The 10th edition of the kykNET Silwerskerm Festival is back following the Coronavirus outbreak in March 2019. The festival organisers have announced that the event will take place in a hybrid format from 23 – 26 March 2022.
kykNET’s Marketing Manager, Leo Smith, said: “the purpose of the event from its inception was to aid the people beyond the lens and in front of the lens, to create a platform that displays their art.”
“By hosting a two-part show of the 10th Silwerskermfees, we can host bigger crowds benefiting both the audience and the talent.”
Smith further mentioned that this is a first for the Festival, where the audience can virtually join from any part of the world.
The event’s live streaming will be at Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, and only a select number of people will be present at the venue.
All the festival proceedings, counting the feature films and short films in contest, including panel discussions about these films and other industry-related topics, will occur at the Bay Hotel’s Rotunda.
All these will be aired on the Silwerskerm website.
“kykNET’s Silwerskerm short film project was introduced in 2021 at the festival’s second edition,” said Nicola van Niekerk, Senior Manager: Scripted Content and Factual Entertainment at M-Net.
“The most celebrated filmmakers in South Africa short to fame with their Silwerskermfees short films entry, while some went on to produce best TV series.”
The Festival’s mentors are Christiaan Olwagen, Amy Jephta, Nosipho Dumisa, Etienne Fourie, Roelof Storm, John Trengove, Quentin Krog and Oscar Petersen, who will mentor up-and-coming filmmakers during the Festival.
There is a total of 17 short films competing at the Festival.
The highly anticipated short films include, We Are Dying Here, about gender-based violence, produced by Siya and Rachel Kolisi.