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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

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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


ALIVE INSIDE – The miraculous effect of music on dementia and Alzheimer’s

While You Were Sleeping and Exploring Consciousness present the eye-opening and inspirational documentary feature film Alive Inside, which explores the astonishing impact music therapy can have on people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Date: Sunday 10 May
Time: 6.15pm
Place:  Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Tickets:  R60 (includes a glass of wine/juice before the screening from 5.30pm)
Running time:  75 minutes

Buy tickets now on Webtickets:

Webtickets online

or reserve tickets by calling the Labia on 021 424 5927

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.


This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalised music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts, including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).Alive-Inside-Film-Poster-2014

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

**WINNER – Documentary Audience Award – 2014 Sundance Film Festival**

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Please note that the Labia now has a back-up power supply for Cinema 1 where the film will be screening – the screening will take place regardless of any Telkom load shedding!


While You Were Sleeping and Vegilicious are delighted to present the debut Cape Town screening of Speciesism: The Movie.

Date: Sunday 19 April
Time: 4pm
Place: The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town
Tickets: R40 – Call 021 424 5927


“BRILLIANT AND COMPELLING” Michael Shermer , Scientific American and    Skeptic

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food around the world are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms”, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside out of sight and mind of most consumers.

Speciesism: The Movie takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons”, and coming face-to-face with their owners.

Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals, political activists, scientists, philosophers and even farmers (!) are questioning  the assumption of human superiority that allows this practice – this assumption has become known as speciesism. As a result of the questions raised, these animal “factories” are increasingly becoming considered among the greatest evils in our human history.


Speciesism: The Movie, brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.


Cowspiracy Wins Eco Film Fest Audience Choice Award

Cowspiracy, the revealing documentary feature film about the impact of animal farming on climate change and the environment has won the Silver Tree Audience Choice Award at the 2015 South African Eco Film Festival.


After every screening at the Festival, audience members were asked to give each of the films they had just watched a score between 1 (poor) and 5 (excellent). A total of 1224 votes were cast during the Festival.

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As the film that received the highest average score, Cowspiracy receives the 2015 Silver Tree Audience Choice Award. The award is named after the beautiful indigenous Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum), a member of the protea family that grows only on a few spots on the slopes of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula.

Cowspiracy achieved an excellent score of 4.83 out of a maximum of 5. Close runners up were Just Eat It (4.66), Black Ice (4.61) and the South African short films Abalimi (4.59) and The Artist (4.54).


OneTime Films and While You Were Sleeping invite you to an exclusive preview screening of the feature documentary


A film by Richard Wicksteed

One Bushman family’s journey from the abyss of genocide to a tentative freedom in the Kgalagadi wilderness.


Venue: Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Date: Monday 9 March 2015
Time: 6.15pm
Entrance: R40.00 /person

To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

In the Land of Ou Makai chronicles the Kruiper Bushman family’s struggle to reclaim their ancestral land and spiritual essence after 120 years of German colonial genocide, apartheid dispossession, and post-apartheid social reorganization.

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In the Land of Ou Makai  is the first Bushman account of an astounding history of persecution and survival that has only been known from German colonial archives until now.

The film explores the Bushman heritage in the Kgalagadi wilderness through the narratives of Bushman traditional leader Dawid Kruiper, 76, his brother Buks, 72, a master tracker and traditional healer, and their families.



On location: Dawid Kruiper entrusted Director Richard Wicksteed with his ancestral story in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.


Return to essence: Buks Kruiper gears for traditional hunting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.