Feature films to see at the festival this year
Due to take place from March 23-26 this year, the Silwerskerm Festival will be held virtually, while simultaneously taking place at the Bay Hotel in Cape Town’s Rotunda.
Entry to the festival costs R190, which will give you access to four days of brilliant film premieres, and that with a South African flavor!
Funds raised from entry fees will be used to support local entertainment artists who are struggling due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown regulations.
This year’s festival has nine feature films competing for the famous Silwerskerm Awards, as well as seventeen short films that have been produced with the support of the festival and kykNET.
the holiday program will also include various industry-related discussions, as well as Q&A sessions with the producers and stars of the films involved.
Some freshly produced films that haven’t really been shown in South Africa yet will also be screened at the Silwerskerm Festival this year.
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Feature films to watch
Beurtkrag – March 23 at 5:30 p.m.
The party is Beurtkragis the world premiere.
Celebrity couple Ivan Botha and DonnaLee Roberts have collaborated with director Jozua Malherbe to make a feature film from the 2015 Silwerskerm Festival short film script, also called Beurtkrag.
Indemnity – March 23 at 8:00 p.m.
This film has already impressed international audiences, with critics praising Indemnity cinematography.
Travis Taute’s action flick also has a brilliant cast, including Gail Mabalane and Hlomla Dandala.
So long – March 24 at 5:30 p.m.
In this experimental satirical comedy-drama, Joseph Mabena lives in an informal settlement, Hangberg, with his wife and extended family.
The film revolves around them always being under each other’s feet and always knowing everything about everyone – an authentic tale with only two professional actors. The other actors are all from the Hangberg community.
Stiekyt – March 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Etienne Fourie, who has already won a Silwerskerm Award for his film, die wind pumpbrings audiences a thriller, which is a new genre for him.
Produced by Homebrew Movies, Stiekyt promises to keep you glued to your seat.
Vlugtig – March 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Another short film that has been reworked into a feature film, Vlugtig was directed by Marinus Gubitz.
The talented Jane de Wet, famous for her roles in Showmax’s Daughter of Saint Agnes and kykNET Spoorloos: Steynhof is part of the cast of this feature film.
Gaia – March 25 at 8:00 p.m.
It is the first-ever eco-horror film in Afrikaans – a film that has received much international acclaim since its premiere at the highly acclaimed South by South-West festival in the United States in March.
The feature was even included in Forbes’ Top 10 list and it won Best Cinematography at South by South-West.
Shorts to watch at Silwerskerm Festival this year include baby, Verstikking, Aan/Af, my beskermer, Nagvoel, Bennie Bingo, bitter silk, Nomads Sporadies, Katvis, Sky, your Twintig in ‘n hangkas, net-ons, Die Horries, vrywater, Bergie, Die groensone and Leemtes in leeghed.
The short film project serves as a platform that hones the talent of young filmmakers and includes a variety of genres.