Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!
Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !
IFAS promotes French cinema in South Africa by partnering with distributors, cinemas and festivals for the release of French films to reach the widest possible audience. After the internationally acclaimed The Intouchables in January, IFAS will partner with Ster Kinekor for the screening of more French films in all the Cinema Nouveau theatres across the country in 2013. Coming soon: Flying me to the moon, a romantic comedy movie with Diane Kruger and Rust & Bone with world renowned French actress Marion Cotillard.
In 2012, the Durban International Film Festival –DIFF- screened 18 French films as part of a French Focus organised in the framework of the French Season in France. DIFF and other major South African film festivals like Encounters Documentary Festival, Tri Continental Festival and the Cape Winelands Film Festival should screen French films again in 2013 with the contribution of IFAS.
IFAS is also a major partner of Kunjanimation, the only animated films event in South Africa and a not-to-be-missed networking and training opportunity for animation professionals. The idea behind this partnership is to develop the links with the French animation industry, one of most successful in the world. In June, as part of the South African Season in France in 2013, the Annecy Festival, the number one international animation event, will host a SA pavilion showcasing the best of South African animation to the world.
Also as part of the SA season in France, major French film festivals like Paris Cinema, La Rochelle, Amiens festivals will organise South African cinema special programs in 2013. A South African focus will be organised during the Cannes film festival in May at the Cinémas du Monde pavilion, in partnership with the French Institute, NFVF and IFAS.
As a service to South African filmmakers and producers, calls for film entries and applications for project development platforms organised by French film festivals are published on IFAS website. All information about French funds like the World Cinema Support (Aide aux Cinémas du Monde) and the France-South Africa co-production agreement are also available.
Beside promoting the French Cinema and developing links between the French and South African film industries, the role of the Regional Audiovisual Attaché based at IFAS is to promote French TV content and channels in South Africa and the region (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe). With the support of TV France International –TVFI-, French programs and formats like Countdown (Des Chiffres et des Lettres) et Fort Boyard are international hits, broadcast across the world.
In South Africa, the French international news channel France 24 is available on Top TV and TV5 can be watched on Multichoice DSTV (channel 437). Since 9 April 2013, the European news channel Euronews, based in France, is available in millions more pay-TV households in South Africa on the DSTV Family and Compact bouquets (DSTV 414).
In partnership with TVFI and IFAS, a strong French delegation should be present in November at DISCOP Africa 2013, the African TV content market based in Johannesburg since 2012. Following a seminar organised in Cape Town in November 2012 as part of the French season, INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), the world’s number one audio-visual center for digital archiving, is to work with the National Film Video and Sound Archives –NFVSA- to digitize some of the historical South African audio-visual heritage. In the field of radio, IFAS and Wits Radio will partner in 2013 for Radio Days conference in July in link with RFI (Radio France Internationale) and also for programing and capacity building projects.
Audiovisual Attaché for Southern Africa
Tel. (+27) 11 403 0458
Direct (+27) 11 727 5105