The Toronto South African Film Festival Returns in 2017


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August 2017, Toronto: The Toronto South African Film Festival (TSAFF) returns on October 14th and 15th 2017 for its fourth consecutive year. The not-for-profit festival, showcases a variety of South African themed films and documentaries. Hosted at the Bell TIFF Lightbox, the Festival aims to shed light on South Africa’s rapidly maturing film and television industry and to raise funds for South African and Canadian children’s’ educational charities.

Historically, TSAFF has shown a dynamic selection of productions that cover topics specific to South Africa’s history, cultural diversity and changing political landscape. The 2017 show reel is no different and includes seven new films, all of which were conceptualized, shot and produced in South Africa. Two of the films are in Afrikaans with English subtitles and a documentary produced one of the country’s best known comedians and AIDS activists, Pieter Dirk Uys, the balance are all fiction based English titles. “Every year we base our film choices on, not only what we think are the best productions but also, that showcase the kinds of social conversations the country has on a daily basis. We would love to exhibit a bigger selection due to the considerable number of quality productions available but sadly we are limited by the length of the festival.” says Shannon Cumming, Director of Films Management. “The choices we have opted for, I believe are the best to date.” She concludes. A full range of titles and tickets sales can be accessed HERE.

For the first time since the Festival’s inception, TSAFF is being held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The location, which was built in 2007, is a celebrated cinema venue, designed especially for film exhibition. “Hosting TSAFF at the TIFF Bell Lightbox has elevated the Festival to an exciting, new standard. The state-of-the-art location will not only provide the correct medium for the films but further increase exposure beyond the current viewer base.” mentions Neha Kotak, TSAFF Co-chair. The Festival launches on Saturday October 14th, which includes a Gala in the evening and a screening of the headlining production, Krotoa.

The Toronto South African Film Festival is a proud not for profit organization that presents features and documentaries which explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa – films that both entertain and inform. TSAFF is organized entirely by volunteers and all proceeds from the festival go to supporting the important educational development work Education without Borders has been doing in South Africa since 2002.

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