What sets us apart since 2007 from the many other film festivals world-wide is our distinctive approach to film programming, committed celebrity guests and friendly leisurely pace. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the wine country's amenities during the festival. The Festival screenings is held at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Most nights there is live entertainment before the feature film begins in the V&A Waterfront Amphitheater. Some nights you might glimpse a few celebrity guests mingling informally with festival goers. Imagine yourself in South Africa's world famous vacation spot! Cape Town, where locals and visitors alike converge during South Africa's biggest celebration of world cinema.

Imagine Cape Town home to museums and galleries as well as many student cafes and restaurants, all buzzing with film buffs. You are sitting under the stars in an open air theater venue, sipping good wine, savoring seasonal South African cuisine, and socializing with new and old friends. Dozens of festivities range from open air film screenings to educational talks on film, workshops and masterclasses with famous film directors and informal receptions with guest celebrities.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prix Award
Best Director Award
Best New Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Best Animation Short Film
Best South African Feature Film
Best South African Short Film
Class of 2017 Awards
Audience Award for Best Film at the Festival

Rules & Terms

1.   Eligibility
1.1   Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of any length. Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the Call for Entries of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will be considered for competition purposes.  Films completed before this time will be screened but not considered for the competition section.
1.2   Preference will be given but is not limited to submissions that have not been distributed theatrically or screened  at other festivals in South Africa prior to the 2017 Festival.
1.3   South African Entries entered for the South African Awards Section will not have screened at any other festival in South Africa prior to the 2017 edition of the CTIFM&F. 
2.   The CTIFM&F program is generally grouped into ten programming groups;
   •     World Cinema 
   •     Independent Films
   •     New Voices (First Feature Directors)
   •     Arabian Nights
   •     That’s So Gay ( New LGBTQ releases),
   •     Eco Cinema where we will focus on eco-friendly films about people and our planet
   •     Films on Reconciliation and Acceptance
   •     Class of 2017 ( Work of final year Film Students of 2017)
   •     Cinema of Conscience that will include films about social and political issues; and
   •     Special Programs (Retrospectives and Focuses).

3.    Entry Format & Presentation Format :
         3.1   The completed ENTRY FORM must be sent digitally to:

         3.2   Films with commentary or dialogue in languages other than English must be subtitled in Englishfor consideration. Preview copies in DVD format or online viewing links of films must be submitted No VHS tapes.

3.3 If selected for the Festival, exhibition prints may be presented in either 35mm film, Betacam SP (PAL) video, Digibeta (PAL) High Quality DVD Bluray or DCP (with key). The Festival will accept other formats on a case-by-case basis and subject to availability of equipment.

4.    Entry Deadline:
We appreciate your commitment to CTIFM&F.  There is no entry fee until June 15th, 2017 (Early Bird Entries) after that the festival will charge an entry fee of 50USD until the second and final deadline of 31st August, 2017.  

5.    Program Selection , Attendance and Awards:
5.1   All entries are viewed and chosen by a Programming Committee appointed by the Festival Director. Final selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival Director.
5.2   The Festival will pay for hotel accommodation for the Director of the film or the Producer who-ever may attend but only for 3 days of the Festival. No air-travel or refund of the travel expenses is provided for the participants attending the Festival.
5.3   Awards will be decided and presented by a team of International Jury Members.

6.    Notification:
Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Selection Committee by August 31st, 2017

7.   Customs, Shipping & Handling:
Festival Screening copies must be clearly labeled and sent via courier with a tracing number when your film is selected. Do not send exceptional formats other than formats agreed upon. The festival will only pay for courier costs of the film back to the filmmaker/distributor.

8.   For international participants:
8.1  The Customs Declaration should state, “Preview copy is for Cultural purposes and Festival consideration and it will be returned to its country of origin and has no commercial value.” The Print Coordinator will contact accepted submissions with specific shipping instructions.
8.2   ALL festival screening prints for selected films must arrive at the Festival Office no later than September 15th, 2017.   
8.3   The participant will pay all shipping costs to Cape Town. The Festival will only pay the cost of shipping exhibition prints back to the participant.  Please forward your tracking number and name of the film to:

9.   Insurance:
The Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all productions submitted for competition which are in its care or control. Stringent measures are in place to keep all prints safe however, the Applicant assumes all risk of loss or damage and must have films insured.

10. The Jury reserves the right to cancel, vary, integrate awards and mentions and has the authority to suspend  the prize in case the winners or their delegates do not participate in the prize-giving ceremony.

11.  The Festival Board retains the power to decide on all matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations.

4 Reviews

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    Diana Galimzyanova

    I was pleased that my debut feature The Lightest Darkness had its international premiere there. Sadly I couldn't attend, but from all the photos and videos on social media it seems like a festival worth attending.

    November 2017
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    Peter Gitau

    It was great attending the festival! Good communication. Well organised and good panilists. I will definetly attend the next!

    October 2017
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    Rolf Kasteleiner

    It was a honor that my historical short "The life of Marie" was screened at Cape Town. I wish I could have been there, but I am looking forward for the next edition. Thank you very much!

    October 2017
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    Vinay Pujara

    I couldn't attend the festival but but it was very easy to communicate with them. It was a huge honor to screen my film at CTIFF 2017. Can't wait to submit my next project for 2018 edition.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    What a pleasure to work with a filmmaker of note. His film "Clash of Morality " was well received and although he could not attend the festival stayed in contact to receive updates.

    We are certainly looking forward to your next project.