The journey from conception to birth for RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival took three years. It was when Eric Miyeni was travelling from New York to Miami to showcase his documentary, Miners for Change, that he had a realisation.
“I realised that South Africa does not have a single film festival dealing with African films generally and South African films specifically,” recalls the author, actor, columnist, film-maker and all-around media personality.
This led to Miyeni and his team researching top film festivals like Berlinale and Tribeca as well as African festivals like the Luxor Film Festival in Egypt and the Colours of the Nile Festival in Addis Ababa.
“We have put together a festival based on the principals of the top film festivals in the world,” he explains. However, they went even further and realising that South Africa is part of Brics they decided to include Brazil, Russia, India and China. “We are always talking trade with Brics, but trade comes easier when we understand each other’s cultures.”
The Brics embassies are all on board with RapidLion as is the Market Theatre, the Department of Arts and Culture and the NFVF which has resulted in the RapidLion South African Film Festival (SAIFF) taking place from March 12 to 19 next year.[…]
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Source : Independant Online, Author Therese Owen, July 28th 2015