusive official selection of films.

Growing the Film Community: Beyond just a showcase of films, our festival is a vibrant platform for growing the global film community. We encourage networking, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas, providing filmmakers with opportunities to forge meaningful connections that can elevate their careers and inspire future projects.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2024.

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Announcing the WINNERS of THE 2ND ANNUAL CAPE TOWN SQUAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023: THE FUTURE OF FILM
CAPE TOWN SQUAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL *WINNERS*

BEST COMMERCIAL
HOME OF HOPE directed by Franziska Heinemann (South Africa)

BEST FASHION FILM
LVCI directed by Brock Gregory Newman (USA)

BEST DOCUMENTARY THE UNENCUMBERED LIFE OF A FRENCH HOUSE FLY DIRECTED BY Matthieu Brajot (USA)

BEST ANIMATION
THE LAST TRAIN directed by Lodi Paul Inga (South Africa)

BEST SCI-FI
ENTROPY directed by Dan Chen (USA)

BEST AI FILM
EXIMIUM COR directed by John Kalning (USA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
METAMORPH directed by Cameron Scott Hadlow (South Africa)

BEST EDITING A SECRET directed by Philip Mcnroe Rakesh (USA)

BEST DIRECTOR
SPHINX (Iran) directed by Hamid Yousefi

BEST SCORE
THE LAST TRAIN directed by Lodi Paul Inga (South Africa)

BEST WRITING
WITNESS directed by Aida Tebianian (Iran)

BEST ACTING Fatemeh Masoudifar in WITNESS (Iran)

BEST FILM WITNESS directed by Aida Tebianian (Iran)

Best Animation
Best Sci-fi
BEST AI Film
Best Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Editing
Best Writing
Best Acting
Best Female Filmmaker

Films with a strong narrative element will be considered.

Open to all filmmakers from around the world and other planets.

The festival focuses on short films under 15 minutes only. Films exceeding this time limit will be rejected.

Please note that our festival does not waive any entry fees for 2024.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Lodi Inga

    This is a great festival to submit your film to. I had a fantastic experience with submitting my film and all the steps leading to the event ceremony. The organisers are passionate and dedicated professionals who value the work of featured filmmakers and create opportunities for engagement with local and international panellists.

    November 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Lodi! It was an honour to have your incredible film at our festival. Wonderful work, wonderful composition. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Great festival with high quality person in jury's team.

    November 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Congrats on Winning Best Film and the nominations and awards for Witness and Sphinx! Thank you for submitting these beautiful films!

  • John Kalning

    Professional and passionate about film making of all kinds. I really enjoyed the different genres of of film screened this year. Thank you for all the hard work.

    November 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much and congrats on Winning Best AI Film, we're looking forward to seeing more! Enjoy the Prizes from Runway & AIVA!

  • Mevis Birungi

    Thank you Cape Town fest. I had a great virtual experience at this festival. The team and I are honoured for the nominations and awards.
    The festival team were great with communication and experience.

    January 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Thank you for submitting your beautiful films and great meeting you in the Q&A. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work!

  • Lungelo Kuzwayo

    Excellently run. Great atmosphere and venue for screenings and awards. Awesome promotion of nominees and hype created.

    January 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Lungelo! Beautiful film. Congratulations on your win! We look forward to seeing your future work.