Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival    . 

   A  Window  on  World  Cinema


It doesn't matter what your level of experience, if you've got potential, we want to find you. This is why ISA developed the ISA FAST TRACK Fellowship to give TWO undiscovered screenwriters the opportunity to meet with and be mentored by EIGHT executives in Los Angeles. Plus, our chosen writers will work directly with the ISA Development Team for an entire year in an effort to Fast Track their careers.

In the first 2 Seasons of Fast Track, they have 3 Major Success Stories!

  • Chris DeWan, Fast Track II Fellow recently signed an Option with Indomitable Entertainment

  •  Melissa Birks, Fellow of the very first Fast Track Fellowship, has recently signed with The Savage Agency! 

  •  Evan Cooper, Top 10 Fast Track II screenwriter signed with manager, Kailey Marsh (creator of The Blood List)! 

  • Fast Track III Fellows are well on their way with pending interest from industry reps they met on their May trip to Los Angeles. Plus, they wrapped up the week with a party at Third Thursdays we threw in their honor after the Panel Serie.

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 Arabian Nights  at the CTWIFF.

The Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival is proud to present the Arabian Nights section at the festival running from 10 - 16 December 2016.

This section will screen films from the Arab world carefully selected for our South African audiences with the cooperation of our international programmers.  We will present a special Arabian Night with music, traditional dancers from Abu Dhabi, and food  at the V&A Waterfront. The traditional dances accompanied by music and poetries is it part of the Emerati heritage. There are various types of dances which may delight the audiences. The dance and music is a way of expressing the UAE joyfulness where is it usually to be found in weddings, national holidays, festivals, parties, friends gatherings.


The Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, has opened submissions for the 8th Annual Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival, to be held 10 - 16 December , 2016.

As usual, the Festival welcomes submissions of feature-length and short films, in both the narrative and documentary categories.

CTWIFF also welcomes submissions for their New Directors program.  This program celebrates new trends in film & digital media and also introduces Cape Town audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world.

Key Dates :
The submissions deadlines for the 2016 Festival are as follows:

May 15, 2016

  • Submissions open for short length and feature length film entries, as well as transmedia project entries.

June 15, 2016

  • Early entry deadline for short length and feature length film entries

August 01, 2016

  • Official entry deadline for short length and feature length film entries as well as transmedia project entries. This is the final deadline for transmedia projects and short films.

October 15, 2016

  • Late entry deadline for feature world premieres completed after the official deadline only.

 Online Entries accepted through

                         Trailers of some of our Favourite films of 2016