The organizers of last year’s successful Knysna Film Festival have rebranded the festival to GRIFF – Garden Route International Film Festival. ‘In light of the current Covid19 pandemic we had to change our concept for the short term to ensure the festival goes ahead. To this end we are bringing back Drive-ins to the Garden Route and also taking the festival Online as a Virtual Festival’ says Patrick Walton GRIFF Festival Director.  

The organizers have already completed a recce of suitable locations in Riversdale, Mosselbay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Calitzdorp, Ladysmith and Oudtshoorn.

The organizers are taking this two-tier approach in order to ensure that the festival goes ahead in a Virtual environment and physical space. If Covid19 levels disrupt plans for the Drive-ins, postponement is easy with all the necessary planning already in place.

The Drive-in Cinemas will feature a double bill for two nights in each town. A film in competition and an ‘Oldy but a goodie’ will be screened each night. Organizers anticipate that due to the limited number of cars allowed under gathering restrictions, tickets will be a sought-after commodity.

Post festival, the organizers anticipate continuing with the drive-ins, creating an opportunity for individuals to create a business around the concept. ‘We have the equipment and infrastructure, so we want it out there for audiences to enjoy and take advantage of long after the festival finishes.’ says Festival Coordinator Shianne Maritz.

Safety remains the number one priority so audiences will enjoy films from the comfort of their own cars. Depending on the level of Covid19 over the festival dates, there may also be some additional nostalgic services on offer.  The organizers showed their creative and innovative thinking with the film festival last year and are intent on stepping things up a gear this year.

Tickets will go on sale a month prior to the event and depending on the venue and restrictions at the time, up to 60 cars per venue are anticipated.

We want people to enjoy this form of socializing and remember the hey-days of the drive-in experience and share that as a family.  More information will be available on the festival website and Facebook page as planning continues. The Virtual film festival is scheduled for 21st September 2020 to 11th October 2020.  

For more information or images please contact GRIFF Festival Director Patrick Walton  / 082 4751212.


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Competition: Showcase your skills! Deadline Extended till end of June 2020

Enter The Garden Route Film Office competition to create a video clip of your experience in self-isolation. Not only will the winners of this competition will have the opportunity to have their work showcased to the public and stakeholders in the industry. 

The winning entries will be awarded a weekend stay for two people at:


  •  The final clip length should not exceed 30 seconds (edited)
  • The clip may contain video, audio, animation, photos or any other form of created content

Terms and conditions:

  • All content used in this project should be original content, created by yourself.
  • Only royalty free aspects may be used in the project, and royalty free attribution should be mentioned in the entry form.
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to all the terms and conditions.
  • The submitted content may be used by the Garden Route Film office in any way they see fit, including (but not limited to) sharing on social media and showing in public locations.
  • Violation of any of the terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the competition and may result in legal actions taken by The Garden Route Film Office or any 3rd party implicated.
  • Content is not to include any scenes of abuse, foul language, incitement to violence or fake news.
  • Any prizes awarded, are not transferrable or exchangeable for cash.
  • The closing date for submission of your entry has been extended to midnight on the 30th of June 2020. Winners will be announced by the end of July 2020.

Entry Form


Video Title

Email Address

Mobile Number

I Agree to the terms & Conditions

Ladima Foundation Short Film Competition – Launched Monday June 1st

The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with the DW Akademie, is excited to announce a short-film competition aimed at African women during the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown.
The competition is open to African women content creators and filmmakers of any age or experience level, currently living in Africa. The competition aims to encourage women to share their stories as we create a living document of a time and place – of the specific circumstances that women in Africa currently find themselves, under various degrees of lock-down, through the limitations on movement, opportunity, and often, basic freedoms.
The impact of Covid-19 across the globe, and especially in Africa, is felt more by the vulnerable in society. In many African countries women’s opportunities and access to opportunities are limited, and the economic and social impact of Covid-19 is, in many cases, impacting women harder and in different ways than their male counterparts. There are issues affecting woman such as domestic violence, altered access to opportunities, increased burden of care, and many others.
This film competition invites women to share these experiences – be they challenging, positive or simply questioning. The stories should be honest, personal, and specifically related to the current COVID-19 situation. Entries across genres are welcome, from animation and fiction, to documentary or interview style – just as long as the content is 2 minutes or shorter.
Entry is FREE and women will need to register on the Ladima Foundation’s newly revamped A-List in order to enter:
Ten winning films will be selected by a jury and then streamed on the Ladima website along with other partner websites. Each winning filmmaker will also receive 500 EURO as well as access to a year’s worth of educational and inspirational webinars on the USA’s Women Make Movies platform,,valued at approximately $500.
Selection & Judging Criteria:
Any woman currently living in Africa may enter. In order to enter you must register on the A-List:
Competition opens at 9am Monday, June 1st 2020 and entries must be received by midnight GMT + 2 on Sunday June 21st 2020.
Full terms and conditions are on the Ladima website.
The films must be under 2 minutes and must focus on the following themes through an inspirational, educational, personal, or leadership lens :

  • Women with special needs / Coping with special needs during the Lockdown / Caring for
    Persons with special needs during a global pandemic
  • Impact on family / domestic life
  • Economic / impact on work life
  • Domestic violence / abuse in the time of Covid-19
  • Hope in the time of Covid-19
  • Are women paying a higher price?
  • How does the crisis highlight and affect the role of women?
  • The crisis as a kick to rethink the social order
  • Solidarity and empowerment among women in times of Covid -19
    The films will be judged on the following criteria:
    ● THEME Connection and relevance to the themes above
    ● STORY Concept
    Story has a clear message and a unique storyline
    Originality of story and / or approach
    Rich and vibrant storytelling that engages, amuses or provokes the viewer
    Best use of technology
    Technical aspects such as lighting, sound etc.
    ● CREATIVITY Original and captivating
    Imaginative writing and directing
    Presents the theme in an interesting way
    Visually appealing and entertaining
    Affects the audience through eliciting an emotional response
    Creates a lasting impression
    ● STRUCTURE Images / elements are arranged logically in a way that fits the purpose of the
    About the Ladima Foundation
    The Ladima Foundation is a Pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing
    to correcting the major imbalances within the film, TV and content industries.
    The Ladima Foundation supports and recognises African women in Film, TV and Content. Through
    training and networking programmes, we uplift, connect and include. Ladima operates in the spirit of
    positivity, excellence and integrity.
    Through a number of initiatives, The Ladima Foundation supports, trains, and mentors women in a
    variety of roles within the film, TV, and content spaces.
    Through partnerships and collaborations in various countries, as well as through Pan-African networks
    and interventions, the Ladima Foundation is committed to developing training, networking, and
    related opportunities for women professionals who demonstrate their seriousness and commitment
    to their craft.
    About DW Akademie
    DW Akademie is Deutsche Welle’s center for international media development. As a strategic partner
    of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DW Akademie carries out
    media development projects that strengthen the human right to freedom of opinion and promote
    free access to information. DW Akademie also works on projects funded by the German Foreign Office
    and the European Union – in approximately 50 developing and emerging countries.

Emerging film producers legal workshop

Wesgro Film and Media Promotion, in collaboration with Film Cape Town and Irish MacLeod Inc, has put together a legal workshop for
emerging producers/SMME’s intended to fill the knowledge gaps that exist within the industry.
When it comes to growing the local industry, and so driving economic development, one must ask; Are local filmmakers fully prepared
and skilled to pitch and fundraise on global platforms? Are the Film SMME’s growing sustainable businesses?
In light of these challenges, Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion team has started facilitating various workshops aimed at helping Film
SMME’s and Emerging Independent Producers better understand the South African and Global “Film Business” landscape.
Independent filmmakers and emerging producers looking to grow their business and expand into the global market.
Irish Macleod has proposed a programme for a two-day workshop, covering the following topics:
DATE: 3 June 2020
TIME: 10h00 – 12h30
DAY 1: Funding and Financing of Films | Sales and Distribution
DATE: 4 June 2020
TIME: 10h00 – 12h30
DAY 2: Company Formation | Special Purpose Vehicles | Chain of Title | Copyright | Production Legals | COVID-19 and productions
Click here to join:

Actual Event Support

Further to the events sponsorship communication shared previously, below please read the communication received from WESGRO regarding the updated regional events sponsorship for actual events taking place between October 2020 and March 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The last communication was for “Virtual Event Support” and this communication is for “Actual Event Support”.

Wesgro has noted with great concern the negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on leisure and business events in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

We would like to commend you for your positive response to the necessary regulations put in place by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, limiting the number of people attending public gatherings over this period.

We do, however, understand how these regulations will impact on event organisers – as well as their staff and the regions in which they take place – and as such Wesgro will continue to support regional events as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. We fully understand just how important these events are in attracting visitors to the province and profiling the destination.

Wesgro will be extending its call to for applications by events organisers for events taking place between October 2020 and March 2021.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the attached Event Application Form
  2. Complete the attached Events Loading Template – if you want your event to be listed on
  3. Attach detailed event proposal – (event profile, event promotion plans, stats of the previous event)
  4. Endorsement letter from your Regional or Local Tourism Organisation.
  5. Attach 2 photos or images of the previous event in JPEG format

Event Applications must be sent to Linda Mase via e-mail not later than Monday, 25 May 2020.

For more information and assistance please contact Linda Mase on 082 334 3197.


The Garden Route Film Office is calling your you to submit pictures of your Empty Streets: Albertinia, Carlitzdorp, Plettenberg Bay, George, Oudtshoorn, Ladysmith, Knysna, MosselBay, any town in the Greater Garden Route  – roads, farms, landscapes.

Please include the name of your Town, Street Name and/or the description of the picture. Your name if you wish to be credited. Pictures submitted must be royalty free for use by the Garden Route Film Office in our drive to increase filming in the area and promotion of the Greater Garden Route Region.

Email your pictures to

New Tool to Help Businesses Find and Apply for Financial Support

To help businesses find and apply for the financial support that is available to them, the Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town and Wesgro have today launched a fund location tool for businesses in the Western Cape.

The online tool asks the user five easy questions, ranks the answers against pre-determined criteria as stipulated by the various relief measures, and provides a list of relief measures the business may be applicable for.

The process takes under a minute >>

Any businesses in the Western Cape who need support and advice can contact the Covid-19 Content Centre at

For more info visit

The Garden Route Film Office is embarking on a Free Membership drive

The Garden Route Film Office is embarking on a Free Membership drive.  Registration is simple – just click on this link and enter your details:

WHY REGISTER: Did you know that over the past 6 years based on the activity of just ONE production company, 18 Million rand has been injected into the local economy through payment of suppliers, cast, crew and other sundries. (There are a number of productions in the area annually) The misconception is that only Accommodation establishments benefit from film and some catering. 

Here is an example of industries and resources that this production company has used in the Garden Route District: Florists, Doctors, Dentists, Water Suppliers, Generator Hire, Accommodation, Restaurants, Hair Dressers, Spa’s, Beauty Salons, Mechanics, Catering, Event Equipment Hire, Car Hire, Game Reserves, B&B’s, Conference Venues, Motorbike Hire, Cleaners, Valets, Ironing Services, Laundry, Post and Couriers, Legal, Medical, Boat Hire, Bowsers, Bicycles, Adventure Companies, Extreme Activities, Boating Excursions, Extras , Characters and Actors local, Junior PA’s, Set Runners, Department Assistance, Chaperones (Drivers), Chefs, Wardrobe and Makeup Artistes, Accounting, Wine Farms. Photographic Equipment, Trailer Hire – DEPENDING on the type of production, the list of services required increases. 

  • Producers around the world look to a central point of access to information due to the fast nature in which quotations are done and speed at which they have to put logistics of a show together.
  • The database we are building is searchable for this very reason.
  • Information on productions bound for the Garden Route is distributed to members and also information on other industry related events, training and opportunities.

Whilst we appreciate the current situation in South Africa and around the globe, we aim to remain pro-active so that we are ready for the turnaround of events and an influx of productions that have been for now postponed.