The 7th Annual Tri Continental Film Festival continues to screen engaging, thought provoking films that encourage dialogue and debate amongst the audience. The South African public has continued to support the festival ensuring another excellent year for the Tri Continental Film Festival.
Each year the Tri Continental Film Festival runs an audience award in the categories of Best International Documentary, Best South African Documentary, Best Feature Film and Best Short Film. These awards celebrate and give recognition to those films.
The Tri Continental Film Festival wishes to announce that the 2009 Best International Documentary is Holly Lubbock's Fezeka's Voice. This inspirational film tells the story of the Fezeka High School choir and their journey of a lifetime from Gugulethu in Cape Town to England to take part in the Salisbury Arts Festival. It resonated with audiences around the country, a fact reflected by the overwhelming number of excellent votes for the film.
Once again, local documentary films about music and musicians also proved popular with the festival audience. This year, Lloyd Ross's The Silver Fez about the world of Cape Malay choirs and the personalities that compete to be crowned champions, was chosen as the Best South African Documentary.
The Best Feature Film award was unanimously awarded to Skin, the compelling and moving true story of Sandra Laing, a black woman born to a white family in South Africa during the height of Apartheid. Audience members found screenings of this film incredibly emotional and the Tri Continental Film Festival was proud to able to première the film in Johannesburg and host Sandra Laing herself for this screening.
The Best Short Film at the festival was Father Christmas Doesn't Come Here by Bhekumuzi Sibiya, and the Tri Continental Film Festival is once again pleased to have been able to showcase the work of South Africa's best emerging filmmakers.