Film Market Access Open Doors for South Africa at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto – September 10th, 2015 Film Market Access (“FMA”) will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) for the 6th consecutive year. FMA will be celebrating TIFF’s 40th anniversary along with 20 film producers and 3 film students taking part in the Toronto Film Program from South Africa.  Since 2014 FMA begun working with South Africa at the various film markets and with a new partnership created this year; 23 participants makes it our largest delegation within the Toronto Film Program at TIFF.

Broken down among two groups; Fifteen emerging producers are part of the delegation from the South African Indies (“SA Indies”) a new partnership with FMA. We are pleased to be working with SA Indies an umbrella brand for South African independent filmmakers and companies, established by the Association for Transformation in Film and Television (“ATFT”) sponsored by South Africa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to international film and television markets.

Continuing with our strong relationship with the National Film and Video Foundation (“NFVF”) we welcome five producers and three film students. Among the NFVF producers is Zamo Mkhwanazi producer/director of the TIFF selected international short film “The Call”. Mkhwanazi joins the list of South African films that have made it to the festival this year including: Cuckold, Nasser, Yolo and Endless River. “We feel that is it is an absolute privilege to facilitate in South Africa’s rapidly growing film culture, and we hope to see the country succeed in this very competitive industry” says Kirk Cooper, FMA CEO

The FMA participants will take part in our festival readiness orientation and pitch workshop upon arrival in Toronto. During their week-long stay at the festival participants will be attending TIFF Industry Conference. TIFF Industry Conference offers its participants world-class professional development opportunities and provides access to highly sought-after industry professionals. Daily panels discussions, open dialogue, and networking opportunities are available for each participant among industry professionals. The South Africa consulate office along with the NFVF will host a Canada/South Africa Co-production breakfast and an industry networking reception with Hot Doc Blue Ice Fund on Monday, September 14th. “TIFF’s prestige attracts the best in the world, and we are confident that our participants can find the support they need among the attendees before they leave Toronto” Kirk Cooper remarks.

Since 2009, FMA has coached and facilitated a meaningful professional and business development experience for a diverse group of local, national and international producers, directors, and other media professionals to attend TIFF.

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