As a member of BRICS, the South African Government, through the
Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), is hosting the Third BRICS Film
Festival from 22 to 27 July at Playhouse in Durban. The festival is taking
place during the Durban International Film Festival.
the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of DAC, the BRICS
Film Festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the
BRICS countries, with the objective of inspiring more collaborations from
these nations. The format of the festival consists of screening two feature
films from each country in the competition category and three feature films
in the non-competition category. A total of 25 films will be screened during
the duration of the festival.
The films in competition will compete for the Golden Rhino Award, inspired
by the history behind the golden rhino that was discovered in Mapungubwe,
the significance of the place, and the linkages with other countries in
The Third BRICS Film Festival will recognise the following categories: Best
Film, Best Producer/s, Best Director, Best Scriptwriter/Screenplay writer,
Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress,
Best Editor, Best Cinematography/Director of Photography, Best
Composer/Music, as well as a special Jury Award.
ˇ§The Department of Arts and Culture is resolute in working towards the
elevation of the cultural industries and we see the audio-visual sector as
an important platform from which to continue the efforts of looking forward
to harnessing the knowledge and experiences generated by this festivalˇ¨,
stated the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.
The opening night films honoured Nelson Mandelaˇ¦s centenary. The films
were five, five-minute short films produced by the respective countries
under the facilitation of a South African production company, Via-Vollenhoven
and Appollis Independent. The theme for the short films was, ˇ§Mandelaˇ¨, and
the film from each country reflected the uniqueness of the country, as well
as how each member country related to Nelson Mandela and the impact he had
through leadership, politics, humanity, culture and unity.