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What to expect from Silwerskerm Festival this year. Image: supplied

12th KykNET Silwerskerm Festival: What to expect

Here’s what to expect from the 12th annual Silwerskerm Festival, hosted by KykNET in Cape Town this August.

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What to expect from Silwerskerm Festival this year. Image: supplied

KykNET has revealed the slate for the 12th annual Silwerskerm Festival ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday 31 August at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SILWERSKERM FESTIVAL THIS YEAR

The Silwerskerm Festival is one of the most respected development projects in the South African film industry. KykNET has decided to further build on the foundation of the festival that will be running for it’s 12th year. ne of the festival’s key elements is the already successful short film mentorship project that enables kykNET to provide a springboard for launching a new generation of filmmakers’ careers.

Last year the project expanded to include documentaries. So, what’s different this year? There is now an exciting shotgun short film initiative. The shotgun shorts concept was launched last year when established filmmakers were invited to submit proposals for professional short films. These films will be introduced at the festival in August.

Aside from the six shotgun short films, six feature films, eight short films (by emerging movie makers) and five short documentaries will debut this year. Pilot episodes of brand-new series on television and streaming services, proved to be a hit last year. So, this year viewers can look forward to exclusive previews.

As in the past, kykNET will bring several experts to the festival to present informative workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses. Among the topics to be discussed are intimacy management on film sets, the process of adapting books for the silver screen, and all the ins and outs of coproductions.

THE OFFICIAL AWARDS CEREMONY

The festival week will be concluded with the glamorous Silwerskerm Awards ceremony for Film and TV, as well as the best films on the festival and top television work.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Saturday 31 August. This will be where the coveted Silwerskerm trophies will be handed out to achievers at the film festival and in television over the last year.

During the awards ceremony, kykNET’s iconic blue carpet will be rolled out to welcome the biggest stars, and top musicians will be on stage. The event will be broadcast the next evening (Sunday 1 September) on kykNET (DStv channel 144).

Members of the public can also attend the festival this year as tickets will go on sale on 26 June on Quicket. Take a look at last year’s blue carpet here.

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