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The 2016 Open Design Festival are screening films at The Labia Theatre under the umbrella title Open Design Movie Nights facilitated by WYWS.

Thursday 11th August 6.15pm

South African Crowdfunders Thundafund present the premiere of CAPITAL C – The Crowdfunding Movie, the film is a testament to the crowd funding concept, and the understanding it brings to how crowdfunding can work is crystal clear.

In 2010 Film makers Timon Birkhofer & Jørg M. Kundinger found themselves in the middle of a little known concept called crowdfunding, they ended up supporting dozens of campaigns including engineering of 3D printers, developing virtual reality glasses, farmers making organic popcorn, comic book creators and filmmakers of both Sundance- and Oscar-winning movies! Hundreds of new ideas were brought to life and that’s how they found inspiration to create their own crowdfunded film.

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Friday 12th August 6.15pm

Another chance to see the hit international documentary film TRUE COST, a story about clothing. This is a film about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the fashion industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Saturday 13th August 6.15pm

The Mask I Live In is the new film from the The Representation Project. The Project’s last film, Miss Representation received a great reception when screened by WYWS in 2012.

The documentary follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating the media, peer group and event parental definition of masculinity.

The Mask I Live In has earned great reviews on the Festival circuit world wide in the last 12 months and WYWS are excited to be presenting the South African premiere of this important film at Open Design Movie Nights.


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The South African Recovery Film Festival 2015

24 – 27 September

The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg

Now in it’s 3rd year The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival is “re-branding” as The South African Recovery Film Festival (SARFF). As well as announcing our exciting partnership with SACAP (The South African College Of Applied Psychology) we also thank and welcome our supporting sponsors, The Prospect Hill Recovery Practice, Life Matters Outpatient, The Foundation Clinic in association with SHARP-Johannesburg and Ixande. This year we are also delighted about the involvement of the Step Up Project and Run 2016.

Focusing on documentary films that explore themes of addiction and mental health issues, SARFF aims to educate, entertain and inform – and to promote the solutions and successes of Recovery from these debilitating conditions.

The stigma that surrounds addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues often drives shame and ignorance of the conditions and not only makes access to help difficult, but provides no space to celebrate the solutions.

The effects of alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health issues effect all communities in South Africa increasing crime and violence, fueling neglect of families, negative impacts on work and study and much more. However, the positive impact of Recovery, fall in crime and violence, rebuilding families, ability to work – those in Recovery becoming active members of communities, role models and credible messengers of hope – needs to be celebrated.

A thriving Recovery Movement in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia has encouraged the organisers to continue to grow the Festival this year and to welcome the involvement of home grown recovery initiatives Recovery Ally Cape Town, Sober & Sexy and The Cape Town Recovery

SARFF hopes to stimulate a conversation about the realities of the problem, and to celebrate the positive effects of Recovery – of solutions – to challenge the stigma which is blocking the chances for so many.


The South African Recovery Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).


You are invited to the Cape Town premiere of a new 30-minute documentary about dying in South Africa.

Date: Sunday 6 September 2015

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Price: R40 (includes a glass of wine)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion in which the film’s director, producer and initiator will participate.

Book tickets by calling the Labia Theatre: 021 424 5927

In ‘Death Matters’, a variety of citizens as well as professionals express their views about the options people living in South African metros have regarding their choices for their final farewell. While considering options like sky burials, cremations, donation to science and eco burials, the documentary also addresses major problems such as the environmental and financial burden of most traditional burials as well as the lack of space in public cemeteries.

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The purpose of the documentary is to showcase the three most essential issues related to burials in South Africa: the space issues in public cemeteries, the environmental concerns about most common burial practices, and the fact that most burials cause dire financial situations for people.
The documentary is part of a larger ‘Death Matters’ project that encourages discussion and much needed innovation (creating space for change) on this lively matter.

Fifty percent of the revenues from the documentary screening will be used to take the documentary to various neighbourhoods in Cape Town.

Please visit the official website for more information (and feel free to participate in the online survey).


You are invited to special screenings of the brand-new feature documentary ‘Blood Lions’:

Dates:  Thursday 20 August – SOLD OUT!

              Friday 21 August

              Saturday 22 August

Time:    6.15pm

Venue:  Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R120

Tickets can be bought at Webtickets here:

Webtickets online



All screenings will be followed by a Q&A session.

‘Blood Lions’ is a compelling documentary that uncovers the shocking realities behind the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

Proceeds earned by these fundraising screenings will go towards the campaign to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

The film follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

It is a story that blows the lid off claims made by these operators in attempting to justify what they do. Last year alone over 800 captive lions were shot in South Africa, mostly by wealthy international hunters under conditions that are anything but sporting.


Ian has been following this story since 1999, and he goes onto the breeding farms to witness the impacts that decades of intensive breeding is having on the captive lions and other predators.

Aggressive farmers and most within the professional hunting community resent his questioning, but the highly profitable commercialization of lions is plain to see – cub petting, volunteer recruitment, lion walking, canned hunting, trading and the new lion bone trade are on the increase. And all are being justified under the guise of conservation, research and education.

In parallel we follow Rick, who purchases a lion online from his home in Hawaii. He then travels to South Africa to follow the path canned hunters do.


‘Blood Lions’ speaks to trophy hunters, operators and breeders as well as recognized lion ecologists, conservationists and animal welfare experts.

The film shows in intimate detail how lucrative it is to breed lions, and how the authorities and most professional hunting and tourism bodies have become complicit in allowing the industries to flourish.

There is also hope in this story as it covers the very latest developments with the Australian government announcing a complete ban on the importation of all African lion trophies into Australia.

‘Blood Lions’ is a compelling call to action and shows how you can get involved in a global campaign to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

The screenings are brought to you in partnership with the Conservation Action Trust, Remgro Limited, SPAR and Bowman Gilfillan

‘Blood Lions’ was directed by Bruce Young & Nick Chevallier and is presented by Regulus Vision and Wildlands.

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Call for Entries

Closing date: 31 December 2015

In March 2015, the Eco Kids Film Initiative screened many short films that were entered, and sourced locally and abroad over the course of seven days for children in Cape Town ranging from 3 – 17 years in age. During this week days we played host to many parents and children, schools and eco clubs.

In 2016, EKFI is once more affiliating with the South African Eco Film Festival and we are looking for submissions by media professionals, amateurs and children (see our competition page) alike.

Films submitted should be between 2 minutes and 15 minutes in length. We accept documentaries and narratives that are either live-action or animated. The films should be made with children in mind; not necessarily be about children.

There should be a strong environmental theme, which could be about a particular environmental issue, for example pollution, recycling, organic farming, health and wellbeing, conservation, wildlife, about the beauty of nature, or about a community, organisation or individual that is making a difference.

The guiding philosophy for the selection process is ‘earth action’ and ‘earth inspiration’. In other words, films should be by-or-about people and actions that can inspire kids to take action in their own communities and schools.

Screenings will be followed by a dynamic group session lead by a trained facilitator to enhance and reinforce the learning process. The selected films will be a creative mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated.

Although we endeavour and prefer to promote the local film and media sectors we do source films from the international arena.

Rules & Terms

  • The film festival is aimed at kids aged between 4 and 14 years of age.
    • Films submitted should be between 2 minutes and 15 minutes in length.
    • Films that have not been previously screened in South Africa will be given preference.
    • Films submitted to EKFI should be made for, rather than be about, children.
    • Content should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    • Films should preferably be either originally in English or dubbed into the English language. Foreign language films will need to have subtitles and provide an English script with time codes.
    • Films can be either animation or live-action; documentary, or narrative. However, the content has to be aimed at children in the target age group with a strong environmental theme, and be entertaining and inspirational in character.

Criteria for non-acceptance:
• Excessive or gratuitous violence, nudity, or profanity.
• Content that advocates and supports racial, cultural, religious, or gender bias.
• Films may also be disqualified for technical or procedural reason.
• Films made prior to 1 January 2013 will not be considered for selection.

The person/company (the Entrant) submitting this production to the Eco Kids Film Initiative agrees that:
• The EKFI has the right to use video excerpts and photo stills from the film for publicity and promotional purposes, including on its webpage. By submitting an entry, permission is granted for its use in promotional materials.
• The entrant is legally authorized by the producer and distributor, or other rights’ owner to enter this film in the EKFI Festival. Once entered, submissions may not be withdrawn from participation in the Festival.
• Entrants must guarantee, should their entry be selected, that permission from the rights holder is secured for a maximum of three screenings at the 3rd annual Eco Kids Film Initiative 2016 at each different venue, and a further five additional screenings at schools or other outreach projects.


Green heroes (7 – 14 years old)

Films about people and projects that are making a difference for the planet and are an inspiration to kids to do the same.

Wild world (7 – 14 years old)

Educational films about wildlife and/or kids getting wild while taking care of the planet’s wild life and having fun doing it.

Be the change (7 – 14 years old)

Films about kids that, whether on their own or as a group of friends, are creating change to protect and preserve the environment and raising awareness in the process. Films can also be educational or informative about actions that kids can take at home or school to make a difference.

Small seeds hold great potential (4 – 7 years old)

Films especially for the very little ones to delight and ignite their curiosity in things living and green.

Natural Connections (7 – 14 years old)

Children and nature go together like peas and carrots. Give them a dose of Vitamin N(ature) by showcasing the planet’s natural history and rich biodiversity.

Food for thought (7 – 14 years old)

Films to create and raise awareness around just and sustainable food.

Films by Kids (7 – 14 years old)

Kids from around the world are making films and telling stories about their environment and the environental challenges that are facing us all.

Submit your film

For more information, email for the entry form, or submit your film via FilmFreeway: Eco Kids Film Initiative proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.



Date: Friday 29 May
Time: 6.15pm,
Place: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Webtickets

Webtickets online


Or book tickets by calling the Labia Theatre: 021 424 5927

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”   Alexander McQueen


As part of a simultaneous worldwide release, While You Were Sleeping are hosting the South African premiere of The True Cost, a compelling new feature documentary that explores the real value of the clothes we wear.

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the clothing industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.


The True Cost is a ground breaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

In an unprecedented move, the filmmakers are releasing the film simultaneously on all platforms, including cinemas, worldwide.


This important new film is breaking moulds in clothing finance, distribution and promotion. Tony Budden of Hemporium will be speaking after the film and providing insight into the issues raised in a local context.

The premiere is supported by local Cape Town innovators KIN, Hemporium, Hello Again, Fittees, Ballo and the local chapter of the international organization Fashion Revolution.


On Saturday 23 May, While You Were SleepingLife Matters Outpatient Addictions Care and Cape Town Recovery we will be screening the ground-breaking documentary feature film  Russell Brand: From Addiction To Recovery, followed by its brand-new sequel, Russell Brand: End The Drugs War.

Proceeds from both screenings will go towards the Wion’s Kidney Transplant (WKT) Fundraiser!


As an addict in Recovery Russell Brand has become a passionate advocate for abstinence-based Recovery and improved access to treatment, with addiction being seen as a health issue rather than a criminal one. These two films look at the stigmas surrounding the problem and offer solutions along with a large helping of irreverent humour and sharp insights.

Russell Brand: From Addiction To Recovery will screen at 4pm and will be followed by a WKT benefit auction.

Russell Brand: End The Drugs War will screen at 6.15pm and will be followed by a WKT Raffle Draw.

About the Wion’s Kidney Transplant (WKT) Fundraiser:

As a counsellor Wion has played a significant part in helping many of his clients get back onto their feet and have that second shot at living a healthy life.

For the last 7 years despite silently battling chronic kidney disease, Wion has continued to play an active role in Cape Town’s diverse Recovery Community.

Having been fortunate enough to be able to start dialysis in August 2014 and having identified a donor from Australia he is preparing for the transplant this year.

This fundraiser is to assist him with the ever-increasing financial implications of such a transplant, flights and postoperative medication.

Your contribution to this initiative will be greatly appreciated.


For more information on how you can contribute to WKT, contact:

Melissa Jane Rai: 083 638 6229


For more information about Life Matters, contact:

Bev Lodge: 082 498 6887