PLEASE NOTE : READ TERMS AND RULES CAREFULLY

ABOUT US:
What sets us apart 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.

At Stellenbosch, internationally known for our spectacular wines, there are several celestial film nights at our festival.

There are even special barrel tastings held! Most nights there is live entertainment before the feature film begins in the Amphitheatre. Some nights you might glimpse a celebrity guest mingling informally with festival goers. Imagine yourself in South Africa's world famous vacation spot! Cape Town, where locals and visitors alike converge during the wine country'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 with famous film directors, informal receptions with guest celebrities to over a dozen cooking demos, live entertainment, barrel tastings and fun for all ages.

Awards & Prizes

FEATURE FILM AWARDS
Grand Prix Award
Best Director Award
Best New Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best South African Feature Film

Special Mention Award

Rules & Terms

Please note that the submission dates are not postmark deadlines - - they are the dates by which your film MUST be received in our office!

Once you have filled out the application, please ensure that your unique FilmFreeway submission number is written on both the face of your discs AND on the front of the mailing envelope, which should be sent to the following address:

Cape Town & Winelands Int Film Festival
No 1 Waterkant Building
52 Arum Road
Bloubergrant
Cape Town
South Africa
7441

RULES :
1. Films screened at another Film Festival in South Africa or had Commercial Release will not be accepted for Competition purposes.
2. FILM CATEGORIES :
A. INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS:
a.) Any narrative work of fiction of international origin with a running time of 60 minutes or more. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction filmed in the language of the originating country with English subtitles.
b.) International Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival inside South Africa are not eligible for submission to the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival for consideration.
c.) International Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, YouTube, VOD, etc.) before October 10th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

B. INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS:
a.) Any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 45 minutes or more, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events.
b.) If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted.
c.) International Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival in South Africa are not eligible for submission to CTWIFF for Festival consideration.
d.) International Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before October 10th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

C. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS:
a.) Any narrative fiction or animation film of international origin with a running time between 15 and 45 minutes, including credits qualify as an International Short Film.
b.) Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before October 10th, 2017.

D. INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION SHORT FILMS:
a.) Any animation short film of international origin with a running time not shorter than 5 minutes, including credits qualify as an International Short Animation Film.
b.) Short Animation Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before October 10th, 2017.

E. SOUTH AFRICAN NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS:
a.) Any narrative work of fiction of SOUTH AFRICAN origin with a running time of 60 minutes or more.
b.) In order to qualify as an SOUTH AFRICAN Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction filmed in the one of the 11 languages of South Africa with English subtitles (if not filmed in English).
c.) South African Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival inside South Africa are not eligible for submission to the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival for competition consideration.
d.) South African Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, YouTube, VOD, etc.) before October 10th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

F. SOUTH AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS:
a.) Any non-fiction film of South African origin with a running time of 45 minutes or more, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events.
b.) If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted.
c.) South African Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival in South Africa are not eligible for submission to CTWIFF for Festival consideration.
d.) South African Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before October 10th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

G. SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FILMS:
a.) Any narrative fiction or animation film of SOUTH AFRICAN origin with a running time between 15 and 45 minutes, including credits qualify as an International Short Film.
b.) Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before October 10th, 2017.

H. SOUTH AFRICAN ANIMATION SHORT FILMS:
a.) Any animation short film of international origin with a running time not shorter than 5 minutes, including credits qualify as an Isouth African Short Animation Film.
b.) Short Animation Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world. but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before October 10th, 2017.

I. THE CLASS OF 2016 SHORT FILMS:
a.) Any narrative fiction or animation film of SOUTH AFRICAN origin originating from a film school or institution and which is the final year production of the film students in 2016 with a running time between 15 and 45 minutes including credits qualify as a THE CLASS OF 2017 SHORT FILM.
b.) These Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. The Class of 2017 Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world in 2017.
c.) Not withstanding the above mentioned the film may not have been broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before October 10th, 2017.

4. Due to the limited internet bandwidth in available we do not accept links to online screeners,
5. DVD is the preferred format for submissions
6. Please write the following information directly on the disc:
7. Film title (English), director name, runtime, country of production and whether it is a:
8. Feature (fiction film that is 60 minutes and over)
9. Short (fiction film that is under 60 minutes but NOT less than 15 minutes)
10. Animation Short Films must be no less than 5 minutes long
11. Documentary (45 minutes and over)
12. Please mark your post as follows for customs: NO COMMERCIAL VALUE – SAMPLE FOR CULTURAL USE ONLY
13. Please specify on the envelope for the attention of either: Feature Film Section / Short Film Section / Documentary Section
14. The onus is on the filmmaker/submitter to ensure the festival receives a working DVD copy by the entry deadline.
15. NO Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.
16. Please note that Films that are publicly available online in their complete form and films that have been screened in other South African Film Festivals or theaters will not be considered for screening at the festival.