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RapidLion: The Annual Meet and Greet for Top Film-players

Where do the experiences of the film fraternity converge with the upcoming and find ways to lead each other towards the creation of even more magical cinema? At The South African International Film Festival: RapidLion of course.

From 6 – 15 March filmmakers from Africa, the African Diaspora, and BRICS countries will meet to showcase their best work at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg.

This year at its fifth edition, RapidLion will launch the premiere screening of the award-winning film Letters of Hope, directed by Vusi’Africa Sindane.

Set in 1976 South Africa, ​Letters of Hope​ tells the story of 16-year-old Jeremiah who wants to be a policeman and can’t understand why his father, the local postman, won’t let him be one but would rather have him follow in his footsteps.

Africa noted that RapidLion is one of Africa’s most coveted film festivals, and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have ​Letters of Hope ​to open such a festival saying ‘it is what every director dreams of’.

Other premiere events at RapidLion 2020 include the screening of André Odendaal’s Gat In Die Muur​ (Monday, 9 March), a story about a terminally ill man negotiating life as he faces death.

The festival will also screen Qubeka’s ​Knuckle City​ (Saturday, 7 March) which will be followed by a Q&A with the director and producer Layla Swart.

Fried Barry​ by Ryan Kruger is set to screen (Friday 13 March) which tells the tale of a heroin addict whose body is hijacked by an alien visitor. Jahmil X.T. Along with these South African films, festival-goers can expect to see films from BRICS countries that include ​The story of my grandfather​ from China; ​Karup​ from India, and Dream Team​ from Russia.

Adding to the 10-day intuitive extravaganza, RapidLion will also host a series of workshops and masterclasses. Brazilian Hariolo Araujo and South African Aryan Kaganof will present master-classes on film appreciation and how to shoot cinema on a mobile device respectively.

On the 15th of March, The Gauteng Film Commission will host a workshop with Lebone Maema: The 4th Industrial Revolution opportunities for emerging content creators.

Don’t miss out! It’s a great opportunity to get into the best after parties, meet esteemed film industry players and leave the festival a better, more determined filmmaker than ever before.

Tickets range from:

  • ●  R45 for a single screening
  • ●  R155 for a day pass, and
  • ●  R1 750 for an all-access pass for the entire festival. Students and pensioners are welcomed free entrance. Weekend passes, as well as tickets for master-classes and workshops, are also available on ​webtickets.co.za​ and at the door.For more information, visit ​www.rapidlion.co.za​.


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