After nearly a year of strategic planning and development behind the scenes, the CTIFMF, in partnership with Snake Nation and the YOMYOMF Foundation is proud to announce the Interpretations Inter-Continental Film Competition in South Africa.
Interpretations is a short film contest, an initiative from the USA-based YOMYOMF Foundation, a non-profit arm of the digital production company YOMYOMF (YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily) that is devoted to fostering and developing Asian American and other underrepresented voices in film and entertainment. This innovative competition sees filmmakers invited to submit a short film of no more than three minutes, all using the same four-line script:
“So here is what happened”
“Let me see”
“It’s about that time”
“What’s my option”
Snake Nation, one of the partners of the CTIFMF in 2017, is once again working with the festival to promote young and emerging talent. Founder and CEO Karl Carter had this to say about the competition: “The objective of this competition is to encourage aspiring South African filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice and to encourage filmmakers to find their own take on the material and be as creative with it as they can. The script is broad and fluid enough so that one director could craft a comedy from it, another a stylish music video, another an action film, etc.”
Once the films are submitted, a distinguished panel of judges from both the studio and independent filmmaking worlds will review the submissions and narrow them down to fifteen semi-finalists. From those fifteen, three finalists or winners will be selected—two decided by the judges and one by online audience voting.
The winning filmmakers will have an opportunity to work on a full production of their project with the Snake Nation team at Georgia State University Creative Media Industries Institute under the mentorship of seasoned industry professionals.
Snake Nation, YOMYOMF Foundation and the CTIFMF will also make an effort to introduce promising filmmakers, whether they are a finalist or not, to appropriate industry mentors to help create more focused opportunities for growth and networking.
CTIFMF spokesperson Jehad Kasu explains further: “The CTIFMF is leading the way in applying existing local and national policies and partnerships to benefit and accelerate growth of the film industry. We have successfully done this by using the people-to-people exchange mechanism between China and South Africa to establish the first film industry partnership between South Africa and China, and now with Interpretations, we are successfully doing the same with the sister-cities collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the City of Atlanta committed to by their respective Mayors between October 2016 and May 2017, that seeks to strengthen cultural and economic relations between them. This is another demonstration of the CTIFMF practising its theme to ‘Create. Collaborate. Celebrate.’”
YOMYOMF Foundation founder and director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise, Star Trek Beyond) expressed that “It’s been amazing to experience the depth of the talent in the Asian American community here in the U.S through the previous Interpretations initiatives and it’s exciting to see it expand to Southern Africa. I look forward to seeing what these filmmakers on the other side of the world create and have no doubt we will be as equally successful in finding unique and talented voices.”
Submissions are to be made via the Snake Nation website. Deadline for submissions is on 2 September, midnight SAST.