International film congress hits Cape Town

The CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) Congress 2012 takes place in Cape Town tomorrow (1st May) – the first time in its 60-year history the bi-annual event will be held in Africa.

Hosted by the South African School of Motion Pictures and Live Performance, the congress will run until Friday (4th May).

“The fact that Cape Town is hosting this event as it comes to the African continent for the first time is testament to Cape Town’s standing as an important film industry role player,” said Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism.

“Cape Town’s film industry is one that contributes greatly to the city’s economy and international flavour, with more and more productions being shot here every year. Hollywood blockbusters, like Safe House, also expose our beautiful city to the world through one location after another,” she continued.

The conference is set to focus on new and existing teaching techniques, with the aim of fostering collaboration between film schools, students and lecturers.

South Africa holidays have seen a boost in popularity in recent years thanks to the country’s growing film industry. Films such as Invictus and District 9, in addition to others that were set (but not shot) in South Africa, such as Blood Diamond, have served to promote the country across the globe.

CILECT, an international organisation representing over 160 film and television schools, was founded in Cannes in 1955, is responsible for promoting the growth and development of the film industry, in particular future talent.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Ronnie Apteker, a South African filmmaker and entrepreneur, who founded South Africa’s first Internet service provider.