To the 9th outing of the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. We know that we say this every year, and it's always true at the time, but this must be the best, certainly the most mature of all the Festivals thus far. This is less a comment on our condition, this Festival is run by gracefully aging dykes, but rather on the state of queer filmmaking, which is improving all the time.
A decade ago films and television series may have included queer characters, a camp fun queen to be laughed at or a troubled lesbian on the brink of suicide. We were the bit on the side, now we're the main course! The 9th Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is a celebration of the diversity of queer culture across the world, and especially in South Africa.
We are very pleased to have a total of thirteen South African productions in our line up, from 3 minute shorts to a full length feature film.
And whilst we celebrate our freedom, let us not forget friends and family, at home and across our borders, who suffer indignities, promulgated by law and shouted out by politicians, that impinge on their civil liberties and their right to express themselves.
We also note, with sadness, the passing of two filmmakers. This year's programme includes a retrospective of the work of Mpumi Njinge who died last year. The irrepressible Philip Brooks was an old friend of this Festival. An Australian living in Paris, Brooks had many ties to South Africa and through his production company Dominant7 had a large part to play in the Steps for the Future series. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure Brooks' last film Madame Sata this year. We are planning a retrospective of some of his work for next year.
take great pleasure in thanking those that make this Film Festival possible.
There are those in institutions who recognize what we achieve and so make
vital funding available to us:
In preparing every Festival our faith in humanity is restored, we receive unexpected kindnesses from all quarters. We thank the following:
Desiree Warner and Ophelia Boock of the Parow branch of Avis have, for the second year running, secured national sponsorship for the Film Festival.
Kathi Jones and Emma Kaye of The Pod didn't hesitate when we suggested that they make advertisements for the Festival. When we said that we had no budget they didn't blink. We thank Bill Price, and all at The Refinery.
Martin Nel and David Olivier were eager to assist us with our website and Q.co.za is our Internet sponsor.
Both Prospero Bailey of Cornuti the Cradle, in the Sterkfontein valley, and Robert Mulders of Rozenhof, in Cape Town sponsor our guest / press luncheons and make everyone feel special. If you ever want to impress someone look no further than these restaurants.
You would not be reading this programme if it were not for the continued good services and humour of all at Copycat Communications. Thank you Charlotte, Jo and Mel.
We have had a long and fruitful relationship with Cinema Nouveau screened by Nedbank. We thank Nico van der Merwe and all his staff.
Absolut Vodka is our new liquor sponsor. They will provide libations on the Opening Nights and have ensured that the tradition of a give-away bottle at each and every screening continues in 2003. You'll have to watch their ads very closely to spot the bottles, if you're to win.
Out In Africa is nothing if not innovative and we make every attempt to improve our systems. More films are being made on video and each year we go to great trouble to install video projectors in the cinemas.
This year we are working with Cinemark and Spectrum Visual Networks. Simply, we hand over the videos, they spool them onto a massive hard drive and beam the films in by satellite. It's a first for any Film Festival in this country and a sign of the future. Beam us up Scottie!
are others who give generously of their time, expertise and even the occasional
muscle, including; filmmakers who donate their work freely, members of
the Press who cover the Festival, the Out In Africa Board members and
individual volunteers. It is necessary for us to mention some by name,
Gerald Kraak, Shahindran Moonieya, Duncan Houghton, Sheryl Ozinsky, Jeanine Cameron, Deborah
Murray, Nelson Pereira, Hetty Zandman, Simon White and my darling Meryl Glaser.
Gerald Kraak, Shahindran Moonieya, Duncan Houghton, Sheryl Ozinsky, Jeanine Cameron, Deborah Murray, Nelson Pereira, Hetty Zandman, Simon White and my darling Meryl Glaser.
but not least, thank you to the Festival staff:
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