Side-lining the 10th BRICS summit, the BRICS Film Festival will be hosted by the City of Durban and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) at Durban Playhouse. The film festival aims to strengthen and highlight social diversity and cultural development in BRICS countries. The film festival is free and open to the public.
The opening night, 22 July 2018 will be start off with a film titled Mandela, (5 minutes videos from each member of the BRICS bloc), celebrating and commemorating the life of SA icon Nelson Mandela. The film will then be followed by performances of dance and music.
Members of BRICS submitted five films each and only two films will be selected, by an independent panel from each member. The National Film Foundation (NFVF) is arranging the prestigious event.
Each country in the bloc will have a day to show five of their best recent films, in all genres. South Africa will be showcasing their five best films on Monday 23 July; Tuesday 24 July Russia; Wednesday 25 July India; Thursday; 25 July China and on Friday 27 July Brazil will be showcasing.
Two of the five films played will be completion entries. The best films, chosen by the independent panellists will be awarded on the final day – 27 July 2018.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane