Cape Town International Film Market: Couch Conversation Series

In Conversation with: Sharlto Copley, Jack Parow, Aron Warner, Mike Auret, Schalk Burger, Josie Borain and more

The Cape Town International Film Market will take place from October 18th – 21st 2017 at the V & A Waterfront. Unlike any other film industry event in the country, the Cape Town Film Market will be a multi-purpose event; a business development and sales opportunity for industry support businesses, a networking event for all industry stakeholders, and an educational platform where best practice information will be shared across a range of competencies.

The CTIFM&F COUCH CONVERSATION SERIES (17 – 20 October 2017) will be a first of its kind for the South African film festival and market landscape.

In this informal space guests will get to chat to some of the biggest names in the industry’s different disciplines, in an intimate, no frills fashion – as if we were on the couch at each other’s homes..

Just some of the well-known and respected industry leaders that will be taking part are:

Sharlto Copley, perhaps best known for playing the roles of Wikus van der Merw in Neil Blomkamp’s District 9. Copely will take part in a number of sessions; reflecting his mutlitple talents as a screenwriter, producer and director himself; there is so much more to multi faceted Copley, than what meets the eye.

Aron Warner (producer/writer) is the Academy Award®-winning producer of the animated blockbusters “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” the highest grossing animated film of all time, the 800 million dollar grossing “Shrek the Third,” and the latest installment, “Shrek Forever After.”

Mike Auret is the Managing Director of Spier Films and is most well-known for his involvement in The Salvation (Co-Producer), Young Ones (Producer), Of Good Report,(Producer) and Black Butterflies (Producer). Mike will take part in a discussion on the Benefits of Co-Production along with representatvies from the NFVF and Wesgro.

Todd Brown, Canada’s well known and respected expert will also be in attendance, hosting a Film Distribution workshop alongside Mike Auret and Clement Virgo amongst others. Todd is the founder and editor of international film website Screen Anarchy (formerly TwitchFilm.com) and the director of international programming for Fantastic Fest. Clement Virgo is a Canadian film and television writer, producer and director who runs the production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, with producer Damon D’Oliveira.

TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2017

THE TALE OF THE WORLD’S A STAGE (14h00 – 15h00)

in conversation with Antoinette Louw, Christia Visser & Lee-Ann van Rooi.

Moderated by Louw Venter.

“There’s absolutely nothing special about her acting. She’s not particularly attractive. I can’t stand her. She is over 40. She is under 30. She is fat. She is too thin….” These ladies have heard it all but still they raise the bar higher. They keep going and despite some who want to see them fail, and even when they have, they simply don’t make it their problem.

THE TALE OF HOW BEHIND EVERY ACTOR IS A DIE HARD AGENT AND CASTING DIRECTOR

in conversation with Moonyeenn Lee, Christa Schamberger Young and Suzanne Smith Boje.

Moderated by Adrian Galley (SAGA).

In Hollywood the casting director is recognized as a vital ingredient in the filmmaking process and casting directors will get up front credits next to the cinematographers, editors, screenwriters and other crafts people. Finally this important group of people are getting the recognition they’ve been fighting for, for years.

THE TALE OF THE MULTI FACETED DIRECTOR (18h00 – 19h00)

in conversation with Uga Carlini (Alison) & Brett Michael Innes (Sink), Clement Virgo (TheBook of Negroes, The L Word).

Moderated by Sharlto Copley.

At this year’s SAFTA’s we saw several examples of the same name pop up in different categories under some of South Africa’s favourite nominated films. This tells us that a new breed of director has emerged, that of which versititily, a bag of tools bigger than life itself and a spirit to match is required to make it as part of that small percentage of films that actually got made.

WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017

THE TALE OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC (14h00 – 15h00)

in conversation with Loki Rothman, James Matthes, Michael Broomberg.

Moderated by Donovan Copley.

Sound maestro Loki goes nowhere without his guitar and his very guitar will be doing most of the talking from the couch! Jet setter and Foley Artist Michael Broomberg (Hancock, Spider-Man 3, War of the Worlds & Alison) choose to return to South Africa recently to bring his expertise and wealth of knowledge back to African shores while composer James Matthes (Vehicle 19 and the highly anticipated Five Fingers of Marseilles) between scoring and composing, also became a first time dad while managing to still be a husband as well.

THE TALE OF THE WEAVERS (18h00 – 19h00)

in conversation with colourist David Grant (Shepherd’s and Butcher’s), editor Saki Bergh (Die Antwoord & Wonderboy for President) and FX guru Craig Parker (Mad Max Fury Road).

Moderated by Ronelle Loots.

The post-team works with light, color, music, words, shapes, and movement to tell the story. They choreograph, compose and conduct. Multi award winning editor Saki Bergh, the weaver behind most of Die Antwoord’s music videos and Left Post Production’s Loerie collection, colourist David Grant and FX Wizard and owner of Motif Craig Parker speak to editing veteran, Mama Edit Ronelle Loots.

THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER 2017

THE TALE OF THE FILM CIRITICS (14h00 – 15h00)

in conversation with Laetitia Pople, Katie Reynolds, Theresa de Klerk, Alin Tasciyan (President of FRIPRECI).

Moderated by Ilza Roggeband.

The movie critic wants the same as anyone else, to be entertained, emotionally engaged and have their perceptions challenged. They want a well crafted movie, and as with all audiences – they want something that in some way surprises them or is fresh and new. Anyhow, it’s the same story for filmmakers really.

THE TALE OF TWO BROTHERS (18h00 – 19h00)

in conversation with Sharlto and Donovan Copley.

Moderated by Uga Carlini.

Even though Sharlto and Donavon operate in different spheres of the same umbrella, each has had their unique journey but with an invisible thread of “Copleyness”. But what is this magic ingredient that birthed the rise of these two brothers in their own right?

FRIDAY 20 OCOTBER 2017

THE TALE OF THE THE FILM FESTIVAL SECRETS (14h00 – 15h00)

in conversation with Leon van der Merwe (CTIFMF), Trevor Steele Taylor, Azza El Hosseiny (Luxor Film Festival).

Moderated by Giam Pietro Balia (Programmer @ several “A List” Film Festivals in Europe).

Every year thousands of filmmakers unleash their true loves upon the film festival circuits of the world. It also usually costs an arm and a leg and a hell of lot more if pride, ego and blood, sweat and tears are taken into account too.

THE COUCH POTATO LUCKY PACKET (18h00 – 19h00)

in conversation with…. Josie Borain (SA’s first supermodel), Schalk Burger (famous Springbok, winemaker and director of arts festival KKNK), Izelle Venter (former Huisgenoot / Drum / You editor-in-chief and now VIA channel head) and Jack Parow (our favourite rapper).

Moderated by Sharlto Copley.

Our couch potatoes have all had their stories and run ins with the rich and famous through their very own adventures. Prepare to be entertained, shocked, and maybe even a little appalled for all the right reasons in our couch series finale. Sharlto will be asking all the wrong (and right) questions and lead where angels fear to tread and the audience gets to join in.

All exhibition, registration, and other information can be found on the website: www.filmfestival.capetown

Tickets can be purchased here: http://filmfestival.capetown/tickets-passes/

https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1474114643

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