Every year South Africa hosts a number of local and international film festivals at independent and commercial cinemas around the country.
Cape Winelands Film Festival
A window on World Cinema, which celebrates past and present achievements in international filmmaking and for new voices in South African cinema.
When? From 14 March
Where? Cape Town and surrounds
Climate Justice Film Festival
An exhibition of leading climate and social justice films from around the globe.
When? Last week of November to first week of December
Durban International Film Festival
South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, presenting over 250 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema.
When? 19 to 29 July, 2012
Where? Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Nu Metro - Cinecentre Suncoast, Ster-Kinekor -Musgrave, Cinema Noveau - Gateway, Durban
Encounters - South African International Documentary Film Festival
Africa's most prestigious documentary film festival.
When? 7 to 24 June, 2012
Where? Cape Town and Johannesburg
Every Human Has Rights Online Film Festival
An online international film festival commemorating and celebrating International Human Rights Day on 10 December through a selection of films to raise awareness and consciousness.
When? 1 to 10 December
Horrorfest - South African Horror Film Festival
An annual horror film and media festival that runs over Halloween with screenings and events dedicated to all things horror.
When? Last week of October to first week of November.
Where? Labia Theatre, Cape Town
Jozi Film Festival
An annual film festival dedicated to Jozi and her inhabitants.
When? 10-12 February, 2012
Where? Bioscope Independent Cinema at Main Street Life in Maboneng Precinct and Kensington Club, Ivanhoe Street, Kensington
Out in Africa - South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Out in Africa showcases films from around the world in order to stimulate and promote a home-grown film industry and promote a sense of belonging and pride – films that explore our particular identity, lifestyles and concerns.
When? 23 March to 1 April, 2012 | 27 July to 5 August, 2012 | 19 to 28 October,2012
Where? Nu Metro - V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Nu Metro - Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Transforming Stories - International Christian Film Festival
The Transforming Stories International Christian Film Festival (TSICFF) has a vision to transform cultures through storytelling. Last year 181 films were submitted from 19 countries representing 5 continents of the world, making Transforming Stories a truly global film festival.
When? December to March, 2012
Where? Throughout South Africa
Tri-Continental Film Festival
The Tri-Continental Film Festival is an annual, national festival that focuses on documentary and narrative films from or about Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Middle-East. The overall objective of the Festival is to showcase outstanding Cinema that deals with socio/political and human rights themes pertinent to these regions.
Where? Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria