Curious Pictures, producers of SAFTA award winning dramas Hard Copy and Tsha Tsha, are making international inroads with the 2006 feature film, HEARTLINES.
HEARTLINES, the feature film first screened at Sithengi Capetown Film Festival in November 2006 and has since has been accepted to five international film festivals on three continents worldwide, Europe, Africa and North America.
HEARTLINES screened early this year in Europe at the Goteburg International Film Festival in Sweden. Göteborg International Film Festival is the biggest public film festival in Scandinavia. Each year, some 450 films from 60 countries are screened for 115 000 visitors.
In February, HEARTLINES screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. This year Golden Globe winner Forest Whitaker was the celebrity host for the opening of the festival and with an attendance of over 200,000 people, the Pan African Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in North America, screening over 150 films made by or about people of African descent from the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada.
Additionally in the month of February, HEARTLINES screened at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso. This biennial film festival founded in 1969 is a competition of exclusively African films.
The latest additions to the HEARTLINES international screening invitations come from the United States and include the Atlanta Film Festival and the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, both festivals will screen HEARTLINES in the month of April.
HEARTLINES, was the final episode in the widely popular HEARTLINES series on SABC. It is a film about second chances, directed by Angus Gibson, produced by Mariki Pretorius and featuring actors Mpho Joseph Molepo, S’thandiwe Kgoroge, Mbongeni Ngema and new comer Mduduzi Mabaso.
The Heartlines initiative is a partnership between the Mass Media Project, The SABC and FNB.
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