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The Cape Town Squad International
Film Festival

 

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Winners of Cape Town Squad International Film Festival 2023

Announcing the WINNERS of THE 2ND ANNUAL CAPE TOWN SQUAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023: THE FUTURE OF FILM
CAPE TOWN SQUAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

BEST COMMERCIAL
HOME OF HOPE directed by Franziska Heinemann (South Africa)

BEST FASHION FILM
LVCI directed by Brock Gregory Newman (USA)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

THE UNENCUMBERED LIFE OF A FRENCH HOUSE FLY DIRECTED BY Matthieu Brajot (USA)

BEST ANIMATION
THE LAST TRAIN directed by Lodi Paul Inga (South Africa)

BEST SCI-FI
ENTROPY directed by Dan Chen (USA)

BEST AI FILM
EXIMIUM COR directed by John Kalning (USA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
METAMORPH directed by Cameron Scott Hadlow (South Africa)

BEST EDITING

A SECRET directed by Philip Mcnroe Rakesh (USA)

BEST DIRECTOR
SPHINX (Iran) directed by Hamid Yousefi

BEST SCORE
THE LAST TRAIN directed by Lodi Paul Inga (South Africa)

BEST WRITING
WITNESS directed by Aida Tebianian (Iran)

BEST ACTING

Fatemeh Masoudifar in WITNESS (Iran)

BEST FILM

WITNESS directed by Aida Tebianian (Iran)

This is an independent short film festival based in Cape Town, South Africa that takes place annually. The festival is hosted by actors and filmmakers Natasha Mayet and Jacques Adriaanse. The second annual Cape Town Squad International Film Festival will take place  November 11th 2023 at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town. 

The theme this year is The Future of Film. Last year we had films from South Africa and worldwide, including countries such as the Uk, Morroco, China and the USA. 

The festival will open with a series of industry talks. The screening of selected films will be followed by in person and virtual Q/As. Winning films will be eligible for awards (sponsors/prizes TBC). 

The Cape Town Squad International Film Festival offers a range of exciting opportunities for participating filmmakers: 

Film Screening: Your will have the chance to showcase its best films to a diverse audience, including film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and fellow filmmakers and selected films will have the chance to participate in our Q&A. 

Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry experts, filmmakers, and potential collaborators during the festival's networking events, panel discussions, and workshops. This is an excellent opportunity for your students and faculty to engage with professionals in the field and gain valuable insights.

Awards and Recognition: Selected films are eligible for various awards, recognizing excellence in different categories. 

Cultural Exchange: The festival celebrates diversity and aims to foster cultural exchange. Your film school will have the opportunity to showcase unique perspectives, narratives, and cultural influences, further enriching the festival experience for all attendees

 

 

CAPE TOWN SQUAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION 2023 

INFINITY EGGS (First AI Series) directed by Vladimir Nefedov (POLAND)

An encounter with an extraterrestrial civilization triggers irreversible evolutionary processes in the past, present and future.

 

METAMORPH directed by Cameron Scott Hadlow (South Africa)

Nothing is as it seems after a charming taxi driver is invited into an emotionally distraught passenger's home.

 

A SECRET directed by Philip Mcnroe Rakesh (USA)

An One-shot short film of a brutally beaten up man who wakes up under mysterious circumstances. Now he has to find and stop the perpetrator who did this to him, before he murders his wife.

 

EXIMIUM COR directed by John Kalning (USA)

Drained of biological resources, a Cyborg King faces the dire reality of his kingdom's impending doom. He embarks on a solitary quest to discover a new sanctuary.

 

SHE CLOSED HER EYES WHEN THE CROWS SANG directed by Dave Rajkumar (USA)

A young woman journeys through the forest, while battling her past.

 

WHISPERS OF SOLITUDE directed by Surya M Jha (Singapore)

An AI film from 15 year old filmmaker Surya M Jha dealing with mental Health in highschool students and loneliness.

 

MUNICIPAL UTILITIES SCHWEINFURT directed by Matthias Waigand (Germany)

Municipal Utilities Schweinfurt is a commercial / imagefilm for the Municipal Utilities in the German city of Schweinfurt

 

DEAR YOU directed by ​​Gretta Sammalniemi (Germany)

If your skin could speak to you, what would it say?

Through the spot we hear a poem, a version of a love letter, as a voice over.

 

RUKA directed by Fungai Muzoroza (Zimbabwe)

Ruka meaning 'to braid' or 'to knit' in shona, is a short fashion film based on slow sustainable fashion pieces by Fungai Muzoroza

 

HOLE directed by AMIRALI MASOMI FAR (Iran)

A one take film. X walks along the forest path with Y. X is supposed to be buried by Y

voluntarily but hesitantly, and his belongings with him. 

 

SASITSHOTSTSHA directed by Paula Zapata (South Africa)

"Sasitshotsha" is a visually captivating and emotionally resonant short film that takes viewers on a journey through the life and music of Digital Sangoma, a talented singer-songwriter, producer, and performer.

 

TECH SUPPORT directed by Carl Hansen (USA)

A Tech Support technician is called to a house in the not-too-distant future to try and fix a scientist's computer. When she gets there, she finds that the scientist has inextricably been trapped inside his computer and she has to figure out what went wrong, all the while navigating a personal relationship via texts.

 

SPHINX (Iran) directed by Hamid Yousefi 

In a religious family, a boy (secretly) looks at women with a camcorder, and he gets start having a false freak that if his family understand.


 

WITNESS directed by Aida Tebianian (Iran)

Shermin is a young girl who is in a dilemma to save her father's life, and finally she makes a difficult decision.

 

THE UNENCUMBERED LIFE OF A FRENCH HOUSE FLY DIRECTED BY Matthieu Brajot (USA)

A day in the life of a French House fly.

 

CLICK CLICK BANG directed by Heinrich Botha (South Africa)

A Bonnie and Clyde type couple's car breaks down after a successful job - and with it their relationship as well.

 

THE LAST TRAIN directed by Lodi Paul Inga (South Africa)

A musician who had come from an uninspiring performance in an empty pub found himself late one evening on the last train to get to his home. His hopes of a peaceful late train ride after a long day are suddenly threatened by a passenger who asks him to play his guitar so he can accompany him with his mbira for an impromptu duet.

 

HOME OF HOPE directed by Franziska Heinemann (South Africa)

Cape Town. A place of extremes, marked by colonialism, infrastructure that grew too fast and the attempt to keep up with progress.

 

AND SO I BEGIN directed by ​​Margarethe Baillou (USA)

A semi-animated short film portraying three artists living next door to each other, yet decades apart, at a glance: a painter in the early 1900s, a writer in the 1940s and a modern ballerina. Separated by walls and time, their connections unfold.

 

Margarethe Baillou is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of independent film production company M.Y.R.A. Entertainment in New York, London and Singapore, producing global, nonviolent and inclusive content. Productions have included the Academy Award-winning Call Me by Your Name (2017), The World to Come (2020) and Benediction (2021).

 

INTO THE ARMS OF SUNSHINE directed by Craig Moore (South Africa)

‘Into The Arms of Sunshine’ is an experimental movement piece told through poetry and motion. Starring two circus artists from the Montreal Circus; Sabine Van Rensburg and Brin Schoellkopf.

 

LVCI directed by Brock Gregory Newman (USA)

A woman wanders the desert in search of a connection to her spiritual self and is transported to a darker realm where she makes contact with another side of herself.

 

DEAR BELOVED directed by Michelle Hughes (South Africa)

When in pursuit of our dreams, we pass through different emotional phases. We step out in confidence and open ourselves to vulnerability which often allows fear to set in. 

 

ENTROPYdirected by Dan Chen (USA)

In the course of conducting experiments on memory and time during the pandemic, a lovesick scientist with a morbid fear of rejection, makes an unexpected connection.

LIST OF NOMINEES

 

Best Commercial 

Dear You 

Home of Hope 

Municipal Utilities Shweinfurt 

 

Best Fashion Film

Into The Arms of Sunshine 

Dear Beloved 

LVCI 

Ruka

Best AI FILM

Eximium Cor 

Infinity Eggs 

 

Best Animation

And So I Begin 

The Last Train 

 

Best Sci-Fi Short

Tech Support

Entropy 

 

Best Documentary 

The Unencumbered Life of a French House Fly 

 

Best Cinematography 

Metamorph 

A Secret

Sasitshotstsha

Witness

LVCI

Sphinx

 

Best Editing 

Metamorph

A Secret 

Witness

Sphinx

 

Best Writing 

Metamorph

Witness 

Sphinx

A Secret

 

Best Performance

Metamorph - Bokang Phelane and Thabo Rametsi

A Secret - Alan Boell 

Witness - Fatemeh Masoudifar

Sphinx - Ali Khoshbin

 

Best Score 

Metamorph

Witness

Sphinx

LVCI

A Secret 

The Last Train

 

Best Director

A Secret

Metamorph

Witness

Sphinx 

 

Best Film 

Metamorph 

A Secret

Witness 

Sphinx

FESTIVAL DETAILS: 

NOVEMBER 11th 2023 

GRAND DADDY BOUTIQUE HOTEL, CAPE TOWN 

INDUSTRY TALKS AND SELECTED SCREENINGS OF SHORTS 09:00-18:00

NOMINEES AND WINNING FILM - SCREENING: 18:00- 22:00 

VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE

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