Design Indaba FilmFest presents 10 documentary feature films – never before shown on South African soil and screened in unforgettable alfresco settings. From intimately told, quirky narratives to bold conversation starters, they showcase the genius and passion that drives creativity in endeavours such as urban planning, old-school sign painting, skateboarding and photography. BOOK NOW!
The festival takes place over the course of 10 nights at three different venues that capture the heritage and cinematic beauty of Cape Town. Cape Town Food Trucks will provide gourmet street food experiences designed specifically for each event – and there will be a bar to service your beverage needs!
Maiden’s Cove in Clifton will host three films. They will be screened in an old-school drive-in style setting.
21 February Sound City
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) documents the history of the recording studio Sound City, where artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Slipknot and Nirvana recorded their groundbreaking music.
22 February 20 Feet from Stardom (Oscar nominee 2014)
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. The untold true story of the backup singers behind Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and other legends.
23 February The Otherside
There’s a new music scene brewing in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle hip-hop artists are redefining the genre and exploding onto the national scene. Think Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Dyme Def and more.
South Africa’s oldest surviving colonial building, the Castle of Good Hope, hosts the next six films in a scenically quite different but equally spectacular alfresco setting. Cape Town Food Trucks brings the finest street food in Cape Town to the Castle: Inside & You’re Out for organic burgers, The Drunken Tuscan for heavenly risotto, Portobello for market fare flavourites & Sugary Sensation for yummy sweets.
24 February The Human Scale
By 2050, 80% of humanity will live in cities – and they have to be re-imagined for this circumstance. Human Scale is a critical look at how we build and use our cities in the 21st century.
25 February This Ain't California (Cannes Independent Film Fest)
Discover the vibrant underground skateboard scene of East Germany during the 80s, which coincided with the rise of punk rock, hip-hop, breakdancing and other outsider movements.
26 February Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (Denver Film Festival Award winner)
A look into Crewdson’s elaborate creative process to capture the perfect image and the life story behind the work.
27 February Sign Painters
This documentary revels in the nearly lost art of creating storefronts, murals, banners and billboards by hand with brush and paint.
28 February Cutie and the Boxer (Oscar nominee 2014)
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. It's a 2014 Oscar favourite.
1 March Finding Fela (2014 Sundance Film Festival debut)
The film directed by Alex Gibney explores the life and music of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician and composer, Fela Kuti.
For the grand finale on 2 March, we will be screening Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, in the Nu Metro Cinemas at Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront. This is the African premiere and the first time it will be screened in public since its debut at the Berlin Film Festival in early February.
For more information or to book your tickets go to designindaba.com/film