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17. Februar 2012

Berlinale Reception at Embassy

Press Release Berlinale Reception 2012

Berlin, 14 February 2012. South Africa has a long history of film production and is among the oldest film industries in the world. In celebration of the South African participation in the 62nd Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa hosted a reception in cooperation with Talent Campus Berlin and the South African Department of Trade and Industry.  
The short film “Five ways to kill a man” that is one of the five finalists for the Today Award by South African filmmaker Christopher Bisset was shown to around 180 guests. 

Peter Rorvik, Director of the Durban International Film Festival introduced the 5th Talent Campus Durban to be held in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus from 20 – 24 July 2012 during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival.   Under this year’s theme of “Africa Superimposed,” the festival aims to facilitate meaningful exchange between African filmmaking talents, generating experience and opportunities for participants and also empower new film makers in Africa.

Amongst the guests at the reception were filmmakers from the African continent like Akin Omotoso whose film “Man on Ground” is shown at the Berlinale as well as representatives of the South African film industry.  

South Africa has a vibrant and growing film industry that is increasingly competitive internationally. The South African Government has identified the film industry as a sector with excellent potential for growth. The benefits of the burgeoning film industry to South Africa are clear, it currently employs around 30 000 people. It further generates foreign exchange as co-productions with international companies result in the direct investment of millions of Rands into the economy. South Africa has signed co-production treaties with four countries including Germany and the event hosted at the Embassy also aims to further strengthen the cooperation between Germany and South Africa in this field.

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