Film fever hits Cape Town in May

April 26, 2012

The CILECT Congress 2012 will be hosted by AFDA, the South African School of Motion Pictures and Live Performance, in Cape Town from Tuesday, May 1 to Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Southern Sun Cape Sun.

The CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) is an international association representing more than 160 film schools across the globe, from Ghana to the United States. This will be the first time in its 60-year history that the CILECT Congress is being hosted in Africa. The theme of this year’s conference is UBUNTUFILMEDUCATION.

The conference will focus primarily on new and existing teaching methodologies, and will be a platform for students, lecturers and film schools to collaborate.

During the four-day conference, speakers from the film school industry, and universities from around the world, will exchange knowledge on topics, such as teaching methodology, contemporary documentary film, economic development and new media and technology.

Joining the conference as keynote speaker will be South African entrepreneur and film-maker, Ronnie Apteker, whose latest film production Material starred Riaad Moosa. Ronnie will deliver the keynote address and deliver his thoughts on UBUNTU in Film in South Africa on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

The CARA (CILECT Africa Regional Association) Conference will be held at the same venue on Monday, April 30, and will focus on new methodologies in teaching film and television.

Garth Holmes, chairman of host school, AFDA, says, “Both CARA and CILECT will be attended by most of the top film schools of the world and it is a great opportunity for local film schools to meet and establish relationships with one another.”

Commenting on the conference, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, adds, “CILECT will bring film executives and professors from all corners of the world to the Mother City. The fact that Cape Town is hosting this event, as it comes to the African continent for the first time, is testament to Cape Town’s standing as an important film industry role player and we look forward to hosting the delegates in the first week of May.”

Du Toit-Helmbold continues, “Cape Town’s film industry is one that contributes greatly to the city’s economy and international flavour, and it’s flourishing, with more and more productions being shot here every year. Hollywood blockbusters, such as Safe House, also expose our beautiful city to the world through one location after another.”

New to Cape Town’s film landscape is the recently built Cape Town Film Studios, which is the first Hollywood-style film studio complex to be built in Africa, with state-of-the-art support services. The building encompasses studio facilities, custom-built sets, a green room, sound stages, production offices and more, and being situated in Cape Town, its location is perfect for taking advantage of a moderate climate and a variety of stunning venues and outdoor locations.

The CILECT Congress Cape Town 2012 is hosted by AFDA Film School and the Cape Film Commission. For more information, please visit or


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