Cape Town Film Market & Talent Campus Fact Sheet

1. Programme Overview

The Cape Town Film Market is a co-production initiative between South Africa and it’s Co-production treaty countries by the CTIFMF. The Cape Town Film Market takes place annually in October during the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

The annual event aims to bring more prominence and assistance with film projects, simplify collaboration and interaction between South African and other international filmmakers from the nine co-production treaty countries as well as film industry members from the BRICS countries. To present new film projects to prospective investors and partners, and provide delegates with the opportunity to network with proficient and established local, and international industry associates through a series of Masterclasses, workshops, and collaborative forums which cover up-to-date and relevant film production matters.

The Cape Town Film Market presents an official selection of South African fiction and documentary projects in development, who will be afforded the opportunity to present to a panel of potential co-producers, film funds broadcasters and sales agents, at the Cape Town Pitch a public pitching forum, followed by several finance forum meetings.

A call for applications opens in May each year and all submissions are made online at

2. Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply to submit an official project?
The following are eligible to submit their applications for selection as an official Cape Town Film Market project:

a. The submitting production company must be from South Africa or from one of its nine treaty countries namely: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand and UK. Proof of citizenship must be provided through a certified copy of a valid identity document;

b. South Africans living abroad, but who still have South African citizenship can also apply.

c. Projects must have both a producer and director attached.

d. Eligible South African treaty country projects that are looking for partners in South Africa will also be considered.

e. The Cape Town Film Market will also look at other African production countries’ projects but these projects must have a South African or a South African treaty country producer formally attached in order to be considered.

f. All other international directors, writers, producers and industry professionals, (not from the treaty countries) with projects looking for South African partners or partners from South African treaty countries, can apply to be a delegate. Admission to the Cape Town Film Market as a delegate is by registration and payment of a registration fee.

The online delegate registration opens in July each year at

3. Submission Criteria
What documents must I submit with my application?

Minimum Requirements:

a. Synopsis (1 – 2 pages)
b.Script / Treatment (8 – 10 pages must be submitted with application) A finished 1st draft or pilot script must be available at the time of CTFM
c.Finance Plan – to include projected and actual treaty country partnership support
d. One page motivation – Why this project needs a South African or treaty country partnership.
e. Directors Statement of Intent
f. Directors Profile
g. Producers Profile
h. Company Profile
i. Finance plan
j. Budget outline
k. Letters of financial/other support
l. Two (2) production stills (for works in progress)
m. Link to rough cut / teaser/ trailer (if available)
n. High resolution picture of director
o. High resolution picture of producer
p. Signed Letter accepting terms and conditions
q. Copy of a certified passport of any one of the 3 key creative roles of writer, director or producer