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Returning for it’s 4th Annual Festival


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The inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival took place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town, South Africa from Thursday the 27th of March to Monday the 31st of March 2014. In 2015, re-branded as the South African Eco Film Festival, the event extended its reach with screenings in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Eastern Cape. In 2016, the South African Eco Film Festival broke new ground with it’s first ever SA Directors Showcase as well as screenings in Simonstown and Muzinberg.

This years Festival theme is Change is Here. In light of this past tumultuous year – which is looking to take the record for the hottest global temperatures ever measured, political surprises across continents, an increasing awareness of the power of global corporations, all in the midst of burgeoning technological advances – we are building a diverse programme reflecting these dynamic times.

2017 will see some new events, exciting films, Q&A’s and our chance to help The Labia Theatre show off their “make-over”.



Whilst ECO Film Festival 2017 planning is underway in the WYWS garden shed, we are happy to share some news about the wonderful Wavescape Festival. Wavescape are celebrating their 13th year with a bumper line up and you can find it all here.

Since 2004, the Wavescape Festival presented by Pick n Pay has grown into one of Cape Town’s premier attractions, with thousands flocking to the flagship screening of surf films beneath the stars on Clifton 4th Beach, at the foot of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles.

This summer, between 21 November and 11 December, this beach culture and surfing celebration will carry the torch for ocean conservation and sustainable seafood awareness.

In the film festival part of the program, 26 ocean and surfing films will be screened at two other venues alongside Clifton. Also in the festival program are other events and fixtures that bring a unique mix of beach culture, scientific endeavour, and conservation activism.


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The South African Recovery Film Festival 2016

22 – 25 September

The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg

2016 is our 4th year and we are delighted to continue presenting documentary and feature films that explore themes of addiction and mental health issues in association with our main sponsors, the South African College Of Applied Psychology, and our supporting sponsors – Prospect Hill, The Mindfulness Centre, TB/HIV Care Association, Life Matters Outpatient, The Foundation Clinic – Sharp, World Without Wine, Ixande, Recovery Outcomes and Start 2 Stop.

SARFF aims to educate and inform, to create debate and discussion – and to promote the solutions and successes of Recovery from the debilitating problems of addiction. We also hope to entertain and provide a safe space for people from all parts of the Recovery community to come together.

We welcome friends in established recovery, those new to the choice, professionals, practitioners and policy makers, and of course people who enjoy film, to all our screenings. The Festival aims to challenge the stigma and shame that surround addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues. We believe that stigma often drives ignorance of the conditions and makes access to help difficult, providing no space to celebrate the solutions.

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 Walk and Second Chance as well as grass root community organisations such as 1 Million Strong.

We hope you enjoy our diverse offering of films relating to addiction, recovery and mental health issues and encourage you to join our after film talks and take part in the Audience Choice Award by rating the films you see on the slips provided, enjoy the Festival and thank you for your support.

In response to audience feedback this year we have devised symbols to caution which films include graphic drug use, euphoric scenes and strong language.

SARFF is pleased to be donating R5 of each ticket sold to the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.



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).